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.
Please register early.
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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.
SPECIAL MASS – for students sitting for PT3 / SPM / STPM examinations will be celebrated in this Church on THURSDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER at 7:30 PM. In St. Joseph’s Cathedral, this special mass will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER at 7:30 PM. Parents & Guardians are encouraged to bring their children who are sitting for this Public Examination to attend these special masses. All are welcome to participate & pray for the students.
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.
The Body of Christ
Fr. Paul McPartlan
9. THE SECOND MILLENNIUM
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.
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.