In this Lenten Season, the church calls us to reflect our relation with God and others. If we are talking about others, we are not only talking about the healthy ones but also the fragile ones, especially the elderly. Pope Francis gave a good reflection in the speech he addressed to the Pontifical Academy for Life on the theme: “Assisting the elderly and palliative care”. Palliative care is an expression of the proper human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of those who suffer. It bears witness that the human person is always precious, even if marked by age and sickness. The human person, in fact, in whatever circumstance, is good for himself and others, and is loved by God. For this reason, when life becomes very fragile and the end of earthly existence approaches, we feel the responsibility to assist and accompany the person in the best way. The biblical commandment that requires us to honour our parents, understood broadly, reminds us of the honour we must show to all elderly people. God associates a double promise with this commandment: “that you may have a long life” (Ex20:12) and, the other, “that you might prosper” (dt 5:16). On the contrary, “the bible reserves a severe warning for those who neglect or mistreat their parents (cf.Ex 21:17;Lv 20:9). The same judgement applies today when parents, having become older and less useful, are marginalized to the point of abandonment. There are so many examples! The Word of God is always living, and we see well how the commandment proves topical for contemporary society, where the logic of utility takes precedence over that of solidarity and gratitude, even within families. Let us hear, then, with docile hearts, the word of God that comes to us from the commandments, which, let us always remember, are not bonds that imprison us, but are words of life. “To honour, today might well be translated as the duty to have extreme respect and to take care of those who, because of their physical or social condition, could be left to die, or “made to die”. All medicine has a special role within society as a witness of honour that is due to elderly persons, and to every human being. Neither the medical evidence and efficiency, nor the rules of health care systems and economic profit, can be the only criteria governing the actions of doctors. A State cannot think of making a profit with medicine. On the contrary, there is no more important duty for a society than safeguarding the human person. The elderly, first of all, need the care of family members-whose affection cannot be replaced by more efficient structures or more competent and charitable healthcare workers. When this is not sufficient or in the case of advanced or terminal illness, the elderly can be benefitted by truly human assistance, and receive adequate responses to their needs thanks to palliative care offered in such a way that it supplements and supports the care provided by family members. Palliative care has an objective of alleviating suffering in the last stages of illness and at the same time of assuring the patient of adequate human accompaniment (cf.Evang.Vitae,65). It deals with the important support for the elderly, who for reasons of age, often receive less attention from curative medicine, and are often abandoned.
Abandonment is the most serious “illness” of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer: those who helped us to grow must not be abandoned when they need our help, our love, and our tenderness. Palliative care recognizes something equally important: recognizing the value of the person. I urge all those who, under whatever title, are involved in the field of palliative care, to practice this duty of conserving the spirit of service in its fullness and recalling that all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it finds it’s place as a help in view of the good of man, a good that is never achieved by going “against” his life and dignity.
Sincerely in Christ
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE
Archdiocesan Celebration for the 30th World Youth Day: We invite young adults to join the Archbishop in celebrating their faith at Holy Rosary Cathedral & Hall, Sat, March 28. The day starts at 1 pm with music, a guest speaker, way of the cross & procession with palms. We will then celebrate Palm Sunday Mass (anticipated) at 5 pm. The day will end with dinner & concert by Sam Rocha. Tickets required. Cost only $10/- for dinner & concert, but free for the afternoon program. Tickets are at rcav.org/wyd
Freedom 2015: Freedom, the annual reconciliation event for youth sponsored by the Youth & Young Adult Ministry office, will take place Fri, March 13, at St Joseph Parish in Langley from 7 to 10:30 pm. Participants will experience first-hand the healing power of Christ through music, prayer, testimonies & teachings, & the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Guest speakers include Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB & Fr Bryan Duggan. You won’t want to miss this special event; come see why Freedom is often imitated but never duplicated! Rcav.org/freedom/
Mary, Our Family & Our Faith: Join us for a Marian Retreat. Speakers: Rev Pablo Santa Maria & Rev Jude Iloghalu, Sat, March 14, 9am to 12 pm, Rosary Hall, 650 Richards St, Vancouver. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Cost $10. To –re-register, contact Holy Rosary Cathedral Office at 604.682.6774 by Friday, March 13. Organized by the Holy Rosary Cathedral Catholic Women’s League.
