December 20, 2015 *4th Sunday of Advent*
As we are preparing to celebrate Christmas, let us ask ourselves what is the meaning of Christmas for us. Angel Gabriel has given us the answer that Christ comes to conquer the sins. We sin because we do not obey the will of God and one of the wills of God is that we are able to forgive each other. Perhaps each of us should ask ourselves ‘ is there any body that we have not forgiven?’, if yes , let us make an effort and pray for the grace of God that we are able to give each other. Pope Francis in the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy reminded us too as I quoted “This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. It is He who seeks us! It is He who comes to encounter us! This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy. How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgement before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgement, and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, of tenderness. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things”.
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 19
5:00 pm : † Enrique Miquiabas
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
6:00 am : Christmas Novena
9:00 am : † Luis & Lewis Machado
11:00 am : Purificacion Rivera
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
6:00 am : Christmas Novena
8:15 am : † Anna Mugeun Lee
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22
6:00 am : Christmas Novena
8:15 am : † Henk & Riek Alders
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23
6:00 am : Christmas Novena
8:15 am : † Victor Matrique
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
8:15 am : † Jaime Couto
6:30 pm : † Luigi & Luigina Gastaldo
11:00 pm : Eugina Malipatan – Birthday
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
9:00 am : Tan family & friends – Special Intention
11:00 pm : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
9:00 am : † Antonio Couto -13 years deceased
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.
“For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” (luke 1:44)
When you hear the scripture readings and Gospel reading each Sunday, do you “leap for joy?” If not, don’t blame the lecturer or priest, rather look inside yourself. Do you prepare for Mass each week or do you just show up and expect to be entertained?
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
Year of Mercy Reflections December 20 – 4th Sunday of Advent
“Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith… Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.” – Pope Francis
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE 2015.
All Services will begin at 7.00 p.m*
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 $48,355 from 198 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.
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 please contact Josie at 604-838-6164.
2016 SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPES
2016 Sunday Offering Envelope boxes are now available for pick-up at the church foyer. The envelopes are placed alphabetically as per your last name. Please do: (i) check the name and information on the label and inform the parish office for any changes necessary. (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.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MAKING A GIFT OF SECURITIES TO THE PARISH?
Did you know:
You incur zero capital gains tax when you gift your shares directly to the Church (without cashing them out).
You will receive a tax receipt for the full fair market value of the shares on the date the Archdiocese receives them.
You can specifically direct the funds to benefit the parish Project Advance appeal or other initiatives like the parish building fund without any additional fees.
For more information or to request a copy of the form required for gifting of shares, please contact Brett Powell, Director of Development, at 604-683-0281 ext.50337 or email [email protected]
PARISH OFFICE SCHEDULES
Please be inform that parish office will be closed on December
24, 30 & 31
BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS
For the month of December is re-scheduled to Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm in the Children Room.
GIVING TREE OF HOPE 2015
On behalf of the Catholic Women’s League, thank you for putting Christ back into Christmas through your generous support of Domestic Abuse Services and The Greater Vancouver Food Bank through the Giving Tree of Hope.
PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY
Our Parish Christmas Party will be on Saturday, December 26 at 6:30 pm. For this is a potluck party, kindly bring your food contribution to the school gym before or after the 5:00 pm mass. There will be assigned persons there to received your food. The Couples for Christ is organizing this party and anyone would like to be part of the program or have any question may contact: Cecile Saguindan (778-686-3750 or [email protected]) or Nolisa Guerra (778-898-1220 or [email protected]) Please come to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and get together with fellow parishioners.
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