April 12th 2015, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Sunday in Ordinary Time
As we are celebrating the Divine Mercy Sunday this weekend, once again I welcome all the newly baptized who opened their hearts and minds to receive the mercy of our Lord Jesus. I also want to extend the invitation of Pope Francis to celebrate the Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015, – November 26, 2016, as Pope Francis said in his homily on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, in fact, allows us with confidence to draw near to the Father, in order to be certain of His pardon. He really is “rich in mercy” and extends His mercy with abundance over those who turn to Him with a sincere heart…to be touched with tenderness by His hand and shaped by His grace, therefore, to approach the priest without fear for our sins, but with the certainty of being welcomed by him in the name of God, and understood notwithstanding our miseries. Coming out of the confessional, we will feel God’s strength, which restores life and returns the enthusiasm of faith.
The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable.
No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses towards those who convert.
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy year for Mercy. We want to live this year in the light of the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful. (cf.Lk 6:36)”
The Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe—and living face of the Father’s mercy. I am convinced that the whole church will find in this jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.
From this moment, we entrust this Holy year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey’
As we will celebrate our 75th anniversary of our Parish, I believe that it is very appropriate all the activities of this celebration is related to ‘the mercy of our Lord Jesus’.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in Daily Life, Applications Available: The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life retreat for persons who wish to grow spiritually, learn how to discern Christ’s voice more clearly, and serve God with greater love. Part 1, a weekly evening lecture/retreat practicum: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9 from 7 to 9 pm and all-day retreat on Saturday, May 9 with weekly spiritual direction. Part 1 is a prerequisite of Part 2: the Spiritual Exercises proper, includes monthly evening lecture October-May and weekly spiritual direction. St Mark’s Parish & College , Vancouver. $100 registration fee (bursaries available). To request an application, contact the JSAV coordinator at [email protected] or 778.806.4378. Applications accepted on first-come, first served basis. Please visit the website at www.jsav.ca
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FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE
Benefit for Displaced Iraqi Christians: Enjoy an evening of presentation by Archbishop J. Miller, CSB & Development & Peace, plus an authentic 3 course Iraqi dinner & 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]
Mass for the Unborn: Gardens of Gethsemani is offering a Mass for the unborn on Sunday, April 26th at 2:30 pm in the Evangelist Chapel. We truly celebrate the gift of each child conceived and born, and fully mourn each miscarriage, abortion, stillborn and infant or child’s death at our Catholic cemeteries. There will be a Knights of Columbus Honour Guard, a procession to the new children’s memorial garden and Rachel Mourns Garden as we pray the Rosary. Refreshments will be served.
New Tools for Cemetery & Funeral at-Need & Pre-Need Planning: Catholic Cemeteries is pleased to provide new online tools to assist families with arrangements or pre-need planning. An estimator tool provides education & helps to discern options & costs. A funeral liturgy planner provides a way to select readings, music & other details to prepare for a meeting with a priest to make final arrangements. An estate & burial planning guide provides comprehensive information & tips for estate planning such as gifting, tax planning & resources to prepare a will. Visit www.rcav.org/planners/ to download the guide.
Spotlight on Broadway: The Corpus Christi College Chamber Choir will perform two upcoming concerts, featuring a variety of musical theatre hits from over a dozen productions seen around the world, including Les Miserables, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. Friday, April 24th or Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 pm, Oakridge United Church, Vancouver. Admission: Students $20/- Seniors $15/- Tickets available online at http://corpuschristi.ca/campus-life-and-ministry/liturgy-prayer/ or contact via e-mail [email protected] or 778.668.6480
St Paul said “Your body is the temple of God’, how do you keep it? Learn from these website:
MASS TIMINGS /NOVENAS PRAYER / GROUP MEETINGS / PRAYER GROUP MEETINGS
Weekend: Saturday: 9 am and 5pm (anticipated)
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 basement.
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.
Pilipino 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.
Youth Day 2015 , Annual Rally for high school teens: The Youth and Young Adult Ministry is inviting all high school students for the Youth Day. Saturday, May 2 from 9 am to 9 pm at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, 1335 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam. The cost is $45/-. Please contact Melanie at 604.441.4953. The deadline is April 20th. Payment in cash or cheque. Cheques made payable to Our Lady of Mercy Parish. What is Youth Day? Youth Day is an annual event for high school youth of the Archdiocese to celebrate and grow in their faith through a dynamic day of fun, faith, and fellowship. This year’s theme is “He is the Vine, We are the branches” based on John 15:5. The day includes keynote talks, praise and worship music, breakout sessions, men’s & women’s sessions, the MIB vs. Youth soccer game, Mass with Very Reverend Joseph Nguyen, meals and more.
Catholic Women’s League selling flowers on Mother’s Day: This would be for all the dad’s and children. May 10th, 2016 is mother’s day. Do this for your mother/spouse, make her happy with a small thought…..buy a flower for your mother. Our ladies from CWL will be selling flowers outside the church. Don’t forget to make mum happy.
Reflecting on the Joy of Easter: “Whom are you looking for?” – Come and join a morning of Recollection at Madonna House for a time of praying and reflecting on Easter Joy. Meet at St John the Apostle Parish, 5457 Trafalagar Street, Vancouver on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am to noon. For more information, please call 604.267.1757 or e-mail [email protected]
Please collect your tax receipts for 2014 after all the weekend Masses from the foyer of the church. You can also collect the tax receipts on week days from the office. 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
Mass Schedule & Intentions
Sat. Apr 11, 5:00 pm † Tirso Fronda
Sun. Apr 12, 9:00 am Jewel Castro
11:00 am † Luis Machado
Mon. Apr 13, 8:15 am † Alfred de souza
Tue. Apr 14, 8:15 am Naveen Cunha & Family
Wed. Apr 15, 8:15 am † Rufino & Julita Gapuz
Thu. Apr 16, 8:15 am † Ben Riet Bohmer
Fri. Apr 17, 9:00 am † Leonardo III /Marjorie Prades
7:00 pm † Dolores Soquila
Sat. April 18, 9:00 am † Amando Calica
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
“The community of believers was of one heart and mind and no once claimed that any of his possessions was his own” – Acts 4:32. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from God! Think of your family, your friends, your talents and abilities—these are all gifts from God. We aren’t really owners of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has blessed us with.