Share Lent 2015: Responding to the cry of the rural poor with the bishops of Brazil: Development & Peace has been working with the Brazilian bishops for many years to respond to the cry of the poor. Your generosity helps fund their partnership with their Pastoral Land Commission, which works to support the rural poor through agricultural development & land reform. Please pick up Share Lent materials at the back of the Church or by visiting devp.org. The Share Lent collection Development & Peace is on the fifth Sunday of Lent, March 22. For more info please visit rcav.org/development-and-peace-ccodp/
True Strength Lenten Retreat for Young Men: Lenten Retreat for young men in Grades 8-12 on Sat, March 28, from 10:30 to 8:30 pm. Registration $15. To register, contact [email protected] by March 26. Space is limited.
SECTION TWO – Article 1
III. ORIGINAL SIN
The consequences of Adam’s sin for humanity
405 Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin – an inclination to evil that is called concupiscence”. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.
406 The Church’s teaching on the transmission of original sin was articulated more precisely in the fifth century, especially under the impulse of St. Augustine’s reflections against Pelagianism, and in the sixteenth century, in opposition to the Protestant Reformation. Pelagius held that man could, by the natural power of free will and without the necessary help of God’s grace, lead a morally good life; he thus reduced the influence of Adam’s fault to bad example. the first Protestant reformers, on the contrary, taught that original sin has radically perverted man and destroyed his freedom; they identified the sin inherited by each man with the tendency to evil (concupiscentia), which would be insurmountable. the Church pronounced on the meaning of the data of Revelation on original sin especially at the second Council of Orange (529) and at the Council of Trent (1546).
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND IN PAIN
Linda Walker, Brian W. Daniel McCarthy, Lourdes Andal, Sonia Burrow, John C. Walker, Elizabeth Keobke, Amiceto Rabang, Patrick Jonathan Manghi, Delima Ngui, Patrick Tranquilino, Carol Ann, Annalyn Richardson, Joven Labandelo, Edilberto & Efrenia Larga, Jenny Walker & Victoria Tyndall, Leon Landry, Edgar Arellano, Sydney Shanti, Joseph Rivera
Holy Communion: Any one who is shut-in and wishes to receive the Eucharist please let us know. If you have a loved one who is sick and needs our prayers, and would like to insert their name in the bulletin, kindly contact the office.
PS: Due to limited space in the bulletin, the names will appear for two weeks only. If you require to extend, please call the office. Thank You .
OLM Concert 2015: If you love music & would like to participate & inspire the community in an upcoming OLM Concert—you are welcome to join. This concert dubbed as So Young, So Bright—is a musical variety song & dance presentation participated by the young ones with the young adults in our parish. Here we will see an array of promising young talents from singing to dancing. They will present segments of the reality of the youth life, their ideals, dreams & vision, strength & spiritual desire. All these when tapped will make a wholesome youth-lightened, brightened & able all empowered. Please text Melanie at 604.441.4953 or e-mail [email protected]
Lenten Talks at Our Lady of Mercy Church: All are invited to Lenten talks starting February 20th to March 27th. There will be different topics with great speakers:
Mar 13th: Barabbas “The Prisoner who was set free”
By Fr James Kairu
Mar 20th: Simon of Cyrene “The Visitor who became involved” By Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD
Mar 27th: Joseph of Armathea “The Secret disciple who was exposed” By Fr Tien Tran
PREP Spring Break: Our PREP classes will be closed on March 11 & 18th for Spring break. Classes resume on March 25, 2015.
