25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our ongoing Novena is going very well and I thank the Committee and all who are involved to make our Novena going well.
On the 2nd day of the Novena, we are honoured to have Rev. Joseph P. Nguyen, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, who reminded us that it was not enough to see others doing the job but each of us must be involved on it. Just like a sick person, in order to be cured, it is not enough that the doctors and nurses are doing the work, the sick person has to be a part of the healing process too. The same is also true for us if we want to grow in our faith. It is not enough that the priest or other ministries are doing their work, we ourselves must be a part of the growing process. Father Joseph also reminds us that in order to have a green forest, each tree must be green. He also mentioned that as a Catholic, we carry the name of Jesus which means that it is a responsibility—we are our Lord Jesus’ co-workers. As we just launched last week our preparation for our 75th Parish Anniversary last Sunday, let us support each other and be a part in all the events that have been prepared by the anniversary committee. Be a doer not a watcher.
Sincerely in Christ,
EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF THE WORLD EXHIBITION
Will be displayed at Our Lady of Mercy School Gym from October 2 to 5 with DVD Showing in the Church Basement.
The opening mass will be officiated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller on Friday, October 2 at 9am.
October 2 to 4: 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm.
October 5: 10am-4pm and closing mass at 6pm.
Presentations (at church):
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
Adoration: October 4, 3pm by PS98 Music Ministry
This event is free and open to the public. For those who wish to make a donation to the Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibition, donation envelopes are available for cash or cheques payable to Our Lady of Mercy Parish. Thank you for your support!
Our Lady of Mercy School
School Office: (604) 526-7121
Principal: Neva Grout
Email: [email protected]
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
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 Friday: 9:45am 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.
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)
WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
5:00 pm Marizza Castro—Birthday
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9:00 am † Joseph Gallina
11:00 am † Couto Cabuz Vales Family
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
8:15 am Antoine & Angelo Giraud-Spc Int
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
8:15 am Robert & Elaine Tan-Anniversary
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
8:15 am † Elizabeth Parolin & family
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
8:15 am † Wilhelmina Rivero
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
9:00 am † Daryl Moralde
7:00 pm † Ricardo Mejico
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
9:00 am † Wisdom & Wilson Chan
*If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.
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.
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Jesus teaches us that we are called to serve one another. Sacrifice is not a word that many people like to hear. We think it means that we must give up something that we want. However, the literal meaning of sacrifice is “to make holy,” from the words “sacer” = sacred and “facere” = to make. In other words, we make our lives holy by sharing our gifts in the service of God.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
III. The Only Son of God
443 Peter could recognize the transcendent character of the Messiah’s divine sonship because Jesus had clearly allowed it to be so understood. To his accusers’ question before the Sanhedrin, “Are you the Son of God, then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am.”50 Well before this, Jesus referred to himself as “the Son” who knows the Father, as distinct from the “servants” God had earlier sent to his people; he is superior even to the angels.51 He distinguished his sonship from that of his disciples by never saying “our Father,” except to command them: “You, then, pray like this: ‘Our Father,’” and he emphasized this distinction, saying “my Father and your Father.”52 (2786)
444 The Gospels report that at two solemn moments, the Baptism and the Transfiguration of Christ, the voice of the Father designates Jesus his “beloved Son.”53 Jesus calls himself the “only Son of God,” and by this title affirms his eternal preexistence.54 He asks for faith in “the name of the only Son of God.”55 In the centurion’s exclamation before the crucified Christ, “Truly this man was the Son of God,”56 that Christian confession is already heard. Only in the Paschal mystery can the believer give the title “Son of God” its full meaning. (536, 554)
PROJECT ADVANCE THANK-YOU!
Thank you for your generosity and support for Project Advance.
Our parish goal is $60,000. To date we received pledges for a total of $32,103 , from 145 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.
NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IN CANADA
Next weekend, September 26 & 27—the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support diocesan pastoral programs and other activities in their ministry to teach, sanctify and govern. To receive CCCB news through our free and confidential e-mail service, please fill out the form at this link: http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/subscribe-to-news.
BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS
For the month of September, it will be on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 pm in the Children’s Room.
OUR LADY OF MERCY FEAST DAY AND NOVENAS
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.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY COURSE
Come and discover God’s original design for us, our call to holiness, and our destiny with him in heaven. Instructor: Fr. Alan Boisclair, BA, MDiv, STL (Marriage and the Family) Sept. 14 to Dec 14 Mondays (except Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 16) 7-9:15pm, Our Lady of Fatima, Coquitlam; Sept.15 to Dec 8 Tuesdays (except Sept. 22, Nov. 17) 7-9:15pm, St. Augustine, Vancouver; Sept. 16 to Dec 16 Wednesdays (except Sept. 23, Nov. 11, 18) 7-9:15pm, St. Nicholas, Langley.
For more info, visit www.rcav.org/TOB; call 604-683-0281 or e-mail [email protected]
SAINT PETER’S ANNUAL BAZAAR
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.
THE ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER
Join us at the Fourth Annual Archbishop’s Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 29, at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Tickets are $150 each with approximately $70 receipted as a charitable donation. For more details, visit rcav.org/dinner2015 or contact parish office. Please register early; spaces are limited.
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
St Paul said “Your body is the temple of God‘, how do you keep it? Learn from these website:
Parish Ministry & Organizations
Altar Servers : Gustav Jr.
Project Advance : George, chair
5:00 pm Mass Choir : Cherry
9:00 am Mass Choir : Roy
11:00 am Mass Choir : Charles
Children’s Liturgy : Corsaire
Youth Ministry : Melanie
Bible Study : Jude
Catholic Women’s League : Elaine
Knights of Columbus : Gustav Sr.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults : Thelma
Parish Religious Education Program : Marivic
Legion of Mary (English) : Terri
Legion of Mary (Spanish) : Alondra
Legion of Mary (Junior-English) : Ferdeliza
Couples for Christ : Gerry
Handmaids of the Lord : Bennie
Opus Dei (Ladies) : Melanie
Opus Dei (Gents) : John
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul : Brad