September 4th, 2016. * 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time *
Welcome back. I hope that you all have a great summer. Just a reminder for all of you who attend morning Masses that starting September 6, Tuesday, our morning Mass starts at 8 AM.
As we are celebrating our parish’s 75th Anniversary, we will have the Novena to Our Lady of Mercy starting Sept 15 to 23. We will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy on Saturday Sept 24 at 9 AM morning Mass and after Mass we will have potluck breakfast. Then on Saturday Oct 1, our Archbishop Miller will celebrate with us our parish’s 75th Anniversary at 5 PM Mass and dinner after Mass, the tickets for dinner are available for purchase. So please mark your calendar and invite your family members and friends for those events.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
LITURGY OF THE HOUR
Starting in the month of July, we will have Liturgy of the Hour at 7:15 am on Monday to Saturday. For more info, please contact Linda at 604-440-1482.
RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults) and Catholic Faith Journey)
- RCIA is for adults in need of Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation or just want to know more about the Catholic Faith. Sessions begins on September 15 at 7pm and continuing every Thursday at the church basement.
- Workshop Training for sponsors begins on September 28 from 7- 9pm at the church basement. This is for potential RCIA sponsors and other interested Catholics. The goal is to enhance participants’ faith sharing and listening skills in the context of journeying with others.
- Please email [email protected] or call Thelma to 604-515-9547 to register.
PREP CLASSES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017
PREP classes for school year 2016-2017 are still accepting
registrations until September 7, 2016. PREP classes begin on Wednesday, September14, 2016 at 6:30pm at the OLM School. For PREP information: kindly send inquiries to [email protected] or contact Marivic at 604-520-6814 .
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 ).
PARISH OFFICE HOUR
Starting in September 2016, parish office is open again from :
Monday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-12:00 noon
Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-12:00 noon
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Sunday Mass Schedule :
Saturday Mass of Anticipation: 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am and 11:00am
Weekday Mass Schedule :
Monday – Thursday: 8:10am (will be 8:00 am, effective September 7th.)
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, SEPTEMBER 3
5:00 pm : † Rolando Camacho
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
9:00 am : † Zamperoni & Torretto family
11:00 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
8:15 am : Prades Family – Thanksgiving
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
8:15 am : † Milivoj Dragelj
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
8:15 am : † Antonia Gastaldo
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
8:15 am : † Romeo Stefani
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
9:00 am : † Souls in Purgatory
7:00 pm : † Laura Arellano
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
9:00 am : † Cecilia Tan – Death Anniversary
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
In your prayers, please remember the sick:
Anaceto Rabang, Sydney Shanti, Marie Piche, Lourdes Andal, George Gastaldo, Miguel Concon and Lorena Siglos, Pedro Romey and Dianne Slaght.
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.
“Everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
When we first hear this statement, it seems that Jesus is making an unrealistic demand upon us. How can we renounce all of our possessions? We need them to live. However, what we must renounce is the belief that they belong to us. Everything that we have belongs to God alone. All of our resources are entrusted to us not only for our own use, but also so that we can help others. Once we renounce the idea that we possess or are entitled to anything, it is much easier to share the many gifts that God has given us. Then we truly are His Disciples..
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis
Year of Mercy Reflections
“Chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary, from the outset, was prepared by the love of God to be the Ark of the Covenant between God and man. She treasured divine mercy in her heart in perfect harmony with her Son, Jesus…”
– St. John Paul the Great
CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Paragraph 3. The Mysteries of Christ’s Life
II. The Mysteries of Jesus’ Infancy and Hidden Life
522 The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant.” He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.
523 St. John the Baptist is the Lord’s immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. “Prophet of the Most High,” John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother’s womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being “the friend of the bridegroom,” whom he points out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Going before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah,” John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.
524 When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
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 Sep 10 after the 5 pm mass. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the entire service. Be touched by God’s healing love. For information call at (604)507-0351
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
In view of OLM 75th Anniversary celebrated by His Excellency, Most Reverend Archbishop Michael Miller on Oct 01, training date has been set on Sept 5 (Monday—Labor Day) at 11.00am with Fr. Nicolas. We will have about 32 Altar Servers volunteersfor this training; ideally our group will get divided into groups (number-wise) so that most of you will be required to attend and practice. The training date is a mandatory for all OLM parish altar servers.
