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1ST SUNDAY of LENT
09TH – 10TH MARCH 2019
ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will begin on this 1ST SUNDAY of LENT till EASTER SUNDAY [ 21ST APRIL 2019 ]
Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. Pamphlets, Boxes & Envelopes are available outside the Church. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses
MID-DAY MASS – will be celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus John Ha at 12:30 PM in the Carmelite Chapel on every FRIDAY in Lent. Do come and spend some time to pray during your lunch break.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS & MASS – on every FRIDAY in LENT at 8:00 PM [ Sedes Sapientiae Chapel of St. Joseph’s Private School ] All are welcome.
ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16TH MARCH. All parishioners & lay apostolate are strongly urged to join & are kindly requested to proceed & meet at Station One by 9:00 AM. Registration fee for adult is RM7.00 & children of age 12 & below is RM3.00. Please register at the Registration Counter outside the Church after mass.
LENTEN & EASTER PROGRAM 2019 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy.
Parishioners are kindly requested to give some cash donation to buy fresh flowers for the Easter Celebration. Please drop the donation through the Weekend’s Masses collection bags in an envelope marked Flowers Donation.
COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 29TH MARCH at 7:30 PM, with STATIONS OF THE CROSS in Lent. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 28TH MARCH or through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.
SCHOLARSHIP – for Diploma in Nursing at Tun Tan Cheng Lock Nursing College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The recruitment team will be in Kuching to conduct walk-in interviews on 19TH MARCH 2019 at St. Augustine Room, St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Centre from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SALES – of Lemang in aid of the Missionary Partnership in Kenya and our Parish Development Fund Account 2 by the community from Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bintawa will be available today & tomorrow after Mass. Please give your generous support.
The Spirit of Christ
Sr Mary David Totah OSB
4. YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Origins of Confirmation
Since almost all the problems concerned confirmation spring from its peculiar history, it is necessary to give some account of its practice through the ages.
From the first days of the Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, the rite of baptism has been completed by the laying on of hands for the gift of the Spirit. There are two passages in the Acts of the Apostles which describe an outpouring of the Spirit as a sort of confirmation of Baptism, and these may help us to understand the sacrament of Confirmation. These two episodes describe a rite imparting a gift of the Holy Spirit which was connected with baptism yet distinct from it, involving a laying-on of hands. Once Philip the deacon had preached and conferred baptism, the Apostles sent Peter and John to the converts. On their arrival “they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for as yet he had not come upon any of them, because they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Ac 8:14-17). Later Paul carried out the same rite
at Ephesus; “On hearing this they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus; and when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came down on them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy” (Ac 19:5-6).
Prayer by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019
when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ
rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers
to “go and make disciples of all nations”
and you remind us that through our Baptism
we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and zealous
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to the Church,
which is still very far from completion,
may find new and efficacious expressions
that bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples
to experience the saving love
and mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.