Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for April 30, 2017
3rd Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2017. * 3rd Sunday of Easter *

Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
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)
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 ).


Saturday, April 29, 2017
5:00pm : Ligorio & Lucia de Souza-Thanksgiving
Sunday, April 30, 2017
9:00am : † Pedro Santos
11:00am : † Atilio Favaro – Death Anniversary
Monday, May 1, 2017
8:00am : † John Paul Leduc
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
8:00am : † Sabina Krische
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00am : † Rufina Rabang
Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:00am : † Sabina Krische
Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00am : † Jesse S. Corrales
7:00pm : † Ofelia Concon
Saturday, May 6, 2017
5:00pm : Natividad Hernandez
If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.


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…
…continued from last week
RCIA was exactly what I needed. I was dying to share my newly found faith and I wanted to meet new people and I just wanted to talk about God all the time. And in RCIA, there’s such a great crew who knows how to make you feel safe in asking questions and that it’s okay to learn more about your faith and be interested in your faith without being judged. I was a full-time student when I was with RCIA and had to balance school with work and family and friends and all that, but Thursday nights were always so precious and such a gift to me, because I would always come home after RCIA feeling completely at peace. I was just filled with God’s love every Thursday. He was relevant in my life, no matter how busy school or work became. One thing that I definitely take away from RCIA is that desire to reach out to people who are searching to know the truth and searching for God. I am always so inspired to meet people like the crew here, whose hearts clearly are on fire for evangelization and helping to bring others to Christ. And it gives me so much joy to meet people in RCIA, people who take a leap of faith and are open and willing to hear more and learn more. So I was part of RCIA from beginning to end, but I was with RCIA for only about 7 weeks until I got Confirmed in the Holy Rosary Cathedral on Advent. This was November 2010. It was unreal. Archbishop Michael was the one who Confirmed me, and the mass was just beyond words. Seeing so many priests up at the altar surrounding the bishop reminded me so much of the Last Supper and Christ being surrounded by the 12 apostles. My favorite part of my Confirmation was being able to say out loud that I reject evil and that YES, I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and YES I believe in His son Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. It just kind of came full circle for me. The Holy Spirit came alive in me, in so many different ways. I truly believe that one of the direct results of Confirmation was my decision to take part in a 4-month mission trip that following summer, so this summer, in Ottawa. I worked as a missionary, spreading the Good News, evangelizing, praying, alongside 56 other university students my age from all over Canada. Being in a relationship with God is like a marriage (not that I would know anything about marriage). Not all days are good; not all days are bad. Sometimes I feel closer to Him than others, sometimes I’m just not feeling it at all. God is just so good. It’s hard to describe. Not once does He ever abandon us. And even in the moments where you think He’s not there, it’s really when He’s holding onto you the tightest. The important thing is that there is a commitment to be made. This is serious. God sent his only Son to die for us, to save us from the consequences of sin – from eternal separation with Him. It’s really something special to make that commitment with the one who created us, the one who put into us that heart that just wants to be loved. And who could love us more than Him? The greatest love you and I will ever know is that of His love for us. Jesus himself says, (John 3:16) “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life.”
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection



Today’s Gospel is a familiar story. Why did these men not immediately recognize Jesus? With all the busyness of modern life, do we sometimes miss opportunities to recognize Christ in our midst? “Stewardship always starts with a personal experience of the Risen Christ in our midst and in our hearts” (Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan). Let us pray this Easter season, and all year, that we may be good stewards of each 24-hour day and take some time to quiet ourselves every day so that we may be attentive to the voice of God in our lives. Moreover, giving the Holy Spirit permission to guide all of our decision-making processes and thoughts will aid us in drawing even closer to the risen Christ, and in doing so we become even better disciples and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Copyright © 2017, by Joseph Daniel Potvin, Joppa Stewardship Leaders, Ottawa

I encourage all parishioners to join the Legion of Mary to pray the Holy Rosary everyday at 6:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Grotto, starting on Monday, May 1st.


There will be a General Meeting on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 pm, in the OLM Church basement room. Do come and participate in the new projects Knights are planning for the coming year.


Project Advance is our annual appeal that enables the pastoral work and spiritual mission of our local Church to flourish. Your gift to Project Advance helps us meet the material and spiritual need of our Church and parishes. This year’s appeal focuses on the message One Faith. One Church. One Family. Our faith community is expansive and despite our geographical locations and our cultural diversity, which is to be celebrated, we are all united by our faith; we all belong to one Church. View this year’s video or find out more about the works supported by Project Advance at www.projectadvance.ca


Good Shepherd Sunday, May 7, has traditionally been designated by the Church as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The whole Church, therefore, is united today in praying that more men will answer God’s call to be the visible face of the Good Shepherd in our world. On this day, all are invited to pray the Rosary, especially as a family, with the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. Visit rcav.org/pray-for -vocations for special meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with a vocations theme.


Via Lucis, the Stations of the Resurrection, are a scriptural devotion to the Risen Christ. Pray with us this Easter season through meditating on the appearances of Jesus. Sign up today to receive bi-weekly Easter prayers and reflections from our priests: rccav.org/prayers/for/via-lucis


Join us for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents on Saturday, May 6. Mass begins at 9 a.m. at Star of the Sea Church, White Rock, followed by a vigil in the church. Visit rcav.org/pro-life-mass-and-prayervigil


Bishop David Monroe’s 50th Priestly Ordination Anniversary, on Saturday, May 20. Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Cathedral at 5:10 p.m., followed by a ticketed dinner at the Italian Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. Each table seats 10 guests and cost per ticket is $55. For more info, contact Justine Goco at [email protected] or 604-683-0281 ext. 50468. To register, visit rcav.org/event/bishopmonroes-50th-anniversary


Come join Madonna House for a talk and time of silent reflection, followed by fellowship and sharing on Saturday, May 20 at 9:30am –12noon at St. John the Apostle Parish Hall. Guest speaker is Angie Dee. For more information contact Madonna House: [email protected] Or call 604-267-1757


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.


The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment to thank God for what he is sending us every day in his goodness.
— Saint Gianna Beretta Molla


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.


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.


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:




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
Sacristan: Alberto
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