6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
25TH – 26TH MAY 2019
DEVOTION OF OUR LADY – in 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.
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
ST. JOSEPH’S – Family of Schools ( SJFS ) will restage the original musical production THE WHITE RAJAH of SARAWAK as part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019.
Venue is at level 3, Grand Hall, A.C.C.P.C. from 5TH – 7TH JULY 2019. Please refer Poster with further details on the Notice Board
KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY [KAYD] 2019 (Theme – ‘Serve: Thy Word Be Done’ (Luke 1:38) will be organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission from 31ST AUGUST till 2ND SEPTEMBER at A.C.C.P.C.. Early bird registration is RM45 per head until 15TH JUNE and thereafter, late registration until 30TH JUNE is at RM60. All youths are invited to register latest by 30th June. Registration forms are obtainable from the EMPOWERED Ministry and KAYC Office at the A.C.C.P.C.. Please contact Tel: 082-237237 for more information.
The Body of Christ
Fr. Paul McPartlan
- BODY OF CHRIST AND PEOPLE OF GOD
‘Moses went and told the people all Yahweh’s words and all the laws, and all the people answered with one voice, “All the words Yahweh has spoken we will carry out!” Moses put all Yahweh’s words into writing, and early next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve standing-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent certain young Israelites to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice bullocks to Yahweh as communion sacrifices. Moses then took half the blood and put it into basins, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then, taking the Book of the Covenant, he read it to the listening people, who then said, “We shall do everything that Yahweh has said; we shall obey.” Moses then took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you, entailing all these stipulation.” (Ex 24:3-8).
Certain words and phrases (e.g. ‘communion’, ‘blood of the covenant’) immediately strike us in this account because they are part of the fabric of Christian life and liturgy. We see that they originate in the faith of Israel
where the roots of Christianity lie. Moreover, the sequence of this solemn gathering of the People of God in the desert is very like the basic structure of the Mass, in two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and then the Liturgy of the Eucharist. A comparison between the gathering and the Mass is very instructive. The terms of the covenant were proclaimed to the people and they expressed the desire to respond and to be in communion with this God, therefore sacrifices must be offered. Likewise, the Liturgy of the Word and particularly the Gospel in the Mass proclaim to us afresh the terms of the new everlasting covenant and we ourselves are invited to renew our commitment to it through communion with God in the sacrifice of Christ. That sacrifice took place once and for all (Rm 6:10; Heb 7:27; 10:10) on Calvary and can never be repeated, but having taken place there it is now engraved in the heavens, as we shall see, and overarches time, so that all of history can be drawn into it. The Israelites went to find offerings; we bring forward bread and wine in a procession of gifts that expresses the response in our hearts.
Let us focus on the wine. By the power of the Holy Spirit, it is transformed into the blood of Christ. As we have seen, at the Last Supper, Jesus gave the cup to his friends to drink and said to them: ‘this is my blood of the covenant (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; RSV). There is both continuity and discontinuity here between the Old and New Testaments. The idea of ‘blood of the covenant’ is inherited from of old, but the fact that this blood should now be Christ’s own blood is utterly new. The other two Last Supper accounts emphasise this newness by actually reporting Jesus is saying: ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood (Lk 22:20; 1 Co 11:25). In fact, yet another strand of prophecy is to be woven in here, for the expression ‘new covenant’ comes from Jeremiah:
‘Look, the days are coming, Yahweh declares, when I shall make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not like the covenant I made with their ancestors the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, even though I was their Master, Yahweh declares. No, this is the covenant I shall make with the House of Israel when those days have come, Yahweh declares. Within them, I shall plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I shall be their God and they will be my people’ (Jer 31:31-33).