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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 45

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 33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  16TH – 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

 02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for St Peter’s Development Fund Account 2. Please give generously.

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed in NOVEMBER will be celebrated inside the Columbarium. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided and send in all Masses intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early.

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN being taken up by our parish will begin from next weekend till 15TH DECEMBER. Our children are encouraged to buy a small present each & place it inside the GIFT BOX provided at the main entrance of the Church. Gifts should NOT be of perishable goods & please do NOT donate USED items.

May God bless our children for their generosity

ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2020 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.  For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong [ 010- 225 4317 ]

CHRISTMAS CAROLLING 2019

Those interested esp. children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.

MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES: Letter of Appeal with envelope are available for your generous support to raise fund for the upkeep of our cemeteries.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 08

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

 Penance

The fact that tariffs had to be imposed by the confessor – punishments to fit the crime, as it were – was another reason why it was necessary to identify the species of the sin and to report its frequency. This is the origin of what we know as the ‘penance’ assigned by the priest in the sacrament. While there are very good reasons for such penances, as we shall see, it could happen that people might begin to think that they had ‘paid’ for their sin and that some kind of commercial transaction was involved in this sacrament. ‘How much did you get?’, we often asked each other as children after we had been to confession. Misunderstandings of what is involved in sin can follow in this, and sometimes did, but this is not a good reason for ignoring the good things that the new practice of the sacrament involved.

Through the Middle Ages these continues to be diversity in the penitential liturgies of the Church. The virtue and the sacrament continue to be connected.

Monks are ‘penitents’ who spend their whole lives trying to develop this virtue and to be converted to Christ. Spiritual direction and guidance remain closely associated with the sacrament of reconciliation although this need not necessarily be so. The confession by nuns to their ‘spiritual mother’ and of other Christians to lay directors in not unknown in the Middle Ages.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 44

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 32ND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  09TH – 10TH NOVEMBER 2019

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASSES – for the faithful departed in NOVEMBER on all FRIDAYS throughout the month will be celebrated inside the Columbarium. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided at the entrance of the Church and send in all Masses intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during all weekend Masses.

COFFEE MORNINGbeing jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies Guild will take place next SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER immediately after the morning mass.  All are welcome.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early

 LOVE OFFERING BOXES – distributed by the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood are available at the entrance of the Church to enable children in the Parish to help other children in need. Parents are urged to inculcate the spirit of giving and encourage your children to participate in this Mission of the Church.

ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2020 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush.  For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong [ 010- 225 4317 ]

CHRISTMAS CAROLLING 2019

Those interested esp. children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.

MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES: Letter of Appeal with envelope are available for your generous support to raise fund for the upkeep of our cemeteries.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 07

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

Penitence

“The virtue of penitence or penance was practiced through prayer, almsgiving and self-denial”

The distinction between penance as a Christian virtue, and the sacrament of penance or reconciliation, is also clear from early times. The call to repentance is extended to all and conversion is not just a once off experience but a daily task for the believer. The liturgical celebration of Lent made this very clear, an annual recalling of the evangelical summons to metanoia, a change of heart and mind. The virtue of penitence or penance was practiced through prayer, almsgiving, other works of service and various kinds of mortification and self-denial. Fidelity to the gospel required a disciplined life and discipline presupposed some ascetical practices to keep the mind and heart focused on God and on our need for God. If the Christian was an athlete then he needed to stay fit for the struggle against evil. This essential aspect of Christian living was celebrated in the liturgies of the Church, in particular in the Eucharist, Baptism and what came to be called the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Frequent Confession

At about the beginning of the 7th century there is a change. The discipline of once in a lifetime and public penance and reconciliation is replaced by the practice of frequent and private penance and reconciliation. This change came about largely through the influence of monks in Celtic lands. It emerged from their practice of spiritual direction in which they checked in now and again with a spiritual father and spoke with this teacher or guide about the difficulties they were experiencing in living according to the gospel. Christians are obliged to correct one another, to encourage one another, and to bear one another’s burdens. It is part of what is involved in loving one another. The monks did this for each other and from this spiritual accompaniment emerged the sacrament of reconciliation in something more like the form we recognize today.

