Our Lady of Mercy Parish's Bulletin for January 1, 2016 * Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God *

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January 1, 2016 *Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God*

Dear Parishioners,
As we are closing the year 2015 and coming to the new year 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, starting from the staff for providing a good service to us and maintain our church nicely and beautifully; all the council members who cooperate well with me and care about the finance & the building of the church and school and spirituality of the people; all the volunteers from teaching (RCIA, PREP, Baptismal PREP); liturgy (sacristan, florist, choir, readers, ushers, extraordinary minister of holy communion, cleaners, altar servers); finance (contributors, sunday collection counters, project advance) and Event organizers and helpers. I offer you all to the Lord that He will reward you and your family with His blessing since you have imitated Him as He said ‘ the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mat 20:28) and may His words continue echo in our ears as you step on the new year with a full of hope as we believe in His promises. Happy and blessed new year to you and your family.

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Nicolas
 

Our Lady of Mercy School
School Office: (604) 526-7121
Principal: Neva Grout
Email: [email protected]
website: www.ourladyofmercy.ca

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
Saturday: 9:00am
 
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 31
5:00 pm : † Conrado T. Capito
10:00 pm : Adoration
11:00 pm : Rodriguez family – Thanksgiving
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1
9:00 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
11:00 pm : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm : Clara, Christiana & Clarina – Thanksgiving
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
9:00 am : Avaia Grace McKay-1st Birthday
5:00 pm : Ana Couto – Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
9:00 am : Imelda & Lindy Ticong-26th WA
11:00 am : Angela & Paul Fong-Thanksgiving
MONDAY, JANUARY 4
8:15 am : Maria Vales – Thanksgiving
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
8:15 am : † Yvette & Jean Claude Mubalama
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
8:15 am : † Couto, Caboz & Vales family
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
8:15 am : † Antonia Gastaldo-Death Anniversary
7:00 pm : Sto. Nino Novena
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
9:00 am : † Harrie Vanden Elzen
7:00 pm : † Jose P. & Francisca Osorio
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
9 9:00 am : † Eufrosina Reyes

 
 
MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEW YEAR :
Thursday, December 31st
5:00 pm Mass
10:00 pm Adoration
11:00 pm Midnight Mass
Friday, January 1st
9:00 am Mass
11:00 am Mass
Please be informed that :
– adoration will start after 11 am mass,
– Benediction at 6:30 pm and
– mass at 7 pm on Friday, Jan 1. Thank you.
 

Weekly Catechism:

CHAPTER TWO

“I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD”
The Son of God Became Man
III. True God and True Man
467 The Monophysites affirmed that the human nature had ceased to exist as such in Christ when the divine person of God’s Son assumed it. Faced with this heresy, the fourth ecumenical council, at Chalcedon in 451, confessed:
Following the holy Fathers, we unanimously teach and confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: the same perfect in divinity and perfect in humanity, the same truly God and truly man, composed of rational soul and body; consubstantial with the Father as to his divinity and consubstantial with us as to his humanity; “like us in all things but sin.” He was begotten from the Father before all ages as to his divinity and in these last days, for us and for our salvation, was born as to his humanity of the virgin Mary, the Mother of God.91
We confess that one and the same Christ, Lord, and only–begotten Son, is to be acknowledged in two natures without confusion, change, division, or separation. The distinction between the natures was never abolished by their union, but rather the character proper to each of the two natures was preserved as they came together in one person (prosopon) and one hypostasis.92
468 After the Council of Chalcedon, some made of Christ’s human nature a kind of personal subject. Against them, the fifth ecumenical council at Constantinople in 553 confessed that “there is but one hypostasis [or person], which is our Lord Jesus Christ, one of the Trinity.”93 Thus everything in Christ’s human nature is to be attributed to his divine person as its proper subject, not only his miracles but also his sufferings and even his death: “He who was crucified in the flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ, is true God, Lord of glory, and one of the Holy Trinity.”94 (254, 616)
 
 

Year of Mercy Reflections
January 3 – Epiphany of Our Lord
“Frequently she (the Church) has condemned them (past errors) with the greatest severity. Nowadays, however, the Spouse of Christ prefers to make use of the medicine of mercy rather than that of severity. She considers that she meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the validity of her teachings rather than by condemnations…” –
St. John XXIII

 
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.
 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS


January 3rd 2016 – Epiphany of Our Lord “…the Gentiles are co-heirs, members of the same body, and co-partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6) Today we celebrate that Christ came to all of us, not just the Hebrews. He made us all one body with Him. We were all given different gifts; we all have different yet equally valuable roles to play in the Body of Christ. Ask God how He wants you to use your gifts so that we may all “be one” in this Year of Mercy.

— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
 
 

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 Jan 9 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 (604)239-0556

 
 

ENRICH YOUR VOCATION AS A PARENT
The Emotional Intelligence for Parents Workshop is a three-session workshop that will help parents develop self-awareness of their emotions and the impact emotions have on their choices and actions as parents. The workshop will also equip parents with tools to help their children with skills to face challenges with an attitude of confidence. Luz del Carmen Odiardi PhD will facilitate the program and help guide parents to develop tools to adapt their emotional responses which impact their relationships with their children. Tuesdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26 at Saint Patrick Parish, Vancouver. Cost: $15 per person or $25 per couple. To register, visit

 
 

OYYAM LEADERS’ LUNCHEON
We are excited for our first-ever Leaders’ Luncheon for youth ministry and young adult ministry leaders Saturday, Jan. 9, from 11am–3:30pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Come join us so we may thank you, affirm you, and encourage you in your ministry. Guest speaker: Tricia Tembreull, the Western Regional Director for Life Teen. Cost: $10/person for the first registrant from a parish or ministry and $5/person for each additional registrant from the same group. For more info or to register, visit http://rcav.org/leaders-luncheon/

 
 

UNIVERSITY MASS IN THE YEAR OF MERCY
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB invites all post-secondary students, faculty, and staff including their families to a Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30pm. Confessions will be held at 6:30pm and a reception will take place after Mass in the hall. More info can be found through your Campus Chaplaincy, Catholic Student Club or online at http://rcav.org/universitymass/

 

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:

www.integrityrestored.com
www.theporneffect.com
www.covenanteyes.com
www.fortifyprogram.com

 

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