Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 20

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 18TH – 19TH MAY 2019


02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Development Fund. Please give generously.


DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY. All are encouraged to come & participate. The invitation of Our Blessed Mother Mary home is an on-going program of our Parish & requires Registration at the Parish Office during office hours.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 31ST MAY at 7:30 PM with HOLY ROSARY for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on THURSDAY, 30TH MAY at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.

Vigil Mass for the ASCENSION is on WEDNESDAY, 29TH MAY at 7:30 PM.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.


To register, please call St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office Tel: 082-423424. There is no registration fee but love offering will be collected.


CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is 16TH JUNE 2019

SALES – of Lemang in aid of 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 Body of Christ


Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 05



There are many names for the Church, and images of its communion life, e.g. the vine and the branches (Jn 15:1-5), ‘living stones making a spiritual house’ (1 P 2:4-5). Two of the greatest images are those of the Body of Christ (cf LG 7) and the people of God (cf LG, chapter 2). Both of these images have very strong roots in the Eucharist and can help us to appreciate the significance of the fact that we use both bread and wine in the Mass.

The image of the Body of Christ comes exclusively from St Paul and undoubtedly originates in his conversion on the road to Damascus. A bright light shone, he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’, and again, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting’ (Ac 9:3-5). It was actually Jesus’ followers that Saul was persecuting, but he suddenly realised that Jesus is risen and that he lives in his followers, so that to lay hands upon them is actually laying hands upon him (‘Why are you persecuting me?’). Jesus is really and tangibly present in them; they are his body, the Body of Christ. Paul himself was baptised and gradually discovered this mystery in his own person: ‘I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me’ (Gal 2:20). The self-same mystery unites all Christians with one another, so that all are ‘parts of one another’ (Eph 4:25; cf Rm 12:5).

“By receiving the bread which has become Christ’s body, we ourselves are united in his Body which is the Church”

Paul gives a lot of teaching on this great theme in his first letter to the Corinthians (e.g. 1 Co 12:12-30) and it is no coincidence that this letter is the letter in which he gives one of the four accounts we have of the institution of the Eucharist (1 Co 11:23-26). He himself makes the connection between the Eucharist and the Church when he says: ‘The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the body of Christ?’ (1 Co 10:16). Paul’s Greek word, koinonia, is often translated into English simply as ‘communion’, but it primarily means ‘participation’, so Paul’s teaching here has layers of meaning. First of all, by means of the bread and the cup we participate in the body and blood of Christ himself, but then also, participating together in Christ produces a profound communion between ourselves, so our ‘sharing’ has both a vertical and also a horizontal dimension.

He then adds: ‘And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf’ (1 Co 10:17). In short, ‘one bread, one body’. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said: ‘This is my body’ (Mt 26:26; Mk 14:22; Lk 22:19; 1 Co 11:24). Clearly, Paul understands that, by receiving the bread which has become Christ’s body, we ourselves are united in his Body which is the Church. In other words, we receive the body of Christ in order to become the Body of Christ. This is one of the main lines of scriptural reflection associated with our use of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist.

What, then, of the wine? We have already seen that Jesus links the cup to the covenant and thereby recalls the prophetic figure of the Suffering Servant. But there are, in fact, further strands of meaning that coverage upon the cup from the Old Testament by means of the mention of covenant. It’s helpful to remember what happened in the desert at Mount Sinai, when God made a covenant with his people through Moses.


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