25/01 Monday: THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE  Acts 22.3-16 or Acts 9.1-22 [Gospel] Mark 16.15-18
26/01 Tuesday: ST. TIMOTHY AND TITUS  2 Timothy 1.1-8 or Titus 1.1-5 [Gospel] Luke 10.1-9
27/01 Wednesday:  Hebrews 10.11-18 [Gospel] Mark 4.1-20
28/01 Thursday: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS  Hebrews 10.19-25 [Gospel] Mark 4.21-25
29/01 Friday:  Hebrews 10.32-39 [Gospel] Mark 4.26-34
30/01 Saturday:  Hebrews 11.1-2, 8-19 [Gospel] Mark 4.35-41
31/01 Sunday:  Deuteronomy 18.15-20  1 Corinthians 7.32-35 [Gospel] Mark 1.21-28
Reflections on the Readings:
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
- First Reading Jonah 3.1-5, 10
When have I been faced with an overwhelming task? How did God interact with me on that mission? How have my responses to God compare with Jonah’s in Jonah chapters 1-3? How have my responses compared to the Ninevites? What is God asking of me now? What help do I need? Psalm 40: “Lord, make me know your ways.”
Psalm 40: “Lord, make me know your ways.”
- Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7.29-31
Is St. Paul correct, that “the appointed time has grown short”, and “the present form of this world is passing away”? What aspects of my present life do I hold most dear? My closest relationships? Sorrows and joys or other emotions or memories? Possessions? Positions? How can one detach while remaining engaged with the world? What are the risks to living as St. Paul describes? To continuing as I am? Where do I begin?
“Alleluia! The kingdom of God has come near: repent and believe the good news! Alleluia.”
- Gospel Reading Mark 1.14-20
Is Jesus’ message still needed? Is it still being proclaimed? Whose responsibility is it to speak it out? How do I live my baptismal call? Are we called to be like the apostles? What is holding me back?
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, Long Van Nguyen, Tuyen Van
Nguyen, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz, Dinh Thi Luyen, Fr. Vincent Thao Dinh, Andrew Gock.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (January)
Human Fraternity: May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open
The renovation of the old Rectory: The parish will renovate the old rectory to offer “Pre-School Services” for children aged 2.5 - 5 years old. The renovation will be conducted in February on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are greatly needed. If you could offer your help anytime on weekends, please contact the parish office. Parish Pre-school Service: To prepare for the establishment of pre-school service, the parish is in need of consultations with Early Childhood Education Professionals. If you have experience in this area and are able to help, please contact the parish office
Marian Family Cenacle: Our Lady invites all people to enter the Cenacle of her Immaculate Heart through prayer and consecration, to receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit for personal growth in holiness and for the world. We invite you to join an online Cenacle in the evening (except Sunday) from 7:00-9:00 pm (Rosary, prayers, meditation and Divine Mercy). Contact Nevelyn at 604-725- 5912 or [email protected]
A full funeral service at our parish: the parish has recently established a Funeral Committee to assist our parishioners in making funeral arrangements with our church, a funeral home, morgue, cremation, and cemetery. The service from our Parish Funeral Committee is free of charge, please contact the parish office for more information.
All Were Filled: Do you know anyone struggling to have enough food to eat? Maybe you lost your job due to Covid-19 and are having trouble making ends meet. The All Were Filled Project offers free frozen food packets of hearty soups and/or entrées to put over rice, pasta or potatoes. There is no qualifying requirement to receive the food, and your order is confidential. Every week, you can order your box of food by Friday at 5 pm and pick it up or have it delivered on Friday afternoon the following week. Just call 604-876-7826 or email [email protected] to order a box that has 6 different dishes (7 servings each). We are in this together. Help us get the word out or call to place your order today. No one we know should go hungry!
Weekly Collection Envelopes: for 2021 can be picked up at the church
Prayers of the Faithful: Can you be an instrument of the Holy Spirit in helping to write General Intercessions for Sunday Mass, once or twice a month? Guidance and mentoring will be provided. Please let the parish office know if you can help.
Project Advance 2020: Thank you to everyone who donated to Project Advance! Our Parish collected $75,580.00 and met our goal for this year. Your support for Project Advance is a great help for the archdiocese and for our parish.
Grade 8 Application now available - St. Patrick Regional Secondary Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now available online for St. Patrick Regional. For more info, please visit our website at www.stpats.bc.ca.
