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Oct 21/22, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin


29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Evangelization of Nations Sunday



A MESSAGE FROM FATHER STENY

ABOUT PRAYING FOR PEACE


Dear brothers and sisters, as the Holy Land is immersed in this violence and bloodshed, we remember that Jesus, the Son of God, who lived and walked there as Love Incarnate, through His teaching by word and deed, calls us as brothers and sisters to be always united by the bond of charity.


Therefore, I invite all of you to join other people of good will, here and around the world, in imploring God to move the hearts of those leaders engaged in the present conflict in order to de-escalate the acts of terrorism, cease violence and war, and resume constructive efforts that are aimed at establishing lasting peace and concord. As we pray for peace, let us remember all the families and individuals suffering because of this most recent outbreak of violence.


As a Catholic Parish Community, we are compelled by the teachings and example of Jesus to pray for peace throughout the world. In a fraternal spirit of solidarity with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, brothers and sisters, let us join together in recalling God’s desire for peace in the land that Jesus Christ called home and the whole world.


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


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


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

  • SATURDAY, DEC. 2ND ADVENT RETREAT

  • SATURDAY, DEC. 16TH – CHRISTMAS DINNER


CWL Coffee Sunday & Bake Sale is after all Masses on Sunday, October 29th. Baking donations will be gratefully received prior to the Masses. Please allow the CWL to price your baked goods.


  • 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

  • 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


Keeping Things in their Proper Perspective


In today’s Gospel Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem continue their tense exchange of questions and challenges. At this point the disciples of the Pharisees, together with the Herodians, try to entrap Jesus by their question about the payment of taxes.


Matthew sets up an unusual partnership between the Pharisees and the Herodians. The Herodians were supporters of Herod Antipas, a Jewish political leader who collaborated with the Romans. Such collaboration would have required a compromised observance of the Mosaic Law. The Pharisees, on the other hand, taught scrupulous observance of the Mosaic Law and opposed Roman occupation. Herodians favored the payment of taxes; the Pharisees opposed it. The Herodians and the Pharisees approach Jesus, asking that he take sides in their dispute. If Jesus answers with the Pharisees, he shows himself to be an enemy of Rome. If he answers with the Herodians, he offends popular Jewish religious sensibilities.


Jesus’ response to this attempt to trap him exposes the guile of his questioners. From his first words to them, Jesus shows that he is very much aware of what they are trying to do. He asks to see a Roman coin, which is readily provided to him. It may have come from the hand of a Herodian, but the Pharisees show themselves to be quite willing to accept this compromise. Jesus has already exposed the Pharisees as hypocrites.


Jesus takes his response one step further. He asks that his questioners examine the coin. Agreeing that it is Caesar’s image on the coin, Jesus tells them that it must belong to Caesar. Avoiding the question of lawfulness altogether, Jesus answers their question with simple logic. Then, going further still, Jesus tells them that their obligation is to pay to God that which belongs to God.


Jesus’ response to the Herodians and Pharisees suggests the ethic that Christians ought to adopt. It reminds us of the importance of keeping things in their proper perspective. Do we attach ourselves to worldly things at the expense of the love and honor that we owe to God?


- Loyola Press

 

Mass Intentions


Sunday, October 22

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Father Steny & Father Cannio by Rosa Zivarts

· Repose unborn baby Alessandro by his parents

· Repose Antonio Martino, John T. Lammoglia & Gabriel Guerrero by Elisa & John Bueno


Monday, October 23

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean


Tuesday, October 24

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Albert Sturm by Hildegard Fercho

· Repose Estelita Pinto by daughter Jasmin


Wednesday, October 25

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Johann Wiesinger by Vendargon & Bennett families

· Repose Fedil Acero Labadan by Laura Labadan


Thursday, October 26

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Eugenia Sevandal Labadan by Laura Labadan


Friday, October 27

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Evengelina Estreel by Gilda Quieto


Saturday, October 28

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Thanksgiving St. Jude by Liz Wong

· Repose Clara Alagoa by Manuel & Marilyn Alagoa


 

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


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!



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 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!


 

Seminary of Christ the King


There will be a Vocation Live-In on the weekend of November 4-5, 2023 at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC. Anyone wishing to enter the Seminary in the next couple of years is welcome.

For more information phone 604-826-8975 or email rector.minors@sck.ca

 

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:

 

Seton Villa


Please access the file below for facility information

Seton_Villa
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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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Special Gifts


Remember a loved one with a special gift


 

Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


 

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