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Nov 11/12, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin


32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time




Prayer for the Peace


Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say no to war. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace. Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph. Lord God, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands.


Gracious God, we pray for all people who are suffering from war. May they be held in your loving care and protection and given the strength to endure great suffering and hardship. Transform the hearts and minds of all those who perpetuate violence and oppression. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


 

This Week in the Church


  • KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – Famous pancake breakfast next Sunday, November 12th @ 8:00 am & 9:30am Masses. Please join us for good food & good company.

  • THE MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on November 12th at 6pm.

  • PARISH OFFICE CLOSED on Monday, Nov. 13th – for Remembrance Day stat holiday, but there will be regular Masses that day

  • PLEASE MAKE NOTE – from Tuesday, November 14 to & including Friday, November 17 – there will be only 7:30am Mass - no 9am Mass.

    • Note: There will be Masses at,

      • 8:30 am at St Stephen's

      • 9 am at St Anthony's

  • CHRISTMAS DINNER & DANCE TICKETS – are available at parish office and after all Masses starting next weekend

  • FOR NOVEMBER, the month of the Holy Souls, offertory envelopes are available at the Church entrance & on a table in front of Our Lady’s Altar. Also, there is a Book of Life if you wish to make note of your remembered loved ones.




 

Important Updates


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. EDMUND’S, SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • SATURDAY, DEC. 2ND ADVENT RETREAT

  • SATURDAY, DEC. 16TH – CHRISTMAS DINNER



  • Project Advance : Every gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference. Every gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference. All pledge forms were mailed out; if you receive it and already have given; please disregard and we thank you for your donation.

    • Please look over information on your pledge form before sending in and make sure it is up to date, make any corrections as needed.

    • You may also make a donation online here: https://support.rcav.org/project-advance-2023/ Be sure to select St. Edmund's in the parish drop down menu to ensure the excess funds come back to our community.

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

  • 2023/2024 Sunday Missals are in and available at parish office - Cost $5 each

  • SPECIAL OFFER – go to the Knights of Columbus notices for important information

  • Announcing the Knights 62nd Annual Charity Appeal - there are great prizes


 

Reflections


WILL WE BE PREPARED?


In this week’s Gospel, Jesus talks about what it means to be prepared to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. This week’s reading follows a series of warnings and predictions by Jesus about the coming of the Son of Man. Jesus wants his disciples to understand that the exact day and time cannot be predicted. He teaches the disciples that they must remain vigilant so that they will not be caught unprepared.


When thinking about the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, it is important to consider the first-century wedding traditions of Palestine. Scholars tell us that it was the custom of the day for young maidens—friends and family members of the bride—to meet the bridegroom when he came to bring his bride to her new home.

As with many of Jesus’ parables, several levels of interpretation are possible. In last week’s Gospel, we heard Jesus warn against following the example of the Pharisees and scribes. If read in the context of early Christianity’s struggle to define itself against Pharisaic Judaism, this parable is a continuing critique of Judaism. It suggests that the Jewish leaders were like the foolish virgins, unprepared to meet Jesus, the bridegroom of Israel.


In the chapter preceding this parable, however, Jesus warns about the destruction of Jerusalem, the tribulation of the end times, and the coming of the Son of Man. When read in this context, today’s parable is a warning to the Christian community to remain vigilant and prepared to receive Jesus, the Son of Man who will return at the end of time. This interpretation is supported by the reference to the delay of the bridegroom. The Christian community for whom Matthew wrote this Gospel was coming to terms with the realization that the promise of Jesus’ return would not be fulfilled within their lifetimes. The question remains for us to ask ourselves, are we ready to receive Jesus? Will we be prepared to receive him?



- Loyola Press

 

Mass Intentions


Sunday, November 12

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Tinaburri family by Paola Vignone

· Repose Lorna Martin by Christine Lim

· Repose Roy William by Celena Ilar


Monday, November 13

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund’s Parishioners

· Repose Adela Fernando by Zofia Bronowska

· Repose Teresa & Stanislov Kunikowska by family


Tuesday, November 14

· Repose John Caul by Leisha O’Toole

· Spec. Intention Rosanna Obando by Hildegard Fercho


Wednesday, November 15

· Repose Paula Wiesinger by Vendargon & Bennett families


Thursday, November 16

· Repose Paul Emile Jacques by Fernande & Peter Husar


Friday, November17

· Spec. Intention Tess Geary by Leisha O’Toole

· Spec. Intention Ken Yee (birthday) by Janet Ficocelli


Saturday, November 18

· Spec. Intention Bev Watson (birthday) by Zofia Bronowska

· Repose Domenico & Rosa Cusano by daughter-in-law Rosa


 

Parish Events


CWL

2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 PM







 

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.


