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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 19

CHURCH NOTICES              Download (PDF)

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 11TH – 12TH MAY 2019

 GAWAI THANKSGIVING MASS will be celebrated in the Cathedral on FRIDAY, 24TH MAY at 8:00 PM. All are welcome!

 DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY – SUNDAY. Except on 17TH MAY, 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.

COFFEE MORNINGbeing jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies Guild will take place next SUNDAY 19TH MAY immediately after the morning mass.  All are welcome.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 17TH MAY. The theme for the month is RISEN LORD, HAVE MARY ON US AND HELP US TO SUSTAIN THE JOY OF YOUR VICTORY OVER SIN AND DEATH. All are encourage to come & participate.

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 31ST MAY at 7:30 PM with HOLY ROSARY for the faithful departed at 7:00 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekend’s masses.

TALK ON DIGITAL ADDICTION by Dr. Amar Singh will be organised on TUESDAY 21ST MAY, 7:30 PM at Mater Domini Auditorium, Level 2, A.C.C.P.C. To register, please call St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office Tel: 082-423424. There is no registration fee but love offering will be collected.

PAMPHLETS IN ENGLISH ON UNDERSTANDING DELIVERANCE, HEALING & EXORCISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH by the Kuching Archdiocesan Ministry of Deliverance & Exorcism (KAMODE) are available outside the Church.

 

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 04

 

  1. SACRIFICE

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Faithful Jews had waited hundreds of years longing for the Servant to be revealed and longing for the salvation he would bring to them and to the whole world. He would clearly be one of them, and his solidarity with the people would enable a marvellous exchange, he would take their guilt upon himself and by his bruises would bring healing to all (Is 53:5). He would embody their salvation. On Good Friday, Jesus was revealed as the Servant on Calvary, living to the last in fidelity to God. On Easter Sunday, having been upheld by God, he was established as light of the nations.

We have four accounts in the New Testament of the Last Supper (Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:15-20; 1 Co 11:23-26)

But how can we claim a part in the salvation he has won? The answer lies in what he already did on the evening of Holy Thursday, when he instituted the Eucharist. Those three days therefore form the most intense unity, and we celebrate them as a unity, the ‘Easter Triduum’. As the faithful Servant, Jesus instituted the Eucharist not just in anticipation of his sacrifice on Good Friday, but also totally trusting that God would uphold him and raise him up, such that ‘the whole Triduum paschale… is as it were gathered up, foreshadowed and “concentrated” for ever in the gift of the Eucharist’.

  1. COMMUNION

The bond between being reconciled with God and being reconciled with one another is a very rich one. God himself is the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son made man for us, and the life he comes to share with us is God’s life, the life of total and perfect communion. Those who are baptised into Christ are therefore baptised into communion, and the Church itself is called to be an image or icon of the Trinity. We see therefore the great significance of the fact that receiving the Eucharist is called receiving ‘Holy Communion’. The Eucharist renews the gift of our Baptism, as we saw earlier, and the life that we are receiving and renewing there is the communion life of God himself. It follows that, even though we receive the Eucharist individually, it is really communities and the whole Church that Christ is feeding. The Eucharist makes the Church. So we should be conscious of those with whom we receive; by receiving together we are really undertaking to bear witness together to the unity and peace of the Trinity.

Sin cuts us off from God and from one another. Jesus died ‘to gather together into one the scattered children of God’ (Jn 11:52). The fruit of his sacrifice is therefore our unity, or communion, both with God and with each other. That is why the Eucharist, which celebrates and renews, but never repeats, the sacrifice of Christ, is so deeply linked to the Church, the family of all those reconciled with God and with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. The Eucharist makes the Church to be what it is, a great ‘sacrament’, both ‘sign and instrument’ of communion with God and of unity among all people (cf LG 1).

That is why those who are about to receive exchange a sign of peace. The message is that those who are not prepared to be reconciled if they have been at odds with one another cannot proceed to receive the Eucharist. The Eucharist is about reconciliation. No disputes should emerge from the celebration of the Eucharist still intact. That is what Jesus teaches when he says: ‘if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering’ (Mt 5:23-24).

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 18

CHURCH NOTICES

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

04TH – 05TH MAY 2019

 

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

TEACHERS’ DAY THANKSGIVING CUM FOUNDER’S DAY MASS will be organised by the Catholic Teachers’ Guild of Sarawak on SUNDAY, 12TH MAY at 5:30 pm in the Cathedral. All are welcome!

