Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for January 1, 2017
Mary, the Holy Mother of God

January 1, 2017. * Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
Dear Parishioners,
This year Christmas is a great joy for me as I saw many came for confessions and many were attended our midnight Christmas Mass. Since we are still in the octave of Christmas let the spirit of Christmas still be in flame in your heart, let us also make a resolution to try to imitate more the Lord Jesus in this coming new year. Let me also thank you all who have given your talents, energies and times to
help our parish in different capacities and those who haven’t done yet there is always an opportunity for you to do something for our parish.
Again let us be reminded that whatever we are doing let us be inspired by the desire to imitate our Lord Jesus and out of love for Him. Thank you very much for your prayers, best wishes and gifts for me,
Father Edward and Father Steve. As we approaching the new year, let me quote these words for you “What lies ahead will always be a mystery. Do not be afraid to explore” and “I’m better than I used to be. Better than I was yesterday. But hopefully not as good as I’ll be tomorrow”. All of us wish you a happy new year.

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
Registration for 2017/2018 at Our Lady of Mercy School
If you have a child ready for Kindergarten for the 2017/2018 school year, please fill out the Waiting List Application form and submit to the school office as soon as possible. The forms are available for download from www.ourladyofmercy.ca. We will be running a full day kindergarten. Please do not delay as the list fills quickly. The completed forms can be emailed, faxed or dropped off at the school office starting January 3, 2017. Families on the waiting list will be contacted during the second week in January to set up a time for an interview with you and your child.
Email: [email protected] Fax: 604-520-3194
Waiting List Application forms for Grades 1 to 7 are also available for download from our website. Please submit completed forms along with a copy of your child’s most recent report card. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you. Thank you.


RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults)
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 at 7pm and continuing every Thursday at the church basement. 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 for more information.


PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) Classes for Children in Public School
PREP classes are ongoing every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at OLM School. For PREP information, kindly send inquiries to [email protected]


Please pray for our catechumens and candidates in RCIA On December 17th at the 5pm Saturday Mass of Anticipation, we celebrate the acceptance of Xian Li, Prima Setyosari, and Jing (Jackie) Zhang into the Order of Catechumens. We also welcome baptized catholic Daisy Dulay as she prepares for the sacrament of confirmation.
Assembling publicly for the first time, the candidates who have completed the period of the inquiry declare their intention to the Church and the Church in turn, carrying out its apostolic mission, accepts and welcomes them as persons who intend to become its full members. God showers his grace on the candidates, since the celebration manifests their desire publicly and marks their reception and first consecration by the Church.


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


Parish office will be closed from December 27, 2016 until January 2, 2017 and will open on January 3, 2017

Sunday Mass Schedule :
Saturday Mass of Anticipation: 5:00pm
Sunday:  9:00am and 11:00am
Weekday Mass Schedule :
Monday – Thursday:   8:00am
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)
Spanish Mass : 5:00 pm (1st & 3rd 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.
Perpetual Novena to Saint Peregrine : Every 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Children’s Room.
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)
LITURGY OF THE HOUR : We have Liturgy of the Hour at 7:15 am on Monday to Saturday. For more info, please contact Linda at -.
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 – 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 ).


5:00 pm : Krishna Family Thanksgiving
11:00 pm : Nganzonga family-Thanksgiving
9:00 am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
11:00 am : † Pedro Nolasco Albis
9:00 am : Maria Vales – Thanksgiving
8:00 am : Ana Couto – Thanksgiving
8:00 am : Felix & Maria Orcullo-Thanksgiving
8:00 am : Salvador & Helen Dungan Thanksgiving
9:00 am : † Couto, Caboz & Vales Family
7:00 pm : Michael Suh
9:00 am : † George & Antonia Gastaldo

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

In your prayers, please remember the sick:
Anaceto Rabang, Sydney Shanti, Lourdes Andal, Miguel Concon and Lorena Siglos, Pedro Romey, Dianne Slaght, and Candida De Souza.
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.


“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Mary is the perfect role model for living a stewardship lifestyle. She listened to God and said “yes” to His invitation to be the Holy Mother of His son. She also trusted in the God’s providence on a daily basis. As we start a new year, take time every day to listen to how God is calling you; trust that He has a better plan for you than you could ever imagine.
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis



Starting January 7, 2017 our parish will have our Saturday 9:00 a.m. Mass in Novus Ordo Latin. In order to get familiar with the Latin words, Mr. Gary Westgeest will assist the parishioners who are going to attend by teaching them every Saturday for 30 minutes before the morning Mass. The order of the Mass is in Latin but the readings are in English.


