Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for May 8th, 2016
* Ascension of the Lord *

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May 8th, 2016. * Ascension of the Lord *

 
Dear Parishioners,
As we are preparing our Parish’s 75th anniversary celebration I would to take the words of Pope Francis “How am I doing on this Christian journey?”. Pope Francis says that there are four types of Christians
1. the mummified Christian : those who do not move or journey forward and they like an (embalmed) mummy. They are slightly ‘paganized’ Christians: who are there, who stay still and don’t go forward in their Christian lives, who don’t make the Beatitudes bloom in their lives, who don’t do Works of mercy… they are motionless. They don’t do evil but they don’t do good deeds.
2. the vagabond Christian: those who travel here and there but doesn’t know where they are going. They are wanderers in the Christian life. During their life they turn here and there and thus lose the beauty of drawing close to Jesus in the Jesus’ life. They lose their way because they are constantly turning and often this turning is wrong and takes them to a dead end. Turning so many times, and then they don’t know how to get out. They have lost that call from Jesus. They don’t have a compass to get out and they keep on turning and searching.
3. the stubborn Christian : these types of Christians realize that they are taking the wrong direction but worst still they insist it’s the right path and don’t heed the voice of our Lord, telling them to turn back and take the correct path.
4. the half way Christian: those who are seduced by the beauty of an object and they stop half way, fascinated by what they see, by some idea, a proposal or a landscape. And they stop! Christian life is not a fascination: it’s the truth! It’s Jesus Christ!” Whatever we are let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey. Pope Francis said that Jesus’ way “is full of consolations, glory and also the Cross. But always with peace in our souls.

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, MAY 7
5:00 pm : Sophie Duarte – Birthday
SUNDAY, MAY 8
9:00 am : † Leonardo Sr. & Leonardo Jr. Prades
11:00 am : † Eufrosina Reyes
MONDAY, MAY 9
8:15 am : Ana Couto – Thanksgiving
TUESDAY, MAY 10
8:15 am : Ana Couto – for the souls in purgatory
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
8:15 am : Eleonora Favaro – Special Intention
HURSDAY, MAY 12
8:15 am : Fely Tuala’s twins – Birthday
FRIDAY, MAY 13
9:00 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
7:00 pm : † Luisa S. Facultad
SATURDAY, MAY 14
9:00 am : † Ricardo & Calixta Semblante

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

Year of Mercy Reflections
“The invocation of God’s mercy needs to rise up from the depth of hearts filled with suffering, apprehension and uncertainty, and at the same time yearning for an infallible source of hope…With the eyes of our soul we long to look into the eyes of the merciful Jesus…”
– 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 virginal motherhood in God’s plan

502 The eyes of faith can discover in the context of the whole of Revelation the mysterious reasons why God in his saving plan wanted his Son to be born of a virgin. These reasons touch both on the person of Christ and his redemptive mission, and on the welcome Mary gave that mission on behalf of all men.
503 Mary’s virginity manifests God’s absolute initiative in the Incarnation. Jesus has only God as Father. “He was never estranged from the Father because of the human nature which he assumed . . . . He is naturally Son of the Father as to his divinity and naturally son of his mother as to his humanity, but properly Son of the Father in both natures.”161
504 Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary’s womb because he is the NewAdam, who inaugurates the new creation: “The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.”162 From his conception, Christ’s humanity is filled with the Holy Spirit, for God “gives him the Spirit without measure.”163 From “his fullness” as the head of redeemed humanity “we have all received, grace upon grace.”164
505 By his virginal conception, Jesus, the New Adam, ushers in the new birth of children adopted in the Holy Spirit through faith. “How can this be?”165 Participation in the divine life arises “not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”166 The acceptance of this life is virginal because it is entirely the Spirit’s gift to man. The spousal character of the human vocation in relation to God 167 is fulfilled perfectly in Mary’s virginal motherhood.
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 am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
REVELATIONS 22:13

This is a reminder of how we should live our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – putting God first in all that we do. Not only when I am at Mass and parish activities, but when I am in the world, at work or at school. Living gratefully and generously is a lifestyle, it’s how I make all my decisions.
— Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis, http://archstl.org/stewardship/page/bulletin-inserts
 
 

BIBLE STUDY-7 SIGNS IN JOHN’S GOSPEL
We are very blessed 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 May and June from 1:30pm-3pm at the Children Room. Please bring Catholic bible, a note book and a pen.
May 9 First Sign: Changing water into wine John 2:1-11
May 16 Second Sign: Healing the Royal Official’s Son John 4:43-54
May 30 Third Sign: Healing at the Pool of Bethsaida John 5:1-47

 
 

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 May 14 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

 
 

OLM KIDS BIBLE CAMP
OLM Youth Ministry will be holding a Kids Bible Camp for grade 1 to grade 5. There will be two separate camps. July 11-15 and August 8-12. The camp will include Bible stories, arts and crafts, outdoor and indoor swimming , hip hop ,dance and more. A 5 day camp cost is $70.00 which include breakfast, lunch, light afternoon snacks, two swimming passes and a hip hop dance lesson. July Camp deadline is July 4 and August Camp deadline is Aug 2. $10 extra cost will be applied for any registration forms handed after the deadline. Registration forms are available at the parish office, church foyer or email to [email protected] attn. Melanie

 
 

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.

 
 

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