April 3rd, 2016. * 2nd Sunday of Easter *
As we just celebrated the Easter Sunday, the greatest celebration of our faith and as we are still in this Easter season and the year of mercy and moreover, this Sunday is the Divine Mercy Sunday, so let us be reminded again with the words of Pope Francis “God comes to save us. He finds no better way to do so than to walk with us, living our life, and at the moment of choosing the way to live his life, he didn’t choose a great city of a great empire; he did not choose a princess or a countess for his Mother, an important person; he didn’t choose a luxurious palace…This is how God is among us. If you want to find God, seek him in humility, seek him in poverty, seek him where he is hidden: in the neediest, in the sick, in the hungry, in the imprisoned. And when Jesus preaches life to us he tells us how we will be judged. He will not say to you come with Me because you made so many fine offerings to the Church, you are a benefactor of the Church, come, come to Heaven. No. The entrance to Heaven is not bought with money. He will not say: you are very important. You have studied so much and received so many honours. Come to Heaven. No. Honours do not open the doors to Heaven. What will Jesus say to open the doors of Heaven to us? “I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was homeless and you gave me a home; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me” (cf. Mt 25:35-36). Jesus exists in humility”.
Sincerely in Christ,
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, APRIL 2
5:00 pm : † Corazon B. Ubalde – Death Anniversary
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
9:00 am : † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
11:00 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
MONDAY, APRIL 4
8:15 am : † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
8:15 am : † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
8:15 am : † Tirso Fronda
THURSDAY, APRIL 7
8:15 am : † Antonia Gastaldo
FRIDAY, APRIL 8
9:00 am : † Couto, Caboz & Vales family
7:00 pm : † Mgr. Joseph Fornari
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
9:00 am : † Zamperoni & Torretto family
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our parishioner Irene Spark last Tuesday, March 29th. Please pray for her soul and family for peace and strength.
Year of Mercy Reflections
“The message of merciful love needs to resound forcefully anew. The world needs this love. The hour has come to bring Christ’s message to everyone: to rulers and the oppressed, to those whose humanity and dignity seem lost…The hour has come when the message of Divine Mercy is able to fill hearts with hope and to become a spark of a new civilization: the civilization of love.”
– St. John Paul the Great
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”
The Immaculate Conception
490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace.” In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.
Prayers for the Sick
In your prayers, please remember the sick:Anaceto Rabang, 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.
“He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)
Peace – the first gift of the risen Lord. Just as Jesus sent the apostles out into the world to share His peace and Good News, so too, He sends us. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be grateful and generous. We should look for opportunities to share His peace with our brothers and sisters not only within our local parish boundaries, but outside of them as well. In giving, you will receive the peace of Christ.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview
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.
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 April 8-10 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.
DONATIONS FOR SYRIAN FAMILY
We are looking for household items to help set up home for our sponsored Syrian family. If you are able to help, please contact David and Chiara Ubertino at 604-202-2707 (please call after work on weekday evenings or anytime on weekends) for drop off details. Or email at [email protected]
Blessings and Congratulations who received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion during the Easter Vigil March 26. RCIA: Annie Li, Chi Han, Mingliang Zhang, Jennie Lynn Mannings, (Kylie) Jie Liu, Junas B. Duenas, (Maggie) Mei Chi Chen, Richard Wright, Eric Zhang, and Jeremy Wu The younger children will be baptized on April 10. Please pray for them: Benedict SZ Han, Charis Zhang, Hannah Zhang, (Chelsea) Xi Yun Yao, Stella Ke Xin Yao, Cinri Liu, (Nathan) JiaCan Liu, and Travis Danny Wu. THANK YOU to all those who helped in their faith journey: RCIA team, PREP teachers, prayer sponsors, godparents, prayer group, CWL, Knights, and the parish community. And a very special thanks to the CWL ladies and all those who helped with Easter preparation and the midnight festive reception.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES OPEN HOUSE
Set aside your sacred space. Come and enjoy the peace and beauty of our sacred grounds on Friday, April 15, from 9am-8pm and Saturday, April 16, from 9am-6pm at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. Refreshments will be available. Visit rccav.org/openhouse for more information.
CWL SOUP & SANDWICH SUNDAY
The Catholic Women’s League invite parishioners to our SOUP & SANDWICH SUNDAY – Apr 17, after 9 am and 11 am masses. Come enjoy our home made soup and learn about the Miraculous Medal. Tickets on sale after mass – $5.00 each.
UNDERSTANDING THE LITURGY
The Catholic Mass is the central act of worship in the life of a Catholic, but few are aware of its meaning. While some Catholics may know the prayers and responses said in the liturgy, many do not know their significance or historical development. The true beauty of the Mass is seen when you break it down into its components and explain each of the steps in a way that you might understand more clearly. The course overview of the liturgy explains the Catholic Mass so that you will have a better understanding of what it is, what it does and how it is essential to Christian growth. This course is being offered at our Spring Institute, Saturday, April 9, from 10am-4pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver. Cost: $40 (includes snack and lunch). For more info and registration, visit rcav.org/oc-spring.
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
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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