FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL IN ST.
In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel, St. Edmund's Church held a Novena
with Masses celebrated by OCD friar, Fr. Jerald
D'Souza. On July 16 at 7pm, the Feast of Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel Mass was celebrated at St.
Edmund's Church. Parishioners, devotees of Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel along with OCDS members,
Religious and Secular members filled the church.
A beautiful flower arrangement surrounded the
statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which stood
prominently in front of the altar. Bishop David
Monroe of Kamloops was the homilist and the main
celebrant having especially made the five-hour
drive to North Vancouver. OCD friars Fr. Rudolf
D'Souza, Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Steny
Mascarenhas, Fr. Rajesh Madtha together with
Msgr. Gregory Smith, Fr. James Comey and Fr.
Paul Goo, priests of the North Shore Deanery,
concelebrated. Bishop Monroe was particularly
pleased to celebrate Mass at St. Edmund's, his
former parish. He had been instrumental in many
initiatives in the Parish and nostalgically
recalled the challenges he and other religious
overcame and accomplished during his tenure.
Prior to the final Blessing, Bishop Monroe
blessed scapulars which had been generously
donated by OCDS members. They were distributed
after the Mass. In his concluding remarks, Fr.
Jerald D'Souza, thanked Bishop David Monroe, his
brother Carmelites, the clergy, and everyone who
had contributed their time and talent to make
the celebration such a prayerful, joyous
occasion. He introduced Fr. Rudolf D'Souza,
Regional Superior who has been instrumental in
the building of Carmel Hill in Deroche (Fraser
Valley). Fr. Rudolf announced the publication of
the first Carmel Hill bulletin (everyone
received a copy) along with extending an
invitation to visit the new Formation house and
beautiful grounds. He also spoke of the many
features provided by the members of the Order
and encouraged the congregation to consider
joining. Afterwards, everyone went to the Parish
Hall to enjoy a reception prepared by the
Catholic Women's League and Parishioners.