16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin

Daily readings:

24/07 Monday: [1] Exodus 14.5-18 [Gospel] Matthew 12.38-42

25/07 Tuesday: Saint James [1] 2 Corinthians 4.7-15 [Gospel] Matthew 20.20-28

26/07 Wednesday: Saint Anne and Saint Joachim [1] Sirach 44.1, 8, 10-15 [Gospel] Matthew 13.16-17

27/07 Thursday: [1] Exodus 19.1-2, 9-11, 16-20b [Gospel] Matthew 13.10-17

28/07 Friday: [1] Exodus 20.1-17 [Gospel] Matthew 13.18-23

29/07 Saturday: Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus [1] Exodus 24.3-8 [Gospel] John 11.17-27 or Luke 10.38-42

30/07 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: [1] 1 Kings 3.5-12 [2] Romans 8.28-30 [Gospel] Matthew 13.44-52

First Reading: Wisdom 12.13, 16-19

When have I seen God’s strength? When has God corrected me? When have I experienced or been aware of God’s mercy, mild judgement and forbearance? What has this taught me about how to care for myself and others, especially in challenging interactions or after straying from God?

Psalm 65: “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”

Second Reading: Romans 8.26-27

When have I especially noticed the Spirit helping in my weakness? How do I typically engage with the Holy Spirit when I pray?

“Alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.”

Gospel: Matthew 13.24-43

Who or what are the weeds touching my life and how do I deal with them? What are some pros and cons of Jesus’ approach? How do these three parables apply in today’s world? What examples would I use to show or explain the kingdom of God on earth?

PRAY FOR THE SICK: May Chu, Camilo Romero, Adela Lim, Mary Martin, Ky Truong, Gina Tabul, Olivera Lambeta, Ngan Thi Trinh, Thuong Van Tran, Francesca Cabrales, Maria Garcia, Danita Chow, Hong Van Le, Tuyen Thi Nguyen, Phu Thi Truong, Bernard Boos, Hanh Huynh, Mary Magdalene H, Thanh Thi Dao, Sa Thi Dang, Phuong Van Nguyen, Hoa Xuan Thi Le, Estrella Rodriguez,  Felipe Sobredo, Shirley De La Cruz.


For a Eucharistic life: We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.


Saturday July 22 at 5 PM

  • For the souls of Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Marlon Bayle, Elizabeth Bayle, Renelda Belisario.

Sunday July 23 at 11:30 AM

  • For the soul of Felisa Villacampa.


Project Advance Campaign 2023: As of July 16, 2023, the parish has raised $13, 465. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support to the parish set goal of $80,000.

St Joseph’s Parish offers Religious Education Program from Grade 1 to Grade 7 for children to receive First Communion & Reconciliation and Confirmation sacraments. Classes will start on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 9:30 am. Registration will be on the same date at 9:00 am. Please bring a copy of your children’s baptismal certificate.

Please get your registration form at the parish office or call Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599 for more information.

St. Joseph’s Parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program for Catholic and non-Catholic: Do you want to learn more and increase your knowledge about your Catholic faith? Do you know anybody who are interested to become Catholic? Be a Disciple, Be an Evangelizer! St Joseph’s Parish RCIA program offers Evening classes from 7pm to 9pm. Classes will start on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Refreshments will be served.

Please get your registration form at the parish office or call Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599 for more info

St. Joseph’s Youth and Young Adults are hosting “Summer Saturdays” for young people in grades 5 to 8. The events will recur every Saturday from July 15 to August 26, starting from 2:30pm and ending after Mass at 5:00pm. Activities include sports, board games, and arts & crafts. Sign-up forms are provided at the back of the church or through the parish office. Please see the posters at the back of the church for further


Our Parish is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents in various areas such as: sacristans, readers, altar servers, choir members, gift bearers, parking lot attendants and so much more. Please speak with the Mass coordinator if you are able to help or would like more information.


Stay in Touch: We welcome emails or phone calls to the parish office (604-876-7826 / parish.[email protected]) if you have suggestions or need assistance. Please keep your contact information (address, phone, email) up to date. 

Donations: To donate online go tohttps://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering. 


The Filipino Ministry is celebrating the First-year Dedication anniversary of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño de Cebu at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Agassiz, BC this coming August.

Prayers and mass will be live streamed, but we encourage everyone to make this pilgrimage to the Sto Niño shrine with your fellow parish Sto. For more information, check the link below. https://www.stoninoshrine.ca/

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