December 6, 2015 *2nd Sunday of Advent*
As you might know that the Fourth Sunday of Lent this year, Pope Francis had declared an extraordinary jubilee year of mercy beginning on Dec 8, 2015 to Nov 20, 2016. Pope Francis said ‘“The Sacrament of Reconciliation, in fact, allows us with confidence to draw near to the Father, in order to be certain of His pardon. He really is “rich in mercy” and extends His mercy with abundance over those who turn to Him with a sincere heart… As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God never ceases to show the richness of His mercy throughout the ages. The transformation of the heart that leads us to confess our sins is “God’s gift”, it is “His work” (cf. Eph 2:8-10). To be touched with tenderness by His hand and shaped by His grace allows us, therefore, to approach the priest without fear for our sins, but with the certainty of being welcomed by him in the name of God, and understood notwithstanding our miseries. Coming out of the confessional, we will feel God’s strength, which restores life and returns the enthusiasm of faith.” Pope also had given the mandate for all the priests to forgive all the sins including the sins that could only forgiven by the Pope. Therefore, as we are opening the year of Mercy, on Dec 8 I offer myself to be available to hear confession from morning until 4 pm. We invite all of you who have not been confession for many years to take this opportunity. May the mercy of God be experienced by all of us during this year 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 .
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 – 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 – 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
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
5:00 pm : † Melecio Gallaron
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
9:00 am : Paras Family – Thanksgiving
11:00 am : † Leopoldo & Matilde Canelas
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7
8:15 am : † Antonia Gastaldo
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
8:15 am : Gary & Diana Westgeest – 37th WA
9:00 am : Adoration & Confession
3:00 pm : Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:00 pm : Benediction
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
8:15 am : † Frank & Dina Parolin
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
8:15 am : † Zamperoni Yolanda
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
9:00 am : † Julia R. Macapinlac
7:00 pm : † Conrado T. Capito
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00 am : † Conrado T. Capito
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 this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value…” (Philippians 1:9-10)
Glittery holiday ads can blind us to our stewardship values and distort our needs and wants. It is important that during this season of endless buying we remember that each of us also has the need to give back to God and to those that are in need.
— 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
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE 2015.
All Services will begin at 7.00 p.m, except marked for **
Thursday, December 10th
St. Peter’s 330 Royal Ave New Westminster, BC
Thursday, December 10th
**St. Patrick’s 22561 121st Street Maple Ridge, BC **will start at 6.30 p.m
Friday, December 11th
Sts Cyril & Methodius 472 East 8th Ave New Westminster, BC
Sunday, December 13th
Our Lady of Assumption 3141 Shaughnessey Port Coquitlam, BC
Tuesday, December 15th
St. Luke’s 20285 Dewdney Trunk Rd Maple Ridge, BC
244 Lawrence Street New Westminster, BC
Wednesday, December 16th
All Saints 821 Fairfax Street Coquitlam, BC
Thursday, December 17th
Our Lady of Lourdes 828 Laval Square Coquitlam, BC
Thursday, December 17th
St. Joseph’s 140 Moody Street Port Moody, BC
Friday, December 18th
St. Clare of Assisi 1320 Johnston Street Coquitlam, BC
Sunday, December 20th
St. Michael’s 9387 Holmes Street Burnaby, BC
Monday, December 21st
St. Francis de Sales 6610 Balmoral Street Burnaby, BC
Tuesday December 22nd
Our Lady of Mercy 7455 10th Ave Burnaby, BC
Wednesday, December 23rd
Our Lady of Fatima 315 Walker Street Coquitlam, BC
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 – or parish office. Thank you for your kind generosity.
2016 SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPES 2016
Sunday Offering Envelope Boxes are now available for pick-up at the church foyer. The envelope boxes are placed alphabetically as per your last name. Please do: (i) check the name and information on the label. (ii) take only your own envelope (iii) start using the envelope in 2016. Thank you.
OPENING FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
As the year of Mercy starts on Tuesday, Dec 8, there will be adoration and confession available after the 8:15 am mass until 4 pm, Divine Mercy Prayer at 3 pm and Benediction at 4 pm.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL-OLM
For any parishioner who knows families or someone who are in need of groceries for this coming holiday season, please inform the parish office.
FEAST OF THE LADY OF GUADALUPE
Everyone is invited to celebrate the feast of the Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, Dec 12 after the 9 am mass and participate in the Rosary of the Roses. Fellowship and light refreshment in the basement after.
MUSTARD SEED HEALING MINISTRY
Come and be healed by the power of God. Let Him renew your mind, body and spirit. Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on Dec 12 after the 5 pm mass. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the entire service. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will follow. Be touched by God’s healing love. For information call at .
GIVING TREE OF HOPE 2015
Supporting Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society and The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Please take an envelope from the Giving Tree of Hope, complete the donation form if you would like a tax receipt, place your cash or cheque in the envelope, and put the envelope in the Sunday collection basket. All donations, great or small, are greatly appreciated.
CHRISTMAS NOVENA & MASS
In preparing ourselves for the born of our Lord Jesus, we will have Nine Day Novena & Mass with Rev. Francis Galvan, OSA from December 15th to December 23th at 6:00 am in accordance with the Filipino tradition. Anyone would like to make mass offering is welcome to fill the envelope provided in the church foyer and submit it to the parish office or contact Josie at .
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. Confessions will be heard from 2 to 3pm. Westminster Abbey in Mission will also open its Holy Doors the same day with Mass celebrated at 10am. All are welcome to attend. More details to come: rcav.org/year-of-mercy
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
Altar Servers : Gustav Jr.
Project Advance : George
5:00 pm Mass Choir : Cherry
9:00 am Mass Choir : Mabel , Roy
11:00 am Mass Choir : Charles
Children’s Liturgy : Corsaire
Youth Ministry : Melanie
Bible Study : Jude
Catholic Women’s League : Elaine
Knights of Columbus : Raphael , Gustav Sr.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults : Thelma
Parish Religious Education Program : Marivic ,
Legion of Mary (English) : Terri
Legion of Mary (Spanish) : Alondra
Legion of Mary (Junior-English) : Ferdeliza
Couples for Christ : Gerry
Handmaids of the Lord : Bennie
Opus Dei (Ladies) : Melanie
Opus Dei (Gents) : John
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul : Brad
Migrant Workers : Ralph
Mustard Seed : Mario