21/02 Monday: ST. PETER DAMIAN  James 3.13-18 [Gospel] Mark 9.14-29
22/02 Tuesday: The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle  1 Peter 5.1-4 [Gospel] Matthew 16.13-19
23/02 Wednesday: ST. POLYCARP  James 4.13-17 [Gospel] Mark 9.38-40
24/02 Thursday:  James 5.1-6 [Gospel] Mark 9.41-50
25/02 Friday:  James 5.9-12 [Gospel] Mark 10.1-12
26/02 Saturday:  James 5.13-20 [Gospel] Mark 10.13-16
27/02 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Sirach 27.4-7  1 Corinthians 15.54-58 [Gospel] Luke 6.39-45
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading 1 Samuel 26.2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-25
What do I imagine doing to my enemies, especially if they were in my power? How is God asking me to deal with specific oppressive, troublesome or challenging individuals in my life? How is he helping me?
Psalm 103: “The Lord is merciful and gracious. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.”
2. Second Reading - 1 Corinthians 15.45-49
What do I most appreciate about my physical being? About my spiritual nature? What would it be like to be purely physical or purely spiritual? How is it different to be related to Christ and not simply to Adam?
“Alleluia! I give you a new commandment: love one another just as I have loved you.”
3. Gospel Reading - Luke 6.27-38
“Do to others as you would have them do unto you.” Easy words; challenging examples. What have I learned from my own experience of neediness and receiving? When have I had to beg (e.g., for exact change, fundraising, personal needs), and someone gave? When have I been hungry, and someone shared? When have I been cold and someone helped? When have I been forgiven by someone I really hurt? How can I live this Gospel better today? Lord Jesus, help me to do to others as you have done to me.
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 (February)
For religious sisters and consecrated women: We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.
INTENSION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday Feb 19 at 9AM
- For the soul of Florencio Rivera and Joseph Yu Lim
Saturday Feb 19 at 5PM
- Thanksgiving Mass St. Joseph and for the intention of Agostinho.
- For the souls of Lutgarda Camitan, Alicia Bayle, Ester Blanco
Sunday Feb 20 at 8AM
- For the souls of Anastacia Dela Torre, Norma and Domingo Natividad.
Sunday Feb 20 at 11:30AM
- Thanksgiving Mass for Brian Joseph Doe – Birthday blessings
Sunday Feb 20 at 6PM
- For the souls of Alejandro Taverna, Pilomena Taverna, Divina Taverna, Pablo Maata and Isabel Maata.
Please keep in your prayer the soul of our parishioners who passed away in November, December and January:
- Gyula Bozsik
- Anna Fernando
- Anita Pagtakhan
On Ash Wednesday March 02 there will be 4 Holly Masses: 2 English Masses at 8AM and 9AM (for school), Vietnamese Mass at 10:30AM and a bilingual mass at 7PM.
For those of you who would like to have the BC Catholic newspaper delivered to your homes, please contact the parish office to register. The deadline to register is no later than 5pm on Friday, February 25.
The 2021 Tax receipts are now available to be picked up in the front entrance of the Church.
The March 2022 “Living with Christ” booklets are now available for purchase. Please contact the parish office if you would like a copy.
On Monday Feb 21: our parish office will be closed.
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.
* Into the Deep: Man does not live on Bread Alone
As disciples we are following Jesus through the 40 days of Lent and these words of the Master stand out: Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. This launches us into the deep to discover the riches that await us if we enter Lent following Jesus, viewing Jesus, listening to Jesus and imitating Jesus (according to our state in life). Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Monthly Eucharistic Adoration - Intensive Prayer
Monthly Intensive Prayers with Eucharistic Adoration and Scriptural Rosary attended by prayer warriors from Matthew 7.7 Prayer Brigade is the backbone of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. We will pray for protection, strength, and guidance during the difficult times we are going through and still ahead of us. We also pray in a special way for the Diocesan phase of the ongoing Synod 2021-2023. Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
* Prepare Your Heart for Lent
This special one-hour episode of The Augustine Institute Show with Dr. Tim Gray will feature guest Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, who will receive the annual alumni award from the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology. Sister Miriam graduated in 2015 and is a sought-after Catholic speaker and evangelist. The show will also include a lively discussion on preparing for Lent from esteemed Augustine Institute professors. Tuesday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Pro-Life Mass and Prayer VigilMonthly 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 the victims of abortion. Saturday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.