The Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday - Bulletin

Daily readings:

07/08 Monday: Saint Sixtus II or Saint Cajetan [1] Numbers 11:4-15 [Gospel] Matthew 14:13-21

08/08 Tuesday: Saint Dominic [1] Numbers 12:1-13 [Gospel] Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

09/08 Wednesday: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [1] Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 [Gospel] Matthew 15:21-28

10/08 Thursday: Saint Lawrence [1] Second Corinthians 9:6-10 [Gospel] John 12:24-26

11/08 Friday: Saint Clare [1] Deuteronomy 4:32-40 [Gospel] Matthew 16:24-28

12/08 Saturday: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal [1] Deuteronomy 6:4-13 [Gospel] Matthew 17:14-20

13/08 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time [1] First Kings 19:9, 11-13 [2] Romans 9:1-5 [Gospel] Matthew 14:22-33

Transfiguration of the Lord

“O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him.”

First Reading: Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14

How do I picture heaven with God, the angels, hosts and all who have gone before us? What is the relationship between God the Father and the Son? Where do I hope to be in that picture?

Psalm 97: “The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth.”

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1.16-19

How might Peter’s sharing about the Transfiguration have encouraged early Christians? What personal experiences or testimonies have strengthened my faith? How can I share my experience with others, and who might need that encouragement?

“Alleluia. This is Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him! Alleluia.”

Gospel: Matthew 17.1-9

Had I been with Peter, James and John, how would I have felt through this experience? How am I reminded that Jesus is truly God and truly human? As Jesus’ brother/sister, what do the Father’s words mean for me?

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.


For World Youth Day: We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.


Our parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Dominic on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 10:30 AM Mass. After Mass, there will be light refreshments in the basement of the Church.  All are invited.

This Monday, August 7, 2023, the parish office will be closed in observance of the British Columbia Day Holiday. The 8 AM Mass is celebrated as usual.

The annual pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Mission will be on Saturday, August 19, starting with sacrament of Reconciliation at 11 am, Mass with Archbishop Miller at 1 pm and Rosary and Benediction at 2 pm. An air-conditioned bus will leave St. Mary’s parish at 8 am and depart Mission at 3:30 pm to return around 5 pm. The deadline to pre-register and pay the $40 fee for the bus is tomorrow, July 31. To register or get more information, please email [email protected] or phone Teresita Nixon at 604-940-2360. Information sheets are available at the church entrance.

St Joseph’s Parish offers Religious Education Program from Grade 1 to Grade 7 for children to receive First Communion & Reconciliation and Confirmation sacraments. Classes will start on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 9:30 am. Registration will be on the same date at 9:00 am. Please bring a copy of your children’s baptismal certificate.

Please get your registration form at the parish office or call Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599 for more information.

St. Joseph’s Parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program for Catholic and non-Catholic: Do you want to learn more and increase your knowledge about your Catholic faith? Do you know anybody who is interested in becoming Catholic? Be a Disciple, Be an Evangelizer! St Joseph’s Parish RCIA program offers Evening classes from 7 pm to 9 pm. Classes will start on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Refreshments will be served.

Please get your registration form at the parish office or call Mrs. Bucad at 604-874-4599 for more info

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 to select St. Joseph, Van Offering.


World Day for Migrants and Refugees

The Holy Father has chosen the theme “Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Join Father Richard Zanotti and Father Tom Smith in prayerful celebration and solidarity with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters on Saturday, September 23, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish, Richmond. There will be a reception with food and entertainment following Mass in the gym. Learn more at

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