Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for December 3rd, 2017
1st Sunday of Advent

December 3rd, 2017. * 1st 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 2, 2017
5:00pm † Maria Lilette Ann Vasquez
6:30pm Indonesian Mass

Sunday, December 3, 2017
9:00am † Eufracio & Crisencia Tangan
11:00am † Matilde Canelas
7:00pm Filipino Mass

Monday, December 4, 2017
8:00am Maribeth Malvar

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00am Romeo & Minda Malvar

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:00am † Faustino E. Olandez

Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:00am † Angelica D’Souza

Friday, December 8, 2017
9:00am Gary & Diana Westgeest – 39th Wedding Anniversary
7:00pm † Pedro Javier

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00am † Cecilio Maria Cuntapay

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


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 and Elvira Acosta.
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.



“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.” – MARK 13:33

We all take things for granted. In particular, we take time for granted. Our lives are so busy, many of us are planning our time – our days, weeks, months, even years in advance. Remember, our time on earth is a gift. None of us knows how long we will be here. Start today and begin thanking God for each and every day. Take time in silence, every day, and listen to what God is saying to you.
Copyright & 2017, by Archdiocese of St. Louis


Article 4
III. Jesus and Israel’s Faith in the One God and Savior
Paragraph 2. Jesus Died Crucified
III. Christ Offered Himself to His Father for Our Sins
619 “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3).
620 Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love for us, because “he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10). “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor 5:19).
621 Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation. Beforehand, during the Last Supper, he both symbolized this offering and made it really present: “This is my body which is given for you” (Lk22:19).
622 The redemption won by Christ consists in this, that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28), that is, he “loved [his own] to the end” (Jn 13:1), so that they might be “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from [their] fathers” (1 Pet1:18).
623 By his loving obedience to the Father, “unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8), Jesus fulfills the atoning mission (cf. Isa 53:10) of the suffering Servant, who will “make many righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities” (Isa 53:11; cf. Rom 5:19).
What has he done for me? He has loved me and given me his whole self. What shall I do for him? I shall love him and give myself to him without reserve. – Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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 $83,213 from 564 parishioners.

New Westminster Deanery 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 10thSaints Cyril & Methodius 472 East 8th Avenue, New Westminster
Tuesday, Dec 12thAll Saints Parish 821 Fairfax St., Coquitlam
Saint Peter’s Church 330 Royal Ave., New Westminster
Saint Patrick’s Parish* 22561 – 121 Avenue, Maple Ridge *Starts at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 13thSaint Joseph’s Parish 140 Moody St., Port Moody
Thursday, Dec 14thHoly Spirit Parish 244 Lawrence St., New Westminster
Saint Clare of Assisi Parish 1320 Johnson St., Coquitlam
Sunday, Dec 17thOur Lady of Assumption 3141 Shaughnessy St. Port Coquitlam
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


Our parish is accepting donations for the Christmas hamper that will be distributed to the family in need. We welcome any nonperishable goods, toiletries, gift cards, etc. until December 10. Donation box will be provided in the church foyer. Gift cards or monetary donation can be put in the collection basket with “Christmas Hamper” marking on the envelope. Let us all share the spirit of Christmas with our less fortunate families.


The Lay Association of Co-Workers of Saint Teresa of Calcutta consist 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


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


VANSPEC program is now available in our parish. The program offers a one-on-one catechism for those who learn best through tailored individual lessons. Please help us to spread the goods news by reaching out to those who will benefit from this program. Your call maybe the answer to their prayers! We are currently accepting students. Please contact: Sr. Glenys Symons (OLM Site Coordinator for Vanspec) 604-838-1206 or Lucy Rodjito (Vanspec Coordinator) by email [email protected] or [email protected] for further information. You may also visit Vanspec website http://vanspec.ca/


Advent is coming soon. 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 will give a series of 3 talks to delve into this topic. The talks will be given at 7:00 p.m. in the Church on the following dates:

#1 The Word Made Flesh December 5 (Tuesday)

#2 Born of a Woman December 12 (Tuesday)

#3 The Parousia December 18 (Monday)
Please do not miss these insightful presentations which will be based on Scripture and teachings of the Church.


The Spanish Legion of Mary invites everyone to the commemoration of the Appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico on Saturday, December 9. Starts with bilingual Mass at 11 am and Rosary prayer at the church, refreshment will follow at the basement.


The Our Lady of Mercy Scout Group will be selling apples by donation after the 9 am and 11 am mass on December 17 to raise funds for their activities. Your help and support is appreciated very much.


We cordially invite everyone to watch “SHOWKIDS: Share-Give-Love”, a fundraising dinner and show benefitting our parish’s future Parish Centre and Rectory. This will be held on February 11, 2018 Sunday) at 5:30 pm in the OLM School Gym. Early bird ticket price is $20 until December 31, 2017. Regular ticket price is $25. To buy tickets call: Jannet at (604) 771-1357 or Mila at (778) 895-5041


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:




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