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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 16

CHURCH NOTICES

EASTER SUNDAY

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 MORNINGbeing 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.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 01

 

  1.       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:

 

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 15

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PALM SUNDAY

13TH – 14TH APRIL 2019

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses  The Lenten Appeal collected will be channeled to C.W.S. to help the poor. However, their tax exemption status has been revoked by the Inland Revenue and is in the process of appealing for their license to be reinstated as soon as possible. For now, C.W.S. has ceased issuing tax exemption receipts pending appeal from the Inland Revenue Board. All donors are advised not to submit any CWS donations for tax relief in their Income Tax Submission for 2018.

CHRISM MASSwill be celebrated with blessing of Holy Oils for Sacrament in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL at 7:30 PM. It is a special day for all our priests who will be renewing their priestly commitment. All are encouraged to attend in giving support & prayers. Kindly take note that there will be NO daily evening mass in this Church on that day.

CAR-PARKING & SECURITY: During this coming Holy Week Celebrations, esp. on HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY & HOLY SATURDAY, Parishioners are encouraged to CAR-POOL to Church throughout the Holy Week. Parishioners may park their vehicles near Yun Phin’s building, St. Joseph’s International School, Chung Hua’s Primary School & MBKS car-parks. Please ensure your vehicles are properly locked & refrain from leaving behind valuable items inside the vehicle to attract any source of temptation for theft occurrence. Please follow directives of the Church’s wardens & Rela members on car-parking & exercise patience while driving within the Church’s vicinity & Do Not block entrances, exits or other vehicles at all times. We appeal for your kind understanding & cooperation.  

EASTER TRIDUUMin this Church begins on HOLY THURSDAY, 18TH APRIL, with Eucharist Celebration at 7:30 PM to be followed by Exposition & Adoration of the Blesses Sacrament till mid-night.

All faithful are strongly urged to be in presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • 19TH APRIL is GOOD FRIDAY. The Service will start at 3:00 PM with Divine Mercy Novena at 1:30 PM. followed by Holy Rosary. All are encouraged to come early & participate in the prayers & are also reminded that it is a Day of Fasting & Abstinence.
  • 20TH APRIL is HOLY SATURDAY, the Easter Vigil with Service of Light & Holy Mass with Adults Initiation at 8:00 PM. The subsequence Divine Mercy Novena is at 3:00 PM daily from Holy Saturday till Divine Mercy Sunday [ 28TH APRIL 2019 ]
  • 21ST APRIL is EASTER SUNDAY: masses in this Church at 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM will be as usual & in Bintawa Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Holy Mass with Adults Initiation is at 10:00 AM. All are welcome.

In preparing for the Easter Celebration, parishioners are kindly requested to give some Cash Donation towards buying flowers. Kindly pass your donation to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bag in an envelope marked FLOWERS DONATION.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 21

 

  1. YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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Age of Confirmation and Order of the Sacraments

In the new rite no new ruling is made as to the age at which those baptised in infancy should receive the sacrament. In accordance with the custom of the Western Church this is generally to be deferred to the age of seven, but each Episcopal conference is allowed to decide for a later age.

St Thomas in a text quoted by the Catechism, gives a warning not to approach the age of confirmation in too rigid a way “Age of body does not determine age of soul. Even in childhood man can attain spiritual maturity” (1308). Young children may well have to struggle against the enemies of the faith, and in a secular world, they may be called to bear witness to their faith. We can think here of St Agnes, St Agatha, and the young Uganda martyrs.

Our Lady and Confirmation

Our Lady received the Spirit at the Incarnation in her whole being, which made her become the archetype of the Church – and of Confirmation, for in that sacrament every member of the Church receives this Spirit. Indeed, Our Lady was present at all three stages that form the Christian mystery and the mystery of the Church: the Incarnation, the paschal mystery and Pentecost. She has therefore a unique relationship to the sacraments of Christian initiation. The person of the Redeemer, God and man, was formed in her womb; she was present at the foot of the cross when He worked our redemption by destroying sin and renewing life; nada she was present at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church to make Christ’s redemptive work operative. If Confirmation is the personal Pentecost of each Christian, then Mary is at the heart of this sacrament as she was present at the moment of Pentecost; and after Pentecost by her prayerful presence in the Christian community.   