DEVOTION OF OUR LADYin this Church throughout the month in MAY with Holy Rosary will be held 30 minutes before all Masses weekly from TUESDAY SUNDAY. Except on 17TH MAY, 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.

ALPHA IN ENGLISHa series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church on TUESDAY starting the 7TH MAY, from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. This is a golden opportunity for us to come and explore the Christian faith together and encounter the Risen Lord. Please bring your friends along. Registration is free. Forms are available outside the entrance of the Church.  Please return the completed registration forms in the ALPHA registration boxes provided or to HTC parish office. Closing date is this weekend.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English, BM and Mandarin are scheduled on 8TH, 9TH, 15TH & 16TH JUNE. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended wedding  date. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 31ST MAY Please register early.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 03

2.      SACRIFICE

Jesus was raised to life on a Sunday, the first day of the week, and the Church consequently celebrates every Sunday as the day of Resurrection, the day of new life, the Day of the Lord (Dies Domini), a mini-Easter. Though we can celebrate the Eucharist every day, Sunday has always been the main day for its celebration, and the Church urges us to take part in the celebration not just as an obligation but a regular renewal of Easter grace and Easter joy amid the difficulties and struggles of life. The Eucharist is like a sure compass in our hand, and this regular celebration keeps us on the right track by ‘making us take our bearing from the victory of life’.

The Eucharist has always been the celebration of the life which conquers death”

Just as there would be nothing to celebrate about Christ’s death if he had not been raised (1 Co 15:12-19), so there would, of course, be no Resurrection without Calvary. The Eucharist has always been the celebration of the life which conquers death, and therefore of the Father’s supremely loving response to Christ’s supremely loving sacrifice. At the heart of the Eucharist is the sacrifice of Jesus: ‘When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory’ (memorial acclamation, cf 1 Co 11:26). As Pope John Paul has recently taught, the Mass is the ‘sacramental re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice, crowned by the resurrection’.

This sacrifice is ‘so decisive for the salvation of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there’. When Jesus died, there were those who passed by and mocked (Mt 27:39-40). Presumably, there were also others who simply watched as spectators. The Centurion had the beginnings of understanding of what was really happening (Mt 27:54), but the full understanding has been entrusted to the Church. We know that Jesus died for the salvation of the world (Jn 3:16-17). It is therefore our own deepest desire not simply to be spectators of what was really happening on Calvary, but to be participants, to enter into and share what Jesus was doing, and that is precisely what he made possible at the Last Supper. He established a doorway into the mystery of his sacrifice. By eating and drinking what he gave them there, his disciples already participated in his passion. ‘The institution of the Eucharist sacramentally anticipated the events which were about to take place, beginning with the agony in Gethsemane.’ The Mass is the re-enactment of the Last Super in accordance with Jesus’ instruction: ‘do this in remembrance of me’ (Lk 22:19; 1 Co 11:24-25). By eating and drinking what the Lord gives us, we too enter into the mystery of his sacrifice, as if passing through a doorway. The Mass marvellously enables us still today to accompany Jesus on the journey he took from the upper room and to participate in the mystery of his suffering and death. However, we celebrate knowing the glorious outcome of that journey, we celebrate his sacrifice ‘crowned by the resurrection’, the entire Paschal Mystery, so our remembrance is shot through with Easter light. The lighted candles that we always have on or beside the altar for the celebration of Mass are a reminder of this: each is a mini-Paschal Candle.

Around five hundred years B.C., the four songs of the Suffering Servant were composed in the book of the prophet Isaiah (Is 42:1-9; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; 52:13-53:12). These songs have a special place in the Church’s Holy Week liturgy. In Isaiah’s description of the Servant who turns out to be the saviour, Christians recognise the features of Christ himself, who was exposed to insult and spittle (Is 50:6) and crushed in the eyes of the world (Is 53:5), but whose suffering had an astonishing outcome. Like the faithful Servant, he was upheld by God (Is 42:1) and established as ‘covenant of the people and light to the nations’ (Is 42:6; 49:6), bringing salvation to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6).

