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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 9

CHURCH NOTICES

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 AM1:00 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 WEDNESDAYfalls 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.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 15

 

3.    THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

 

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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.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 8

CHURCH NOTICES                Download (PDF)

 7TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

  23RD – 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

 

BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

  BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 03RD MARCH 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 01ST MARCH 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.

ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16TH 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.

TRAUMA HEALING THROUGH CONTEMPLATION SEMINAR will be organised by the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.S.) from 28TH FEBRUARY to 02 MARCH at the A.C.C.P.C. The speaker is Fr. Cornelio Jaranilla, OCD (a Carmelite Priest from the Phillipines who is also a qualified Psychologist – Trauma Specialist). Registration is at RM50 per head. For more information, please contact Anna Wong at 016-859 9398.

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 19TH MARCH 2019 at St. Augustine Room, St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Centre from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

CATHOLIC BIBLE – study on St. Matthew’s Gospel will commence on THURSDAY 28TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM in Holy Trinity Parish.

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 TUESDAY 5TH MARCH at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 14

 

 

  1. THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

 

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The anointing with chrism

We are Christians because we are literally “anointed ones”. The Catechism sums this up well: “The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ.’ (2 Co 2:15)” (CCC 1294).

The oil used at Confirmation is consecrated by the bishop at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week. The Catechism (CCC 1297) sees the ceremony of the consecration of the chrism to be a sort of preparation liturgy of Confirmation. A prayer when the chrism is consecrated speaks of the “sanctifying power of anointing.” The oil and the anointing reveal to the candidate and the assembled faithful that this new life is to be a holy life, guaranteed by the Spirit who is not only a Holy Spirit but a Spirit who makes holy, a sanctifying spirit. As Jesus is “sealed” as Christ by the Holy Spirit at his baptism, so too the believer at Confirmation becomes another Christ, sealed by the Spirit.

 “The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and Ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation Christians, that is those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ,’ (2 Co 2:15)” (CCC 1294).

The sign of the cross

The bishop traces a cross with the chrism on the forehead of the candidate. This sign of the cross is also significant; it is the seal or mark of Christ himself. The gift of the Spirit is intended precisely to unite us to Christ and make us like him. The confirmed are to bear witness by their lives to the passion and resurrection of Christ, to the paschal mystery. It also reminds us that it was the Crucified One, still marked by his wounds, who breathed the Spirit upon his disciples (Jn 20:19ff). The Christian upon whom this sign has been set is marked with his owner’s brand, signifying his membership of Christ’s flock and the promise of divine protection. Finally, for the Fathers, the signing with the cross also possessed great eschatological importance as the token by which the faithful are to be recognised in the hereafter. Normally in the early Church, the “signing” was the last ceremony of a candidate’s initiation.

 

Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

It is never a gesture alone, nor some material thing, which constitutes a Christian sacrament, but always a gesture – washing, anointing, breaking bread, touching – accompanied by a form of words which express and define the meaning of what is happening.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 7

CHURCH NOTICES                  Download (PDF)

6TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

 16TH – 17TH FEBRUARY 2019

 02ND COLLECTIONS – for this weekend is for the Father’s House Maintenance fund. Please give generously.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 22ND FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM with DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16TH MARCH. All parishioners & lay apostolate are strongly urged to join & are kindly requested to proceed & meet at Station One by 9:00 AM.  Please register at the Registration Counter outside the Church after mass.

TRAUMA HEALING THROUGH CONTEMPLATION SEMINAR will be organised by the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.S.) from 28 FEBRUARY to 02 MARCH at the A.C.C.P.C. The speaker is Fr. Cornelio Jaranilla, OCD (a Carmelite Priest from the Phillipines who is also a qualified Psychologist – Trauma Specialist). Registration is at RM50 per head.

For more information, please contact Anna Wong at 016-859 9398.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 13

 

  1. THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

The laying on of hands

After concluding the profession of faith, the bishop stands with his priests and says:

Let us pray to the Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ the Son of God.

The ultimate goal of the Spirit is to transform us into the image of the Son.

