*December 25, 2015 Nativity of the Lord*
Merry Christmas to all of you and your family. Some of you have prepared Christmas by attending the morning Christmas Novena Mass and we thank Ms. Jossie Luciano with her team and all of people who involved in this novena. This year our garden looks more beautiful with the lights, we thank Mr. Jose Messa and Mr. Joseph Bauer for doing it. With a successful Parish Christmas party last year, this year the Couple for Christ organizes the party again which we could rely on their expertise. Each year so many of you help me to prepare our solemn Christmas liturgy and celebration and thank you very much. I also want to thank all of you very much for your prayers, beautiful Christmas cards and gifts. Thank you for your love and prayers. Let me take this opportunity to welcome all parishioners who come back to celebrate Christmas with us, please be reminded that OLM is always your home. To our brothers and sisters who attend the Mass for the first time, we welcome you with full of joy. We want you to be part of our family and please feel at home with us. Let us rejoice because our God with His love come to meet us and save us and let us together continue to share this joy to others. May the blessing Christmas bring abundant graces upon you and your family as we are looking forward to welcome the new year.
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
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
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
5:00 m : † Joseph Mayanja & family members
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
9:00 am : † Gindu & Anna Suh
11:00 am : † Couto Cabuz Vales Family
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28
9:00 am : Angela & Paul – Thanksgiving
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
8:15 am : Orcullo Family – Thanksgiving
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30
8:15 am : Ann Marie Piche – Thanksgiving
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
8:15 am : † Zamperoni Giovanni
“I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD”
The Son of God Became Man
III. True God and True Man
466 The Nestorian heresy regarded Christ as a human person joined to the divine person of God’s Son. Opposing this heresy, St. Cyril of Alexandria and the third ecumenical council at Ephesus in 431 confessed “that the Word, uniting to himself in his person the flesh animated by a rational soul, became man.”89 Christ’s humanity has no other subject than the divine person of the Son of God, who assumed it and made it his own, from his conception. For this reason the Council of Ephesus proclaimed in 431 that Mary truly became the Mother of God by the human conception of the Son of God in her womb: “Mother of God, not that the nature of the Word or his divinity received the beginning of its existence from the holy Virgin, but that, since the holy body, animated by a rational soul, which the Word of God united to himself according to the hypostasis, was born from her, the Word is said to be born according to the flesh.”90 (495)
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.
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)
During this season of giving, let us remember the most important gift we have received – being children of God. As God’s children, it’s important that we express our love for others as well. Tell your spouse, children and other family members and friends that you love them, frequently.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
MASS SCHEDULE FOR 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 :|
*We will not have adoration and 7 pm mass on both Friday Dec 25, 2015 and Jan 1, 2016
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 $54,577from 205 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 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.
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.
Let us open the doors of our hearts to Jesus, so that he will accompany us now and throughout the year that is about to begin. –Saint John Paul II
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