The development that took place with what are called the penitential books of the Celtic churches is generally regarded as a good thing. It took away the humiliation attached to public penance. It established the idea that this sacrament is one to which people might have recourse even when they have not fallen into serious sin. Like the earlier Christians, the monks understood penitence to be both a virtue and a sacrament just as they continued to use the terms ‘penance’ (paenitentia) and ‘reconciliation’ (reconciliatio).

This form of celebrating the sacrament is called auricular confession. It involved a one to one confession by the penitent into the ear (auricula) of a priest. Some see this development as positive while others believe it had negative consequences. The penitential books includes extensive lists of sins, distinguished according to the circumstances in which they are committed. They were also concerned with the frequency with which these particular sins were committed. When many centuries later the Council of Trent decreed that sins were to be confessed ‘according to species and numbers’, this concern with full or integral confession had its roots in the penitential books. Some believe that the development of auricular confession tended to encourage anxiety, even scrupulosity, about the minute details of behaviour (thoughts, words, actions) to the neglect of more general attitudes and dispositions. People might forget that omission – what we neglected to do – can also be sinful.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 44

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31ST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  02ND – 03RD NOVEMBER 2019

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

SPECIAL FORMS – for Combined Requiem Masses in NOVEMBER are still available at the Main Entrance of the Church. All FRIDAYS throughout the month in NOVEMBER will be Combined Requiem Masses for the faithful departed. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided and send in all Masses intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses.

MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES: Letter of Appeal with envelope are available for your generous support to raise fund for the upkeep of our cemeteries.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early

ENORLMENT of Catholic Students to enter Form 1, 2 & 4 at SMK St. Joseph’s in year 2020. Parents are strongly encouraged to enrol their sons. Application must be submitted by 15 DECEMBER 2019. Documents required are baptism certificate, examination results, birth certificate & I/C. For further information, please call the school at 082-240885

LOVE OFFERING BOXES – distributed by the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood are available at the entrance of the Church to enable children in the Parish to help other children in need. Parents are urged to inculcate the spirit of giving and encourage your children to participate in this Mission of the Church.

SARAWAK CATHOLIC TEACHERS’ GUILD RECOLLECTION entitled LIGHTS & SHADOWS by Fr. Francis Lim will be held on 9 NOVEMBER (Sat) from 8.30 AM – 12.00 PM with Mass and lunch at St Joseph’s International School. A Love Offering of RM10 per head will be collected upon registration. Interested CTG members & all Catholic teachers are encouraged to register with your respective representatives by 4 NOVEMBER

ENROLMENT FORMS – of our Parish’s Faith Formation for Children for Year 2020 new students only are now available at the main entrance of the Church. Please submit the form early to avoid last minute rush. For further enquiries, please contact Melisa Chong at  010- 225 4317

APPRECIATION: our Parish Rector would like to thank all Prayer Leaders in leading the month long Holy Rosary in the month of OCTOBER & especially to all parishioners who have spent time to come and participate. Parishioners are still encouraged to pray the Holy Rosary at home with the family.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 06

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

The Sacrament in the Early Church

In practice, though, the Church developed a discipline of penance that allowed for the re-admission of baptised Christians who had fallen into grave sin. It came to understand the texts quoted above as referring to an explicit denial or rejection of mercy and grace, an explicit refusal of forgiveness. The sin that excludes a person permanently from the presence of God will be a form of despair that refuses to accept the blessing of God’s forgiving presence. This is what we mean by hell: a self-chosen exclusion from the love of God. We pray and hope that no human person will end in that state, but we do not know.

“The really serious sins that broke communion with the Church were murder, adultery and apostasy”

The Church accepted, then, from the earliest times, that it did indeed have the authority and power to reconcile sinners with God not only through the sacrament of baptism but through another sacrament intended for baptised persons who had fallen into serious sin. The really serious sins that broke communion with the Church were murder, adultery and apostasy. The implications and consequences of such actions were as obvious then as they are now. There was also the decision of the ‘Council of Jerusalem’ that identified these as things Christians ought not to do (Acts 15:20; 15:29).

