1st Sunday Of Advent Bulletin

Daily readings:

29/11 Monday: [1] Isaiah 2.1-5, [Gospel] Matthew 8.5-11, 13

30/11 Tuesday: St.Andrew [1] Romans 10.9-18 [Gospel] Matthew 4.18-22 

01/12 Wednesday: [1] Isaiah 25.6-10a [Gospel] Matthew 15.29-37

02/12 Thursday: [1] Isaiah 26.1-6 [Gospel] Matthew 7.21, 24-27

03/12 Friday: St.Francis Xavier [1] Isaiah 29.17-24 [Gospel] Matthew 9.27-31

04/12 Saturday: St.John Damascene [1] Isaiah 30.19-21, 23-26 [Gospel] Matthew 9.35—10.1,5a, 6-8

05/12 Sunday:  2nd Sunday of Advent [1] Baruch 5.1-9 [2] Philippians 1.3-6, 8-11 [Gospel] Luke 3.1-6


“Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. “

1. First Reading Jeremiah 33.14-16

What did the peoples of Israel and Judah expect from the Lord? What was their part of the from the New Covenant? What are my hopes for justice, righteousness, safety, and salvation for my life and for our world today?

Psalm 93: “To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.”

2. Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 3.12 – 4.2

St. Paul prays that the Thessalonians may “increase and abound in love for one another and for all”, and “strengthen [their] hearts in holiness”. What are my Advent resolutions to prepare for the coming of our Lord? What help do I ask of God? 

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

3. Gospel Reading Luke 21.25-28, 34-36

How have recent natural disasters in our area and in the world affected me? What changes, if any, have I made to be practically and spiritually prepared for potential disasters? How should I be preparing for the second coming of Christ?                 

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, Alicia C. Bayles.


People Who Suffer from Depression: We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.


Friday Nov.26 at 8AM

- For the soul of Salvacion Javillo

Saturday Nov.27 at 9AM

Saturday Nov.27 at 5PM

- For the souls of Alisa Bayle, Alicia Bayle, Marlon Bayle, Ester Blanco, Thomas Bayle and Elizabeth Bayle

Sunday Nov.28 at 8AM

  • For the soul of Gloria Dellava by Tessie
  • For the soul of Fr.Paul Thompson, Noel Fletcher, William Fletcher and Robert Fletcher


The second collection: "Parish's Christmas Outreach Program"

On Sunday, December 12, our Christmas Outreach program needs volunteers to help with the delivery of the gift cards.  Delivery will begin at 8:30am 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!

Advent retreat:

 8:00: Solemnity Mass (Immaculate Conception)

18:30: Silent Eucharistic adoration

19:00: Self-examination and Reconciliation


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. 


Simbang Gabi Filipino Mass

“Simbang Gabi” is a tradition unlike any other. A Christmas Marian Novena of Masses, “Simbang Gabi” is a nine-day devotion that honors the Annunciation, the expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and culminating in the birth of Jesus. Centered on the Eucharist, it is a combination of deep prayer, community spirit, reconciliation, hope, love, and the grateful recognition of our redemption. We invite all faithful to celebrate this Promise of Salvation, by attending the Nine-Day Novena Masses (“Simbang Gabi”.) These masses will be available in-person at twenty-four (24) participating Parishes across the Lower Mainland, at different times, and in both English and Tagalog.​​​​​ Wednesday, December 15 - Thursday, December 23. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

 Salamat 4: 500 Years of Christianity

The year 2021 marks a historical year for Christians in the Philippines. It is the quincentennial celebration of the conversion of the peoples of the islands following the cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan on the island of Cebu in 1521. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines prepared for this historic celebration as early as 2012, and the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver brings the celebrations to the Catholic Faithful with the culmination of the event on "Salamat 4: 500 Years of Christianity." Friday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Learn more at:


* Advent 2021 Retreat for Ministry to Divorced and Separated

Join the Archdiocese of Vancouver's Ministry to Divorced and Separated for their first in-person event, an Advent retreat with Father Mark McGuckin – “Prepare the Way of the Lord.” "Advent is a time for arising. It is such a joyous season, such a loving season! Let us enter into its joy." (Servant of God, Catherine de Hueck Doherty). Saturday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Mass for the Closing of the Year of St. Joseph

On December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Michael will celebrate a special Mass to close the Year of St. Joseph. Please join us as we thank St. Joseph for the many blessings, he has shared with us this year and continue to pray for his intercession. In preparation for this Mass, all are invited to participate in a Novena and Act of Consecration to St. Joseph which will begin on November 30th. This is an opportunity for all of us to journey with St. Joseph as we begin the Season of Advent. No registration is required for the Mass. Wednesday, December 8 at 5:10 p.m. 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! beholdvancouver.org/events

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