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5TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time
09TH – 10TH FEBRUARY 2019
SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM
HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY. The theme for the month is JESUS, BRING WHOLENESS TO OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
All are encourage to come & participate.
COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 22ND FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM with DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.
BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 10TH MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.
ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 16TH MARCH. All parishioners & lay apostolate are strongly urged to join & are kindly requested to proceed & meet at Station One by 9:00 AM. Please register at the Registration Counter outside the Church after mass.
APPRECIATION: our Parish Rector would like to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the MANDARIN ORANGES donated by kind parishioners for distribution during the Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass. Thank you for your generous contribution.
The Rector and all lay organizations
St Peter’s Parish, Padungan
a Happy & Blessed Chinese Lunar New Year 2019
The Spirit of Christ
Sr Mary David Totah OSB
3. THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION
Presentation of the Candidates
The candidates are presented to the bishop by the parish priest or catechists. If they are children, they are to be presented by the parents or sponsors. To highlight the close union of Baptism and Confirmation, the Confirmation sponsor should ideally be the same person who stood for the Candidate at Baptism (CCC 1131). The sponsor must not only present the recipient to the bishop and guarantee his dispositions, but must also help and guide him in the struggles. Like the sponsor for baptism, the sponsor for Confirmation must always consider himself responsible for the godchild and see to his Christian upbringing and prepare him for Christian discipleship in the Church.
Unless they are very numerous the candidates are to be called by name. It is sometimes customary to choose another patron saint for one’s confirmation. In this as in so much else, Confirmation echoes the naming ceremony in baptism. In Baptism the naming of the child is bound up with how he or she is identified before God (so that it is rightly called one’s baptismal or Christian name; in Confirmation the choice of another name or patron saint has the added dimension of a commissioning-for-service. In the Bible God often gives a new name to those he enlist to collaborate with him in his work of salvation: Abram became Abraham, “the father of many nations,” and Simon became Peter, “the rock.”
Renewal of Baptismal Promises
After the homily there is the profession of faith. The bishop says: “Before you receive the Spirit, be mindful of the faith which you or your parents or godparents professed with the Church.” If they were baptised as infants, this will be the first time that the candidates have made a public profession of faith. The formula makes clear that this is not a statement or personal opinion, but a statement of their faith
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?
in the saving power of God the Creator of heaven and earth, in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Special mention is made of the Holy Spirit:
The very same spirit of God who was poured out on the Church at Pentecost remains with the Church today. It is this Spirit who will speak through us to the Church and to the world, each in one’s own unique, irreplaceable way, but all for the same end: the building up of the Church.
If baptism expresses the death and resurrection of Christ, Confirmation has this special reference to Pentecost. Good Friday and Easter are to Pentecost what Baptism is to Confirmation. This connection has been made from the earliest times. In the words of Pope Paul VI, Confirmation is the “perpetuation of Pentecostal grace in the Church.” The Baptism of the Christian is his Easter, while Confirmation renews for him the gift of Pentecost.
As in the life of Christ there were two stages to his paschal mystery – Easter and Pentecost – so in the life of the Church which is modelled on Christ’s life – there are two stages of initiation into Christian life – Baptism and Confirmation. Just as the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost put a “seal” on the paschal mystery, so Confirmation puts a seal on the baptised person. This means that our incorporation into the Church and our sacramental communion in the mysteries of Easter and Pentecost is perfected into two stages. Hence the two sacraments are clearly distinct (though always to be related) in the same way as the two mysteries which they represent sacramentally. But together they form the sacramental representation of the one redeeming mystery of Christ, perfected to the full.