Following Our Lady in each of these events will help us to live Christ’s mystery and the grace of each sacrament. During the years of the hidden life, she was “hid with Christin God.” At the foot of the Cross she shared Christ’s self-emptying “in what is perhaps the deepest kenosis of faith in human history”. From Pentecost she accompanies the present work of salvation in Christ, accompanying the Church’s journey through time. Mary is found at every stage of the spiritual life.

At the Cross Our Lady appeared as mother of the Church; at Pentecost, she appeared as the “godmother of the Church – a strong and sage godmother… When an adult is being baptised the godmother helps with the preparation and this was what Mary did with the apostles and does with us.”

In all this, as in so much else, Mary is our companion and model. Let us ask her who was full of the Holy Spirit to nurture and foster the growth of Christ’s life in us, so that we can say that we not only belong to Christ but that we have become Christ.

 

NB: this is the final episode on Confirmation by Sr. Mary David Totah OSB. From next weekend onwards, a new episode on Eucharist – The Body of Christ by Fr. Paul McPartlan will begin a new chapter.

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 14

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5TH SUNDAY of LENT

06TH – 07TH APRIL 2019

02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for the seminary fund. Please give generously.

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

NEXT STATIONS OF THE CROSS 6 – is on FRIDAY, 12TH APRIL.  

PALM SUNDAY – is on 14TH APRIL.  There will be distribution & blessing of palms at all Masses on SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 13TH & 14TH APRIL.  Procession into the Church from the car-park will take place only on SUNDAY, 14TH APRIL at 7:30 AM.

EASTER CONFESSION – in LENT, will be as follows:

MON. 8 APRIL. 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. PETER’S PADUNGAN ]

TUES. 9 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ BLESSED SACRAMENT, BDC ]

WED. 10 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM ]

[ ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL ]

THURS. 11 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. MARK’S ] BATU KAWA

 

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.

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses  The Lenten Appeal collected will be channeled to C.W.S. to help the poor. However, their tax exemption status has been revoked by the Inland Revenue and is in the process of appealing for their license to be reinstated as soon as possible. For now, C.W.S. has ceased issuing tax exemption receipts pending appeal from the Inland Revenue Board. All donors are advised not to submit any CWS donations for tax relief in their Income Tax Submission for 2018.

CHRISM MASSwill be celebrated with blessing of Holy Oils for Sacrament in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL at 7:30 PM. It is a special day for all our priests who will be renewing their priestly commitment. All are encouraged to attend in giving support & prayers. Kindly take note that there will be NO daily evening mass in this Church on that day.

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 20

 

4.    YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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Age of Confirmation and Order of the Sacraments

The modern tendency is to rediscover the normal order (Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist). Because of the essential unity of the sacraments of initiation, it is now the policy of the Church that whenever adults, or children who have reached the age of discretion, come to the church for baptism, they will normally be baptised, confirmed and make their first holy communion in a single liturgy. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (1972) states:

In accord with the ancient practice followed in the Roman liturgy, adults are not to be baptised without receiving confirmation immediately afterward, unless some serious reason stands in the way. The conjunction of the two celebrations signifies the unity of the paschal mystery, the close link between the mission of the Son and the outpouring of the holy Spirit, and the connection between

the two sacraments through which the Son and the Holy Spirit come with the Father to those who are baptised.

No explicit provision in this sense is made for children baptised in infancy, yet numerous texts suggest that where possible the order of the sacraments should be respected. Thus the Catechism reads: “In the eastern rites the Christian initiation of children also begins with Baptism followed by Confirmation and the Eucharist, while in the Roman rite it is followed by years of catechesis before being completed later by Confirmation and the Eucharist, the summit of their Christian Initiation” (1233). This text implies that where the rites differ with regard to age of reception, they did not differ with regard to order, i.e. Confirmation before Eucharist.

