17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin

Daily readings:

31/07 Monday: Saint Ignatius of Loyola [1] Exodus 32.15-24, 30-34 [Gospel] Matthew 13.31-35

01/08 Tuesday: Saint Alphonsus Liguori [1] Exodus 33.7-11; 34.4b-9, 28 [Gospel] Matthew 13.36-43

02/08 Wednesday: Saint Eusebius of Vercelli or Saint Peter Julian Eymard [1] Exodus 34.29-35 [Gospel] Matthew 13.44-46

03/08 Thursday: [1] Exodus 40.16-21, 34-38 [Gospel] Matthew 13.47-52

04/08 Friday: Saint John Mary Vianney [1] Leviticus 23.1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 [Gospel] Matthew 13.54-58

05/08 Saturday: Blessed Frédéric Janssoone or The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major [1] Leviticus 25.1, 8-17 [Gospel] Matthew 14.1-12

06/08 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Transfiguration of the Lord [1] Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14 [2] 2 Peter 1.16-19 [Gospel] Matthew 17.1-9

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: 1 Kings 3.5-12

“God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’” Jesus also told us, “Ask and you shall receive.” What does Samuel’s interaction with God teach us about asking something of God? How will I express my “ask” to God? What has God already given and how do I show my appreciation?

Psalm 119: “Lord, how I love your law!”

Second Reading: Romans 8.28-30

When did I truly recognize that I was called by God for his purpose? How has God transformed me since then, to grow in holiness in the image of his Son? How have my relationships to God and others and my attitudes to life’s ups and downs changed during my spiritual journey?

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

Gospel: Matthew 13.44-52

“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” How have I been touched on encountering the kingdom of heaven? What am I doing with this treasure and what do I have to share?

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.


This coming Friday will be the first Friday in August. Mass will be at 9 am, followed by Eucharistic adoration. There is no 8 am Mass on first Fridays.

In honour of St. Dominic, patron of the Dominican Order, there will be a special Mass at St. Mary’s at 8:30 am next Saturday August 5, followed by refreshment in St. Mary’s church basement. Everyone is invited.

The annual pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Mission will be on Saturday August 19, starting with sacrament of Reconciliation at 11 am, Mass with Archbishop Miller at 1 pm and Rosary and Benediction at 2 pm. An air-conditioned bus will leave St. Mary’s parish at 8 am, and depart Mission at 3:30 pm to return around 5 pm. The deadline to pre-register and pay the $40 fee for the bus is tomorrow, July 31. To register or get more information, please email [email protected] or phone Teresita Nixon at 604-940-2360. Information sheets are available at the church entrance.

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

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.


World Day for Migrants and Refugees

The Holy Father has chosen the theme “Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Join Father Richard Zanotti and Father Tom Smith in prayerful celebration and solidarity with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters on Saturday, September 23, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish, Richmond. There will be a reception with food and entertainment following Mass in the gym. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org.

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