31th Sunday in Ordinary Time, All Saints Day
As we continue to live our daily life, we must be awake, know what is going on and able to see the sign of the times as Pope Francis said ” …We must open ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit and clearly understand what is happening within and around us through discernment. We have this freedom to judge whatever is happening around us. But in order to judge, we must have a good knowledge of what is happening around us. And how can we do this? How can we do this, which the Church calls ‘recognizing the signs of the times?’ Times are changing. And it’s precisely Christian wisdom that recognizes these changes, recognizes the changing times and recognizes the signs of the times. What one thing and another thing means. And do this freely, without fear. This is something that we usually don’t do: we stick with conformity, we reassure ourselves with (words like) ‘they told us, I heard, people said they read….’ In this way we are reassured. But what is the truth? What is the message that the Lord wants to give me with this sign of the times? First of all, in order to understand the signs of the times we need silence: to be silent and observe. And afterwards we need to reflect within ourselves. One example: why are there so many wars nowadays? Why did something happen? And pray… silence, reflection and prayer. It’s only in this way that we can understand the signs of the times, what Jesus wants to tell us. Times are changing and we Christians must change continually. We must change whilst remaining fixed to our faith in Jesus Christ, fixed to the truth of the Gospel but we must adapt our attitude continuously according to the signs of the times. We are free. We are free thanks to the gift of freedom given to us by Jesus Christ. But our job is to look at what is happening within us, discern our feelings, our thoughts and what is happening around us and discern the signs of the times – through silence, reflection and prayer.”
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 2015-2016 are NOW AVAILABLE in the parish office. Classes ongoing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Marivic at 604-520-6814 or email: [email protected] for information.
BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS
There will be a class this coming Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm in the Children Room
CWL FALL FAIR AT OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH
Sunday, November 8 after 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses. Food, knitted goods, religious articles and “white elephant table” will be on sale. Come with your family and friends.
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, OCTOBER 31
5:00 pm : † Belen Albis – 3rd DA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
9:00 am : † Fernando Valdez
11:00 am : † Corrales & Macapinlac Family
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
8:15 am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm All Souls Day Mass
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
8:15 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
8:15 am : † Cabuz, Couto, Vales Family
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
8:15 am : † Souls in Purgatory
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
9:00 am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm : Anna Kim
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
9:00 am : † Antonia Gastaldo
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, Lourdes Andal, Eleonora Favaro and Miguel Concon.
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.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
“Poor in spirit” is confusing for many of us. It simply means to place your trust in God, putting His will first and being strong in faith. As we celebrate the lives of the saints on All Saints Day, remember, we, too are called to be saints. Dialing down our own pride and ego and turning up the humility will help us on our path to sainthood.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
“Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labours.”
— Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
“HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WAS
BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY”
The Son of God Became Man
I. Why Did the Word Become Flesh?
456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.”
457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who “loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins”: “the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world,” and “he was revealed to take away sins”:70 (607, 385)
Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state?
458 The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”72 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”73 (219)
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 $41,302from 170 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.
SUNDAY CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Simplified Sunday readings and explanation for children aged 3-7. LWC is offered during Sunday Masses (9am and 11am ).
BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS
Please be informed that the next class will be on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm in the Children Room
OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH – YOUTH MINISTRY
All the parish youth are invited from Grade 6 & 7 (Junior) and high school (Senior) for one hour session 4-5pm every Friday at OLM basement. There will be a talk on Theology of the Body starting November 13. Every month, Father Nicolas will be speaking to the Youth on topics you will choose.
Junior Youth Ministry :
will meet every 1st Friday and 3rd Friday of the month starting November 6
Senior Youth Ministry :
will meet every 2nd Friday and 4th Friday of the month starting November 13.
These activities are all free and will qualify for service hours. If you have any questions and would like to register, please email [email protected] attention Melanie or you can call 604-441-4953.
ARCHBISHOP MILLER SPEAKS AT CATHOLIC AFTER HOURS (TM)
Join us on Monday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, as Archbishop Miller guides us on what the Holy Father is doing in his mission of evangelization, and how we as faith-filled Catholics can embrace and join in that mission. To register, visit rcav.org/cah .
ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES
are now available in the church foyer. Kindly write the names of your deceased relatives and friends to be prayed for on each envelope and put it into the basket provided in front of the altar. ALL SOULS DAY MASS will be on Monday, November 2 at 7pm
Eternal rest grant unto the souls of the faithful departed.
OUR LADY OF MERCY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS AS A FAITH COMMUNITY IN 2016.
A brief history of its humble beginnings using old photographs and news clippings can be viewed at . Posters will be displayed next year for your viewing.
Our Lady of Mercy Parish is inviting all young men (Gr. 7 and above) to attend and join a weekend LIVE-IN on November 13-15 for those who are interested in the priesthood or the life of a religious brother, or those who just want to see for themselves what seminary life is like. The Seminary of Christ the King has students in high school (Grades 9 – 12), in college (Arts I-IV), and in theology. The LIVE-IN is open to anyone who is thinking of entering the seminary in the next few years. The LIVE-IN provides an opportunity to spend two days at the Seminary and to become acquainted with other young men who have the priestly or religious vocation in mind. Anyone planning to come should fill in the application form and forward it to: Ralph/Nolisa Guerra (778-898-1220/604-240-1353). Interested person may also directly submit their application form to parish office no later than November 6th.
SPIRIT DAY 2015
Spirit Day is designed to celebrate the Grade Seven students of our Archdiocese in preparation for their receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Spirit Day will once again be offered on two separate days. School and parish groups will have the option of attending either Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1–9pm OR Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10am–6pm at Chandos Pattison Auditorium at Pacific Academy in Surrey. For more info, visit rcav.org/spirit-day-2015-main-page
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
On the 2nd day of the Hallowtide Triduum, please join us for an All Saints evening Mass held in the Evangelist Chapel. Experience the glow of the candlelit cemetery, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and cookies. Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7pm, Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey.
ALL SOULS’ DAY
On the 3rd day of the Hallowtide Triduum, please join us for All Souls’ Day mass in the Evangelist Chapel. Candles available for purchase that can be placed on the graves of your loved one. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Miller. Seats limited, so please be sure to register (Max. 4 tickets per family). For more details or to register for the event, please visit Monday, Nov. 2, at 6:30pm, Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. rcav.org/remember
PRO-LIFE MASS AND PRAYER VIGIL
Peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9am. Mass at St. Nicholas Parish, Langley. Followed by vigil in the church.
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
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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