Promo Code: BLESSEDMCGIVNEY

After joining, please check your Inbox for confirmation.


 

St. Eds Christian Meditation Group

Mondays @ 7 PM


Participation in person: please contact Luis Zunino (lzunino@gzarchitects.com) or at 604-987-8304.

Option to participate via ZOOM: For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino



 


School Events


St. Edmund's Elementary School



ST. EDMUND’S SCHOOL PURDY’S FUNDRAISIER



Fall is in the air and Christmas is coming faster than you think. It's time to support St Edmunds Elementary school by eating more chocolate!


Spread the joy this winter season by gifting Purdy's chocolate to your family and friends while at the same time supporting our students!


Use this link to register/login and to purchase:


Customer No: 22052


Once logged in simply click on the 'Shop Online' text at the top of the page.

Please also share this link with your friends, families and co-workers so they too can support St Edmunds Elementary.


Please place your orders by November 27th


Pickup will be on December 11th at St Edmunds Gym


St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School



OPEN HOUSE - STA's open house is fast approaching - Tuesday, November 28th at 6pm. Please see the poster below for more information.


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: https://www.aquinas.org/alumni

 


Religious Education


PREP

  • PREP classes will be held every Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm at St Edmund’s School


Children's Choir Training

  • Every Saturday at 10am


Altar Server Training

  • Every Saturday 11-11:30am


 

Archdiocese Notices & Events



PROJECT ADVANCE 2023



Be sure to select St. Edmund's in the parish drop down menu to ensure the excess funds come back to our community.

Thank you for your generosity!

 

PRO-LIFE CHRISTMAS CARDS

Will be available to purchase from parish office starting next week (Oct.30 ) during office hours

1 pkg. is $10.00 or 3 pkgs for $25.00



 

ST PIUS X SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR



 

ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER

Parishioners are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner on Thursday, November 9th at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. This year, proceeds raised will be dedicated by Archbishop Miller towards Honouring Our Workers in the Vineyard which will support the St. Joseph’s Society and the Clergy Care Fund as well as the building of a new convent for the Sisters.


Tables are $1,850 for a table of 10 guests. Parishioners can purchase individual tickets.


To book a table or tables or to purchase individual tickets,

please visit rcav.org/dinner2023 or you could mail the attached order form below or contact Ivana D’Almeida at 604-683—0281 ext. 326 (email idalmeida@racv.org)


Arc_Dinner_23
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Download PDF • 64KB

 

LITTLE FLOWER ACADEMY is accepting applications from prospective Grade Eight candidates for the 2024-2025 school year. All students wishing to apply must sit the ENTRANCE EXAM on Saturday, December 2, 2023. For more information and online application, please visit our website (www.lfabc.org) or contact Kathi Wilson, Registrar at wilsonk@lfabc.org or 604-738-9016 ext. 114.

 

AQUINAS INSTITUTE


Invites everyone to a Highly Spiritual Marian Pilgrimage with Fr. Mario Fernandes, OCD on Dec. 1-2-3, 2023 in Oregon and Washington.

Price: CDN $650.00 pp

For details, contact: info@aquinasinstitute.ca



 

CATHOLIC INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS VANCOUVER ARCHDIOCESE


Invite you to be a part of their upcoming Catholic Educators Conference that will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, BC. The event promises to be a fantastic platform for showcasing and promoting your products and services to a diverse and engaged audience.

Here’s why you won’t want to miss this opportunity:

• Exposure: With the Catholic Educators Conference set to attract a large crowd of over 1500 attendees, your brand will gain maximum exposure

• Networking: Connect with our 46 schools, potential clients, and fellow vendors to establish valuable business connections

• Promotion: Benefit from our extensive marketing efforts that will promote your presence before, during and after the event

• Innovation: Showcase your latest products and innovations to a captivated audience

For more information on how to become a vendor and sponsor of the event, please visit the following link: https://cisva.regfox.com/cec2024

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of something truly special and grand. Your presence at the 2024 Catholic Educators Conference will be a highlight, and we can’t wait to have you on board!


 

Special Gifts


Remember a loved one with a special gift


 

Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


 

Prayer Requests and Advertisements





























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