The celebration that Jesus held with his friends on the eve of his passion already contained important references to the songs of the Servant. We have four accounts in the New Testament of the Last Super (Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:15-20; 1 Co 11:23-26), and all of them report that Jesus referred to the ‘covenant’, the bond of unity that God forges with his people, as he gave the cup to his friends: ‘this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many’ (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24); ‘this cup is the new covenant in my blood’ (Lk 22:20; 1 Co 11:25); and the reference to the ‘many’ is itself taken from the fourth song: ‘my servant will justify many by taking their guilt on himself’ (Is 53:11).

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 17

CHURCH NOTICES

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

27TH – 28TH APRIL 2019

 

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – Those who have yet to return, are reminded to do so soonest possible. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag.

 

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 05TH MAY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 03RD MAY 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.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION – Deacon John Ekly Direk will be ordained to the Priesthood in the Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 1ST MAY at 4:00 pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come and pray for our new priest. There will be no Daily Evening Mass in this Church on that day.

ALPHA COURSE in Bahasa Malaysia will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Bintawa on every TUESDAY from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm starting 30TH APRIL till 21ST JULY. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Deadline for registration is this weekend. For further details, please call James Jonik Hp: 019-874 5898, John Pui Hp: 013-805 2322 or Shenton Chai Hp: 012-888 9590.

ALPHA IN ENGLISHa series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Church on TUESDAY starting the 7TH MAY, from 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. This is a golden opportunity for us to come and explore the Christian faith together and encounter the Risen Lord. Please bring your friends along. Registration is free. Forms are available outside the entrance of the Church.  Please return the completed registration forms in the ALPHA registration boxes provided or to HTC parish office. Closing date is 5TH MAY 2019.

VOCATION WEEKEND 2019 will be organised at St. Jude’s Church, Bunan Gega from 11TH to 12TH MAY 2019. Those interested to know more about the priesthood and religious life, please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church for further details.

APPRECIATION: our Rector wish to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the success of the recent concluded Lenten & Easter program 2019.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 02

 

 

  1.      THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

 

These are not easy words! John tells us that many of Jesus’ followers could not accept them and left. Nevertheless, Jesus insisted, ‘The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life’ (Jn 6:60). We must ponder them carefully. First of all, we see that the constant theme is ‘life’. Life is what Jesus and his words are all about. Then we note that Jesus seems to be describing himself as a ‘life-line’ for us. He says that he himself clings to the Father and draws life from him, and that we ourselves can, in turn, cling to him (Jesus) and draw life from him, through eating and drinking what he gives us, his own body and blood. The net effect is that, in Christ, through the Eucharist, we ourselves can draw life form the one source of all life, namely God the Father.

From all eternity, the Father gives life in the Blessed Trinity to the Son and the Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Spirit live in a communion of life which is everlasting because it is uncreated, it had no beginning. Anything created had a beginning and has life only as a gift; it can therefore die if that gift is taken away. Its hold on life is fragile. So Christ himself, the Son of God, in his created humanity could die and did die, but he clung all along to his heavenly Father (‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’, Lk 23:46) and the Father raised him in triumph by the power of the Spirit. St Paul teaches that that same wonder will be worked in us: ‘if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you’ (Rm 8:11).

The Church is sent to proclaim that Christ is risen and that life has conquered death. Since that life is given to us as food and drink in the Eucharist, it follows that the Eucharist plays a decisive role in the life of the Church. It has a programmatic role; it sets the tone for everything else. The Second Vatican Council expressed this great truth by simply saying that the eucharist sacrifice is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, hereafter LG, 11). A famous pioneer of Vatican II, the French Jesuit, Henri de Lubac, coined the famous phrase that: the Eucharist makes the Church’, and in the same line of thought Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has said: ‘The Church is the celebration of the Eucharist; the Eucharist is the Church; they do not simply stand side by side; they are one and the same; it is from there that everything else radiates.’ Likewise the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches: ‘”The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharist, assembly.’ (CCC 752)  

Our Orthodox and Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters always highlight the vital role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus and in the life of the Church, while sadly those in the West are often rather inattentive to the Spirit. So let us emphasise straight away that, just as Jesus was raised to life by the Father in the power of the Spirit (cf Rm 8:11), so the Church celebrates the Eucharist by the power of the same Spirit, and lives in ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ (2 Co 13:13). In the Creed, we proclaim that the Spirit is ‘the Lord, the giver of life’, and there is an epiclesis, an invocation of the Spirit, that accompanies the words of consecration in the Mass: e.g. ‘Let your spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ’ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The international Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue has spoken very clearly about the role of the Spirit in the Eucharist and in the Church. ‘The Spirit transforms the sacred gifts into the Body and Blood of Christ (metabole, change) in order to bring about the growth of the Body which is the Church.’ In fact, it says, the entire celebration of the Eucharist is an epiclesis, which simply becomes more explicit at certain moments. All in all: ‘The Church is continually in a state of epiclesis.’

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 16

CHURCH NOTICES

EASTER SUNDAY

21ST APRIL 2019

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

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on this weekend.

Those who have yet to return, are reminded to do so soonest possible. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 26TH APRIL Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 25TH APRIL or through the collection bag in an envelope.

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 05TH MAY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 03RD MAY 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.

COFFEE MORNINGbeing jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies Guild will take place on 28TH APRIL immediately after the morning mass.  All are welcome.

ALPHA COURSE in Bahasa Malaysia will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Bintawa on every TUESDAY from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm starting 30TH APRIL till 21ST JULY. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Deadline for registration is 28TH APRIL. For further details, please call James Jonik Hp: 019-8745898, John Pui Hp: 013-8052322 or Shenton Chai Hp: 012-8889590.

VOCATION WEEKEND 2019 will be organised at St. Jude’s Church, Bunan Gega from 11TH to 12TH MAY ( Saturday to Sunday ). Those interested to know more about the priesthood and religious life, please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church for further details.

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Eucharist

The Body of Christ

by

Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 01

 

  1.       THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

 

hat is the Gospel basically about? Just sin and forgiveness, or more fundamentally, life and death? We might often think of it in terms of sin and forgiveness, but Jesus himself points us deeper, to issues of life and death. He summarised the whole purpose of his coming when he simply said: ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’ (Jn 10:10). The central festival of the Christian year is Easter, when we celebrate Christ’s victory, the victory of life over death. St Paul taught that ‘the last of the enemies to be done away with is death’ (1 Co 15:26), and emphasised that Christ’s Resurrection is the ground of our faith and the source of our hope (1 Co 15:12-19). Our Christian lives centre on the fact that he is risen!

The Easter Candle shines the unquenchable light of the risen Jesus into a world which knows the darkness of sin and death, and the core message of the Gospel is that life has overcome death. We go out into the world to proclaim Christ’s victory: ‘Death has no power over him any more’ (Rm 6:9). The real cause of our joy is that he shares his victory with us. Easter is the great season for Baptism, and St Paul teaches that in Baptism we die with Christ so as to rise with him. Already, therefore, we share in his victory and in his everlasting life. Paul tells the Romans that ‘all of us when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death’: ‘by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life’ (Rm 6:3-4). This is an immense gift, and we have to learn more about this new life and put it into practice.

‘By dying, [Christ] is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God. In the same way, you must see yourself as being dead to sin but alive for God in Jesus Christ’ (Rm 6:10-11).

Learning to see ourselves like this and to live accordingly is a life-long project! It’s a journey, on which we will need food and forgiveness, regular contact with the mystery of the death and Resurrection of the Lord, strong companionship, and a vivid awareness of our heavenly destination. To supply all of these, Christ has given us also the sacrament of the Eucharist. By means of the Eucharist, he nurtures and strengthens what he has given us in Baptism. The life which begins in Baptism is sustained, renewed and deepened by the food of life which is the Eucharist: ‘this life-giving bread, this saving cup’ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The celebration of the Eucharist is what keeps the mystery of our Baptism fresh until the day we die. At that moment, the dying and rising that was symbolised in Baptism is finally actuated in our lives, our Baptism is consummated, and we close our eyes on this world so as to open them on the next, in Christ.

In the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel, Jesus explains that God’s great gift of life to the world centres on the mysterious gift of Jesus himself to us as food and drink, in what we now call the Eucharist:

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 15

CHURCH NOTICES                      Download (PDF)

PALM SUNDAY

13TH – 14TH APRIL 2019

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses  The Lenten Appeal collected will be channeled to C.W.S. to help the poor. However, their tax exemption status has been revoked by the Inland Revenue and is in the process of appealing for their license to be reinstated as soon as possible. For now, C.W.S. has ceased issuing tax exemption receipts pending appeal from the Inland Revenue Board. All donors are advised not to submit any CWS donations for tax relief in their Income Tax Submission for 2018.

