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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 49

CHURCH NOTICES

02ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  08TH – 09TH DECEMBER 2018

 ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2019 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.

For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong

[ 010- 225 4317 ]

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS – will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on 10TH – 12TH DECEMBER [ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM ] &

[ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ]

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2018 for CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARTY as well as HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROLLING are available outside the church. Please fill & return completed forms soonest possible in order for the Organizing Committee to facilitate all necessary preparation & arrangement.

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN will end on 16TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English and Mandarin are scheduled on 19, 20, 26 & 27 JANUARY 2019. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended Church wedding. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 11TH JANUARY 2019. Please register early.

HOLY HOUR with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER. The theme for this month is O COME LET US ADORE HIM. All are encouraged to come & participate.

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 28TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 27TH DECEMBER or through the collection bag in an envelope.  Holy Rosary Prayer for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2018 will be organized by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Anglican Church on THURSDAY, 20TH DECEMBER, 7:30 pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre.  All are welcome!

 ADVENT & CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2018 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy. Do take note of a typing error for Christmas Day on TUESDAY 25 DEC and not MONDAY as printed. In preparing for the Christmas Celebration, parishioners are kindly requested to give some Cash Donation towards buying fresh 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. 03

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  1. A QUESTION-RAISING SACRAMENT

Dear Mrs Smith

Yes, to be baptised in the name of Jesus is to be baptised in his Spirit (1 Co 6:11; 12:13); it is to be reborn as children of God by water and the Spirit (Jn 3:5ff; 1 Jn 3:24). The Holy Spirit comes to the baptised and gives them his gifts. But, there is a further coming of the Spirit in Confirmation and a special increase in his gifts for the growth and increase of our spiritual life, and for a life of Christian witness. The giving of the Spirit is never completed, because the life of God is inexhaustible and infinite. That’s why the Spirit is active in all the sacraments, with different signs and for different purposes, even if the final object of every coming of the Spirit is always communion with God. Yours, Fr Murphy

Dear Fr Murphy

One last question: did Jesus institute this sacrament? I can’t find it in the Bible. Thank you for all your trouble. Yours, Julie Smith

Dear Mrs Smith

This has been up for debate. Some said confirmation was instituted by the apostles; while others have pointed to places in the New Testament where Christ may have instituted the sacrament, as when he breathed on the apostles, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22).

Thomas Aquinas said that Christ instituted the sacrament of confirmation not by demonstrating it by promising it. “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth…(Jn 14:17) “It is better for you that I go; if I fail to go the Paraclete will never come to you” (Jn 16:17). Christ had promised his apostles to send the Holy Spirit.

Here we are at the very heart of the meaning of Confirmation, so forgive me if I go on a bit!

For Luke this promise was fulfilled on the day on Pentecost. Jesus told his disciples after his resurrection not to leave Jerusalem but to await their baptism with the Holy Spirit, promising them:

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Ac 1:4-8).

On the day of Pentecost the Spirit erupts among the apostles in tongues of flame and thunder, flooding weak men with new courage and joy. They receive power to bear witness in their words and in their lives to Christ. Peter explains this as the fulfilment of an Old Testament prophecy: “And in the last days, it shall be, God declares, that I shall pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Jl 2:28-32; Ac 2:16-21).

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 48

CHURCH NOTICES

 01ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 01ST – 02ND DECEMBER 2018

 

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

 

ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2019 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.

For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong

[ 010- 225 4317 ]

 

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS – will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as follows:

03RD – 05TH DECEMEBR  [ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ]

10TH – 12TH DECEMBER [ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM ]

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN will end on 16TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity

 

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2018 for CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARTY as well as HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROLLING are available outside the church. Please fill & return completed forms soonest possible in order for the Organizing Committee to facilitate all necessary preparation & arrangement.

