Our Lady of Mercy Parish Bulletin for April 26th 2015 (4th Sunday of Easter)

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Dear Parishioners,
As we continue to serve the Lord, let us be reminded of the following words of Pope Francis. “This attitude is seen throughout the Gospels “So many people follow out of self-interest. Even some of his apostles: the sons of Zebedee who wanted to become prime minister and minster of economy respectively; they wanted power. When that unction of bringing the Good News to the poor, liberation to prisoners, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and of announcing one year of grace, is obscured, it is lost and turns into a power thing.” And the search for power quickly turns into hypocrisy. There has always been a temptation to go” from that sense of religious awe “that Jesus gives us in His encounter with us, to taking advantage of it: this was the proposition the devil made to Jesus through the various temptations. One was the bread itself. The other was the temptation of making a spectacle: “Let’s put on a big show so people will believe in you.” and the third, is apostasy, that is, worshiping idols. This is a temptation Christians, we, the whole Church face on a daily basis: not the temptation of the power of the Holy Spirit, but the temptation of worldly power. This is how one falls into the religious lukewarm-ness that worldliness leads to and when it grows and grows, this lukewarm-ness leads to that attitude which Jesus calls hypocrisy.” When a person acts like this, they “become a Christian by name, they seem like a Christian on the outside but they have a self-interested heart.” As Christ says: ”Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” This is the temptation of “slipping into worldliness, toward power.” This is how “the faith and the mission weakens and the Church weakens.” But God given us an “alarm clock”. The Lord wakes us up with the testimony of the saints and the testimony of martyrs who proclaim to us on a daily basis that following his path, is the path of his mission: proclaiming the year of grace. The people take on board Jesus’ reprimand and say to him: “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? To which he replies: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” that is, faith in Him and only in Him, trust in Him and not in all the other things that will eventually drive us away from Him. This is the work of God: that you believe in Him who He has sent.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka

WEEKLY CATECHISM:

CHAPTER TWO :
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
The Good News: God has sent his Son
422 ‘But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.’ This is ‘the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God’: God has visited his people. He has fulfilled the promise he made to Abraham and his descendants. He acted far beyond all expectation – he has sent his own ‘beloved Son’.
423 We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He ‘came from God’, ‘descended from heaven’, and ‘came in the flesh’. For ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. . . and from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.’

 

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. Please email [email protected] or [email protected]
Catholic After Hours Spring Social Mixers-On Finding Answers on Friendships, Dating & Romance: Catholic After Hours ™ now organized through the Life, Marriage & Family Office, has launched its spring events for Catholics 25 to 45 years old. These popular social mixers, networking, & 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 27, May 11, May 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Café, Vancouver. Cost $20/- Register at rcav.org/catholic-after-hours
Ordination to Priesthood: Deacon Paul Goo: Deacon Paul Goo will be ordained to the holy order of priesthood by Archbishop J. Michael Miller on Saturday, May 23 at 12 pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. All are welcome to attend this solemn and joyous event, undoubtedly the “happiest moment” in Deacon Paul’s life! Followed by a reception (with first blessings) in the Cathedral hall immediately after ordination. Deacon Paul also asks for your prayers that he may be “meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29).
Volunteers Needed for Agape Street Ministry: Agape Street Ministry is a street outreach for women struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and for those working in prostitution. We invite all to consider sharing the love of Jesus with these women. Areas in Vancouver, Surrey & Chilliwack are in need of volunteers. Interested individuals need to be 19 years of age and available one evening a week; training and support provided. If interested, please contact Vicki at 604.215.4115
 

PARISH NEWS

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.
Youth Concert May 23rd: The OLM Youth will present a concert on May 23rd at 7pm.The concert is dubbed “So Young, So Bright”, and is a key fund raiser for OLM youth. The proceeds will go towards youth activities in our parish. For e.g. Leadership training, Camp Retreats and activities to engage our youth. We invite you to kindly support our youth and become a sponsor. Forms are available this weekend after the Mass.
“Lord Teach Us to Pray” retreat: Introduction to Prayer Tradition of St Ignatius of Loyola: The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver is offering a 6 week retreat in daily life to introduce beginners to the spiritual life of one’s interior prayer. Retreat evenings: May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9 at St Mark’s College, UBC Campus. If you are interested, please request an application via email: [email protected] or phone 778.806.4378. Deadline is April 20th. Registration fee is $50 (bursaries available). Please note the following requirements:(1) daily 1.25 hours of prayer (2) weekly meeting with your director (3) weekly instructional meeting in the evenings for six weeks (4) retreat day on May 9.
PREP– Parish Religious Education Program Bake Sale: The PREP 7 class will be holding their annual bake sale on Saturday, May 2nd after the 5pm PREP Mass. Money will be used to purchase Bibles for each child for incoming 2015-2016 class. We thank you for your support. Parish Religious Education Program (PREP): If your child does not attend a Catholic school and wishes to receive the sacraments i.e. First Holy Communion, Confirmation,  he/she must attend the PREP classes starting in September. Registration forms are available in the foyer of the church. Kindly complete the form and submit it to the parish office.
 

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

 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

“I am the good shepherd……..and I lay down my life for the sheep…..and they will heed my voice.” – John 10:14 –16. When you pray, do you only ask Jesus for things that you want? Do you ever ask Jesus what He wants you to do? How do you listen for the response? The answer is usually in “quiet whispers”. Take time in silent, daily prayer to hear His answer.
 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults- RCIA – A Journey for Adults in the Catholic Faith
RCIA is for you if you are an adult in need of Baptism, First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Or, just want to know more about your Catholic Faith. RCIA started in September but we are still accepting late registrations. Please e-mail [email protected] or call Thelma at 604.515.9547

Mass Schedules & 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: Every Wednesday: after morning Mass and at 6:30 pm in the Church.
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.
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 SchoolPrincipal: 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, Anaceto 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 .
 

Mass Schedule & Intentions

Sat. Apr 25, 5:00 pm Ligorio & Lucy De Souza (58th Wedding Anniversary).
Sun. Apr 26, 9:00 am † Nico Gumarus , 11:00 am Shirley Dulay
Mon. Apr 27, 8:15 am † Asuncion Obledia
Tue. Apr 28, 8:15 am Robert Tan—Thskg
Wed. Apr 29, 8:15 am † Atilio Favaro – DA
Thu. Apr 30, 8:15 am † Jerry Van Blankers
Fri. May 01, 9:00 am † Jesse S. Corrales , 7:00 pm † Clarence Walker
Sat. May 02, 9:00 am † Simeon Sr & Agapita Gonzaga
 

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

 

Domestic Abuse  Services: Help Line 604.640.7549

 

For more information on the Archdiocese of Vancouver please visit: web site at www.rcav.org

 

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