23/05 Monday:  Acts 16.11-15 [Gospel] John 15.26-16.4a
24/05 Tuesday: BLESSED LOUIS-XEPHIRIN MOREAU  Act 16.22-34 [Gospel] John 16.5-11
25/05 Wednesday: ST. BEDE THE VENERABLE, ST. GREGORY VII, ST. MARY MAGDALENE DE’ PAZZI  Acts 17.15,22-18.1 [Gospel] John 16.12-15
26/05 Thursday: ST. PHILIP NERI  Acts 18.1-8 [Gospel] John 16.16-20
27/05 Friday: ST. AUGSTINE OF CANTERBURY  Acts 18.9-18 [Gospel] John 16.20-23a
28/05 Saturday:  Acts 18.23-28 [Gospel] John 16.23b-28
29/05 Sunday: Ascension of the Lord  Acts 1.1-11  Ephesians 1.17-23 [Gospel] Luke 24.44-53
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading Acts 15.1-2, 22-29
Circumcision had been a sign of fidelity to God’s covenant since Abraham. The uncircumcised were excluded from the covenant (Genesis 17.9-14). The Apostles had to weigh the importance of that scripturally based Tradition in light of Christ’s teaching and their mission to the uncircumcised Gentiles. How did they find the way forward? What are some other examples of the Holy Spirit guiding the Church to new practices or understanding?
Psalm 67: “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.”
2. Second Reading - Revelation 21.10-14, 22-23
What is most striking about this vision of the new Jerusalem? How does the new Jerusalem encompass both Judaism and Christianity? What meaning does the vision have for me?
“Alleluia! Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.”
3. Gospel Reading - John 14.23-29
What are my greatest challenges in keeping Jesus’ word? When do I tend to say, “I love you, Jesus, but…”? How has the Holy Spirit taught me and reminded me of the right path? What are my troubles and fears at this time? What gives me peace and joy?
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 (May)
For faith-filled young people: We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
INTENSION FOR THE WEEK
Friday May 20 at 8am
- For the souls of Paul Pelanger, Louise Dmitroca
Saturday May 21 at 9AM
- For the mass intention for Terri Sask, Michel Gloanec, Paul Fraser, Caterina Kennedy, and Dino Alberti.
Saturday May 21 at 5PM
- For the souls of Paul Pelanger, Alicia Bayle, Toniet Bayle and Edna Montejo.
Sunday May 22 at 8am
-For the souls of Dominador Juco Jr. and Isidro Mangune by Juco family
Sunday May 22 at 6pm
- For the soul of Paul Pelanger.
- Mass intention for all the mom in our family by Vivian Chan
Monday May 23 at 8am
- For the souls of Paul Pelanger, Felisa Villacamta
- Thanksgiving mass for Jestine Rebenito birthday
Tuesday May 24 at 8am
- For the souls of Paul Pelanger, Felisa Rebenito
Wednesday May 25 at 7pm
- For the soul of Paul Pelanger.
Thursday May 26 at 8am
- For the souls of Paul Pelanger and Arielle Jadynn Lee
This week there is a second collection for “The Pope’s Pastoral Works”.
Our Parish is currently collecting pledges and donations for the 2022 Project Advance Campaign. Your generous gift will help our parish grow and expand the reach of Christ’s love to those who need it most.
Our young students at St. Joseph school are receiving their Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. This is a very special time for them, and we ask you to please keep them, and those who are helping them to prepare, in your prayers.
Monday, May 23rd, is a Canadian Statutory holiday. The Parish Office will be closed. Daily Masses will be celebrated as scheduled.
Please note the following changes in Mass schedule: beginning this Friday, May 6, all “First Friday Masses” will be celebrated at 9am in English and at 7pm in Vietnamese. This schedule will be in effect for the months of May and June.
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.
Guardian Angels Parish Annual Bazaar & Bake:
The annual Bazaar is a part of the parish fundraising to support their various programs, especially service to the poor. Saturday May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 10 AM to 4 PM. For more information, please read this PDF file
Into the Deep: Truth and Reconciliation:
In this presentation, James Borkowski, Archbishop’s Delegate for Operations, will share about the history of residential schools, the Church’s response, and ways for Catholics to participate in reconciliation with Indigenous people. Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Focolare Movement - family spirituality day - "Love in Action": The Focolare Movement offers simple ways to do this by putting “love into action.” To learn more about it you are invited to an interactive gathering to hear experiences from a variety of people at work, in the family, and with friends. People of other churches and religions are also welcome since the Golden Rule is for everyone! Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
* Public Order vs. Freedom of Speech and Association: Beth Israel presents a captivating day of legal education and insights. Panel topics include civil disobedience; family conflicts, vaccine mandates, child consent; emergency health powers versus freedom of religious association. Archbishop Miller will be speaking on the afternoon panel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at 9 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events