Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for April 17, 2016. * 4th Sunday of Easter *

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April 17, 2016. * 4th Sunday of Easter *

 
Dear Parishioners,
As we all know that on April 8, 2016 Pope Francis issued his apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (the Joy of Love)’, these are some thinking that the Pope presents.
Many couples marry without really knowing one another. They have enjoyed each other company and done things together, but without facing the challenge of revealing themselves and coming to know who the other person truly is. Morning kiss, wait at the door to welcome each other home, take trips together and share household chores. And also it helps to break the routine with a party. Fathers are often so caught up in themselves and their work, and at times in their own self-fulfillment, that they neglect their families. The presence of the father is also impacted by the amount of time given over to the communications and entertainment media. Parents need to consider what they want their children to be exposed to and this necessarily means being concerned about who is providing their entertainment, who is entertaining their rooms through television and electronic devices and with whom they are spending their free time. We love the other person for who they are, not simply for their body. Although the body ages it still expresses that personal identity that first won our heart.

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 SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS

SATURDAY, APRIL 16
5:00 pm: Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
9:00 am : † Anne Dillon
11:00 am : † Carlos Victorino John
MONDAY, APRIL 18
8:15 am: Harris&Laetitia Ani — 18th Wedding Anniversary
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
8:15 am: Marjorie & Leonardo Jr. Prades
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
8:15 am : † Anne Dillon
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
8:15 am : † Anne Dillon
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
9:00 am : † Clarence Walker
7:00 pm : † Eugene Ron Baker
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
9:00 am : † Jaime & Luzvilla Moncada

 
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.
 
 

Year of Mercy Reflections
“The balance of this century, which is now ending, in addition to the advances, which have often surpassed those of preceding eras, presents a deep restlessness and fear of the future. Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope? Believers
understand that perfectly.”
– St. John Paul the Great

 
 

Weekly Catechism:

CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

“HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WAS
BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY”

Paragraph 2. “Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary”
“Let it be done to me according to your word . . .”

494 At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible”: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.”139
Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace:140
As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.”141
Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert . . . : “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied byMary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.”142
Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.”143
Mary’s divine motherhood
495 Called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus,” Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the mother of my Lord.”144
In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly “Mother of God” (Theotokos).145
 
Prayers for the Sick
In your prayers, please remember the sick:Anaceto Rabang, Sydney Shanti, 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

“The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” ACTS 13:52
Because the disciples heard Our Lord’s call, they were able to spread the Gospel message with strength and vitality. We, too, can experience that same joy if we take time to open our hearts, listen to God, ask for His direction and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives and our decisions.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
 
 

FRIDAY REPORT: SUBSCRIBE TODAY!
Each Friday, the Archdiocese of Vancouver sends out a newsletter to all who wish to subscribe. The Friday Report is emailed directly to you and contains the latest Archdiocesan news and events, calendar tidbits , links to B.C. Catholic newspaper articles, and website updates. To subscribe, visit rcav.org/friday-report/

 
 

BIBLE STUDY 101 – A WORKSHOP ON THE BASICS OF BIBLE STUDY
St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” As Christians, it is important for us to know God’s words, His will and salvific plan through His son, Jesus Christ. These have been revealed in the Bible. Therefore, it is important for us to read and to know the Bible. However, do you find it difficult to understand the Bible? Or, do you want to study it but do not know how to start? A workshop on the basics of Bible study will be held in our parish. It gives the participants the basic knowledge of the Bible and the approach of reading it from the Catholic perspective. On May 5 and 12, (2 sessions on Thursday) from 7 pm to 9 pm at Church Basement. Free but registration is required. A registration form is available at the church entrance or e-mail your name and phone number to [email protected] And don’t forget to bring your bible to the workshop.

 
 

MORNING OF RECOLLECTION: “IT IS THE LORD” (JOHN 21:7)
A time of prayer, sharing, silence, listening, and fellowship on Saturday, April 23 from 9:30am to noon at St. John the Apostle parish hall (5457 Trafalgar St. Vancouver). Contact: Madonna House 604-267-1757 or [email protected]

 
 

BIBLE STUDY
We are very bless to have Prof. Brook Herbert, who teaches Bible in the Catholic Pacific College to give a free bible study in our parish every Monday in the month of April starting April 4 from 2-3pm the Children Room. Please bring Catholic bible, a note book and a pen.
Week 2 Finding Sin; finding forgiveness. Sirach 28 & 36
Week 3 (Apr 18) The Human Face of Mercy. Col. 1:15-20;Luke 4:16-21
Week 4 (Apr 25) Parables of Mercy. Luke 15
Week 5 (May 2) Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy Why Two?

 
 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
If you or someone you know is considering a call to the priesthood or religious life: don’t remain in the dark! Please talk to your pastor or to the Vocations Director, Fr. Bryan Duggan, at 604 785 7088 or [email protected] For all of us this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, is a chance to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on our website: www.vocationsvancouver.ca

 
 

ST. LUKE’S OUTDOOR TAIL GATE & PLANT SALE
Treasures, Collectibles & Vintage Perennials from Local Gardens! Concession (Hotdogs, Burgers & More…) on Sat, April 23, 10 am – 2 pm come by to enjoy a free Coffee while you browse! Parking Space Rental $20 – Table Available for Additional $10. Keep ALL the cash from your sales! So much more fun than holding your own garage sale! For info or to book a space, contact Rose at 604-466-5584, [email protected] or Sammy: 604-467- 4806, [email protected]

 
 

FR. JIM NISBET’S BIBLE SEMINAR
Fr. Jim Nisbet’s Bible Seminar on the topic of The Acts of The Apostles takes place at All Saints Parish Centre 821 Fairfax Street in Coquitlam on April 22 (evening), 23, and 24. Don’t miss hearing this highly regarded Biblical Scholar. Register on line www.biblestudies4.wix.com/ biblecentre#!registration/crch or call Adrian evening at 604-380-2575.

 
 

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY COURSE
Come and discover God’s original design for us, our call to holiness, and our destiny with him in heaven. Instructor: Fr. Alan Boisclair, BA, MDiv, STL (Marriage and the Family).
· April 11 to June 27. Monday (except May 16), from 7pm to 9:15pm at Canadian Martyrs Parish, Richmond
· April 12-June 28. Tuesday (except May 17), from 7pm– 9:15pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 St. John Paul II Way, Vancouver
· April 13 to June 29. Wednesday (except May 18), from 7pm to 9:15pm at Holy Cross Parish, Burnaby
To register, visit rcav.org/TOB. For more information, contact 604-683-0281 ext. 50246

 

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