 

KUCHING CHRISTMAS PARADE 2018 will be organised by the Methodist Church on SATURDAY, 8th DECEMBER, 6:00 PM at MBKS Jubilee Ground. This year, our R.C Church Contingent will comprise of about 500 official representatives from the 5 city parishes namely:- St. Joseph’s Cathedral; Blessed Sacrament Church; St. Peter’s Church; Holy Trinity Church and Chapel of Mother Mary.

Other lay group members and parishioners in general are encouraged to participate actively by gathering along Jalan Padungan between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Let us collectively proclaim our Christian faith in public on the streets of Kuching city.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – will be celebrated on SATURDAY, 08TH DECEMBER at 7:00 AM. Sunset Mass for Immaculate Conception is on FRIDAY, 07TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM.

 

JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2018 will be organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Anglican Church on THURSDAY, 20TH DECEMBER, 7:30 pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre.  All are welcome!

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 02

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  1. A QUESTION-RAISING SACRAMENT

Dear Fr. Murphy

All that is very reassuring and helpful; but what actually happens at Confirmation? Yours sincerely Julie Smith

 

Dear Mrs Smith

The rite of confirmation takes place in three main parts: (1) The bishop, usually, together with the priests who may be associated with him, lay or extend hands over the candidates. (2) The celebrant says a prayer,  going back to at least the early sixth century, asking the Father to send the Holy Spirit to be their helper and guide and give the sevenfold of wisdom and understanding, right judgement and courage, knowledge and reverence, wonder and awe. (3) the candidates are then signed on the forehead with chrism in the sign of the cross, saying, “N, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. All the elements are meant to convey the giving of the Holy Spirit. Do let me know if you have any further queries. Yours, Fr. Murphy

 

Dear Fr Murphy

All that was most helpful. But I’m still not clear about the Holy Spirit. When the children were little I could tell them that God is a Loving Father and the Jesus is their friend but I didn’t know what to say about the Holy Spirit, so I left him out. Yours sincerely, Julie Smith

 

Dear Mrs Smith

Confirmation is often called the sacrament of the Spirit, or the seal of the Spirit. And because the Holy Spirit has somewhat dropped out of our horizon, it’s no wonder that Confirmation has shared something of his fate! If Baptism primarily emphasises our union with Christ, in Confirmation the emphasis is more on our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Confirmation completes the sacrament of Baptism.

There is, to be sure, a secret hidden quality about the Spirit, which makes it hard to speak or write about him. This elusiveness is evident in the symbols used by Scripture to point towards him. He is like fire or water, or “a rushing, mighty wind” (Ac 2:2). Yet despite this mysterious quality about the Holy Spirit, the Church firmly states that the Spirit is a person, not just a hidden force like the “Force” in the Star Wars films; and so for all his seeming elusiveness, we can and do enter into personal relationship with him. For this to happen, Christ promised to send the Spirit. To become grown men and women in Christ, “perfect Christians,” is to allow the Holy Spirit to live and act in us, to be guided by the Holy Spirit. What this means will vary from person to person. The important thing is to trust that God is transforming us, in his own way and in his own time, and to try as best we can to allow that to happen; to purify our hearts, to accept and deepen his gift, to put into practice what we carry in us, to grow in insight. The Spirit is what fills us, and incites us to seek God’s; he awakens our longing for God; the Spirit also awakens the desire for prayer in us; and the Spirit leads individuals to perceive where their call lies, the task God has given each one, and he gives us the power to fulfil that task. Yours, Fr Murphy

 

Dear Fr. Murphy

I find this a bit confusing. Don’t we receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism? If so, then what is the point of Confirmation? Yours, Julie Smith

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 47

CHURCH NOTICES

 CHRIST, THE KING

34TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 

 24TH – 25TH NOVEMBER 2018

 NEXT REQUIEM MASS – for the faithful departed is on FRIDAY, 30TH NOVEMBER. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the repose of the souls of their dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms which are still available at the main entrance of the Church. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope. Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is at 7:00 PM

 ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2019 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.

