Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for April 16, 2017
The Resurrection of the Lord

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April 16, 2017. * The Resurrection of the Lord*

 
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)
EASTER SACRAMENTS
Blessings and Congratulations to all our 20 RCIA neophytes who received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion during the Easter Vigil April 15, 2017: Lampson Leung, Sze Wing (Sharon) Wong, Jia (Jane) Huang, Yu-Chen (Bernice) Mai, Priscilla Marie Yee, Alexander Chow, Karen Chow, Chia Mei Cici Hsiao, Ping Li, Chao Wen (Kenny) Wu, Constance SM Yee, Siau Hwa Ong, Prima Setyosari, Jing (Jackie) Zhang, Maria Wing Yee Chan, Xian Li , Ping (Vicky) Xiao, Tiffany Choi, Daisy Lyn Dulay, and Miju Kim. Their children will be baptized on April 16 and April 30. Please continue to pray for the neophytes that they will remain faithful in Our Lord as their Savior and grow in His Love and Service in our community. Please welcome and introduce yourself when you see them.

 

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 15, 2017
8:00pm : Divine Mercy Novena
9:00pm : Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 16, 2017
9:00am : † Anthony Grippo
11:00am : † Antonio & Jaime Couto
Monday, April 17, 2017
9:00am : † Nascimenta & Manuel Caboz
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
8:00am : Jean Lopez
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00am : † Marjorie & Leonardo Jr. Prades
Thursday, April 20, 2017
8:00am : † George Gastaldo and Remedios Valdes-80th Birthday
Friday, April 21, 2017
9:00am : † Francisca & Jose Bicho
7:00pm : Phamar & Milanee Casuga-Thanksgiving
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00am : † Rafael & Arturo Semblante
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.

 
 
 

Encounter with my Lord…
rcia
Encounter with my Lord…
After spending 10 years in universities and got degrees in the fields of Finance – Bachelor & Master, and Doctorate, I worked for a Fortune 500 company. This gave me chances to travel to European countries and to know the Catholic Church and God. Curiosity led me to search for a suitable Church after I immigrated in Vancouver. I still remember the first day we came to OLM church, after we were warmly welcomed, I told my wife: Here is the place we belong to. She agreed. In RCIA, I begin to know the difference between Catholic Church and Christian Church; the relationship of science and Catholicism; the stories of Catholic forerunners; how to use Bible; the structure of Sunday Mass; the relationship of God, Jesus Christ and Holly Spirit, etc. I begin to understand God is visible and invisible, he is always in our heart, his love stays with us from the very beginning, never leaves us. I learnt to pray, to pray to the God, for those known and unknown brothers and sisters who are suffering from disasters and war, for those lovely children who cannot go to school because of poor; I learnt to appreciate, to show my thanks to the God, for giving me opportunities to spend good life, for teaching me to approach to his wisdom light. RCIA brought big changes to my mind. I find the original statement of St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, “I believe in order to understand” (credo ut intelligam) helpful. Centuries later, St. Anselm of Canterbury, echoed his statement in similar fashion: “I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand.” These great Christian thinkers understood the proper use of reason must be preceded by faith in the proper object. Not faith in ourselves or science, but faith in God, specifically in His revelation of Himself in His Son Jesus Christ. Their statements echo the words of the writer of Hebrews when he said “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 – NIV).
As a disciple of Jesus, I believe God created us in His own image. I also believe that we can come to understand both ourselves and Him through His revelation of Himself in His Son. In Jesus, the transcendent God intersected with humanity in a way that gives us an understanding of who God is and how we were made to be. In other words, in Jesus we see both God and man and by believing, we are given the ability to understand as much as our finite minds and rebellious souls can handle. After months study in RCIA, I believe I am ready to answer the call of God, I can feel God is waving his hand to me, inviting me to become a disciple of Jesus. With the feeling of happy, eager and solemn, I make the decision to prepare to receive the sacraments. John*)
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection

 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS

Each year at Easter Vigil we renew our baptismal promises. Our baptism changes us forever. Baptism calls us to be Disciples of Christ. Responding to the call to follow Jesus involves many choices – choosing a lifestyle of stewardship is the response of an authentic disciple. Stewardship is to walk the road of joy. When we take care to cultivate and share our gifts we experience the joy of returning our gifts to God with increase. Today we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, which changed our world forever. How might your discipleship and stewardship change your world, and the world around you this year.
Copyright © 2017, by Joseph Daniel Potvin, Joppa Stewardship Leaders, Ottawa
 

Dear Parishioners:
After 40 days preparing our selves for the Easter celebration, which the highest liturgical celebration of our faith, by fasting, almsgiving and prayer, we hope that we all have a better understanding about our Lord Jesus, ourselves and others.
Please accept my gratitude to all who have prepared us spiritually through recollections, those who prepared all the liturgical celebrations, and those who prepared our new members of the church.
On behalf of all you, Deacon Ken and my self, we welcome our new brothers and sisters in Christ, may through our love for one another, they find their true new home where they could
grow in faith.
Happy Easter to all of you.
Father Nicolas

 
 

UNDERSTANDING THE LITURGY
The Catholic Mass is the central act of worship in the life of a Catholic, but few are aware of what it all means. While some Catholics may know the prayers and responses said in the liturgy, many do not know their significance or historical development. The true beauty of the Mass is seen when you break it down into it’s components and explain each of the steps in a way that you might understand more clearly. The course Overview of the Liturgy explains the Catholic Mass so that you will have a better understanding of what it is, what it does and how it is essential to Christian growth. Course cost is $40 and includes lunch on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Secondary, Surrey. For more information and registration visit: .

 
 

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.

 
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Please join in the nine-day novena starting Good Friday, April 14, ending with celebrations on Divine Mercy
Sunday, April 23.
The nine-day novena can be said privately or in a group, preferably at 3 pm. On Divine Mercy Sunday, we
will be celebrating at 3 pm with novena followed by refreshments.
All are welcome.
Apr 14 Good Friday-after the 3 pm service
Apr 15 Holy Saturday-8 pm
Apr 16 Easter Sunday-after 11 am Mass
Apr 17 Easter Monday-after 9 am Mass
Apr 18 After 8:00 am Mass
Apr 19 After 8:00 am Mass
Apr 20 After 8:00 am Mass
Apr 21 After 9 am Mass
Apr 22 After 9 am Mass
Apr 23 Divine Mercy Feast 3 pm Novena with Exposition and Benediction followed by refreshments
 

CWL EASTER BRUNCH
Catholic Women’s League is hosting an Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 23 after 11 am mass, in church basement. Cost is $8.00 per person. Please call Elaine at 604-790-1992 for ticket.

 
 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 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.

 
 

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.

 
 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
RCMP called us to inform all who come to our parish with their cars NOT to turn left when you exit the parking lot on 10th Avenue. Your compliance is greatly appreciated.

 

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