But even in the event of such sins there was the hope of reconciliation. In the early centuries the process of reconciling sinners with the Church had two striking features: it could be undertaken only once, and it was a process conducted in public. In a famous image Tertullian, a North African writer, speaks of reconciliation as ‘a second plank after shipwreck’. This second plank can, however, only be offered once. Hermas, Ephrem and others of the early teachers of the Church speak about a ‘second-class salvation’ that is possible for the baptised who have failed to persevere in the commitment they have undertaken. Saint John Climacus, who died in 649, says that repentance is the renewal of Baptism and a contract with God for a second life.

 Penitence

Penance and reconciliation was public in these early centuries and sinners were obliged to identify themselves as such before the community. But these does not mean that they had to confess their sins publicly. The bishop would know their sins, presumably, at least from the time of Cyprian of Carthage who made confession part of the rite. In Rome Pope Leo I makes it clear that public confession of sins is not required although there seems to be some confusion about whether he went on to praise it where it was freely chosen as an act of humility or to condemn it as something that should not be done. The important thing is that penance and reconciliation were public even where confession was not. The sacrament of reconciliation referred, then, to the formal conclusion of the process by which penitents were restored to the communion of the Church by the bishop.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 43

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30TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  26TH – 27TH OCTOBER 2019

 SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS falls on FRIDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Masses will be celebrated on that day at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.   Sunset Mass for ALL SAINTS in on THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER at 7:30 PM

COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS is on SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER. Requiem Mass will be offered for all souls of the faithful departed on that day at 7:00 AM.

SPECIAL FORMS – for Combined Requiem Masses in NOVEMBER are available at the Main Entrance of the Church. Beginning from 2ND NOVEMBER and all subsequence FRIDAYS throughout that month will be Combined Requiem Masses for the faithful departed. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided and send in all Mass intentions to the Parish Office during office hours or through the collection bags in an envelope during weekend Masses.

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 03RD NOVEMBER 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 01TH NOVEMBER after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopies of god-parent’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early .

MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES: Letter of Appeal with envelope are available for your generous support to raise fund for the upkeep of our cemeteries.

 SCHEDULE FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY BLESSING OF CEMETERIES AND COLUMBARIUM ON SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER are as follows:-

 

Place Time Blessing by
St Joseph’s Cemetery 08:30 am Abp. Simon Poh
St Ann’s Cemetery mile 10th 08:30 am Friar Don Don
In Paradisum Cemetery mile 13 ½ 09:00 am Friar David Au
Sacred Heart Cemetery mile 7 05:00 pm Fr. Stephen Chin
St Peter’s Columbarium Padungan 07:45 am Fr. Vincent Chin
Immaculate Heart Cemetery ml.7 ½ 09:30 am Fr. Vincent Chin
The Lord’s Resting Place mile 7 ¾ 10:00 am Fr. Vincent Chin

 

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 05

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

Christians who, through sin, had fallen away from the new life they received in baptism could be reconciled with God and the Church through a special sacrament of ‘penance’ because of the Christian virtue with which it is most closely associated. This sacrament is the most important element in the practice of that virtue. In many places it is known simply as ‘confession’ from the central action undertaken by the repentant Christian, namely the verbal acknowledgement of God’s mercy and of his or her own sinfulness.

The Gelasian Sacramentary, a text from the 6th century that may include even earlier material, contains a prayer which refers to confession (confessio) and which prays that the penitent may be admitted to the sacrament of reconciliation (ad sacramentum reconciliationis). This is the name by which the sacrament is now properly known, although ‘penance’ and ‘confession’ may still be used.

Forgiveness after Baptism

There are some texts in the New Testament that seem to exclude the possibility of a new repentance where a person has been baptised and then falls into serious sin. The most severe teaching about this is found in the Letter to the Hebrews. In chapter 6 of that letter we read:

As for those people who were once brought into the light, and tasted the gift from heaven, and received a share of the Holy Spirit, and appreciated the good message of God and the powers of the world to come, and yet in spite of this have fallen away – it is impossible for them to be renewed a second time. They cannot be repentant if they have wilfully crucified the Son of God and openly mocked him. (Hebrews 6:4-8).

