20/01 Monday:  1 Samuel 15.16-23
[Gospel] Mark 2.18-22
21/01 Tuesday: ST. AGNES  1 Samuel 16.1-13 [Gospel] Mark 2.23-28
22/01 Wednesday:  1 Samuel 17.32-33, 37, 40-51 [Gospel] Mark 3.1-6
23/01 Thursday:  1 Samuel 18.6-9; 19.1-7 [Gospel] Mark 3.7-12
24/01 Friday: ST. FRANCIS DE SALES  1 Samuel 24.2-21 [Gospel] Mark 3.13-19
25/01 Saturday: THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE  Acts 22.3-16 or Acts 9.1-22 [Gospel] Mark 16.15-18
26/01 Sunday: 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  Isaiah 9.1-4  1 Corinthians 1.10-13. 17-18 [Gospel] Matthew 4.12-23
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
- First Reading Isaiah 49.3, 5-6
For what purpose did the Lord form me in my mother’s womb? How am I serving him? Does God have greater expectations of me?
Psalm 40: “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.”
- Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1.1-3
Paul had no doubt about his call to be an apostle and his mission in Corinth. What is God’s call for all the baptized? How does God bless all who seek him?
Alleluia! “The Word became flesh and lived among us. To all who received him, he gave the power to become children of God.”
- Gospel Reading John 1.29-34
In Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist recognizes Jesus in the womb. In this Gospel how did John recognize the Lamb of God? Why was it important for him to tell of it? How have I encountered Christ? Will telling my story help reveal him to the world?
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (January)
Promotion of World Peace: We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.
Lunar New Year: Bishop Joseph Nguyen will celebrate 9:30 am Vietnamese Mass on Sunday Jan. 26, followed by firecrackers, dragon dance, food and fun at the school gym. The full schedule is in Vietnamese.
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)
Musicians, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic: are needed for several Masses. Will you share your time and talent? Immediate needs include a key-board player for Saturday 5 pm Mass and lectors and EM for Sunday 6 pm Mass. You can volunteer at the Mass or call the coordinator or parish office.
Project Advance 2019: Thank you for your support! By year end, 330 families (36%) pledged $84,835 and donated $83,835. $39,0000 is for the Archdiocese, a small proportion for campaign expenses and the rest will come to our parish building fund.
Collections January 11/12:
Regular collection: $3887.15
Building fund (roofing): $2382.70
2020 Sunday envelopes: please pick up your box! Please call the parish office for envelopes or to update records. Thank you!
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: We pray that this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may encourage all of us to work tirelessly for the visible communion of all Christian churches through our common witness of prayer, service and friendship, and show particular kindness and biblical hospitality to those in need, especially at this time. Join other Christians to pray, sing and witness to Christ! Wednesday Jan. 22 at 5 pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. For info and prayer resources to use during the week, contact Maria Rocha (604-683-0281 / rcav.org/christian-unity)
Public Consultation on Euthanasia:
Speak up for life! Take part in the federal government’s two-week public consultation on expanding euthanasia in Canada. Complete the online survey before end of day Jan. 27: visit justice.gc.ca/eng/cons/ad-am. For info see B.C. Catholic: bit.ly/bcc-euthconsult.
Proclaim Training: Missionary discipleship skills for proclaiming Jesus in your home or community and leading Discovery or Alpha. Register at weareproclaim.com/training. Free. At John Paul II Pastoral Centre Wed. Jan 22, 6-9:30 pm and at other locations/times.
Into the Deep: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity- Friday Jan. 24, 7- 8:30 pm at John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Where does the Church stand on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity? Speaker: Peter Nation. “Into the Deep” is a free bi-monthly series of talks for seeking disciples. Register at secure.rcav.org/into-the-deep
Archdiocesan Winter Institute: Learn the rich traditions of Catholic faith. Open to all. Saturday Jan. 25 at Holy Cross Secondary School, Surrey. Cost $40 before Jan. 22. Program/registration at: rcav.org/oc-winter.
Virtuous Leadership: Saturday Jan. 25, 9:15 am – noon at John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Be a great leader by seeking to bring out the best in others. Virtuous leadership invites people to grow in character and help others do the same. www.virtuousleaders.ca
Mass of Remembrance: Sunday Jan. 26, 12:30/2:30 pm at Gardens of Gethsemani.
National Campus Life Network (NCLN) Momentum Tour (Vancouver): On Friday, Jan. 31, 6:45-9 pm, Frida Abaroa (Operations Director NCLN) will speak about their work on university campuses to stem the tide of abortion in Canada. The national tour hopes to raise up 100 young people for the 2019-2020 mission and find support for the work.
Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil: at St. Augustine Church, Vancouver, on Saturday Feb. 1 at 8 am. For upcoming locations visit rcav.org/pro-life-mass-and-prayer-vigil
World Day for Consecrated Life: Mass with Archbishop Miller, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 pm at St. Helen’s, Burnaby. Reception after.
Breathe: Catholic Marriage Conference Friday-Saturday Feb. 7-8, 2020 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Breathe life into your marriage! catholicmarriageandfamily.com
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fatima, Spain: October 1-14 with Fr. Paul Bui. Cost $4000-$4500. For info call Father Paul Bui (604 728 0204) or Mr. Thao Ta (778 388 1223).