Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Nov 17, 2019

Daily readings:

18/11 Monday: [1] 1 Maccabees 1.10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 [Gospel] Luke 18.35-43

19/11 Tuesday: [1] 2 Maccabees 6.18-31 [Gospel] Luke 19.1-10

20/11 Wednesday: [1] 2 Maccabees 7.1, 20-31 [Gospel] Luke 19.11-28

21/11 Thursday: PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY [1] 1 Maccabees 2.15-29 [Gospel] Luke 19.41-44

22/11 Friday: ST. CECILIA [1] 1 Maccabees 4.36-37, 52-59 [Gospel] Luke 19.45-48

23/11 Saturday: [1] 1 Maccabees 6.1-13 [Gospel] Luke 20.27-40

24/11 Sunday: CHRIST THE KING [1] 2 Samuel 5.1-3 [2] Colossians 1.12-20 [Gospel] Luke 23.35-43




  1. First Reading Malachi 4.1-2

What do I expect on the day of the Lord? A scorching heat, burning roots of evil and arrogance, or the healing warmth of the sun of righteousness?

Psalm 98: “The Lord is coming to judge the peoples with equity.”

  1. Second Reading 2 Thessalonians 3.7-12

What is my attitude to work? Is it a burden to be suffered, or a gift lived with gratitude and joy? In my work am I an example to imitate?

Alleluia! “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

  1. Gospel Reading Luke 21.5-19

Are we in the end times that Jesus describes? How do I respond in faith to the assaults on the Church and to disasters and suffering? Is it a challenge to explain my faith? Do I worry about what to say? Do I trust the Holy Spirit to give me the words?


Universal: That a spirit of dialogue, encounter and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.


Second collection: Home Missions.

World Day of the Poor: On the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pope Francis invites the Church to reach out in solidarity to those in need. This weekend we invite you to find out more about the work of the parish St. Vincent de Paul group or to sign up for the visiting ministry in the church foyer.

Parish Fundraising Lottery: Tickets are $20. Proceeds will go to the building fund.

First Prize:      2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Second Prize:  $3,000.00 cash

Third Prize:     $1,000.00 cash

Early Draw (Jan. 25, 2020): $1,000.00 cash

Main Draw: March 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the Church Basement (Feast of St. Joseph)

Project Advance 2019: Thank you for your support! As of last week, 303 families (33%) pledged $74,445 and donated $72,209. The parish goal is $100,000 for church roof repairs (underway), parking lot and the parish centre/school fund. To give online, visit:

Parish Christmas Outreach: starts next weekend, with the giving tree and second collection to help with food ($50/basket), flower arrangements ($5) and gifts for elders. Thank you for giving joy to neighbors in need!

Christmas concert: Saturday Dec. 7 at 7 pm

at the church. Enliven your Christmas spirit with song! Mass before the concert will be at 5:30 pm in English and Vietnamese (replacing 5pm & 7pm anticipated Masses).

Advent Retreat and Reconciliation: In English Dec. 11 and in Vietnamese Dec. 12 and 13. Silent Eucharistic Adoration 6-7 pm, Retreat talk 7-8 pm with Confession before and after. English Mass on Dec. 11 will be at 8 am (not 7 pm). Vietnamese Mass will be at 11:30 am on retreat days.

Second Collection (Nov. 24): Parish Christmas Outreach.


Fourth Annual Ordinandi Dinner: Tuesday Nov. 19, 5:30 pm (dinner 6:30) at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St. Cost $50/ student $25. Tickets:

The Rooms of Our Lives: with Vernon Robertson on Tuesday Nov. 19 at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s Church Basement, Vancouver. Free. Hosted by St. Mary’s Mission Ablaze Prayer Group. Everyone is welcome.

Surviving and Thriving with Stress for You and Your Family:  Wednesday Nov. 20, 7:00-8:30 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall Vancouver. Registered psychologist Denis Boyd will examine symptoms and sources of stress in adults and children and share practical tips to not just survive but THRIVE with stress!

First Time in an Eastern Church – All You Need to Know: Wednesday Nov. 20, 8-9 pm at Eastern Catholic Church, Richmond.

Taize Prayer Service: Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:45-9 pm, St. Augustine Church, Vancouver.

