The Ascension of the Lord
This week in the Church
On Sunday May 29th, Archbishop Michael Miller will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 4pm here at St. Edmund’s. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they take this next important step on their Faith Journey
SOPHIA AGUIRRE (St. Clare)
LUKA ANICIC (St. Michael)
VIOLET BERRY (St. Joan)
ERICA FERGUSON (St. Agnes)
McANGEL GABAON (St. Lorenzo)
JACHEL MANUEL (St. Theresa)
AXEL NAHANEE (St. Isaac)
EMILY PAYE (St. Cecilia)
MATTELI PEREZ (St. Catherine)
EVANGELINE RIDDALL (St. Philomena)
HAKEEM SAN PEDRO (St. Philip)
KARL TAN (St. Patrick)
VICTORIA TURNER (St. Catherine)
MARIA VILLACORTE (St. Gemma)
WESTON ALCONNIS (St. John)
SOPHIA BERSALONA (St. Joan)
ALYSSA EDGETT (St. Genevieve)
JOGETTE FORTALEZA (St. Miguel)
ELIJAH GERHARD-LAURENTE (St. Peter)
IVAN MISOLA (St. Anthony)
ISAAK NEBEL (St. Paul)
ADRIAN PANICKER (St. Anthony)
MARTIN RADEV (St. Miguel)
MATTEO SALITURO (St. Francis)
ANNEBELLE STUART-ROCA (St. Catherine)
EVAN TANG (St. Michael)
SOPHIA VICENTE (St. Margaret)
ETHAN VISCAYNO (St. Valentine)
Congratulations to our Confirmandi as they take this next important step on their Faith Journey
During May – the Month of Mary – the Rosary will be prayed every day at
6pm in front of the Grotto for World Peace especially for Ukraine and Russia. You are invited to join in
On Friday, June 3rd - First Friday Adoration starts after 9am Mass (no 7:30am Mass that day). Benediction will be at 6:45pm followed by Mass at 7pm.A sign-up form is at the Church entrance; it would be greatly appreciated if 2-3 people can sign up per time slot
Please keep in your prayers all mothers especially those of the following
Irene Panet & Marie Jacqueline Lee
Stephanie & Tristan Jutras
Marilyn & Clara Alagoa
Serafino & Zuzana Vigone
Romeo & Elena De Souza
Jose Formby & Olive Slen
Egmundo & Terata Colina
Dear Father Steny – Thank you for all the work you do in and for the Parish.
May God abundantly bless and keep you now and always.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM US ALL
Between June 28th to July 14th-there will be a Pilgrimage called Beautiful East Europe including Munich, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb, Split & Medjugorje. Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599) or Deon Almeida (778-866-8118)
A Pilgrimage called European Splendor will take place July 29th to August 14th which will include the Passion Play experience. Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599) or Deon Almeida (778-866-8118)
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land including Cairo, Sinai, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Petra will happen between November 7th & November 20th Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599)
A Message from St. Anthony’s Parish - Sanctuary Mental Health Course For Catholics - With all that’s going on currently in our families, our community and globally, is there any one among us who isn’t suffering or knows someone who is struggling with mental health? The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with our faith community. The course is 8 sessions long and will be held on Mondays at 7:00 to 9:00 pm from May 9th to June 27th at St Anthony’s Parish Hall. For more information and to register please contact Mary Markwick at 778-847-1426 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Message from Holy Trinity Parish - Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration We are grateful the Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity Parish is open again. We thank God for His generosity and invite you to make time for a Holy Hour, especially during this time when some adorers are not able to attend to their Holy Hours due to illness, or they are away for a short period of time. The hours are as follows:
SUE: 604-986-0425 for SUN. 9:00am/THURS. 6:00am (for 3 mos.)
MARLENE: 604-980-2034 for SUN. 3:00 pm/ WED. 1:00pm
MARGE: 604-649-4927 for SUN. 9:00pm/FRI. 9:00pm
We still need SPARES for different Holy Hours as well - your response would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the above contact nos. if you are able to help. Thank you & God bless.
HOLY TRINITY PARISH
26th ANNIVERSARY MASS
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022
MASS 10:00 A.M.
Coffee served with cake, in church hall after Mass.
2725 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C.
The Parish is in the process of welcoming a family of 5 to North Vancouver. If you would like to help, please join the Refugee Committee by contacting the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects. Work will begin on the parking lot the first week of July.
The Glory Jesus Received From God
Today is our liturgical celebration of the Ascension of the Lord, when Jesus was taken to heaven on the 40th day after Easter. In Cycle C, our Gospel is taken from the conclusion of the Gospel of Luke.
