5th Sunday of Lent Bulletin

Daily readings:

18/03 Monday: [1] Daniel 13.1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-64 [Gospel] John 8.1-11

19/03 Tuesday: ST. JOSEPH, PATRON OF CANADA AND THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH [1] 2 Samuel 7.4-5a, 12-14a, 16 [2] Romans 4.13, 16-18, 22 [Gospel] Matthew 1.16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2.41-51a

20/03 Wednesday: [1] Daniel 3.13-20, 24, 49-50, 91-95 [Gospel] John 8.31-42

21/03 Thursday: [1] Genesis 17.3-9 [Gospel] John 8.51-59

22/03 Friday: [1] Jeremiah 20.7, 10-13 [Gospel] John 10.31-42

23/03 Saturday: [1] Ezekiel 37.21-28 [Gospel] John 11.45-56

24/03 Sunday: Passion (Palm) Sunday [Gospel] Mark 11.1-10 or John 12.12-16 [1] Isaiah 50.4-7 [2] Philippians 2.6-11 [GospelMark 14.1-15.47

First Reading: Jeremiah 31.31-34

How have I come to know the Lord and his law? What difference is there between knowing through the head, and through the heart? How have experiences of God’s mercy and forgiveness formed my faith and love of God?

Psalm 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”

Second Reading: Hebrews 5.7-9 

“In the days of his flesh…” Our faith teaches that Jesus was fully human as well as fully divine. When have I cried out to God, as Jesus did? How is God forming me to be obedient to his will? How might my experience of God help others on their spiritual journey?

 “Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ! Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord; where I am, there will my servant be also.” 

Gospel: John 12.20-33

How have service and discipleship been involved in the growth of my relationship with Jesus and his Father? How does my Christian life, or the lives of other followers of Jesus, reveal the glory of God? Considering all God’s blessings to me, in what ways can I give more of myself, out of love for God? 

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 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.


Sunday March 17 at 11:30AM

  • For the soul of Cecilia Atienza, Joaquin Que, Franciso Bascug, Remedios Bascug, Gerry Divina Ancheta and all the holy souls.

Sunday March 17 at 6PM

  • For the soul of Gerry Divina Ancheta

Monday March 18 at 8AM

  • Thanksgiving Mass for Christa Thomas’s birthday.

Tuesday March 19 at 8AM

  • For the soul of Elena Beltran 

Wednesday March 20 at 7PM

  • For the soul of Jose Medeiros


Extra Penitential Service:

  • Tuesday Mar.19, Wednesday Mar.20 and Friday Mar.22, Tuesday Mar.26 from 6pm-7pm

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)


  • HOLY THURSDAY (Mar.28):
  •  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 schedul

  • 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


*Second collection: Share Lent to help countless millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and particularly in the Global South to meet the most basic needs of life.

*The actual St. Joseph’s Feast day: Mar.19, English Mass at 8:00.

*During Holy Week and Easter Sunday: we will not recite the prayer of St.. Joseph and St. Michael, the archangle. 

*The Parish Youth & Young Adults will host Lenten retreat for everyone that takes place on Sunday, March 17 at 7:30PM with Talk, Adoration, Taize music, and confession. For more information, please see posters at the back of the church.

*Altar Server’s Meeting: All current altar servers are invited to attend the meeting on Saturday March 23 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. 

*Holy Land on Good Friday: is taken at the request of the Holy See. It is for the support of the many social, educational, and parish project of the Church throughout the Holy Land, and it helps to assure the Church’s presence and a measure of security and peace for our brothers and sisters.

*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.


Spring Open House at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery on Friday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and on Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Take advantage of the 20% off burial space before our modest price increase takes place. Learn more at rccav.org/event.

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