April 23, 2017. * 2nd Sunday of Easter *
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)
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 -.
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, April 22, 2017
5:00pm : Joan & Rommel de la Resma
Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00am : † Jesse S. Corrales
11:00am : † Couto, Caboz & Vales family
Monday, April 24, 2017
8:00am : † Jose G. Macapinlac
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00am : † Anna & Geert Vanden Elzen
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00am : † Delfin Habbiling Sr.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00am : † Asuncion Obleada
Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00am : Liwanag Ferrer’s family intentions
7:00pm : Shirley Dulay-Thanksgiving
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00am : Robert Tan-Birthday Thanksgiving
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…
Encounter with my Lord…
I was born and baptized in the Philippines to Christian parents. I went to Catholic school up until Grade 2, at which point my family and I immigrated to Canada and started our lives anew. I was 9 years old when we moved and I went into public school right away. I didn’t attend PREP, the program offered for children not attending Catholic school, so I wasn’t able to partake in the First Communion, First Confession, or Confirmation at a young age. In my family, I have my dad, who is more Christian than Catholic. He has firm faith in God but not so much on the Catholic Church. My mom grew up Catholic, but converted to the Baptist church when she was in college. My older brother claims he’s Christian but he doesn’t live out his faith in any way. I would describe my parents as being faithful Christians, though. We go to church regularly and we’ve done faith studies or bible studies. I’ve always seen how firmly my parents believed in God. It’s really the Catholic Church they have a problem with. In the Philippines, my mom taught me a lot of stories from the Bible and I became familiar with all the famous people, like Noah or Abraham or Jesus. But that was it of my knowledge of Christianity. We didn’t really talk about it at home, especially in Canada. It was almost a bad thing to question my faith in front of my parents. I always had the sense that I couldn’t go to them about issues that I had with Christianity. So as you can imagine, at home, I didn’t learn very much about my faith. I had so many questions about Catholicism, especially about mass on Sundays, but I never voiced them. My parents went whenever they felt like it and I went because I was forced to. Going to public school didn’t make things any better. Public school’s a lot tougher to stay grounded in your faith. The problem was, my foundation was pretty rocky already. I was part of an advanced academic program in high school, which helped to shelter me from peer pressure and bullying and gossip and all sorts of awful things that happen in high school. But being in that program, I had to take a philosophy class. That accelerated my “fall”, like Adam and Eve’s fall from Eden. I remember one day, I was in Grade 12, and a teacher had asked, ‘what does it mean to Christianity if Jesus Christ had not resurrected?’ And I was stumped. I didn’t know the answer. Someone else in the class said that it would mean Christianity was a sham. There was no validity to it at all if that was the case. And I freaked. I had always considered myself to be Catholic, even though I had no idea what that meant. Later, a friend asked, ‘Well, how do you know? How do you know that Jesus is real? How do you know that the Bible is telling the truth? What if they’re all lies? How do you even know God exists?’ I didn’t know the answer to any of them. And then I realized, I didn’t know God at all. I didn’t know anything about the Catholic Church whatsoever. All I knew was that I sometimes went to mass on Sundays because that was the normal thing to do. The saddest thing was, I didn’t recognize that man up on that cross in front of the altar at church. I knew it was a guy named Jesus, but at some point in my senior year, I didn’t believe for one second that He was a real person who lived.So I graduated high school, started university, and went to Simon Fraser. Little did I know that God planned to intervene in my life at that point. Just when I had reached the lowest point in my faith, such that it was nonexistent, He came into my life. He chose Catholic Christian Outreach to do it. CCO, in short, is a university movement dedicated to evangelization and challenging university students to live in the fullness of their Catholic faith. CCO offered faith studies that helped make the Catholic faith relevant, understandable, and delivered the Gospel so simply and clearly. It was really like learning about God all over again. I learned about His son, most importantly, who died not just for the world but specifically for me. I learned about how Jesus took on