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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 52

CHURCH NOTICES

 HOLY FAMILY

  28TH – 29TH DECEMBER 2019

 02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the ST. PETER’S DEVELOPMENT FUND ACCOUNT 2. Please give generously

 SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD will be celebrated on WEDESDAY, 01 JANUARY 2020 at 7:30 PM.

 BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 05TH JANUARY 2020 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 03RD JANUARY 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.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin will be conducted on 2 consecutive weekends on 8th/9th & 15th/16th FEBRUARY 2020. Couples planning to get married are to attend this course preferably six months before their intended church wedding. Deadline for registration at St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office is 31st JANUARY 2020. Please register early.

COMMENCEMENT & 1ST ENCOUNTER – of our Faith Formation for Children [ FFC ] for Year 2020 is on SUNDAY, 05TH JANUARY 2020. Parents are kindly reminded to bring their children to the Parish Centre at 10:00 AM onwards on SATURDAY, 04TH JANUARY 2020 to meet their respective Faith Formator & collection of books.

Please refer to Notice Board outside the Church for classroom location & Name lists of children for their respective years.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE will be conducted in English (at Sts. John & Lucy Hall, A.C.C.P.C.) and Mandarin (at St. Mary’s Hall, A.C.C.P.C.) simultaneously for parents, grandparents, teachers and carers of children aged 11-18 years. The registration fee is RM50 per head for all 5 sessions. Please register with St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office. All sessions are held on SUNDAYS beginning 5 JANUARY – 9 FEBRUARY 2020 from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Note:- Children are not recommended to attend the sessions with their parents.

The Rector and all lay organizations

of

St. Peter’s Church, Padungan

Wishes

All parishioners

a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2019

and

a Blessed New Year 2020

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 14

 

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  1. THE GOOD SINNER

 Remembering the Old Testament

The great intervention of God on behalf of the people is in the plagues of Egypt, the slaying of the first-born and the escape of the Hebrews from Egypt across the Red Sea and into the wilderness. The feast that celebrates this liberation, Passover, is to be ‘a day of remembrance’ for the people forever (Exodus 12:14). They are to remember what God did for them on that day (Exodus 13:3; Deuteronomy 11:2). They are to remember all that the Lord their God has done for them in ‘the days of old and the years long past’ (Deuteronomy 32:7).

But it is not only the people who remember God. It is also that God who is faithful remembers the people (Genesis 9:15; Isaiah 49:15). Moses asks God, when he is tempted to reject the people, to remember his earlier promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 32:13; Deuteronomy 9:27). God does remember them as he remembers also the land promised to them and to their descendants (Leviticus 26:42, 45). Individual members of God’s people ask God to remember them in moments of difficulty and danger: for example Samson (Judges 16:28), Hannah (1 Samuel 1:11), Esther (Esther 14:12) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:3; Isaiah 38:3).

“The psalms ask God to remember his own goodness rather than the people’s sins”

Solomon in his prayer asks God to remember the covenant He made with his servant David, Solomon’s father (2 Chronicles 6:42). The psalms frequently ask God to remember his people’s offerings (Psalm 20:3), to remember his own goodness rather than their sins (Psalms 25:7; 79:8), to remember that they are his people (Psalm 74:2). In return they promise to remember God and his great actions on their behalf (Psalm 42:4, 6). They will remember his wonders of old (Psalm 77:11), his works, miracles and judgements (Psalms 105:5; 143:5).

To the Jewish people in exile in Babylon God promises not to remember their sins but to do a new thing on their behalf (Isaiah 43:18). Jeremiah asks God to remember and not to break his covenant with them (Jeremiah 14:21). The new covenant of which Jeremiah speaks is one in which God will forgive his people and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12). The covenant is re-established through a mutual remembering, of the people by God and of God by the people (Ezekiel 16:60-63). Where such things are not remembered then the punishments of sin inevitably follow (Isaiah 46:8; Ezekiel 20:43; Hosea 8:13; 9:9).

