Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Bulletin for March 4th, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent

March 4th, 2018 * 3rd Sunday of Lent *

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 will resume on Wednesday, January 10th. 6:30 pm at OLM School.
For inquiries:
email Marivic at [email protected]

One-on-one Catechism (VANSPEC Program)
For volunteer as catechist or catechist assistant or to register your children, please contact:
* Sr. Glenys Symons or Mary Keegan
(604) 434-7775 or email: [email protected]
* Vanspec Coordinator: Lucy Rodjito,
email: [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, March 3, 2018
5:00pm † Manuel de la Cruz
6:30pm Indonesian Mass

Sunday, March 4, 2018
9:00am † Pedro & Teodosia Zamora
11:00am † Ofelia Concon
7:00pm Filipino Mass

Monday, March 5, 2018
8:00am † Cesar & Judite Dos Santos

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8:00am † Francisco Arellano

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:00am † Allen & Shirley Clingman

Thursday, March 8, 2018
8:00am † Mrs. Shun King Ho

Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00am † Aida & Fernando Frias
7:00pm Eleonora Favaro-Special Intention

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00am Carmen & Oscar Rodriguez 50th Wedding Anniversary

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, Christina Jasinska, Vicente Reyes, Irwin Rivera, Nilcar Donato, Elvira Acosta and Teresita Nixon, Pedrito & Luz Yamuta.
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.


“You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…” – Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God? “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel. Those are easy to recognize. Many times they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot like pride, power, ego, time, comfort or health.
Copyright & 2018, by Joppa Stewardship Leaders Office of Stewardship


“Were you there . . . ?”

Holy Mass - Lentent Talk - Eucharistic Exposition & Benediction

Friday, Feb 23“Were you there . . . in the Shouting Crowd?”
“ . . . and they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on
His head.”- Matthew 27:29.

Rev. Dennis Flores (St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Richmond).
Friday, Mar 2“Were you there . . . as a Spectator?”
“ . . . and they forced him to carry the cross.” —Matthew 27:32
Rev. Lucio Choi (All Saints Parish, Coquitlam)
Friday, Mar 9“Were you there . . . as His Family?”
She will deliver a topic on "In the Footsteps of Jesus Through Mary".
“Near the cross of Jesus stood His Mother . . . ” —John 19:25

Mrs. Carolyn King Blase (A Catholic convert, an inspiring speaker and teacher from
Illinois, USA).
Friday, Mar 16“Were you there . . . as a Sympathizer ?”
A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him.” —Luke 23:27
Rev. James Hughes (St. Patrick Parish, Vancouver)
Friday, Mar 23“Were you there . . . as The Penitent Thief?”
"Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” - Luke 23:42
Rev. Rudolph de Souza (Guardian Angel Parish).


TimeFriday Schedule
9:00 amMorning Mass followed by Adoration
3:00 pmChaplet of Divine Mercy
6:00 pmBenediction
6:30 pmStations of the Cross
7:00 pmEvening Mass
7:30 pmLenten Talk


Encounter with my Lord…
Initially, I desired to be in the RCIA journey to receive sacrament of baptism for I was not baptized. In the past years, I had attended morning and other masses, adoration prayers, and Christmas parties at Our Lady of Mercy, and kept coming to church without receiving any particular guidance or attention. Until in 2016’s Christmas party, God allowed me to have more opportunities in any parts of my life to happen from Our Lady of Mercy: a romantic relationship and a spiritual journey. This romantic relationship has foundation in catholic faith. Through this relationship with another catholic believer, then later (this year) I was introduced to more catholic believers, who are Our Lady of Mercy parishioners. I inquired information about RCIA and registration, and join the RCIA journey. My RCIA journey began from there. My expectations from RCIA are learning something and being welcomed in each session. I received the weekly topics and got myself into discussions with other RCIA inquirers and team members. I learn other inquirer’s and team members’ catholic faith journeys. Jesus Christ, Himself, invites me and others to come and to know Him and His church. Therefore, my expectations were met. Each weekly meeting invited me to open my heart and mind to God. I listen to, sing, read, speak, and watch presentations hungrily. Every day I am thirsty, and God provides the water for me to drink. The book “Life in Christ: A Catholic Catechism for Adults” with assigned reading chapters, which RCIA recommend to read, can change or improve a person’s life and spiritual experiences. God has allowed me to change first. When my mind and heart are close to God, then I am receiving those closest to me whoever they are. Whenever there is a way for me and for God to work in a person’s life, then I will put my faith on Jesus Christ. My relationship with God can be eternal through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through His will, God created me in His image. God called me to respond to the life I have been given to. God allows pain, suffering, sacrifice, trust, emotions, temptations, and anything to be in a person’s life. God gives freedom to a person’s life to choose. God can be a protection, a saviour, a comfort, and anything a person’s life truly needs. God possesses all good things, none are evil. God is love. I am responding to His call by opening myself to any situations and believing God is with me. My expectations of Him at this moment are: to be with me during and after RCIA journey; and to persuade me to be whom I can become, when God knows my strengths and limits.
*) Name has been changed for privacy protection


