Our Lady of Mercy Parish's Bulletin for September 13, 2015

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners:

This coming week we will begin the Our Lady of Mercy Novena on Sept 15 at 6 pm. We thank to 9 priests who will celebrate the Novena Masses and please take this opportunity to go to confession. The Feast of Our Lady of Mercy on Sept 24 will begin with Mass at 6 pm then followed with the candle light procession and end with dinner. For those who have not bought the ticket, there are still tickets available. I hope that the dinner will bring us closer together as a family of God. The feast is also the day that that we begin our different events in preparation of our parish 75th anniversary on sept 24, 2016. The next event followed will be the Eucharistic miracles Exhibition on Oct2-5, besides the exhibition, there will be speakers, and adoration. Please come with your family and friends. The Archbishop Miller will open this exhibition with Mass on Friday at 9 am on Oct 2. I hope that all of you will support all the events during this year of preparation

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Nicolas


Our Lady of Mercy School

School Office: (604) 526-7121
Principal: Neva Grout
Email: [email protected]
website: www.ourladyofmercy.ca

RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults)

RCIA is for you if you are an adult in need of Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation or just want to know more about your Catholic Faith. We are now accepting registrations and inquiries. Please email [email protected] or call Thelma at .  Session begins on Thursday, September 17 at  7:00 p.m. in the church basement.


PREP (Classes for Children in Public School)

Registration forms for 2015-16 are NOW AVAILABLE in the parish office.  Classes ongoing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Marivic at – or email: [email protected] for information.


Sunday Mass Schedule :
Saturday Mass of Anticipation: 5:00pm
Sunday:  9:00am and 11:00am


Weekday Mass Schedule :
Monday -Thursday:   8:15am
Friday :  9:00am and 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am


Public Holidays : 9:00 am

Indonesian Mass:  6:30 pm (1st & 3rd Saturday of the month)

Filipino Mass:   7:00 pm (1st Sunday of the month)

Confession: 30 minutes prior to Masses or upon  request.

Perpetual Adoration Chapel:  Open every day. For more information, please call the parish office.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday9:45am to 6:15pm , with Divine Mercy Novena/Chaplet at 3:00 pm & Benediction at 6:30 pm.

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual HelpEvery Wednesday after morning Mass and at 6:30 pm in the Church.


The Sacrament of Marriage: At least six months notice must be given to the Pastor

The Sacrament of Baptism: Parish families who wish to have a child baptized should be registered in the parish.  Please visit the Parish Office to register.   Mandatory attendance of Preparation Class for parents and godparents.  Class is held every last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  (Note: Baptisms are scheduled on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 12:30 pm)




5:00 pm † Manuel & Katarina Moreira

9:00 am † Leonardo Prades Sr.
11:00 am Miguel & Maria Vales Family

8:15 am † Estrella Custodio

8:15 am Maribeth Malvar—Thanksgiving

8:15 am † Agnes Tuliao

8:15 am † Jhonren Son

9:00 am Edna Corrales—68th Birthday
7:00 pm † Andre Piche

9:00 am † Darrell Moralde



Prayers for the Sick
In your prayers, please remember the sick: Anaceto Rabang, Delima Ngui, Sydney Shanti, Joveno Labandelo, Jean Lopez, Marie Piche and Lourdes Andal.

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.


Stewardship Reflections

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”   (Mark 8:34)

When we truly believe that all we have is a gift from God, then we must be willing to give up some things so that we can share our blessings as God intended.  Living a stewardship lifestyle means not only being responsible for our own life, but the lives of others as well.  
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis

 We cannot be saved by seeking just our own individual salvation. We need to look first to the good of others. – Saint John Chrysostom


Weekly Catechism:



III. The Only Son of God

441      In the Old Testament, “son of God” is a title given to the angels, the Chosen People, the children of Israel, and their kings.44 It signifies an adoptive sonship that establishes a relationship of particular intimacy between God and his creature. When the promised Messiah–King is called “son of God,” it does not necessarily imply that he was more than human, according to the literal meaning of these texts. Those who called Jesus “son of God,” as the Messiah of Israel, perhaps meant nothing more than this.45

442      Such is not the case for Simon Peter when he confesses Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” for Jesus responds solemnly: “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”46 Similarly Paul will write, regarding his conversion on the road to Damascus, “When he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles….”47 “And in the synagogues immediately [Paul] proclaimed Jesus, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’”48 From the beginning this acknowledgment of Christ’s divine sonship will be the center of the apostolic faith, first professed by Peter as the Church’s foundation.49 (552, 424)




Thank you for your generosity and support for Project Advance.

to-date-we-received-pledgesOur parish goal is $60,000. To date we received  pledges for a total of $30,343 , from 138 parishioners. If you have not  contributed  yet,  please  consider giving today and bring Christ’s presence to all.  We will be accepting your donations until the end of December. You can easily give by submitting your donations:   online at www.rcav.org/giving (designate our parish), in person at the parish office,  or by mail. You can also place your clearly marked pledges in the Sunday collection basket.



