Reflections

July 26TH, 2020 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Daily readings:

27/07 Monday: [1] Jeremiah 13.1-11 [Gospel] Matthew 13.31-35

28/07 Tuesday: [1] Jeremiah 14.17-22 [Gospel] Matthew 13.36-43

29/07 Wednesday: ST. MARTHA [1] Jeremiah 15.10, 16-21 [Gospel] John 11.17-27

30/07 Thursday: [1] Jeremiah 18.1-6 [Gospel] Matthew 13.47-52

31/07 Friday: ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA [1] Jeremiah 26.1-9 [Gospel] Matthew 13.54-58

01/08 Saturday: ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI [1] Jeremiah 26.11-16, 24 [Gospel] Matthew 14.1-12

02/08 Sunday: EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [1] 1 Isaiah 55.1-3 [2] Romans 8.35, 37-39 [Gospel] Matthew 14.13-21.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS

17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

  1. First Reading 1 Kings 3.5-12

God gives Solomon a choice of gifts. Solomon asks God for “an understanding mind,” so that he could always do what was just and best for his subjects. God rewards him with the gift of wisdom making him the wisest man that ever lived. — The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan, O.F.M.

Psalm 119: “Lord, How I love your law.”

  1. Second Reading Romans 8.28-30

The theme of this reading concerns the graciousness and mercy of God at work in calling men to himself, justifying them, and glorifying them as well. The point of the reading is the eternal mystery of the ineffable love of God for man, even before man existed. — A Celebrants Guide to the New Sacramentary – A Cycle by Kevin W. Irwin

  1. Gospel Reading Matthew 13.44-52

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Do you really trust God? Do you really believe that God will provide all that you need? Faith is a challenge for everyone at times. Putting our trust in God, in everything we do, in good times and in bad, means that God’s plan for our lives may be quite different than what we planned. When one door closes, another one opens. Trust in God, His plan is always better.

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PARISH NEWS

Join us again for Mass! Daily Mass in English is Monday to Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 9 am. There is no Novena Mass at this time. Weekday Mass in Vietnamese is Tuesday to Thursday at 11:30 am and Friday at 7 pm.

Anticipated Masses: Saturday at 5 pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Vietnamese) Sunday Masses: 11:30 am and 6 pm (English) and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm (Vietnamese). Please spread the word!  

Pre-registration is required for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday Masses, to remain below 50 people in the church and 20 in the basement. Deadline is noon Friday, but Masses may fill up earlier. Please read this information letter and follow the links to register online, or phone the parish office for a place. The parish must observe attendance limits and keep records of everyone present at every Mass. This is for your safety in case of virus exposure.

Livestreamed Masses continue in English at 11:30 am Sunday, and in Vietnamese at 7 pm Friday, 7 pm Saturday (Rosary at 6:30 pm) and 9:30 am Sunday. Texts of readings and hymns for English Mass can be downloaded from https://stjosephvancouver.ca/en/ before Sunday Mass.

Stay in Touch: We welcome emails or phone calls to the parish office (604-876-7826 / [email protected]) if you have suggestions or need assistance. Please keep your contact information (address, phone, email) up to date.

Church is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (except 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after Masses); Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Hand sanitizer, extra cleaning of the pews, and marking guides to ensure distancing are in use.

Confession: 15 mins before every Mass during weekday and weekend. Please let each Mass coordinator or a priest that day know that you would like to confess.

Donations:

Thank you for supporting the parish. To donate online (one-time or regularly) go to www.rcav.org/sunday-offering and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.

RESOURCES AND EVENTS ONLINE

Project Advance information for 2020 is available at www.projectadvance.ca Donations can be made now by mail, at the parish office or online via the Project Advance website. Parish Project Advance fundraising will begin in September.

BEHOLD: Have you signed up? This new archdiocesan portal is for Catholics at all stages of the faith journey. Encounter Jesus and delve into the life He offers you. Spiritual writing, workshops, events and links to other resources can now be found at https://beholdvancouver.org/

Hidden Stories: Exploring Race, Gender, and Human Trafficking in Canada, Wednesday July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Are you familiar with Canada’s laws on prostitution? Are you aware of the lived experiences of trafficked women? Join speakers Laura Lam, Sr. Nancy Brown and Gwendoline Allison via Zoom as we learn more about how we can promote human dignity. Register at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/3041

Exploring My Inner World: a practical, effective and original method to get to know yourself better. Join us online July 31 – August 3 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, daily. Register online at beholdvancouver.org/events/exploring-my-inner-world

Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil

Join us online Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9:00 am. Live-streamed from St. Helen’s Parish, Burnaby, rosary and prayers followed by Mass. Visit beholdvancouver.org/events for the live stream link and more info.

ARISE! Grade 8 Summer Virtual (online) Retreat: on Friday, August 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (with a mid-day break). Are you ready to get to know Jesus as your friend? The purpose of the Summer Retreat for Grade 8 Youth is to lead young people into a deeper understanding and relationship with Jesus Christ. Register online at beholdvancouver.org/events/3001

The Marriage Course: a 7-week Zoom Webinar program produced by Alpha International, for couples “seeking practical support to strengthen their relationship, keep the spark alive and stay connected.” Join us every Thursday from August 13 until September 24 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Register online at beholdvancouver.org/events/2801

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