my sins and took the punishment that I deserved onto his back, his shoulders, his arms, his hands, his feet, his head, just so I could have another chance at life. Why did he do it? Why would anybody choose to lay down their life for somebody else? Isn’t it out of love? And when that hit me, my life changed. From that moment on, I stopped doubting of His existence. I just knew. I felt it and I just knew how much He loved me, not humanity, but me, a girl who committed so many sins – mortal and venial, a girl who forgot him, a girl who deserted him, a girl who didn’t love him. It took me 2 years with CCO, doing faith studies, going to outreach events, to realize this. It was a long time coming. God was so patient. God waited for me for so long to search for Him and to run back into his arms. I remember that day of my conversion. It was my very first confession; I was 20 years old. You better believe it – I bawled and I cried and I was like a baby. I just saw myself as the lost sheep that He was looking for, for a really long time. And I can’t even explain it, I just knew that in that confessional, He was holding onto my shoulder from behind, and He was saying, ‘it’s okay. I still love you, despite all your failures. I would still die for you in a second.’ And from that moment, I decided to place God at the center of my life. I chose him to be part of every single aspect of my life. I still choose it to this day. It just didn’t make any sense anymore to live a life without God, not when He loves me this much and wants for me to just be happy and have peace. There’s nothing like it. And even though I still fell many times after, committed the same sins, He helped me get better. I could see myself changing slowly. And a month after my first confession, I had my first communion, on the Sunday before Christmas 2009. And in the following year, the chaplain at SFU prepared me for Confirmation, and one of those preparatory ways was for me to join RCIA at my parish, Our Lady of Mercy, and to get formation there. To be continued.
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.
Believing is seeing! Stewardship is rooted in the belief that all we possess, the goods of this earth, the relationships we enjoy, the talent and abilities we have, even our opportunities are all created by and come from our good and gracious God. Having this belief, we see all of life with new lenses – it’s all God’s gift, and he desires for us to be good stewards of it all. In believing this basic truth about stewardship our eyes are further opened to seeing God’s goodness and generosity everywhere around us.
Copyright © 2017, by Joseph Daniel Potvin, Joppa Stewardship Leaders, Ottawa
CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH-MARIANA BARRERA
Catholic Christian Outreach, or CCO, is a university movement dedicated to encouraging young people to develop their relationship with Christ through weekly faith studies, large group meetings, retreats, conferences, and Christian community. Because of this encouragement, Mariana has been selected as one of twenty young adults who will travel to Central America with CCO to participate in a 2-week mission to Comayagua, Honduras. Partnering with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, they will reach out to local university students, as well as to the poor and homeless, to proclaim the Gospel. In order to participate, members are responsible to raise a portion of the cost through tax-deductible donations to cover training, accommodations, food and transportation, the amount is $4,100. Mariana invites you to prayerfully consider helping her by making a donation. Donations are accepted online through this link: https://cco.ca/ mission_participants/mariana-nandayapa-barrera/, as well as through cash donations. Mariana hopes you will see this as a wonderful opportunity to invest in the spiritual and leadership development of young people, and thanks you for your donations and prayers
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.
ST. PEREGRINE FEAST-HEALING MASS
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Mattew 11:28. Healing Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients by Father Nicolas Tumbelaka will be on Thursday, May 4. Novena and Worship music from 7:00 pm and Mass start at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of Mercy church. Let Jesus heal you with the Power of His Love! There will be prayers for healing by prayer teams immediately after Mass.
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
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PARISH MINISTRY AND ORGANIZATION
Altar Servers: Robert
OLM Gym Inquiries: Jacqueline (604) 526-1731
5:00 pm Mass Choir: Cherry
9:00 am Mass Choir: Mabel
11:00 am Mass Choir: Charles
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 (604) 762-0225
Legion of Mary (Spanish): Alondra (778) 712-1569
Legion of Mary (Junior-English): Ferdeliza
Migrant Ministry: 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