Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for April 24, 2016
* 5th Sunday of Easter *

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April 24th, 2016. * 5th Sunday of Easter *

 
Dear Parishioners,
A few tips from Pope Francis’ apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (the Joy of love)’ can be applied in our parish:
1. We need to meet people where they are. We should avoid judgements which do not take into account the complexity of various situations.
2. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them. We need to help people not simply follow rules, but to practice “discernment,” a word that implies prayerful decision making.
3. We need to encourage all members of our family to live good Christian lives.
4. For our brothers and sisters in “irregular situations,” or non-traditional families, like single mothers, they need to be offered “understanding, comfort and acceptance”
5. We should realize that what makes sense pastorally in one country may even seem out of place in another.
6. We need to be better trained to understand the complexities of people’s married lives.
7. Our children need to understand sex within the broader framework of an education for love and mutual self-giving . Sadly, the body is often seen as simply “an object to be used”. Sex always has to be understood as being open to the gift of new life.
8. We must help those families of every sort, and people in every state of life, know that, even in their imperfections, they are loved by God and can help others experience that love

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 23
5:00 pm : † Jesse S. Corrales – 7th Death Anniversary
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
9:00 am : † Dino Barazza
11:00 am : † Jose G. Macapinlac
MONDAY, APRIL 25
8:15 am : † Isabel Gonzales De Duran
TUESDAY, APRIL 26
8:15 am : † Isabel Gonzales De Duran
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
8:15 am : † Isabel Gonzales De Duran
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
8:15 am : † Attilio Favaro – Death Anniversary
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
9:00 am : Robert Tan – Birthday
7:00 pm : Ligorio & Lucia De Souza – 59th Wedding Anniversary
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
9:00 am : † Norman J. Almeida-Birthday Memorial

 
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”.
“Mary’s virginity”

496 From the first formulations of her faith, the Church has confessed that Jesus was conceived solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, affirming also the corporeal aspect of this event: Jesus was conceived “by the Holy Spirit without human seed.”146 The Fathers see in the virginal conception the sign that it truly was the Son of God who came in a humanity like our own. Thus St. Ignatius of Antioch at the beginning of the second century says:
You are firmly convinced about our Lord, who is truly of the race of David according to the flesh, Son of God according
to the will and power of God, truly born of a virgin, . . . he was truly nailed to a tree for us in his flesh under Pontius Pilate . . . he truly suffered, as he is also truly risen.147
497 The gospel accounts understand the virginal conception of Jesus as a divine work that surpasses all human understanding and possibility:148 “That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit,” said the angel to Joseph about Mary his fiancée.149 The Church sees here the fulfillment of the divine promise given through the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”150
498 People are sometimes troubled by the silence of St. Mark’s Gospel and the New Testament Epistles about Jesus’ virginal conception. Some might wonder if we were merely dealing with legends or theological constructs not claiming to be history. To this we must respond: Faith in the virginal conception of Jesus met with the lively opposition, mockery, or incomprehension of non-believers, Jews and pagans alike;151 so it could hardly have been motivated by pagan mythology or by some adaptation to the ideas of the age. The meaning of this event is accessible only to faith, which understands in it the “connection of these mysteries with one another”152 in the totality of Christ’s mysteries, from his Incarnation to his Passover. St. Ignatius of Antioch already bears witness to this connection: “Mary’s virginity and giving birth, and even the Lord’s death escaped the notice of the prince of this world: these three mysteries worthy of proclamation were accomplished in God’s silence.”153
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

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” JOHN 13:34

It is easy to love someone when they love us back. But it takes courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone who doesn’t look like me.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
 
 

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 4 (Apr 25) Parables of Mercy. Luke 15
Week 5 (May 2) Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy Why Two?

 
 

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 http://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.

 
 

BLESSING OF OUR LADY OF LAVANG STATUE
Archdiocese of Vancouver Vicar General Father Joseph Nguyen will celebrate a Mass on Saturday, May 7, at 11am in the
Evangelist Chapel at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. A formal blessing of the new statue of Our Lady of LaVang will take place following Mass. Refreshments will be served. rccav.org/events

 
 

FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WEEK FOR LIFE AND THE FAMILY 2016
The National Week for Life and the Family is an initiative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and runs from May 8-15, beginning this year on Ascension Sunday and ending Pentecost Sunday. We invite you to celebrate the family! The theme for this year is “My family: A school of mercy.” Visit goo.gl/yGQvNs for resources developed by the
Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).

 
 

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

 

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