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September 16/17, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


This Week in the Church

  • No Coffee Sunday in September - see you in October

  • 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.


Important Updates

  • RAFFLE WINNERS!!!! The 1st Prize goes to ticket holder 03106, the 2nd to ticket holder 02564 & the 3rd to ticket holder 06747 – CONGRATULATIONS! & many thanks to everyone who participated.

  • 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, 202

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

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



The Lesson about Forgiveness

Today's Gospel reading directly follows last week's Gospel in which Jesus taught the disciples how to handle disputes and conflict within the Christian community. In today's reading Peter asks Jesus how many times one ought to extend forgiveness to another. Peter proposes a reasonable number of times, perhaps seven. Jesus replies by extending Peter's proposal by an enormous amount; not just seven times should one forgive, but 77 times. The parable of the unforgiving servant is Jesus' elaboration of his initial reply to Peter. Through the parable we come to understand the depths of God's mercy toward us and the results of our acceptance of God's forgiveness.

The king in the parable decides to settle accounts with his servants. We are told that one servant in particular owes the king an enormous sum of money. Despite the promise of the servant, it is unlikely that he would ever be able to repay the debt that he owes. The king is moved by the humility of the pleading servant and mercifully forgives the debt. Rather than displaying gratitude for this forgiveness, the servant confronts a fellow servant who owes him a small debt—a pittance when compared with the amount that was owed to the king. The unmerciful servant refuses the pleas of his fellow servant and sends the servant to prison.

A few other servants tell the merciful king about the actions of the unforgiving servant. The king punishes the servant because he refused to show the kind of mercy he had himself received from the king. Jesus concludes by indicating that this is how it will be with God and those who refuse to forgive one another.

There is a temptation to quantify forgiveness as Peter tried to do, but Jesus' point is that forgiveness is not about quantity—the number of times we extend forgiveness to another. In the parable the king's forgiveness is like God's forgiveness, and it transforms us, helping us to be as forgiving as God. The lesson is clear: If we hoard God's mercy while showing no mercy to others, we risk forfeiting the effects of God's mercy in our lives.

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 17

· Spec. Intention Sean Harriott by Barbara Stuart

· Repose Wong Chock Sang by Jessie Wong

· Repose Colangelo family by Filomena Colangelo

· Repose DeLucrezia family by Colangelo family

· Repose Bambi Lammoglia Harper by Elisa & John Bueno

Monday, September 18

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Repose deceased Wong family members by Liz Wong

Tuesday, September 19

· Repose Ana Deabreu by daughter Ana

· Repose Guido Oberti by Andrew Oberti

Wednesday, September 20

· Spec. Intention (successful recovery from surgery) by Bella Almazan

Thursday, September 21

· Repose Wihelmina Franken by Cecilia Son

Saturday, September 23

· Repose John Cusanelli by Giovanna Cusanelli


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:

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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


Lessons are available to book at



School Events

St. Edmund's Elementary School

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

STA Homecoming - Join us for a back-to-school celebration for our inaugural STA Homecoming. The event will take place at Fen Burdett Stadium and is open to all STA students, families, alumni and relatives.


Thursday, September 21

3:30 - 5:00 pm: League-opener for the Senior Boys Soccer team

4:00 - 7:30 pm: Food trucks (prices range from $8 - $12 per meal)

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Beer Garden (cash bar)

6:00 - 6:45 pm: Teacher Volleyball Challenge for anyone who plays volleyball

Bring your own equipment to enjoy: basketball, skateboarding and pickleball. Watch for the complimentary registration link for catering purposes. We can't wait to see you there!

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!


Development & Peace, Caritas Canada

Vancouver Council

The Council is hosting a Regional Assembly/Retreat from Friday afternoon, September 22nd to Sunday morning, September 24th at Carmel Hill, Little Flower Monastery, Deroche (after Mission), BC.  This retreat is open to everyone. The theme is "Create Hope".  

Regional Assembly/Retreat Cost At A Glance:

Little Flower Monastery Registration Fee - $60 per person

Friday to Sunday with 5 meals (2 nights) - $220 per person

Saturday sessions only with lunch & dinner - $110 per person

Saturday to Sunday (1 night w/ 4 meals) – 2 breakfasts, Lunch &

Dinner - $134 per person

Speakers for this retreat are:  Carl Hetu, Executive Director, Development & Peace (Montreal); Denis Boyd, Registered Psychologist& Michael Dougherty from Whitehorse/Yukon.

Any questions, please contact Pinky Pascual at 

or 1-604-612-9677.

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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.

❤Early bird special before Sept. 5.

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


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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