Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Oct 20, 2019

Daily readings:

21/10 Monday: [1] Romans 4.20-25 [Gospel] Luke 12.13-21

22/10 Tuesday: [1] Romans 5.12-21 [Gospel] Luke 12.35-38

23/10 Wednesday: [1] Romans 6.12-18

[Gospel] Luke 12.39-48

24/10 Thursday: [1] Romans 6.19-23 [Gospel] Luke 12.49-53

25/10 Friday: [1] Romans 7.18-25a [Gospel] Luke 12.54-59

26/10 Saturday: [1] Romans 8.1-11 [Gospel] Luke 13.1-9

27/10 Sunday: THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [1] Sirach 35.15-17, 20-22 [2] 2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18 [Gospel] Luke 18.9-14




  1. First Reading Exodus 17.8-13How do I balance action and prayer in the daily challenges of life? When do I ask God for help? What sustains me when the struggle is prolonged? Who supports me in prayer? How can I strengthen and encourage others?

Psalm 121: “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

  1. Second Reading 2 Timothy 3.14 – 4.2

How persistent am I in proclaiming the good news of salvation? What do I need to be more effective? How familiar am I with Scripture and the teaching of the Church? How might I grow in knowledge and faith?

Alleluia! “The word of God is living and active; it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

  1. Gospel Reading Luke 18.1-8

Do I believe God will answer my prayer? Do I trust that God is fair and always acts for good, or do I believe only if I receive what I want? Will prayer end injustice in the world?


Evangelization: That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church.


Second collection World Mission Sunday. Thank you for supporting the Pontifical Mission Societies! Pope Francis has declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Mission Month. The theme “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World”, reminds us that proclaiming and sharing the gift of divine life is the mission of everyone in the Church.

Thank you! From Fr. Peter Pham OP for your contributions of $1785. for “Work of Dominican Vocations” on Sep. 22.

Project Advance 2019: Thank you for giving to Project Advance! As of last week 293 families (32%) pledged $73,045 and donated $70,326. To make a gift:

1- Go on-line to and click on “Project Advance”. You will have to designate your parish as part of the process.

2- Complete a pledge form (available at the Church entrance) and return in the collection basket at weekend Mass or to parish office.


2019 Federal Election: Monday October 21. Archbishop Miller reminds Catholics of the moral obligation to vote. For his letter and other resources see

 8th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner: Oct. 22, 6 pm at Hotel Fairmont Vancouver. SOLD OUT.

Unplanned Screening at The Orpheum: CANCELLED October 23. To be rescheduled.

Marian Devotions for Peace & Justice in Hong Kong: Join us for an ancient service in the Byzantine Tradition on Thursday Oct. 24, 7-8 pm at Eastern Catholic Church, Richmond.

The Art of Discernment in the Ignatian Tradition: Friday Oct. 25, Plato’s Cave, St. Mark’s College. 6:30 pm Wine and cheese; 7:00 pm talk by Fr. John O’Brien SJ on the Ignatian “rules” and language of discernment.

Your Joy Will Be Complete: October 25-27 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Burnaby. Inner Healing Recollection led by the Daughters of Carmel Sisters, San Francisco. Heals wounds of sin and emotional wounds even if suppressed. Your joy will be complete by God’s amazing grace! $30. Contact: [email protected]

Western Liturgy Conference: “When I in Awesome Wonder”- October 25-26 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Kelowna, BC. Explore symbols in liturgical celebrations, use of technology/media at Mass and the new “Music for Catholic Worship” Canadian hymnal. $100.

Upper Room Conference: Saturday Oct. 26 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Speakers include Cardinal Dolan, Sr. Miriam James. Connect, worship together and gain insight on living your missional call to share the Gospel! Info/Register at:

Catholic Street Missionaries Training & Outreach: for ages 19-39. Experience how we reach out to our less privileged brothers/ sisters. Sunday October 27, 1:30–7 pm, St. Mary’s Parish. Info:  Mildred (778-885-9611) or [email protected] Register:

Mass of Remembrance: Sunday Oct. 27 at 12:30 and 2:30 pm at Gardens of Gethsemani.

Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm at St. Mark’s Church in Vancouver. With Archbishop Miller. Refreshments after.

End Times: What Can We Expect? What is Catholic teaching on the rapture? When can we expect the second coming? Learn Church teaching on eschatology (end times) from Fr. Ain Leetma on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Vancouver.

Hallowtide at Gardens of Gethsemani: Hallows Eve Prayer Vigil: Thursday Oct. 31 at 7 pm at Evangelist Chapel, followed by candlelight prayer walk through the cemetery. All Saints’ Day Mass: with Archbishop Miller Friday Nov. 1, 6:30 pm

All Souls’ Day Mass: Saturday Nov. 2, 6:30 pm

Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil: Saturday Nov. 2 at 8:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vancouver. For upcoming dates see poster or

Visiting the Sick Workshop: Saturday Nov. 2, 9 am – 1 pm, St. Mark’s Chapel, Vancouver. For Eucharistic Ministers and parish visitors to the sick. Dr. Romayne Gallagher will discuss quality palliative care and how to access it. $25 (incl lunch). Register on Eventbrite or email [email protected] / 604-822-0261

Padre Pio Prayer Group: Saturday Nov. 2 at 9:30 am in St. Mary’s Church basement. Mass 8:30 am. Speaker: Vernon Robertson on “The Upper Room”.   [email protected]

For All the Saints: Music for Hallowtide- Motet sing Missa Omnes Sancti (Malcolm Archer) and Missa pro Defunctis (Tomás Luis de Victoria) on Saturday Nov. 2 at 2 pm at St. Augustine’s Church, Vancouver. By donation (suggested $10–20). All ages are welcome!

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