5/12 Monday:  Isaiah 35.1-10 [Gospel] Luke 5.17-26
6/12 Tuesday: ST. NICHOLAS  Isaiah 40.1-11 [Gospel] Matthew 18.12-14
7/12 Wednesday: ST. AMBROSE  Isaiah 40.25-31 [Gospel] Matthew 11.28-30
8/12 Thursday: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Genesis 3.9-15, 20  Ephesians 1.3-6, 11-12 [Gospel] Luke 1.26-38
9/12 Friday: ST. JUAN DIEGO CUAUHTLATOATZIN  Isaiah 48.17-19 [Gospel] Luke 21. 29-33
10/12 Saturday: Our Lady of Loreto  Sirach 48.1-4, 9-11 [Gospel] Matthew 17.10-13
11/12 Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Advent  Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10  James 5.7-10 [Gospel] Matthew 11.2-11
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading - Isaiah 11.1-10
“On that day”, described by Isaiah, what do I envision? How can I be more like Jesus, who fulfills the prophecy? In our day, where do I see hurtfulness and destruction? What countermeasures do the beautiful images suggest, to further peace and wellbeing?
Psalm 72: “In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound forever.”
2. Second Reading Romans 3.1-12
Gentiles came to know God in the welcome and worship of the Christian community. How might we live in greater harmony as a parish, glorifying God together? How might we invite and welcome others to encounter the mercy, encouragement and hope found only in God?
“Alleluia! “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
3. Gospel Reading – Matthew 3.1-12
John’s baptism of repentance was but a first step to God’s greater promise. What do I have to repent or reconcile with God and others? How can I let down my barriers, to fully receive Christ at his coming and bear fruit beyond my imagining?
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, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz, Vũ Nam,
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (December)
For volunteer not-for-profit organizations: We pray that volunteer non-profit organizations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.
INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday December 03 at 9 AM
- For the souls of Margaret Yeung.
Saturday December 03 at 5PM
- For the soul of John Lawrence Sullivan, Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Elizabeth Bayle and Marlon Bayle.
Sunday December 04 at 8 AM.
- For the soul of Salvacion Caspellan
Sunday December 04 at 11:30 AM.
- For the soul of John Lawrence Sullivan, Juliet Hii (pronounced “he”),
Sunday December 04 at 6 PM.
- For the soul of John Laurence Sullivan
Monday December 05 at 8 AM.
- For the soul of Januaria Paraiso and Faustino Paraiso.
Wednesday December 07 at 7 PM.
- Petition mass for wisdom and safety.
Thursday December 08 at 8 AM.
- For the soul of John Laurence Sullivan
This week there is a second collection for “Youth Ministry”. Funds collected go towards supporting our Archdiocesan youth programs and youth programs within our own parish. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing financial support.
On Wednesday, December 7, our Parish Office will be closed. Novena and Mass will still be celebrated at the usual time of 7pm.
Attention all Altar Servers – please mark your calendars for a mandatory meeting on Saturday, December 10 from 12-2pm.
Monetary donations to our Christmas Outreach Program are still welcome and can be dropped off in the collection baskets or at the parish office. And, on Sunday, December 18, our Christmas Outreach program needs volunteers to help with the delivery of the gifts. Delivery will begin after the 8am Sunday Mass and should only take an hour of your time. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office. Thank you for your help in spreading Christmas cheer!
On Wednesday, December 14, our Parish invites you to spiritually prepare for the Christmas Season. Mass and Novena will begin at 7pm, followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession. All are encouraged to attend.
*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.
* Diaconal Ordination of Patrick Le and Medard Kamanzi
Patrick Le and Medard Kamanzi will be ordained as deacons on Dec. 9 at Holy Rosary Cathedral at 7:00 p.m. Please pray for Patrick and Medard as they prepare for their ordination. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Advent Retreat for Ministry to Divorced and SeparatedFather James Hughes, Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption, will be leading participants to open their hearts to the coming of our Lord during this Advent season. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption, Port Coquitlam. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.