16th Sunday In Ordinary Time Bulletin

Daily readings: 

19/07 Monday: [1] Exodus 14.5-18 [Gospel] Matthew 12.38-42

20/07 Tuesday: [1] Exodus 14.21-15.1,20-21 [Gospel] Matthew 12.46,48-50

21/07 Wednesday: [1] Exodus 16.1-5, 9-15 [Gospel] Matthew 13.1-9

22/07 Thursday: ST. MARY MAGDALENE [1] Song of songs 3.1-4a or 2 Corinthians 5.14-17 [Gospel] John 20.1,11-18

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

24/07 Saturday: [1] Exodus 24.3-8 [Gospel] Matthew 13.24-30

25/07 Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday in OT [2] 2 Kings 4.42-44 [2] Ephesians 4.1-6 [Gospel] John 6.1-15


1. First Reading Jeremiah 23.1-6

Who are/were the most memorable shepherds in my life? Why? What have I learned, good and bad, from their examples? Who are the sheep in my care, and how am I doing in attending to them, according to God’s message to Jeremiah? Those shepherds in public positions have especially difficult roles. What is most needed now, and how can we support and assist them in their leadership?        

Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

2. Second Ephesians 2.13-18

Jewish and gentile Christians had markedly different backgrounds that shaped their Christian understanding and practice. Ephesians emphasizes unity and peace in Christ. What sources of division between Christians, or within the Catholic Church, distress me the most? How might Christ see them from his perspective, from the Cross? How can I open my heart to reconciliation and to the peace of Christ?      

Alleluia! My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” 

3. Gospel Reading Mark 6.30-34

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while”. When have I been sustained by excitement for a mission, especially work for the Lord? What happens if it goes on with no break? When have I failed to give those shepherding in parish programs an opportunity to “rest a while”? While the Apostles rested, Jesus taught the people himself. With Jesus as Shepherd and Teacher, what more could I do?     

PRAY FOR THE SICK: May Chu, Caroline Bayle, Camilo Romero, Adela Lim, Mary Martin, Ky Truong, Gina Tabul, Olivera Lambeta, Ngan Thi Trinh, Thuong Van Tran, Francesca Cabrales, Maria Garcia, Pho Ho, 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, Tuyen Van Nguyen, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz.


Social Friendship

We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.


Saturday Mass July 17 at 5 PM.

  • For the soul of Felizardo Verdon.
  • Thanksgiving Mass and for the fast recovery of Elvira Aracap and Ester Blanco.

Sunday Mass July 18 at 11:30AM

  • For the soul of:
  • Laurenso and Rosa, Pedro Tubon Jr, Felisa Tubon, Mariciana Tubon and Paulina Quines 
  • Araceli Rivas 
  • Rosarito Bucayan Tumlos

Monday Mass July 19 at 8AM.

  • For the soul of Leticia Caspellan, 40th day of death by Norma Cruz.

Wednesday July 21 at 8 AM

  • For the soul of Catalina Cubacub, death anniversary by Glorentina Quizon.


Project Advance 2021: Last year, despite the pandemic, we reached our parish goal of $75,000 – thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support.  These funds, collected through Project Advance, enabled the archdiocesan pandemic support project, "All Were Filled", to provide 75000 meal portions to families in need, including about 2500 meals in our own parish. Our parish rebate portion helped with church renovations.

This year our parish Project Advance goal for is $80,000.

The parish rebate portion will go towards renovating the old rectory, the church altar and other small renovation projects in the church and school.  For more information, please see the volunteers after Mass, or visit our website for online donation.

Formed.org: is available for our parishioners from Friday 16/07. For more info, please visit our parish website.

The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: on July 25 during the 11:30am English Mass. All grandparents and seniors from 65yrs and up are welcome to join the Mass for a special blessing.

Our Parish Religious Education Program: is in need of teachers for the 2021-22 school year, beginning in September.  Please contact Luz Bucad at 604-721-2473 for more information. 

As the weather gets warmer, you are reminded to please attend Mass in modest and appropriate attire.

Please visit our Parish website for the weekly bulletin and for more information regarding events in our Parish and in the Archdiocese.


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. Please keep your contact information (address, phone, email) up to date.   

Donations: To donate online go to www.rcav.org/sunday-offering and select St. Joseph, Van Offering. 

Weekly Collection Envelopes: for 2021 can be picked up at the church entrance.


Drug or Alcohol Addiction Recovery: We offer a structured and supportive Catholic Christian 12-Step recovery program, in a pleasant, loving, family-like setting. We accept women of all faith backgrounds. For more information, visit: beholdvancouver.org/events.

Memorial Mass at Gardens of Gethsemani: is held on the last Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm in the Evangelist Chapel on site. Join us on Sunday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m to remember those who have passed away and all who have left this world with the hope of the resurrection. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

PRH Workshop: Growing My Capacity to Love and Receive Love: A 4-day workshop to help you develop your emotional and to gradually achieve greater maturity. Monday, July 26 to Thursday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Estate and Memorial Planning Webinar: join us on Thursday, August 12 at 11 a.m. to learn more information for preparing or updating your will and the beauty of the funeral rite, and formulating pre-need arrangements. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Spiritual Care Training Program: is now open for Registration beginning September 2021.  This 9-week training course teaches skills in how to make yourself more available to seniors and others who can benefit from your genuine concern and presence in their lives. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.BEHOLD: Be sure to sign up and check this new archdiocesan portal for spiritual writing, workshops, events and other links! https://beholdvancouver.org/

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