After a period of silent prayer, the bishop and priests stretch out their hands over those to be confirmed. This ancient gesture is used in different ways in different sacramental liturgies – to invoke the Holy Spirit upon the gifts during Mass, to give a solemn blessing to the congregation at the end of Mass, to ordain a priest, to bless a newly married couple, to absolve the repentant sinner in Confession. In Confirmation it has always been associated with calling down the Holy Spirit and his gifts on the newly baptised. By the imposition of hands the gift of the Spirit is invoked, and by the anointing the gift is sealed.

Like that of anointing, the rite of the imposition of hands has roots that go back to the most ancient religious traditions of Israel (Nb 8:10; 27:18; Dt 34:9). The imposition of hands is a gesture of blessing, consecration, investiture. It was the gesture used by Our Lord to bless children and heal the sick (Mk 6:5; Lk 13:13). The Apostles lay their hands on the seven deacons (Ac 6:6), Paul and Barnabas were sent on mission through the laying on of hands (Ac 13:3), and Paul reminds Timothy of that moment in 1 Tm 4:14; 2 Tm 1:6.

The anointing with chrism

Every sacrament consists of some significant gesture or sign; this is known as the matter of the sacrament. Then there are words which make the symbolism explicit. These are known as the form. For Confirmation, what is the essential sign: imposition of hands or anointing? This question had exercised the minds of theologians for centuries; while in the West both the laying on of hands and anointing with chrism were employed, in the East only anointing was used. In his reform of the rite Pope Paul VI clarified any doubt concerning the future understanding of the rite when he decreed. “The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead,

Scholastic theologians analysed sacraments in terms of ‘matter’ and ‘form’. The ‘matter’ is the visible element or symbolic gesture, such as anointing with oil. The ‘form’ is the actual words or prayer used, which brings out the significance of and makes explicit what is already there.

which is done by the laying on of hands, and through the words: Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The sign, or matter, of the sacrament is the anointing with the holy oil, called chrism. The new order sees the signing of the forehead as the imposition of the hand.

In using oil for her liturgy, the Church was continuing a practice of the Old Testament. The Hebrews poured out oil on holy stones and other objects, and anointed kings, priests and prophets with it. The meaning given to an anointing with sacred oil was the bestowal of holiness. The person or thing anointed was sanctified by Yahweh, the Holy One. Anointing too was closely associated with the giving of the Spirit. When Samuel anointed David as king the Spirit of God came upon him: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward” (1 S 16:13). Jesus takes on the Old Testament offices of priest, prophet and king when he is anointed by the Holy Spirit at his baptism. At the Jordan, with the outpouring of the Spirit, Jesus is manifested as “the Christ,” which literally means “the anointed one”. In Confirmation our baptismal anointing is confirmed and strengthened, and we become “another Christ” in Cyril of Jerusalem’s words: “Now that you are reckoned worthy of this holy chrism, you are called Christians, and this title you substantiate by your new birth.”

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 6

CHURCH NOTICES         Download (PDF)

5TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

09TH – 10TH FEBRUARY 2019

 

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM

HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY. The theme for the month is JESUS, BRING WHOLENESS TO OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

All are encourage to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 22ND FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM with DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.  

ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16TH MARCH. All parishioners & lay apostolate are strongly urged to join & are kindly requested to proceed & meet at Station One by 9:00 AM.  Please register at the Registration Counter outside the Church after mass.

APPRECIATION: our Parish Rector would like to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the MANDARIN ORANGES donated by kind parishioners for distribution during the Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass. Thank you for your generous contribution.

The Rector and all lay organizations
of
St Peter’s Parish, Padungan
Wishes
All parishioners
a Happy & Blessed Chinese Lunar New Year 2019

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 12

3.   THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

Presentation of the Candidates

The candidates are presented to the bishop by the parish priest or catechists. If they are children, they are to be presented by the parents or sponsors. To highlight the close union of Baptism and Confirmation, the Confirmation sponsor should ideally be the same person who stood for the Candidate at Baptism (CCC 1131). The sponsor must not only present the recipient to the bishop and guarantee his dispositions, but must also help and guide him in the struggles. Like the sponsor for baptism, the sponsor for Confirmation must always consider himself responsible for the godchild and see to his Christian upbringing and prepare him for Christian discipleship in the Church.

