Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for September 24th, 2017
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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September 24th, 2017. * 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time *

 
Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
PARISH OFFICE HOURS:
Monday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm,
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)
Do you have questions about the Catholic faith?
Are you interested in developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an incredible journey of learning, personal fulfillment and spiritual growth. Sessions are scheduled every Thursday, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the church basement, starting on September 14.

For inquiries:
call/text Susan Silveira at 778-772-9714

 
 

PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) Classes for Children in Public School
will start on September 6 every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Registration form for 2017-18 is AVAILABLE at the parish office (or at the church foyer during weekend Masses). Late registration can only be made on Wednesdays, Sep 20 and 27 during PREP hours at the school.
For inquiries:
email Marivic at [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, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
5:00 PM Marizza Castro-Thanksgiving
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
9:00 AM Manalastas Family
11:00 AM † Wilhelmina Rivero
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
8:00 AM † Aurelia Oliveres
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
8:00 AM Wisdom & Wilson Chan-Special Intention
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
8:00 AM † Irene Paz
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
8:00 AM † Aurelio Guiterrez
4:00 PM Wedding: Justin Kon & Hazel Ludwig
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
9:00 AM † Rommel Michael Malvar
7:00 PM Chavez family-Thanksgiving
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
9:00 AM Francisco Suh Jung Wook
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 and Rosita Romey, Dianne Slaght, Candida De Souza, Jean Lopez, Alan Hall, Linus Ngui, Tim Clay, Christina Jasinska, Vicente Reyes and Irwin Rivera
Holy Communion: Any one who is shut-in and wishes to receive the Holy 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.

 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS

“So the last will be first and the first last”
– MATTHEW 20:16

You’ve heard the saying “it’s not where you start, but how you finish.” This certainly applies to this Bible passage. We have a responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well. We are called to generously share our gifts with others, not hoard them for our own use. Our gratitude and generosity helps us live “God-centered” lives and not “selfcentered” lives.
Copyright & 2017, by Archdiocese of St. Louis

WEEKLY CATECHISM:

CHAPTER TWO:
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Article 4
JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED ANDWAS BURIED
579 This principle of integral observance of the Law not only in letter but in spirit was dear to the Pharisees. By giving Israel this principle they had led many Jews of Jesus’ time to an extreme religious zeal.334 This zeal, were it not to lapse into “hypocritical” casuistry, 335 could only prepare the People for the unprecedented intervention of God through the perfect fulfillment of the Law by the only Righteous One in place of all sinners.336
580 The perfect fulfillment of the Law could be the work of none but the divine legislator, born subject to the Law in the person of the Son.337 In Jesus, the Law no longer appears engraved on tables of stone but “upon the heart” of the Servant who becomes “a covenant to the people,” because he will “faithfully bring forth justice.”338 Jesus fulfills the Law to the point of taking upon himself “the curse of the Law” incurred by those who do not “abide by the things written in the book of the Law, and do them,” for his death took place to redeem them “from the transgressions under the first covenant.”339
581 The Jewish people and their spiritual leaders viewed Jesus as a rabbi.340 He often argued within the framework of rabbinical interpretation of the Law.341 Yet Jesus could not help but offend the teachers of the Law, for he was not content to propose his interpretation alongside theirs but taught the people “as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.”342 In Jesus, the same Word of God, that had resounded on Mount Sinai to give the written Law to Moses, made itself heard anew on the Mount of the Beatitudes.343 Jesus did not abolish the Law but fulfilled it by giving its ultimate interpretation in a divine way: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old . . . . But I say to you. . . .”344 With this same divine authority, he disavowed certain human traditions of the Pharisees that were “making void the word of God.”345
 

PROJECT ADVANCE 2017
project-advance-2017Project 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 $62,862 from 504 parishioners.

