February 21th, 2016 * 2nd Sunday of Lent *
As I have announced a few weeks ago that our parish will sponsor the Syrian refugees, let us pray for them that the process will go smoothly and at the same time let us also prepare for their coming. We will also establish a team that could prepare for their coming and help them for the first year of their arrival. We certainly need your help with whatever you can. Again the concert of Fr. Robert Galea on March 6 will be one of the ways we will raise fund for our refugees, therefore we need your help to sell the ticket $15 per person. Don’t forget also to take the benefit of our Lenten activities like the Lenten talk every Friday at 7.30 pm at the OLM gym and the Lenten recollection on March 1-3 at 7 pm at the church. Please invite your family, relatives and friends so all of you could prepare well for Easter and grow in your spiritual life. Have a fruitful lent.
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 SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
5:00 pm : † Fernanda Bento
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
9:00 am : † Gizella Archie
11:00 am : † Cerelita Legaspo
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22
8:15 am : Maribeth Malvar – Thanksgiving
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
8:15 am : Romeo & Fredeswinda Malvar
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
8:15 am : † Ofelia de la Costa -Concon
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
8:15 am : † Maria Brasman
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
9:00 am : Maryann Ortinero-Birthday Thanksgiving
7:00 pm : † Petro Albis
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
9:00 am : † Siobhán Lincoln
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.
“I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD”
The Son of God Became Man
Paragraph 2. “Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary”
II. …Born of the Virgin Mary
487 What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. (963)
488 “God sent forth his Son,” but to prepare a body for him,125 he wanted the free cooperation of a creature. For this, from all eternity God chose for the mother of his Son a daughter of Israel, a young Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, “a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary”:126
The Father of mercies willed that the Incarnation should be preceded by assent on the part of the predestined mother, so that just as a woman had a share in the coming of death, so also should a woman contribute to the coming of life.127
Year of Mercy Reflections
“’Yet mercy triumphs over judgement.’ (Ignatian Exercises #s 48, 55). This seems too much to hope for. But it cannot be too much if the whole mystery of the Redemption hinges on this: the exercise of mercy is to be a portent of predestination and salvation.” – St. John XXIII
Prayers for the Sick
In your prayers, please remember the sick:Anaceto Rabang, Delima Ngui, Sydney Shanti, Joveno Labandelo, Lourdes Andal, Eleonora Favaro and Miguel Concon, Claude Chiasson.
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.
FRIDAY SCHEDULE DURING LENTEN SEASON
9:00 am : Morning Mass followed by Adoration
3:00 pm : Chaplet of Divine Mercy
6:00 pm : Benediction
6:30 pm : Way of the Cross
7:00 pm : Evening Mass
2016 LENTEN TALK SERIES -JESUS’ WILDERNESS TIME
Come and join us every Friday 7:30 pm to 9:30 at the school gym.
Feb 26 – A Time of Dependence, By Rev. Craig Scott (St. Clare of Assisi, Coquitlam)
Mar 4 – A Time of Doubt, By Rev. Rudolf d’Souza OCD (Guardian Angels, Vancouver)
Mar 11 – A Time of Comfort, By Rev. Justin Huang (St. Anthony of Padua, Vancouver)
Mar 18 – A Time of New Beginnings, By Rev. James Kairu (St. Joseph, Langley)
ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH MISSION WITH FR. LUCIEN LARRE
March 5 & 6 – Introductory Mission Sermon ‘The Most Important Decision in Life’.
March 7 to 10 daily :
MASS at 6:30 pm
MISSION TALKS at 7pm
CONFESSIONS at 12-1pm & 4-6:25pm,
ROSARY 6:10 pm
– Mon. Clinging to Faith in a Godless Society
– Tues. Maintaining Hope in Hopeless Situations
– Wed. Building a Loving Home in A Selfish Society
– Thur. Bringing Love to a Violent, Hateful Society
Our deepest sympathy to Rausa and Tessarolo families for the loss of their family member Fortunato Rabot Rausa who passed away on February 6th (funeral mass was on Feb 19th) and Ampilio Tessarolo who passed away on February 17th. Funeral mass to take place at 11 am Wednesday, February 24. Please pray for their souls and the families for peace and strength.
LENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE
There will be Lent Penitential Service at our church on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm.
ONE CONFERENCE 2016: IN THE FATHER’S MERCY
The Jubilee Year of Mercy is upon us, and this year’s ONE Conference submerges us In the Father’s Mercy. Angèle Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach, will speak on how forgiveness can release one from bitterness and resentment. Ken Yasinski, one of Canada’s most sought-after Catholic speakers, experienced a close encounter with death that inspired him to refocus his life on things that matter. Gwendoline Allison, principal of Foy Allison Law in West Vancouver, teaches us how to work in a concrete fashion to effect real and substantial change. Join us Saturday, March 5, from 9am-5:30pm. Register today: rcav.org/one or at any parish.
LENTEN RECOLLECTION WITH FR. REMI LIANDO, SSCC
Make your Lenten observance more fruitful by coming to Lenten Recollection at our church on Tue-Thu, March 1-3 at 7 pm Theme : St. Damien of Molokai and Mercy
Presented By: Fr. Remi Liando SSCC, General Secretary & General Procurator of SSCC, General Curia, Rome, Italy.
There will be an Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Devotion to the Sacred of Jesus and Mary and Benediction each day. SSCC: Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is a Roman Catholic religious institute of brothers, priests, and nuns.
REV. ROB GALEA FUNDRAISING CONCERT
Rev. Rob Galea from Australia has been known for his gospel music and performance in two World Youth Day Events, Sidney in 2008 and Madrid in 2011. Rev. Galea will be hosting a concert in our parish at St. Thomas More Collegiate Gym on Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Youth from various ages are also invited to attend a free talk with Rev. Rob Galea before the concert at Our Lady of Mercy Gym from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Concert tickets are available to purchase after mass at $15 each. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Catholic Syrian Refugees that our Parish is sponsoring. For those who wish to make any kind of donation or to volunteer please contact OLM Migrant and Refugee Coordinator Ralph/ Nolisa Guerra at .
PRO-LIFE ROSARY AT ST. PETER’S PARISH
There will be a Pro-Life Rosary every Wednesday after the Noon Mass from Feb 10 to Mar 16, instead of once a month. Info: www.40daysforlife.com.
FOOD BANK DRIVE
During the season of Lent, we will be collecting for the Food Bank. Please drop off your non-perishable food donation in the church foyer.
THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
This is a retreat in daily life for persons who wish to grow spiritually, to discover Christ’s call in their life more clearly (no matter what stage of life they are in now) and an encouragement to respond to that call with greater love. For more info and to register: contact the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver via email [email protected] or phone (778) 806-4378. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and Application deadline is March 31. This program is held in 2 Parts from 2016 -2017 (May – mid-June & October to end of April). The registration fee is $100 for Parts 1 & 2 (bursaries available).
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
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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