28TH – 29TH DECEMBER 2019
02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for the ST. PETER’S DEVELOPMENT FUND ACCOUNT 2. Please give generously
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD – will be celebrated on WEDESDAY, 01 JANUARY 2020 at 7:30 PM.
BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 05TH JANUARY 2020 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 03RD JANUARY 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.
PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin will be conducted on 2 consecutive weekends on 8th/9th & 15th/16th FEBRUARY 2020. Couples planning to get married are to attend this course preferably six months before their intended church wedding. Deadline for registration at St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office is 31st JANUARY 2020. Please register early.
COMMENCEMENT & 1ST ENCOUNTER – of our Faith Formation for Children [ FFC ] for Year 2020 is on SUNDAY, 05TH JANUARY 2020. Parents are kindly reminded to bring their children to the Parish Centre at 10:00 AM onwards on SATURDAY, 04TH JANUARY 2020 to meet their respective Faith Formator & collection of books.
Please refer to Notice Board outside the Church for classroom location & Name lists of children for their respective years.
PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE will be conducted in English (at Sts. John & Lucy Hall, A.C.C.P.C.) and Mandarin (at St. Mary’s Hall, A.C.C.P.C.) simultaneously for parents, grandparents, teachers and carers of children aged 11-18 years. The registration fee is RM50 per head for all 5 sessions. Please register with St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office. All sessions are held on SUNDAYS beginning 5 JANUARY – 9 FEBRUARY 2020 from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Note:- Children are not recommended to attend the sessions with their parents.
The Rector and all lay organizations
St. Peter’s Church, Padungan
a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2019
a Blessed New Year 2020
The Mercy of Christ
Vivian Boland OP
- THE GOOD SINNER
Remembering the Old Testament
The great intervention of God on behalf of the people is in the plagues of Egypt, the slaying of the first-born and the escape of the Hebrews from Egypt across the Red Sea and into the wilderness. The feast that celebrates this liberation, Passover, is to be ‘a day of remembrance’ for the people forever (Exodus 12:14). They are to remember what God did for them on that day (Exodus 13:3; Deuteronomy 11:2). They are to remember all that the Lord their God has done for them in ‘the days of old and the years long past’ (Deuteronomy 32:7).
But it is not only the people who remember God. It is also that God who is faithful remembers the people (Genesis 9:15; Isaiah 49:15). Moses asks God, when he is tempted to reject the people, to remember his earlier promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 32:13; Deuteronomy 9:27). God does remember them as he remembers also the land promised to them and to their descendants (Leviticus 26:42, 45). Individual members of God’s people ask God to remember them in moments of difficulty and danger: for example Samson (Judges 16:28), Hannah (1 Samuel 1:11), Esther (Esther 14:12) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:3; Isaiah 38:3).
|“The psalms ask God to remember his own goodness rather than the people’s sins”|
Solomon in his prayer asks God to remember the covenant He made with his servant David, Solomon’s father (2 Chronicles 6:42). The psalms frequently ask God to remember his people’s offerings (Psalm 20:3), to remember his own goodness rather than their sins (Psalms 25:7; 79:8), to remember that they are his people (Psalm 74:2). In return they promise to remember God and his great actions on their behalf (Psalm 42:4, 6). They will remember his wonders of old (Psalm 77:11), his works, miracles and judgements (Psalms 105:5; 143:5).
To the Jewish people in exile in Babylon God promises not to remember their sins but to do a new thing on their behalf (Isaiah 43:18). Jeremiah asks God to remember and not to break his covenant with them (Jeremiah 14:21). The new covenant of which Jeremiah speaks is one in which God will forgive his people and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12). The covenant is re-established through a mutual remembering, of the people by God and of God by the people (Ezekiel 16:60-63). Where such things are not remembered then the punishments of sin inevitably follow (Isaiah 46:8; Ezekiel 20:43; Hosea 8:13; 9:9).
The exiles returning to Jerusalem are encouraged to ‘remember the Lord who is great and awesome’, and they re-establish their life as a people on the strength of that memory (Nehemiah 4:14). They ask God to ‘remember mercy’ (Habakkuk 3:2) and they promise to remember God’s law (Malachi 4:4). It is not just the people who are to remember God and his deeds. It is just as likely that it is God who is asked to remember and the people place their hopes on the fact that God does remember them.