There are similarities in the reports of Jesus' Ascension found in the Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke. In each account, Jesus assigns his disciples the task of proclaiming the Gospel to the entire world. There are also notable distinctions. In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the disciples are sent by Jesus to baptize as well as to preach. In Luke's Gospel, however, this commission to baptize is absent. Instead, Jesus directs the disciples to return to Jerusalem to await the fulfillment of his promise to send them the Holy Spirit. Curiously, only Mark and Luke actually report Jesus' Ascension into heaven. Matthew's Gospel concludes with Jesus' promise to remain with his disciples forever. Only the Gospel of Mark notes that Jesus ascended to sit at the right hand of God. In noting this, Mark teaches that Jesus' Ascension affirms the glory Jesus received from God after his death and Resurrection.
Those who believe in Jesus will be empowered to do what Jesus himself has done. Already in Mark's Gospel, during his ministry, Jesus sent his disciples out to preach, to heal, and to drive out unclean spirits. Now, they are sent again to do these things and more. From his place with God in heaven, Jesus helped his disciples, and he continues to help us as we try to live as his followers.
~ Loyola Press
Sunday, May 29
Repose Michele Carter by Liz Wong
Repose Joseph Hiep Pham by Rosa Zivarts
Repose Beverly Larose by Antoine Larose
Monday, May 30
Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners
Spec. Intention Diane Nation by Liz Wong
Tuesday, May 31
Spec. Intention Fr. Joseph Soria by Barbara Stuart
Repose Manuel Canhoto by Ludovina Santos
Wednesday, June 1
Spec. Intention Thanksgiving for all Blessings received by Vilma Pilar & family
Spec. Intention Father Cannio by Liz Wong
Thursday, June 2
Spec. Intention Cho Hor Nong by Liz Wong
Repose Father John Barry by Zofia Bronowska
Friday, June 3
Spec. Intention Father Steny by Zofia Bronowska
Spec. Intention Christina Gallagher & the House of Prayer by Janet Ficocelli
Saturday, June 4
Spec. Intention Father Steny by Elizabeth Wong
Spec. Intention Father Steny on his birthday by Lynn & Jane
If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office
ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group
Re-starting "In Person" Meditation Sessions
Date: All Mondays at 7:00 PM
Participation in person:
please contact Luis Zunino - email@example.com or at 604-987-8304
Option to participate via ZOOM:
For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - firstname.lastname@example.org 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
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Folks, Food and Fun Campus Ministry International Night Friday, June 3rd @ 6pm
This year's Campus Ministry International Night is 2 weeks away! Please join us for delicious food, entertainment from our STA Jazz Bands and a chance to meet other STA families all while supporting charitable initiatives.
STA Appreciation Day Saturday, June 11th - Mark your calendars! STA is holding its
annual Spring Social with the STA Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 11th, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at STA. All Alumni, Parents (Current & Parents of Alumni) and Parishes are welcome to attend. More details to follow.
Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program
The annual British Columbia & Yukon Bursary program known as the Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program is underway. The 2022 program is now receiving applications. We are privileged to offer fourteen bursaries of $1,000.00 each to Catholic students across BC. These bursaries are made available on a one-time only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in post secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the BC. Applications are accepted from Jan. 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022 with the bursaries being awarded in the fall. The Terms of Reference may be found on our web site (kofcbc.org) after Jan 1, 2022.
Requests for application should be addressed to:
Knights of Columbus BC & Yukon
809 Mara Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5T9
Attn: Herb Yang, Bursaries Chairman
Or email: email@example.com
We would like to congratulate the many recipients once again over the past years and look forward to the opportunity to assist many more young people in the advancement of their education.
Every Thursday at 6 PM - In Person
Children's Choir Training
Every Saturday at 10 AM
Altar Servers’ Training
Every Saturday 11 - 11:30am
Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: "For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission." With that in mind, there will be information cards available at the Church entrance with Topics of Conversation suggested on the reverse side and encouraging us to check for updates on the Archdiocese site www.rcav.org/synod
Project Advance 2022
A Letter from the Archbishop
Apology for the Church's Role in Coerced Adoption
Canadian societal customs from the 1940s through the 1970s did not consider, or recognize, an unwed mother as a responsible parent. To our regret we acted on that conviction. Our participation in a system that separated a young unmarried mother from her newly born child was, we now acknowledge, a practice that caused great harm and hurt. We are truly sorry for participating in that practice.
In 1933, the Catholic Children’s Society in the Archdiocese of Vancouver founded the Our Lady of Mercy Home for unmarried mothers under the direction of the Superintendent of Child Welfare of the Province of British Columbia.
The home was located at the corner of 54th Avenue and Oak Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unwed pregnant mothers were offered a place to stay, arrangements for medical care, counselling, financial planning, and temporary foster care for those who needed time to plan their future and make decisions about the care of their child, including adoption. We now know that many of these mothers faced pressures that adoption was the only choice.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver apologizes for our participation in the separation of mothers and fathers from their children. Our role in any pressured and coerced adoptions created a legacy of pain and suffering. We contributed to a culture of shame, guilt and secrecy, which often led to pain and isolation.