The exiles returning to Jerusalem are encouraged to ‘remember the Lord who is great and awesome’, and they re-establish their life as a people on the strength of that memory (Nehemiah 4:14). They ask God to ‘remember mercy’ (Habakkuk 3:2) and they promise to remember God’s law (Malachi 4:4). It is not just the people who are to remember God and his deeds. It is just as likely that it is God who is asked to remember and the people place their hopes on the fact that God does remember them.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 50

CHURCH NOTICES

 03RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  14TH – 15TH DECEMBER 2019

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

 HOLY HOUR with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER. The theme for this month is JESUS, RENEW OUR LIVES WHILE WE AWAIT YOUR COMING

All are encouraged to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 27TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM. inside the Columbarium. 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 DECEMBER. Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2019 being organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on THURSDAY, 19TH DECEMBER, 7:30 PM at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre. All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS CONFESSION are scheduled from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM as follows:

MONDAY 16 DEC St Peter’s Church Padungan

TUESDAY 17 DEC St Joseph’s Cathedral

WEDNESDAY 18 DEC Blessed Sacrament Church, BDC

THURSDAY 19 DEC St Mark’s Church Batu Kawa

 ADVENT & CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2019 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy. Parishioners are encouraged to come to Church early on Christmas Eve, TUESDAY, 24th DECEMBER to join the Pre-Christmas Caroling from 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM, followed by Mid-night Mass. Holy Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM respectively on WEDNESDAY, 25th DECEMBER, being Christmas Day. Parishioners are advised to follow directives from the Church Wardens & Rela members on car-parking within the Church’s vicinity on Christmas Eve.  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.

KAYA 28 – a Youth Camp for all young people between the age of 17 – 25 years old will be held from 13 JANUARY – 17 FEBRUARY 2020 at St. Lukas Apostolic Centre.

Registration forms is obtainable at the Archdiocesan Youth Commission Office, ACCPC. For further details, please contact:

Maria Amella [ 010-967 0781 ] or Julian Sim [ 010-965 9258 ]

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 12

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  1. THE GOOD SINNER

 Contrition

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.

The reason for this acceptance is because the Church knows that ‘perfect contrition’ is a gift of God’s grace and not something we can generate from within our own resources. Imperfect contrition means we are turning back towards home, beginning the journey back to reconciliation with God. It was a combination of ordinary deprivation and disillusionment that brought the prodigal son to his senses and made him think of returning home (Luke 15:14-19). God continues to use ordinary events and our responses to them to sow the seeds of contrition in our hearts. Even a sense of humiliation,

“God continues to use ordinary events and our responses to them to sow the seeds of contrition in our hearts”

Failure or embarrassment is enough to generate imperfect contrition and from that perfect contrition may be born.

The contrite sinner is expected to then to make a good confession. This means as full a confession of serious sins as is humanly possible. In preparation for the sacrament of reconciliation we are asked to ‘call to mind our sins’ and to do it at much greater length than we do at the beginning of Mass. We are asked to remember. For Saint John of the Cross memory is the seat of hope. Hope is born in memory and flourishes with remembrance. This is a very interesting link and very relevant for this sacrament.

In speaking as he does about memory, John of the Cross stands in a long tradition. Many philosophers and theologians had already written about this theme. John of the Cross used a division of the power of the soul that he learned from Saint Augustine of Hippo. For Augustine the essential powers or capacities of the human being are mind, memory and will. In his work The Ascent of Mount Carmel, John of the Cross then placed the central Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity within these powers of the human souls. Faith is the best possible use of the mind, hope is the best possible use of the memory and charity is the best possible use of the will.

The Importance of Remembering

The pre-Christian Greek philosopher Aristotle had many interesting things to say about remembering and so too did the pre-Christian Roman philosopher Cicero. Aristotle distinguished memory and reminiscence, meaning by memory those things that are immediately present to our minds and by reminiscence those things that can be brought back to mind because they are associated or linked with the things we remember more easily. For Cicero memory is part of the virtue of prudence. To be prudent is to have a kind of over-view of our life and its direction, to keep our purpose in mind as we go about our

business from day to day. Memory is important if we are to learn from experience because memory is the knowledge of past things. We could not really talk about experience if we did not have the capacity for remembering.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 49

CHURCH NOTICES                Download (PDF)

 02ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  07TH – 08TH DECEMBER 2019

 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 09TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM.

 HOLY HOUR with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER. The theme for this month is JESUS, RENEW OUR LIVES WHILE WE AWAIT YOUR COMING

All are encouraged to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 27TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM. inside the Columbarium. 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 DECEMBER. Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2019 being organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, 19th December, 7:30 pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre. All are welcome!

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN being taken up by our parish will end on 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.