Unless they are very numerous the candidates are to be called by name. It is sometimes customary to choose another patron saint for one’s confirmation. In this as in so much else, Confirmation echoes the naming ceremony in baptism. In Baptism the naming of the child is bound up with how he or she is identified before God (so that it is rightly called one’s baptismal or Christian name; in Confirmation the choice of another name or patron saint has the added dimension of a commissioning-for-service. In the Bible God often gives a new name to those he enlist to collaborate with him in his work of salvation: Abram became Abraham, “the father of many nations,” and Simon became Peter, “the rock.”

 

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

After the homily there is the profession of faith. The bishop says: “Before you receive the Spirit, be mindful of the faith which you or your parents or godparents professed with the Church.” If they were baptised as infants, this will be the first time that the candidates have made a public profession of faith. The formula makes clear that this is not a statement or personal opinion, but a statement of their faith

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?
I Do

in the saving power of God the Creator of heaven and earth, in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Special mention is made of the Holy Spirit:

The very same spirit of God who was poured out on the Church at Pentecost remains with the Church today. It is this Spirit who will speak through us to the Church and to the world, each in one’s own unique, irreplaceable way, but all for the same end: the building up of the Church.

If baptism expresses the death and resurrection of Christ, Confirmation has this special reference to Pentecost. Good Friday and Easter are to Pentecost what Baptism is to Confirmation. This connection has been made from the earliest times. In the words of Pope Paul VI, Confirmation is the “perpetuation of Pentecostal grace in the Church.” The Baptism of the Christian is his Easter, while Confirmation renews for him the gift of Pentecost.

As in the life of Christ there were two stages to his paschal mystery – Easter and Pentecost – so in the life of the Church which is modelled on Christ’s life – there are two stages of initiation into Christian life – Baptism and Confirmation. Just as the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost put a “seal” on the paschal mystery, so Confirmation puts a seal on the baptised person. This means that our incorporation into the Church and our sacramental communion in the mysteries of Easter and Pentecost is perfected into two stages. Hence the two sacraments are clearly distinct (though always to be related) in the same way as the two mysteries which they represent sacramentally. But together they form the sacramental representation of the one redeeming mystery of Christ, perfected to the full.

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 5

CHURCH NOTICES

4TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

2ND – 3RD FEBRUARY 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 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses only on this weekend of 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 11

2.    THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Strength to defend the faith

“The true Christian will be a constant martyr”

Christians today have particular reason to reflect on the centrality of martyrdom, for the century that has just come to a close has been pre-eminently an age of martyrs. In the 20 years between the two World Wars more Christians died for the faith than in the whole 300 years after the crucifixion. Not all of us will be called to die outwardly for Christ in the gas chamber or prison camps; that depends on circumstances beyond our control. What we can do, however, is to be prepared to carry our cross inwardly. Clement of Alexandria affirmed that the true Christian will be a constant martyr: “He will be a martyr by night and a martyr by day, a martyr in his speech, his daily life, his character.” Confirmation is a call to life-long self-offering, not one of great self-sacrifices but a multitude of small ones: in the mutual love in marriage and family life, in acts of personal and community service, in loyalty to the teachings of the Church’s magisterium and in defence of the faith.

What is essential in this is our fidelity to our Christian vocation. In both Baptism, particularly in the rite of renouncing Satan, and in Confirmation the Christian throws down a challenge to the forces of evil. This gives a meaning of love and redemption to the battles of everyday life.

3.  THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

Like all the other sacraments, confirmation is normally be celebrated within the Mass, after the liturgy of the word.

“The whole people of God, represented by families and friends of the candidates and by members of the local communities will be invited to take part in the celebration and will express its faith in the fruits of the Holy Spirit.”

The place of the sacraments in Christian life needs to be seen in the context of a community of believers. They are celebrations of the Church, whereby she acknowledges her faith and commits herself to it. Non-Catholic relations and friends, and especially a non-Catholic parent, should be warmly welcomed. Even if they have different religious beliefs, their loving support and their example of a life of integrity will continue to be of great value to the Confirmation candidate, especially if he is still growing up.