CHRISM MASSwill be celebrated with blessing of Holy Oils for Sacrament in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL at 7:30 PM. It is a special day for all our priests who will be renewing their priestly commitment. All are encouraged to attend in giving support & prayers. Kindly take note that there will be NO daily evening mass in this Church on that day.

CAR-PARKING & SECURITY: During this coming Holy Week Celebrations, esp. on HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY & HOLY SATURDAY, Parishioners are encouraged to CAR-POOL to Church throughout the Holy Week. Parishioners may park their vehicles near Yun Phin’s building, St. Joseph’s International School, Chung Hua’s Primary School & MBKS car-parks. Please ensure your vehicles are properly locked & refrain from leaving behind valuable items inside the vehicle to attract any source of temptation for theft occurrence. Please follow directives of the Church’s wardens & Rela members on car-parking & exercise patience while driving within the Church’s vicinity & Do Not block entrances, exits or other vehicles at all times. We appeal for your kind understanding & cooperation.  

EASTER TRIDUUMin this Church begins on HOLY THURSDAY, 18TH APRIL, with Eucharist Celebration at 7:30 PM to be followed by Exposition & Adoration of the Blesses Sacrament till mid-night.

All faithful are strongly urged to be in presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • 19TH APRIL is GOOD FRIDAY. The Service will start at 3:00 PM with Divine Mercy Novena at 1:30 PM. followed by Holy Rosary. All are encouraged to come early & participate in the prayers & are also reminded that it is a Day of Fasting & Abstinence.
  • 20TH APRIL is HOLY SATURDAY, the Easter Vigil with Service of Light & Holy Mass with Adults Initiation at 8:00 PM. The subsequence Divine Mercy Novena is at 3:00 PM daily from Holy Saturday till Divine Mercy Sunday [ 28TH APRIL 2019 ]
  • 21ST APRIL is EASTER SUNDAY: masses in this Church at 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM will be as usual & in Bintawa Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Holy Mass with Adults Initiation is at 10:00 AM. All are welcome.

In preparing for the Easter Celebration, parishioners are kindly requested to give some Cash Donation towards buying 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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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 21

 

  1. YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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Age of Confirmation and Order of the Sacraments

In the new rite no new ruling is made as to the age at which those baptised in infancy should receive the sacrament. In accordance with the custom of the Western Church this is generally to be deferred to the age of seven, but each Episcopal conference is allowed to decide for a later age.

St Thomas in a text quoted by the Catechism, gives a warning not to approach the age of confirmation in too rigid a way “Age of body does not determine age of soul. Even in childhood man can attain spiritual maturity” (1308). Young children may well have to struggle against the enemies of the faith, and in a secular world, they may be called to bear witness to their faith. We can think here of St Agnes, St Agatha, and the young Uganda martyrs.

Our Lady and Confirmation

Our Lady received the Spirit at the Incarnation in her whole being, which made her become the archetype of the Church – and of Confirmation, for in that sacrament every member of the Church receives this Spirit. Indeed, Our Lady was present at all three stages that form the Christian mystery and the mystery of the Church: the Incarnation, the paschal mystery and Pentecost. She has therefore a unique relationship to the sacraments of Christian initiation. The person of the Redeemer, God and man, was formed in her womb; she was present at the foot of the cross when He worked our redemption by destroying sin and renewing life; nada she was present at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church to make Christ’s redemptive work operative. If Confirmation is the personal Pentecost of each Christian, then Mary is at the heart of this sacrament as she was present at the moment of Pentecost; and after Pentecost by her prayerful presence in the Christian community.   

Following Our Lady in each of these events will help us to live Christ’s mystery and the grace of each sacrament. During the years of the hidden life, she was “hid with Christin God.” At the foot of the Cross she shared Christ’s self-emptying “in what is perhaps the deepest kenosis of faith in human history”. From Pentecost she accompanies the present work of salvation in Christ, accompanying the Church’s journey through time. Mary is found at every stage of the spiritual life.

At the Cross Our Lady appeared as mother of the Church; at Pentecost, she appeared as the “godmother of the Church – a strong and sage godmother… When an adult is being baptised the godmother helps with the preparation and this was what Mary did with the apostles and does with us.”

