17/04 Monday: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Acts 4.23-31 [Gospel] John 3.1-8
18/04 Tuesday: Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin  Acts 4.32-37 [Gospel] John 3.7b-15
19/04 Wednesday:  Acts 5.17-26 [Gospel] John 3.16-21
20/04 Thursday:  Acts 5.27-33 [Gospel] John 3.31-36
21/04 Friday: Saint Anselm  Acts 5.34-42 [Gospel] John 6.1-15
22/04 Saturday:  Acts 6.1-7 [Gospel] John 6.16-21
23/04 3rd EASTER SUNDAY:  Acts 2.14, 22b-28  1 Peter 1.17-21 [Gospel] Luke 24.13-35
First Reading: Acts 2.42-47
we read where all the followers of Jesus, not just the apostles, were so enthusiastic about this “new way” of life that they lived in communities in order to share everything, both material and spiritual. This way, they could help in nourishing and sharing their newly found spiritual life in Christ with each other. Because of this joy, many others came to believe and "the Lord added to their number.".
Psalm 118: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever” or “Alleluia!”
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1.3-9
This portion of Peter's letter is a brief summary of the Christian life then and now. We should not think of Christ's Resurrection as something that happened 2000 plus years ago, but rather, as something that happens daily in every Mass— not just those we attend, but all Masses. They are the greatest prayers of Thanksgiving that one could offer for this sublime act of love..
“ Alleluia. Alleluia. You believed, Thomas, because you have seen me; blessed era those who have not seen, and yet believe. Alleluia.
Gospel: John 20.19-31
Place yourself into this scene: It is the night of the Resurrection and Jesus appears in all His divine Glory before the apostles. Can you image the joy after the shock subsides? They must have been bouncing all over the room. Then Thomas, who was not present at the first appearance of Jesus, throws cold water on that event by his refusing to believe that Christ was resurrected. It takes another appearance of Christ to convince Thomas who then utters that great phrase of humility, "My Lord and my 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, Patricia Rudolph, Shirley De La Cruz.
PRAYER FOR THE MONTH (April)
For a culture of peace and non-violence: We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.
INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
Saturday April 15 at 5 PM
- For the souls of Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Marlon Bayle, Elizabeth Bayle, Aurea Ambaviaf.
Sunday April 16 at 8 AM
- Death Anniversary of John the Baptist Pham Van Hien and Anna.
Sunday April 16 at 11:30 AM
- For the soul of Arielle Jayden Lee.
Our Parish is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents in various areas such as: sacristans, readers, altar servers, choir members, gift bearers, parking lot attendants and so much more. Please speak with the Mass coordinator if you are able to help or would like more information.
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 tohttps://support.rcav.org/parishes/parish-offertory/sunday-offering/and select St. Joseph, Van Offering.
Contribute to the legacy of St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta’s historic visits to Vancouver by helping us build a statue of these saints outside of Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver. For all supporters, your name will be published in a commemorative book for the day of unveiling and blessing. In addition, larger supporters will be recognized on plaques on the base of the statue. Homelessness and poverty were important causes to St. Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II. A portion of the funds raised will support The Door is Open and the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter. Give donate online at rcav.org/twosaints or contact Deacon Richard Podgurski (604-961-5665 or [email protected])
Fifth Ordinandi Dinner: The Vocations and Seminarians Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver cordially invites you to the Fifth Ordinandi Dinner featuring Deacon Patrick Le and Deacon Medard Kamanzi. Join Archbishop Miller and members of the Catholic faithful on Wednesday, June 21 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Dinner begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are available for purchase at https://secure.rcav.org/ordinandi-dinner-2023/.
On Sunday May 14, 2023, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be honoring couples celebrating milestone marriage anniversariesin 5-year increments from 5-60 years, and every year beyond 60 years at the annual Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass. You’re invited to register to celebrate your milestone marriage anniversary year with Mass at 1:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Parish followed by a reception. Families and friends are welcome to witness and celebrate your milestone anniversary. Learn more and register at family.rcav.org/mam.
Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Marie Pauline Profetana is requested to contact Fr. Joseph Le at: [email protected].
*Catholic Social Teaching & Development and Peace
This interactive information session with Development & Peace-Caritas Canada will focus on social justice and global solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Global South, guided by Catholic social teaching. On Saturday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Parish in Vancouver. Everyone is welcome— bring a friend and find out how we can do our part as citizens of the world! No registration necessary. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.