The separation of Confirmation from Baptism (and the Eucharist) and the subsequent association of confirmation with adolescence has led to disputes about the age of Confirmation for those baptised in infancy. There are two views on the age of Confirmation. Those in favour of a later age for Confirmation find an argument in the insistence on the need for instruction before Confirmation. A later age allows for a fuller personal participation in the sacrament. The delay, it is felt, enables the child to affirm personally all the beliefs and values he has received. It is desirable that there be some consecration to the apostolate, which is not really pertinent to babies, and a sanctification of the transition to maturity and adult life. On the other hand, it is argued that attainment of maturity is a highly individualised phenomenon. More deeply, it is maintained that this would turn the sacrament “into more form of puberty rite” Confirmation is not, and never has been, a sacrament of the personal spiritual struggle of adolescence. All this, it is felt, limits the scope of the sacrament, which is the completion of baptism, the sacrament of the mystery of Pentecost, the sacrament of the Holy Spirit and the sacrament that prepares Christians for the Eucharist. From this point of view there is no objection to giving the sacraments to infants and young children, for they will have within themselves the principle enabling them to act as witnesses of Christ when they develop.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 13

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4TH SUNDAY of LENT

30TH – 31ST MARCH 2019

02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for the Holy See in Rome. Please give generously. 

NEXT LENTEN REFLECTION 4 – is on THURSDAY, 4TH APRIL.   

NEXT STATIONS OF THE CROSS 5 – is on FRIDAY, 5TH APRIL.   

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD: The city parishes will be gathering at the Cathedral to celebrate “24 hours for the Lord” from 12:00 NOON on FRIDAY, 5TH APRIL to 12:00 NOON on SATURDAY, 6TH APRIL. This event will be hosted by the Cathedral Parish beginning with an Opening Mass on FRIDAY, 5TH APRIL at 12:00 NOON followed by 24 hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  All are strongly encouraged to be present.

EASTER CONFESSION – in LENT, will be as follows:

MON. 1 WED. 3 APRIL    8:30 AM 10:30 AM

[ ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL ]

MON. 8 APRIL.        7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. PETER’S PADUNGAN ]

TUES. 9 APRIL        7:30 PM 9:30 PM

            [ BLESSED SACRAMENT, BDC ]

WED. 10 APRIL        7:30 PM 9:30 PM ]

            [ ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL ]

THURS. 11 APRIL    7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. MARK’S ] BATU KAWA

 

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.

 

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses  The Lenten Appeal collected will be channeled to C.W.S. to help the poor. However, their tax exemption status has been revoked by the Inland Revenue and is in the process of appealing for their license to be reinstated as soon as possible. For now, C.W.S. has ceased issuing tax exemption receipts pending appeal from the Inland Revenue Board. All donors are advised not to submit any CWS donations for tax relief in their Income Tax Submission for 2018.

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

 

Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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The Forgotten Sacrament

 

    Consequently, while it was still supposed that a baptised child should ideally be confirmed as soon as possible after baptism, in practice the tendency was for the two parts of Christian initiation to drift further and further apart, and even for the second part, confirmation, to be dropped altogether. Age limits came to be set beyond which confirmation should not be deferred. In England, a council of Worcester in 1240 and another at Chichester in the following year decreed that confirmation take place within a year of baptism, but around 1280 a synod of Durham recommended the age of seven, while one at Exeter (1287) suggested three. In a council held at Lambeth in 1281, the “damnable negligence” whereby people grew old and died without being confirmed was condemned. The measure went on to forbid Holy Communion to be given to anyone not confirmed, except in danger of death, unless the person had been prevented from being confirmed by some reasonable cause.

Age of Confirmation and Order of the Sacraments

With the understanding of the sacrament as being the gift of the Spirit for the arming and strengthening of the Christian in the world, it appeared increasingly proper to defer confirmation until a child clearly seemed to need such assistance. The Catechism of the Council of Trent issued and firmly established the practice of not giving confirmation before the age of seven, referred to as the age of reason, but not later than twelve: “for confirmation has not been instituted as necessary for salvation, but that by virtue therefore we might be found well-armed and prepared when called upon to fight for the faith of Christ; and for this kind of conflict assuredly no one will consider children, who still want the age of reason, to be qualified”. All the same it remained the practice everywhere for centuries to give confirmation before communion.