Liturgy of the Word

The Scripture readings provided for the rite serve as an excellent starting point for showing the work of the Spirit in the Church and in Christian life. The first five texts are taken from the Old Testament and speak of the Anointed One who was to come to bring good news to the poor (Is 11:1-4; Is 42:1-3; Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9); and the promise of a special pouring out of the Spirit within our hearts (Ezk 36:24—28) and on all mankind (Jl 2:23a, 26-30a). The readings from Acts show the Spirit poured on the Church; the role of the Spirit in unifying and sustaining the Church is the special emphasis of 1 Co 12:4-13 and Ep 4:1-6; whereas the other texts from St Paul speak of the transforming power of the Spirit in the lives of individuals: the Spirit as the gift of God’s love (Rm 5:1-2, 5-8), as bearing witness to our identity as children of God (Rm 8:14-17). The Spirit sets us free, teaches us how to pray, and enables us to lead lives characterised by joy, peace, love, patience, self-control, gentleness, fidelity – the “fruits of the Spirit” (Rm 8:26-27; Ga 5:16-17, 22-25). The Gospel readings on the baptism of Jesus (Mk 1:9-11) and at the beginning of his public ministry (Lk 4:16-22) show Jesus as the Servant of God, anointed by the Spirit of God for the work of salvation. It is this same Spirit that makes it possible for us to live the Gospel in the spirit of beatitudes (Mt 25:14-13; Lk 8:4-15; Mt 5:1-12).

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 4

CHURCH NOTICES        Download (PDF)

 3RD SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

  26TH – 27TH JANUARY 2019

 FEAST OF PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on SATURDAY, 02ND FEBRUARY at 7:00 AM.

The usual SUNSET MASS at 6:00 PM on that day remain unchanged.

 BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

For this special occasion, parishioners are kindly requested to donate oranges & please bring the oranges to the Parish Office during office hours.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses on 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

 

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 10

  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Strength to defend the faith

“Reborn in baptism for life… confirmed after

Baptism for the strife” (Faustus of Riez, 5thC)

At his baptism, Our Lord was anointed by the Spirit for his work of proclaiming the good news. Immediately afterwards we find the Spirit leading him into the wilderness to do battle with the devil, whose work he was to destroy by miracles and healing, and ultimately by his death and resurrection. At Pentecost itself there was such a strengthening; the first Christians became witnesses of Christ, spokesmen for his cause. Before Pentecost an Apostle could deny Christ; after it they were martyrs.

 “The characteristic of every authentic missionary life is the inner joy that comes from faith. In a world tormented and oppressed by so many problems, a world tempted to pessimism, the one who proclaims the ‘Good News’ must be a person who has found true hope in Christ.”

Martyr is the Greek word for witness. To bear witness to Christ is to encounter opposition, persecution, and often death. Included in the gift of Pentecost was the call to martyrdom. The light slap which used to be given on the cheek by the bishop after the anointing was a sign of the blows we must be prepared to endure for Christ. And the oil of the anointing recalls the anointing of athletes and wrestlers, with all its associated ideas of defence and strengthening. Confirmation shows martyrdom to be a universal vocation.

There is a constant tradition attributing to Confirmation the grace of strength, especially for bearing witness even unto martyrdom, and for spiritual combat. In the fifth century St Cyril of Jerusalem exhorted his catechumens:

Just as Christ after his baptism and visitation by the Holy Spirit went out and successfully wrestled with the enemy, so you also, after your holy baptism and sacramental anointing, put on the armour of the Holy Spirit, confront the power of the enemy, and reduce it saying: ‘I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.’

