Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for May 7th, 2017
4th Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2017. * 4th 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)
Sunday Chat with newcomers Hosted by RCIA
This is for you if you are an adult:
 New to our Church and curious about Jesus, the Bible and the Catholic Church
 Interested in the Catholic faith journey
 Just want to understand the Church and the mass.
We invite you to join us every Sunday starting May 7, 2017
 9am Sunday mass to listen to the bible readings and pray together (Church)
 10 am for 1 hour lively chat about who is Jesus Christ, the bible, and your questions (Church basement)
For inquiries:
call/text Susan Silveira at 778-772-9714


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 ).


Saturday, May 6, 2017
5:00pm : Philomena Lee-Thanksgiving
Sunday, May 7, 2017
9:00am : † George & Antonia Gastaldo
11:00am : † Maria C. & Joao N. Vales
Monday, May 8, 2017
8:00am : † Leonardo Prades Sr. and Jr.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00am : Christina Jasinska
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00am : † Norma Flores
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00am : Favaro family intentions
Friday, May 12, 2017
9:00am : † Catarina & Manuel Moreira
7:00pm : † Maria Gloria Moreira
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00am : † Gindu Suh
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…
My journey with the Catholic Church began when I became serious about a relationship. I was from a Protestant background and Mark had grown up in the Catholic Church. I thought I had known all I need to know about “religions”. But God interceded that would change my ‘calculated and concrete plans’ for my life. The Protestant churches taught me that the church should be apostolic, but where is this apostolic church? I had been searching for the true church for about a year now. So I never thought in my lifetime that I would be a part of the Catholic Church. However, it looked like the Catholic boy and the Protestant girl were supernaturally already on the same page already. Excited and full of energy that our dreams of a family together were coming to fruition, Mark and I understand that we would start with taking RCIA at the church we are meant to call our home. Because we knew it was serious we tried using our heads and went to visit many different churches. During the summer, I calculated which one was the best for us to invest our limited, weekly time. We were about to start RCIA in another parish but miraculously, we went to OLM one a Sunday. Father Nicholas announced that the church’s RCIA starts that coming Thursday. Our hearts stirred! And we immediately knew that the Holy Spirit had called us to RCIA at Our Lady of Mercy. Our journey had just begun! Mark and I were led by the leaders God had carefully given to us by His Grace. We knew we would fall in love with the church family we would end up taking RCIA at. We know that God only gives us the best, and we are so privileged and honored to share our life in this community. It is only the beginning and I am so proud that our life started with RCIA and Father Nicolas and Our Lady of Mercy! -Debbie*
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection



And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ” ACTS 2:38 The word “repent” means to turn from sin, to change our actions. When it comes to change, do we take responsibility for change or do we think that others have to change instead? Change that is permanent comes from within, we must take control and be disciplined. Remember though that we are not alone, Jesus is there to help lighten the load.
Office of Stewardship & the ACA, Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri

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.


Saturdays, May 13 to June 10 after the 5:00 pm Mass. We invite those in need of healing and those who would like to stand in proxy for another to attend


The Wild Goose series will help you experience a deeper relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit, and as you come to experience God’s presence and Power; this very same Spirit will transform you and bring you freedom. If you allow the Holy Spirit, He will lead you to a place of mercy, healing and peace. The series will start on Monday, May 15 at OLM Church Basement. No charge, but please register to [email protected] or phone 604-353-4158.


Six Rosary rallies will be held at the South Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, on the following Saturdays, 13 May, 10 June, 15 July, 12 August, 16 Sept and 7 Oct. Time of each rally: 10.00 to about 11. Come and support the rallies, to show your love for Our Lady, and give public witness to the Faith! If you can come, if possible please bring camp chairs to lend to young mothers and the elderly.


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


Annual Mayfair is coming up soon! Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vancouver College Campus for one of our community’s largest events of the year! Our entire campus is transformed into an oldfashioned spring fair, including fun-filled family activities for parents, children, and grandparents alike. Join us for a day of fun, food fair eats, entertainment, midway games, and shopping. Admission: $3. Come and support the age-old tradition of the Vancouver College Mayfair!


Join us as we commemorate Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary with Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Fatima is “undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions” (Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone). Learn the complete message of Fatima (1916 to 1929) and why it is more urgent than ever. The presenter is Angie Dee, M.A.Theology, who will use a PowerPoint presentation of over one hundred slides. Saturday, May 13 with Holy Mass at 8 a.m., followed by the Consecration prayers, rosary and hymn to Our Lady; 9:15 a.m. food and refreshments ending with a presentation on Fatima at 10 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Parish, Vancouver.*Spring Fair


“The retreat has been a life-changing and spiritual awakening for me. I feel that any person who has had an abortion should come to Rachel’s Vineyard to experience healing and forgiveness.” -Testimonial after a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Come experience a spiritual awakening and allow God to change your life forever. Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Next Retreat is May 2017. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.


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.


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.


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.


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 (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