January 29, 2017. * 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time *
Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
Our Lady of Mercy School
School Office: (604) 526-7121
Principal: Neva Grout
Email: [email protected]
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]
PARISH OFFICE HOUR
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: 8:00am
Friday : 9:00am and 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am Novus Ordo Latin Mass
Public Holidays : 9:00am
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.
Liturgy of the Hour: Monday-Thursday start at 7:15am and Friday-Saturday start at 8:00 am. For more info, please contact Linda at -.
Saint Anthony of Padua Perpetual Novena: Every Tuesday after morning Mass
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)
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 ).
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
5:00 pm : † Jose René Santillan
6:30 pm : Adoration with PSALM 98
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
9:00 am : † Santiago Bonifacio
11:00 am : † Ferdinand Habab
MONDAY, JANUARY 30
8:00 am : † Richard Krische
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
8:00 am : † Alyson Tan-Birthday Thanksgiving
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
8:00 am : Mr & Mrs Romeo Malvar-Thanksgiving
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
8:00 am : Maria Theresa R. Rivera-healing
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
9:00 am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00 pm : † Araceli Castillo
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
9:00 am : † Araceli Castillo
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, Lourdes Andal, Miguel Concon, Lorena Siglos, Pedro Romey, Dianne Slaght, Candida De Souza, Jean Lopez, Alan Hall.
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.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
— Matthew 5:3
This one confuses people. Replace the word “humble” for “poor” and it makes more sense. People that are humble recognize
their dependence on God and trust that He will provide all that they need. Unfortunately, for many of us, pride and ego enters our lives and we think we can live without God. Remember – God first in all circumstances.
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis
CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
III. The Mysteries of Jesus’ Public Life
A foretaste of the Kingdom: the Transfiguration
555 For a moment Jesus discloses his divine glory, confirming
Peter’s confession. He also reveals that he will have to go by the
way of the cross at Jerusalem in order to “enter into his glory.”295 Moses and Elijah had seen God’s glory on the Mountain; the Law and the Prophets had announced the Messiah’s sufferings.296 Christ’s Passion is the will of the Father: the Son acts as God’s servant;297 the cloud indicates the presence of the Holy Spirit. “The whole Trinity appeared: the Father in the voice; the Son in the man; the Spirit in the shining cloud.”298 You were transfigured on the mountain, and your disciples, as much as they were capable of it, beheld your glory, O Christ our God, so that when they should see you crucified they would understand that your Passion was voluntary, and proclaim to the world that you truly are the splendor of the Father.299
556 On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration. Jesus’ baptism proclaimed “the mystery of the first regeneration,” namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration “is the sacrament of the second regeneration”: our own Resurrection.300 From now on we share in the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ. The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.”301 But it also recalls that “it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God”:302 Peter did not yet understand this when he wanted to remain with Christ on the mountain. It has been reserved for you, Peter, but for after death. For now, Jesus says: “Go down to toil on earth, to serve on earth, to be scorned and crucified on earth. Life goes down to be killed; Bread goes down to suffer hunger; the Way goes down to be exhausted on his journey; the Spring goes down to suffer thirst; and you refuse to suffer?”303
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 February 17-19. 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 are welcome to register. Anyone planning to come should fill in the application form available in the church foyer and forward it to: Ralph/Nolisa Guerra no later than Feb 13. Interested person may also directly submit their application form to the parish office.
LEGION OF MARY—YOUTH
The closer we are to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus. Are you interested in learning about your faith, making valuable friends and gaining leadership skills? For inquiries, please contact Dezza Lontok 604-809-3487. .
LIVELY SPIRIT FOR SENIORS
A new, slow-paced seniors program, LIVELY SPIRIT for SENIORS, is running on Fridays, 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the OLM Children’s Room. The program has prayers, praise songs, light lunch & fellowship, and exercise for the body and mind. The program is Christ- centered and is designed for seniors who are not able to attend regular church activities. For information, please call Gina at 778-230- 7196 or Norma (afternoons) at 778-397- 4005. All seniors are invited to come.
MUSTARD SEED HEALING MINISTRY
Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on February 11th 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
THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
The “Spiritual Exercises” is an intensive, individually directed retreat offered by the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This Retreat focuses on facilitating one’s actual Experience of God. By 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. Registration and Application required by: March 15th, 2017. The retreat starts May 2017 extending over 8 months. For information: [email protected] or (778) 806-4378.
VOLUNTEER POSITION FOR CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION ON THE FAMILY
“The Canadian Institute for Education on the Family is looking for a skilled treasurer/book keeper to assist in the financial operations of the small charity. The Canadian Institute for Education on the Family exists to educate and inform the public in Canada on issues regarding societal trends and social practices that impact families and children. If you would like to assist us, please send a CV to Natalie Sonnen at [email protected] or call us at 778-805-2171.
PRO-LIFE MASS & VIGIL
Join us on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents. Mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Vancouver, followed by the Rosary at Burnaby Hospital. For more info., visit rcav.org/pro-life-mass-and-prayer-vigil
CATHOLIC PRESS COLLECTION
February is Catholic Press Month and with it comes the annual Catholic Press Collection. On Feb. 4-5, there will be a second collection at all parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This is a great opportunity for parishioners to show their appreciation for receiving The B.C. Catholic. The collection helps defray your parish’s costs for mailing the paper. For those who don’t receive it, it’s also a great chance to help out as all the money collected stays in the parish. Please give generously Feb. 4-5 so we can continue to deliver to parishioners in the Archdiocese of Vancouver this vital, awardwinning publication. Please visit www.bccatholic.ca for more info on the Catholic Press Collection and the Catholic Press Association.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’S SHARE LENT WORKSHOP
Development and Peace’s Share Lent Workshop, focusing on the struggles and contributions of women around the world, takes place on Saturday, February 4 at St. Jude’s Parish (3078 Renfrew St.) from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please contact Pinky Pascual at [email protected] or by phone at 604-612- 9677 to RSVP.
WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2017
Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB, will be celebrating a Mass of Anointing to celebrate World Day of the Sick 2017, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 555 S. Slocan Street, Vancouver, on Friday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Anointing will be administered after the Homily. All the sick and their caregivers are invited to attend. Following Mass, a simple refreshment will be offered in the parish hall. Plenty of parking is available.
IGNATIAN PILGRIMAGE 2017:
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA May 31 to June 15, 2017. You are invited to join Fr. Robert Wong, SJ in this special pilgrimage to Portugal (Fatima), Spain (Sanitago de Compostella, Loyola, Javier, Manresa, Montserrat, Barcelona), Italy (Rome). Please contact Fr. Robert ([email protected]) for more information.
THE CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF BC BURSARIES
The Catholic Health Association of BC will be awarding two bursaries valued at $250 each to two 2017 graduating students who are enrolled in Catholic secondary schools, or who are members of BC or Yukon parishes and enrolled in public secondary schools, or who are home-schooled. Students are asked to submit a 500-word essay that demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the significance of Spirituality in Health Care. Submissions must be received on or before March 10, 2017.
NO GST ON INGROUND PLOTS AND CREMATION
BURIAL You can save 5% GST on traditional burial plots and in-ground cremation plots at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. If interested, please contact Catholic Cemeteries at 604-531-2141.
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
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PARISH MINISTRY AND ORGANIZATION
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