Free Estate & Burial Planning Presentation: The Archdiocese of Vancouver along with Catholic Cemeteries is pleased to provide you with a free information session on March 14th at 10 am in our church. The topics discussed will be tools to assist families with arrangements or pre-need planning. An estimator tool will provide you to discern options and costs. A funeral liturgy planner provides a way to select readings, music and other details to prepare for meeting a priest to make final arrangements. An estate & Burial planning guide provides comprehensive information and tips for estate planning such as gifting, tax planning and resources to prepare a will.
Please collect your tax receipts for 2014. If you have any concerns please contact the parish office between 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (12 to 1 is lunch break) at 604.522.5733
Weekend: Saturday: 9 am 5pm (anticipated)
Sunday: 9 & 11 am
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am
Friday: 9 am & 7 pm.
Stations of the Cross: Friday at 6:30 pm
Public Holidays: 9 am
Confession: 30 minutes prior to Masses or upon request.
Perpetual Adoration Chapel: Open every day. For more info please call the parish office.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday: 9:45 am to 6:00pm , with Divine Mercy Novena/Chaplet at 3:00 pm & Benediction at 6:00 pm. (only during Lent)
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
Infant Baptism: Baptisms are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 12:30 pm. Instructions are held on the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Church. It is mandatory that parents and God parents attend.
Please Note: The Baptism form must be fully filled before attending the instructions. The form is available in the parish office. Please call the office before you come to fill the form.
Marriage: Contact the pastor at least four months prior to the date of your marriage.
Bible Study: The group meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm
Children’s Liturgy: Children are taken aside during Mass and taught the liturgy, thereby helping parents to hear Mass better.
Catholic Women’s League: Meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the children’s room.
Couples for Christ: Helps couples strengthen family bonds
Hand Maids of the Lord: Meet every Sunday at 2 pm -basement
Indonesian Mass: 6:30 pm every (1st & 3rd Saturday)
Knights of Columbus: Meet every first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the basement.
Legion of Mary: Meet every Saturday at 12.30 pm (except 1st Sat)
Junior: Every Sunday at 12:00 pm
Legion of Mary, Spanish : Every Wed at 3:30 pm in the church.
Mustard Seed Group: Every Monday from 7 to 9pm
– do Healing Service: Every 2nd Saturday after 5 pm Mass
Opus Dei—Ladies: Meet every 4th Wednesday at10:00 am
Opus Dei-Gents: Meet ever 2nd Monday at 6:00 pm
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP): This program is for Catholic children attending non-Catholic schools. Religious classes are offered every Wednesday from 6:30pm. To enroll please contact the parish office.
Philipino Mass: 7pm every 1st Sunday of the month.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): For non-Catholics who want to join the church, and Catholics who want to deepen their faith.
Youth Ministry: 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month from 1 to 5pm.
Our Lady of Mercy School—Principal: Neva Grout
Telephone 604.526.7121;Fax 604.520.3194,
E-Mail: [email protected]
Mass Schedule & Intentions
Sat. Mar 07, 5:00 pm † Francisca Raffa
Sun. Mar 08, 9:00 am Robert Favaro—Int
11:00 am † Ruperto & Pomposa Minoza
Mon. Mar 09, 8:15 am † Aldo Belluz
Tue. Mar 10, 8:15 am † Johonna Herman De Wolff
Wed. Mar 11, 8:15 am † Agnes Layna
Thu. Mar 12, 8:15 am † Eufrosina & Fransisco Reyes
Fri. Mar 13, 9:00 am † Henk Riek Hlders , 6:30 pm Stations of the Cross, 7:00 pm † Amando Calica
Sat. , Mar 14, 9:00am † Tan Bong Soo
Workshop for Ladies interested in a Monastic Life: On the weekend of March 13-15, there will be a Monastic Life workshop for ladies interested in the consecrated life, at Westminister Abbey, Mission, for age groups 17 to 35. Forms are available in the church foyer. The deadline to enroll is March 11th. For details call Nolissa @ 778.898.1220.
Since, we have so little time to organise this event, kindly contact Nolissa as soon as possible if you are interested.
“You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…” – Exodus 20:4 How many “gods” do you put before God ? “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel. Those are easy to recognize. Many times they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot—pride, power, ego, comfort or health.