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Oct 7/8, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time


This Week in the Church


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 8TH AFTER 8AM & 9:30AM MASSES – Famous pancake breakfast is back. Please join us in parish hall next Sunday for good food & good company

THE MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on October 8th at 6pm.

To help us prepare for All Souls Day and November the month of the Holy Souls, offering envelopes are available at the Church entrance & on table in front of Sacred Heart.

THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, OCT. 9th (Also No 7:30am Mass that day)


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: 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



Are we attentive and receptive to God's word?

Today's Gospel follows directly after last Sunday's Gospel in which Jesus was questioned by Jewish religious leaders about the source of his teaching authority. After refusing to answer their questions, Jesus tells the parable of the two sons and then criticizes the priests and elders for their lack of belief in John the Baptist.

In today's Gospel, Jesus once again speaks to the priests and elders with a parable. In this parable, the landowner leases his vineyard to tenants and sends his servants to collect the portion of the harvest that the tenants owe to him. Several times the servants are sent to collect payment, and each time they are beaten and killed by the tenants. Finally, the landowner sends his son to collect his rent. The tenants, believing that they will inherit the vineyard if the landowner dies without an heir, plot together and kill the landowner's son.

After telling the parable, Jesus questions the chief priests and elders about what the landowner will do to the wicked tenants. They all agree that the landowner will kill the wicked tenants and give the land to new tenants who will pay the rent.

In telling the parable, Jesus is clearly drawing upon Isaiah 5:1-7, which is today's first reading and one that the priests and elders would have known well. Jesus doesn't, therefore, have to explain the symbolism of the parable; the Pharisees would have understood that the vineyard represented Israel, the landowner represented God, the servants represented the prophets, and the bad tenants represented the religious leaders. Yet Jesus nonetheless explains the meaning of the parable for his audience: the Kingdom of God will be taken from the unbelieving and given to the faithful. The chief priests and elders have condemned themselves with their answer to Jesus' question.

Today's Gospel has a parallel in Mark 12:1-12. There are some notable differences, however. In Matthew's version, the religious leaders condemn themselves; in Mark's Gospel, Jesus answers his own question. Matthew names the religious leaders as Pharisees and chief priests. Clearly this Gospel shows the tension that was mounting between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders who thought that his message was dangerous. Matthew's Gospel was written about 70 years after Jesus' death and reflects the conflicts and tensions found in the Christian community for whom Matthew was writing. Many biblical scholars believe that the tension between Matthew's community and their Jewish neighbors can also be heard in today's reading.

This Gospel reminds us of the importance of listening to God's word. God speaks to us in many ways—through Scripture, through our Church tradition, in our Church's teaching, and through modern-day prophets. Are we attentive and receptive to God's word to us through these messengers?

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, October 8

· Repose Gerrard Watt by wife Josephine

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Cristina Vignone by son Angelo & family

· Spec. Intention Danielle Shepherd’s Grandson by Nora Gemino

· Repose Mum & Dad Cusanelli by family

Monday, October 9

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Spec. Intention Gina Galozo by Zofia Bronowska

· Spec Intention Mark Tyler Pinto by Mom (Jasmin)

Tuesday, October 10

· Repose Guido Oberti by Andrew Oberti

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Estelita Pinto by daughter Jasmin

Wednesday, October 11

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

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

· Repose Leoncio Pinto by daughter Jasmin

Thursday, October 12

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Ursula Perfecta A. Campos by Cari Mendoza

Friday, October 13

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Aida Aguillardo by daughter

Saturday, October 14

· Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

· Repose Kurt Hoffmeister by Ness & Roger

· Spec. Intention Raymund Medina by Joel & Erneida DeGuzman


Parish Events


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.


After joining, please check your Inbox for confirmation.



  • 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:

Download PDF • 18.76MB


St. Eds Christian Meditation Group

Mondays @ 7 PM

Participation in person: please contact Luis Zunino ( 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. 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 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:


Religious Education


  • 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


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!


LITTLE FLOWER ACADEMY is hosting their Annual OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00pm and 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 ( or contact Kathi Wilson, Registrar at or 604-738-9016 ext. 114.


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!



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 or you could mail the attached order form below or contact Ivana D’Almeida at 604-683—0281 ext. 326 (email


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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