Similarly rigorous teaching is found in Hebrews 10 – ‘if, after we have been given knowledge of the truth, we should deliberately commit any sins, then there is no longer any sacrifice for them’ (10:26) – and again in Hebrews 12 which compares the Christian who falls away from the faith with Esau who lost his chance to be blessed and was subsequently rejected even though he pleaded with tears (12:14-17).

Saint Paul also speaks in a severe way about the situation of some sinful Christians: see 1 Corinthians 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-11 and 1 Timothy 1:18-20. We should recall also those passages in the gospels where Jesus speaks of a sin against the Holy Spirit that cannot be forgiven (Matthew 12:32 and Luke 12:10). The Gospel of Mark says that this sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is ‘an eternal sin’ (Mark 3:29).

From such texts we learn many things. We learn that there is a danger of under-estimating the seriousness of decisions to which the Christian faith calls us. We learn that there is a danger of presumption in relation to God’s grace and the promise of salvation. It is true that despair is a sin against the virtue of hope but so too is presumption. Just as we ought not to give up because of our sins, neither ought we to sit back and assume that they are of no account. Those who grow in holiness, as they come to know God better also come to know sin better. The saints are more rather than less sensitive to the reality of sin not because of the likely punishments it might earn for us but because they see more clearly the kind of offence it is against God’s goodness and love. The saints understand the sadness and tragedy of sin better than sinners.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 42

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29TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

19TH – 20TH OCTOBER 2019

 02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the missionary works throughout the world. Please give generously

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS falls on FRIDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Masses will be celebrated on that day at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM.   Sunset Mass for ALL SAINTS in on THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER at 7:30 PM

COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS is on SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER. Requiem Mass will be offered for all souls of the faithful departed on that day at 7:00 AM

SPECIAL FORMS – for Combined Requiem Masses in NOVEMBER are available at the Main Entrance of the Church. Beginning from 2ND NOVEMBER and all subsequence FRIDAYS throughout that month will be Combined Requiem Masses for the faithful departed. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided.

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 03RD NOVEMBER 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 01TH NOVEMBER after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopies of god-parent’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.

 CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP – being organized by the Chinese Legion of Mary is for Mandarin speaking youth & students from age 13 – 25 years old which is to be held at St Lucas Apostolic Centre, mile 10TH Kota Padawan from 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019. Registration forms with further details is available outside the Church. Please register early

 CHRISTMAS CAROLLING 2019

Those interested esp. children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.

SCHEDULE FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY BLESSING OF CEMETERIES AND COLUMBARIUM ON SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER are as follows:-

Place Time Blessing by
St Joseph’s Cemetery 08:30 am Abp. Simon Poh
St Ann’s Cemetery mile 10th 08:30 am Friar Don Don
In Paradisum Cemetery mile 13 ½ 09:00 am Friar David Au
Sacred Heart Cemetery mile 7 05:00 pm Fr. Stephen Chin
St Peter’s Columbarium Padungan 07:45 am Fr. Vincent Chin
Immaculate Heart Cemetery ml.7 ½ 09:30 am Fr. Vincent Chin
The Lord’s Resting Place mile 7 ¾ 10:00 am Fr. Vincent Chin

 

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 04

 

  1. THE SOUND OF ANGELS CHEERING

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The Early Church

The forgiveness and reconciliation preached by Christ and established in his paschal mystery, reach us through Baptism and the Eucharist in the first place. The ‘new creation’, our participation in the life of God who is love, comes about through our baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The ‘new life’ we receive in Baptism is sustained through our celebration of the Eucharistic mysteries in which the Father is praised with the gift of his own Son through the working of the Holy Spirit.

The mission of the Son and the Spirit are with a view to reconciling the world to God. We can described them as the arms of the Father, with which he reaches out to draw the world to Himself, bringing it into relationship with Him by rescuing it from the power of evil, death and sin, and so establishing it securely in His peace. For the Christian tradition this is what happens with the sending of Christ and the Spirit and it is what continues to happen through the Church, the community of Christ’s disciples who continue to make him present through its life of worshipping God and serving humanity.

