Our Lady of Mercy Parish Weekly Bulletin, April 19th 2015 (3rd Sunday of Easter)

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April 19th 2015, 3rd Sunday of Easter (Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Dear Parishioners,
After celebrating Easter, now we come to be a witness of our Lord Jesus’ resurrection, how we become a witness? Pope Francis helps us to be a true witness by using the example of how the first Christian community lived: there are two signs of “rebirth in a community”; the first is harmony: “A reborn community or a community of people who are reborn in the Holy Spirit, has this grace of unity, of harmony. Only the Holy Spirit can give us harmony because he is also the harmony between the father and the Son, he is the gift that brings harmony.” Then there is the common good, “that is” Indeed, no one among them was in need, no one considered what belonged to him to be his property” but lived in service of the community. Yes, some were rich, but in service. These are two signs that a community is living in the Holy Spirit.
In “the first community reborn from the Holy Spirit, there is this: poverty, the common good, but also problems, both within the community and outside it. Internal problems like : “that wheeler-dealing couple and outside, persecutions. But Peter invites faithful not to be surprised by these persecutions because it is like “fire that purifies gold” Right “in the midst of difficulties and persecutions” the community that was reborn in the holy Spirit is purified.
Then thee is a third sign that marks a reborn community: “Patience in bearing things: bearing problems, bearing difficulties, bearing malicious gossip, slander, bearing illness, bearing the pain” of a lost loved one. The Christian community shows “that it is reborn in the Holy Spirit when it shows itself to be a community that seeks harmony,” not internal division; “when it seeks poverty, not the accumulation of riches for itself, because riches must be used in service of others”; and also when “it does not immediately show anger in the face of difficulty and feel offended,” but is patient, just like Jesus. I hope that this reflection of Pope Francis will help us to be a true witness of Resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Sincerely in Christ
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
 

Weekly Catechism:

SECTION TWO – Article 1

IV. “YOU DID NOT ABANDON HIM TO THE POWER OF DEATH”
413 ” God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. . . It was through the devil’s envy that death entered the world” (⇒ Wis 1:13; ⇒ 2:24).
414 Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to associate man in their revolt against God.
415 “Although set by God in a state of rectitude man, enticed by the evil one, abused his freedom at the very start of history. He lifted himself up against God, and sought to attain his goal apart from him” (GS 13 # 1).
416 By his sin Adam, as the first man, lost the original holiness and justice he had received from God, not only for himself but for all human beings.

 
 
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

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

FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE

Youth Day 2015: Join hundreds of teens for an awesome day of faith, fellowship & fun! The day includes keynote talks, praise & worship music, breakout sessions, the MIB vs Youth soccer game, Mass, meals & more. We are excited to welcome Bob Rice as our keynote speaker & worship leader & thrilled to welcome home Sister Antoniana Maria of the Sisters of Life & many local speakers on topics relevant to our theme of “He is the Vine, We are the branches.” Sat, May 2 from 9 am to 9:30 pm at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, Port Coquitlam. To register or for more info visit www.oyyam.com
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]
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 & born, & fully mourn each miscarriage, abortion, stillborn & 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.
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.
 
 

St Paul said “Your body is the temple of God’, how  do you keep it? Learn from these website:
WWW.integrityrestored.com
WWW.theporneffect.com
WWW.covenanteyes.com
WWW.fortifyprogram.com

 

MASS TIMINGS/NOVENAS PRAYER GROUP MEETINGS

Mass Schedules:
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 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 .

 

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.
Running with Marivic our PREP Co-ordinator to help Domestic Abuse Services—May 3, 2015 : In support of victims of domestic violence, a cause close to her heart, Marivic will be collecting pledges for her run.  All monies raised will support the work of the Society and the families. Support Marivis and donate today! You can donate online by visiting www.domesticabuseservices.ca
OLM Youth Ministry: Invites young adults ages 18 to 30, single or married to consider being members of this ministry. If you are interested in fellowship, growing in your faith, or would like to participate in parish activities through service, social & spiritual events, play an instrument, sing then this is for you. Sign up sheets are available after Mass. Please call, Patryk @778.837.7560
 

Mass Schedule & Intentions

Sat. Apr 18, 5:00 pm † James Lee
Sun. Apr 19, 9:00 am † Dino Barazza
11:00 am † Eugenio Prado
Mon. Apr 20, 8:15 am † Remy Valdez-Thksg
Tue. Apr 21, 8:15 am † Sjang Jansen
Wed. Apr 22, 8:15 am † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
Thu. Apr 23, 8:15 am † Jesse S. Corrales
Fri. Apr 24, 9:00 am † Jose G. Macapinlac—16th DA
7:00 pm † Christopher Smith
Sat. April 25, 9:00 am † Maria Guerrero

 
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.
We regret to announce the passing away of Begona Wearing on April 13th. Begona & her husband Harry have been long time parishioners at OLM We pray that God will grant them eternal rest.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace to You’. But they were startled and frightened,” – Luke 24:36-37 Throughout the day we have many opportunities to “see the face of Jesus” in others and provide some “peace’ in their lives. Just because the person is a stranger, maybe looks different than us or is someone we don’t particularly care for doesn’t let us off the hook.