Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for May 21th, 2017
6th Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2017. * 6th 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)
If you are interested in the Catholic Faith
We invite you to join us every Sunday at the 9:00 am Mass and at 10:00 am for one hour question & answer session the church basement.
For inquiries:
call/text Susan Silveira at 778-772-9714


First Communion of the children in the parish will be Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Confirmation will be on Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. to be administered by Archbishop J. Michael Miller.

Let us pray for our children preparing for the Sacraments that they will be drawn into a deeper understanding of their faith.

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 ).


Saturday, May 20, 2017
5:00pm : † Giuseppe Facchin
Sunday, May 21, 2017
9:00am : Juwel Ann Castro-Thanksgiving
11:00am : † Fabert Romero
Monday, May 22, 2017
9:00am : † Giuseppe Troiano
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00am : Anthony Grippo
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00am : † Julia R. Macapinlac
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00am : † Mgr. Joseph Fornari
6:00pm : STMC Graduation Mass
Friday, May 26, 2017
9:00am : † Souls in purgatory
7:00pm : Therese & Ray-Thanksgiving
Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:00am : Miguel Vales-Thanksgiving
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…
I grew up in a lovely family and my parents loved me so much. We were poor but we had enough to eat. I had a very happy childhood and I was very fortunate to go to college. I received much support from my parents, teachers and classmates. I enjoyed a happy life without worrying. Things changed dramatically after I graduated and worked as a university teacher. I worried about the job security so I pursued my PH.D. I became a full professor in the university but I was not satisfied nor happy. I followed my colleagues on the road of the ‘American dream’ and felt the excitement for a short moment — lasting about 2 weeks. I faced the reality of putting food on the table for my family. I could not settle physically or mentally during my 3 years stay in USA. Did I make the right decision? Should I stay in USA or go back to China? I was seriously ill for 1 year. With a lot of uncertainty, we came to Canada in 2001. Due to the economic situation, I lowered my expectation and worked for a farm and landscaping company with a certain degree of happiness. But things started changing again when I found a professional job. I started worrying about my salary, my job security, job position and even the down-payment for buying a house. I didn’t feel happiness. Instead, I was more worried about mortgage payment, insecure future and rebelling kids, etc. My feet were not on the ground. I felt the emptiness in my life. I started asking myself a question – “why I am not happy”. It seemed there were some pattern. I really do not know the answer but I knew there was something missing, and I was greatly puzzled… Until 2 years ago, my son asked me whether I could go to church and for some reason I said ‘sure’ to him immediately and I saw his smiling face. I kept my promise for the child. I went to the OLM the following Sunday and read RCIA starting in the weekly bulletin. I truly believed it was God’s call to me and the Holy Spirit helped me to respond to God’s call in the right way. The RCIA greatly helped me find the answer I have been searching for many years. Over the past 2 years, my faith in God was strengthened. I was touched and inspired by many real-life stories from RCIA participants – new and old. I felt my feet were grounded again, I felt secure just as my childhood time, and I found in the church the true home of happiness where “the lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Alejandro*
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection



Prayer is the foundation of our Faith and the foundation of Stewardship. Pray in good times and in bad. Prayer is always the first best option in any situation, not just the last resort. Pray for friends and family and for those that don’t treat you very well. Pray to give praise, to thank and to ask God for help. Pray to see what God wants you to do with the gifts He has given you.
Office of Stewardship & the ACA, Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
— Saint Ambrose —


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
Your gift to Project Advance last year in the parish has been used to pay the changing of the part of parish school library wall. This year, our parish goal is $200,000. We will start saving for the building of our future Parish Centre and Rectory. Together let us continue to live gratefully and give generously. Our Project Advance Volunteers will be available after each Mass to accept your pledge/donation.
To date we have received a total donations of $ 10,196 from 214 parishioners.


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. Marian Celebration on Saturday, May 27 after 5:00 pm Mass, in front of the grotto. Join us in reflection and Holy Rosary recitation, followed by potluck and social.


2000 HAIL MARY The Couples for Christ invites everyone to join in praying the 2000 Hail Mary’s on Saturday, May 27 after the 9:00 am Mass. Please come at your convenient time between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.


You are invited to the 50th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Parish on Sunday, June 4 at 2:30pm with Praising, Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Mass and a small dinner. Vernon Robertson will share on “What’s the Spirit is saying to the Renewal”. You need to RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to attend.


We would like to invite you to have a look at handmade religious articles and souvenirs made by the Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent (Belarus) who will visit Our Lady of Mercy church on Friday, June 9.


Open House and Registration for new families wanting to join Our Lady of Fatima Preschool for September 2017– June 2018 on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at 315 Walker St., Coquitlam.


Rosary rallies will be held at the South Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, on the following Saturdays, 10 June, 15 July, 12 August, 16 Sept and 7 Oct. Time of each rally: 10.00 to about 11am. Come and support the rallies, to show your love for Our Lady, and give public witness to the Faith!


Retrouvaille is an affordable program that provides couples with the tools to repair ALL kinds of marriage problems. Retrouvaille has helped thousands of couples avoid separation and regain a joyful marriage. For confidential information or to register for the 7 week Lower Mainland program commencing the weekend of October 20 – 22, 2017 plus sessions on the 6 consecutive Sundays following the weekend, call us at 604-530-6710, email us at [email protected] or visit our website http://www.retrouvaillevancouver.com


Join us as we welcome three more permanent deacons on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Richard Chau, Patrick Dwan, and Tony Gray have gone through the archdiocese’s four-year permanent diaconate program of preparation for service to the local Church and will be ordained permanent deacons at Holy Rosary Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.


Please join us at the Holy Rosary Cathedral for the Pro-Life Mass on Saturday, May 27 at 12:10pm. Mass will be preceded by the Rosary, followed by the “Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Reception to follow Mass in the Cathedral Hall. Donations of finger food appreciated. All are welcome.


As the Catholic Church celebrates the 100th year of Our Lady of Fatima, the Filipino Ministry’s Matthew 7.7 Prayer Brigade gather month-to-month in different parishes with the hope of being joined by many Filipinos and their non-Filipino relatives and friends. This month’s will be on May 28, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in St. Anthony of Padua, 1345 West 73rd Ave., Vancouver. A Petitions box and a Thanksgiving box will be in the foyer and will be offered to the Altar before 2:00. Come join us! Email [email protected] for queries.


Would you like to get your marriage blessed so you can receive the sacraments? We can help you. On Saturday, September 16 Archbishop Miller, CSB, will celebrate the blessing of marriages at St. Clare’s Parish, Coquitlam for a large number of civilly married couples. Be a part of it. To learn more, check out our upcoming information session on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., at St. Francis de Sales, Burnaby, or Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Surrey. For more info, please contact Deacon Greg at 604-771-2975 or Jimmy at 778- 378-5389


The Good Samaritan Society is hosting a Volunteer Pastoral Care Visitor Training Workshop at The Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, 230 Ross Drive, New Westminster, June 16 and 17 (Friday evening & all day Saturday). This workshop will provide a basic understanding of pastoral care and will provide practical skills in visiting. Presenters will provide interactive modules, lead small and large group discussion and assist with role playing. The cost is $25 (Regular price $70.00). If you require more information, please feel free to contact Dale Olsen at 1-877-437-3600 or [email protected] Or Chaplain Marilyn Chan at 604-523-9227 or [email protected]


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


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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