8TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time
02ND – 03RD MARCH 2019
02ND COLLECTION – for this weekend is for the seminary fund. Please give generously
BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10 MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.
TALK – on Mission is in line with the Extraordinary Year of Mission. Fr. Galvin will be giving 2 Talks in English on Mission at Holy Trinity Church on 2 consecutive TUESDAYS, 5 MARCH & 12 MARCH at 7:30 PM. All are welcome.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS & MASS – on every FRIDAY in LENT at 8:00 PM beginning 08 MARCH – 12 APRIL [ Sedes Sapientiae Chapel of St. Joseph’s Private School ]
All are welcome.
ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16 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.
ASH WEDNESDAY – falls on 06 MARCH as we begin the Season of Lent. Masses with imposition of ashes for parishioners will be at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively. 10:00 AM is for St. Joseph’s International School. Parishioners are reminded that Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting & Abstinence.
SPECIAL LENTEN ACTIVITIES – of our Parish has been arranged in our preparation for the Holy Week & Easter celebration with STATIONS OF THE CROSS to be held before mass every FRIDAY, at 7:30 PM, beginning 08 MARCH & LENTEN REFLECTIONS on every THURSDAY, beginning 14 MARCH.
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.
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 19 MARCH 2019 at St. Augustine Room, St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Centre from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 15 MARCH. The theme for the month is JESUS, TRANSFORM US IN THIS SEASON OF LENT
All are encourage to come & participate.
COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 29 MARCH at 7:30 PM with STATIONS OF THE CROSS for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 28 MARCH or through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.
The Spirit of Christ
Sr Mary David Totah OSB
3. THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION
Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit
The most important revision in the new ritual is the new sacramental form, that is, the words to be recited when the anointing with chrism takes place. The new sacramental words, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit,” replace “I sign you with the sign of the cross and confirm you with the chrism of salvation. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The latter formula, it was felt, did not express clearly enough what was being symbolised in this sacrament, namely the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pope Paul VI stated explicitly: in the rite of Confirmation, “the faithful receive the Holy Spirit as gift.” The so-called new formula is attested already in the fourth and fifth century Church and resembles the
ancient formula of the Byzantine Church, by which the personal gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost is recalled.
The external anointing, then, expresses an inward sealing, or signing, and a spiritual anointing. “Be sure not to regard chrism merely as ointment,” warned Cyril of Jerusalem to his catechumens. “Just as the bread of the Eucharist after the invocation of the Holy Spirit is no longer just bread, but the body of Christ, so the holy chrism after the invocation is no longer ordinary ointment but Christ’s grace, which through the presence of the Holy Spirit in-stills his divinity into us… the body is anointed with visible ointment, and the soul is sanctified by the holy, hidden Spirit.” There are passages in the New Testament which speak of Christians as being sealed by the Spirit and references to spiritual anointing. “In him [Christ] you too learned to believe, and had the seal set on your faith by the promised gift of the holy Spirit” (Ep 1:13); “Do not distress the God’s holy Spirit, whose seal you bear until the day of your redemption comes” (Ep 4:30); “It is God who gives both us and you our certainty in Christ; it is he who has anointed us, just as it is he who has put his seal on us, and given us the foretaste of his Spirit in our hearts” (2 Co 1:21-22). The sealing then is a guarantee that the Holy Spirit will always be present; “by this anointing the confirmed receives the ‘mark’ or seal of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1295)
The Kiss of Peace
Having sealed the candidates with chrism and marked them with the sign of the cross, the bishop embraces each of them as a brother and sister: “Peace be with you”: to which the newly confirmed replies, “And with your Spirit.” This is an extremely ancient greeting, still found in the Middle East. This is a gesture of affection, congratulation and welcome: the Church rejoices.