For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong

[ 010- 225 4317 ]

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN being taken up by our parish will begin from this weekend till 16TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS – will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as follows:

03RD – 05TH DECEMEBR  [ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ]

10TH – 12TH DECEMBER [ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM ]

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2018 for CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARTY as well as HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROLLING are available outside the church. Please fill & return completed forms soonest possible in order for the Organizing Committee to facilitate all necessary preparation & arrangement.

LITURGICAL COMMITTEE MEETING – for all coordinators, leaders & assistant leaders of this Church’s ministry of St. Peter’s, will take place on SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER at 3:00 PM in the Conference Room. Ministry concerned are Altar Server; Warden; Lector; Choir & Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

KUCHING CHRISTMAS PARADE 2018 will be organised by the Methodist Church on SATURDAY, 8th DECEMBER, 6:00 PM at MBKS Jubilee Ground. This year, our R.C Church Contingent will comprise of about 500 official representatives from the 5 city parishes namely:- St. Joseph’s Cathedral; Blessed Sacrament Church; St. Peter’s Church; Holy Trinity Church and Chapel of Mother Mary.

Other lay group members and parishioners in general are encouraged to participate actively by gathering along Jalan Padungan between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Let us collectively proclaim our Christian faith in public on the streets of Kuching city.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 01

  1. A QUESTION-RAISING SACRAMENT

Dear Fr. Murphy

I saw the notice in the parish bulletin about giving in your name for Confirmation next June, but I am not sure yet whether the number of candidates from this family should be one, two or none! Our Karen is 14, the age you mention. She still goes to Mass on Sundays, and I know she prays. But when I suggested she get confirmed, she asked, ‘Why?’ and I didn’t know what to say. All I can really remember about my own Confirmation is choosing a new name, trying to learn off by heart a list of fruits and gifts of the Spirit, and being tapped on the cheek by the bishop. It’s not still like that, is it?

And after 20 years of marriage my husband has gradually started coming to Mass with me and the children. He was baptised as a baby, but brought up as nothing. I’ve told him that to join the Church properly, he’s got to be confirmed – he says that confirmation is just for teenagers anyway! Yours sincerely, Julie Smith

Dear Mrs Smith

Confirmation is not and never has been some form of puberty rite. Traditionally it belongs with baptism as part of the ceremony of Christian initiation. One of the reasons this sacrament is a little obscure is that it is difficult to disentangle it from baptism. In the East confirmation is given to infants immediately after their baptism. And it is now the policy of the Church that whenever adults, or children who 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. In the West, if someone has been baptised in infancy, his Confirmation is usually deferred for several years. As we’ll see, this custom really grew up by accident rather than design.

Of course, if someone has been baptised as a baby, whether in the Catholic Church or in another denomination, but only comes to faith in Christ as an adult, he is not re-baptised, but he does need to be confirmed. Most parishes, including ours, run one programme of preparation for Confirmation for teenagers from Catholic families, and a separate programme for adults. Usually the teenagers are confirmed in a group during the bishop’s visit. The adults, however, are usually “received into full communion with the Church” at the Easter Vigil, by being confirmed by the parish priest and making their First Holy Communion together with the adults who are being baptised then. The Easter Vigil is of course the climax of the year for the parish community, so it is the most appropriate time for a new member to be welcomed. If your husband is feeling very shy about his new faith, though, he could be received more quietly with only family and close friends present.

The light slap which used to be given on the cheek by the bishop is no longer the practice today. It was a sign of the blows we must be prepared to endure for Christ; as in this sacrament the Spirit brings a special strength of courage and perseverance in the face of difficulties and suffering. Yours sincerely, Fr. Murphy

 

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 46

CHURCH NOTICES

33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 17TH – 18TH NOVEMBER 2018

 

02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for St. Peter’s Development Fund Account 2. Please give generously.

 CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAZAAR & “RUN FOR THE ELDERLY POOR” 2018 will be organised by the Catholic Welfare Services Council Sarawak on SATURDAY, 15TH DECEMBER at the A.C.C.P.C. building and its surrounding perimeters. Proceeds raised will be in aid of the Home of Peace Operations & Maintenance Costs. The Charity Bazaar coupons and Sponsor cards for the Run are available from the Parish Office. Please give your support!

