23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I hope you all have a good summer and ready to begin the new school year again.
Let us always begin and end our day with prayer since it is part of our identity as a people of God and I just want to quote what Pope Francis said in his general audience.
“We all know how important prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it, perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to, with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength. For the heart of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly ‘caresses’ us with his own love. A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer. Through prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of God’s unexpected gifts. Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome.”
Sincerely in Christ,
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 604-515-9547. 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 will start on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Marivic at 604-520-6814 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 5
5:00 pm † Maria Moreira
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
9:00 am † Romeo Stefani
11:00 am † Nemecia De Lima
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
9:00 am † Antonia Gastaldo
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
8:15 am † Romeo Stefani
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8:15 am † Leonardo Prades, Jr.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
8:15 am † Cecilia Tan
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9:00 am † Antonio & Jaime Couto
7:00 pm † Minh Doan
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
9:00 am † Bernardo & Dolores Talaugon
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.
“Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?” (James 2:5)
What is more important – being rich in faith or rich in possessions? Society teaches us that possessions are most important. God teaches a different lesson. When we are rich in faith we know that material things really do not matter and we are more willing to share what we have. Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
“Lord, you are always at work to overcome fear in my life. Help me to live courageously, always ready to encourage the people around me.”
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
439 Many Jews and even certain Gentiles who shared their hope recognized in Jesus the fundamental attributes of the messianic “Son of David,” promised by God to Israel.38 Jesus accepted his rightful title of Messiah, though with some reserve because it was understood by some of his contemporaries in too human a sense, as essentially political.39 (528-529, 547)
440 Jesus accepted Peter’s profession of faith, which acknowledged him to be the Messiah, by announcing the imminent Passion of the Son of Man.40 He unveiled the authentic content of his messianic kingship both in the transcendent identity of the Son of Man “who came down from heaven,” and in his redemptive mission as the suffering Servant: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”41 Hence the true meaning of his kingship is revealed only when he is raised high on the cross.42 Only after his Resurrection will Peter be able to proclaim Jesus’ messianic kingship to the People of God: “Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”43 (552, 550, 445)
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 $44,440 , from 137 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.
Come and be healed by the power of God. Let Him renew your mind, body and spirit. Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on Saturday, September 12 after the 5:00 pm Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the entire service. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will follow. Be touched by God’s healing love. For information call at (604)239-0556.
OUR LADY OF MERCY FEAST DAY AND NOVENAS
Please join us for novenas from September 15 to 23 starting at 6 pm 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 778-838-6164. Bring your family and friends for this grand event.
ARCHDIOCESAN VOCATIONS FAIR AT ST. PAT’S
Join 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.
THE ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER
Join us at the Fourth Annual Archbishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 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.
SCK LECTURE The Role of Affectivity in Human Formation
Saturday, September 26, 2015: 10 am – 3 pm
SEMINARY OF CHRIST THE KING
34224 DEWDNEY TRUNK ROAD – MISSION, BC – V2V 4J5
Sue Baars, a Catholic psychotherapist from Texas, will be speaking on the role of affectivity in human formation. Affectivity refers to the capacity to be moved with the emotions of love, desire and joy – which make us more deeply ourselves, whether religious or laity. Ms. Baars will outline, in simple terms, the difference between Western culture’s assertion that emotions and feelings are everything and the widespread belief of many Christians that reason and will alone constitute the virtuous life. In contrast, she will discuss the authentic anthropology of St. Tomas Aquinas, who asserted that reason by nature guides the emotions. This will be the attendee’s template for living a virtuous and happy life.
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
Domestic Abuse Services: Help Line 604.640.7549
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Parish Ministry & Organizations
Altar Servers : Gustav Jr. (604) 441-2657
Project Advance : George, chair (778) 251-5800
5:00 pm Mass Choir : Cherry (604) 553-0226
9:00 am Mass Choir : Roy (778) 861-3908
11:00 am Mass Choir : Charles (604) 522-2248
Children’s Liturgy : Corsaire (604) 377-9625
Youth Ministry : Melanie (604) 441-4953
Bible Study : Jude (778) 847-9714
Catholic Women’s League : Elaine (604) 525-7048
Knights of Columbus : Gustav Sr. (604) 600-8913
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults : Thelma (604) 515-9547
Parish Religious Education Program : Marivic (604) 525-8843
Legion of Mary (English) : Terri (604) 526-1431
Legion of Mary (Spanish) : Alondra (604) 522-3112
Legion of Mary (Junior-English) : Ferdeliza (604) 522-3292
Couples for Christ : Gerry (778) 861-1856
Handmaids of the Lord : Bennie (604) 437-5377
Opus Dei (Ladies) : Melanie (778) 847-4247
Opus Dei (Gents) : John (778) 837-1753
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul : Brad (604) 525-2350