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September 2/3, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


This Week in the Church

  • 7:30am MASS resumes on Tuesday, September 5th

  • THE NEXT MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on Sunday, September 10th at 6pm

  • 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

  • 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

  • Regular Office Hours resume on Tuesday, Sept 5th

  • 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.



To Sacrifice and Serve Others

Today’s Gospel continues the story that began in last week’s Gospel. Simon Peter was called the “rock” upon which Jesus would build his Church, and yet Peter continues to show the limitations of his understanding of Jesus’ identity. Now that the disciples have acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in Jerusalem to be raised on the third day. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely, calling him “Satan.” In opposing this aspect of Jesus’ mission, Peter shows that he is no longer speaking based on the revelation from God but as a human being. Jesus then teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ’s disciple is to follow in his way of the cross.

Peter could not yet understand what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah. It is unlikely that the other disciples understood any better. Messianic expectations were a common aspect of first-century Judaism. Under Roman occupation, many in Israel hoped and prayed that God would send a Messiah to free the Jews from Roman oppression. The common view was that the Messiah would be a political figure, a king that would free Israel from Roman rule. This is perhaps what Peter envisioned when he was led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. In this passage, however, Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he would be the Messiah in a different way.

Jesus would be more like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah than the political liberator. Those who would be Jesus' disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Perhaps this is what Peter feared most in Jesus’ prediction of his Passion. He whom Jesus had called “rock” would also be called upon to offer himself in sacrifice and service to others. Christian leaders today are still called to sacrifice and serve others as Jesus did.

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 3

· Spec. Intention Healing Mass for Yanic by Chantal Pean

· Repose Raffaele Cusano by wife Rosa

· Repose Joseph Beyrouti by family

Monday, September 4

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

· Spec. Intention Healing Mass for Yanic by Chantal Pean

Tuesday, September 5

· Repose Guido Oberti by Andrew Oberti

· Spec. Intention Hudson & Jayne Wong for increase in faith by Jessie Wong

· Spec. Intention safe trip for Tilly Bara by Zofia Bronowska

Wednesday, September 6

· Spec. Intention Benson & Queenie Wong to return to the Church by Jessie Wong

· Spec. Intention Christine Ficocelli by Janet Ficocelli

Thursday, September 7

· Repose Jeanine McDonell by Peter & Diane Nation

Friday, September 8

· Spec. Intention Brian Wong to return to the Church by Jessie Wong

· Spec. Intention Janet Ficocelli

Saturday, September 9

· Spec. Intention Gemma Quibuyen by Legion of Mary


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.


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

The first day of school at St. Edmund’s is Tuesday, Sept. 5th @ 8:45am – dismissal at Noon

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

The first day of school at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School is Tuesday, September 5, 2023. The Administration office is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

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!


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

Second Collection: Healing & Reconciliation

September 9-10, 2023

This weekend's second collection is for Healing and Reconciliation. Your tax-deductible gift to this collection will continue to support our Indigenous brothers and sisters in the following ways:

● Healing and reconciliation initiatives for communities and families affected by past injustices

● Culture and language revitalization projects aimed at preserving and celebrating Indigenous heritage

● Education and community-building initiatives that empower individuals and promote unity

Learn more and donate today:

Thank you for your generous support!



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

Bread & Wine

For the week of September 2-September 8

Repose of the Souls of all my Sisters

Donated by Nora Gemino


Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


Prayer Requests and Advertisements


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