February 7th, 2016 * 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time *
As our Parish 75th Anniversary celebration is under going and in order to celebrate this year the jubilee year of mercy and fulfilling the call of Pope Francis to help sponsoring the Syrian refugees, Our parish will put into action one of the Corporal works of mercy which is shelter the homeless/traveller by sponsoring two Orthodox Syrian families : Mr. Rimon Ghazzi with his wife & three children and Mr. Amin Akfali with his wife and daughter. We thank Mr. Ralph Guerra, the Archdiocese office for Private sponsorship refugees and the families of Couple for Christ for preparing their coming to Canada and we expect to welcome them within one month. We need your help whatever possible to welcome our brothers and sisters, for that cause please contact Ralph at (604)240- 1353. Also help us with our fundraising by purchasing the ticket for Fr. Rob Galea concert on March 6 at 1-3 pm at St. Thomas Moore Gym. Fr. Galea who is from Australia certainly will inspire our youths to follow Christ closer with the talents they have. There will be a talk given by Fr. Galea to our youth on March 6 at 10:00 am at the OLM gym. We encourage all parents to bring their youth to attend the talk and the concert. Please pray for our parish 75th anniversary events, thank you for your support.
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 SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
5:00 pm : † Maribeth Malvar – Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
9:00 am : † Antonia Gastaldo
11:00 am : † Eppie Watson – Death Anniversary
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
9:00 am : Romeo & Fredeswinda Malvar
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
8:15 am : † Maria Kim
ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
9:00 am : Mariotto & Burrow family Special Int.
7:00 pm : Ash Wednesday Evening Mass
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
8:15 am : Fatima – Thanksgiving
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
9:00 am : † Zamperoni & Torretto family
7:00 pm : † Julio Manghi
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
9:00 am : † Rosalia Palma
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
IV. How Is the Son of God Man?
479 At the time appointed by God, the only Son of the Father, the eternal Word, that is, the Word and substantial Image of the Father, became incarnate; without losing his divine nature he has assumed human nature.
480 Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only mediator between God and men.
481 Jesus Christ possesses two natures, one divine and the other human, not confused, but united in the one person of God’s Son.
482 Christ, being true God and true man, has a human intellect and will, perfectly attuned and subject to his divine intellect and divine will, which he has in common with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
483 The Incarnation is therefore the mystery of the wonderful union of the divine and human natures in the one person of the Word.
Year of Mercy Reflections
February 7, 2016 *5th Sunday in Ordinary Time* :
“’For according to His greatness, so also is His mercy. (Eccl.2:23)’ It is well said that our sins are the seat of divine mercy. It is better said that God’s most beautiful name and title is this: Mercy. This must inspire us with a great hope amidst our tears.” – St. John XXIII
Prayers for the Sick
In your prayers, please remember the sick: Anaceto Rabang, Delima Ngui, Sydney
Shanti, Joveno Labandelo, 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.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am,’ I said, ‘send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8)
Every day – in little ways and in big ways – God asks, “Whom shall I send?” Whether it is someone to take on a new ministry or just someone to open a door for a stranger, God constantly provides doors of opportunity. The next time you hear God calling, have the courage to walk through the door and say “Here I am, Lord.”
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
SEMINARY OF CHRIST THE KING VOCATION LIVE-IN
Our Lady of Mercy Parish is inviting all young men (Gr. 7 and above) to attend and join a weekend LIVE-IN at Seminary of Christ the King in Mission on February 12-14 and those who are interested in the priesthood or the life of a religious brother, or those who just want to see for themselves what seminary life is like. Anyone planning to come should fill in the application form available in the church foyer and forward it to: Ralph/Nolisa Guerra (778-898-1220/604-240-1353). Interested person may also directly submit their application form to parish office.
MARRIAGE & ANNULMENT – WHAT IS IT?
Fr. Joseph Thoai Le, JCL, pastor of St. Jude’s and Defender of the Bond in the Marriage Tribunal, addresses the important topic of annulments Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7pm, in St. Jude School gymnasium, Vancouver. Open to all.
DISCOVER THE POWER OF INNER HEALING
Our parish will have a 3-day seminar on the Power of Inner Healing with Heather MacPhail M.Sc., Ph.D., M.S.W. a Social Worker, Counsellor and Trainer specialized in Trauma Therapy. Schedules as follow:
Thu, Feb 11th – 6.30pm to 9pm
Fri, Feb 12th – 6.30pm to 9pm
Sat, Feb 13th – 10am to 6pm (end with the 5pm mass in the church)
LENTEN REFLECTIONS ON THE YEAR OF MERCY
The presentation prepared on Thursday, February 11 from 1-3pm at our Parish by Rev. Tony Ricard is designed for the students, faculty and parents of Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School. If you would like to listen to him speak with reflections catered to a matured audience please join him at any of the following parishes:
St Monica Parish Richmond Feb 10 (Wed) 7-9pm
Holy Trinity Parish North Vancouver Feb 11-12 (Thu- Fri) 7-9pm
St Matthews Parish Surrey BC Feb 13 (Sat) 2-8pm
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 Feb 13 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
2016 LENTEN TALK SERIES -JESUS’ WILDERNESS TIME
Come and join us every Friday from
Feb 19 to Mar 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 at the school gym.
Feb 19 – A Time for Learning and of Challenge By Rev. Richard Au (Canadian Martyrs Church, Richmond)
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)
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
Domestic Abuse Services: Help Line 604.640.7549
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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