For more information, please contact: Robert at 604-525-7048 or [email protected]
OUR LADY OF MERCY NOVENA MASS
To celebrate our parish’s 75th Anniversary, join us for the Our Lady of Mercy Novena Mass from Sep 15 to Sep 23. For mass offering, please contact Josie at 778-838-6164. Lord of Pardon Prayer Group will be serving light refreshment after each Mass.
September 15 (Thu) 7 pm Fr. Wilfred Gomes -Pastor of St. Andrew Parish
September 16 (Fri) 7 pm Fr. Mark Schwab -Pastor of St. Stephen Parish
September 17 (Sat) 5 pm Fr. Reynaldo Usman, AM -Asst. Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish
September 18 (Sun) 11 am Fr. James Kairu -Asst. Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Langley
September 19 (Mon) 7 pm Fr. Lucio Choi -Asst. Pastor of All Saints Parish
September 20 (Tue) 7 pm Fr. Joseph Thoai Le -Chancellor
September 21 (Wed) 7 pm Msgr. Bernard Rossi, JCD -Pastor of St. Michael Parish
September 22 (Thu) 7 pm Fr. Rodney Nootebos -Vocation Director
September 23 (Fri) 7 pm Fr. John Horgan -Pastor of St. Pius X Parish
OPUS DEI RECOLLECTIONS FOR MEN
An evening of recollection for men will be offered on October 10th, November 14th, and December 12th at our parish. The recollections run from 6:30 to 8:30pm. It offers periods of directed prayer, silent prayer and a talk. A priest of Opus Dei is available to chat and/or confession. For more information contact Peter Stocker [email protected]
CHANGE OF DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
In order to help our OLM students to be on time for their school morning activities, our daily Mass schedule on Monday to Thursday will be changed from 8:15 am to 8:00 am effective September 6th.
75TH ANNIVERSARY MASS & DINNER
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Our Lady of Mercy Parish on Saturday, October 1 at 5:00 pm. Archbishop Michael Miller, will celebrate the Mass, followed by dinner in the school gym. Tickets are $50/person for dinner catered by Sugar Mountain Catering, wine, entertainment and a chance to win a door prize. Purchase your tickets from Elaine (604-790-1992) , Janet (604-522-0513) or call the parish office. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.
PREP CLASSES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017
PREP classes for school year 2016-2017 are still accepting registrations until September 7. Our classes are filling up. Late registrations will be considered on individual case basis only. PREP classes begin on Wednesday, September14 at 6:30pm at the OLM School. For PREP information: kindly send inquiries to [email protected]
Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!
Domestic Abuse Services: Help Line 604.640.7549
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PARISH MINISTRY AND ORGANIZATION
Altar Servers:Robert (604) 525-7048
Sacristan: Alberto (604) 375-2377
5:00 pm Mass Choir: Cherry (604) 716-9810
9:00 am Mass Choir: Mabel (778) 861-3908
11:00 am Mass Choir: Charles (604) 930-9438
Children’s Liturgy: Corsaire (604) 377-9625
Youth Ministry: Melanie (604) 441-4953
Project Advance: Josie (778) 838-6164
Catholic Women’s League: Elaine (604) 525-7048
Knights of Columbus: Raphael (604) 500-1848
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Thelma (604) 515-9547
Parish Religious Education Program: Marivic (604) 520-6814
Legion of Mary (English): Terri (604) 526-1431
Legion of Mary (Spanish): Alondra (604) 397-9948
Legion of Mary (Junior-English): Ferdeliza (604) 522-3292
Migrant Workers: Ralph (604) 240-1353
Couples for Christ: Gerry (778) 861-1856
Mustard Seed: Mario (604) 474-2451
Handmaids of the Lord: Bennie (604) 437-5377
Opus Dei (Ladies): Melanie (778) 847-4247
Opus Dei (Gents): Peter (604) 468-8458
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul: Brad (604) 525-2350