When the Church celebrates reconciliation the Father receives the repentant child who comes back to him, Christ places the lost sheep on his shoulders to bring it back to the sheepfold, and the Holy Spirit sanctifies the temple of God again and comes to dwell more fully within it. To be reconciled with God means also to be reconciled with the Church, specifically to return to participation in the Eucharist. It may even be that those whom the community has felt obliged to keep at a distance (1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11) are, by the power of God’s Spirit, restored to full communion. The Church’s discipline of penance, although it has taken different forms at different times, has always had this as its goal, the great joy at the banquet of Christ’s Church over the sinner who returns from afar.

  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE
“The experiences of illness and sin were to be touched by the Church’s ministry”

From the beginning the Church realised that the mysteries entrusted to it by Christ and the Spirit included the authority and power to reconcile sinners who had already been baptised. The sacramental life of the Christian community included not only the great sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, celebrated at the Lord’s explicit command and in memory of him, but others too that were relevant to crucial experiences and responsibilities of the Christian life and that were understood to originate in the ministry and paschal work of Christ and so to have been instituted by Him.

Specifically, the experiences of illness and sin were to be touched by the Church’s ministry as the sick and the sinful had been sought out, touched and healed by Christ. The responsibilities of marriage and priesthood were callings to which God‘s grace summoned individual Christians on behalf of the community. These two responsibilities were understood as essential to the Church’s life – without them the Church is not fully present – and so are understood also to be sacraments of the Church.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 39

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 26TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  28TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019

 

02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the Father’s House Maintenance Fund. Please give generously.

 DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in OCTOBER will begin on TUESDAY, 01ST OCTOBER with Holy Rosary to be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY, except on 18TH OCTOBER, 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.

17TH WORLDWIDE CHILDREN’S EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR – with recitation of the World Missionary Rosary by the young & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, BDC on 04TH OCTOBER beginning at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome esp. Sunday school students, families & youth.

 SPECIAL FORMS – for Combined Requiem Masses in NOVEMBER are now available at the Main Entrance of the Church. Beginning from 2nd NOVEMBER and all FRIDAYS throughout that month will be Combined Requiem Masses for the faithful departed. Parishioners who wish to offer Mass intentions for the dearly departed are requested to fill in the Special forms provided.

CWS ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL: The Catholic Welfare Services Sarawak wish to inform that the Inland Revenue Board is in the process of finalizing their appeal for tax exempt status which was revoked in 2017. Those parishioners who has donated through the CWS Annual Lenten Appeal and would like to claim tax relief as from 21 AUGUST 2017 onwards are requested to provide name and I/C to CWS. Please call Josh John 013-812 2681

 THANKSGIVING MASS – being organized by The Catholic Senior Citizens’ Fellowship to celebrate the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS in St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 5:30 PM on TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER.  All are welcome.

 LOVE OFFERING BOXES – distributed by the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood will be made available by next weekend at the entrance of the Church to enable children in the Parish to help other children in need. Parents are urged to inculcate the spirit of giving and encourage your children to participate in this Mission of the Church.

 CHRISTMAS CAROLLING 2019

Practice for Christmas Carolling will begin on 12 OCTOBER at 7:30 PM ( Parish Centre ). Children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 01

 

 THE SOUND OF ANGELS CHEERING

Imagine an Olympic stadium packed to capacity on the last day of the games. The marathon is almost over. The crowd waits impatiently for the first runner to enter the stadium. When he or she does there is an explosion of joy and admiration as the crowd shouts its support to help the runner finish the race.

When a sinner repents he or she does so to the sound of angels cheering. It is as if a heavenly stadium were packed with angels who roar their joy and support whenever a sinner appears through the tunnel and limps, however tiredly, towards the finishing line.

The joy of repentance and forgiveness is at the heart of Christian life. It is what Christ has won for us through the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection. The sacrament of baptism is the great celebration of this reality in the Church. The newly baptized dies to sin and is born to a new life. Confirmation brings this life to maturity and it is nourished in the Eucharist. But human beings grow weak in body and in spirit. Where illness threatens their well-being, Christ’s healing touch reaches them through the sacrament of anointing. Where sin threatens spiritual illness and even death, Christ’s forgiveness reaches them through the sacrament of reconciliation.

