OLM Parish Bulletin for May 17, 2015 – Ascension of Our Lord

RCIA 2015 with Bishop Miller
Dear Parishioners,

The gospel readings recently emphasized very much in loving one another. The Lord knows that our sinful nature always, disunites us, as we can see in our family, workplace and even in our own parish. Therefore, how can we promote and encourage this unity in our family, workplace and parish. First: to be aware of certain people who like to spread negativity in others in order not to be caught up in gossip which leads to ruin the other person’s reputation and create disunity among us. Second: if there are constant arguments towards certain persons or groups, especially in our parish, let us listen to what Pope Francis said “A Church with such problems makes me think that the Spirit is not really present. And always in a church where there is constant argument, alliances and betrayals there is no Spirit!. The Spirit creates novelty that moves the situation, urges it forward, creating new spaces, which creates the wisdom that Jesus promised: “He will teach you!” This moves, but it is also what ultimately creates the harmonious unity between all.” Let us always examine ourselves ‘do I bring unity or am I the cause of this disunity in my family, workplace or my parish.’
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka

Weekly Catechism:

At the heart of catechesis: Christ

426At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father. . .who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.” To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfilment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him.” Catechesis aims at putting “people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”
427 In catechesis “Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God,. . . is taught – everything else is taught with reference to him – and it is Christ alone who teaches – anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ’s spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips. . . Every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious words of Jesus: ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.'”

Advertising in Our Lady of Mercy Church Bulletin: We are accepting advertisements for our church bulletin. There are only one spots left so please contact Jean @ 604.522.5733, if you are interested as soon as possible. The advertisement will run in the bulletin every Sunday for one year (i.e. May 2014 to April 2015). The cost is $300/- for a business card size and $500/- for two business cards. . Thank you for supporting our church


Youth Concert May 23rd
The OLM Youth will present a concert on May 23rd at 7 pm. 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 be a sponsor.
For tickets please call 604.441.4953


Marion Procession on May 31st: Please mark you calendars. May is the month dedicated to our mother Mary. We will honour Mother Mary by closing this month with procession dedicated to Her, after the 11 am Mass, followed by pot luck celebrations. The ladies from—Legion of Mary and Hand Maids of the Lord are working hard to make this event a success. We encourage all our parish groups to attend. If you can sing a hymn to mother Mary in your language, please contact Jean at the office.


Confirmation & First Holy Communion: On May 22nd we will be having Confirmation in our church, presided by Archbishop M. Miller CSB at 7pm. On May 24th we will be giving First Holy Communion to our children at 2pm. All are welcome to join these celebrations.



Project Advance-Our Annual Appeal: Project Advance is the key annual appeal for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It is crucial to the Church’s mission of providing services that benefit all Catholics & countless others in our Archdiocese. Not only does it provide for our local Church but it strengthens our parishes, helping each parish meet its own unique needs. It also helps support the many different ways we see the face of Jesus in our brothers & sisters-helping the most vulnerable by providing guidance, shelter, food & love to those who are homeless, abused & marginalized. You can donate to this important annual appeal at www.rcav.org/giving or at your parish. Visit rcav.org/project-advance/for more information.
Night Fever: An evening of Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship, with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a time where the doors of our Church are opened wide and we go out into the streets and invite any passerby to light a candle in the church. Many we encounter will be coming into the church for the first time in a long while, and some for the first time ever! This event will be hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach on Fri, May 29tj, from 8 to 10 pm at St Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver. Come for an evening of prayer and outreach to those passing by on Main Street.
Catholic After Hours Spring Social Mixers—”On Finding Answers on Friendship, 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, 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, May 25 from 6:30 to 8:30, Vancouver Art Gallery Café, Vancouver. Cost $20/- To register, visit rcav.org/catholic-after-hours/
All Saints Parish Carnival: is on Fri, May 22 from 3 to 8 pm. There are may exciting activities: Science Show (free), Tim Hortons (free), Play Podz, Disney ‘Frozen’ Mascots, Talent Show, Inflatable Obstacles, Bouncy Castle, Button Making Station, Face Painting etc. Come and join the fun.
Called & Gifted Workshop: The Holy Father is calling you to actively help others encounter the Risen Christ by allowing Him to work through the spiritual gifts you bring to your work, family life, and your friends. The introductory Called & Gifted Workshop will teach you about your place in the Church’s mission to the world & about the spiritual gifts you have been given in order to fulfill that mission. The workshop will be on Oct 2, Fri from 7-0pm & Sat, Oct 3 from 9am to 4pm at Rosemary Heights Retreat Ctr, Surrey. Everyone is invited to participate. Parish leaders are encouraged to attend. More info to follow.


Nepal Collection: We will have one special collection on May 17th, for the victims of Nepal earthquake. 6,000 & more people were killed. Those who survived are without food. Homes & hospitals have been raised to the ground. Pope Francis has also sent financial support to the victims. This is an appeal to all the churches in the Archdiocese of Vancouver from Archbishop Miller. Donations for relief efforts are eligible for tax receipts. Your donation will be matched by the Canadian Government, provided we report the total amount by May 19th.
Youth Concert May 23rd: The OLM Youth will present a concert on May 23rd at 7pm.The concert is dubbed “So Young, So Bright”, & 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 & activities to engage our youth. We invite you to kindly support our youth & be a sponsor. Forms are available.

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 9:00 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 9:00 AM Mass
Marathon by Marivic for Domestic Abuse Services: Marivic would like to extend her heartfelt gratitude to everyone that contributed to her marathon run on May 3rd, in support of the Domestic Abuse Services. She crossed that finish line and raised a total of $2,566/- Thank You for your generosity and God Bless!
Love Works Charity: Will you be an angel for John Franzen. Love Works Charity is fundraising to provide medical assistance for this four year old boy who is diagnosed with Leukemia. On May 30th & 31st they will be outside the church selling religious articles.
Regrets: The little girl Heny who was coping with congenital illness in now in Heaven. Love Works Charity and the parents of Heny, would like to extend their gratitude to all those who supported them.
Our Lady of Mercy School Nominations for Recognition: At OLM School this year, we would like to recognize those people that have contributed in years past. If you know someone who has volunteered or committed their time, and made a significant difference in helping build a school to what it is today, we would like to know so that we could include these people with our thank-you and appreciation this year. The time, dedication and efforts of these people have helped form the foundation on which we have built our wonderful school. We will need all nominations by Thursday May 28th, 2015 at 9am. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their name, a way that we can contact them (phone/e-mail) to contact info to: Yong at [email protected]


Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” – John 4:15. How strong is your faith? When you have an opportunity to defend your faith or clarify a question about your faith, do you do it? Or, do you remain silent so that others don’t thin you are weird? Pray for the courage to be strong in your faith and share your witness with others.


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.


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]

Mass Schedule & Intentions

Sat. May 16, 5:00 pm † Josel Oro
Sun. May 17, 9:00 am Angela & Paul Fong-Thksg
Sun. May 17,11:00 am De Souza Family – Thksg
Mon. May 18, 9:00 am Julieta Prades —Thksg
Tue. May 19, 8:15 am † Kees Romien
Wed. May 20, 8:15 am † Felipa Salas
Thu. May 21, 8:15 am Paul & Enon Cunha—Int
Fri. May 22, 9:00 am † Genio Battilana
Fri. May 22, 7:00 pm † Maria Moreira
Sat. May 23, 9:00 am † Moises Quieng


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 .

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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