    It was not until after the French Revolution, especially about the middle of the nineteenth century that the custom grew up of leaving confirmation until after first communion. It arose in France, then spread to Belgium and on to Austro-Hungary. Pope Pius X’s desire to promote wider reception of the Eucharist led to his decree in 1905 encouraging daily Communion, followed by a decree on children’s communion (Quam singulari) in 1910. He reduced the age of First Communion from between 12-14 years of age to the age of discretion, around seven. This was a reaction to the rigourism which had insisted on long preparation for the sacrament, but it gave the reversal of the order between confirmation and communion a firm hold, though neither he nor subsequent legislation suggested postponement of confirmation to a later age. Nevertheless, this has become so much the accepted usage that some people have the idea that it is wrong for a child to be confirmed before its first communion even when this is feasible.

 

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PRESENTATION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 12

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3RD SUNDAY of LENT 

  23RD – 24TH MARCH 2019

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 29TH MARCH at 7:30 PM, with next STATIONS OF THE CROSS 4 in Lent. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 28TH MARCH or through the collection bag in an envelope.

 ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 25TH MARCH at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively.

 NEXT LENTEN REFLECTION 3– is on THURSDAY, 28TH MARCH.

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.

 LENTEN REFLECTION [  Lost & Found: The Lost Sheep ] by Fr. Francis Lim, SJ on will be held at Sedes Sapientiae Chapel of St. Joseph’s Private School on WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome.

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on 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 MASSwill 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.

PRESENTATION OF CREED & RECEPTION INTO THE CATHOLIC FAITH – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 27TH MARCH with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 18

 

  1. YESTERDAY AND TODAY

 The Break-up of Christian Initiation

Originally, as we’ve seen, Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist were given in that order at one celebration, to both infants and adults. This seems to have remained the practice of the whole church until around the year 1100. This practice manifested the unity of the rite of Christian initiation most clearly. As Christians became more numerous, and dioceses bigger, and with the almost universal practice of infant baptism from the sixth century, it became impossible for the bishop to be present at all the baptisms. East and West solves the problem in different ways. In the East the primitive unity of the three sacraments was kept by allowing priests to administer confirmation, although the oil always had to be previously blessed by the bishop. This is still the Eastern practice; communion is still given to infants after their baptism and confirmation.

While the East kept the clear link between baptism and confirmation but lost the visible involvement of the bishop, the West lost the clear link between baptism and confirmation but maintained the importance of the bishop as successor of the apostles who received the Spirit at Pentecost. This insistence on the role of the bishop led to an increasing separation of confirmation & baptism from the sixth century onwards. Nevertheless up to the twelfth century the three sacraments of initiation were given together whenever the bishop was available; and even where confirmation was delayed, the sacraments were still received in that order.

The sacraments of initiation are:

1)   Baptism; 2) Confirmation; 3) Eucharist

The Forgotten Sacrament

Events were not always favourable, however, to the development of confirmation as an independent rite. Bishops had to be willing and able to spend much time travelling round their extensive dioceses. St Bede reports that St Cuthbert toured the countryside “so that he might preach and lay his hands on those recently baptised so that they might receive the Holy Spirit.” In the Penitential of Theodore of Canterbury we find the statement: A bishop may confirm in a field if it is necessary. The biographer of St Hugh of Lincoln (d. 1200) sees it as a mark of exceptional virtue that the prelate dismounted from his horse to confer the sacrament. Not only were parents slow to appreciate the importance of the rite, but the bishops themselves were often negligent in making their rounds to complete baptismal initiation by the laying on of hands. Many people went without confirmation or were delayed until a much later age. The subject of confirmation is mentioned in so many synods’ decrees that it seems to have been neglected for many centuries. In the 12th century St Bernard relates that his friend St Malachi re-introduced into Ireland “the most wholesome usage of confession, the sacrament of confirmation and the contract of marriage, all of which were either unknown or neglected.”

