DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
27TH – 28TH APRIL 2019
ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – Those who have yet to return, are reminded to do so soonest possible. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag.
BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 05TH MAY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 03RD MAY after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopy of sponsor’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.
PRIESTLY ORDINATION – Deacon John Ekly Direk will be ordained to the Priesthood in the Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 1ST MAY at 4:00 pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come and pray for our new priest. There will be no Daily Evening Mass in this Church on that day.
ALPHA COURSE in Bahasa Malaysia will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Bintawa on every TUESDAY from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm starting 30TH APRIL till 21ST JULY. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Deadline for registration is this weekend. For further details, please call James Jonik Hp: 019-874 5898, John Pui Hp: 013-805 2322 or Shenton Chai Hp: 012-888 9590.
ALPHA IN ENGLISH – a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church on TUESDAY starting the 7TH MAY, from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. This is a golden opportunity for us to come and explore the Christian faith together and encounter the Risen Lord. Please bring your friends along. Registration is free. Forms are available outside the entrance of the Church. Please return the completed registration forms in the ALPHA registration boxes provided or to HTC parish office. Closing date is 5TH MAY 2019.
VOCATION WEEKEND 2019 will be organised at St. Jude’s Church, Bunan Gega from 11TH to 12TH MAY 2019. Those interested to know more about the priesthood and religious life, please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church for further details.
APPRECIATION: our Rector wish to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the success of the recent concluded Lenten & Easter program 2019.
The Body of Christ
Fr. Paul McPartlan
- THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
These are not easy words! John tells us that many of Jesus’ followers could not accept them and left. Nevertheless, Jesus insisted, ‘The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life’ (Jn 6:60). We must ponder them carefully. First of all, we see that the constant theme is ‘life’. Life is what Jesus and his words are all about. Then we note that Jesus seems to be describing himself as a ‘life-line’ for us. He says that he himself clings to the Father and draws life from him, and that we ourselves can, in turn, cling to him (Jesus) and draw life from him, through eating and drinking what he gives us, his own body and blood. The net effect is that, in Christ, through the Eucharist, we ourselves can draw life form the one source of all life, namely God the Father.
From all eternity, the Father gives life in the Blessed Trinity to the Son and the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Spirit live in a communion of life which is everlasting because it is uncreated, it had no beginning. Anything created had a beginning and has life only as a gift; it can therefore die if that gift is taken away. Its hold on life is fragile. So Christ himself, the Son of God, in his created humanity could die and did die, but he clung all along to his heavenly Father (‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’, Lk 23:46) and the Father raised him in triumph by the power of the Spirit. St Paul teaches that that same wonder will be worked in us: ‘if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you’ (Rm 8:11).
The Church is sent to proclaim that Christ is risen and that life has conquered death. Since that life is given to us as food and drink in the Eucharist, it follows that the Eucharist plays a decisive role in the life of the Church. It has a programmatic role; it sets the tone for everything else. The Second Vatican Council expressed this great truth by simply saying that the eucharist sacrifice is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, hereafter LG, 11). A famous pioneer of Vatican II, the French Jesuit, Henri de Lubac, coined the famous phrase that: the Eucharist makes the Church’, and in the same line of thought Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has said: ‘The Church is the celebration of the Eucharist; the Eucharist is the Church; they do not simply stand side by side; they are one and the same; it is from there that everything else radiates.’ Likewise the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches: ‘”The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharist, assembly.’ (CCC 752)
Our Orthodox and Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters always highlight the vital role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus and in the life of the Church, while sadly those in the West are often rather inattentive to the Spirit. So let us emphasise straight away that, just as Jesus was raised to life by the Father in the power of the Spirit (cf Rm 8:11), so the Church celebrates the Eucharist by the power of the same Spirit, and lives in ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ (2 Co 13:13). In the Creed, we proclaim that the Spirit is ‘the Lord, the giver of life’, and there is an epiclesis, an invocation of the Spirit, that accompanies the words of consecration in the Mass: e.g. ‘Let your spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ’ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The international Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue has spoken very clearly about the role of the Spirit in the Eucharist and in the Church. ‘The Spirit transforms the sacred gifts into the Body and Blood of Christ (metabole, change) in order to bring about the growth of the Body which is the Church.’ In fact, it says, the entire celebration of the Eucharist is an epiclesis, which simply becomes more explicit at certain moments. All in all: ‘The Church is continually in a state of epiclesis.’