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.
The Spirit of Christ
Sr Mary David Totah OSB
- 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).