 CHRISTMAS CONFESSION are scheduled from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM as follows:

MONDAY 16 DEC St Peter’s Church Padungan

TUESDAY 17 DEC St Joseph’s Cathedral

WEDNESDAY 18 DEC Blessed Sacrament Church, BDC

THURSDAY 19 DEC St Mark’s Church Batu Kawa

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2019 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.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2019 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy. Parishioners are encouraged to come to Church early on Christmas Eve, TUESDAY, 24th DECEMBER to join the Pre-Christmas Caroling from 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM, followed by Mid-night Mass. Holy Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM respectively on WEDNESDAY, 25th DECEMBER, being Christmas Day. Parishioners are advised to follow directives from the Church Wardens & Rela members on car-parking within the Church’s vicinity on Christmas Eve.  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.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 11

 

 

  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

 Individual Confession

We must consider all this at greater length. Suffice it to conclude this chapter by repeating that what is required for the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation is a sinner who is contrite, ready to confess and ready to do penance, and a priest from whom the sinner will receive encouragement, guidance and absolution. In the words and gestures exchanged in this encounter the sacrament is completed. We can usefully meditate, then, on what it takes to be a good sinner (meaning one ready for the celebration of this sacrament) and what it takes to be a good confessor (meaning one ready for the celebration of this sacrament). We must consider the virtues or qualities of the good sinner and the virtues or qualities of the good confessor. There is no better way of doing this than by considering what it is they must do in the celebration of the sacrament: what is meant by contrition and confession, by absolution and penance.

  1. THE GOOD SINNER

At the heart of the sacrament of reconciliation is the encounter between a sinner and a priest. For the purposes of celebrating this sacrament a ‘good’ sinner and a ‘good’ confessor are required. The good sinner is one who is contrite, confesses his sins, intends not to sin again, and undertakes some penance or ‘satisfaction’ as a way of completing the sacramental celebration.

Contrition

We can say that the matter required for the sacrament of reconciliation is a sinner. Those who have no need of repentance have no need for this sacrament. This sinner – to be more precise – is a contrite sinner, one who seeks to turn away from sin and hear again the good news of redemption. For the celebration of the sacrament, then, the sinner’s contribution is sins and contrition. To be contrite means to be sorry for the sins about to be confessed. In order to be genuine, contrition must be accompanied by a purpose of amendment. This means a firm intention not to commit the same sins again. It seems reasonable that this should be so: if I am genuinely sorry about a particular way of behaving or about something I have done or have failed to do, then I will want to be free of it in the future.

Much has been written about ‘contrition’ and those who received catechetical instruction at an earlier period will have had the difference between imperfect and perfect contrition explained to them. The ‘act of perfect contrition’ is an elusive thing. It means that we are contrite – sorry – about our sins for no reason other than the offence those sins offer to the love and goodness of God. Imperfect contrition (sometimes called attrition) means sorrow for our sins for some reason less than the love of God: because we fear the punishments that come with sinning, for example. Part of the ‘preferential bias for the sinner’ that has guided the development of the sacrament is the Church’s acceptance that imperfect contrition is sufficient for the celebration of reconciliation.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 48

CHURCH NOTICES            Download (PDF)

01ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  30TH – 01ST DECEMBER 2019

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

 KUCHING CHRISTMAS PARADE 2019 will be organised by the Methodist Church on Saturday, 7th December, 6:00 pm at MBKS Jubilee Ground. This year, our RC Church Contingent will comprise of 520 official representatives from the 5 city parishes namely:- St Joseph’s Cathedral; Blessed Sacrament Church; St. Peter’s Church; Holy Trinity Church and Chapel of Mother Mary. All other lay group members and parishioners in general are encouraged to participate actively by gathering along Jalan Tan Sri Datuk William Tan at St Joseph’s International School & Jalan Padungan at Bomba / Fire Brigade between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Let us collectively proclaim our Christian faith in public on the streets of Kuching city.

JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2019 being organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, 19th December, 7:30 pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre. All are welcome!

COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR RURAL CHILDREN being taken up by our parish will end on 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.

 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.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 09TH DECEMBER at 7:30 PM.

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2019 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.

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 ]

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 10

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

 The New Rite of Reconciliation

“In the sacrament of reconciliation we meet Him as the Christ who forgives and strengthens us”

There are three forms of this new rite of reconciliation. The first is for the reconciliation of individual penitents. The second is for the reconciliation of several penitents with individual confession and absolution. The third is for the reconciliation of penitents with general confession and absolution. This latter is a form of the rite that can be used only in exceptional cases. In spite of the general decline in the use of the sacrament in some countries, the Church continues to insist on the central importance of individual confession and absolution. We will consider why this one to one confession and absolution is so highly valued by the Church that it is regarded as the ‘normal’ and ‘typical’ celebration of the sacrament, one that ought to be made available to Catholics in all but the most exceptional of circumstances.