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS – will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as follows:

03RD – 05TH DECEMBER [ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ]

10TH – 12TH DECEMBER [ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM ]

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN being taken up by our parish will begin from next weekend till 16TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity

REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed is on all FRIDAYS throughout NOVEMBER. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the repose of the souls of their dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms which are still available at the main entrance of the Church. Please send in all Mass intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses. Parishioners are also encouraged to come & participate the Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Devotion Prayers for the faithful departed on an alternate basis every FRIDAY throughout NOVEMBER at 7:00 PM.

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2018 for CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARTY as well as HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROLLING are available outside the church. Please fill & return completed forms soonest possible in order for the Organizing Committee to facilitate all necessary preparation & arrangement.

PARKING – within the Church’s vicinity during Masses at all times. We appeal to all Parishioners for their kind understanding & cooperation to park their vehicles properly inside the designated parking lots and refrain from obstructing traffic flow or other vehicles. Please follow the directives of the Church’s warden on duty.

ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2019 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.  For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong

[ 010- 225 4317 ]

 

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Baptism

New Life in Christ

by Sr Eustochium Lee OSB

No. 29

 

 

  1. MY SOUL MAGNIFIES THE LORD

Reflecting on the first days after his baptism at the age of twenty three, Thomas Merton wrote:

One of the big defects of my spiritual life is that first year was a lack of devotion to the Mother of God…I said the ‘Hail Mary” when I prayed, but that is not enough…I did not have that sense of dependence or of her power I had to find out by experience.

The Rite of Baptism for Children, when not celebrated during Mass, should conclude with a hymn of Easter joy, or with the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary (Lk 1:46-55). Some families even place the baby on the altar before Mary’s statue, invoking her maternal care and intercession for the new little Christian. This involvement of Mary, while not formally part of the rite, is not just a pious frill but rather the ordinary Christian doing instinctively what has been theorised about by the theologians. Honour paid to Mary, and the Catholic beliefs about the sacraments, are both spin-offs, logical developments, of the doctrine of the Incarnation, God becoming man, taking flesh in Mary’s womb, so that he who created the universe and continues to hold it in being was nourished by Mary’s body and brought up by her. The flesh-and-blood Jesus who could be touched lovingly by Mary and the disciples, and roughly by his enemies, and even spat upon, flogged and crucified, is no longer ours to see or touch. We believe that, through the resurrection, the flesh-and–blood body of Jesus has not decayed into dust but is transformed in glory. The barriers between the glory of heaven and the manifest non-glory of this world of sin and death have been broken down. A Catholic will turn as naturally to Mary to ask her prayers as he will to the friend in the next pew. The Church takes ordinary things – water, oil, bread, wine, even the act of love between husband and wife – and finds in them the vehicles of God’s life and a foretaste of the life of heaven. However sinful the candidate for baptism, or however small and helpless, he can sing with Mary, “He has looked on his servant in her lowliness… The Almighty has done great things for me.” The realm of evil may seem to hold sway but “He has put forth his arm in strength and scattered the proud-hearted; he has put down the mighty from their seat.” The new life given in baptism is the beginning of the fulfilment of all the Old Testament promises “to Abraham and his sons” and the desires of every human heart.

 

Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift.

We call it gift, grace, anointing,

enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth,

seal and most precious gift.

It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own;

grace since it is given even to the guilty;

baptism because sin is buried in the water;

anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed;

enlightenment because it radiates light;

clothing since it veils our shame;

bath because it washes;

and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship.

 

(St Gregory Nazianzen, homily on baptism, preached on 6 January AD 381)

NB: this is the final episode on Baptism by Sr. Eustochium Lee OSB. From next weekend onwards, a new episode on Confirmation – The Spirit of Christ by Sr. Mary David Totah OSB will begin a new chapter.

