08/06 Monday:  1 Kings 17.1-6 [Gospel] Matthew 5.1-12
09/06 Tuesday:  1 Kings 17.7-16 [Gospel] Matthew 5.13-16
10/06 Wednesday:  1 Kings 18.20-39 [Gospel] Matthew 5.17-19
11/06 Thursday: ST. BARNABAS  Acts 11.21b-26; 13.1-3 [Gospel] Matthew 10.7-13
12/06 Friday:  1 Kings 19.9a, 11-16 [Gospel] Matthew 5.27-32
13/06 Saturday: ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA  1 Kings 19.16b, 19-21 [Gospel] Matthew 5.33-37
14/06 Sunday: MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST  Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16  1 Corinthians 10.16-17 [Gospel] John 6.51-59
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
- Exodus 34.4b-6, 8-9
How did the Israelites related to God? Is the God I know unapproachable to all but the holiest, or terrifying like a great storm? How does God describe himself to Moses? Do I respond as Moses did, begging God to accompany me?
Psalm (Daniel 3): “Glory and praise forever!”
- Second Reading 2 Corinthians 13.11-13
Is anything “out of order” in my family or other relationships? If we ask “the God of love and peace” to be with us, what preparation should we do? Does the house need to be perfect before inviting God in? Have I kept the door closed to the grace, love and unity of the Holy Trinity?
Alleluia! “Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: to God who is, who was, and who is to come.”
- Gospel Reading John 3.16-18
“God so loved the world…” Can I explain the unfathomable love of God? Why did God give his Son? Why did the Son have to be condemned by the world in order to save it? How does faith in Christ lead to eternal life? Like Nicodemus, do I have questions before I trust in Christ? Or can I simply believe in God, Father, Son and Spirit, who is One Love.
First Communion: Please pray for the students in PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) who will receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Saturday June 13. May they soon be able to continue receiving the Body of Christ regularly. Let us also hold the school students in prayer as they prepare for first Communion in September.
Masses have resumed! Public health and archdiocesan guidelines allow Mass with a total of 50 people. 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 are Saturday at 5 pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Vietnamese). Sunday Masses are at 11:30 am (English) and 9:30 am and 3:30 pm (Vietnamese). Please note: 5 pm Mass on Saturday June 13 is reserved for English PREP First Communion. Mass on June 20 will be open for registration.
Pre-registration is required for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. Deadline is noon on 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. Please note that the parish must observe attendance limits and keep records. Please be kind to others by not signing up for Mass every week.
Online Masses continue. Please join us through the parish website, Youtube or Facebook for livestreamed Mass in English at 11:30 am Sunday, and/or in Vietnamese at 7 pm Friday, 7 pm Saturday (Rosary at 6:30 pm) and 9:30 am Sunday. To comply with copyright permissions, texts of readings and hymns are no longer in the video stream but will be downloadable before Sunday Mass. Please contact the parish for the password for 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.
Church is open for personal or family prayer 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: by appointment. Please call the parish office or one of the priests to arrange a time.
Donations: Thank you for helping with parish expenses during this time. To make a donation (single or ongoing) go to www.rcav.org/sunday-offering and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.
Second Collection: for Catholic Missions in Canada. To make a donation, please go to www.rcav.org/sunday-offering and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.
Tax Receipts: Please pick up your tax receipts for 2019 donations to the parish, school and Project Advance at the entrance. Please call the parish to have a tax receipt mailed or to update your information.
RESOURCES AND EVENTS ONLINE
Project Advance Project Advance this year will go towards a newly established Archdiocesan Crisis Response Fund, to help vulnerable individuals and families during this time of pandemic, as well as other ministries of evangelization and outreach. Previous supporters will soon receive a personal letter from the Archbishop. To donate now, or to find out more before the parish campaign begins in September, please go to the website www.projectadvance.ca (after June 8).
BEHOLD: Visit this new archdiocesan portal, intended to assist Catholics at all stages of the faith journey to engage life to the fullest! Spiritual writing, events, workshops, and many other resources. Take this opportunity to encounter Jesus and discover more of the life He has for you! For information and to sign up, go to https://beholdvancouver.org/ There are links there for some events below.
Is that you, God? it’s me: How to Hear God in Prayer – Hearing God’s voice can bring joy, meaning, and purpose for our lives. Fr. Nick Meisl and Eric Chow will introduce prayer that is practical, clear, and doable. Three Saturdays (June 6, 13, 20) from 9–10 am Register at: beholdvancouver.org/events
Catholic Marriage Summit: June 11-13, 9 am – 6 pm. Your marriage is worth it! Get the marriage you want from the marriage you have. Over 60 presenters. Register for this free online event at: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/2491
Divorced or Separated? Join us over Zoom on Thursday, June 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for Online Community Prayer. Register at https://rcav.org/calendar/
Bike Drive & Clinic: Knights of Columbus invite you to drop by the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver, on Saturday, June 13 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Your donated bike(s) will be refurbished and given to the poor locally or overseas. Get a free check-up for your current bike too. Info: (778) 836-7122.
How to Thrive in Marriage Amidst the Busyness of Raising Children: Denis Boyd discusses conversation, collaborative decision-making and other creative ways to keep a marriage great! Monday June 15, 7:30-9 pm. Register at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/2211
The Angelic Spirits: Fr. John Horgan reviews the world of the Angels, the Holy Trinity and the mission of the Church. What does the presence of Angels reveal to us in Scripture and in Church Tradition? How can they assist me in my spiritual journey? Friday, June 19, 7:00 pm on Zoom. For info / to register go to: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/2481
Who is Jesus, like for real? Be re-introduced to the Person of Jesus. Who is Jesus? A good man, a main character in the bible, a boring historical figure, a judgemental taskmaster? Meet Jesus as the most captivating, passionate, engaging, loving man to walk the earth – and He wants to be in a relationship with you! Wednesday, June 24, 7:30–9:00 pm. Register at: beholdvancouver.org/events
Forged in the Fire: In this online workshop, Jake and Heather will discuss a Catholic approach to navigating suffering and the challenges of life. The fall of Adam and Eve brought pain into the world, but through the resurrection, Jesus has turned suffering into a path to new life. Thursday, June 25, 7:30 – 9 pm. Register at beholdvancouver.org/events
Holy Angels Mausoleum Dedication Mass: with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. Sunday June 28 at 2:30 pm. This special Mass to celebrate the opening of the new mausoleum will be live-streamed from Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery. Go to the cemetery website: rccav.org/live
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