10/01 Monday:  1 Samuel 1.1-8 [Gospel] Mark 1.14-20
11/01 Tuesday:  1 Samuel 1.9-20 [Gospel] Mark 1.21-28
12/01 Wednesday: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys  1 Samuel 3.1-10, 19-20 [Gospel] Mark 1.29-39
13/01 Thursday:  1 Samuel 4.1c-11 [Gospel] Mark 4.40-45
14/01 Friday:  1 Samuel 8.4-7, 10-22a [Gospel] Mark 2.1-12
15/01 Saturday  1 Samuel 9.1-4, 17-19; 10.1a [Gospel] Mark 2.13-17
16/01 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Isaiah 62.1-5  1 Corinthians 12.4-11 [Gospel] John 2.1-12
REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
1. First Reading - Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11
When have I reached “the end of the rope”, feeling that I just could not go on any longer? What helped to turn me away from despair? What do I find most encouraging in Isaiah’s prophesy to the Israelites, who were despairing in exile and captivity? How does that prophesy compare with the ways God has encouraged me in times of trial?
Psalm 104: “O bless the Lord, my soul!”
2. Second Reading -Titus 2.11-14; 3.4-7
How would I describe grace? How does it work in my life? If all the baptized have been justified by grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit, why do we have so much difficulty “renounce[ing] impiety and worldly passions… to live lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly”? For what do I most need grace?
“Alleluia! John said: One more powerful than I am coming; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
3. Gospel Reading - Luke 3.15-16, 21-22
The people hoped that John might be the Messiah they eagerly awaited. But it was not the baptizer, rather the baptized One, quietly praying, who was God’s Son, the Beloved. What do I hope from God now that Jesus has come? What are some signs of the Holy Spirit among us? Where should I look?
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 (January)
For true human fraternity: We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.
INTENSION FOR THE WEEK
Friday Jan 07 at 8AM
- For intention of Soledad Acosta
- Thanksgiving Mass for the Mendoza family
Saturday Jan 08 at 9AM
- For the intention of healing for Soledad Acosta
Saturday Jan 08 at 5PM
For the soul of Alicia Bayle, Thomas Bayle, Anaclecto Camitan
by Caroline Bayle.
Sunday Jan 09 at 8AM
Sunday Jan 09 at 11:30AM
- For the soul of Aguida Mendoza
- For the soul of Jonilou Sy and Remigio Barillas
Sunday Jan 09 at 6PM
- For the soul of Leonar Tanada
Monday Jan 10 at 8AM
- Cầu cho LH Toma Nguyễn Thanh Thế mới qua đời tại BC do Anh Long và gia đình xin
- Cầu cho LH Maria Nguyễn Thị Nghĩa, Maria Đinh Thị Luyến, Đa Minh Phạm Đức Nghĩa do gia đình con cháu xin.
Tuesday Jan 11 at 8AM
- For the soul of Mr.William Martin.
Please keep in your prayer the soul of our parishioners who passed away in November and December:
- Anna Fernando
- Anita Pagtakhan
- Kathleen Mary Dunroe
Second collection for the Parish Building Fund
In accordance with the most recent PHO guidelines, all gatherings beyond Masses, which include PREP classes have been suspended until further notice. We encourage you to attend the English Masses on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and Sunday at 8 am, since attendance is lower than other Masses and well below the provincial limit.
Masks for those ages 12 and up are now mandatory at all times – those with medical conditions are exempt.
The 2022 Parish envelopes are now available to be picked up in the Church Entrance.
On behalf of everyone here at St. Joseph’s Parish, we wish everyone a Blessed and Safe New Year.
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.
Bible in a Year 2022
Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes. Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word! Join the group from the Archdiocese of Vancouver who are listening to the Bible in a Year in 2022. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Into the Deep: What's New About Evangelization?
In this presentation, Eric Chow will present on the new evangelization: where this term comes from and what it means for us today. He'll share about Proclaim - a movement of the Archdiocese of Vancouver awakening disciples to proclaim Jesus in their homes and communities; and stories of how disciples are seeing God move through their evangelization efforts. Friday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
RCIA Team CGS Session 1
This event is for RICA Coordinators to bring your RCIA group to experience Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for a meditative and hands-on faith experience. Our CGS team has graciously offered to provide a session on the Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
St. Monica's Mission Holy Hour
Many parents are grieving the loss of their adult child’s faith in the Catholic Church. This Year of the Family is an ideal time of grace for parents to pray, fast, and sacrifice for their adult children’s conversion. Through St. Monica's Mission, A Prayerful Journey of Perseverance and Hope, parents are invited to join our monthly Holy Hours on the Third Friday of the month at various parishes across the Archdiocese. Saturday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Estate and Memorial Planning Webinar
This free presentation provides general information for preparing or updating your will and learning about the beauty of the funeral rite and formulating pre-need arrangements. You'll be pointed to complementary guides, tools and practical resources. The event is sponsored and presented by the Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Thursday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.