March 26, 2017. * 4th 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
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. .
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 25, 2017
5:00pm : Maria Theresa Rowena Rivera-healing
Sunday, March 26, 2017
9:00am : † Marina Cruz
11:00am : † Molly Tak
Monday, March 27, 2017
8:00am : Miguel & Maria Vales
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
8:00am : Brid Carlin-special intention
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:00am : Collette Carlin-special intention
Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00am : Emby O’Donnel-special intention
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00am : † Couto, Caboz & Vales deceased family
7:00pm : † Lucia Siglos
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00am : Joseph Westgeest – 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, 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.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of:
Mrs. Erminia Scomazzon, mother of Walter & Diana Scomazzon, last Saturday, March 18.
Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, April 5 at 11 am.
Mrs. Melinda Gonzales, mother of Marites Gonzales, last Monday, March 20.
Funeral Mass will be on Monday, March 27 at 11:00 am.
Mrs. Lorena Siglos, died on Tuesday, March 21.
Funeral Mass to be announced later.
Please pray for the eternal repose of their souls and for peace and strength for their families
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 family and I moved to Canada when I was six. Throughout 30 years of my life I have a lot of encounters including death of grandparents, stresses from work, struggle to keep up to feed the family during economic hard times etc. All of these arrive to a point which I question myself – what is the meaning of life? With friends who have religious background they all say they have a God in their heart who is laying out a path for them to walk until death. Upon death they will ascend to another dimension where their life will continue on without the physical body as guided by their God.
By believing in having God in one’s heart I have decided to approach RCIA for guidance. I feel welcome as a family by knowing all of the RCIA volunteers who give me a lot of valuable resources to find God in one’s heart. Since starting my journey as an inquirer in September I am starting to feel a change. I tend now to have a more positive personality and being more open minded by sharing my feelings. For instance, I was always asked how my week goes by different RCIA volunteers in the Thursday evening sessions. They recognize my name and even remember my feelings from several weeks ago! They offered their experiences and how they reconciled by having God providing them guidance. They are acting as God’s helpers to spread His love even to people, like myself, who have no religious background yet. The RCIA volunteers are truly amazing people and I would not mind sharing my feelings with them.
Looking back at myself after attending several RCIA sessions I start to discover that God is somewhere inside me who is laying a path for me to walk. Had I attended another university to pursue my professional degree I may not even have met my lovely wife and have a daughter. I may even pursue another path and thus may have landed another job where my personality does not fit. These are all the graces that God has given me and I am praying that more good things will happen in my life. I learn to become more optimistic with my life in the future.
While some things may not work out for me as expected for now but I know that God has something else in His mind where the outcome will be much more favorable for me. I also learn to pray with my wife on the mornings and evenings as I truly believe this is a form of communication between me and God.
A picture that would stand out for me is the one where Jesus is knocking on the door without the door knob. I am now ready to open the door to invite Him inside my heart.
God has already inviting me to become a disciple of Jesus.
I feel ready to move on to the next step to be with God. Upon making this decision I feel joyful and peace. I will not know what comes up in my life but God knows and He will guide me to the right way.
*) All names have been changed for privacy protection
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
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
Saint Patrick’s Parish, Maple Ridge
Saint Peter’s Parish, New Westminster
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Saints Cyril & Methodius, New Westminster
Saint Clare of Assisi, Coquitlam
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
Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works
We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness…The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.
— Saint Theresa of Calcutta
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, at the following address to request a bursary application form: Dale Hofer, State Bursary Chairman, 2300 Teal Place, Vernon, BC, V1H 1R1. 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]
Come join Madonna House for a talk and time of silent reflection, followed by fellowship and sharing on Saturday, April 8 at St. John the Apostle Parish Hall (5457 Trafalgar St, Vancouver from 9:30 am to 12 noon. [email protected] or call 604-267-1757
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE SHARE LENT 2017:
Women at the Heart of Change One of the themes in today’s Gospel is how life can sometimes be precarious. In order to create a future of hope, like the blind man we often need to speak up and to show our belief in grace. People affected by war are always living at risk. This week, read the story of Hannan, who tells us how, by speaking up and working with others, she helped 280 Syrian women to build towards a better economic future! www.devp.org/testimonials
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