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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 24

CHURCH NOTICES

 HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY

 15TH – 16TH JUNE 2019

 02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the Commission of Social Communication Fund. Please give generously. Message from the Holy See on World Communication is on the Notice Board

HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 21ST JUNE. The theme for the month is SACRED HEART OF JESUS, FILL OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WITH YOUR COMPASSION AND LOVE.

All are encourage to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 28TH JUNE at 7:30 PM with Divine Mercy Chapel for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is this weekend.

KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY [KAYD] 2019 (Theme – ‘Serve: Thy Word Be Done’ (Luke 1:38) will be organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission from 31ST AUGUST till 2ND SEPTEMBER at A.C.C.P.C.. Early bird registration is RM45 per head until 15TH JUNE and thereafter, late registration until 30TH JUNE is at RM60. All youths are invited to register latest by 30th June. Registration forms are obtainable from the EMPOWERED Ministry and KAYC Office at the A.C.C.P.C.. Please contact Tel: 082-237237 for more information.

PARISH FEAST DAYon the solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul will be celebrated with His Grace, Archbishop Simon Poh on SUNDAY, 30TH JUNE at 7:30 AM.

A Coffee Morning Fellowship with the Archbishop will take place immediately after mass. All are welcome to join & participate.

 FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI will be celebrated on SUNDAY, 23RD JUNE at 7:30 AM with Sunset Mass on SATURDAY, 22ND JUNE. Mass with candle light procession will be held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on SUNDAY 23RD JUNE at 5:00 PM. All are encouraged to join and participate in the Mass & procession at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as there will be no 5:30 PM Mass in St. Peters’ Church Padungan on that day.

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 07TH JULY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 05TH JULY after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopies of sponsor’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.

 

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 09

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  1. BODY AND BLOOD

 

It was the result of that transformation that Paul was made acutely aware of on the road to Damascus, when the risen Jesus asked him not, ‘Why are you persecuting my scattered individual followers’, but ‘Why are you persecuting me’. Paul no doubt pondered the true meaning of those words for the rest of his life, and based much of his teaching on them. We can say that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist must be real when his presence in the Church that has received the Eucharist is as real as Paul discovered on the Damascus road. In other words, one of the strongest arguments for the real presence of Christ in the eucharistic elements of bread and wine is the reality of his presence in the Church which has received those elements. What Jesus basically said to Paul on the road was, ‘the Church is me’. Likewise, what he basically said to his friends at the Last Supper about the bread and wine was, ‘this is me’: and his presence in the elements and his presence in the Church are intimately linked. The Catechism describes the beautiful ways in which Eastern liturgies express this link. The gifts are: ‘Sancta sanctis!’ that is ‘God’s holy gifts for God’s people’ (CCC 948).

There is, perhaps, a deliberate ambiguity when Paul tells the Corinthians that ‘a person who eats and drinks without recognising the body is eating and drinking his own condemnation’ (1 Co 11:29). He is referring immediately to the bread and the cup (cf v.27), Christ’s body must be recognised there; but he seems to be referring also to the imperative of charity to fellow-members of the Church, who are also Christ’s body (vv.20-22; 33-34). The body is to be recognised and honoured in both senses, when we are to examine our conscience carefully on both counts before receiving (v.28).

If we have a strong understanding of the Church itself as the Body of Christ, we will have no difficulty in acknowledging the bread and wine which nourish the Church as themselves the body and blood of Christ. Ecclesial realism and Eucharistic realism support each other, said de Lubac: ‘ecclesial realism ensures Eucharistic realism’, and vice versa.

  1. PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Every Mass is a memorial of the past and an anticipation of the future, a memorial of the death and Resurrection of the Lord and also an anticipation of the life of heaven. Vatican II taught that Christ instituted the Eucharist ‘in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again’ (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, thereafter SC, 47), and also that: ‘In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims’ (SC 8). These dramatic statements sound as if they will need to be treated separately because they seem to be referring to quite different aspects of the Mass, one looking backwards and one looking forwards. But it is not very satisfactory to have our understanding of the Mass divided into lots of different compartments. It is one and the same celebration, so can these aspects not somehow be held together? Yes they can, and the Letter to the Hebrews gives a glue as to how.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 22

CHURCH NOTICES

 7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 01ST – 02ND JUNE 2019

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

 HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 21ST JUNE. The theme for the month is SACRED HEART OF JESUS, FILL OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WITH YOUR COMPASSION AND LOVE.

