1st Sunday of Advent Bulletin

Daily readings:

28/11 Monday[1] Isaiah 4.2-6 [Gospel] Matthew 8. 5-11, 13

29/11 Tuesday: [1] Isaiah 11.1-10 [Gospel] Luke 10.21-24

30/11 Wednesday: ST. ANDREW [1] Romans 10.9-18 [Gospel] Matthew 4.18-22

1/12 Thursday: [1] Isaiah 26.1-6 [Gospel] Matthew 7.21, 24-27

2/12 Friday[1] Isaiah 29.17-24 [Gospel] Matthew 9.27-31

3/12 Saturday: ST. FRANCIS XAVIER [1] Isaiah 30.19-21, 23-26 [Gospel] Matthew 9.35-10.1, 5a, 6-8

4/12 Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Advent [1] Isaiah 11.1-10 [2] Romans 3.1-12 [Gospel] Matthew 3.1-12


1. First Reading - Isaiah 2.1-5

What would the world look like if peoples of all nations turned to God for instruction and desired to walk in his ways? How can we help bring about the Kingdom of God in our immediate circles? How might that influence be extended to others.

Psalm 122: “let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord”

2. Second Reading Romans 13.11-14

How has “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” changed my life? What attractions of the flesh still trouble me? What will I focus on this Advent, to be more ready to meet Christ?”

“Alleluia! “Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”

3. Gospel Reading – Matthew 24.37-44

The many natural disasters throughout the world add weight and urgency to Jesus’ teaching. How ready am I for my own last day, and for the final coming of the Lord? What threats may attack my soul? How can I guard against them?

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, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz, Vũ Nam,


For children who suffer: We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.


Saturday November 26 at 9 AM

  • For the souls of Virginia Calamba and Osmundo Valdez.
  • Thanksgiving Mass. For the soul of deceased members of Sullivan Family

Saturday November 26 at 5PM

  • For the souls of Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Marlon Bayle, Elizabeth Bayle, Remelda Beliserio.
  • For the soul of John Lawrence Sullivan

Sunday November 27 at 8 AM.

  • For the souls of Ernesto Garcia Reyes Jr, Manuel Mistica Jr, Philip Lester Lim, Anthony and Mary, 
  • For the soul of Pedro Velonza at the 6th death anniversary.

Sunday November 27 at 11:30 AM.

  • For the soul of John Lawrence Sullivan
  • For the souls of deceased members of Kwasnica Family, Jalimao Family, and Fabular family.

Sunday November 27 at 6 PM.

  • For the souls of Jose Medeiros

Monday November 28 at 8 AM.

  • Thanksgiving Mass. For the soul of deceased members of Sullivan Family.

Tuesday November 29 at 8 AM.

  • For the souls in Purgatory. 

Wednesday November 30 at 7 PM.

  • Petition Mass for Aida Aragon to have a safe trip 


This week, there is a second collection for our Parish Christmas Outreach Program. This is our annual collection which helps with sharing the Christmas Spirit with those in need within our community. Last year our parish visited 70 families with 40 children and we expect about the same again for this Christmas season. Your monetary donations will help each family with a chicken or turkey and a grocery gift card for a good Christmas dinner. Also, the familiar Jesse Tree in the front entrance of the Church will not be around for gift drop offs - instead, we welcome gift donations for individual children on our list. Please call Cathy or the parish office for information on specific gifts or other questions, or to refer a family who needs help. Contact information can be found on our parish website or in our weekly bulletin.

If you do not have your Christmas Outreach envelope today, please feel free to drop it in any future collection basket or at the Parish office. Please consider donating generously to our outreach program and we thank you for your support.

On Sunday, December 18, our Christmas Outreach program needs volunteers to help with the delivery of the gifts. Delivery will begin after the 8am Sunday Mass and should only take an hour of your time. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office. Thank you for your help in spreading Christmas cheer!

*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 to https://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering. 


* Kindle the Joy: Date Night

​​​​​Socialize with other couples, hear stories from couples about how accompaniment from married couples beyond their wedding day is vital and discover some key messages taken from the World Meeting of Families 2022. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Archdiocese of Vancouver John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

* O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Advent Retreat for Ministry to Divorced and Separated

The day will start with Mass, and participants will have the opportunity to have small group discussions, time for Adoration and Confession, and a shared meal. ​​​The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption, Port Coquitlam. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

* Advent Retreat: Angels We Have Heard on High

A prayerful invitation to the Advent season. This scripture-based morning retreat invites us to enter this season's mystery. The retreat will be held at St. Mark's parish on Dec. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ​​​Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events

The online retreat will be held on Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Advokate Life & Education Services is currently seeking a Director of Sexual Integrity Education to oversee and develop their high school sexual health program. For more information, please go to Employment Opportunities at https://advokate.ca/get-involved/ or contact Marie at [email protected]. The job posting is here.

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