Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for May 1st, 2016
* 6th Sunday of Easter *

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May 1st, 2016. * 6th Sunday of Easter *

 
Dear Parishioners,
For some of new parishioners, perhaps the term ‘Project Advance’ is unfamiliar to you. It is the archdiocesan annual appeal where the fund raised will be used by the archdiocese and our parish to fund the work of charity and different projects in the archdiocese and our parish. Our parish goal for this year is CAD 70,000. Through the generosity of our last years donors, we could witness the improvement of our church and school facilities, last years we managed to replace the roof of the church and rectory since 25 years ago, renovated the gym kitchen, replaced some of the school windows, some minor renovation around the church and school, inviting different speakers and send our people/catechists to different courses etc. and with your support we continue to improve our parish and school physically and spiritually.
Let us be reminded again that we are as today that because of the generosity of our past donors and we would like you to also be part of this legacy by participating in this year project advance. Your participation is more important than the amount you give. I hope that you are open for this good cause and thank you in advance.

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)
If your child does not attend a Catholic school and wishes to receive the sacraments that is First Holy Communion, Confirmation, he/she must attend the PREP classes starting in September. Registration forms for 2016-2017 are NOW AVAILABLE in the foyer of the church. Kindly complete the form and submit it to 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 30
5:00 pm : Shirley – Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, MAY 1
9:00 am : † Zamperoni & Torretto family
11:00 am : De Souza Family Intentions
MONDAY, MAY 2
8:15 am : † Isabel Gonzales De Duran
TUESDAY, MAY 3
8:15 am : † Brian & Damayanthie
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
8:15 am : Shaun Neexson Cadiz – 1st Birthday
THURSDAY, MAY 5
8:15 am : † Thimotee Mubalama
FRIDAY, MAY 6
9:00 am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm : Therese – Special Intention
SATURDAY, MAY 7
9:00 am : † Antonia Gastaldo

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

Year of Mercy Reflections
“What will the years ahead bring us? What will man’s future on earth be like? We are not given to know. However, it is certain that in addition to new progress there will unfortunately be no lack of painful experiences. But the light of Divine Mercy…will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium.”
– 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—“ever-virgin”

499 The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man.154 In fact, Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it.”155 And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the “Ever-virgin.”156
500 Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus.157 The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, “brothers of Jesus,” are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary.”158 They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression.159
501 Jesus is Mary’s only son, but her spiritual motherhood extends to all men whom indeed he came to save: “The Son whom she brought forth is he whom God placed as the first-born among many brethren, that is, the faithful in whose generation and formulation she cooperates with a mother’s love.”160
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

“…do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
JOHN 14:27

Our limited human understanding cannot begin to understand the immense power of God. Instead of trusting in God, we think we can control every outcome. Do you want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans. The next time worry, anxiety or fear creeps in, thank God for all He has given you and trust He has a better plan for you.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
 
 

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).

 
 

THE MOTHER’S DAY MASS
Join us for a Mother’s Day Mass to honor our mothers, those present and those who have passed away. Sunday, May 8 at 2:30pm in the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey.

 
 

PRIESTLY ORDINATION
Join the local Church in celebration and prayer during the Mass of Ordination of Mark McGuckin and Lucio Choi on Saturday, May 14, at 12pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. For more info, please visit vocationsvancouver.ca/

 
 

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