20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Bulletin

Daily readings:

21/08 Monday: Saint Pius X [1] Judges 2:11-19 [Gospel] Matthew 19:16-22

22/08 Tuesday: Queenship of the Virgin Mary [1] Judges 6:11-24a [Gospel] Matthew 19:23-30

23/08 Wednesday Saint Rose of Lima [1] Judges 9:6-15 [Gospel] Matthew 20:1-16a

24/08 Thursday: Saint Bartholomew [1] Revelation 21:9b-14 [Gospel] John 1:45-51

25/08 Friday: Saint Louis or Saint Joseph Calasanz [1] Ruth 1:1-2ab, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 [Gospel] Matthew 22:34-40

26/08 Saturday: [1] Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 [Gospel] Matthew 23:1-12

27/08 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time [1] Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 [2] Romans 11:33-36 [Gospel] Matthew 16:13-20

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Isaiah 56.1, 6-7

Who does God welcome to his holy mountain? In our time, who might feel excluded from his house? How can we welcome the “foreigners” as the Lord welcomes them, to join in prayer, in liturgy and in loving and serving him?

Psalm 67:” Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.”

Second Reading: Romans 11.13-15, 29-32

God’s promise of salvation to the Gentiles through Christianity challenged the Israelite concept of what it meant to be God’s chosen people. In what ways are Christians / Catholics called and gifted by God? In what ways has God called and gifted me personally? How have disobedience and experience of the mercy of God figured in my spiritual journey?

Alleluia. Jesus proclaimed the good news of the kingdom and cured every sickness Alleluia.”

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

How did the woman’s approach to Jesus change during the encounter? When have my first cries to the Lord not been answered? How did the dialogue progress and what was the outcome? What did I learn about faith and about interacting with the Lord?

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 World Youth Day: We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.


The previous way of sharing the Sign of Peace by way of a handshake, which was eliminated during the pandemic, may now be restored by Archbishop Michael Miller.

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.

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.

Registration: Please get your registration form for both programs 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 to https://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.


*24-Hour Fast and Pray for Young Adults: Praying with the Saints for the Love of the Poor Prayer and small sacrifices help save souls!

Spend time with other young adults (19-39) as we fast and pray for world peace, the Church, the marginalized, and victims of abuse. There will be Masses, Adoration, talks, sharing, social/bonding and prayer time. Hosted by Catholic Street Missionaries (CSM), the event is also a fundraiser to help CSM reach out to the homeless, addicted, prostituted, and those suffering from mental illness.

This annual event will be held at St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver on Friday, August 25, at 6:00 p.m., with a carpool to Westminster Abbey in Mission on Saturday, August 26. Cost is $30/person. Subsidized fees are also available. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Mass Intentions

Saturday August 19 at 5 PM

  • For the soul of Naomi Salvo.

Sunday August 20 at 11:30 AM

  • Thanksgiving Mass for Kyle Abenojar.

Sunday August 20 at 6 PM

  • For the soul of Pilar Salvo Villadolid

Tuesday August 22 at 8 AM

  • Thanksgiving Mass for wedding anniversary.

Saturday August 26 at 9 AM

  • Death Anniversary, for the souls of John the Baptist and Maria.
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