April 5th, 2015 , Easter Sunday , Sunday in Ordinary Time
After 40 days preparing our selves for this Easter, our highest liturgical celebration, I hope there is a renewal of faith in us and as a consequence, we could expect to revitalize our parish life too.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in one of his Easter Vigil homilies said ‘The liturgical celebration of the Easter Vigil makes use of two eloquent signs. First there is the fire that becomes light. As the procession makes its way through the church, shrouded in the darkness of the night, the light of the Paschal Candle becomes a wave of lights, and it speaks to us of Christ as the true morning star that never sets—the Risen Lord in whom light has conquered darkness. The second sign is water. On the one hand, it recalls the waters of the Red Sea, decline and die, the mystery of the Cross. But now it is presented to us as spring water, a life-giving element amid the dryness. Thus it becomes the image of the sacrament of baptism, through which we become sharers in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.’ The light reminds us of the words of Christ ‘You are the light of the world’ where we are expected to give meanings to our lives and others. The water reminds us of our baptism, as a baptized person we share Christ’s functions as priest, prophet and king. In particular as a king, whenever we serve others and our parish we fulfill our function as a king. I thank many of you who have fulfilled these three functions in serving this parish, and I like to take this opportunity to invite you to congratulate with me Mr George Gastaldo whom our Archbishop Miller will present a Stewardship Award on April 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm at The Holy Rosary Cathedral.
The stewardship award is introduced to honour members of the laity who have provided exceptional service in time, talent or treasure to the Church through the Archdiocese, their parishes or through affiliated community groups or associations over an extended period of time.
As we know that Mr Gastaldo had dedicated his time and talent to our parish quietly and faithfully for a very long period of time as the head of building committee and I am very pleased that our Archbishop Miller is acknowledging his good work. I hope that there are more recipients from our parish in the years to come. As we have renewed our faith in this Easter, let us continue to serve the Lord Jesus with full joy and peace.
Happy Easter to you and your family
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
SECTION TWO – Article 1
IV. “YOU DID NOT ABANDON HIM TO THE POWER OF DEATH”
411 The Christian tradition sees in this passage an announcement of the “New Adam” who, because he “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”, makes amends superabundantly for the disobedience, of Adam. Furthermore many Fathers and Doctors of the Church have seen the woman announced in the “Proto-evangelium” as Mary, the mother of Christ, the “new Eve”. Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ’s victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life.
412 But why did God not prevent the first man from sinning? St. Leo the Great responds, “Christ’s inexpressible grace gave us blessings better than those the demon’s envy had taken away.” and St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing to prevent human nature’s being raised up to something greater, even after sin; God permits evil in order to draw forth some greater good. Thus St. Paul says, ‘Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’; and the Exsultet sings, ‘O happy fault,. . . which gained for us so great a Redeemer!'”
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
For more information on the Archdiocese of Vancouver please visit: web site at www.rcav.org
FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE
Infertility Healing Hope Health: Fertility Care Vancouver and the Life, Marriage and Family Office invite you to explore the exciting new field of restorative reproductive medicine with Maria Bizecki. She will be speaking about the different causes of infertility and what couples can do to achieve pregnancy using restorative reproductive medicine. Come and hear the success stories. Thursday, April 9, from 7:30 to 9 pm, John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver. Visit www.rcav.org/healing-hope-hhealth/
Spring Events at Catholic After Hours ™ for Catholics 25 years to 45 years old: Catholic After Hours ™ now organized through the Life, Marriage and Family Office, launches its spring events on April 13, for Catholics 25 to 45 years old. These popular social mixers networking, and speakers events support the formation of young single Catholic professionals who are searching for what it means to be truly happy in life. Those who are single, dating, considering marriage, amidst their busy careers or other pursuits will find Catholic After Hours very exciting. Monday nights, April 13—May 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Café, Vancouver. To register, visit rcav.org/catholic-after-hours/
Benefit for Displaced Iraqi Christians: Enjoy an evening of presentation by Archbishop J. Miller, CSB and Development & Peace, plus an authentic 3 course Iraqi dinner and traditional Iraqi entertainment. Saturday May 9 at 6 pm, All Saints Parish Hall, Coquitlam. Tickets are $60 & available at All Saints Parish, Coquitlam. Net proceeds will go to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace, which is supporting our persecuted brothers & sisters in Northern Iraq living in refugee camps. For info, please email [email protected] or [email protected]
Twilight Mass in April: Once a month, Immaculate Conception Church offers a Twilight Mass, a place for Catholic seekers to gather, and share in an alternative liturgy. Sunday, April 12 at 8 pm, Immaculate Conception Church, Vancouver. You are most welcome to join us for some singing prior to Mass beginning at 7pm
MASS TIMINGS / NOVENAS PRAYER GROUP / MEETINGS PRAYER / GROUP MEETINGS
Weekend: Saturday: 9 am
Sunday: 9 & 11 am
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am
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 6:15pm , with Divine Mercy Novena/Chaplet at 3:00 pm & Benediction at 6:30 pm.
