November 29, 2015 *1st Sunday of Advent*
As we heard about the violence in France, Kenya, Lebanon, and Tunisia, we might easily blame those attackers. Perhaps, we could use those incidences to ask ourselves ‘what have I contributed to bring peace in my family and society?’ . Certainly, that question could be a good reflection while we are entering the Season of Advent. I would like again to quote the words of Pope Francis “Today Jesus weeps as well: because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities. We are close to Christmas: there will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the way of peace. Everywhere there is war today, there is hatred. What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now? What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters: either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!.’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals. A war can be justified – so to speak – with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war – piecemeal though that war may be – a little here, a little there, and everywhere – there is no justification – and God weeps. Jesus weeps. It will do us well to ask the grace of tears for ourselves, for this world that does not recognize the path of peace, this world that lives for war, and cynically says not to make it. Let us pray for conversion of heart. Here before the door of this Jubilee of Mercy, let us ask that our joy, our jubilation, be this grace: that the world discover the ability to weep for its crimes, for what the world does with war.”
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 at 7:00 pm every Thursday 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.
YOUTH MINISTRY All
the parish youth from Grade 6 & 7 (Junior) and high school (Senior) are invited for one hour session 4-5pm every Friday in the church basement. Please contact Melanie at 604-441-4953 email: [email protected]
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 28
5:00 pm : † Faustino de Souza
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
9:00 am : † Milagros Cannelas
11:00 am : Lucy & Ligori – Thanksgiving
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
8:15 am : † James Camay
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
8:15 am : Imelda Ticong—Thanksgiving
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
8:15 am : Mary Grace McKay—Birthday
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
8:15 am : Michael & Cecilia – 37th WA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
9:00 am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm : † Edwin Cabatan
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
9:00 am : † Sylvester Kasstan
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.
“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)
We celebrate Advent each year in preparation of the birth of Jesus, His first coming, as we await his second coming. In this Advent season, use the sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. It’s never too late.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
The objective of our life is the kingdom of God. – Saint John Cassian
“I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD”
The Son of God Became Man
III. True God and True Man
464 The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man.
During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it.
465 The first heresies denied not so much Christ’s divinity as his true humanity (Gnostic Docetism). From apostolic times the Christian faith has insisted on the true incarnation of God’s Son “come in the flesh.”87 But already in the third century, the Church in a council at Antioch had to affirm against Paul of Samosata that Jesus Christ is Son of God by nature and not by adoption. The first ecumenical council of Nicaea in 325 confessed in its Creed that the Son of God is “begotten, not made, of the same substance (homoousios) as the Father,” and condemned Arius, who had affirmed that the Son of God “came to be from things that were not” and that he was “from another substance” than that of the Father.
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 $46,860from 189 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.
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.
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.
YOUTH MINISTRY 2ND COLLECTION ON DECEMBER 5 & 6
The purpose of this archdiocesan collection is to assist the work of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office (OYYAM) in providing formation, training, and support for youth ministry. Youth ministry in our diocese continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of parishes with youth ministry programming, and the number of participants at diocesan events and training opportunities. Parishes with active youth ministry programming will receive a rebate from this collection. Please be generous in supporting the youth of our parish and archdiocese.
15th Annual Bake and Craft Sale
December 12 and 13, 2014 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 3:00
St. Cyril and Methodius Church Hall
472 East 8th Avenue New Westminster, BC
SIMBANG GABI MASSES
The Sambayanang Pilipino Society of BC is, once again, holding its traditional Simbang Gabi Masses in nine (9) parishes this year, with an Inaugural Mass to be celebrated at the Holy Rosary Cathedral on December 15th by the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB. Please see the detailed schedule in the bulletin board.
OPENING MASS FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Pope Francis has announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year dedicated to Mercy, starting Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and concluding Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Year of Mercy begins with the opening of the “holy door of mercy” at St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. for the opening of the Holy Door at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver with Mass and official blessing of the door. All Cathedrals in the world will open their doors on this day. More details to come: http://rcav.org/year-of-mercy/
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.
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