November 22, 2015 *Feast of Christ the King*. 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As we close our liturgical year with the solemnity of Christ the King, let us take a moment to see all the goodness that we have received from the Lord and to have a self examination of our relationship with the Lord, especially in putting into practice His commandment in our family, parish and society. Let us surrender to Him for His help and guidance for this coming liturgical year.
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 21
5:00 pm : † Carmelina Dias Souza
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
9:00 am : † Felisa Larga—15th DA
11:00 am : † Enrique Aquino
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23
8:15 am : † Eladia Hinoguin
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
8:15 am : † Philip Apolinario
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
8:15 am : † Ruperto Sambilon
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
8:15 am : † Ceferino Sr. Garcia
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
9:00 am : † Onofre Evangelista
7:00 pm : † Jean Abella
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
9:00 am : Enone Lobo
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.
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom does not belong to this world.” (John 18:36)
How often do we put all our time and energy into building a kingdom here on earth, forgetting that life here is short? The real kingdom is in the next life. Yet, how much time and energy do we invest in working for that eternal kingdom?
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
The objective of our life is the kingdom of God. – Saint John Cassian
“HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY”
The Son of God Became Man
II. The Incarnation
461 Taking up St. John’s expression, “The Word became flesh,”82 the Church calls “Incarnation” the fact that the Son of God assumed a human nature in order to accomplish our salvation in it. In a hymn cited by St. Paul, the Church sings the mystery of the Incarnation: (653, 661, 449)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.83
462 The Letter to the Hebrews refers to the same mystery: Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.’”84
463 Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.”85 Such is the joyous conviction of the Church from her beginning whenever she sings “the mystery of our religion”: “He was manifested in the flesh.”86 (90)
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 $43,315from 183 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.
ARCHDIOCESAN MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM IS GRATEFUL FOR PROJECT ADVANCE FUNDING!
For over a quarter of a century, Vancouver Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation programs have helped hundreds of couples annually discern and prepare for a lifetime together. We are grateful for Project Advance funding this past year which has helped to assist couples who were unable to afford the ordinary full fee for the program. Thank you for donating to Project Advance: http://rcav.org/project-advance/
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.
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.
FUND-RAISING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
“Pancit” will be sold next weekend November 27/28 after Masses. This is for the Table of Hope Banquet on January 23, 2016 to be held during the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City, Philippines.
ADVENT REFLECTION WITH FR. TONY RICHARD
At St Thomas More Collegiate Gym on Tuesday, November 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Fr. Tony Richard from The Archdiocese of New Orleans is a well known speaker and has preached in 22 countries all over the world. He is a very animating speaker and his teachings are invigorating and inspiring to draw people closer to God and deepen their faith. Admission is free.
OLM PARISH CHRISTMAS HAMPER 2015
We are looking for:
dry packaged goods
dry box of cereals
pasta and sauce
pancake mix and syrup
peanut butter and jam
any essential non-perishable goods.
Please note that we cannot use opened package of food, animal food or goods that are past their expiry date.
Any information, please call Brad Garisto at 604-525-2350 or parish office. Thank you for your kind generosity.
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
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
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 & 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