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 45

CHURCH NOTICES

 32ND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  10TH – 11TH NOVEMBER 2018

 

CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAZAAR & “RUN FOR THE ELDERLY POOR” 2018 will be organised by the Catholic Welfare Services Council Sarawak on SATURDAY, 15TH DECEMBER at the A.C.C.P.C. building and its surrounding perimeters. Proceeds raised will be in aid of the Home of Peace Operations & Maintenance Costs. The Charity Bazaar coupons and Sponsor cards for the Run are available from the Parish Office. Please give your support!

NEW CALENDAR 2019 – are available outside the Church as well as at the Article Centre. Do give your generous support.

REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed is on all FRIDAYS throughout NOVEMBER. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the repose of the souls of their dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms which are available at the main entrance of the Church. Please send in all Mass intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses. Parishioners are also encouraged to come & participate the Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Devotion Prayers for the faithful departed on an alternate basis every FRIDAY throughout NOVEMBER at 7:00 PM.

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2018 for CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARTY as well as HOUSE-TO-HOUSE CHRISTMAS CAROLLING are available outside the church. Please fill & return completed forms soonest possible in order for the Organizing Committee to facilitate all necessary preparation & arrangement.

12-HOURS with the Jesuits

This event is held on 20 NOVEMBER and is meant only for single male Catholic between 25 – 35 years old, preferably graduates who are currently working but seriously considering priesthood or religious life.  Those interested, please call / WhatsApp Bro. Eron at 016-452 4225

*ENROLLMENT OF CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT SMK ST JOSEPH –To apply for 2019 intake for Form 1, Form 2 and Form 4, please contact the school principal, Mr Henry Chai, or his assistant, Mr James Chen at 082-240885. Bring along your sons’ baptism certificates, examination results, and photocopies of IC and birth certificates.

Applications must be submitted before 15 DECEMBER 2018

 

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN – being taken up by our parish will begin from 24 NOV till 16TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity.

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Baptism

New Life in Christ

by Sr Eustochium Lee OSB

No. 27

 

 

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Celebration of the Sacrament

 Presentation of a lighted candle

Someone from the baby’s family lights a candle from the paschal candle and holds it on behalf of the baby. For an adult convert the candle is formally presented to him with the words: “You have been enlightened by Christ. Walk always as children of the light,” but in the case of a baby the parents are told, “This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly.” In some parishes at this stage lighted candles are handed to everyone in the family capable of holding one. A non-Catholic who loves the child and plans to do his best for him, even if not sharing his religious faith, can appropriately hold a candle as a symbol of this, if he wishes. St Gregory Nazianzen told the newly baptised at Constantinople, “The lamps which you will light symbolise the torchlight procession in the next world, in which our shining, virgin souls will meet the bridegroom with the shinning lights of faith.”

 

Rite of Ephphetha

Ephphetha is the Aramaic word Jesus used when he cured a deaf and dumb man (Mk 7:31-37). For an adult this little ceremony takes place on Holy Saturday morning: the priest torches the candidate’s ears and mouth and prays that he may profess the faith he has heard. For a newly baptised baby the prayer looks forward to the child’s future profession of faith: “May he soon touch your ears to receive his word, and your mouth to proclaim his faith.”

Conclusion of the rite

Our Father

For adults, the initiation into the Church is completed by the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. For babies, the priest and congregation look forward to these developments by saying, in the child’s name, the Our Father.

Special blessing of the mother, then the father,

then the child, and finally the whole congregation.

There are several forms of this blessing which can be chosen: the answer to each part is “Amen.”

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 44

CHURCH NOTICES

 31ST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  03RD – 04TH NOVEMBER 2018

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

 CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAZAAR & “RUN FOR THE ELDERLY POOR” 2018 will be organised by the Catholic Welfare Services Council Sarawak on SATURDAY, 15TH DECEMBER at the A.C.C.P.C. building and its surrounding perimeters. Proceeds raised will be in aid of the Home of Peace Operations & Maintenance Costs. The Charity Bazaar coupons and Sponsor cards for the Run are available from the Parish Office. Please give your support!

