Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for April 2, 2017
5th Sunday of Lent

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April 2, 2017. * 5th Sunday of Lent*

 
Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
PARISH OFFICE HOURS:
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
 

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 (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.
During the Lenten season, please keep RCIA in your prayers.
For the Elect preparing for the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist : Lampson Leung, Jane Huang, Bernice Mai, Priscilla Yee, Alex Chow, Karen Chow, Chiamei Hsiao, Ping Li, Kenny Wu , Constance Yee, Maria Chan, Sharon Wong, Siau Hwa Ong, Prima Setyosari, Jing Zhang, Xian Li and Vicky Xiao
For the Baptized Candidates preparing for the Easter sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist : Tiffany Choi, Miju Kim, and Daisy Dulay

 

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]

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 604-440-1482.
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 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 ).

WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS

Saturday, April 1, 2017
5:00pm : † Joon Guan Kheng-Death Anniversary
Sunday, April 2, 2017
9:00am : † Ruperto & Pomposa Miñoza
11:00am : Maribeth Malvar-Thanksgiving
Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00am : † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
8:00am : † Joveno Labandelo
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
8:00 am : † Marjorie & Leonardo Prades III
7:00 pm : Lent Penitential Service
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00am : † Leonardo III & Marjorie Prades
Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00am : † John Paul Leduc
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00am : † George & Antonia Gastaldo
7:00pm : † Jesse S. Corrales
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00am : † Jaime Edgardo & Luzvilla Moncada
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, Pedro Romey, Dianne Slaght, Candida De Souza, Jean Lopez, Alan Hall, Linus Ngui, Tim Clay and Christina Jasinska.
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.

 
 

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE: SOLIDARITY SUNDAY
On Solidarity Sunday we would like to thank you for similarly standing in solidarity with your brothers and sisters around the world through your prayers, your voice and your generous gifts. These are truly acts of mercy. “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life” (Pope Francis). This Solidarity Sunday we remember Rigoberta Menchú, a friend of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, who received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work defending the rights of Indigenous peoples. To learn more about this inspiring woman, visit www.devp.org/insp-women

 

2017 LENTEN TALK
When: Every Friday during Lent season, March 3 – April 7, 2017, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm.
Venue: Our Lady of Mercy School Gym except on March 24, 2017 will be at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
lenten-talks-2017 Mar 3 Lent - A Call to Repentance and Conversion Mark 1:15 Rev. Alessandro Lovato The Holy Rosary Cathedral Vancouver Mar 10 Lord Teach Us to Pray Matthew 7:7-12 Rev. Rudolf d Souza OCD The Guardian Angels Parish Vancouver Mar 17 Fasting and Almsgiving Matthew 6: 1-8 16-18 Very Rev. Gary Franken Vicar General of The Archdiocese of Vancouver and Pastor at St. Anthony Parish West Vancouver Mar 24 The Healing Power of Confession Psalm 51 Rev. Lucien Larre Mission Priest Mar 31 Lent: A Time for SelfDenial Mark 8:34 Rev. Craig Scott St. Clare of Assisi Parish Coquitlam Apr 7 I am A New Being 2 Corinthians 5:17 Ephesians 2:10 Rev Augustine Obiwumma The Holy Trinity Parish North Vancouver

FRIDAY SCHEDULE DURING LENTEN SEASON :
9:00 AM : Morning Mass followed by Adoration
3:00 PM : Chaplet of Divine Mercy
6:00 PM : Benediction
6:30 PM : Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM : Evening Mass
 
 

Encounter with my Lord…
rcia
Encounter with my Lord…
My parents are Catholic and I had grown up knowing this and asked to be baptized when I was younger but my parents had said it’s my choice and I should wait till I was older to decide. I remember carrying a cross with Jesus on it and wearing it as a necklace which made me feel protected even at such a young age in elementary school. My image has always been of Jesus on the cross. I also remember my little sister who passed away at very young age. I know that she is in good hands in heaven with God. This year has been a difficult year for me personally and I believe this was my time, my calling to get to know more about God.
My daughter has been my inspiration through the past year and a half attending Our Lady of Mercy School. She had asked me questions about the bible and I really didn’t have an answer for her. I want to have more knowledge so I can answer her questions in the future.
While attending the RCIA journey, I found myself having more patience and grew to know more about God. I learned that God has unconditional love for his children and forgives those who have sinned. I feel at peace coming to class and being with this community full of genuinely nice people. I am learning to pray more and know that praying is the best way to give and receive Jesus.
I would love to be one of Gods children and also learn more about Him. I have always found God inviting me at different times in my life to be one of His children. I have decided to attend Sunday Mass regularly and accept His invitation. Barbara*)
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection

 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS

…and you shall know that I am the Lord
The people of Israel failed again and again to be good stewards of God’s covenant with them. A stiff-necked and prideful people, they followed their own advice. Still, God is always merciful, and through the prophet Ezekiel he promises to restore them, not simply for their own good, but to remind them of his divine sovereignty over all that they are ever able to accomplish or possess. God is the one and only true source of all of our talents, abilities, opportunities, and possessions. Humbly accepting this stewardship reality is the way to avoid a prideful disposition. Humility is the stewardship virtue that gets pride out of the way and enables God to use us, and the gifts given to us, to advance his Kingdom.
Copyright © 2017, by Joseph Daniel Potvin, Joppa Stewardship Leaders, Ottawa
LENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE OUR LADY OF MERCY Parish
Tuesday, April 4th at 7.00 in the evening.
Jesus truly forgives us and He loves us. During this time we are all encouraged to go to Confession as a way to prepare for Easter. Through Confession, we can gain strength in our spiritual weakness.
CONFESSION SERVICES AT NEW WESTMINSTER DEANERY—7:00 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Our Lady of Assumption, Port Coquitlam
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Saint Luke’s Parish, Maple Ridge
Our Lady of Mercy, Burnaby
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
All Saints Parish, Coquitlam
Holy Spirit Parish, New Westminster
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
Saint Joseph Parish, Port Moody
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Coquitlam
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Saint Michael’s Parish, Burnaby
MONDAY, APRIL 10
Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Burnaby
TUESDAY, APRIL 11
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Coquitlam
 

CHRISM MASS
One of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our Church is the Chrism Mass. Join Archbishop Miller and all our priests on Wednesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral for the blessing of the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism.
COURAGE: a spiritual support group
Courage is a spiritual support group for Catholic lay men and women who experience same-sex attraction and who aspire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Church. If you would like to join Courage, please contact Deacon Hilmar Pabel at [email protected] To learn more about Courage, visit https://couragerc.org/
ENCOURAGE: a spiritual support group
EnCourage is a support group dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who experience same-sex attraction. EnCourage members meet on the third Sunday of each month at St. Helen’s Church, Burnaby. If you would like to join EnCourage, please contact Deacon Bruce Fraser: [email protected] To learn more about EnCourage, visit https://couragerc.org/about/

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the church basement. Annual Weekend Retreat for the men of the parish will be held on April 7, 8 and 9 at Westminster Abbey in Mission. All inclusive cost is $170. The retreat master is Rev. Jim Comey. For further information and registration, please call Paul Cunha, 604.524.4486 or Bill Cahill, 604.519.1965.

 
 

KofC Bursary Program:
State Bursary Program will award 30x$500 bursaries to Catholic students of BC. Any interested and qualified student must write to the State Bursary Chairman. Visit website: kofcbc.org/files/2013/08/Terms-of-Reference-2017.pdf.

 
 

WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT NIGHT
Vocations in Progress for women is an opportunity to meet religious, ask questions, and learn about their life and spirituality. Join other young women for an informal evening including prayer, dinner, and discussion. Please note: events are for single women, aged 18-35. Friday, April 7, from 7-10 p.m. For more info. or to register, contact [email protected]

 
 

YOUTH CAMP
The CFC-Youth are inviting youth ages 12 – 21 to a Youth Camp scheduled on April 7th to 9th at St. Francis De Sales Parish Gym (6610 Balmoral St. Burnaby, B.C.) The Youth Camp starts with registration at 5:00 PM, on April. 7th and will continue until April. 9th, 1:30PM. It is an experience which will give the youth the opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and build Christian friendships with other youth and young adults.”

 
 

SAINT GEORGE’S DAY AT OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH
Join the 111th Catholic Scout Guild to celebrate the patron saint’s day on Saturday, April 22, Mass at 1:00pm and refreshments to follow. All current or past members of Scouts and Guides, Canadian and International are welcome to join us with wearing your uniforms.

 
 

ENCOUNTERING GOD’S LOVE
Everyone is invited to join a retreat by Daughters of Carmel from San Francisco, USA. Friday-Sunday, May 19-21 at Our Lady of Mercy School Gym, there will be a healing Mass at the end of the retreat. Cost for adult is $20 and free for children. Child care is available during retreat. For more information and registration, please contact Prisca 604-618-1893 or Sheryl 778-680-7703.

 

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 AND ORGANIZATION

Altar Servers: Robert (604) 525-7048
OLM Gym Inquiries: Jacqueline (604) 526-1731
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
Sacristan: Alberto (604) 375-2377
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) 762-0225
Legion of Mary (Spanish): Alondra (778) 712-1569
Legion of Mary (Junior-English): Ferdeliza (604) 522-3292
Migrant Ministry: 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