Individual Confession

At the heart of this sacrament, in its ordinary celebration, is an encounter between two human beings. From this certain things follow, a set of issues concerned with what John Paul II has called ‘the methodology of dialogue’ (Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 29). This particular encounter of two human beings is ecclesial. One of the human beings involved is a priest and is not therefore present in a personal capacity. His relationship with Christ and with the Church entitles him to be present in the role he has here. The other person involved is a sinner and must be a contrite sinner if he or she is to fulfil the role he or she has here. Of course the one who is a priest in one celebration of this sacrament will be the sinner in another celebration of it, when the priest himself becomes the penitent.

The term ‘role’ is used deliberately in the preceding paragraph, not to trivialise the nature of this encounter in the sacrament of reconciliation but to bring out that it is a dramatic enactment of a mystery of salvation. This human, ecclesial encounter is sacramental and that means it is also liturgical. The sacraments are not just holy things but a sacred rites. When we speak about a ‘rite’ we are speaking about a liturgy of the Church, a celebration in which the community of disciples is gathered, or at least represented. Certain things follow from the fact that these rites are sacramental and certain things follow from the fact that they are liturgical.

As a sacramental liturgy of the Church it is a particular way of being in the presence of the Risen Lord. Christ is always present among His people to bring them to the fullness of life that He has promised. In the sacrament of reconciliation we meet Him as the Christ who forgives and strengthens us. He opens for us again the way to the Father and renews in us the gift of his Spirit. As a sacramental liturgy it involves words, gestures, texts, bodily dispositions, perhaps music and singing and silence, physical actions that signify spiritual realities.

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 47

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34TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  23RD – 24TH NOVEMBER 2019

 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 & 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.

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.

REGISTRATION FORMS – with details of our Parish’s Advent Program 2019 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 being taken up by our parish will begin from this 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.

 JOINT CHRISTMAS SERVICE 2019 being organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak and hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, 19th December, 7:30 pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre. All are welcome!

KUCHING CHRISTMAS PARADE 2019 will be organised by the Methodist Church on Saturday, 7th December, 6:00 pm at MBKS Jubilee Ground. This year, our RC Church Contingent will comprise of 520 official representatives from the 5 city parishes namely:- St Joseph’s Cathedral; Blessed Sacrament Church; St. Peter’s Church; Holy Trinity Church and Chapel of Mother Mary. On 7th December, all lay group members and parishioners in general are encouraged to participate actively by gathering along Jalan Tan Sri Datuk William Tan at St Joseph’s International School & Jalan Padungan at Bomba / Fire Brigade between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Let us collectively proclaim our Christian faith in public on the streets of Kuching city.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 09

 

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  1. DRAMAS OF SIN AND REPENTANCE

 Penance

The next important moment in the development of the sacrament is aat the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. This Council solidified the ritual of reconciliation as developed by the Celtic monks. At the same time it maintained the link between the sacrament and the reconciliation of the serious sinner by insisting that all Christians who were conscious of serious sin must celebrate this sacrament each year. This continues to the law of the Church for its members:

All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year (Code of Canon Law 989).

A little later Thomas Aquinas explained that confession to God is obligatory under natural law – all human beings will tend to want to do it – whereas confession to a man – that is to a priest in the sacrament – is obligatory by divine law.

One might argue that the earlier, public ritual of penance with its order of penitents and communal celebration of reconciliation was more straightforwardly sacramental in the sense that people’s separation from the Church and their being received back were visibly expressed in a more striking and obvious way. On the other hand, many feel that the development from a sacrament that could be celebrated only once in a lifetime to one that can be received again and again outweighs any other losses there might have been. In any case the latest renewal of the sacrament, after Vatican II, sought to restore to its celebration something of the communal character of the earliest rites. It is to that latest renewal that we now turn.

The New Rite of Reconciliation

 The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) called for a renewal of the rite of penance and reconciliation. Its rituals and prayers were to be reviewed in such a way that the nature and effects of the sacrament would be more clearly expressed (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, paragraph 72). The new rite was published in 1973. A short Liturgy of the Word was placed at the beginning of each celebration of the sacrament whether communal or individual. The new rite sought to combine the values of the earlier tradition of public penance and reconciliation with those of the later tradition of individual and private penance and reconciliation. So the communal aspect of sin is stressed along with its social consequences. The rite allows for communal celebrations of penance and reconciliation. At the same time individual confession and absolution remains the ordinary way of celebrating the sacrament. The ancient name was restored so that it is now officially known as ‘the sacrament of reconciliation’.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 45

CHURCH NOTICES      Download (PDF)

 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

CHURCH NOTICES            Download (PDF)

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

CHURCH NOTICES      Download (PDF)

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

CHURCH NOTICES        Download (PDF)

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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