 

NEW CALENDAR 2019 – of various sizes are now available outside the Church as well as at the Article Centre. Do give your generous support.

APPRECIATION: our Parish Rector would like to thank all Prayer Leaders in leading the month long Holy Rosary in the month of OCTOBER & especially to all parishioners who have spent time to come and participate. Parishioners are still encouraged to pray the Holy Rosary at home with the family.

REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed is on all FRIDAYS throughout NOVEMBER. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the repose of the souls of their dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms which are still available at the main entrance of the Church. Please send in all Mass intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses. Parishioners are also encouraged to come & participate the Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Devotion Prayers for the faithful departed on an alternate basis every FRIDAY throughout NOVEMBER at 7:00 PM.

12-HOURS with the Jesuits

This event is held on 20 NOVEMBER and is meant only for single male Catholic between 25 – 35 years old, preferably graduates who are currently working but seriously considering priesthood or religious life.  Those interested, please call / WhatsApp Bro. Eron at 016-452 4225

 

*ENROLLMENT OF CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT SMK ST JOSEPH –To apply for 2019 intake for Form 1, Form 2 and Form 4, please contact the school principal, Mr Henry Chai, or his assistant, Mr James Chen at 082-240885. Bring along your sons’ baptism certificates, examination results, and photocopies of IC and birth certificates.

Applications must be submitted before 15 DECEMBER 2018

 

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at the CMPC Mt. Singai from 29 NOV – 1 DEC 2018. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early.

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Baptism

New Life in Christ

by Sr Eustochium Lee OSB

No. 27

 

Celebration of the Sacrament

Blessing of water

There are several forms of this blessing which can be chosen. The first recalls the great acts of salvation which have involved water (creation, Noah’s flood, the crossing of the Red Sea) and especially the water, and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. The other forms of the blessing stress the new life which baptism brings. The first form of the blessing of water ends with the congregation responding ‘Amen’; the others expect the response ‘Blessed be God’ at several stages; the parents and priest may be influenced in their choice by their knowledge of what the family and friends will be comfortable saying.

If the baptism is taking place at the Easter Vigil, the priest plunges the paschal candle into the water in the baptismal font. Some politely interpret this ancient gesture as a symbol of death and resurrection but the accompanying prayer for new life, and the womb-shape of font, suggest that our ancestors had a more vigorous imagination. The mutual love of the parents brought this baby into existence on earth; the love of Christ, dwelling within the Christian community, now offers him life which will last forever.

 

Renunciation of the devil and sin; Profession of faith

(by parents and godparents)

There is no suggestion that the baby or even the adult candidate is possessed by Satan as in modern horror films. When an adult makes this renunciation of Satan and profession of faith in Jesus Christ he is making a definite statement of his allegiance, a public proclamation of what set of values he wants to govern his life. Since a baby cannot do this, the parents and godparents make this statement about whom they see as the ultimate Lord of the world, and by whose values they plan to bring up this child.

 

Baptism

As already explained, the baptism can be done by pouring water over or fully immersing the candidate. What usually happens is that the mother holds the baby over the font and the priest pours water over the baby’s head, while saying “John (or whatever the name is), I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Anointing with chrism

After baptism the baby is anointed with perfumed oil called chrism. This is a sign of honour, marking out the newly baptised baby as a member of the body of Christ who was anointed as priest, prophet and king. A newly baptised adult usually receives the sacrament of confirmation at the same Mass and so does nor=t receive this anointing.

Clothing in a white garment

Theodore of Mopsuestia calls the white garment (nowadays usually a white shawl) “a sign to the world of shinning splendour and the way of life to which you have already passed in symbol” while St John Chrysostom urged his converts, “Let us be eager to preserve this beauty in its full bloom and let us learn what can keep it bright.”

