OLM Parish Bulletin, March 29th, 2015 (Palm Sunday)

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Dear Parishioners,
We will soon celebrate Easter. So often we hear people say “joy of Easter’, what do we mean with “Joy”. Pope Francis helps us to answer this question.
‘Abraham was an old man, and his wife Sara an old woman, but the aged patriarch believed, opened his heart to hope, he was full of consolation. Jesus reminded the doctors of the law that Abraham rejoiced in hope and was full of joy. This is what these doctors of the law did not understand. The did not understand the joy of promise; they did not understand the joy of hope; they did not understand the joy of the alliance. They did not understand! They did not know how to rejoice, because they had lost the sense of joy that only comes from faith. Our father Abraham was able to rejoice because he had faith; he was justified in the faith.
The others had lost faith. They were doctors of the law, but without faith! What is more: they had lost the law! Because the centre of the law is love, love for God and one’s neighbours.
All the doctors of the law had was a system of precise doctrines that they explained each and every day so that no one touched them. They wee men without faith, without law, attached to doctrines that also became a casuistic attitude. Perhaps the doctors of the law could even have fun, but without joy, in fact with fear. This is life without faith in God, without trust in God, without hope in God. And their heart was petrified. This is to be a believer without joy and thee is no joy when thee is no faith, when thee is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine. The joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a person’s faith. Without joy, that person is not a true believer.

Sincerely in Christ
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka


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
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!

 
 

FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE

Give Us Time! On Fri, Feb 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Criminal Code of Canada prohibition on assisted suicide & gave the federal government one year to draft a new law. It is urgent that we as Catholics show we support new legislations & urge the government to obtain sufficient time by invoking the notwithstanding clause. With a federal election this fall, one year is not enough time to draft effective legislation. Help us call on the federal government to invoke the notwithstanding clause now to give Parliament more than one year. Please visit giveustime.ca to download & sign the postcard to urge the Federal government to invoke the notwithstanding clause so Parliament can draft effective assisted suicide legislation.
Marriage Enrichment Pub Nights for Couples with Frantic Families: Enjoy a date night with faith, food & fun, door prizes, merchandise, & a draw for hockey tickets to help with a future date night. See the Canucks on TV at Jimy Mac’s Neighbourhood Pub in Langley & be inspired by our speakers during intermissions. On Easter Monday, April 6th, watch the Canucks host the Kings & hear Greg & Lesley Dumas speak on “Keeping the spark alive” FREE (on condition husband takes wife on a date!). Register at rcav.org/marriage-enrichment-pub-nights/
Alpha: Alpha is a simple but effective evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith. It serves to help lukewarm Catholics, other Christians, & non-believers to appreciate our faith in Jesus Christ. It also serves to renew our enthusiasm for the faith setting us on fire again with His love. Starting Sat, April 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Sessions start with a free breakfast followed by DVD presentation & ending with small group sharing. No charge. Please register by contacting fireblade @telus.net or 604.434.1328
A Brief Overview of the Archdiocesan Prison Ministry: “When I was in prison, you visited me “-Matt 25:36. Come for an introduction about Prison Ministry on Wed, April 15th, 10 to 11:30 am at All Saints Parish Center. Learn what we do in both the prisons & within the community, as well as hear first-hand testimonials of those actively involved in this Ministry. All are welcome. For info, contact Germaine @ 604.307.8481 or Maureen @ 604.791.1864
 

MASS TIMINGS / NOVENAS PRAYER / GROUP MEETINGS

Mass Schedules:
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 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: office@ourladyofmercy.ca
 

Weekly Catechism:
SECTION TWO – Article 1

IV. “YOU DID NOT ABANDON HIM TO THE POWER OF DEATH”
410 After his fall, man was not abandoned by God. On the contrary, God calls him and in a mysterious way heralds the coming victory over evil and his restoration from his fall. This passage in Genesis is called the Protoevangelium (“first gospel”): the first announcement of the Messiah and Redeemer, of a battle between the serpent and the Woman, and of the final victory of a descendant of hers.
 

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
 

PARISH NEWS

Invitation for Young Adults: We are beginning a new ministry for all young adults in their 18’s, 20’s and 30’s, single and married alike in our parish. We invite everyone interested in fellowship and growing in their faith, to participate in the life of our parish through service, social and spiritual events with other young adults. You are welcome to join us at the 11 o’clock Mass on Sunday, March 29th to worship together. We have reserved the pews in the center isle closer to the altar. You might even want to consider joining and being a member of this important ministry. Please invite your friends. To learn more about Our Lady of Mercy Youth Adult Ministry, please call or text Gustav Jr @ 604.441.2657 or Patryk @ 778.837.7560 or Patrizia @ 604.355.7571
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.
 

Holy Land Commissariat In Canada
Pontifical Collection of Good Friday on April 3, 2015 for the Benefit of the Holy Land

The Pontifical Collection for the benefit of the Holy Places is scheduled this year on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015. As we respond to this appeal, the visit of Pope Francis in the Holy Land from May 24 to 26 2014 vividly comes to mind and we revisit the words of Scripture that marked his prayer at the Holy Sepulchre: “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has risen, as He said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6)
The Pontifical Collection of Good Friday is a unique moment of loyalty to the Resurrection of the Christ Jesus and a solidarity with the Christians who are the “living stones” of those consecrated places. We are invited to this gesture of commemoration and unity for the benefit of the Holy places and Christians so as to give a tangible form to the remembrance of the Christ Jesus and the constant support of our present day brothers & sisters!
 

Mass Schedule & Intentions

Sat. Mar 28, 5:00 pm † Emilio C. Cayanan
Sun. Mar 29, 9:00 am † Zamperoni & Basso
11:00 am Desouza Family—Int
Mon. Mar 30, 8:15 am † Paul Woon
Tue. Mar 31, 8:15 am † Lucia Siglos
Wed. Apr 01, 8:15 am † Ree-jee Catapang– 1st DA
Thu. Apr 02, Holy Thursday – No Morning Mass
7:00 pm † Keung Lee
8 to 12 pm Adoration
Fri. Apr 03, Good Friday – No Morning Mass
1:30 pm Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm The Passion of our Lord
Sat. , April 04, Holy Saturday – No Morning Mass
9:00 pm Joaquim Park
 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

“Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the king of the Jews?’ and they cried out again “Crucify Him” – Mark 15:12-13. Jesus told us “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me”. Every day we are presented opportunities to help someone. Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others. Pray for the courage to stand up for those in need of our help.