 

THANK YOU!
Many thanks to all who supported the BBQ Fundraising Event last weekend. We have raised 1140 dollars! The money raised for two days will be used to help in construction of the OLM Parish Centre. Special thanks to Lord of Pardon Prayer Group and Peachy & Chuck; Tonet; Edna; Rovi & Dodong; Cristina; Siony; Berna & Mikee; Gertrude & Jong; Michele, Roland, Lauryne, Patryk, Josef, Tiz and Waldo.

 

OLM 75TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO LINK
The video link to the OLM 75th Anniversary video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQLSeuNbO0U Everyone is welcome to view.

 

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
Losing a loved one is sad indeed. Very often, it happens quite suddenly and the family does not know what to do. It is also very stressful to the family members who have to find a funeral home, arrange the funeral service and find a burial place within a short period of time. In view of this, our parish is setting up a bereavement group to assist the grieving families by giving them:
1. the spiritual support through prayers and consolation;
2. guidelines and advices on funeral arrangement;
3. help setting the funeral liturgies, such as choosing Mass readings and music etc.
Those who are interested in joining the team and reaching out to our brothers and sisters who are much in need of our help in this difficult period of time, please contact Deacon Ken at [email protected] There will be training sessions including site visits to the funeral home and cemetery.

 

CLOTH AND SHOES DRIVE
Colatina Int’l Communication will be accepting donation of clothing and footwear for adults and children as well as non-perishable food on Sunday, October 1 from 12 pm to 3 pm at OLM School area. This event is to support new immigrants coming from Latin America countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Venezuela. For more information, please contact Victor Alvarado at 604-729-0622 or [email protected]

 

ARCHDIOCESAN HOLY HOUR EVERY MONTH
Join Fr. Rodney Nootebos, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, along with other members of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese, in a monthly Holy Hour of prayer, intensely focused on asking the “Lord of the Harvest to send forth labourers into the harvest.” Next Holy Hour will be on October 11 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta at 5:30 p.m. Visit rcav.org/event-archdiocese-holy hour for the full calendar.

 

LITTLE FLOWER ACADEMY
welcomes all prospective 2018- 2019 candidates and their families to an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:00–8:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Welcome Address starts at 6:00 pm in the auditorium (1625 Nanton Avenue in Vancouver) and is followed by guided tours. For more information and online application, please visit our website (www.lfabc.org) or contact Kathi Wilson, Registrar at [email protected] or 604-738-9016 ext. 114.

 

INFANT LOSS AWARENESS MASS with Archbishop Miller
October 15 is National Infant Loss Awareness Day. On that day, we remember our little ones who have gone too soon. To honour them, Archbishop Miller will be celebrating Mass at the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani. This is our second annual Infant Loss Awareness Day event. We will light up the cemetery in their honour, so please come and join us for this special Mass. Register at rccav.org/events/128

 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER IS BACK!
We are having a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in the Lower Mainland again. October 20-22 in Deroche, BC (just east of Mission). Worldwide Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple shares together whether they have been married a short time or many years. Married couples learn how to rekindle the passion in their relationship and how to keep their love growing year after year. The communication skills learned on this weekend of discovery can enrich your marriage in ways you never thought possible. Don’t wait to invest in your marriage. For more information or to register, contact: Steve & Mary Bohnen – 604 876-7298 or [email protected]

 

FILIPINO MINISTRY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
The Matthew 7.7 Prayer Brigade gathers month to month in different parishes for Intensive Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. Next will be on Sunday, October 22, 2:00-5:00 PM, St. Monica, Richmond. Everyone is invited to join and pray.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Father Ron needs volunteers every SUNDAY from 9 am to 12 noon at George Derby Centre (7550 Cumberland St., Burnaby) to help seniors attend Sunday Mass by assisting from and back to their rooms. Father Ron can be reached at 604-760-7591.
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Birthright Vancouver looking for volunteers Would you like to help women in crisis pregnancy situations? Birthright Vancouver is looking for volunteers who can commit 3 hours a week on a weekday morning or afternoon to this mission. Training provided. Please contact 604.687.7223 or [email protected]
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We are in need of volunteers for children liturgy. Anyone interested to help, please email Melanie at [email protected] for more details.

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