33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Parishioners: One of the causes of a conflict in a family is due to a communication gap either between husband and wife, parents and children, or among the siblings. Pope Francis gives us some tips how to communicate better in our family. According to Pope Francis, sitting down together at the table for the family dinner, sharing a meal and the experiences of the day, is a fundamental image of togetherness and solidarity. Because Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a meal, there was a close relationship between families and the Mass. However, the family meal, a symbol of togetherness, is disappearing in some societies. A family who hardly ever eats together or when is does watches television or uses smartphones is not really being a family. When the children at the table are attached to their computers, or the phone, and do not listen to each other, this is not a family, it is a hotel. Family needs to talk and listen to one another. There should not be silence at the table. Pope also pointed that the food itself, the very sign of our sharing with others, is only wasted in some places, while elsewhere, our brothers and sisters go hungry. Pope Francis invited families, and the entire Church, to be signs of togetherness and solidarity for the good of the whole human family, especially during the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.
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
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 ).
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, NOVEMBER 14
5:00 pm : † Isabella D’Sena
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9:00 am : Go Family-Birthday & Wedding Anniverary
11:00 am : Cecilia Park
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
8:15 am : † Eleuterio Sr. Garcia
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
8:15 am : † Ildefonso Sr. Hinoguin
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
8:15 am : † Ildefonso Jr. Hinoguin
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
8:15 am : Nitin Cunha & family intention
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
9:00 am : † Wilfredo Hinoguin
7:00 pm : † Nictor Hinoguin
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
9:00 am : † Heracleo & Gorgonia Gonzaga
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.
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26)
We will all have that day when we are standing before God and our life is played out like a movie. When this happens and God asks each of us, “What have you done with the gifts that I have given you?” How will you respond?
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. –Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
“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?
459 The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”74 On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: “Listen to him!”75 Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: “Love one another as I have loved you.”76 This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.77 (520, 823, 2012, 1717, 1965)
460 The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”:78 “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”79 “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.”80 “The only–begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”81 (1265, 1391, 1988)
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 $43,115from 182 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.
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.
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.
SIGNAL HILL IS GRATEFUL FOR PROJECT ADVANCE FUNDING!
With the generous support of Project Advance, Signal Hill has launched the LifeKits™ Program, an educational resource for students in Grades K-7. The goal of the program is to deepen a young child’s understanding of the uniqueness, dignity, beauty, and strength of every human being. Thank you for donating to Project Advance: rcav.org/project-advance
HOME MISSIONS SECOND COLLECTION
Please support the second collection this week which is for Archdiocesan Home Missions. Home Missions support the 12 Catholic missions in First Nations communities throughout the Archdiocese, and the Apostleship of the Sea serving seafarers who work on ships that visit Vancouver harbour. Thank you for your generosity.
OUR LADY OF MERCY MIGRANT COMMITTEE
Our Lady of Mercy Parish Migrant Committee works together with the Couples for Christ Migrant Ministry and Mosaic to present a free work shop seminar on Sunday, November 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Children’s Room. The topic is “How to bridge the Gap between Parents and Teens in this Era of Technology”. Everyone is invited to attend this event. Light refreshment will be available after the workshop.
SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR WOMEN
Silent Ignatian Retreat based on the proven method of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Preached and Directed by the Priests of Miles Christi who devoted to the preaching of these Ignatian retreats, frequently offer them in a weekend format. Miles Christi is a Roman Catholic Religious Order of Priests and Brothers devoted to the sanctification of the laity. These retreats are entirely according to the Magisterium of the Church, and based on solid Catholic spirituality. At Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre, Surrey, Friday, December 4, at 4pm (check in from 3pm – 4pm) to Sunday, Dec. 6, around 5pm. For details or to register, phone 604-576-8802 or visit
2016 ST. JOSEPH SUNDAY MISSAL
Books are now available. Anyone who wish to have their own copy or would like to give to friends can obtain them by donation at the foyer of the church or from the parish office
Saint Thomas More Collegiate Christmas Craft Fair
Sat Nov 21 10am-4pm
Sun Nov 22 10am-4pm
7450 12th Ave, Burnaby BC
Huge Craft Fair over 100 crafters!
Bistro, Bake sale, raffles, Plant sale, New & Used Book Sale.
FREE URN BURIAL OFFERFROM CATHOLIC CEMETERIES
Catholic Cemeteries is offering to lay to rest any urns containing final remains of loved ones during the month of November, the month of Holy Souls. Urns containing loved ones’ cremated remains will be placed in a communal grave at Gardens of Gethsemane’s Crypt of the Holy Angels Nov. 28. There is no charge. More information at www.rccav.org or 604-531-2141
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 & ORGANIZATION
Sacristan : Alberto (604) 375-2377
Altar Servers : Gustav Jr. (604) 441-2657
Project Advance : George (778) 251-5800
5:00 pm Mass Choir : Cherry (604) 553-0226
9:00 am Mass Choir : Mabel (778) 861-3908, 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 : Raphael (604) 500-1848 , Gustav Sr. (604) 600-8913
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults : Thelma (604) 515-9547
Parish Religious Education Program : Marivic (604) 520-6814, (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
Migrant Workers : Ralph (604) 240-1353
Mustard Seed : Mario (604) 474-2451