Into the Deep: The Art of Community in Mental Health- Friday Nov. 22 from 7- 8:30 pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. A personal and a professional reflection illustrate the vital role of relationships in mental health. “Into the Deep” is a free bi-monthly series of talks for seeking disciples.

Development & Peace Workshop – For Our Common Home: Saturday Nov. 23, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm at St. Peter’s Church, New Westminster. Learn how important the Amazon is to the survival of the earth and what you can do to protect it. Free. Bring your cup for coffee/tea and bring a friend! Contact Pinky: [email protected]

Mass of Remembrance: Sunday Nov. 24, 12:30/2:30 pm at Gardens of Gethsemani.

End Times Talk Part 2: A New Creation with Fr. Ain Leetma. Attendance at Part 1 is not necessary. Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Vancouver.

Marriage Mentorship Workshop (1 day) Friday Nov. 29, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm or Saturday Nov. 30, 10 am – 4 pm at John Paul II Pastoral Center. Do you want to see more fruitful marriages in your parish? Learn how to begin a parish marriage mentorship program for newly weds. With Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, founders of the Witness to Love program.

Advent Retreat for ministry leaders, with Fr. Nick Meisl. Friday Dec. 6, from 6 – 9:30 pm to the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Come to explore how Jesus is “God with us.”

Care of Creation Workshop – Truth, Lies, Love and Action: A Christian Response to the Climate Crisis Saturday Dec. 7 from 12:30-4:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church basement, Vancouver. Register at:  Free.

Advent Retreat with Fr. Nick Meisl: All ministry leaders are invited on Friday Dec. 6, from 6 – 9:30 pm to the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver, to explore how Jesus is “God with us.” While generously committing ourselves to the joys and challenges of ministry, we can sometimes feel disconnected from Jesus’ presence even though he is always with us. In preparation for Christmas, we will contemplate the different ways we encounter Jesus in our lives in order to be strengthened and affirmed in our ministries. To aid this reflection, we will consider some texts describing the birth of Jesus. In particular, we will see how Gospel writers understood this event as fulfilling Old Testament expectations regarding Divine Presence (i.e. the desert Tabernacle, the Temple, and personified wisdom). Register online at

O Come Let Us Adore Him Advent Retreat Saturday Dec. 7, 8:30 am – 1 pm at St. Mark’s Church, UBC. Prayerfully enter Advent, exploring our invitation to adore the Divine Incarnate through Scripture, prayer, music, imagination, and art. Retreat includes quiet time for individual prayer as well as opportunity for small-group faith sharing. Early bird discount ($20 for students, $35 adults) and general admission ($25 students, $45 adults). Parking $9. Register online on eventbrite.

Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil: at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Burnaby, Saturday Dec. 7 at 9 am. For upcoming locations visit

St. Mary’s Padre Pio Prayer Group Have you heard about St. Sharbel, the monk and hermit of Lebanon who died in 1898 and whose body stayed incorrupt until 1950? He is also known as the intercessor of Lebanon and a great miracle worker. Fr. Gabriel de Chadarevian, O.P., our keynote presenter will talk about his upbringing, his monastic life and the many miracles he has been performing, after he died. He can be described as “Padre Pio of the Middle East.” The Relic of Saint Pio will be venerated at the prayer meeting. Come and join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Vancouver. For further information please contact Lucy Rodjito at [email protected]

Ordinations of Deacon Felix Min and Richard Conlin: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 12 pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. Join the Archdiocese in giving praise and thanksgiving to God, as Archbishop Miller ordains Deacon Felix Min to the priesthood and Richard Conlin to the diaconate

Care of Creation Workshop – Truth, Lies, Love and Action: A Christian Response to the Climate Crisis

Canada has declared a national climate emergency. As Christians how do we respond? How do we separate fact from fiction? How do we act with love and responsibility during this environmental crisis? How is Pope Francis guiding us? The Mysteria Lucis Chapter of Lay Dominicans invite you to join us for an afternoon of inspiring talks and group discussions at St. Mary’s Church Basement in Vancouver from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 7. Entry is by registration only but the workshop is free of charge. Hot drinks and snacks provided.
For more information contact Mark (604-695-7421) or Cathy ([email protected])

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Men’s Hostel urgently needs mugs! Bring to 828 Cambie St or John Paul II Pastoral Centre.

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