All are encourage to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 28TH JUNE at 7:30 PM with DIVINE MERCY chaplet for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is 16TH JUNE 2019

ST JOSEPH’S – Family of Schools ( SJFS ) will restage the original musical production THE WHITE RAJAH of SARAWAK as part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019.

Venue is at level 3, Grand Hall, A.C.C.P.C. from 5TH – 7TH JULY 2019.  Please refer Poster with further details on the Notice Board

KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY [KAYD] 2019 (Theme – ‘Serve: Thy Word Be Done’ (Luke 1:38) will be organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission from 31ST AUGUST till 2ND SEPTEMBER at A.C.C.P.C.. Early bird registration is RM45 per head until 15TH JUNE and thereafter, late registration until 30TH JUNE is at RM60. All youths are invited to register latest by 30th June. Registration forms are obtainable from the EMPOWERED Ministry and KAYC Office at the A.C.C.P.C.. Please contact Tel: 082-237237 for more information.

FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI will be celebrated with candle light procession from Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg all the way to Padang Merdeka and back to the Cathedral on SUNDAY, 23RD JUNE at 5:00 PM. There will be no evening mass in St. Peter’s Church Padungan on that day.

 

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 07

 

4. BODY OF CHRIST AND PEOPLE OF GOD

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God foretells the final establishment of his people in a complete new intimacy of relationship. The Law would no longer be written on tablets of stone but upon their hearts. Accordingly, when Jesus established the new covenant, he did so not in the blood of animals but in his own blood, and the blood was no longer thrown over the people but drunk deep within. So, the wine we present in the Mass becomes the blood of Christ, and when we receive the blood of Christ, ‘the blood of the new and everlasting covenant’, we should recall the ancient roots of what we are doing. From earliest times, the People of God has been a covenant people, formed as a people by a covenant that was solemnly ratified in blood. That ancient ritual was given a new and definitive form by Christ at the Last Supper, and now today in the Mass, by giving us the blood of Christ, God is fashioning his people in its new and definite form. This is one of the main lines of scriptural reflection associated with our use of wine for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Our celebration of the Mass with both bread and wine is therefore full of scriptural resonances that help us to realise that it is the Church as a community, the Body of Christ and the People of God that is being fed and built up when we receive the body and blood of Christ. The bread becomes his body and the wine his blood, and it is clearly good to receive communion under both kinds, that way we can better heed all the resonances. ‘The sign of communion is more complete when given under both kinds, since in that form the sign of the eucharist meal appears more clearly. The intention of Christ that the new and eternal covenant be ratified in his blood is better expressed, as is the relation of the Eucharistic banquet to the heavenly banquet.’ However, we must always remember that the Church teaches that we receive Christ entirely, body, blood, soul and divinity, even when we receive communion only under one kind.

5. BODY AND BLOOD

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t is easy for Christians who are well used to the language of the Eucharist to fail to realise how shocking it is at first sight. We eat the body of Christ and drink his blood! It is vital to have a proper grasp of what this actually means, both for an effective catechesis inside the Church and also to help our explanations to those outside. With the benefit of our scriptural discussion so far, we are now in a position to understand the true meaning of this language by setting it in a scriptural context.
Though the New Testament was written in Greek, its mind-set is Hebrew. The Greek word for ‘body’ in all the Last Supper accounts is soma, but the proper understanding of it is not according to the Greek scheme by which a human being consists of ‘body and soul’. We ourselves tend to understand ‘body’ as the Greek did, as only part of a human being, the material, visible bit, but that is not the Hebrew meaning, so it is of no use in helping us to understand what Jesus said in the Last Supper. Jesus and the apostles were Jews, and ‘body’ in the Hebrew understanding does not just mean the outer aspect of a human being, something they have, rather it means what a human being is. Soma is ‘the nearest equivalent to our word “personality”; soma is ‘the whole person’. So, when Jesus says to his friends, ‘This is my body’, he means ‘This is myself, my whole being’, and he gives himself to them so that they, by receiving, will in fact be drawn into his own self-gift to his Father, and will be drawn to one another in his self-gift.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 21

CHURCH NOTICES

 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 25TH – 26TH MAY 2019

 

DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY. All are encouraged to come & participate. The invitation of Our Blessed Mother Mary home is an on-going program of our Parish & requires Registration at the Parish Office during office hours.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 31ST MAY at 7:30 PM with HOLY ROSARY for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on THURSDAY, 30TH MAY at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.

