11/05 Monday:  Acts 14.5-18 [Gospel]
12/05 Tuesday:  Acts 14.19-28 [Gospel] John 14.27-31a
13/05 Wednesday: (Our Lady of Fatima)  Acts 15.1-6 [Gospel] John 15.1-8
14/05 Thursday: ST. MATTHIAS  Acts 1.15-17, 20-26 [Gospel] John 15.9-17
15/05 Friday:  Acts 15.22-31 [Gospel] John 15.12-17
16/05 Saturday:  Acts 16.1-10 [Gospel] John 15.18-21
17/05 Sunday: 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER  Acts 8.5-8, 14-17  1 Peter 3.15-18 [Gospel] John 14.15-21
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS, FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
- Acts 6.1-7
Am I feeling overwhelmed and pulled in all directions these days, with the added demands of staying safe, physical distancing, confinement, work and new responsibilities in child- or eldercare? Do I feel like I have to do it all alone? Which responsibilities might be delegated? Come, Holy Spirit! Enlighten our family, your domestic Church, and show us the way to support each other in God’s work.
Psalm 33: “Let your love be upon us, Lord, even as we hope in you.”
- Second Reading 1 Peter 2.4-9
“Beloved: come to the Lord… Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house…” What does Christ’s spiritual house look like to me? Am I in the wall or out, or maybe teetering on the edge? Do I feel alone in my relationship with Jesus? Why does God call a people?
Alleluia! “I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.”
- Gospel Reading John 14.1-12
As Jesus invites his disciples to follow him forever, what questions do I have? Do I know the way to follow him? Do I wonder if there will be a place for me, or for my loved ones? Do I want to follow Jesus, but have questions about God? Is my image of the Father an obstacle? Lord, strengthen my faith; Lord, help me to see.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
Pray the Rosary in May: Pope Francis encourages all families to pray the Rosary this month and he has provided two new prayers for this year. His complete letter and printable copies of the prayers are at the bottom of the Home page of this website.
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 Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Hand sanitizer, extra cleaning of the pews, and marking guides to ensure distancing are in use.
Online Masses: please join us through the parish Facebook, website or Youtube for livestreamed Mass in English at 11:30 am Sunday, and/or in Vietnamese at 7 pm Friday, 7 pm Saturday anticipated Mass, and 9:30 am Sunday.
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 (May 10): for the Parish Building Fund. To donate, use the link above and select one-time donation. Please note in the Comment field that the donation is for the Building Fund.
Vocations Vancouver donations: Thinking about giving? Donations until Sunday May 10 will be matched (up to $200,000).
Second collection (May 17) for Pope’s Pastoral Works has been postponed until October 4 (Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi).
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
Virtual National March for Life: This year, National March for Life has planned a week of pro-life activities from May 10-14, with a virtual rally on Thursday, May 14. Please tune in to this national, virtual celebration of life – COVID-19 cannot shut down the defense of life! Visit: https://marchforlife.ca/event/virtual-national-march-for-life/
Youth Ministry Leadership Bursary: The Archdiocesan Ministries and Outreach Office is offering two awards ($500 each), to be applied to post-secondary schooling, for young leaders who are making an impact, showing initiative and inspiring others. Open to Grade 12 students who are practicing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, known in their parish and active in parish and/or archdiocesan youth ministry. Must be going on to post-secondary education – visit catholicgapyear.ca if you are considering a catholic gap year. Deadline to apply: Monday, May 25. Info: rcav.org/ym-leadership-bursary
Dying Healed Webinar: Monday May 11 – Wednesday May 13, 4 – 5:30 pm on Zoom. This workshop (3 sessions) is for volunteers and family members accompanying those who suffer, are socially isolated or dying. Only 15 places!
May 11: Introduction to end of life issues, the law on euthanasia
May 12: The meaning of human suffering, the power of human presence
May 13: Pastoral aspects of Dying Healed, case studies, follow up.
Register online at https://bit.ly/3bFfrHI to receive workshop materials by email, and link to join the workshop.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: The Underlying Principles – Previous CGS participants and those interested in learning more are invited to a new series of six networking gatherings. The first session, “Wonder and Awe”, will be online (Zoom) on May 13 at 7 pm. Register at:
Divorced or Separated? You are invited to participate in a new ministry of the Archdiocese through online presentations (Zoom), small group discussions and community prayer. The first event is “They Understand Because They’ve Been There — Catholic Saints Who Have Lived Through Divorce”. Fr. John Horgan will introduce some saints who have experienced the isolation of divorce and witness to living holy lives in the midst of the struggle. Thursday, May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm. Free. Register at https://rcav.org/calendar/
Fiat Evening of Recollection – Glorious Fiat: Single Catholic women, ages 18-35, are invited to an online meeting of Fiat on Saturday, May 23 from 2-4 pm. Pray, reflect, and connect! The consecrated women from Focolare will share on how we can learn to respond to God through the glorious mysteries of the rosary. RSVP to [email protected] for a link to the meeting. For more info see Vocations Vancouver on Facebook.
Into the Deep: The Prayerful Art of Making Decisions – How do you make decisions? Where is God in your decisions? Discover new answers through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Presenter: Deacon Hilmar Pabel. Friday, May 29, from 7:00-8:30 pm. Register online at https://rcav.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oTverSVxT_qQWMHaXKXZ0Q
Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat: Have you forgotten how to laugh and enjoy life? Can you even begin to imagine what that would be like? Did the abortion decision change everything? Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat – experience joy-filled tears and be reminded that you are His – always have been and always will be. Next Retreat is June 2020. For confidential information and to register call (604) 525-0999.
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