In all this, as in so much else, Mary is our companion and model. Let us ask her who was full of the Holy Spirit to nurture and foster the growth of Christ’s life in us, so that we can say that we not only belong to Christ but that we have become Christ.

 

NB: this is the final episode on Confirmation by Sr. Mary David Totah OSB. From next weekend onwards, a new episode on Eucharist – The Body of Christ by Fr. Paul McPartlan will begin a new chapter.

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 14

CHURCH NOTICES          Download (PDF)

5TH SUNDAY of LENT

06TH – 07TH APRIL 2019

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

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

NEXT STATIONS OF THE CROSS 6 – is on FRIDAY, 12TH APRIL.  

PALM SUNDAY – is on 14TH APRIL.  There will be distribution & blessing of palms at all Masses on SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 13TH & 14TH APRIL.  Procession into the Church from the car-park will take place only on SUNDAY, 14TH APRIL at 7:30 AM.

EASTER CONFESSION – in LENT, will be as follows:

MON. 8 APRIL. 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. PETER’S PADUNGAN ]

TUES. 9 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ BLESSED SACRAMENT, BDC ]

WED. 10 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM ]

[ ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL ]

THURS. 11 APRIL 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

[ ST. MARK’S ] BATU KAWA

 

LENTEN & EASTER PROGRAM 2019 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy.

Parishioners are kindly requested to give some cash donation to buy fresh flowers for the Easter Celebration. Please drop the donation through the Weekend’s Masses collection bags in an envelope marked Flowers Donation.

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses  The Lenten Appeal collected will be channeled to C.W.S. to help the poor. However, their tax exemption status has been revoked by the Inland Revenue and is in the process of appealing for their license to be reinstated as soon as possible. For now, C.W.S. has ceased issuing tax exemption receipts pending appeal from the Inland Revenue Board. All donors are advised not to submit any CWS donations for tax relief in their Income Tax Submission for 2018.

CHRISM MASSwill be celebrated with blessing of Holy Oils for Sacrament in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL at 7:30 PM. It is a special day for all our priests who will be renewing their priestly commitment. All are encouraged to attend in giving support & prayers. Kindly take note that there will be NO daily evening mass in this Church on that day.

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 20

 

4.    YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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Age of Confirmation and Order of the Sacraments

The modern tendency is to rediscover the normal order (Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist). Because of the essential unity of the sacraments of initiation, it is now the policy of the Church that whenever adults, or children who have reached the age of discretion, come to the church for baptism, they will normally be baptised, confirmed and make their first holy communion in a single liturgy. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (1972) states:

In accord with the ancient practice followed in the Roman liturgy, adults are not to be baptised without receiving confirmation immediately afterward, unless some serious reason stands in the way. The conjunction of the two celebrations signifies the unity of the paschal mystery, the close link between the mission of the Son and the outpouring of the holy Spirit, and the connection between

the two sacraments through which the Son and the Holy Spirit come with the Father to those who are baptised.

No explicit provision in this sense is made for children baptised in infancy, yet numerous texts suggest that where possible the order of the sacraments should be respected. Thus the Catechism reads: “In the eastern rites the Christian initiation of children also begins with Baptism followed by Confirmation and the Eucharist, while in the Roman rite it is followed by years of catechesis before being completed later by Confirmation and the Eucharist, the summit of their Christian Initiation” (1233). This text implies that where the rites differ with regard to age of reception, they did not differ with regard to order, i.e. Confirmation before Eucharist.

The separation of Confirmation from Baptism (and the Eucharist) and the subsequent association of confirmation with adolescence has led to disputes about the age of Confirmation for those baptised in infancy. There are two views on the age of Confirmation. Those in favour of a later age for Confirmation find an argument in the insistence on the need for instruction before Confirmation. A later age allows for a fuller personal participation in the sacrament. The delay, it is felt, enables the child to affirm personally all the beliefs and values he has received. It is desirable that there be some consecration to the apostolate, which is not really pertinent to babies, and a sanctification of the transition to maturity and adult life. On the other hand, it is argued that attainment of maturity is a highly individualised phenomenon. More deeply, it is maintained that this would turn the sacrament “into more form of puberty rite” Confirmation is not, and never has been, a sacrament of the personal spiritual struggle of adolescence. All this, it is felt, limits the scope of the sacrament, which is the completion of baptism, the sacrament of the mystery of Pentecost, the sacrament of the Holy Spirit and the sacrament that prepares Christians for the Eucharist. From this point of view there is no objection to giving the sacraments to infants and young children, for they will have within themselves the principle enabling them to act as witnesses of Christ when they develop.