A culture of no regrets

“Remorse has become practically impossible in our culture”

If the sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament in crisis as John Paul II has often said, and as pastoral experience seems to bear out, then part of the explanation for this might be that remorse has become practically impossible in our culture. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, writes about this difficulty in his book Lost Icons: Reflection on Cultural Bereavement (Edinburgh 2000). One of the virtues we seem to have lost, he argues, is the capacity for remorse (Chapter 3).

If he is right, then the crisis in the sacrament of reconciliation is partly explained by more widespread difficulties about remorse, regret, apology and forgiveness in contemporary experience. The evil in some of the things that have been done in recent history can seem too deep for forgiveness. Who is entitled to forgive people involved in the Holocaust and other genocidal campaigns? What does forgiveness and reconciliation mean in South Africa, the north of Ireland, or after the attacks of September 11th?

The promises of the Bible – ‘no need to remember the past’, ‘behold I make all things new’ – can seem incredible in the face of great evil and irreparable loss. It is important to be aware of this background if we want to say something about contrition, reconciliation and forgiveness in a Christian sense, as the New Testament speaks of them.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 37

CHURCH NOTICES

25TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

21ST – 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekends’ masses or latest to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER. Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

17TH WORLDWIDE CHILDREN’S EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR – with recitation of the World Missionary Rosary by the young & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, BDC on 04TH OCTOBER beginning at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome esp. Sunday school students, families & youth.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin will be conducted on 2 consecutive weekends on 5th/6th & 12th/13th OCTOBER. Couples planning to get married are to attend this course preferably six months before their intended church wedding. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office. Deadline for registration is on 27th SEPTEMBER.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 23

9.     THE SECOND MILLENNIUM

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d.    Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965)

In the Eucharist, we receive the body of Christ in order to become the Body of Christ, the body of the one who was sent into the world because the Father so loved the world. It immediately follows that we ourselves, having received, are sent out to proclaim the good news.

In fact, in the celebration of the Eucharist, the dynamism of Pentecost day is renewed. On that day, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and they immediately went out to proclaim the Gospel (Ac 21-41). In every Eucharist, likewise, the Spirit descends not only upon the gifts of bread and wine to transform them into the body and blood of the Lord, but also upon the community that receives: ‘Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one Spirit in Christ’ (Eucharistic Prayer III). Having received communion, the community is then sent out: ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord’. De Lubac made the thoughtful observation that: ‘Our Churches are the “upper room” where not only is the Last Supper renewed but Pentecost also’.

Given that being grafted into the mystery of Pentecost is often how we describe the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation, we see that, as well as renewing the washing of Baptism, every Eucharist also renews the anointing of Confirmation, and there is, therefore, logic and coherence in the order in which the Church always speaks of these three sacraments of initiation, namely: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (e.g. LG 11; CCC 1212). In that light, it seems odd to celebrate Eucharist, in which the grace of Pentecost is renewed, without having been grafted into that mystery by Confirmation! We can therefore understand by various dioceses around the world have now changed their policy so as to celebrate Confirmation before First Holy Communion for children, in other words, according to the same sequence that is followed whenever an adult is initiated: Baptism, then Confirmation, then Eucharist.

  1. CONCLUSION

After his Resurrection, Jesus appeared to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. The account of their meeting (Lk 24:13-35) essentially traces the very form of the celebration of the Eucharist, as Jesus first unfolds the scriptures to them and then breaks bread with them. Having initially been downcast, they went from their encounter full of joy, their hearts burning within them, to share the good news of ‘what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him in the breaking of bread’ (Lk 24:35). Having been unsure of his Resurrection, now they knew that it was true. Like them, the Church all through the ages has gone on encountering the Risen Christ in the breaking of bread with wonder and joy. Like them, we too are called to go out from the Eucharist to proclaim the victory of hope over fear, the victory of communion over separation, and the victory of life after death.

NB: this is the final episode on Eucharist by Fr. Paul McPartlan. From next weekend onwards, a new episode on Reconciliation – The Mercy of Christ by Vivian Boland OP will begin a new chapter.