26/04 Monday:  Acts 11.1-18 [Gospel] John 10.1-10
27/04 Tuesday:  Acts 11.19-26 [Gospel] John 10.22-30
28/04 Wednesday:  Acts 12.24- 13.5a [Gospel] John 12.44-50
29/04 Thursday: ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA  Acts 13.13-25 [Gospel] John 13.16-20
30/04 Friday: ST. MARIE OF THE INCARNATION  Acts 13.26-33 [Gospel] John 14.1-6
01/05 Saturday:  Acts 13.44-52 [Gospel] John 14.7-14
02/05 Sunday: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER  Acts 9.26-31  1 John 3.18- 24 [Gospel] John 15.1-8
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS OF EASTER
- First Reading Acts Acts 4.7-12 “By what power or by what name did you do this?” When would I rather not be considered responsible for something? How did Peter answer the question? How might I have answered, in Peter’s shoes? Should Jesus be getting the credit for more things in my life? How can I make the name and power of Jesus better known? Can my words and actions make a difference and bring others to him?
Psalm 118: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Second Reading 1 John 3.1-2 What is my experience of parent/child relationships? What does it mean to me, to be a child of God? How should I live now, as God’s child? What do I expect from my Father? How well do I know him? How does God help me grow up as his child? What is he calling me to be ultimately? What are the next steps on the way?
“Alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own, and my own know me.”
Gospel Reading John 10.11-18 Who has been a good shepherd to me? What qualities did they have? How did they help me in time of danger? Did they lay down their life for me? Did they also have other sheep? How did that work? What is my role as a shepherd? Who are my sheep? How do I care for them? How far would I go for them? What does Christ teach us by his example? What are the challenges of the good shepherds in the Church, our priests and bishop?
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, Fr. Joseph Thuy Le..
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (May)
The World of Finance Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Second collection: for “Work of Vocations”. Funds collected, go towards seminarians studying to become priests for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. We especially pray for brothers Solomon and Paul here at our Parish. Thank you for your support.
Holy Communion Distribution: Our Parish continues to welcome you to receive the Holy Eucharist on Saturdays from 8pm to 8:45pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 1:45pm.
Effective Monday April 12, “In- Person” Masses will have an ongoing schedule as follows:
- Monday to Friday at 8am
- Saturday at 9am
- Saturday Anticipated Mass at 5pm
- Sunday 11:30am and 5pm with Live-Streaming for the 11:30am Mass Please note that all these services will be held outdoors and are limited to 50 people. You must register online. Also, these events are subject to changes with short notice. For the most updated information, please visit the Parish website. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
A NOTE OF CAUTION about attending any of the below in-person outdoor Masses to individuals listed below, because of their higher risk of suffering from serious complications of COVID- 19:
- a person 70 years of age or older, even if they have been immunized against COVID-19;
- a person who is living with another person who is infected with COVID- 19, or who has upper respiratory or influenza-like symptoms;
- a person with an underlying medical condition or a compromised immune system.
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!
NOTICE: The last time to order food boxes through the All Were Filled Project will be by 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 3, 2021. May 7, 2021 will be the last delivery, and the Project will no longer be operational. If you know of anyone who is receiving food boxes, who might not see this announcement, please let them know. Thank you to all who volunteered, helped spread the word and participated in the All Were Filled Project! God bless you!
Weekly Collection Envelopes: for 2021 can be picked up at the church entrance.
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.
Updates on donations in January, February, and March
Jan: Weekly donation $14,954.85 and building fund $4,525.00.
Feb: Weekly donation $20,112.00 and building fund $3,887.00.
Mar: Weekly donation $ 4,215.00 and building fund $6,991.00.
2020 Tax receipts: have been mailed out – please expect them to arrive in the next week or two.
Pilgrimage to Holy Rosary Cathedral: will continue to meet outside the Cathedral each Sunday at NOON to pray for the restoration of the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as long as restrictions on public worship persist.
Advance Planning for Catholics - FREE Webinar Series: This free webinar series offers a Catholic perspective on advance care planning, estates, wills, legacy, and memorialization. Register online for free at https://planning.rcav.org/
Drug or Alcohol Addiction Recovery: If you, a loved one, or someone you know, wants to be free from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, consider Sancta Maria House. We offer a structured and supportive Catholic Christian 12-Step recovery program, in a pleasant, loving, family-like setting. We accept women of all faith backgrounds. For more information, visit: agapestreetministry.org/healing- homes/sancta-maria-house-1st-stage- recovery-house/ or call 604-731-5550.
Who Am I? Workshop: A 4-day workshop to help you find your inner strengths and live your best. This is an opportunity for an experience of self- discovery and development that explores the essential aspects of yourself. This workshop takes place from Friday, April 23 to Monday, April 26 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Learn more and register at https://beholdvancouver.org/events/who- am-i-workshop
The Things We Carry - Healthy Relationships Series: Behold Vancouver is offering a three-part online series on Healthy Relationships, with an opportunity for Q&A following a formal presentation by various presenters. Join us on Thursday, April 29 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Regsiter for free at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Faith in a Pandemic: join a Fireside Chat with Archbishop Miller and Rabbi Infeld on Wednesday, May 12 at 7:30 pm. For more info and register online at beholdvancouver.org/events
Ecumenical Faith Break - Together in the Spirit: Join by the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the BC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada on Tuesday, May 18 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Zoom for an evening of community, conversation, and reflection. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events
Virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Join us on Friday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16 for the Worldwide Marriage Encounter virtual weekend experience. For more info and register online at beholdvancouver.org/events
Joy of the Family Week: please join Archbishop Miller the five virtual events for your family from May 10 to 14, we will send your family a link to a different event. For info, please visit beholdvancouver.org/events
Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass: Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will be honouring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 & 60+ years of marriage on Sunday, May 9. Deadline to receive a certificate is May 9. For more info and register online for for free at beholdvancouver.org/events/marriage- anniversary-mass-2021
BEHOLD: Be sre to sign up and check this new archdiocesan portal for spiritual writing, workshops, events and other links! https://beholdvancouver.org/
Family TikTok Video Challenge: As part of our Joy of the Family Week (May 10 to May 14), we are inviting families in the Archdiocese of Vancouver to participate in our Tik Tok Video Challenges. A $50 gift card will be awarded to the top entry for each challenge. For more info , please visit and submit your video entries at beholdvancouver.org/events before May 7.
Into the Deep: 'Laudato Si' Five Years Later: Join us for an evening online with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College in Michigan, as she reflects on the Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) on Friday, April 30 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Zoom. Register for free at beholdvancouver.org/events