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
Infant Baptism: Baptisms are on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 12:30 pm. Instructions are on the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Church. It is mandatory that parents & God parents attend.
Please Note: The Baptism form must be filled before attending the instructions. The form is available in the parish office.
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 third Sunday of the month at 10 am 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 Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the church.
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]
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 .
Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus are having a spring dinner dance on April 11th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:30 pm. Cost is $20/- per head for early bird, or $25/- per hear at the gate. Please book early. Bonus: Free 1 hour lessons of Argentina Tango.
From RCIA: Welcome and blessings to all our friends who received the Easter Sacraments on April 4th, 2015 at the Easter Vigil:
► Qi Jin An
► Rui Min Cui
► John Sam An (Child)
► Julie Tenille Mezo
► Yang Shen (Luna)
► Enya Shuai (Child)
► Ting Ting Zhang (Melody)
► Wei Zhang(Alex)
► Jiangnan Peng (John)
► Donella Prasad
► Du Ba (Emily Lam)
► Brandon Ye Da Lam(child)
► Brianna Long Lam (Child)
► Shane Jelaita
► Manpreet Kaur Mahil
► Cynthia Chow
► Kyung Ah Kwon (Sally)
A big thank you to all who assisted and supported our new Catholics in their faith journey through this past year. A very special thank you to the God parents, Sponsors, Journey Companions, Prayer Sponsors, CWL, Choir, Mustard Seed, KoC for all their prayers and preparation for this Easter Vigil service and reception after. God Bless You – Thelma Siglos & RCIA Family
Domestic Abuse Services: Help Line 604.640.7549
Mass Schedule & Intentions
Sat. Apr 04, 9:00 pm Joaquim Park
Sun. Apr 05, 9:00 am Pauline Malvar—Thksg
11:00 am Irene —Int
Mon. Apr 06, 9:00 am † Antonio & Jaime Couto
Tue. Apr 07, 8:15 am † Antonia Gastaldo
Wed. Apr 08, 8:15 am † Jose Pabelo
Thu. Apr 09, 8:15 am Jossy Luciano – Thksg
Fri. Apr 10, 9:00 am † Msgr Joseph Fornari
7:00 pm † Reginald Fernandez
Sat. April 11, 9:00 am † Gerardus Van Den Hoven
From Couples for Christ: Our Couples for Christ have taken the lead and will be conducting the following:
May 16th : A used clothing drive after the 9 am Mass. Please bring only wearable clothing. Remember these items are being passed on to some one else to wear. Make sure they are in good condition.
May 23rd: 2000 Hail Mary’s after 9 am Mass
We recognize 37 individuals for outstanding service in time, talent or treasure to the Church in the Archdiocese through their parishes or the wider community. These Stewardship Award recipients exemplify lives of gratitude and generosity and most notably they use their gifts for the good of others through teaching, serving, praying, mentoring and more! Their lives are outstanding examples of “Stewarding God’s Gifts” in our community! Awards will be presented at Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12 at 2:30 pm Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. Reception in Rosary Hall immediately after Mass.