Vigil Mass for the ASCENSION is on WEDNESDAY, 29TH MAY at 7:30 PM.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is 16TH JUNE 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S – Family of Schools ( SJFS ) will restage the original musical production THE WHITE RAJAH of SARAWAK as part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019.

Venue is at level 3, Grand Hall, A.C.C.P.C. from 5TH – 7TH JULY 2019.  Please refer Poster with further details on the Notice Board

KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY [KAYD] 2019 (Theme – ‘Serve: Thy Word Be Done’ (Luke 1:38) will be organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission from 31ST AUGUST till 2ND SEPTEMBER at A.C.C.P.C.. Early bird registration is RM45 per head until 15TH JUNE and thereafter, late registration until 30TH JUNE is at RM60. All youths are invited to register latest by 30th June. Registration forms are obtainable from the EMPOWERED Ministry and KAYC Office at the A.C.C.P.C.. Please contact Tel: 082-237237 for more information.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 06

 

  1. BODY OF CHRIST AND PEOPLE OF GOD

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‘Moses went and told the people all Yahweh’s words and all the laws, and all the people answered with one voice, “All the words Yahweh has spoken we will carry out!” Moses put all Yahweh’s words into writing, and early next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve standing-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent certain young Israelites to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice bullocks to Yahweh as communion sacrifices. Moses then took half the blood and put it into basins, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then, taking the Book of the Covenant, he read it to the listening people, who then said, “We shall do everything that Yahweh has said; we shall obey.” Moses then took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you, entailing all these stipulation.” (Ex 24:3-8).

Certain words and phrases (e.g. ‘communion’, ‘blood of the covenant’) immediately strike us in this account because they are part of the fabric of Christian life and liturgy. We see that they originate in the faith of Israel

where the roots of Christianity lie. Moreover, the sequence of this solemn gathering of the People of God in the desert is very like the basic structure of the Mass, in two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and then the Liturgy of the Eucharist. A comparison between the gathering and the Mass is very instructive. The terms of the covenant were proclaimed to the people and they expressed the desire to respond and to be in communion with this God, therefore sacrifices must be offered. Likewise, the Liturgy of the Word and particularly the Gospel in the Mass proclaim to us afresh the terms of the new everlasting covenant and we ourselves are invited to renew our commitment to it through communion with God in the sacrifice of Christ. That sacrifice took place once and for all (Rm 6:10; Heb 7:27; 10:10) on Calvary and can never be repeated, but having taken place there it is now engraved in the heavens, as we shall see, and overarches time, so that all of history can be drawn into it. The Israelites went to find offerings; we bring forward bread and wine in a procession of gifts that expresses the response in our hearts.

Let us focus on the wine. By the power of the Holy Spirit, it is transformed into the blood of Christ. As we have seen, at the Last Supper, Jesus gave the cup to his friends to drink and said to them: ‘this is my blood of the covenant (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; RSV). There is both continuity and discontinuity here between the Old and New Testaments. The idea of ‘blood of the covenant’ is inherited from of old, but the fact that this blood should now be Christ’s own blood is utterly new. The other two Last Supper accounts emphasise this newness by actually reporting Jesus is saying: ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood (Lk 22:20; 1 Co 11:25). In fact, yet another strand of prophecy is to be woven in here, for the expression ‘new covenant’ comes from Jeremiah:

‘Look, the days are coming, Yahweh declares, when I shall make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not like the covenant I made with their ancestors the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, even though I was their Master, Yahweh declares. No, this is the covenant I shall make with the House of Israel when those days have come, Yahweh declares. Within them, I shall plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I shall be their God and they will be my people’ (Jer 31:31-33).

