21ST APRIL 2019
02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for the Father’s House Maintenance Fund. Please give generously
ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on this weekend.
Those who have yet to return, are reminded to do so soonest possible. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag.
COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 26TH APRIL Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 25TH APRIL or through the collection bag in an envelope.
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.
COFFEE MORNING – being jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies Guild will take place on 28TH APRIL immediately after the morning mass. All are welcome.
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 28TH APRIL. For further details, please call James Jonik Hp: 019-8745898, John Pui Hp: 013-8052322 or Shenton Chai Hp: 012-8889590.
VOCATION WEEKEND 2019 will be organised at St. Jude’s Church, Bunan Gega from 11TH to 12TH MAY ( Saturday to Sunday ). Those interested to know more about the priesthood and religious life, please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church for further details.
The Body of Christ
Fr. Paul McPartlan
- THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
hat is the Gospel basically about? Just sin and forgiveness, or more fundamentally, life and death? We might often think of it in terms of sin and forgiveness, but Jesus himself points us deeper, to issues of life and death. He summarised the whole purpose of his coming when he simply said: ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’ (Jn 10:10). The central festival of the Christian year is Easter, when we celebrate Christ’s victory, the victory of life over death. St Paul taught that ‘the last of the enemies to be done away with is death’ (1 Co 15:26), and emphasised that Christ’s Resurrection is the ground of our faith and the source of our hope (1 Co 15:12-19). Our Christian lives centre on the fact that he is risen!
The Easter Candle shines the unquenchable light of the risen Jesus into a world which knows the darkness of sin and death, and the core message of the Gospel is that life has overcome death. We go out into the world to proclaim Christ’s victory: ‘Death has no power over him any more’ (Rm 6:9). The real cause of our joy is that he shares his victory with us. Easter is the great season for Baptism, and St Paul teaches that in Baptism we die with Christ so as to rise with him. Already, therefore, we share in his victory and in his everlasting life. Paul tells the Romans that ‘all of us when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death’: ‘by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life’ (Rm 6:3-4). This is an immense gift, and we have to learn more about this new life and put it into practice.
‘By dying, [Christ] is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God. In the same way, you must see yourself as being dead to sin but alive for God in Jesus Christ’ (Rm 6:10-11).
Learning to see ourselves like this and to live accordingly is a life-long project! It’s a journey, on which we will need food and forgiveness, regular contact with the mystery of the death and Resurrection of the Lord, strong companionship, and a vivid awareness of our heavenly destination. To supply all of these, Christ has given us also the sacrament of the Eucharist. By means of the Eucharist, he nurtures and strengthens what he has given us in Baptism. The life which begins in Baptism is sustained, renewed and deepened by the food of life which is the Eucharist: ‘this life-giving bread, this saving cup’ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The celebration of the Eucharist is what keeps the mystery of our Baptism fresh until the day we die. At that moment, the dying and rising that was symbolised in Baptism is finally actuated in our lives, our Baptism is consummated, and we close our eyes on this world so as to open them on the next, in Christ.
In the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel, Jesus explains that God’s great gift of life to the world centres on the mysterious gift of Jesus himself to us as food and drink, in what we now call the Eucharist: