04/09 Monday: Blessed Dina Bélanger  First Thessalonians 4.13-18 [Gospel] Luke 4.16-30
05/09 Tuesday:  First Thessalonians 5.1-6, 9-11 [Gospel] Luke 4.31-37
06/09 Wednesday  Colossians 1.1-8 [Gospel] Luke 4.38-44
07/09 Thursday:  Colossians 1.9-14 [Gospel] Luke 5.1-11
08/09 Friday: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Romans 8.28-30 [Gospel] Matthew 1.1-16, 18-23
09/09 Saturday: St. Peter Claver  Colossians 1.21-23 [Gospel} Luke 6.1-5
First Reading: Jeremiah 20.7-9
What challenges have I experienced in following God’s call? When have I been compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak a prophetic word, knowing it could be misunderstood or ridiculed? What supports me in remaining faithful to God?
Psalm 63 “My soul thirsts for you, O Lord my God.”
Second Reading: Romans 12.1-2
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” How is this to be done? What help do I need?
“Alleluia. May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our heart, that we might now the hope to which we are called. Alleluia.”
Gospel: Matthew 16.21-27
Jesus lived and taught the way of discipleship. When do I tend to be like Peter, favouring human thinking that suffering should be avoidable? What stumbling blocks prevent me from dedicating my life to following Christ right now, in my current circumstances?
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.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (September)
For people living on the margins: We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday September 2 at 9 AM
- For the soul of Co Giok King.
Saturday September 2nd at 5 PM
- For the soul of Fernando Pinheiro.
Sunday September 3rd, 2023 at 8 AM
- For the souls of :
- Eduardo Alcantara, Benita Fasardo Alcantara, Victoria Maranan, Anacleto Gutierrez and Basilia Gutierrez.
- And Milagros D. Robles.
Sunday September 3rd at 11:30 AM
- For the soul of:
- Leon Yao.
- Dominic Natividad and Norma Natividad.
Monday September 4th at 8 AM
- For the soul of Manuel and William Javillo.
Tuesday September 5th at school Mass 9M
- For the souls of Fernando Pinheiro and Ruth Miller.
Wednesday September 6th at 7PM
- For the soul of Marilyn Driscoll.
Thursday September 7th at 8AM
- For the soul of Virginia Dulay on her 10th year death anniversay.
Food hamper program:Our parish, together with St. Mark's Lutheran and King's Cross Anglican Churches, hope to begin a monthly food hamper program for people in need in our community, starting in October. If you are interested in helping please join us on Thursday September 14 at 7:00 pm for an update and practical planning. Friends and neighbours are most welcome. For more information, contact Cathy Neugebauer ([email protected] / 604-874-8037) or the parish office.
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.
Religious Education Program: 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.
Registration forms: for both programs at the parish office or call Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599 for more info.
Office hours: Beginning on Tuesday, September 5th, our parish office will be open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm, with a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.
Canada Labour Day: Monday September 4, the parish office will be closed in observance of the Holiday. The 8 AM Mass is celebrated as usual.
Volunteer needed: Our Parish is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents in various areas. Please speak with the Mass coordinator if you are able to help or would like more information.
Next weekend collections please be prepared for a second collection for our Parish Building Fund and a third collection for the Healing and Reconciliation fund that helps support our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
*The Men's Retreat 2023: Yeshua
Are you yearning to know the real Jesus? The Men's Retreat: Yeshua delves deep into the heart of Christ. Join Jake Khym and Peter White for transformative talks, the Holy Mass, and space of adventure in the outdoors of RockRidge Canyon from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1, at RockRridge Canyon in Princeton, BC. Cost is $275+, which includes the retreat experience, accommodations, activities and food. Learn more information and register at https://www.liferestoration.ca/mensretreat
Healing the Wounds of Abuse: Grief to Grace Retreat to help those who have endured neglect, physical, emotional, sexual and/or spiritual abuse to find healing and begin their journey to wholeness. The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The location will be shared upon acceptance of applications. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org.