Mass schedules: The suspension of Masses in person has been extended
until February 05 by the provincial health officer. Please check our website for further COVID updates in February. Livestreamed Masses continue at
11:30 am Sunday in English, and Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday at 9:30 am in Vietnamese.
Receiving Holy Eucharist: Our priests are now distributing the Holy Eucharist
every Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM in front of the church. The requirements are to prepare well before receiving the Eucharist, such as being free from all
sins, especially mortal sins, and to commit to attending Mass online.
The Church is open for private prayer: from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Hand sanitizer, supplies to clean the pews, and marking guides to
ensure distancing are available. Please help lower the risk of spreading infection at church by trying to minimize your contacts and staying home when ill, wearing a mask in the church, hand washing/sanitizing, cleaning the pew when you leave and giving other people space to stay safe. Thank you very much!
Stay in Touch: We welcome emails or phone calls to the parish office (604-876- 7826 / [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.
Pilgrimage to Holy Rosary Cathedral: will continue to meet outside the Cathedral each Sunday to pray for the restoration of the public celebration
of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as long as restrictions on public worship persist. Explore life's big questions: try Alpha! Join Alpha to connect with
others, hear different perspectives and contribute your own in an honest,
friendly and open environment. For info and to register visit: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/2073
Online Safety for Children Webinar: all parents, grandparents, and teachers are welcomed to join us on Jan 26 at 7:00 pm regarding how to keep their children safe while online during the pandemic. Register online for free at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/online-safety-for-children
Dialogue on Aging's Virtual Public Presentation Session: join us to explore “Growing Older and Wiser – Mindfulness and Aging” by Dr. Elisabeth Drance, on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1:00 pm, to support seniors’ well-being. For more
information, please visit https://publicpresentations.providenceh ealthcare.org/
Into the Deep: Reading Fratelli Tutti: Pope Francis' Vision of Fraternity and Social Friendship
Join this free event on Friday, Jan. 29 from 7:00-8:30 pm on Zoom. Register at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/into-the-deep-fraternity-and socialfriendship
Catholic Street Missionaries OneDay Training and Outreach for Young Adults: All young adults age 19-39 who are invited on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. Our session will first start online at 10:30 am before joining us for outreach in-person. Registration is required. Email [email protected] or call Mildred at 778-885-9611 for more information.
Deus Caritas Est - God is Love Women's Faith Study: Join us for this 8-week faith study to meet other Catholic women and grow deeper in your relationship with God starting from Feb 4. For more information, please visit:
CANCELLED: Mass Wedding for Civilly Married Couples by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, previously scheduled for Feb 6 at 1:30 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Surrey.
St. Mary's Padre Pio Prayer Group: Come and join our mini-retreat with Fr. Mark McGuckin – pastor of St. Joseph parish in Port Moody on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Zoom. Register for free at
Talking about Assisted Suicide with Persuasion and Grace: Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm for an online presentation hosted by the Catholic
Physician's Guild for physicians and healthcare professionals. Our speaker
Stefanie Gray Connors will review her new book, "Start with What" 10 Principles for Thinking About Assisted Suicide. Registration information at [email protected] or [email protected]
33 Day Consecration to St. Joseph at Corpus Christi Parish: Join Father Richard Conlin via Zoom on Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 PM from February 15 to March 15 and Consecration Mass on March 19th to start the Year of St. Joseph! Register for free at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI
FREE Estate & Memorial Planning Webinar: Join us for a free webinar to help you plan your estate, learn the beauty of the funeral rite, and start thinking about a pre-need plan on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 11:00 am. Register for free at https://beholdvancouver.org/
Fr. Jim Nisbet Catholic Bible Seminar: will be hosting an online presentation on the Second Letter to Timothy and the Gospel of Mark and holding a Lenten three-day retreat: on Friday, Feb. 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with breaks. Please pre-register for $75 per person. For more information visit
or email [email protected]
Virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Would you like to transform your marriage or get your old relationship back? Join us on Feb. 26-28 (Registration deadline is Feb. 19). Register now at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/virt
BEHOLD: Be sure to sign up and check this new archdiocesan portal for spiritual writing, workshops, events and other links! https://beholdvancouver.org/
This week's intentions:
Wednesday, Jan 20
- For the soul of Fabian Jose by Elena Realina
Friday, Jan 22:
- Thanksgiving Mass for Eron Teguibon on his 23th birthday.
SUNDAY MASS AT 11:30 AM, JAN 24
- For the soul of Luz Lazandor, death anniversary
- For the soul of Aguida Mendoza.
Wednesday, Jan 27
- For the soul of Maria Bugasto Realina.