23/10 Monday:  Romans 4.20-25 [Gospel] Luke 12.13-21
24/10 Tuesday:  Romans 5.12-21 [Gospel] Luke 12.35-38
25/10 Wednesday:  Romans 6.12-18 [Gospel] Luke 12.39-48
26/10 Thursday:  Romans 6.19-23 [Gospel] Luke 12.49-53
27/10 Friday:  Romans 7.18-25a [Gospel] Luke 12.54-59
28/10 Saturday: St. Simon and St. Jude  Ephesians 2.19-22 [Gospel] Luke 6.12-19
First Reading: Isaiah 45.1, 4-6
Cyrus did not know the Lord, yet he allowed the Israelites to return home from exile and supported them to rebuild the temple and practice their faith. The Lord may call people for his purpose whether they know him or not. Who do I know who does not know God, yet does God’s work? How do I collaborate with them? What difference does it make to know God?
Psalm 96: “Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.”
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1.1-5ab
How did Paul recognize that the Thessalonians were chosen by God? How is the Holy Spirit inviting and enabling me to live out the message of the Gospel “in power … and with full conviction”?
“Alleluia! Shine like stars in the world, holding fast to the word of life. Alleluia”
Gospel: Matthew 22.15-21
“Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” What are my responsibilities to “Caesar” and what belongs in the domain of God? On what issues do I hold to the way of God in truth in the face of conflicting societal norms? What are the challenges?
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.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (October)
For the Synod: We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.
INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday October 21 at 9AM
- For the soul of Brother Meinrad Getz
Sunday October 22 at 8 AM
- For the soul of Dominador Jr. Juco, death anniversary and for the soul of Elvira Jose
Sunday October 22 at 11:30 AM
- For the soul of Franciso Dela Cruz, death anniversary.
Monday October 23 at 8AM
- For the intention of the Strong family
Wednesday October 25 at 7PM
- For the soul of Praxedes Bouyog
Thursday October 26 at 8AM
- Thanksgiving Mass for Maria Rita Moniz on her birthday
*Second collection: for World Mission Sunday - Evangelization of Nations.
*Project Advance Campaign 2023: the parish has raised $51,520.00. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support to the parish set goal of $80,000.
*All Saints Day: on Wednesday November 01, English Mass at 7pm, Vietnamese Mass at 10:30am and 8:30pm.
*All Souls Day: on Thursday November 02, English Mass at 8am, Vietnamese Mass at 10:30am and 7pm.
* Visiting Cemetery on All Souls Day Thursday, November 2: after 8AM Mass at Ocean View Cemetery and after 10:30 AM Vietnamese Mass at Forest Lawn Cemetery. All are welcome to join and pray for the holy souls.
*Bible Study: The RCIA group is conducting an 8 week sessions on the Quick Journey to the Holy Bible. . It will be on Tuesdays, beginning on October 17 from 7pm to 8:30pm, at the Church. All are invited to join – sign up sheets are in the front entrance of theChurch.
*Food hamper program: Are you struggling to feed yourself or your family? Our next monthly food hamper will be available on Thursday November 9. Registration is required for new participants. To register, please come to St. Mark's Church basement (across the street) on Thursday November 2 between 5 and 7pm or call the parish office for more information.
* Marian Out -Door Procession at our parish: will be held on Saturday October 28 at 6:15 PM before 7 PM Mass. All are welcome.
* Vocation Live-In in Seminary of Christ the King in Mission: There will be a Vocation Live-In on the weekend of November 4-5, 2023 at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC. For more information phone 604-826-8975 or email [email protected]
*Prayers for the Synod: From October 4-29, bishops, theologians and lay delegates from around the world will be meeting in Rome to reflect on the theme: "For a Synodal Church. Communion, Participation, Mission". They will reflect on how we currently journey together in Christ's mission of proclaiming the Gospel and on the steps of the Holy Spirit. During October let us keep Archbishop Michael and all the delegates in our prayers.
Donations: To donate online go to https://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.
*The Great Divorce: A Book Study for Young Adults by C.S. Lewis is the story of the journey of a man taking a bus ride from Hell to Heaven. Young adults aged 18-35 are all welcome. Registration deadline: Friday, October 27. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
*Eternal Rest: The Art of Dying Well Seminar Series: is a two-part video series examining our “very real questions about death. What happens when we die? How do we prepare for life to come? Join us on November 3 and 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in Vancouver. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
The Twelfth Annual Archbishop's Dinner: On Thursday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.
The Archbishop’s Dinner has become a way for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver to gather and to hear updates from our Archbishop on the activities of the past year and where we are headed in the next. Learn more and register at rcav.org/dinner2023.