Today, we express our regret for our part in denying mothers the support they deserved and their right to love and care for their children. We apologize to the mothers who were not informed of their rights, and consequently could not provide fully informed consent. We feel great sorrow knowing that women in these types of homes were often denied true friendships with other young women experiencing pregnancy. Sometimes they even suffered mistreatment at the hands of staff and, in many cases, their own families.
We recognize that many of these mothers have suffered long-term harm from their experiences. We have heard your stories of grief and deep loss. We have heard how you lived with the shame and stigma placed on you by society and the Church. We are truly sorry.
Some children who were adopted were not given the opportunity to know their family and community of origin. Some were misled or lied to about the circumstances of their birth. We apologize to those of you who struggle to find a sense of identity and belonging, who are torn between two families and communities, and who live with a sense of uncertainty within yourselves.
We recognize that these practices also affected fathers, excluded from their own children’s lives. We acknowledge the hurt caused to brothers and sisters, grandparents, partners, and members of extended families who have shared in the pain of their loved ones.
Regretting our history, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has, over the past three years, listened to mothers pressured into relinquishing their babies for adoption. In the hope for true healing, we have taken the following steps:
Initiated training for Catholic counselors, social workers and psychologists to increase their awareness of the complex issues related to adoption, reunion and healing.
Raised awareness about the suffering of mothers and adoptees through a series of articles and publications in The BC Catholic newspaper in 2020 and on our RCAV website.
Collaborated with mothers and adoptees to create a link on our RCAV website specifically for those impacted by adoptions: see ADOPTION: Loss and Healing.
Included, for the first time, mothers who lost their children to forced adoption in Archbishop Miller’s Mother’s Day Blessing message and video, May 2021.
Next Steps in Our Continued Commitment
Post our apology in The BC Catholic newspaper and on our website.
Through a trauma informed group of counsellors, we will offer therapy for mothers who stayed at the Our Lady of Mercy Home in Vancouver and for their children, for any related trauma.
Continue training for counsellors, social workers, priests, Church staff and other support positions to increase their awareness of the complex issues related to adoption, reunion and healing.
Working with our counsellors and the Adoption Loss and Healing Advisory Group, Archdiocesan staff will collaborate to identify and support people willing to increase their knowledge and abilities to support mothers, fathers, and adoptees.
Recommend that all parishes in the Archdiocese acknowledge this issue by sharing the Apology and finding ways to inform parishioners regarding its impact. These could include Mother’s Day acknowledgements of women who have lost children to coerced adoption and other ways to allow impacted women to share their stories.
Share this Apology with other dioceses throughout Canada and work with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to further engage mothers who have been impacted by this tragedy.
We want to thank the mothers who have allowed us to journey with them and learn more about their lived experiences. We hope that this apology and the other listed steps will contribute to their healing and allow them to share these resources with women and men involved in adoption during that era.
May 21 – June 3
Repose of the soul of Father John Barry
Donated by Lynn
Remember a loved one with a special gift
The remembrance can be for an anniversary, a birthday, in thanksgiving or to remember our deceased loved ones. Stop by the Parish Office to arrange to have the Bread and Wine, Flowers, Altar Candles and/or Sanctuary Lamp donated for someone you love. All donations are for one week.
Altar Flowers - $30
Bread & Wine - $25
Altar Candles - $20
Sanctuary Lamp - $20
Masses - $10 (per Mass)
Please contact the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects. Work begins the 1stweek of July.
Remember St Edmund's in your Will
A planned gift to be realized in the future, such as the options below, may be the best approach for you and may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible.
A Gift in Your Will - This is the most common type of planned gift - a gift in your will. Arranged today, a bequest is paid to St. Edmund’s Parish through your estate, after your death. You can give a specific sum, property, or a percentage of your estate. It is important that the full name of the parish and charitable number be included in your will so that there is no confusion about your intentions. (St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver # 11884 9470 RR0064)
Life Insurance - A gift of life insurance is a simple and thoughtful way to make a gift to St. Edmund’s Parish. Insurance allows you to make a modest gift now for a significant gift in the future.
RRSP and RRIF Funds - Naming St. Edmund’s Parish a beneficiary of your RRSPs and RRIFs means all or a portion of these assets can now be left directly to St. Edmund’s Parish upon your death without having to pass through your estate. This arrangement means that no probate fees are payable on these assets. In most cases, the taxes owing on your donated RRSPs or RRIFs at death are offset by the charitable tax credits generated by your donation. Donations of this type are a great way to reduce the substantial deferred tax burden that many RRSP and RRIF plans carry.
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