 

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 20

CHURCH NOTICES                Download (PDF)

 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 18TH – 19TH MAY 2019

 

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

 

DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY. All are encouraged to come & participate. The invitation of Our Blessed Mother Mary home is an on-going program of our Parish & requires Registration at the Parish Office during office hours.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 31ST MAY at 7:30 PM with HOLY ROSARY for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on THURSDAY, 30TH MAY at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.

Vigil Mass for the ASCENSION is on WEDNESDAY, 29TH MAY at 7:30 PM.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

A SERIES OF TALKS ON EFFECTIVE PASTORAL CARE, OVERCOMING STRESS / DEPRESSION / ANXIETY IN TODAY’S WORLD FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTHS will be given by Fr. Dr. Charles Chiew of Keningau Diocese at the A.C.C.P.C. on 22ND – 24TH MAY.

To register, please call St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office Tel: 082-423424. There is no registration fee but love offering will be collected.

 

CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is 16TH JUNE 2019

SALES – of Lemang in aid of 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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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 05

  

  1. BODY OF CHRIST AND PEOPLE OF GOD

There are many names for the Church, and images of its communion life, e.g. the vine and the branches (Jn 15:1-5), ‘living stones making a spiritual house’ (1 P 2:4-5). Two of the greatest images are those of the Body of Christ (cf LG 7) and the people of God (cf LG, chapter 2). Both of these images have very strong roots in the Eucharist and can help us to appreciate the significance of the fact that we use both bread and wine in the Mass.

The image of the Body of Christ comes exclusively from St Paul and undoubtedly originates in his conversion on the road to Damascus. A bright light shone, he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’, and again, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting’ (Ac 9:3-5). It was actually Jesus’ followers that Saul was persecuting, but he suddenly realised that Jesus is risen and that he lives in his followers, so that to lay hands upon them is actually laying hands upon him (‘Why are you persecuting me?’). Jesus is really and tangibly present in them; they are his body, the Body of Christ. Paul himself was baptised and gradually discovered this mystery in his own person: ‘I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me’ (Gal 2:20). The self-same mystery unites all Christians with one another, so that all are ‘parts of one another’ (Eph 4:25; cf Rm 12:5).

“By receiving the bread which has become Christ’s body, we ourselves are united in his Body which is the Church”

Paul gives a lot of teaching on this great theme in his first letter to the Corinthians (e.g. 1 Co 12:12-30) and it is no coincidence that this letter is the letter in which he gives one of the four accounts we have of the institution of the Eucharist (1 Co 11:23-26). He himself makes the connection between the Eucharist and the Church when he says: ‘The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the body of Christ?’ (1 Co 10:16). Paul’s Greek word, koinonia, is often translated into English simply as ‘communion’, but it primarily means ‘participation’, so Paul’s teaching here has layers of meaning. First of all, by means of the bread and the cup we participate in the body and blood of Christ himself, but then also, participating together in Christ produces a profound communion between ourselves, so our ‘sharing’ has both a vertical and also a horizontal dimension.

He then adds: ‘And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf’ (1 Co 10:17). In short, ‘one bread, one body’. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said: ‘This is my body’ (Mt 26:26; Mk 14:22; Lk 22:19; 1 Co 11:24). Clearly, Paul understands that, by receiving the bread which has become Christ’s body, we ourselves are united in his Body which is the Church. In other words, we receive the body of Christ in order to become the Body of Christ. This is one of the main lines of scriptural reflection associated with our use of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist.

What, then, of the wine? We have already seen that Jesus links the cup to the covenant and thereby recalls the prophetic figure of the Suffering Servant. But there are, in fact, further strands of meaning that coverage upon the cup from the Old Testament by means of the mention of covenant. It’s helpful to remember what happened in the desert at Mount Sinai, when God made a covenant with his people through Moses.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 19

CHURCH NOTICES              Download (PDF)

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 11TH – 12TH MAY 2019

 GAWAI THANKSGIVING MASS will be celebrated in the Cathedral on FRIDAY, 24TH MAY at 8:00 PM. All are welcome!

 DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY. Except on 17TH MAY, the Holy Rosary is incorporated inside the Holy Hour. All are encouraged to come & participate.

The invitation of Our Blessed Mother Mary home is an on-going program of our Parish & requires Registration at the Parish Office during office hours.

