1st Sunday of Lent Bulletin

Daily readings:

19/02 Monday: [1] Leviticus 19.1-2, 11-18 [Gospel] Matthew 25.31-46

20/02 Tuesday: [1] Isaiah 55.10-11 [Gospel] Matthew 6.7-15

21/02 Wednesday: [1] Jonah 3.1-10 [Gospel] Luke 11.29-32

22/02 Thursday: THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE [1] 1 Peter 5.1-4 [Gospel] Matthew 16.13-19

23/02 Friday: [1] Ezekiel 18.21-28 [Gospel] Matthew 5.20-26

24/02 Saturday: [1] Deuteronomy 26.16-19 [Gospel] Matthew 5.43-48

25/02 Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Lent [1] Genesis 22.1-2, 9-13, 15-18 [2] Romans 8.31b-35, 37 [GospelMark 9.2-10

First Reading: Genesis 9.8-15

What is a covenant? What did God promise in his covenant with Noah, and what was Noah’s part in the agreement? How does the story of Noah and the ark inform our Catholic understanding of God and our relationship to him? 

Psalm 25: “Your paths, Lord, are love and faithfulness for those who keep your covenant.”

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3.18-22

How does Peter explain the significance of the Paschal mystery: the suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ? How would I describe the importance of Baptism? As a baptized person, what role and responsibilities do I have in the New Covenant instituted by Christ?              

“Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ! Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

Reflecting on my spiritual journey, what wilderness periods, temptations, companions, threats and Angels come to mind? How would I describe my spiritual “space” as this Lent begins? What Lenten practices might support further conversion of my heart towards deeper repentance and faith, so I may be readied to proclaim the good news of God?    

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, Nicole Van Humbeck, Caroline Bayle.


We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment.


Saturday February 17 at 9 AM

  • For the soul of Ian Bideshi

Sunday February 18 at 8AM

  • For the souls Isabelita Razon Viduya, just passed away.
  • For the successful operation of Everyn Reyes
  • Thanksgiving and Petition Mass. 
  • Thanksgiving Mass for Edilberto and Glenda Rivera
  • For the soul of Anna, John the Baptist, Sesinando Manzo, Felicidad Manzo and All the Holy souls

Sunday February 18 at 11:30 AM

  • For the souls Isabelita Razon Viduya, just passed away.


*Second collection: for St. Joseph’s Society. All donations go towards supporting priests in their retirement years.  Thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support.

*Installing New Carpet at our church: His Grace, Archbishop Miller has approved for our parish to replace new carpet. We will start the project from the Feb.26 to Feb. 29.  During this time, our daily Mass will be celebrated in the church basment.

*The Tabernacle doors will be refinished with a matte coating and gold plating. This project will take 2-3 weeks to be completed.

*The Parish Office will be closed on Monday February 19 in observance of Family Day.  Daily Mass will be celebrated as per the regular schedule.

*Fast & Abstinence: Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. (From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

*2024 Donation envelope and  Income Tax Receipt 2023: is ready for pick-up at the church entrance. Please pick up your tax receipt by Feb 24 before it is mailed out to your home address. Please contact the parish office if you have any question.


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


*Together for Good Marriage WorkshopIn partnership with FamilyLife Canada, we are offering the Together for Good Marriage Workshop that will give you tools, exercises and guided conversations to help you and your partner grow a healthier, more joy-filled and resilient marriage. On Sat, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver. Cost is $60 per couple. Registration deadline: Monday, February 19. Learn more and register via beholdvancouver.org/events.

*Momentum Single Mothers Lunch

This is an opportunity for women to gather, share, pray, and learn more about Momentum, a faith community for Catholic single mothers that offers retreats, as well as in-person and online gatherings. On Sat, February 24, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Registration deadline: Friday, February 16, by 6:00 p.m. Learn more and register for free via beholdvancouver.org/events.

*Assembly of Western Canada Bishops MassThe Western Bishops of Canada will be celebrating Mass on Tuesday, February 20, at Saint Paul’s Parish in Richmond. Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

*Fiat Women's Retreat: Open to all single women aged 18-35. The retreat is on March 8-10 at Carmel Hill in Deroche. Cost is $200, with financial assistance available. Registration deadline: Friday, March 1. Learn more and register via beholdvancouver.org/events.

*Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil: Join us for a monthly Mass and vigil to pray for respect for all human life, from conception to its natural end. The next Mass and vigil takes place on March 2 at Guardian Angels Parish in Vancouver. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

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