Have a habitual desire to imitate Christ in all your deeds
by bringing your life into conformity with his.
-Saint John of the Cross


Subscribe to Living with Christ daily Missal through OLM parish and have your own copy. For each new subscription, Novalis will give the parish $10 and with renewal, $2. You may come to the parish office to fill up the form and make the payment by credit card or cheque for $40.43/year.


After the 9:00 and 11:00am masses on March 11th , there will be a representative from the Archdiocesan Prison Ministry that will be speaking about the wonderful opportunity to become a prison ministry volunteer and to live out our Lord’s calling to “visit the prisoners”. For more detail, please contact Bernadette at 604-362-3598


Come and learn more about Plant a Row-Grow a Row, learn from inspiring and knowledgeable speakers, enjoy coffee or tea and goodies, get some useful handouts and giveaways. Wednesday, March 28 from 6 to 9 pm at Saint Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby. Admission is free, but we’d appreciate it if you’d bring along a cash donation and a nonperishable food.


On August 25, 2018, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB will celebrate a mass wedding for civilly married couples. It will be a beautiful community celebration that will cost very little to the individual couples. You can be part of it. Delay no longer; get married in the Church. It is easy! Attend the Information and Processing Session on March 14 at 6:00 pm, at Our Lady of Mercy church basement. For more details call the parish office or email: [email protected]


Tax receipt for the year 2017 have been printed and ready for pick up during office hours or after weekend Masses volunteers will help to find it for you in the church foyer. If you have any concern, please contact the parish office.


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, will celebrate Mass on Monday, March 19, at Holy Rosary Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. (in place of the usual 12:10 Mass.) That evening, he will give a public address at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. Highlighting one of our Archdiocesan Priorities and Goals: Strengthening Marriages and Families, Cardinal Tagle will address the challenges of living the faith within family life. Family time, among today’s many distractions, continues to be an almost lost reality for many. Join us for his talk on Keeping Families in Faith: The Domestic Church in a Global Village. The evening begins with an opening performance at 6 p.m. followed by an opening address by Archbishop Miller and a talk by Cardinal Tagle. Tickets are now on sale! Visit http://rcav.org/cardinal-tagle/


Robert (Bob) Breen of the Catholic Health Association is offering training to the lay faithful who currently make regular hospital visits. Bob is an experienced healthcare executive in both the public and private sectors and was the former CEO of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital. Anyone interested in this training may contact the parish office. No date has been set as of yet, but with the list of potential attendees, the archdiocese will be able to coordinate a session in the near future.


Do you have questions about discerning God’s call for your life? Vocations in Progress for men is an opportunity to meet priests, ask questions, and learn about their life and spirituality. The informal event will include prayer, dinner, and discussion. Wednesday, March 21, from 7-10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver. http://vocationsvancouver.ca/


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 MCDeacon 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
604. 468.8458
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 Registration Sr. Glenys Symons or Mary Keegan
604.434.7775 or email: srgmterp @shaw.ca
VANSPEC One-on-one Catechism CoordinatorLucy Rodjito email: vanspec @rcav.org