COFFEE MORNINGbeing jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies Guild will take place next SUNDAY 19TH MAY immediately after the morning mass.  All are welcome.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 17TH MAY. The theme for the month is RISEN LORD, HAVE MARY ON US AND HELP US TO SUSTAIN THE JOY OF YOUR VICTORY OVER SIN AND DEATH. All are encourage to come & participate.

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 31ST MAY at 7:30 PM with HOLY ROSARY for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

TALK ON DIGITAL ADDICTION by Dr. Amar Singh will be organised on TUESDAY 21ST MAY, 7:30 PM at Mater Domini Auditorium, Level 2, A.C.C.P.C. To register, please call St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office Tel: 082-423424. There is no registration fee but love offering will be collected.

PAMPHLETS IN ENGLISH ON UNDERSTANDING DELIVERANCE, HEALING & EXORCISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH by the Kuching Archdiocesan Ministry of Deliverance & Exorcism (KAMODE) are available outside the Church.

 

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 04

 

  1. SACRIFICE

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Faithful Jews had waited hundreds of years longing for the Servant to be revealed and longing for the salvation he would bring to them and to the whole world. He would clearly be one of them, and his solidarity with the people would enable a marvellous exchange, he would take their guilt upon himself and by his bruises would bring healing to all (Is 53:5). He would embody their salvation. On Good Friday, Jesus was revealed as the Servant on Calvary, living to the last in fidelity to God. On Easter Sunday, having been upheld by God, he was established as light of the nations.

We have four accounts in the New Testament of the Last Supper (Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:15-20; 1 Co 11:23-26)

But how can we claim a part in the salvation he has won? The answer lies in what he already did on the evening of Holy Thursday, when he instituted the Eucharist. Those three days therefore form the most intense unity, and we celebrate them as a unity, the ‘Easter Triduum’. As the faithful Servant, Jesus instituted the Eucharist not just in anticipation of his sacrifice on Good Friday, but also totally trusting that God would uphold him and raise him up, such that ‘the whole Triduum paschale… is as it were gathered up, foreshadowed and “concentrated” for ever in the gift of the Eucharist’.

  1. COMMUNION

The bond between being reconciled with God and being reconciled with one another is a very rich one. God himself is the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son made man for us, and the life he comes to share with us is God’s life, the life of total and perfect communion. Those who are baptised into Christ are therefore baptised into communion, and the Church itself is called to be an image or icon of the Trinity. We see therefore the great significance of the fact that receiving the Eucharist is called receiving ‘Holy Communion’. The Eucharist renews the gift of our Baptism, as we saw earlier, and the life that we are receiving and renewing there is the communion life of God himself. It follows that, even though we receive the Eucharist individually, it is really communities and the whole Church that Christ is feeding. The Eucharist makes the Church. So we should be conscious of those with whom we receive; by receiving together we are really undertaking to bear witness together to the unity and peace of the Trinity.

Sin cuts us off from God and from one another. Jesus died ‘to gather together into one the scattered children of God’ (Jn 11:52). The fruit of his sacrifice is therefore our unity, or communion, both with God and with each other. That is why the Eucharist, which celebrates and renews, but never repeats, the sacrifice of Christ, is so deeply linked to the Church, the family of all those reconciled with God and with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. The Eucharist makes the Church to be what it is, a great ‘sacrament’, both ‘sign and instrument’ of communion with God and of unity among all people (cf LG 1).

That is why those who are about to receive exchange a sign of peace. The message is that those who are not prepared to be reconciled if they have been at odds with one another cannot proceed to receive the Eucharist. The Eucharist is about reconciliation. No disputes should emerge from the celebration of the Eucharist still intact. That is what Jesus teaches when he says: ‘if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering’ (Mt 5:23-24).

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 18

CHURCH NOTICES

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

04TH – 05TH MAY 2019

 

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

TEACHERS’ DAY THANKSGIVING CUM FOUNDER’S DAY MASS will be organised by the Catholic Teachers’ Guild of Sarawak on SUNDAY, 12TH MAY at 5:30 pm in the Cathedral. All are welcome!

DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY SUNDAY. Except on 17TH MAY, the Holy Rosary is incorporated inside the Holy Hour. All are encouraged to come & participate. The invitation of Our Blessed Mother Mary home is an on-going program of our Parish & requires Registration at the Parish Office during office hours.

