The following words of Pope Francis will help us to create a vibrant parish:
Fear is an attitude that harms us. It weakens us, it diminishes us. It even paralyzes us. A person who is afraid does nothing, doesn’t know what to do. He is focused on himself, so that nothing bad will happen. Fear brings you to a self-centred selfishness and paralyzes you. A fearful Christian is a person who has not understood the message of Jesus: This is why Jesus says to Paul: ‘Do not be afraid. Fear is not a Christian attitude. It is an attitude, we could say, of a caged animal, without freedom, who does not have the freedom to look ahead, to create something, to do good… no, always: ‘No, but this is dangerous, there is something else, something else…’ And this is a vice. It is the fear of doing evil. Do not be afraid, and ask for the grace of courage, the courage of the Holy Spirit that He sends us. There are fearful communities, that always go on the safe side: ‘No, no, we aren’t doing this… No, no, this can’t be done, this can’t be done.’ It seems they have written on the gateway: ‘Forbidden.’ Everything is forbidden because of fear. And you enter into this community and the air is stale, because it is a sick community. Fear makes a community sick. The lack of courage makes a community sick.
Fear must be distinguished from the fear of the Lord, which is holy. The fear or awe of adoration before the Lord, the fear of God is a virtue. But the fear of God does not diminish, does not weaken, does paralyze: it carries us forward, to the mission the Lord gives us.
The other word of the liturgy is “joy”. “No one can take away your joy” Jesus tells us. And in the saddest moments, in moments of sorrow” joy “brings peace….. A Christian without joy is not Christian. A Christian who continually lives in sadness is not Christian. And a Christian who, in the moment of trial, of illness, of so many difficulties, loses peace – something is lacking in him. Christian joy is not simply enjoyment, is not a fleeting cheerfulness. Christian joy is a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit. And having a heart that is always joyful because the Lord has triumphed, the Lord reigns, the Lord is at the right hand of the Father, the Lord has looked upon me and called me and has given me His grace, and has made me a Son of the Father… That is Christian joy. A Christian lives in joy. Furthermore, a community without joy is a community that is sick. It may be a fun-loving community but it has grown sick with worldliness, because it does not have the joy of Jesus Christ. And thus, when the Church is fearful and when the Church does not receive the joy of the Holy Spirit, the Church is sick, the communities are sick, the faithful are sick. “Lift us up, O Lord, to Christ seated at the right hand of the Father… raise our spirit. Take away our every fear, and grant us joy and peace.”
Finally, on behalf of the parish I would like to thank Jean for all her contribution during her time with OLM. We wish her the best in the future and may the Lord always be with her.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Nicolas Tumbelaka
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 parish office @ 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
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 parish office.
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]
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 and 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 and sisters – helping the most vulnerable by providing guidance, shelter, food and love to those who are homeless, abused and 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.
Experiencing Easter Christian Spirituality: There is more to the Catholic Church than the Latin tradition. Experience the spirituality, prayer and worship of the Byzantine Catholic Church, which is in communion with the world-wide Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome. Specific attention will be paid to methods of prayer and worship. Sunday, May 24, from 4-5pm, Richmond Eastern Catholic Church, 8700 Railway Ave, Richmond. Invite non-Catholic and non-Christian friends. Refreshments to follow. Admission is free.
Jesus the Teacher Retreat: Deepen your knowledge of the faith, renew your relationship with the Lord, and connect with old and new friends. For years the Jesus the Teacher Retreat has provided attendees with a variety of opportunities to find out more about their faith and for catechists to deepen their skills and understanding of their ministry. Led by Deacon Paul Goo and the Archdiocesan Catechetics Office. Friday, June 5, at 7pm to Sunday, June 7 at 1pm, Westminster Abbey, Mission. Pre-registration required. Cost $175. For more info or to register, contact 604-683-0281 or visit rcav.org/jesus-the-teacher-retreat-certificate-program.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6. By giving each of us different gifts, God made sure that the Church would have the right combination of time, talent and treasure that was needed to do His work. However, if one of us does not utilize our gifts, God’s plan goes unfulfilled. Some important work is left undone.
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 School—Principal: Neva Grout , Telephone 604.526.7121;Fax 604.520.3194,
E-Mail: [email protected]
Mass Schedule & Intentions
Sat. May 23, 5:00 pm Wisdom & Wilson Chan-Sp Int
Sun. May 24, 9:00 am † Ricky Galina
Sun. May 24, 11:00 am † Julia R. Macapinlac 5th DA
Mon. May 25, 8:15 am † Harrie Vanden Hoven
Tue. May 26, 8:15 am † Mario Battilana
Wed. May 27, 8:15 am Paul & Enone Cunha—Int
Thu. May 28, 8:15 am † Woon Ming Ip
Fri. May 29, 9:00 am † Ben Buenade
Fri. May 29, 7:00 pm † Nicoletta Battilana
Sat. May 30, 9:00 am † Rafael & Arturo Semblante
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, Nick Westgeest
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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