December 13, 2015 *3rd Sunday of Advent*
As we began the the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has granted the jubilee indulgence as I am quoting his words ” I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity. Furthermore, the Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased. We are bound to them by the witness of faith and charity that they have left us. Thus, as we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, thus we can, in the great mystery of the Communion of Saints, pray for them, that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude. One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfil this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence”.
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
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
5:00 pm Wisdom & Wilson Chan-Intention
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
9:00 am : † Gerardus Vanden Hoven
11:00 am : De Souza family – Birthday Thanksgiving
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
8:15 am : † Heimen & Christiena Van Blankers
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
8:15 am : † Johanna & Herman De Wolff
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
8:15 am : John Suh
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
8:15 am : Hemilson Cadiz – Intention
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
9:00 am : † Rufino G. Macapinlac
7:00 pm : † Conrado T. Capito
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
9:00 am Jeanell Greene – Birthday Thanksgiving
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.
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
St. Paul reminds us that our God is an abundant God, the ultimate giver of gifts. He promises to give us all that we need. When we trust that God will take care of us, it is easier for us to share what we have been given.
— 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
Year of Mercy Reflections December 13 – 3rd Sunday of Advent
“God is joyful! And what is the joy of God? The joy of God is forgiving; the joy of God is forgiving!…Here is the entire Gospel! Here! The whole Gospel, all of Christianity, is here! Mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the ‘cancer’ that is sin, moral evil, spiritual evil.” -Pope Francis
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE 2015.
All Services will begin at 7.00 p.m*
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
Tuesday, December 15th
Holy Spirit 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
MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
|Day / Time||Mass|
|Thursday, December 24th :|
|08:15 am||Morning Mass|
|06:30 pm||Children Mass (Christmas Pageant)|
|10:30 pm||Christmas Carol|
|11:00 pm||Christmas Midnight Mass|
|Friday, December 25th :|
|Thursday, December 31st :|
|11:00 pm||Midnight Mass|
|Friday, January 1st :|
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.
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.
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. Those who could not find their envelope box and would like to have one, kindly contact the parish office. Thank you. Thank you.
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.
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 778-838-6164.
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