ALPHA IN ENGLISHa series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church on TUESDAY starting the 7TH MAY, from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. This is a golden opportunity for us to come and explore the Christian faith together and encounter the Risen Lord. Please bring your friends along. Registration is free. Forms are available outside the entrance of the Church.  Please return the completed registration forms in the ALPHA registration boxes provided or to HTC parish office. Closing date is this weekend.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding  date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 03

2.      SACRIFICE

Jesus was raised to life on a Sunday, the first day of the week, and the Church consequently celebrates every Sunday as the day of Resurrection, the day of new life, the Day of the Lord (Dies Domini), a mini-Easter. Though we can celebrate the Eucharist every day, Sunday has always been the main day for its celebration, and the Church urges us to take part in the celebration not just as an obligation but a regular renewal of Easter grace and Easter joy amid the difficulties and struggles of life. The Eucharist is like a sure compass in our hand, and this regular celebration keeps us on the right track by ‘making us take our bearing from the victory of life’.

The Eucharist has always been the celebration of the life which conquers death”

Just as there would be nothing to celebrate about Christ’s death if he had not been raised (1 Co 15:12-19), so there would, of course, be no Resurrection without Calvary. The Eucharist has always been the celebration of the life which conquers death, and therefore of the Father’s supremely loving response to Christ’s supremely loving sacrifice. At the heart of the Eucharist is the sacrifice of Jesus: ‘When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory’ (memorial acclamation, cf 1 Co 11:26). As Pope John Paul has recently taught, the Mass is the ‘sacramental re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice, crowned by the resurrection’.

This sacrifice is ‘so decisive for the salvation of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there’. When Jesus died, there were those who passed by and mocked (Mt 27:39-40). Presumably, there were also others who simply watched as spectators. The Centurion had the beginnings of understanding of what was really happening (Mt 27:54), but the full understanding has been entrusted to the Church. We know that Jesus died for the salvation of the world (Jn 3:16-17). It is therefore our own deepest desire not simply to be spectators of what was really happening on Calvary, but to be participants, to enter into and share what Jesus was doing, and that is precisely what he made possible at the Last Supper. He established a doorway into the mystery of his sacrifice. By eating and drinking what he gave them there, his disciples already participated in his passion. ‘The institution of the Eucharist sacramentally anticipated the events which were about to take place, beginning with the agony in Gethsemane.’ The Mass is the re-enactment of the Last Super in accordance with Jesus’ instruction: ‘do this in remembrance of me’ (Lk 22:19; 1 Co 11:24-25). By eating and drinking what the Lord gives us, we too enter into the mystery of his sacrifice, as if passing through a doorway. The Mass marvellously enables us still today to accompany Jesus on the journey he took from the upper room and to participate in the mystery of his suffering and death. However, we celebrate knowing the glorious outcome of that journey, we celebrate his sacrifice ‘crowned by the resurrection’, the entire Paschal Mystery, so our remembrance is shot through with Easter light. The lighted candles that we always have on or beside the altar for the celebration of Mass are a reminder of this: each is a mini-Paschal Candle.

Around five hundred years B.C., the four songs of the Suffering Servant were composed in the book of the prophet Isaiah (Is 42:1-9; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; 52:13-53:12). These songs have a special place in the Church’s Holy Week liturgy. In Isaiah’s description of the Servant who turns out to be the saviour, Christians recognise the features of Christ himself, who was exposed to insult and spittle (Is 50:6) and crushed in the eyes of the world (Is 53:5), but whose suffering had an astonishing outcome. Like the faithful Servant, he was upheld by God (Is 42:1) and established as ‘covenant of the people and light to the nations’ (Is 42:6; 49:6), bringing salvation to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6).

The celebration that Jesus held with his friends on the eve of his passion already contained important references to the songs of the Servant. We have four accounts in the New Testament of the Last Super (Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:15-20; 1 Co 11:23-26), and all of them report that Jesus referred to the ‘covenant’, the bond of unity that God forges with his people, as he gave the cup to his friends: ‘this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many’ (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24); ‘this cup is the new covenant in my blood’ (Lk 22:20; 1 Co 11:25); and the reference to the ‘many’ is itself taken from the fourth song: ‘my servant will justify many by taking their guilt on himself’ (Is 53:11).

