Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for March 5, 2017
1st Sunday of Lent

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March 5, 2017. * 1st Sunday of Lent
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Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
 

Our Lady of Mercy School
School Office: (604) 526-7121
Principal: Neva Grout
Email: [email protected].ca
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. 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 604-515-9547 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 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, MARCH 4
5:00 pm : Maribeth Malvar-Thanksgiving
6:30 pm : Indonesian Mass
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
9:00 am : † George Gastaldo
11:00 am : Fatima Taguinod-Thanksgiving
7:00 pm : Filipino Mass
MONDAY, MARCH 6
8:00 am : Paul & Angela Fong-special intention
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
8:00 am : † George & Antonia Gastaldo
8:00 am : † Joveno Labandelo
11:00 am : † FUNERAL MASS-Giuseppe Troiano
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
8:00 am : Paul & Angela Fong-special intention
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
8:00 am : Favaro family-Special Intentions
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
9:00 am : † Ethan Denum
7:00 pm : Joaquim Park Chun Won
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
9:00 am : † Simeon Sr & Agapita Gonzaga
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.

 
 

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
† Giuseppe Troiano
Died on March 1st 2017
Funeral Mass: March 7th, 11 am

 
 

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.

 
 

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. .

 
 

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

 
 

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
 
 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS
“It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”
— Matthew 4:10
Tempted between the riches and power of this world and service to God, Jesus chose service to His Father. If we wish to truly follow Jesus, we, too, must decide to turn away from power and riches and put God at the center of our lives. How is God calling you to
serve?
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of St. Louis
https://www.archstl.org/stewardship-overview

 

KofC MONTHLY MEETING
Postponed for Wednesday, March 8 will be held in the basement room at 7 pm. All members are requested to attend this important meeting. Annual dues will also be collected at this meeting.

 
 

CWL
Catholic Women’s League invites parishioners to a Lenten reflection entitled “Lent – a time of invitation” by Sister Margaret Sadler on Saturday, March 11 at 10 am in church basement.

 
 

MUSTARD SEED HEALING MINISTRY
Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on March 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

 
 

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]

 
 

HELP SUPPORT THE PARISH
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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.

 
 

2016 TAX RECEIPT
Tax receipts for the year 2016 have been printed and ready for pick up during office hours or after weekend Masses volunteers will help to find it for you in the church foyer. If you have any concern, please contact the parish office.

 
 

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.

 
 

UNFAILING
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.

 
 

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.

 

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
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.

 

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
Sacristan: Alberto (604) 375-2377
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
Children’s Liturgy: Corsaire (604) 377-9625
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) 526-1431
Legion of Mary (Spanish): Alondra (604) 397-9948
Legion of Mary (Junior-English): Ferdeliza (604) 522-3292
Migrant Workers: 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