Sunday in Ordinary Time
On his series of catheceses on marriage, Pope Francis reminds all Catholic couples of the significance in receiving the sacrament of matrimony and he praises those couples who have done it.
“In our series of Catecheses on the family, today we touch directly on the beauty of marriage. Christian marriage is not merely a ceremony that takes place in the church, with flowers, the dress, the photos….Christian marriage is a sacrament that takes place in the Church, and that also makes the Church, by giving rise to a new family community. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, St Paul states that the love between spouses is a reflection of the love between Christ and the Church. An unfathomable dignity! In reality, however, it is part of the plan of God the Creator and with the grace of Christ, numerous Christian couples, regardless of their limits and sins made it happen! Speaking of the new life in Christ, St Paul says Christians – all of us—are called to love one another as Christ loved us, that is subject to one another, which means at the service of one another. Here he introduces the analogy between the husband and wife and Christ and His Church. It is clear that this is an imperfect analogy, but we have to grasp its elevated and revolutionary spiritual meaning, which is, at the same time, simple and accessible to every man and woman who entrust themselves to God’s grace. The husband—says Paul—must love his wife as his own body; love her as Christ loved the Church and give himself to her. But you husbands who are here today, do you understand this? Love your wife as Christ loves the Church. This is no joking matter, it’s serious! The effect of this radicalism of devotion asked of man, for the love and the dignity of woman, following the example of Christ, must have been enormous, in the Christian community itself. This seed of the new Gospel, which restored the original reciprocity of dedication and respect, has matured slowly in history, but in the end prevailed.
The Church herself is fully involved in the history of every Christian marriage: is edified in its successes and suffers in its failures. We must seriously ask ourselves: Do we, as believers and pastors really accept this unbreakable bond of the history of Christ and the Church with the history of marriage and of the human family? Are we prepared to take this responsibility seriously, that being that every marriage travel path of love that Christ has for the Church? And this is a great love! In the depths of this creatural mystery, recognized and restored in its purity, a second major horizon opens up that characterizes the sacrament of marriage. The decision to marry in the Lord also contains a missionary dimension, which means having at heart the willingness to act as a steward of God’s blessing and grace of God for all. In fact, Christian couples share as spouses the mission of the Church. It takes courage for this eh! So when I greet the newlyweds, I say: ‘Here are the brave!, because it takes courage to love each other as Christ loves the Church. The celebration of the sacrament cannot leave out this co-responsibility of family life in the great mission of love of the Church. And so each time the life of the Church is enriched by the beauty of this spousal covenant, just as it is impoverished whenever it is disfigured. In order to offer everyone the gifts of faith, love and hope, the Church also needs the courageous fidelity of spouses and the grace of their sacrament! God’s people need their daily journey in faith, love and hope, with all the joys and hardships that this path brings with it in a marriage and a family. The route is thus marked forever, it is the route of love: love as God loves you, forever. Christ does not cease to care for the Church: He loves Her always, He safeguards Her always, as Himself. Christ never ceases to remove stains and wrinkles of all kinds from the human face. It is so moving and so beautiful this irradiation strength and tenderness of God which is transmitted from couple to couple, from family to family. St Paul is right: this is a “great mystery”! Men and women brave enough to carry this treasure in the “earthen vessels’ of our humanity, are—these men and women, who are so brave—are a precious resource for the Church, for the whole world! God bless you a thousand times for this. To follow the encouragement from Pope Francis, I invite all couples who have not received the sacrament of matrimony to do it. Let us put our faith which promises us the eternal life above everything.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
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.
FROM OUR ARCHDIOCESE
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.
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 11, May 25 from 6:30 to 8:30, Vancouver Art Gallery Café, Vancouver. Cost $20/- To register, visit rcav.org/catholic-after-hours/
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.
Church Books & Talking: We request all our parishioners to be very careful when you handle the hymn books in the church. It has been observed that torn pages from books are being placed in the pews. Also, please remember that “silence” must be observed in the church. There are many people who come to worship and do not like to be disturbed.
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
Victoria March for Life: May 14th—If you are interested in joining the March for Life, please contact [email protected] A bus will be leaving from Vancouver College, 5400 Cartier St, Vancouver at 7:30 am. The ferry leaves at 9 am and you would return at 5pm. The cost is only $30/- which includes the bus and ferry (return trip), which is a great deal. You would either carry your lunch or buy something on site.
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” – John 15:12-13. Do you love Jesus? Do you consider Him your friend? Jesus says that if we love Him we should be willing to offer whatever we have to Him, not because we want praise and glory, but simply because we love Him.
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 School—Principal: Neva Grout , Telephone 604.526.7121;Fax 604.520.3194,
E-Mail: [email protected]
Mass Schedule & Intentions
Sat. May 09, 5:00 pm † Alfredo Fernando Eddie– 40 days
Sun. May 10, 9:00 am † Zamperoni & Basso
Sun. May 10, 11:00 am Luigi Favaro—Sp Int
Mon. May 11, 8:15 am † Harrie Van Tiel
Tue. May 12, 8:15 am † Sophie Raymond
Wed. May 13, 8:15 am † Antonio/Jaime Couto
Thu. May 14, 8:15 am † Luisa Facultad
Fri. May 15, 9:00 am † Maria Guadagnini
Fri. May 15, 7:00 pm † Rolando Basinang
Sat. May 16, 9:00 am † Melia Guadagnini
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 .
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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