23/08 Monday:  Thessalonians 1.1-5-8b-10 [Gospel] Matthew 23.13-22
24/08 Tuesday:  Revelation 21.9b-14 [Gospel] John 1.45-51
25/08 Wednesday:  Thessalonians 2.9-13 [Gospel] Matthew 23.27-32
26/08 Thursday:  Thessalonians 3.7-13 [Gospel] Matthew 24.42-51
27/08 Friday: ST. MONICA  Thessalonians 4.1-8, [Gospel] Matthew 25.1-13
28/07 Saturday: ST. AUGUSTINE  Thessalonians 4.9-11 [Gospel] Matthew 25.14-30
29/08 Sunday: Twenty-second Sunday in OT  Deuteronomy 4.1-2,6-8  James 1.17-18, 21-22, 27 [Gospel] Mark 7.1-8,14-15, 21-23
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading Joshua 24.1-2a, 15-17, 18b
As the people of Israel stood before God, Joshua gave them a choice – or was it a challenge? What is the choice/challenge faced by God’s people today? What do I choose? How have previous choices affected my life? What tempts me to serve what is “not God”? What influenced my current choice? What do I want to work on or re-evaluate?
Psalm 34: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
2. Second Reading Ephesians 4.32-5.1-2, 21-32
“Be imitators of God”. “Live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us”. “Be subject to one another”. Such tall orders! But we are to do it “as beloved children”, and out of reverence for Christ. What do children show me about living in love? How does the relationship of Christ and the Church compare to my marriage? How do my spouse and I show reverence and subjection to the other in daily life? How do we express our love? Is our marriage a sign of Christ for the world?
“Alleluia! Your words, Lord, are spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life.”
3. Gospel Reading John 6.53, 60-69
John 6.53, 60-69
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” What is my reaction to this teaching? Are Jesus’ words and the teaching of the Church enough for me? What is needed to have faith? Jesus asks: “Do you also wish to go away?” Why did Peter stay? How will I answer Jesus?
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.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH(August)
The Church: Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.
INTENSION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday Mass August 21 at 9 AM.
- For all the holy Souls and the soul of Mary Trương Thị Ngần.
Saturday Mass August 21 at 5 PM.
- Thanksgiving Mass
- For the souls of Giovanni, Antonio and Grazia Minicucci
Sunday Mass August 22 at 8 AM
- Thanksgiving Mass
Sunday Mass August 22 at 11:30 AM
- Thanksgiving and special intention for John Mathius Teguibon.
- For the soul of Maria Bugasto
Sunday Mass August 22 at 6 PM
- Thanksgiving mass for Felisa De Leon and family.
Monday August 23 at 8AM
- For all the living members of the Strong Family.
Tuesday August 24 at 8AM
- For the souls of Theodore Batore, Romeo Retuta and Tomas Retuta Sr.
Wednesday August 25 at 8AM
- For the soul of Leticia Gamboa, 40 days death anniversary
Thursday August 26 at 8 AM
- For the soul of Edna Fe Teguibon and Giuseppina Fontana
This year our parish Project Advance goal for is $80,000. The parish rebate portion will go towards renovating the old rectory, the church altar and other small renovation projects in the church and school. For more info, please see the volunteers after Mass, or visit our website for online donation.
On Saturday, September 04: A special English Mass will be celebrated at 11am to honor the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Mass will be organized by the Sisters of Missionaries of Charity. All are welcome to attend.
Holy Communion for the sick and elderly: As per our Parish regulations, only priests and designated Eucharist Ministers may provide Holy Communion. Arrangements can be made for a priest or Eucharistic Minister to visit and provide Holy Communion in the home. Thank you for your cooperation. If you know anyone who is homebound or cannot attend Mass in person and would like to receive the Holy Eucharist, please contact the parish office.
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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 www.rcav.org/sunday-offering and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.
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St. Monica's Mission Holy Hour: Join us for the launch of St. Monica’s Mission on the Feast Day of St. Monica August 27 for a Holy Hour at Corpus Christi Parish, Vancouver at 6:30pm. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Gardens of Gethsemani Open House: on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m at Gardens of Gethsemani (15694 32 Ave, Surrey, BC). Attendees will receive a $100 coupon toward pre-arrangement for sacred burial space.
God's Doorkeeper Screening: God's Doorkeeper looks at the heart and legacy of Brother André–as a man of prayer, of hospitality, and of compassion, a man who draws people in to experience a God who is love. Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Monthly Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil: Monthly Mass and vigil to pray for respect for all human life from its beginning to its natural end. Saturday, September 4 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
The Origin and Spirituality of the Jesus Prayer: Participate in a prayer meeting organized by the Padre Pio Prayer Group and let Fr. Gabriel de Chadarévian, OP joyfully share this “prayer of the heart” with you. Saturday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Catholic Women's Mental Health Support Group: Lisa Rumpel will be hosting an online mental health support group for women every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month beginning September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Life is better when we can pray together! Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Estate and Memorial Planning Webinar: join us on Thursday, September 9 at 11 a.m. to learn more information for preparing or updating your will and the beauty of the funeral rite, and formulating pre-need arrangements. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Starting Sept. 23, 2021 at 7:00pm and running for 7 weeks on Thursdays. Register by Sept. 17, 2021. More info and register at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/virtual-worldwide-marriage-encounter-7
BEHOLD: Be sure to sign up and check this new archdiocesan portal for spiritual writing, workshops, events and other links! https://beholdvancouver.org/