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May 18/19, 2024 - Sunday Bulletin

Pentecost Sunday


Important Updates

  • Our heartfelt condolences for the family & friends of Willem Vanderhor who went home to God.  May he rest in peace in the comfort of the Lord.  Memorial Mass is on Saturday, May 25th @ 11am at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Parish Education Committee (PEC) Elections - Notice is hereby given that elections to St. Edmund’s Parish Education Committee will take place on the weekend of May 25 & 26th, 2024

  • CONFIRMATION is on Wednesday, May the 29th at 5:30pm.  Archbishop Michael Miller will officiate.  You are all invited to come and join in the Celebration and pray for the 19 Confirmands.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! On Saturday, June 8th for the 50th Birthday celebration of Father Steny starting with 4:30 pm Mass and then a party. There is no charge but a ticket is required for entrance; so we know numbers. Tickets are available after all Masses this weekend, May 18/19, & from the Parish Office after that.

Special Notes

  • REMINDER – As Monday the 20th is Victoria Day, the Parish Office will be closed

  • VOLUNTEERS CO-ORDINATOR – we are looking for someone who can form a core committee made up of a member from each volunteer group in the Parish.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested.

  • FILIPINO MASS is on the second Sunday of the month at 6pm

  • Christian Meditation Group will meet in person on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm

  • 2ND COLLECTION ENVELOPES FOR ONLINE & PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING USERS ARE AVAILBLE. If you would like a set, please pick up from parish office.


Meet our new family – in the back row from left, Mejdi, Nahom, & Mazin, and in the front row from left, Marta and Mariano.


They have settled well into their new home thanks to you all for your donations - now the family is fully supplied.  Three of the members are looking for work; if anyone knows of jobs that are available; please let the office know.



Agents of Peace and Harmony

The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today’s first reading. The account in today’s Gospel, John 20:19-23, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Yet the event in John’s Gospel takes place on Easter Sunday. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts. It is to we know that after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an Advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, John 20:19-23 reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ act of breathing the Holy Spirit upon the apostles mirrors God’s act of breathing life into Adam. In fact, both the Greek and Hebrew words for “spirit” can also be translated as “breath.” This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. The reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God through the forgiveness of sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.


~ Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 19

·       Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantelle Pean

·       Repose Alice Sequeria by Zofia Bronowska

·       Repose Lisa Fraser by Leisha O’Toole


Monday, May 20

·       Repose St. Edmund’s Parishioners

·       Repose Sam Lakaordis by Leisha O’Toole


Tuesday, May 21

·       Repose deceased family members by Antoine Larose


Wednesday, May 22

·       Repose David Brading by Liz Wong

·       Repose All Souls in Purgatory by Rosa Zivarts


Thursday, May 23

·       Repose Joey & Camille Valdes by Cynthia Valdes

·       Repose Germain Desrosiers by Helene & Lorne Brooks


Friday, May 24

·       Repose Peter Smith by Helene & Lorne Brooks

·       Repose Mum & Dad by Rosa Zivarts


Saturday, May 25

·       Spec. Intention Celia Brading by Liz Wong

·       Repose Martin Husar by Peter & Fernande Husar

·        Repose John Cusanelli by Giovanna Cusanelli


Parish Events


2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 PM

CWL MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2024 are due before the end of APRIL. Kindly bring your cheque or EXACT cash of $40.50 to the office during office hours, or drop an envelope into the communion basket, tagged CWL Membership. If you need to do e-transfer, contact Donna @


Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus general meetings are in person on the 1st Tuesday each month @7pm/executive meetings are also in person on the last Tuesday of the month @7pm

SPECIAL OFFER - Knights of Columbus - Free 1 Year On-Line Membership. You can enjoy the benefits of being a Knights of Columbus member including Accidental Death Benefit and the famous Columbia Magazine.


After joining, please check your Inbox for confirmation.


St. Eds Christian Meditation Group

Thu 15th Feb @ 7 PM

The St Edmund's Parish unit of the 'World Community for Christian Meditation' (WCCM) will resume its in-person meditation meeting, on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7.00 pm in St Edmund's Church.

The first (resumed) in-person meeting will be held Thursday, 15 February at 7.00 pm.

