3rd Sunday Of Lent Bulletin

Daily readings:

13/3 Monday: [1] 2 Kings 5.1-15a [Gospel] Luke 4.24-30

14/3 Tuesday: [1] Daniel 3.25, 34-43 [Gospel] Matthew  18.21-35

15/3 Wednesday: [1] Deuteronomy 4.1, 5-9 [Gospel] Matthew 5.17-19

16/3   Thursday: [1] Jeremiah 7.23-28 [Gospel] Luke 11.14-23

17/3 Friday: SAINT PATRICK [1] Hosea 14.1-9 [Gospel] Mark 12.28b-34

18/3   Saturday: SAINT CYRIL OF JERUSALEM [1] Hosea 5.15b-6.6 [Gospel] Luke 18.9-14

19/3 4th Sunday of Lent [1] Exodus 13.21-22 [2] Ephesians 5.8-14 [Gospel] John 9.1-41


First Reading: Exodus 17.3-7

What complaints or protests have I directed to God? What anger about God have others directed to me, on account of my faith? How did my response to those complaints compare to Moses’ interaction with God after receiving the complaints of the Israelites? 

 Psalm 95: “O that today you would listen to the voice of the Lord. Do not harden your hearts!”

Second Reading: Romans 5.1-2, 5-8“… at the right time Christ died for the ungodly”. What is the significance for me that Christ died for us “while we were still sinners”? How do I understand “justification by faith”? How do I experience the gift of grace?

Praise to you, Lord, king of eternal glory! ”Praise to you, Lord, king of eternal glory! Lord, you are truly the Saviour of the world; give me living water, that I may never be thirsty.”

Gospel: John 4.5-42

What happened during my first significant encounter with Jesus? What were my most memorable encounters during my spiritual journey? As the Samaritan woman’s faith deepened, what stages did she go through? How have my faith and relationship with Jesus progressed since the beginning? Where might he be leading me?     

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.


For parishes: We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.


Saturday March 11 at 5 PM

  • For the souls of Asuncion Salvo, Jesus Salvo, Naomi J.Salvo. Newton.
  • For the souls of Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Marlon Bayle, Elizabeth Bayle and Renelda Valisario.

Sunday March 12 at 8 AM

  • For the souls of Huy Pham, Paul Henderson and Ken Hansom.

Sunday March 12 at 11:30 AM

  • For the soul of Danilo Andrada Death Anniversary.
  • For the souls of Saturnino Olinggay and Serapio Rodriguez Sr.
  •  For the souls of Agustin Paraiso and Proceso Paraiso

Monday March 13 at 8 AM

  • For the soul of Emma Tinio.

Wednesday March 8 at 7 PM

  • Petition Mass. Recovery from cancer surgery for Lewis Mc Allister and for a special intention.


This week there is a second collection for the Parish Building Fund – thank you for your generosity.

For this Sunday only, we are delighted to invite you to see and purchase handmade religious articles made by the Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent (Belarus). Your purchase will help the sisters continue their works with caring for children and adults with disabilities, and their works with the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners, and those dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. Thank you for your support.

In the spirit of Lenten almsgiving, St. Joseph's Youth & Young Adults will be supporting the Sisters of Charity by accepting food donations on Saturday, March 18th for our community members in need. Non-perishable items can be placed in the donation bin in the church parlor after Sunday mass before the 18th. Perishable foods will be collected on Saturday, March 18th at the end of the Church. Thank you for your support!

On Saturday, March 18 the regular 9am Mass has been cancelled. Instead, there will be a Bilingual Mass at 10:30am to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. Following the Mass is lunch reception. Please be sure to confirm your attendance by signing up in the Church entrance and make sure to include all members attending with you so that our Parish can prepare enough food. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, March 22nd, everyone is invited to join the Lenten penitential service beginning at 7pm. There will be a sermon given by a guest priest, followed by confession, accompanied by music from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

In preparation for our parish celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph, everyone is invited to pray the Novena to St. Joseph, starting on Thursday March 9, after weekday and Saturday morning Masses and Sunday 11:30 am Mass.

During the Lenten Season, our Parish will have “Stations of the Cross” every Wednesday, beginning at 6:20pm.  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 tohttps://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering. 


Holy Week Retreat - For All Who Serve Others To prepare for the busyness of Holy Week and Easter, you are invited to take time away with the Lord and commune with Him, together with the Archdiocesan community of leaders. Come join the RCAV Ministries and Outreach Office for a retreat on Saturday, April 1. The retreat will begin with Mass at 9:00 a.m., followed by talks, prayer, and lunch. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events

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