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May 20/21 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

Ascension Sunday

This Week In the Church


CONFIRMATION – is on May 28th at 2pm – we invite you join & pray for our Confirmation students as they take next step on their Faith Journey.

Important Updates

PROJECT ADVANCE KICK OFF WEEKEND – JUNE 3RD/4TH – we will be needing volunteers after each Mass. If you are able to help; please give your name & phone number to parish office as well the Mass you will be able to help at. Thank you.

THE MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6pm.

Who can become a Deacon?

Qualifications for becoming a Deacon

1 Timothy 3:8-13 says “Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons.

Let deacons be married only once, and let them manage their children and their households well; for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

  • Discernment is ongoing and involves the potential candidate, the spouse if married and that the community is actively involved both then (Acts 6:3) and now (Permanent Diaconate Advisory Committee recommending to the Archbishop).

  • It is important for the candidate’s spouse’s consent and that for married deacons their marriage remains their primary vocation.

  • The age requirements are between 30 and 60 years old to start the program

What does a Deacon do?

  • The Diaconate is a threefold ministry of Altar, Word, and Charity. Our permanent deacons minister in parishes or agencies (as prisons, hospitals, apostolates and pastoral care).

  • A new cohort is being assembled to which candidates can apply by contacting the diaconate office. Further information is available on the Archdiocesan website and the site noted above along with contacting the Parish Office.

The month of May brings with it the invitation to honor Our Lady and one way you and your whole family can respond is by planting a Mary Garden

Topic: OCDS Information Session

Time: May 27, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Emmanuel, For All Eternity

Today’s Gospel is taken from the conclusion of the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew’s Gospel quickly moves from the disciples’ discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb, to Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, to the commission that Jesus gives his disciples in today’s Gospel.

The Final Commission, as this Gospel is sometimes called, is given on the mountaintop. Throughout Scripture, the most important events happen on the mountaintop, and Matthew has used this motif throughout his Gospel. Earlier in Matthew’s Gospel, Peter, James, and John had seen Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop (Matthew 17:1-8). Also in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus taught the crowds from the mountaintop in what we now call the Sermon on the Mount.

Here we are told that the eleven disciples go the mountaintop in Galilee, as Jesus had instructed through Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (cf. Matthew 28:9-10). They see Jesus, and both worship and doubt at the same time. Jesus approaches them and commissions them to baptize and teach, "to make disciples of all nations." It is a task which Jesus had previously prepared his disciples for; recall that Jesus had sent the twelve apostles to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal (cf. Matthew 10:1-15). However, earlier the Twelve were sent only to the House of Israel; in this Final Commission, the eleven are told to go to "all nations." The mission of Jesus is now to be taken to all people; the task now is to baptize and to teach.

Jesus commissions his disciples to baptize in the name of the Trinity, one of the clearest attestations found in Scripture for baptism in the name of the Trinity. In the Acts of the Apostles and in the Letters of Paul, baptism is more frequently offered "in the name of Jesus."

The ending of Matthew’s Gospel can be understood as the beginning of the Church. Jesus commissions his disciples to continue to teach in his name and to bring others into the community of disciples through baptism. The Gospel ends, as it had begun, with the promise that Jesus will continue to be Emmanuel, "God with us" (cf. Matthew 1:23), for all eternity.

~ Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 21

· Repose Erasmo Picones by Annaliza Apostol

· Repose Alfredo Bulaqui by Rizelle

· Repose Yvonne Jacques by Fernande & Peter Husar · Repose Serafino & Maria Cusano and Fiore & Enza Romano by Adelina & Angelo Cusano

Monday, May 22

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Repose Margaret Dale by Anzovino family

· Repose Claudia Hovden by Zofia Bronowska

Tuesday, May 23

· Repose Adela Diego by Legion of Mary

· Repose Isidro Arat by Gemma Quibuyen

· Repose Cedy Pagara by Gemma Quibuyen

Wednesday, May 24

· Repose Margaret Dale by Rose Harvey

· Spec. Intention Adrian Brecelj by Janet Ficocelli

Thursday, May 25

· Repose Martin Husar by Fernande & Peter Husar

· Repose Margaret Dale by Roger & Pat LaBreche

Friday, May 26

· Repose Joseph Hiep Pham by daughter Rosa Zivarts

· Repose John Noonan by Mendoza De Guzman family

Saturday, May 27

· Repose Anna Hrvatin by Liz Snadel

· Repose Carlos DaSilva & Rita DeSouza by Ana Clara Tellis & family

If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office




Parish Groups

ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group

All Mondays at 7:00 PM

Participation in person:

please contact Luis Zunino - or at 604-987-8304

Option to participate via ZOOM:

For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - or at 604-987-8304 – Afterwards, A ZOOM link will be provided


Catholic Women’s League meetings are now in person on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7pm

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

All Spring Term lessons are now available to book at .

Registration for Summer camps and lessons will be available in April.



Religious Education


Every Wednesday at 6-7pm in the school

Children's Choir Training

Every Saturday at 10 AM

Altar Servers’ Training

Every Saturday at 11 - 11:30am


Archdiocese Notices & Events

Project Advance 2023

The Project Advance Webpage is live, please visit

You can donate by scanning ↘

Special Gifts


Bread & Wine

Remember a loved one with a special gift

Financial Updates

Remember St Edmund's in your Will

Prayer Requests and Advertisements

Our Parish Community is asked pray for the Repose of the Soul of Claudia Hovden

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intentions of

All Carmelite Priests

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intention of

Father Steny &

Father Cannio


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