You are invited to attend one-day courses sponsored by Archdiocese of Vancouver, Catechetics Office on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00am—4:00pm at Saint Patrick Secondary on 115 East 11th Avenue in Vancouver. PREP, LWC and RCIA volunteers are encouraged to attend. Register online at www.rcav.org/oc-fall



Please join us for novenas from September 15 to 17 at 6pm, Sept 18 at 7pm, Sept 19 at 5pm, Sept 20 at 11am, Sept 21-23 at 6pm and thereafter fellowship for Our Lady of Mercy Feast.  The Feast day will be celebrated on Thursday, September 24 with Mass, Marian Candle-lit Procession and Dinner at 6 pm. To cover the cost, there will be $10 /adult and $5/child ticket required for the dinner which are available until September 18.  For those interested to be sponsors for mass intentions, please contact Josie at . Bring your family and friends for this grand event.



ARCHDIOCESAN-VOCATION-FAIRJoin us on Sunday, September 20th , from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Saint Patrick’s Parish Recreation Centre Vancouver for an Archdiocesan Vocations Fair. With 54 religious orders currently serving in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the work they do. Come celebrate the many different religious orders in the diocese, both men and women, followed by Mass at 5:00 pm in the Church celebrated by Archbishop Miller, CSB. Visit vocationsvancouver.ca for more details.



You are invited to attend one-day courses sponsored by Archdiocese of Vancouver, Catechetics Office on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00am—4:00pm at Saint Patrick Secondary on 115 East 11th Avenue in Vancouver. PREP, LWC and RCIA volunteers are encouraged to attend. Register online at www.rcav.org/oc-fall.


Will be displayed at Our Lady of Mercy School Gym from October 2 to 5.Exhibition hours: October 2 to 4: 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm. October 5: 10am-4pm.
The opening mass will be officiated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller on Friday, October 2 at 9am . Presentations:

Oct 2, 8:00pm : “Holy Angels and Eucharist” by Fr. John Horgan

Oct 4, 1:00pm : “The Eucharist: The Real Presence, Without a Doubt!” by Graham Osborne

This event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to make a donation to the Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibition are asked to make cheques payable to Our Lady of Mercy Parish. Thank you for your support!



You are invited to attend a Charismatic Conference on Healing on September 18 & 19, 2015, at Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey. Internationally well-known Speakers on Healing will deliver inspiring messages on the willingness of God to heal us.
Tickets only $10 each for both days:

September 18th 7:00pm – 9:30pm
September 19th 9:00am – 7:00pm

Closing Mass by Archbishop Miller. For tickets, please email: [email protected] or phone 604.597.8227



The Couples for Christ – Youth (YFC) is inviting youths aged 12 years old to 21 years old to a Youth camp called Camp Radiance to be held at Saint Francis de Sales School gym starting Friday, September 18 at 5:00pm to Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm. Registration fee is $30. (This will cover cost of food and other miscellaneous items). Members of YFC will hand out invites/flyers after each Mass.



Saturday, October 17 from 9am-3pm at 330 Royal Ave. New Westminster. Come and join us for a fun-filled day and support the parish.


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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Parish Ministry & Organizations

Altar ServersGustav Jr. 
Project AdvanceGeorge, chair
5:00 pm Mass ChoirCherry 
9:00 am Mass ChoirRoy 
11:00 am Mass ChoirCharles 
Children’s LiturgyCorsaire 
Youth MinistryMelanie
Bible StudyJude
Catholic Women’s LeagueElaine 
Knights of ColumbusGustav Sr.
Rite of Christian Initiation of AdultsThelma
Parish Religious Education ProgramMarivic 
Legion of Mary (English)Terri 
Legion of Mary (Spanish)Alondra 
Legion of Mary (Junior-English)Ferdeliza 
Couples for ChristGerry
Handmaids of the LordBennie 
Opus Dei (Ladies)Melanie 
Opus Dei (Gents)John 
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul  : Brad