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Nov 18/19, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin


33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day of the Poor




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


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

  • 2023/2024 SUNDAY MISSALS are available after all Masses this weekend & next and also from the Parish Office – cost is $5.00 each

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family& friends of Curtis Dayton and Kay Donnelly who went home to God. May they rest in peace in the comfort of the Lord.

FUNERAL MASS FOR KAY DONNELLY – Friday, Dec. 8th @ 11am

Service for Curtis Dayton not set yet.

  • 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

  • CWL Coffee Sunday & Bake Sale is after all Masses on Sunday, November 26th. Baking donations will be gratefully received prior to the Masses. Please allow the CWL to price your baked goods.

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

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


 

Reflections


SERVING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN


This week’s Gospel speaks of how Jesus’ disciples are to conduct themselves as they await the Kingdom of Heaven. In the preceding passages and in last week’s Gospel, Jesus taught that there is no way to predict the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. His disciples must, therefore, remain vigilant and ready to receive the Son of Man at any time.


Jesus’ parable talks about Christian discipleship using economic metaphors. Before he leaves on a journey, the master entrusts to his servants a different number of talents, giving to each according to their abilities. A talent is a coin of great value. Upon the master’s return, he finds that the first and second servants have doubled their money, and both are rewarded. The third servant, however, has only preserved what was given to him because he was afraid to lose the money. He has risked nothing; he did not even deposit the money in a bank to earn interest. This servant is punished by the master, and his talent is given to the one who brought the greatest return.


Read in light of last week’s parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, this parable teaches that God’s judgment will be based on the service we render to God and to one another in accordance with the gifts that God has given to us. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God’s judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand, if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more responsibilities.


This Gospel reminds us that Christian spirituality is not passive or inactive. Our life of prayer helps us to discern the gifts that have been given to us by God. This prayer and discernment ought to lead us to use our gifts in the service of God and our neighbor. God’s grace allows us to share in the work of serving the Kingdom of Heaven.


- Loyola Press

 

Mass Intentions


Sunday, November 19

· Repose Michael Brassens by Lorne & Helen Brooks

· Spec. Intention Bev Watson by Anne Mould

· Spec. Intention Kay Donnelly by family

· Repose Benjamin Aguillardo by daughter


Monday, November 20

· Repose Yvonne Jacques by Fernande & Peter Husar

· Repose All Souls in Purgatory by Margaret Petreny

· Spec. Intention Bev Watson by Sue Farrell


Tuesday, November 21

· Repose St. Edmund Parishioners

· Spec. Intention Leo Fercho by Hildegard Fercho


Wednesday, November 22

· Repose All St. Edmund Parishioners by Margaret Petreny

· Repose Fred Winstanley by Sue Farrell

· Spec. Intention Bev Watson by Janet Ficocelli


Thursday, November 23

· Spec. Intention (that surgery goes well) Diana Froh

· Spec. Intention (that surgery goes well) Diana Froh by Lynn


Friday, November 24

· Repose Maureen O’Toole by Leisha O’Toole

· Spec. Intention David Fercho by Hildegard Fercho


Saturday, November 25

· Repose Claude Beaudry by Barbara Stuart

· Spec. Intention (speedy recovery) Maliah Therese Almazon by family

· Repose John Cusanelli by Giovanna Cusanelli


 

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.


STA Grad Parents



POINSETTIA ORDERS – please pick up your order on November 30th or December 1st.


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!


 

NORTH SHORE PRO-LIFE SOCIETY


NSPL Society invites you to attend our monthly Board meeting, held this month in St Anthony's Hobson Room on Monday, Nov 20th starting at 7 PM. 2347 Inglewood Ave, W.V. Come to find out about pro-life formation of our north shore youth, local pro-life activities you can be involved with, and our program that financially supports struggling pro-life families.

 

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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