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33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
16TH – 17TH NOVEMBER 2019
02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for St Peter’s Development Fund Account 2. Please give generously.
COMBINED REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed in NOVEMBER will be celebrated inside the Columbarium. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided and send in all Masses intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses.
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 St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early.
COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN – being taken up by our parish will begin from next weekend till 15TH 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
ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2020 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 CAROLLING 2019
Those interested esp. children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.
MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES: Letter of Appeal with envelope are available for your generous support to raise fund for the upkeep of our cemeteries.
The Mercy of Christ
Vivian Boland OP
- DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE
The fact that tariffs had to be imposed by the confessor – punishments to fit the crime, as it were – was another reason why it was necessary to identify the species of the sin and to report its frequency. This is the origin of what we know as the ‘penance’ assigned by the priest in the sacrament. While there are very good reasons for such penances, as we shall see, it could happen that people might begin to think that they had ‘paid’ for their sin and that some kind of commercial transaction was involved in this sacrament. ‘How much did you get?’, we often asked each other as children after we had been to confession. Misunderstandings of what is involved in sin can follow in this, and sometimes did, but this is not a good reason for ignoring the good things that the new practice of the sacrament involved.
Through the Middle Ages these continues to be diversity in the penitential liturgies of the Church. The virtue and the sacrament continue to be connected.
Monks are ‘penitents’ who spend their whole lives trying to develop this virtue and to be converted to Christ. Spiritual direction and guidance remain closely associated with the sacrament of reconciliation although this need not necessarily be so. The confession by nuns to their ‘spiritual mother’ and of other Christians to lay directors in not unknown in the Middle Ages.