3rd Sunday of Lent Bulletin

Daily readings:

04/03 Monday: SAINT CASIMIR [1] 2 Kings 5.1-15a [Gospel] Luke 4.24-30

05/03 Tuesday: [1] Daniel 3.25, 34-43 [Gospel] Matthew 18.21-35

06/03 Wednesday: [1] Deuteronomy 4.1, 5-9 [Gospel] Matthew 5.17-19

07/03 Thursday: SAINT PERPETUA AND SAINT FELICITY [1] Jeremiah 7.23-28 [Gospel] Luke 11.14-23

08/03 Friday: SAINT JOHN OF GOD [1] Hosea 14.1-9 [Gospel] Mark 12.28b-34

09/03 Saturday: SAINT FRANCES OF ROME [1] Hosea 5.15b-6.6 [Gospel] Luke 18.9-14

10/03 Sunday: 4th Sunday of Lent [1] 2 Chronicles 36.14-17a, 19-23 [2] Ephesians 2.4-10 [GospelJohn 3.14-21


“O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy.”

First Reading: Exodus 20.1-17

Which of the Ten Commandments do I find most difficult? During this Lent, how will I amend my thoughts and actions to live them more fully?        

Psalm 19: “Lord, you have the words of eternal life.”

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-25

“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” How does this help our understanding of Jesus’ Crucifixion? When has this truth been particularly helpful in my life?             

“Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ! God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 

Gospel: John 2.13-25Jesus actions are significant on many levels: practically, spiritually and prophetically, in his immediate situation and through to our time. What was he teaching his disciples? What does this event in the temple teach us now, individually and as a parish community? 

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, Caroline Bayle.


For the new martyrs: We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.


Lenten retreat & Penitential Service:

  • Retreat Master: Rev. Deacon Paul Phong Hoang, SCJ
  • English service: Wednesday March.13, 2024
  • 18:00: Station of the Cross
  • 18:30: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • 19:00: Holy Mass
  • 19:30: Retreat
  • 20:00: Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession

Extra Penitential Service:

  • During office hours, Tuesdays to Fridays 9am-4pm and 30 mins before all Weekend Masses. 
  • Tuesday Mar.19, Wednesday Mar.20 and Friday Mar.22, Tuesday Mar.26 from 6pm-7pm

St. Joseph’s Feast Day: Mar.16,2024

  • No 9:00 Mass
  • 10:00: Procession
  • 10:30: Holy Bilingual Mass
  • 11:30: Lunch Reception.

Please note: the actual St. Joseph’s Feast day: Mar.19, English Mass at 8:00.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE, Mar.24-Mar.29, 2024

  • Palm Sunday (24/03): As regular Sunday schedule
  • Mass for Monday to Tuesday: 8:00 AM
  • 19:00 Mass on Wed 27/03 is cancelled due to Chrism Mass

(Wed 27, at 17:00 Priests Concelebrating Chrism Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral)


  •  9:00: Tenebrae (chanted Morning Prayer)
  •  11:00-16:00: Silent Eucharistic Adoration
  •  18:00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • GOOD FRIDAY (Mar.29): Fast & Abstinence:
  •  9:00: Tenebrae
  •  9:40: Divine Mercy Novena
  •  10:00: Stations of the Cross
  •  15:00: The Passion of the Lord Celebration
  • SATURDAY (Mar.30):
  •  9:00: Tenebrae
  •  9:40: Divine Mercy Novena
  •  19:00: Easter Vigil (Resurrection)

EASTER SUNDAY, Mar.31 as regular Sunday schedule


  • Divine Mercy Novena: Mar.31 to April 06, 2024: will be done after English morning Masses (daily mass)
  • On the feast of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 07 at 3PM in the church basement

*The Parish Youth & Young Adults: A talk and Lenten retreat led by Rev. Deacon Paul Phong Hoang on the theme “Renew us, O Lord” will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 7:30PM. Adoration, Taize music, and confession will be followed by light refreshments. For more information, please refer to the posters at the back of the church.

*A major clean-up of our Church in preparation for Easter Season: on Saturday, March 09 from 10am. All help is needed

*The Tabernacle doors will be refinished with a matte coating and gold plating. This project will take 2-3 weeks to be completed.

* 2024 Donation envelope: is ready for pick-up at the church entrance. Please contact the parish office if you have any question.


Donations: To donate online go to https://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.

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