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 12

CHURCH NOTICES                        Download (PDF)

3RD SUNDAY of LENT 

  23RD – 24TH MARCH 2019

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 29TH MARCH at 7:30 PM, with next STATIONS OF THE CROSS 4 in Lent. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 28TH MARCH or through the collection bag in an envelope.

 ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 25TH MARCH at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively.

 NEXT LENTEN REFLECTION 3– is on THURSDAY, 28TH MARCH.

LENTEN & EASTER PROGRAM 2019 – of our Parish, printed in both English & Chinese is available outside the Church. Please get a copy.

Parishioners are kindly requested to give some cash donation to buy fresh flowers for the Easter Celebration. Please drop the donation through the Weekend’s Masses collection bags in an envelope marked Flowers Donation.

 LENTEN REFLECTION [  Lost & Found: The Lost Sheep ] by Fr. Francis Lim, SJ on will be held at Sedes Sapientiae Chapel of St. Joseph’s Private School on WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome.

ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL 2019 – will end on EASTER SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL 2019. Please exercise charity towards the less fortunate, esp. during this Holy Season. Pamphlets, Boxes & Envelopes are available outside the Church. You may drop the donation through the Collection Bag during Weekend’s masses

MID-DAY MASSwill be celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus John Ha at 12:30 PM in the Carmelite Chapel on every FRIDAY in Lent. Do come and spend some time to pray during your lunch break.

PRESENTATION OF CREED & RECEPTION INTO THE CATHOLIC FAITH – for catechumens is on WEDNESDAY, 27TH MARCH with Eucharistic Celebration at 7:30 PM.  All are encouraged to come & give support to these catechumens.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 18

 

  1. YESTERDAY AND TODAY

 The Break-up of Christian Initiation

Originally, as we’ve seen, Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist were given in that order at one celebration, to both infants and adults. This seems to have remained the practice of the whole church until around the year 1100. This practice manifested the unity of the rite of Christian initiation most clearly. As Christians became more numerous, and dioceses bigger, and with the almost universal practice of infant baptism from the sixth century, it became impossible for the bishop to be present at all the baptisms. East and West solves the problem in different ways. In the East the primitive unity of the three sacraments was kept by allowing priests to administer confirmation, although the oil always had to be previously blessed by the bishop. This is still the Eastern practice; communion is still given to infants after their baptism and confirmation.

While the East kept the clear link between baptism and confirmation but lost the visible involvement of the bishop, the West lost the clear link between baptism and confirmation but maintained the importance of the bishop as successor of the apostles who received the Spirit at Pentecost. This insistence on the role of the bishop led to an increasing separation of confirmation & baptism from the sixth century onwards. Nevertheless up to the twelfth century the three sacraments of initiation were given together whenever the bishop was available; and even where confirmation was delayed, the sacraments were still received in that order.

The sacraments of initiation are:

1)   Baptism; 2) Confirmation; 3) Eucharist

The Forgotten Sacrament

Events were not always favourable, however, to the development of confirmation as an independent rite. Bishops had to be willing and able to spend much time travelling round their extensive dioceses. St Bede reports that St Cuthbert toured the countryside “so that he might preach and lay his hands on those recently baptised so that they might receive the Holy Spirit.” In the Penitential of Theodore of Canterbury we find the statement: A bishop may confirm in a field if it is necessary. The biographer of St Hugh of Lincoln (d. 1200) sees it as a mark of exceptional virtue that the prelate dismounted from his horse to confer the sacrament. Not only were parents slow to appreciate the importance of the rite, but the bishops themselves were often negligent in making their rounds to complete baptismal initiation by the laying on of hands. Many people went without confirmation or were delayed until a much later age. The subject of confirmation is mentioned in so many synods’ decrees that it seems to have been neglected for many centuries. In the 12th century St Bernard relates that his friend St Malachi re-introduced into Ireland “the most wholesome usage of confession, the sacrament of confirmation and the contract of marriage, all of which were either unknown or neglected.”

 

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