Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for February 19, 2017
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 19, 2017. * 7th 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]
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]


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 ).


5:00 pm : † Inocencio Jotie
6:30 pm : Indonesian Mass
9:00 am : † George Gastaldo
11:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
8:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
8:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
8:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
8:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
9:00 am : Sacred Heart of Jesus
11:00 am : † Funeral Mass-Richard A. Mulder
7:00 pm : † Araceli Castillo
9:00 am : † Eben C. Poblador
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, Lorena Siglos, Pedro Romey, Dianne Slaght, Candida De Souza, Jean Lopez, Alan Hall, Linus Ngui and Tim Clay
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.


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. .


Father, help me to love, not hate. Help me to take another step toward the perfection you want for me.


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


spirit-for-seniorsA 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.


“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Matthew 5:44
Love your enemies, easier said than done, no doubt. But, remember, the foundation of stewardship is prayer. When we are in close communication with God, it opens our heart and it turns our attention away from “me” and moves it towards God and others. It allows us to have a little more empathy for “our enemy”. When we pray for others, even “our enemies”, maybe it softens their hearts as well.
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis


If anyone of you who come to the Holy Mass but don’t quite understand its settings or what the priest is doing and saying, here is a good opportunity for you to know more about it. There will be a video presentation on the Holy Mass entitled “Walk Through The Mass, Exploring The Sacred Liturgy” by Dr. Edward Sri. He will explain to us the entire setting of the Mass, the prayers, the gestures and the responses from the beginning untill the end. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb 28 at the church basement from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


rob-galea-concertThere will be a concert on March 5 at OLM gym from 2 pm until 4 pm featuring Fr. Robert Galea together with Psalm 98. Tickets are sold at $15 each. Proceeds will go to Migrants and Refugee Program of OLM. We will be selling tickets every weekend Mass from Feb 4 until Mar 5.


March 5-7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m, at Saint Luke’s Parish in Maple Ridge. Dr. Margarett Schlientz, a theologian, clinical psychologist and psychiatric nurse, will present and address issues—on fear, anger, resentment, wounds from loss of love, especially parental love—and lead her audience to an understanding of Jesus’ teaching to achieve healing: real and deep forgiveness. This parish mission is a good preparation for Lent. Invite your family members and friends.


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.


Subscribe to Living with Christ daily Missal through OLM parish office. For each new subscription, Novalis will give the parish $10 and with renewals, $2. Next weekend after Mass, the parish youth will hand out the form and collect your payment at the foyer of the church; or you may come to the parish office during weekdays.


Development and Peace-Caritas Canada will launch its campaign “Women at the Heart of Change”. You are invited to hear the amazing and inspiring stories of women in building their families and communities in different parts of the world. Sunday, Feb 26 after 9 am and 11 am Masses at the church basement. Cost: $5.00 for home madesoup.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. Join us Feb. 24-26 at Little Flowery Monastery at Carmel Hill, Deroche. Cost is $60 per couple, with optional donation. To register, please contact Steve and Mary Bohnen at 604-876- 7298 or [email protected] For more info, please visit www.wwme.org


Wednesday, March 8 at 6-9 pm, Saint Thomas More Collegiate. You are all invited to learn more about ‘Plant a Row-Grow a Row’, listen to inspiring speakers, get useful handouts and giveaways, and enjoy coffee or tea and goodies. Admission is free but a donation of non-perishable food for the New Westminster Food Bank is appreciated.


Masses will be at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Placing of ashes on the forehead will be done during the Mass. This is a reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. It is also a day of fasting and abstinence.


In a world of change and uncertainty we need a safe place, an anchor for our soul that never fails. It is easy to become discouraged and lose heart, which is why we need time and space to let God’s word take deep root within us. Join us for a weekend of encounter with our amazing God who is Unfailing. This women’s retreat is an opportunity to get away from the busyness of life and personally encounter God. There will be opportunities for prayer and worship, fellowship, workshops, sacraments, music, laughter, rest, to enjoy the beauty of nature and hear inspiring teaching. Our speakers for this year will be Sr. Miriam James Heidland SOLT, Michelle Benzinger, Debra Herbeck and Heather Khym.
Cost: $265 dorm shared room; $365 private room (limited in number).
March 31-April 1 at RockRidge Canyon, a Conference and Retreat Centre located near Princeton, BC.
For more info or to register, visit rcav.org/unfailing


Help count the homeless in your local community for the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association on Tuesday, March 7 (evening), and Wednesday, March 8 (daytime). This is a rare opportunity that happens only once every 3 years. If you or someone you know is interested, please sign-up online at . This is also a great opportunity to volunteer with Catholic Charities Shelter Services. For more info, contact Scott Small at [email protected]


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 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.


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


St Paul said “Your body is the temple of God‘, how do you keep it? Learn from these website:




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