To continue…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 43

CHURCH NOTICES

30TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 

 27TH – 28TH OCTOBER 2018

CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAZAAR & “RUN FOR THE ELDERLY POOR” 2018 will be organised by the Catholic Welfare Services Council Sarawak on SATURDAY, 15TH DECEMBER at the A.C.C.P.C. building and its surrounding perimeters. Proceeds raised will be in aid of the Home of Peace Operations & Maintenance Costs. The Charity Bazaar coupons and Sponsor cards for the Run are available from the Parish Office. Please give your support!

12-HOURS with the Jesuits

This event is held on 20 NOVEMBER and is meant only for single male Catholic between 25 – 35 years old, preferably graduates who are currently working but seriously considering priesthood or religious life.  Those interested, please call / WhatsApp Bro. Eron at 016-452 4225

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS falls on THURSDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Masses will be celebrated on that day at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.   Sunset Mass for ALL SAINTS in on WEDNESDAY, 31 OCTOBER at 7:30 PM

COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS is on FRIDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER. Masses will be offered for all souls of the faithful departed on that day at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively.

SPECIAL FORMS – for Combined Requiem Masses in NOVEMBER are available at the Main Entrance of the Church. Beginning from 2ND NOVEMBER and all subsequence FRIDAYS throughout that month will be Combined Requiem Masses for the faithful departed. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided and send in all Mass intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses.

 

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 04TH NOVEMBER immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopy of god-parent’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.

 


 

Baptism

New Life in Christ

by Sr Eustochium Lee OSB

No. 2

 

 

Reception of the child

Welcome

Naming of the child

The priest asks the parents what name they have chosen. A baptismal name must be the name of a saint or have a Christian significance. If the baby is to have a name of no Christian significance, another Christian name should be added. The great figures of the Old Testament are counted as saints, so their names can be used: for example, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Lustiger, came from a non-believing Jewish family and was baptised as a teenager; he kept his Jewish name Aron (Aaron) but added Jean-Marie. For adult converts there is a special service on Holy Saturday morning, before the baptism at the Easter Vigil, when they state what baptismal names they have chosen.

 

The parents promise to bring up the child in the faith

and the Godparents promise to help.

For adult converts, there is a service during Lent in which the Creed is formally presented to them; they learn it by heart and recite it publicly at the service on Holy Saturday morning. Since the baby cannot do this, the parents and Godparents are committing themselves to providing the environment and teaching which should enable him to do so one day.

The priest makes the sign of the cross

on the baby’s forehead;

parents and godparents do the same if they wish.

For adult converts, it is at the start of the catechumenate programme that the candidate is welcomed at the entrance of the Church and signed with the sign of the cross. Regarding the sign of the cross, St Cyril of Jerusalem told the newly baptised, “Here is a great protection that is free for the poor and easy for the weak, since grace comes from God. It is a sign for the faithful and a terror for demons. “The parents may wish to bless their child daily in this way, until he can make the sign of the cross himself and begin to know the Person who died on the cross for him.

 

All enter the church in procession while a suitable hymn is sung

 Celebration of God’s word

Readings from Scripture; sermon

There is a huge choice of readings. The parish priest will have the full list in a book, and parents and Godparents would find it enriching to look at them all.

Intercessory prayers

There are several forms of these prayers and if the family have special intentions extra prayers may be added: they should discuss this beforehand with the priest.

Short litany of saints

For adults there is the full litany of saints. For both adults and babies the patron saints of the new Christian are included, and any others of special significance such as the patron saints of the church or of members of the family.

 

Prayer of exorcism

For adult converts there are prayers of exorcism at each of the Scrutinies (the special services on the Sundays in Lent). For both adults and babies the prayers of exorcism are short and undramatic, simply recognizing that the world which God loves is flawed by evil and the snares of the devil, but that the Son of God has come to rescue man from this evil and bring him into the splendour of God’s kingdom of light.

Anointing with oil of catechumens (plain oil)

An adult receives this anointing on Holy Saturday morning. The oil of catechumens signifies readiness for the battle with sin and evil, of which baptism is the opening salvo.