March 12, 2017. * 2nd Sunday of Lent
Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
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, and Xian Li
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]
NO PREP CLASSES on March 15 & 22.
PREP will resume on March 29. .
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, March 11, 2017
5:00 pm : Romeo & Fredesminda Malvar
Sunday, March 12, 2017
9:00 am : † Molly Tak
11:00 am : † Maria Liza Guzman
12:30 pm : BAPTISM –Jayden Woobin Kim
Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 am : † Tan Bong Soo-Death Anniversary
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 am : Felix & Maria Orcullo-30thWedding Anniversary
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 am : † Maria W.L. Yeung
Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:00 am : † Francisco Caldera
Friday, March 17, 2017
9:00 am : † Anthonius P. Hardhono
7:00 pm : † Michael Hogan
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 am : Mae Corrales Nicholls- 48th Birthday
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, 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.
“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.”
– Genesis 12:1
God calls all of us to leave behind our old ways and to follow Him, placing our complete trust in Him. Some of the old ways that we may have to struggle to leave behind might be materialism, selfishness and greed. Yet God promises to show us a new land and a better way to live.
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis
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.
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…
My mother was a baptized Catholic when she was in Hong Kong. When she immigrated to Canada, she met my father and they opened a small restaurant in Prince George, BC. Because they just started the restaurant, they both worked every day from morning to night and that was the reason she didn’t attend church anymore. After I was born, my grandpa wanted my cousins and I to continue to follow the Catholic faith and enrolled us into St. Jude elementary. That was how I was first introduced to God. I attended a few years at St. Jude elementary and because I moved back to Prince George to be with my parents, I was not able to continue. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Mary, that I started to go to church again. At first I was attending church to support her. It wasn’t until after a few Sunday masses that I started to feel like I wanted to do this for myself. I feel like God is trying to tell me to come back. Whenever I attend Sunday Mass, I feel at peace. I feel so comfortable like I have no worries. I started to pay more attention to Mass and try to follow the readings and understand the Mass. After attending OLM Sunday Mass, Mary and I decided we wanted to know God more and the best way was to go through RCIA. During the course of the RCIA, it has brought back memories I had about the Catholic Church, the Sunday Masses, the Eucharist and various ways of praying that I have forgotten. The blessings I have receive from attending RCIA is when I come home I get to talk to Mary about the nightly topics and praying together with our son before bed. It has brought our family closer together and we are more appreciative of each other. I feel in my heart God has a plan for me and everything happens for a reason. God is welcoming me back and I am hoping I can be a role model for my children and show them the Catholic way of life. Joseph*)
*) All names have been changed for privacy protection .
Encounter with my Lord…
God was not in the foreground during my childhood. He was however ever present in the background. I came to know the Lord better during university. I learned the Bible as part of my literature studies. I developed an interest in spirituality and studied different faiths. I met a dear friend Esther during post secondary and she was my first close religious friend. She was a Christian and her faith in Jesus inspired me. I never told anyone but I cried when I watched the live coverage of World Youth Day in 2002. I saw Pope Saint John Paul II and although I knew of him and had seen him many times before on television and in print, I truly felt God’s presence at WYD through the Pope. Years later, I visited the tomb of Pope Saint John Paul II at the Vatican and I felt the same immense peace. Faith in God brings forth that incredible sense of peace. In good times and bad. Even when I was gravely ill, I was not fearful. God was there. I have come to realize that He is ever present for all of us if we choose to see Him and acknowledge His plan for each of us. Not so coincidentally, my favourite part of Mass is when we wish each other “peace be with you” as I consider peace to be one of God’s greatest blessings. My cousin’s wife Elizabeth completed RCIA a few years ago. I attended St Francis Xavier church with her briefly until she left Vancouver. My faith journey began again when Chris and I decided to attend Our Lady of Mercy Parish this summer. There has always been a longing in my heart to be closer to God. I realize that now. I have sought Him all over Europe in all the great monuments built in his Name. I have called out to Him in my darkest hours. I have thanked God in my heart always for all my life’s blessings. Without my knowledge, I was seeking Him and He has always been there. RCIA has helped me focus on my relationship with God through prayer and lessons. God has moved to the forefront of my consciousness. Life will always have struggle but more than ever, I see and feel God’s grace and mercy. In all things whether they be simple or complicated. Good or bad. Happy or sad. I find myself more grateful and content in life despite its struggles. Angela*)
*) All names have been changed for privacy protection .
THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
Registration and Application required by: March 15. The retreat starts May 2017 extending over 8 months. For information: [email protected] or (778) 806-4378. .
COURAGE AND ENCOURAGE MINISTRIES
COURAGE is a spiritual support group of Catholic lay men and women who aspire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on same-sex attraction.
ENCOURAGE is a support group dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attraction. Deacon Hilmar will preach about these ministries at the weekend Masses on 25 and 26 March. .
MORNING OF RECOLLECTION
“Listen to the Spirit, He will lead you.” In the desert of Lent, where is the Spirit leading you? Come join Madonna House for a talk and time of silent reflection, followed by fellowship and sharing. Saturday, March 18th 2017 from 9:30 am to 12 noon at St. John the Apostle Parish Hall (5457 Trafalgar St, Vancouver). For more information contact Madonna House:
[email protected] Or call 604-267-1757 .
THE CATHOLIC FORUM
THE CATHOLIC FORUM invites you to explore the topic “Drug Crisis: Saving Our Children from the Snares of Addiction”, with Dr. Tamas Ungar. Bring your questions and a friend! Tuesday March 21 at 7:00 pm in St. Mary’s Church, 5251 Joyce St., Vancouver. For more information, see http://dominicanlaity.ca/ forum, or contact Dr. Paul Ungar (604-588-5696). .
ST. GEORGE’S FEAST DAY MASS
The Annual Mass for St. George’s Feast Day will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at our church. All Catholic Scouts (past and current) are welcome. For more information, please contact the 111 Catholic Scout
Guild at 604-671-6162. .
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 .
SHARE LENT COLLECTION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE IS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2 –SOLIDARITY SUNDAY!
The annual Share Lent collection for Development and Peace will be held on Sunday, April 2, the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Your generous solidarity is vital to the mission of Development and Peace and its ability to help, respect, and promote the poor. This year’s campaign, “Women Are at the Heart of Change,” echoes the Pope’s prayer that women worldwide may be “honoured, respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.” You can donate through your Share Lent envelope or online at devp.org/ give. Please be generous in helping D&P meet the needs of the suffering worldwide
OPEN HOUSE AT GARDENS OF GETHSEMANI
Join us for our annual Open House at the Gardens of Gethsemani, your Catholic Cemetery. Come and explore the grounds with informative tours. On Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, from 9-5 p.m. at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. For more info, contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 or visit rccav.org.
INSURANCE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Demystify insurance and learn how to turn an insurance policy into a tax credit. Join us on Thursday, April 20, from 7-8 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver. Presenters: Patrick McGuire, Bryn Hamilton, Rogers Group Financial and Joseph ven der Buhs, Knights of Columbus. To register, visit www.rcav.org/epg members and friends.
RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM-WEEKEND FOR COUPLES ANNOUNCING AN UPCOMING RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND FOR COUPLES 21 – 23 April 2017
Not willing to let go of your marriage? Many couples continue to struggle in a marriage, but are not willing to give up on each other. There is hope. Retrouvaille is a program designed to help struggling marriages regain their health. It helps a husband and a wife rediscover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples who have already separated or divorced. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. For more information, contact registration team: Marc and Candice at 604-530-6710 or visit our website: HelpOurMarriage.com
HELPLINE VOLUNTEER TRAINING BY DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES – OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SOCIETY
You can make a difference in the lives of victims of abuse. Join us for our spring training. Fridays: March 31, April 7 & 21 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturdays, April 1, 9, & 22 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Vancouver. Call 604.585.6688 to register or for more information.
AGAPE STREET MINISTRY
Do you want to do something more fulfilling? Agape Street Ministry, a women’s catholic ministry reaching
out to women involved in prostitution is looking for volunteers (men, women, young adults) to join their Vancouver, Surrey and Chilliwack teams.
You are the person if you:
– are 19 years of age;
– have two – three hours to spend each week; and
– have the passion to tell our less fortunate sisters that “Jesus loves them”.
For more information please call Sharmila on 778 552 5202 or email [email protected]
PROTECTING CONSCIENCE & RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE
An interactive workshop for Physicians, nurses and pharmacists with input from an invited Panel of Experts. Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM at John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver BC V5Z 0G3.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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:
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