30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pope Francis asks us to allow the Holy Spirit to train ourselves in our spiritual life day by day as he said “Saint Paul uses the image of the athlete, the man who trains in order to prepare himself for game, and makes a great effort. This is what an athlete does to win a match; but what about us, who should be striving to win that great victory of Heaven? What should we do? Saint Paul exhorts us to go forward with this effort. Are we able to think that sanctification comes through the effort I make, like the victory that comes to sportsmen comes through training? No. The efforts we make, this daily work of serving the Lord with our soul, with our heart, with our body, with our whole life only opens the door to the Holy Spirit. It is He who enters into us and saves us! He is the gift in Jesus Christ! Otherwise, we would make ourselves like fakirs: No, we are not fakirs. We, with our efforts, open the door. Because of our weakness and original sin, the devil are always trying to get us to turn back. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews warns us against this temptation to turn back; he warns us not to go back, not to fall. We need to continue to go forward, a little bit each day, even when there is great difficulty.
A few months ago, I met a woman. Young, the mother of a family – a beautiful family – who had cancer. An ugly cancer. But she moved with happiness, she acted like she was healthy. And speaking about this attitude, she told me, ‘Father, I would do anything to beat the cancer!’ It’s that way with the Christian. We have received this gift in Jesus Christ and we have passed from sin, from the life of iniquity to the life of the gift in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit; we must do the same. Every day a step. Every day a step. You need to make the effort to be silent. Otherwise, if we don’t work to overcome temptations, there comes a little bit of slumber, and we won’t have the will to pray – but then we try to pray a little bit anyway. These small efforts, help us not to fall, not to go back, not to return to iniquity but to go forward toward this gift, this promise of Jesus Christ which is precisely the encounter with Him. Let us ask this grace from the Lord: to be strong, to be strong in this training of life towards the encounter, that we might receive the gift of justification, the gift of grace, the gift of the Spirit in Christ Jesus.
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.
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 24
5:00 pm : Celine de Souza – Birthday
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
9:00 am : † Wee Lye Imm
11:00 am : † Gerard MacNeil
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
8:15 am : † Mr. & Mrs. Budi
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
8:15 am : † Raymond Gabato
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
8:15 am : † Richard Ringuette
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
8:15 am : † Juan & Maria Historillo
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
9:00 am : † Isabella D’Sena
7:00 pm : † Jose Gunayao
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
9:00 am : † Neil MacLachlan
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, Marie Piche, Jean Lopez, 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.
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (Mark 10:52)
Faith is believing in something even though you may not be able to see it. Many people think that miracles don’t happen anymore. But, if you
focus on the positive, not the negative, focus on your blessings instead of your hardships, miracles will seem common.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
454 The title “Son of God” signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the only Son of the Father (cf. Jn 1:14,18; 3:16,18); he is God himself (cf. Jn 1:1). To be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (cf. Acts 8:37; 1 Jn 2:23).
455 The title “Lord” indicates divine sovereignty. To confess or invoke Jesus as Lord is to believe in his divinity. “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3).
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 $40,852 , from 167 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. Calendar will be posted on the bulleting board. Every month, Father Nicolas will be speaking to the Youth on topics you will choose.
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.
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!
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