Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for December 17th, 2017
3rd Sunday of Advent

December 17th, 2017. * 3rd Sunday of Advent *

Pastor: Father Nicolas Tumbelaka
Deacon: Kenneth Fung
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.

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 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 ).


Saturday, December 16, 2017
5:00pm Fernando & Theresa Rivera

Sunday, December 17, 2017
9:00am † Aida Frias
11:00am † Enrique Miquiabas

Monday, December 18, 2017
8:00am † Rufino Macapinlac

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
8:00am Mike Concon

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
8:00am † George Castaldo

Thursday, December 21, 2017
8:00am † Victor Manrique

Friday, December 22, 2017
9:00am Malvin Tjokro
7:00pm Wilson & Wisdom & Family

Saturday, December 23, 2017
9:00am † Anna Lee Mugeun

If you wish to offer for a Mass intention, please come to the parish office.



Saturday, December 23rd
09:00 am:Morning Mass
05:00 pm:Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Saturday Mass of Anticipation)
Sunday, December 24th
9:00 am:Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:00 am:Fourth Sunday of Advent
5:00 pm:Christmas Mass
(Christmas Pageant)
10:30 pm:Christmas Carol
11:00 pm:Christmas Midnight Mass
Monday, December 25th
09:00 am:Christmas Day Mass
11:00 am:Christmas Day Mass
Saturday, December 30th
9:00 am: Morning Mass
5:00 pm:The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
(Saturday Mass of Anticipation)
Sunday, December 31st
9:00 am
:Holy Family Sunday Mass
11:00 am:Holy Family Sunday Mass
05:00 pm:New Year’s Eve Mass
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
10:00 pm:Eucharistic Adoration
11:00 pm:Midnight Mass
Monday, January 1st
09:00 am:New Year’s Day Mass
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
11:00 am:New Year’s Day Mass
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Parish office will be closed from Tuesday December 26, 2017 until Tuesday January 2, 2018 and will open again on Wednesday, January 3rd 2018



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, Irwin Rivera, Nilcar Donato, Elvira Acosta and Teresita Nixon.
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.



Giving is a popular topic of conversation this time of year. There is joy in giving. When we give in gratitude to God for the many gifts He has given us, it enriches the experience of giving a gift. When gratitude is behind our giving, joy always accompanies the gift. Joy radiates from giving, and thus, joy shared is joy multiplied. Stewardship is giving, motivated by both joy and gratitude. It’s more than giving to a need… it’s needing to give!

Copyright & 2017, by Joppa Stewardship Leaders Office of Stewardship


Article 4
III. Jesus and Israel’s Faith in the One God and Savior
Paragraph 3. Jesus Christ Was Buried
627 Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him” and therefore “divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.” Both of these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land of the living,” and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption.”
Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this also, because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death.

“Buried with Christ . . .”

628 Baptism, the original and full sign of which is immersion, efficaciously signifies the descent into the tomb by the Christian who dies to sin with Christ in order to live a new life.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Article 5

631 Jesus “descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens.”
The Apostles’ Creed confesses in the same article Christ’s descent into hell and his Resurrection from the dead on the third day, because in his Passover it was precisely out of the depths of death that he made life spring forth: The one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
632 The frequent New Testament affirmations that Jesus was “raised from the dead” presuppose that the crucified one sojourned in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection.
This was the first meaning given in the apostolic preaching to Christ’s descent into hell: that Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead. But he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there.

The Lay Association of Co-Workers of Saint Teresa of Calcutta consists of men, women, youth and children of all nations and cultures and is also the first such group that included members of all religions. Moved by the Spirit of God, co-workers desire to love Him in their fellowman, especially in the poorest of the poor of all castes and creeds, in the spirit of Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity with whom the coworkers are spiritually affiliated. Anyone interested to join please contact: Deacon Kenneth Fung at 604-781-1278


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 of $86,188 from 601 parishioners.

New Westminster Deanery 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec 18thSaint Francis de Sales 6610 Balmoral St., Burnaby
Tuesday, Dec 19thSaint Luke’s Parish 20285 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge
OUR LADY OF MERCY PARISH 7455 Tenth Avenue, Burnaby
Wednesday, Dec 20thOur Lady of Lourdes Parish 828 Laval Square, Coquitlam
Saint Michael’s Parish 9387 Holmes St., Burnaby
Thursday, Dec 22ndOur Lady of Fatima Parish 315 Walker St., Coquitlam

Advent is here. It is the season of waiting and spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord. However, how much do we understand about His coming? Deacon Ken Fung is giving a series of talks to delve into this topic. The last talk will be at the church on Monday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. and the topic is Parousia – Christ Comes Again. Please do not miss these insightful presentations which will be based on Scripture and teachings of the Church.

2018 Sunday offering envelope boxes are now available for pick-up at the church foyer. Please do:
(1) Check the name and information on the label
(2) Take only your own envelope box
(3) Start using the envelope in 2018

Please contact the parish office if:
– the label has incorrect information
– you have moved, or
– you could not find yours and wish to have one


December 16 – 24, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. A nine-day Novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas will begin on Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 am. Dawn Masses is not just a tradition that is celebrated because we need to do so. It is a significant moment to strengthen relationships among family members and it is the time where our faith is intensified. This is the time where we mostly feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. All parishioners are encouraged to participate.


Please remember your parish when you make your will (estate). Thank You!


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OrganizationContact & Phone
Altar Servers
Building MaintenanceJosef Bauer
Catholic Women's League CWL
Elaine Tan
Choir  - 5:00pm
Cherry Ocampo
Choir  - 9:00am
Maria Mabel Roca
Choir  - 11:00am
Charles Desouza
Co-Worker of MCMelanie

Deacon Ken
Counters - Group IEleanora McGhee
Counters - Group IIElvira Acosta
Couples for ChristGerry Andrada
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy CommunionSharon Assumption
FinancePaul Shearon
Flower ArrangementClemence Jamen
Foods for the PoorBrad
Hand Maids of the LordIrene
Healing Ministry/St. Peregrine Healing PrayerLila Caldera
Indonesian CommunityIwan Kuntjoro
Knights of ColumbusRaphael
LectorsMaria Siglos
Legion of Mary (English)Terri Oro
Legion of Mary (English Jr.)Edna
Legion of Mary (Spanish Group)Norma
Liturgical CommitteeDeacon Ken
Lord of Pardon SocietyJosie Luciano
Opus Dei (Ladies)Melanie Dee
Opus Dei (Gents)Peter Nation
OLM Gym InquiriesJacqueline Gastaldo
OLM School PrincipalNeva Grout
Migrant MinistryRalph Guerra
Mustard Seed - Prayer GroupGina
Parish OfficeNovita Ong
Project AdvanceEva
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)Marivic Cregan
olmprep @gmail.com
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Contacts :
RCIA CoordinatorValder Belgrave
Newcomer - Inquiry CoordinatorSusan Silveira
Safe EnvironmentJane Wangersky
SacristanAlberto Taculod
Society of Saint Vincent de PaulBrad Garisto
Usher 5:00 PMRoger Lawrence
Usher 9:00 AMPaul Cunha
Usher 11:00 AMDavid Huen
Youth MinistryGustav/Melanie Arinzol
VANSPEC One-on-one Catechism RegistrationJane Wangersky
email : [email protected] bc.ca