32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Talking about sins and mercy, I would like to share with you a good reflection from Pope Francis “Christians cannot hide their lives from Jesus. Instead, they must recognize their sins and trust in the mercy of God. We should ask ourselves: ‘Does Jesus trust me, or do I lie to him?’ ‘Do I behave as a Catholic who then lives as a pagan?’ One might say ‘Jesus does not know, no one will tell him.’ But he knows. We cannot fool Jesus, because he knows us from within. Jesus knows all that which is within our hearts, we cannot fool Jesus, pretending to be holy, and close his eyes and leading a life contrary to what He desires. We would do well to enter into our hearts and gaze at Jesus, who sees the good and the bad, and ask him: ‘Do you trust me? I am a sinner.’ Unless a person has a righteous heart, loves those who need love, and follows the Beatitudes, he is not Catholic, but a hypocrite. Open your heart to the mercy of Jesus! As Jesus found the Temple filled with filth, so also we find in our hearts selfishness, arrogance, pride, greed, envy, and jealousy. Jesus used a whip to drive out the money changers, the whip with which he cleanses the soul, however, is mercy. When we open our heart to mercy, whereby our heart, our soul is cleansed, Jesus will trust in us.”
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 7
5:00 pm : † Jesse S. Corrales
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
9:00 am : † Zamperoni Basso
11:00 am Chavez Family – B’day Thanksgiving
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
8:15 am : † Salvador Manrique
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
8:15 am : † Marites Mc.Carthy
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
9:00 am : † Barbara Hickey
2:00 pm : † Mass for the fallen soldiers (in
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
8:15 am : † Virgilio Sr. Amigable
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
9:00 am : † Narcisa Amigable
7:00 pm : † Frank Donaldson Ferrier
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
9:00 am : † Nettie Macapinlac & Selah Nelson
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.
“I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living. ” (Mark 12:43-44)
Jesus gets right to the point – we are all called to give money to support the mission of the Church, regardless of our circumstance. No gift is too small or insignificant! Giving money to support the mission of our local parish is a matter of our faith, just like praying and participating in parish ministries. When you make a financial offering, is it from your “first fruits” or from what is “left over”?
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
“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 $42,615from 178 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.
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.
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.
REMEMBRANCE DAY MASS
Remembrance for the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. Mass celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10am in the Evangelist Chapel at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. Followed by laying of wreaths at 11am and procession to the cenotaph with a bagpiper, lead by the Knights of Columbus Honour Guard. rccav.org/remember
MORNING OF RECOLLECTION:“BLESSED ARE THE POOR”
Come and join Madonna House for a time of prayer and reflection at St. John the Apostle Parish, Vancouver on Saturday, November 14, 9:30am – noon. Call 604-267-1757 or e-mail [email protected]
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 & 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