4th Sunday of Easter Bulletin

Daily readings:

22/04 Monday: [1] Acts 11.1-18 [Gospel] John 10.1-10

23/04 Tuesday: [1] Acts 11.19-26 [Gospel] John 10.22-30

24/04 Wednesday: [1] Acts 12.24-13.5a [Gospel] John 12.44-50

25/04 Thursday: SAINT MARK [1] 1Peter 5.5b-14 [Gospel] Mark 16.15-20

26/04 Friday: [1] Acts 13.26-33 [Gospel] John 14.1-6

27/04 Saturday: [1] Acts 13.44-52 [Gospel] John 14.7-14

28/04 Sunday: 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER [1] Acts 9.26-31 [2] 1 John 3.18-24 [Gospel] John 15.1-8

First Reading: Acts 4.7-12

“By what power or by what name did you do this?” Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter proclaimed the power of Jesus’ name. What deeds, events or miracles have helped me appreciate the power of Jesus’ name? When have I relied more on my own power than on Jesus, and how did that turn out? 

Psalm 118: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”

Second Reading: 1 John 3.1-2

How does my day to day life reflect the knowledge that I am God’s child? Who might appreciate a discussion of my insights on that? How do I imagine the end time, when we will see God as he is?  

“Alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own, and my own know me. Alleluia.”

Gospel: John 10.11-18

What threats have I encountered on my faith journey? How have I experienced the guiding and caring hand of Jesus, the Good Shepherd? Which humans were good shepherd, and which were “hired hands”, or even wolves? Why did Jesus give up his life for 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, Shirley De La Cruz, Nicole Van Humbeck, Caroline Bayle, Thái Thị Mỹ.


For the role of women: We pray that the dignity and immense value of women be recognized in every culture, and for the end of discrimination that they experience in different parts of the world.


*Second collection: for Work of Vocations.

*Marian Out -Door Procession at our parish in May: will take place on the Saturdays May 4 and May 25 at 6.15pm. All are welcome.

*Project Advance 2024: will be launched this weekend and the parish goal is $80,000. Volunteers will be ready to accept donations next week.

*The First Communion Mass for our school and PREP will be on May 4 at 5 pm.

*Refugee Families Update: Please keep our families in your prayers as they wait to come to Canada. They have protected status now but remain worried about being arrested and deported back to Afghanistan. We are looking for affordable housing to rent in May: a three bedroom apartment for the grandma, one couple and two small children, and a two or three bedroom apartment for the other couple with their three children aged 10, 7 and 18 months. Once housing is secured, household items may be needed. Please contact the parish office if you can help.

*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.


Applications Open: Youth Ministry Leadership Bursary: The Youth Ministry Leadership Bursary recognizes high school students making a difference in their parishes, schools, communities and homes. Two Grade 12 students will be selected to receive an award of $500 each for their post-secondary schooling. Learn more and apply at  rcav.org/youth-ministry.

Momentum Single Mothers' Retreat: All Catholic single mothers are invited to attend a two-night retreat, with or without their children. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Vancouver in collaboration with Momentum, the retreat will be held from May 24-26 at Charis Camp in Chilliwack. Cost is $150/family (with or without chilldren). Registration deadline: Monday, May 6. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Faith Series Lecture & Discussion: STMC is sponsoring a free faith-based series of lectures and discussions at STMC this spring that includes three speakers, Fr. Nick Meisl, Dr. Nick Olkovich, and STMC’s own Mr. Darrell Hall. Events will take place at STMC on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

Declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith “Dignitas Infinita” on human dignity: for full document, visit:https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2024/04/08/240408c.html

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