Welcome to the News of St. Joseph Parish


Currently, we have three celebrations of Sunday Mass in English: Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 11:30 am and at 6 pm.

Please pre-register for Mass by Thursday afternoon, either by phoning the parish office, or through the website. Please make sure to include the names of everyone in your group.

If your preferred Mass is full, you may be offered another Mass, or to go on a waiting list. We regret that sometimes there may be no space, and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this hard time. Before you leave the church, please leave the kneelers down where you are sitting so that the helpers know where to clean. 

Thank you for helping us comply with public health guidelines. Please check our parish website for other news and upcoming events. Thank you.

September 27th , 2020
Daily readings:
28/09 Monday: [1] Job 1.6-22 [Gospel] Luke 9.46-50
29/09 Tuesday: ST. MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL [1] Revelation 12.7-12a or Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14 [Gospel] John 1.47-51
30/09 Wednesday: ST. JEROME [1] Job 9.1-12, 14-16 [Gospel] Luke 9.57-62
01/10 Thursday: ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS [1] Job 19.21-27 [Gospel] Luke 10.1-12
02/10 Friday: The Holy Guardian Angels [1] Exodus 23.20-23a [Gospel] Matthew 18.1-5, 10.
03/10 Saturday: [1] Job 42.1-3, 5-6, 12-13, 15-17 [Gospel] Luke 10.17-24
04/10 Sunday: TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [1] Isaiah 5.1-7 [2] Philippians 4.6-9 [Gospel] Matthew 21.33-43
1. First Reading Ezekiel 18.25-28
Has life ever been unfair to me? Has it seemed that God was unfair? Are there Church teachings I consider unfair? Is God’s explanation to Ezekiel helpful? Is it easier to get out of the trap of sin or to stay on a good path? How can I work through my challenges with God’s ways and teaching?

Psalm 25: “Lord, be mindful of your mercy”

2. Second Reading Philippians 2.1-11
What will make Paul’s joy complete? Do our families and our parish show that same unity of mind and spirit in Christ? Is it possible? Do I fear that humility and obedience mean loss of self-identity? When the obedience is to God, what are the results – in this life and after?

“Alleluia! My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.”

3. Gospel Reading Matthew 21.28-32
Do I see myself in either of the sons? How do the timeliness and nature of my responses affect the lives of those near to me: at home, at school, at work or in the community? How reliable are my responses to God? Am I hesitating in trusting God or deepening our relationship? What will it take to change my mind?

PRAY FOR THE SICK: May Chu, Caroline Bayle, Camilo Romero, Adela Lim, Mary Martin, Ky Truong, Gina Tabul, Olivera Lambeta, Ngan Thi Trinh, Sam Hong Thi Do, Thuong Van Tran, Francesca Cabrales, Maria Garcia, Pho Ho, Danita Chow, Hong Van Le, Tuyen Thi Nguyen, Phu Thi Truong, Bernard Boos, Hanh Huynh, Mary Magdalene H, Thanh Thi Dao, Sa Thi Dang, Phuong Van Nguyen, Hoa Xuan Thi Le, Estrella Rodriguez, Felipe Sobredo, Long Van Nguyen, Tuyen Van Nguyen, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz, Dinh Thi Luyen, Fr. Vincent Thao Dinh, Andrew Gock.

The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

Let Us Rejoice! Our school students will receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday October 4 at 1 pm. The special Mass is not open to general attendance but let us hold them in prayer.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult (RCIA) program: will start on Wednesday, Oct. 07 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Registration forms are available at the church entrance. For more info, please contact Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599.
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) provides faith formation for children in public school (Grades 1-7) with preparation for sacraments (Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation) at appropriate levels. Start of classes has been postponed until October to ensure compliance with COVID guidelines. For more information or to register, contact Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599.
Project Advance 2020: Thank you to everyone who already donated to Project Advance! Our parish goal this year is $75,000. Donations can be made any time after Mass, by mail, at the parish office, or online at:

Regular Mass schedule: 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 7:00 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 government limits (50 in church / 20 in basement). Deadline is noon Friday. Masses may fill up earlier. Please read the information letter and 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 all Vietnamese Masses from Friday through Sunday. Rosary in Vietnamese at 6:30 pm Saturday. To more fully participate in English Sunday Mass, please download texts of readings and hymns.
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.
Second collection: for needs of the Canadian church.
Thank you for supporting the parish. To donate online (one-time or regularly) go to and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.

BEHOLD: Be sure to sign up and check this new archdiocesan portal for spiritual writing, workshops, events and other links!
One in Hope! A livestreamed concert for the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. Sunday Sept. 27 from 12:00–1:00 pm. Join Gen Verde International Performing Arts Group for songs / testimonies on themes of solidarity and universal fraternity.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees Mass: join Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB online on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 pm. View livestream at:
Pastoral Care Webinar on Hope and Healing: sponsored by Gardens of Gethsemani and the BC Catholic Health Association. Please join guest speaker, Father William Hann, a parish priest at Holy Cross Parish in Victoria, on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Zoom. For more information go to: or visit for events and spiritual resources regarding the consolations and desolations during difficult times.
Christian Dating in a Godless World: Friday Oct. 2 at 6:00 pm. Speaker Fr. T. Morrow. Hosted by St. Paul Young Adults community. Info and free registration at
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: the underlying principles – session 3 “Remembering Our Nature (how and why God made us)”. For those with some CGS formation and those who want to learn about it. Friday Oct. 2, 7:00-8:30 pm at John Paul II Pastoral Centre (for 20 registrants) or online over Zoom. Info at:
SHE Virtual Recovery Summit: for women suffering from unwanted sexual behaviours or addiction to pornography. Free registration. Talks and small groups online Monday Oct. 5 – Friday Oct. 9.
Ministry to Divorced and Separated Online discussion group: Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Must have Zoom video capability. For more info see:
Virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter: by Zoom from Friday Oct. 16 at 7 pm – Sunday Oct. 18 at 3:15 pm. Register by Friday Oct. 9. Cost $125 per couple. Free for priests/religious. Info at:




26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (September 26/27, 2020)


BEFORE MASS: (with regular introductions)


1. (We welcome everyone watching this live-streamed Mass from St. Joseph Parish, Vancouver).

2. (For those of you at home, there are links on the parish website where you can download texts of readings and hymns for this Mass.)

3. Today we celebrate the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – and the World day of Refugees and Migrants.

4. Celebrating the Mass with us today is: __________________________

5. Please stand and join in singing the Entrance hymn…



Today, there is a second collection for the Needs of the Canadian Church. Donations can be placed in the collection baskets, or placed online through our Parish website, or dropped off at our Parish Office during regular business hours.

Contributions to the 2020 Project Advance Campaign is also being collected at this time. This year, our Parish goal is $75, 000.00 – currently we have approximately $27, 000.00 in pledges from 95 families, which is a little over 1/3 of our goal! Thank you to those who have already donated. We understand that these are challenging times that maybe causing financial hardship for some and we greatly appreciate any contributions you are willing to make.

First Holy Communion Mass will be held on Sunday, October 4 at 2pm. Please pray for our students and staff as they prepare for this special occasion.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will begin on Wednesday, October 7 from 7pm to 9pm. Registration forms and information are available in the Church Foyer. Please share this information with anyone you know who is interested in joining our Catholic Family.

Please check our parish website for other news and upcoming events. Thank you





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