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Oct 14/15, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin


28th Sunday in Ordinary Time



 

This Week in the Church


To prepare for All Souls Day and November, the month of the Holy Souls, offertory envelopes are available at the Church entrance & on table in front of Our Lady's Altar.

 

Important Updates


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PREP 2023-2024 INFORMATION

    • PREP Registration is now open and forms are available in the Parish office.

    • PREP classes will be held every Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm at St Edmund’s School and begin on September 27, 2023

 

Reflections


God Wants Our Full Conversion


Immediately after criticizing the religious leaders through the parable of the tenants in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus proceeded to tell another parable, again directed at the religious leaders. We hear this parable in today’s Gospel.


In the parable of the wedding feast, Jesus offers an image of the kingdom of heaven using the symbol of a wedding banquet. In today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah and in today’s psalm, the Lord’s goodness is evident in the symbol of a feast of good food and wine. Jesus’ listeners would have been familiar with the image of a wedding feast as a symbol for God’s salvation. They would consider themselves to be the invited guests. Keeping this in mind helps us to understand the critique Jesus makes with this parable. The context for this parable is the growing tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. This has been the case for the past two Sundays and will continue to be true for the next several weeks.


The parable Jesus tells is straightforward. The king dispatches his servants to invite the guests to the wedding feast that he is planning for his son. The listeners would have been surprised to learn that the first guests refused the invitation. Who would refuse the king’s invitation? A second dispatch of servants follows. Again, to the listeners’ great surprise, some guests ignore the invitation. Some of the invited guests even go so far as to mistreat and kill the servants. The king invokes his retribution against these murderers by destroying them and burning their city.


We might stop here for a moment. Why would some guests kill the servants sent to invite them to the king’s wedding feast? It might be possible that the king was a tyrant, evidenced by the destruction of the city of those who refused his invitation. But if we follow this idea, then the allegory seems to be about something other than the kingdom of heaven. It is more likely that the destruction of the city would have been a powerful image corresponding to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70, which would have been an important event for Matthew’s audience.


With the invited guests now deemed unworthy to attend the king’s wedding feast, the servants are sent to invite whomever they can find. The guests arrive, but it appears that accepting the king’s invitation brings certain obligations. The guest who failed to dress in the appropriate wedding attire is cast out of the feast. We are reminded that while many are invited to the kingdom of heaven, not all are able to meet its requirements. God invites us to his feast, giving us his salvation. Yet he asks us to repent for our sins.


Jesus’ message in the parable cautions against exclusive beliefs about the kingdom of heaven. The parable also teaches about humility. Those who assume that they are the invited guests may find that they have refused the invitation, and so others are invited in their place. To accept the invitation is also to accept its obligations. God wants our full conversion in complete acceptance of his mercy.


- Loyola Press

 

Mass Intentions


Sunday, October 15

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Lorraine Hoye Mills by Jane Richmond


Monday, October 16

· Repose Alzbeta Husarova by Fernande & Peter Husar

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean


Tuesday, October 17

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Mr. & Mrs. Justin Wilson by Hildegard Fercho


Wednesday, October 18

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Liza’s birthday by Legion of Mary


Thursday, October 19

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Antera Dumaliang by Jasmin


Friday, October 20

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean


Saturday, October 21

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Grace Koo’s mother by Legion of Mary

· 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.


 

CAMP SANATIO – YOUTH CAMP – OCTOBER 20-22, 2023 (NO OVERNIGHT) @ ST. EDMUND’S GYM

  • CFC Youth for Christ, a Catholic youth group striving to be and bring Christ wherever we go!

  • Join us for a weekend filled with activities that will help strength your bond with the Lord! During this retreat, you will get to have all sorts of fun, while meeting new people, too!

  • We have two methods of registration:

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Download PDF • 18.76MB

 

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


STA Christmas Craft Fair - After a three-year hiatus due to COVID, the STA Christmas Craft Fair is back for its 34th year on Sunday, 5 November. This is the official callout for new and returning vendors to participate in this fun and well-attended community event. Please email us at stacraftfair@aquinas.org to register today!



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 Registration is now open and forms are available in the Parish office.

  • PREP classes will be held every Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm at St Edmund’s School and begin on September 27, 2023


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!


 

Free lectures at the Seminary of Christ the King


On Saturday, October 21, Dr. Michael Naughton of St Paul, Minnesota, will give free lectures at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission BC on “Getting Work Right: The Integration of the Contemplative & Active Life” and “Good Work: Building and Nurturing a Culture of Subsidiarity” from 10 AM to 3 PM, with an hour and a half break for lunch. For more info, call 604-826-8975.

You can get more information by ctrl/clicking on:

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter


Rekindle the romance, remind yourselves why you fell in love and learn how to make a good marriage even better!

WWME is offering a weekend marriage retreat this fall. Oct. 27-29, 2023.



Registration closes Oct. 17, 2023. You both deserve it!

 

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)

 

Special Gifts


Remember a loved one with a special gift


 

Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


 

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