WCCM had suspended in-person meetings owing to COVID-19 restrictions but continues to hold a weekly virtual meeting on Mondays (via ZOOM), also at 7.00 pm.

You are sincerely invited to attend the WCCM meeting(s). All are welcome.

To learn more about WCCM, kindly contact: Luis Zunino - email


School Events

St. Edmunds Elementary School

Parish Education Committee (PEC) Elections

Notice is hereby given that elections to St. Edmund’s Parish Education Committee will take place on the weekend of May 25 & 26th, 2024

For the coming year, we need to elect (two) members from St. Edmund’s Parish for St. Edmund’s School Education Committee.

Eligible to nominate and to be nominated for election are all registered parishioners (Catholics living within our parish boundaries), over 21 years of age, and Catholic non-parishioners who have been attending our parish upon written agreement of their proper canonical pastor. (Pastor Authorization Forms are available in the parish office).

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

Dear STA Community, For 36 years, Mr. Horton has taught, directed musical productions, organized trips, led the Sound Crew and Ski Club, and been involved in numerous other activities to support students and staff. We hope you will join us for an evening of memories and music as we celebrate Mr. Horton's retirement in June. 

Hosts for the evening are Brook McLaughlin '95 and Andrea (Neuls) McLaughlin '95. You'll listen to special musical performances, visit memorabilia stations and hear from staff and alumni about Mr. Horton's impact on their lives.


Click here for your complimentary registration, and to leave a message, photo or video on the Kudo Board. If you have any questions, please contact Sandie Atkinson, Director of Advancement at    We look forward to seeing you there!


Pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival & Italy - The STA Alumni Association, in conjunction with STA Campus Ministry, is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival and Italy from July 22nd - August 8th, 2024. All STA alumni & their families (18+) are invited to join.

Find more information at:


Religious Education

PREP 2024-2025

  • Information about the next series of classes will be posted in the bulletin nearer the time when they recommence.

Children's Choir Training

  • Every Saturday at 10 am

Altar Server Training

  • Every Saturday 11-11:30 am


Archdiocese Notices & Events


Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26 | All day

Vancouver, BC (please contact us for more details) 

Rachel's Vineyard retreat offers a beautiful opportunity for healing for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. Registration fee includes lodging for two nights, meals, and material. For those needing financial assistance, sponsorship is available. 

To register or learn more email Joyce Baniqued at


May 24-26 | Friday, 5:00 pm - Sunday, 1:00 pm Charis Camp, Chilliwack | $150 cost per family 

All Catholic single mothers are invited to a two-night retreat hosted by the Archdiocese of Vancouver in collaboration with Momentum. Mothers are welcome to attend this retreat with or without their children. To register or learn more email Joyce Baniqued at  


"Fall in Love, Stay in Love" Marriage Enrichment Sun, May 26 (2:00-4:00 pm) & Sun, June 9 (1:30-3:30 pm) Online via Zoom 

Marriage Enrichment offers all couples, at whatever stage of their marriage, including those preparing for marriage, an opportunity to enrich their relationship. We are exploring the "Fall in Love, Stay in Love" marriage materials, including tools for better communication and strengthening our relationship with each other and God. This program offers opportunities for individual couples to connect privately and for optional group conversations. 

Contact Saint Mark's Parish to register. 


PROJECT ADVANCE kick off is next weekend May 25/26 after all Masses & volunteers will be available to take your pledges.


Brochures are available at the Church entrance.



Saturday, May 25 at Holy Cross Parish, 1650 Delta Avenue, Burnaby.

Talks 10:00am to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guided Meditation & Healing Mass. 

Speakers: Christine Watkins and Fr. Daniel-Maria Klimek, T.O.R.

Talks: “The Warning”, “Rediscovering the Supernatural”, “The Miraculous Medal”, “ Crucified Love”.  


Info:  Ethelyn David (604) 889-3842 or



Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


Prayer Requests

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intention of Father Steny & Father Cannio
Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intention of St. Edmund Parishioners
Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intentions of All Carmelite Priests


If you would like to let St. Edmund Parishioners know of the services your company provides, please contact the Parish Office about advertising on this page.


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