31/01 Monday:  2 Samuel 15.13-14, 30; 16.5-13 [Gospel] Mark 5.1-20
01/02 Tuesday:  2 Samuel 18.9-10, 14B, 24-25A, 30–19.3 [Gospel] Mark 5.21-43
02/02 Wednesday: Presentation of the Lord  Malachi 3.1-4 or Hebrews 2.10-11,13b-18 [Gospel] Luke 2.22-40
03/02 Thursday: ST BLAISE or ST. ANSGAR  1 Kings 2.1-4, 10-12 [Gospel] Mark 6.7-13
04/02 Friday:  Sirach 47.2-11 [Gospel] Mark 6.14-29
05/02 Saturday: ST. AGATHA  1 Kings 3.4-13 [Gospel] Mark 6.30-34
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading - Jeremiah 1.4 – 5, 17 - 19
What mission did God give to Jeremiah? How did God enable him to do that work? What mission has God had in mind for me since before I was born? How has it progressed, and how is God enabling me?
Psalm 71: “For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength. My mouth will tell, O Lord, of your deeds of salvation.”
2. Second Reading - 1 Corinthians 12. 31 – 13.13
How much of my daily activity is centered in love? What is the balance between faith, hope and love in my relationships with God and others? When do I find it difficult to love as St. Paul describes? How has God been drawing me towards the fullness of life and love?
“Alleluia! The Lord sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives.”
3. Gospel Reading - Luke 4.21 - 30
What kind of welcome do I give to Jesus? What amazes me about him? What do I find most challenging? How can I help people who have rejected Jesus come to know him?
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, Tuyen Van Nguyen, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz,
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (January)
For true human fraternity: We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.
Please keep in your prayer the soul of our parishioners who passed away in November, December and January:
- Gyula Bozsik
- Anna Fernando
- Anita Pagtakhan
- Kathleen Mary Dunroe
Wednesday, February 2nd, the Lunar New Year Mass will be celebrated at 7pm. The regular Wednesday Novena Mass will be moved to the morning at 8am.
St. Andrew's Elementary School in Vancouver has a position available for a part-time bookkeeper. If you would like further information or would like to apply, please contact Mrs. Jo-Anna Nicolato at [email protected] or 604-325-6317
Lost and Found: There are some umbrellas, glasses, gloves, and hats left after Masses. Anyone who lost these items, please come to parish office to get them back.
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.
Bible in a Year 2022
Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes. Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word! Join the group from the Archdiocese of Vancouver who are listening to the Bible in a Year in 2022. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Pro-Life Mass and Prayer Vigil
Monthly Mass and vigil to pray for respect for all human life from its beginning to its natural end. This month, join us in praying for crisis pregnancy centers. Saturday, February 5 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
RCIA Coordinators Virtual Gathering
Join us for an online gathering of RCIA coordinators. There will be a presentation on the Rite of Election and time to connect with other RCIA coordinators. Monday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Neufeld Parenting Workshop: Making Sense of Counterwill
A Dr. Gordon Neufeld video course with discussion facilitated by Kevin Bredeman, M.A. The instinct to resist being controlled or coerced is one of the most perplexing and troublesome dynamics in dealing with children and youth. This course reveals the dynamics controlling this instinct and provides suggestions for how to deal with it. This material is applicable for all those dealing with toddlers through adolescents: teachers, parents and helping professionals. Begins Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
St. Monica's Mission Holy HourMany parents are grieving the loss of their adult child’s faith in the Catholic Church. This Year of the Family is an ideal time of grace for parents to pray, fast, and sacrifice for their adult children’s conversion. Through St. Monica's Mission, A Prayerful Journey of Perseverance and Hope, parents are invited to join our monthly Holy Hours on the Third Friday of the month at various parishes across the Archdiocese. Friday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.