There will be perpetual novena prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua In our parish every Tuesday morning after the rosary prayer. Please join us in this great devotion.

III. The Mysteries of Jesus’ Public Life
The proclamation of the Kingdom of God
546 Jesus’ invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of parables, a characteristic feature of his teaching. Through his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything. Words are not enough; deeds are required. The parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth for the word? What use has he made of the talents he has received? Jesus and the presence of the kingdom in this world are secretly at the heart of the parables. One must enter the kingdom, that is, become a disciple of Christ, in order to “know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.” For those who stay “outside,” everything remains

All OLM seniors and children are invited for their Christmas parties in the school gym on Sunday, January 8, 2017: 1-3 pm for seniors, 4-6 pm for children. Please sign up on the sheets available in the foyer of the church…do come and let’s all celebrate


By Paul & Theresa Yong on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the church basement. Paul and Theresa Yong live in Vancouver and are a married couple with experience in Natural Family Planning (NFP). Paul is a doctor and together they are well versed in four different methods of NFP. The aim of their talk is to share the church’s teaching about NFP and how it works. The four main methods will be discussed as well as the challenges and benefits. There will also be a question and answer session.


Pope Francis urges us to do as Jesus did by proclaiming the good news of hope to all, especially to those in great need. He wants to “focus attention on the smallest of the small.” Children who often arrive unaccompanied in their destination countries, “are unable to make their own voices heard” and “easily become victims of grave violations of human rights.” Join us on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish, Surrey, for the 6th annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Miller, CSB. rcav.org/worldday-of-migrants-and-refugees


Join Archbishop Miller and members of the Catholic faithful as we gather together in support of the men in our Archdiocese who are soon “to be ordained” (“ordinandi”) to the priesthood. Meet your future priests: Deacon Francesco Voltaggio, Deacon Giovanni Schiesari, and Deacon Juan Lucca. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins promptly at 6 p.m. Cost: $50. You can also sponsor a priest or seminarian. To register or for more info on how to sponsor a priest or seminarian, visit vocationsvancouver.ca


2017 Sunday offering envelope boxes are now available for pick-up at the church foyer. The envelope boxes are placed alphabetically as per your last name. Please do: (i) check the name and information on the label. (ii) take only your own envelope box. (iii) start using the envelope in 2017. If you could not find yours and wish to have one, please contact the parish office. Thank you.


What Are The Spiritual Exercises?
The “Spiritual Exercises” is an intensive, individually directed retreat (extending over 8 months) offered by the Jesuit
Spirituality Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It was composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the “Jesuits’). It is Church approved, originally by Pope Paul III in 1548 (as part of the Catholic Reformation). It is a compilation of classical Catholic spirituality plus the “devotio moderna”.
This Retreat focuses on facilitating one’s actual Experience of God – and a practicum of Discernment involving finding the Lord in the deepest areas of one’s soul. By means of praying through one’s own life and the life of Christ, one experiences God’s Presence, Healing, and Call to salvation and vocation, including any major life decisions.
Praying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
For information or registration, email [email protected] or tel. (778) 806-4378.
Application deadline: March 15th, 2017.
Registration fee: $100 (bursaries available).

Please note the following requirements:
This program is held in 2 Parts (May – mid-June & October to end of April)
Part 1 (May – mid-June)
Requirements include:
 daily: 1 hour & 15 minutes of prayer
 a weekly meeting with your Director
 a weekly instructional meeting by Jesuit priest
Fr. Richard Soo at:
Our Lady of Mercy Parish May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 2017 , 7 – 9 p.m.
 a retreat day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at: Our Lady of Mercy Parish

Part 2 (Oct to the end of April)
Requirements include:
 daily: 1 hour & 15 minutes of prayer
 a weekly meeting with your Director
 a monthly instructional meeting on a weekday evening:
dates and place to be announced


Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!


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Altar Servers:Robert
Sacristan: Alberto
5:00 pm Mass Choir: Cherry
9:00 am Mass Choir: Mabel
11:00 am Mass Choir: Charles
Children’s Liturgy: Corsaire
Youth Ministry: Melanie
Project Advance: Josie
Catholic Women’s League: Elaine
Knights of Columbus: Raphael
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Thelma
Parish Religious Education Program: Marivic
Legion of Mary (English): Terri
Legion of Mary (Spanish): Alondra
Legion of Mary (Junior-English): Ferdeliza
Migrant Workers: Ralph
Couples for Christ: Gerry
Mustard Seed: Mario
Handmaids of the Lord: Bennie
Opus Dei (Ladies): Melanie
Opus Dei (Gents): Peter –
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul: Brad