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 17

CHURCH NOTICES

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

27TH – 28TH APRIL 2019

 

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – Those who have yet to return, are reminded to do so soonest possible. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag.

 

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.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION – Deacon John Ekly Direk will be ordained to the Priesthood in the Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 1ST MAY at 4:00 pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come and pray for our new priest. There will be no Daily Evening Mass in this Church on that day.

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 this weekend. For further details, please call James Jonik Hp: 019-874 5898, John Pui Hp: 013-805 2322 or Shenton Chai Hp: 012-888 9590.

ALPHA IN ENGLISHa series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church on TUESDAY starting the 7TH MAY, from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. This is a golden opportunity for us to come and explore the Christian faith together and encounter the Risen Lord. Please bring your friends along. Registration is free. Forms are available outside the entrance of the Church.  Please return the completed registration forms in the ALPHA registration boxes provided or to HTC parish office. Closing date is 5TH MAY 2019.

VOCATION WEEKEND 2019 will be organised at St. Jude’s Church, Bunan Gega from 11TH to 12TH MAY 2019. Those interested to know more about the priesthood and religious life, please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church for further details.

APPRECIATION: our Rector wish to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the success of the recent concluded Lenten & Easter program 2019.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 02

 

 

  1.      THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

 

These are not easy words! John tells us that many of Jesus’ followers could not accept them and left. Nevertheless, Jesus insisted, ‘The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life’ (Jn 6:60). We must ponder them carefully. First of all, we see that the constant theme is ‘life’. Life is what Jesus and his words are all about. Then we note that Jesus seems to be describing himself as a ‘life-line’ for us. He says that he himself clings to the Father and draws life from him, and that we ourselves can, in turn, cling to him (Jesus) and draw life from him, through eating and drinking what he gives us, his own body and blood. The net effect is that, in Christ, through the Eucharist, we ourselves can draw life form the one source of all life, namely God the Father.

From all eternity, the Father gives life in the Blessed Trinity to the Son and the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Spirit live in a communion of life which is everlasting because it is uncreated, it had no beginning. Anything created had a beginning and has life only as a gift; it can therefore die if that gift is taken away. Its hold on life is fragile. So Christ himself, the Son of God, in his created humanity could die and did die, but he clung all along to his heavenly Father (‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’, Lk 23:46) and the Father raised him in triumph by the power of the Spirit. St Paul teaches that that same wonder will be worked in us: ‘if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you’ (Rm 8:11).

The Church is sent to proclaim that Christ is risen and that life has conquered death. Since that life is given to us as food and drink in the Eucharist, it follows that the Eucharist plays a decisive role in the life of the Church. It has a programmatic role; it sets the tone for everything else. The Second Vatican Council expressed this great truth by simply saying that the eucharist sacrifice is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, hereafter LG, 11). A famous pioneer of Vatican II, the French Jesuit, Henri de Lubac, coined the famous phrase that: the Eucharist makes the Church’, and in the same line of thought Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has said: ‘The Church is the celebration of the Eucharist; the Eucharist is the Church; they do not simply stand side by side; they are one and the same; it is from there that everything else radiates.’ Likewise the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches: ‘”The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharist, assembly.’ (CCC 752)  

Our Orthodox and Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters always highlight the vital role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus and in the life of the Church, while sadly those in the West are often rather inattentive to the Spirit. So let us emphasise straight away that, just as Jesus was raised to life by the Father in the power of the Spirit (cf Rm 8:11), so the Church celebrates the Eucharist by the power of the same Spirit, and lives in ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ (2 Co 13:13). In the Creed, we proclaim that the Spirit is ‘the Lord, the giver of life’, and there is an epiclesis, an invocation of the Spirit, that accompanies the words of consecration in the Mass: e.g. ‘Let your spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ’ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The international Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue has spoken very clearly about the role of the Spirit in the Eucharist and in the Church. ‘The Spirit transforms the sacred gifts into the Body and Blood of Christ (metabole, change) in order to bring about the growth of the Body which is the Church.’ In fact, it says, the entire celebration of the Eucharist is an epiclesis, which simply becomes more explicit at certain moments. All in all: ‘The Church is continually in a state of epiclesis.’