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 11

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2ND SUNDAY of LENT

16TH – 17TH MARCH 2019

 

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

NEXT LENTEN REFLECTION 2 – is on THURSDAY, 21ST MARCH.   

NEXT STATIONS OF THE CROSS 3 – is on FRIDAY, 22ND MARCH. All are strongly encouraged to come & participate both the Lenten Reflection & Stations of the Cross.  

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

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on 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  

LENTEN REFLECTIONby Fr. Francis Lim, SJ on Lost & Found: The Lost Sheep will be held at Sedes Sapientiae Chapel of St. Joseph’s Private School on WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH at 7:30 PM.

All are welcome.

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH – will be celebrated on TUESDAY, 19TH MARCH at 8:00 PM in the Cathedral to commemorate its Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary). In view of this, there will be no daily evening mass at 7:30 PM in this Church.

ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 25TH MARCH at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively.

49TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – of the Kuching Archdiocesan Catholic Mutual Benefit Society is held on 31 MARCH 2019 at 10:00 AM, Level 2 St. John & Lucy Hall A.C.C.P.C

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 17

 

4.    YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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Origins of Confirmation

These passages indicate that after Baptism of water there was a second rite – the imposition of hands – by which the newly baptised received the Spirit. Thus the initiation begun with baptism was completed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. In these texts a distinction is made between the effects of baptism and the effect of the imposition of hands. Baptism remits sin and marks entry into the Church; the imposition of hands gives the Spirit. The Letter to the Hebrews (8:1-5) also cites a laying on of hands which is distinct from baptism.

In Acts, Baptism of water is above all for the forgiveness of sin; the imposition of hands relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit. But the two are intimately connected; they are two complementary aspects of entry into the Christian community. This second rite – the imposition of hands by which the newly baptised received the Spirit – was reserved to the Apostles.

In the early Church

Anointing was also introduced at an early date as a post-baptismal rite. The very early Christian liturgies of initiation included a post-baptismal laying on of hands, as well as a rite of anointing, but it is not always clear whether this was a sacrament separate from Baptism. Even today in the current rite of Baptism of children, there is an anointing with chrism after baptism, foreshadowing the later confirmation of the child. However, the existence of a second rite distinct from baptism is clearly attested from the 3rd century onwards. Around the year 200, Tertullian speaks of a post-baptismal anointing and the imposition of hands that called down the Holy Spirit upon the baptised, in a passage which lists all the rites of initiation:

The flesh is washed, that the soul may be cleaned; the flesh is anointed, that the soul may be consecrated: the flesh is signed that the soul may be fortified;L

flesh is shaded by the imposition of hand, so that the soul may be illumined by the Spirit; the flesh is fed on the body and blood of Christ that the soul may be feasted on God.

A few years later in Rome the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus lays down that the newly baptised, upon emerging from the water are to be anointed by a priest, and then, after dressing, led to the bishop. The bishop is to pray over them with outstretched hand, asking God, “Make them worthy to be filled with the Holy Spirit that they may serve thee according to thy will.” He then pours consecrated oil upon the head and signs the forehead saying, “I anointed thee with holy oil in God the Father Almighty and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” These early texts in which confirmation can be identified are very similar to what occurs today.

At this stage, it should be remembered, the rites of initiation, while developing in the direction of greater complexity, were still administered in the course of a single ceremony, the paschal vigil. Different parts of the rite gave expression to different aspects of being a Christian, but there was no question at this period of asking at which stage of the rite a person became a Christian or received the Spirit. The entire liturgy brought forgiveness of sins, and the gift of the Spirit, and united the believer to Christ, with all that that implies. The whole process signified and brought about the transformation of the person into a Spirit-filled member of Christ in the Church.

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 10

CHURCH NOTICES            Download (PDF)

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 MASSwill 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.

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 16

 

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).

to continue…
Prayer by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019

 

Heavenly Father,
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.

 
Amen.