Confirmation makes us Christian soldiers. “This sacrament is given to man for strength in spiritual combat,” noted St Thomas Aquinas. “Though he who is baptised is made a member of the Church, nevertheless he is not yet enrolled as a Christian soldier.” This is about something much more than the personal struggle of adolescents with which this sacrament is frequently associated; it concerns the ongoing struggle between the mystery of salvation and the mystery of iniquity (2 Th 2:7) which constitutes the secret history of the whole of humanity. Confirmation invites us to take seriously the realities of spiritual combat against the forces of evil in our time, against what the Holy Father has called “the culture of death.” It is a question of entering into the combat of Christ, with Christ. We have a powerful expression of the reality of spiritual combat in The Lord of the Rings, where it is seen that the one power before which evil is helpless is sacrifice, self-offering. Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn are all in their different ways martyrs, Christ-figures who undergo different kinds of voluntary deaths and resurrections. In this kind of battle, strength is overcome by weakness, pride and power by humility, tyranny by martyrdom. In this world and the world of the Gospel, the self is only saved when it is lost, found only when given away in sacrifice. Sacrifice, humility, love, fidelity – these are shown to be the strongest, and most overlooked, weapons against evil. We can recall too St Maximilian Kolbe voluntarily taking the place of another prisoner and going instead to die in his place.

 

 

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2ND SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

 19TH – 20TH JANUARY 2019

 2ND COLLLECTION – for this weekend is for the Archdiocesan Development Fund.  Please give generously.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 25TH JANUARY at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope.  Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

FEAST OF PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on SATURDAY, 02ND FEBRUARY at 7:00 AM.

The usual SUNSET MASS at 6:00 PM on that day remain unchanged.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

For this special occasion, parishioners are kindly requested to donate oranges & please bring the oranges to the Parish Office during office hours on THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY onwards.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses on 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

LITURGICAL COMMITTEE MEETING – of our Parish will take place on SUNDAY, 20TH JANUARY at 3:00 PM in the Conference Room. All Heads, Leaders, Asst. leaders & Coordinator of our Church Ministry, namely Altar Server, Warden, Choir, Lector & Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister are cordially invited & deem to be compulsory to attend.

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 09

  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

 

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Strength to be true witnesses of Christ

The work of the Spirit is to form us into another Christ who was sent out on mission from his Father. This does not mean all will be called to the missionary field; nor is it an invitation for all of us to change our jobs. To be an apostle, a witness, means to have a life, not a job. The first characteristic of apostolic life is sharing of the life of the Lord; Jesus summoned the apostles “to be with him” and to be sent out to preach (Mk 3:14). Being with Jesus comes first and is the first mark of the apostle. They were called by him just to be with him; the fundamental law of any apostolate is union with Christ. Indeed, more than in external works, mission consists in making Christ present to the world through personal witness. This is the challenge, this is the primary task of the confirmed.

The more Christians allows themselves to be conformed to Christ, the more Christ is made present and active in the world for the salvation of all. Christians are ‘in mission’ by virtue of their very consecration in Baptism and Confirmation; and they bear witness in accordance with their vocation in life. Like the Spirit himself, the confirmed Christian is at work everywhere, wherever he finds himself. St Paul himself was profoundly convinced of the fruitfulness not only of his work but also of his sufferings for the Church as a whole. [Indeed the most important acts exchanged in this communion are praying for others and suffering for others, since they are most closely linked to Christ’s own being and acting for others.] These things are at least as important as the external, visible mutual help and witness that is a matter of course for Christians.

The real apostolate, consists precisely in participation in the salvific work of Christ. Christ redeemed the world, a slave to sin, principally by prayer and the sacrifice of himself. In like manner, souls that strive to re-live this intimate aspect of the mission of Christ, even if they do not give themselves to any external activity, really contribute to the apostolate in an eminent manner (Pope John XXIII)

Confirmation commits us to preaching, in one way or another, directly or indirectly, the mighty works of God.

If at Confirmation we are given strength from on high to become witnesses of Christ, joy is one of the secrets of that strength. Those confirmed are anointed with the “oil of gladness.” Pope John Paul wrote an encyclical about evangelisation called Redemptoris Missio, and his final words in it point to the importance of joy in spreading the Gospel: “The characteristic of every authentic missionary life is the inner joy that comes from faith. In a world tormented and oppressed by so many problems, a world tempted to pessimism, the one who proclaims the ‘Good News’ must be a person who has found true hope in Christ.” Joy is given for witness.