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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 6

CHURCH NOTICES         Download (PDF)

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 AM1:00 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
of
St Peter’s Parish, Padungan
Wishes
All parishioners
a Happy & Blessed Chinese Lunar New Year 2019

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 12

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?
I Do

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.

 

 

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Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 5

CHURCH NOTICES

4TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

2ND – 3RD FEBRUARY 2019

 

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

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 AM1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses only on this weekend of 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 11

2.    THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Strength to defend the faith

“The true Christian will be a constant martyr”

Christians today have particular reason to reflect on the centrality of martyrdom, for the century that has just come to a close has been pre-eminently an age of martyrs. In the 20 years between the two World Wars more Christians died for the faith than in the whole 300 years after the crucifixion. Not all of us will be called to die outwardly for Christ in the gas chamber or prison camps; that depends on circumstances beyond our control. What we can do, however, is to be prepared to carry our cross inwardly. Clement of Alexandria affirmed that the true Christian will be a constant martyr: “He will be a martyr by night and a martyr by day, a martyr in his speech, his daily life, his character.” Confirmation is a call to life-long self-offering, not one of great self-sacrifices but a multitude of small ones: in the mutual love in marriage and family life, in acts of personal and community service, in loyalty to the teachings of the Church’s magisterium and in defence of the faith.

What is essential in this is our fidelity to our Christian vocation. In both Baptism, particularly in the rite of renouncing Satan, and in Confirmation the Christian throws down a challenge to the forces of evil. This gives a meaning of love and redemption to the battles of everyday life.

3.  THE LITURGY OF CONFIRMATION

Like all the other sacraments, confirmation is normally be celebrated within the Mass, after the liturgy of the word.

“The whole people of God, represented by families and friends of the candidates and by members of the local communities will be invited to take part in the celebration and will express its faith in the fruits of the Holy Spirit.”

The place of the sacraments in Christian life needs to be seen in the context of a community of believers. They are celebrations of the Church, whereby she acknowledges her faith and commits herself to it. Non-Catholic relations and friends, and especially a non-Catholic parent, should be warmly welcomed. Even if they have different religious beliefs, their loving support and their example of a life of integrity will continue to be of great value to the Confirmation candidate, especially if he is still growing up.

Liturgy of the Word

The Scripture readings provided for the rite serve as an excellent starting point for showing the work of the Spirit in the Church and in Christian life. The first five texts are taken from the Old Testament and speak of the Anointed One who was to come to bring good news to the poor (Is 11:1-4; Is 42:1-3; Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9); and the promise of a special pouring out of the Spirit within our hearts (Ezk 36:24—28) and on all mankind (Jl 2:23a, 26-30a). The readings from Acts show the Spirit poured on the Church; the role of the Spirit in unifying and sustaining the Church is the special emphasis of 1 Co 12:4-13 and Ep 4:1-6; whereas the other texts from St Paul speak of the transforming power of the Spirit in the lives of individuals: the Spirit as the gift of God’s love (Rm 5:1-2, 5-8), as bearing witness to our identity as children of God (Rm 8:14-17). The Spirit sets us free, teaches us how to pray, and enables us to lead lives characterised by joy, peace, love, patience, self-control, gentleness, fidelity – the “fruits of the Spirit” (Rm 8:26-27; Ga 5:16-17, 22-25). The Gospel readings on the baptism of Jesus (Mk 1:9-11) and at the beginning of his public ministry (Lk 4:16-22) show Jesus as the Servant of God, anointed by the Spirit of God for the work of salvation. It is this same Spirit that makes it possible for us to live the Gospel in the spirit of beatitudes (Mt 25:14-13; Lk 8:4-15; Mt 5:1-12).

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 4

CHURCH NOTICES        Download (PDF)

 3RD SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

  26TH – 27TH JANUARY 2019

 FEAST OF PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on SATURDAY, 02ND FEBRUARY at 7:00 AM.

The usual SUNSET MASS at 6:00 PM on that day remain unchanged.

 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.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

For this special occasion, parishioners are kindly requested to donate oranges & please bring the oranges to the Parish Office during office hours.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses on 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

 

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK – will be celebrated on MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 10

  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Strength to defend the faith

“Reborn in baptism for life… confirmed after

Baptism for the strife” (Faustus of Riez, 5thC)

At his baptism, Our Lord was anointed by the Spirit for his work of proclaiming the good news. Immediately afterwards we find the Spirit leading him into the wilderness to do battle with the devil, whose work he was to destroy by miracles and healing, and ultimately by his death and resurrection. At Pentecost itself there was such a strengthening; the first Christians became witnesses of Christ, spokesmen for his cause. Before Pentecost an Apostle could deny Christ; after it they were martyrs.

 “The characteristic of every authentic missionary life is the inner joy that comes from faith. In a world tormented and oppressed by so many problems, a world tempted to pessimism, the one who proclaims the ‘Good News’ must be a person who has found true hope in Christ.”

Martyr is the Greek word for witness. To bear witness to Christ is to encounter opposition, persecution, and often death. Included in the gift of Pentecost was the call to martyrdom. The light slap which used to be given on the cheek by the bishop after the anointing was a sign of the blows we must be prepared to endure for Christ. And the oil of the anointing recalls the anointing of athletes and wrestlers, with all its associated ideas of defence and strengthening. Confirmation shows martyrdom to be a universal vocation.

There is a constant tradition attributing to Confirmation the grace of strength, especially for bearing witness even unto martyrdom, and for spiritual combat. In the fifth century St Cyril of Jerusalem exhorted his catechumens:

Just as Christ after his baptism and visitation by the Holy Spirit went out and successfully wrestled with the enemy, so you also, after your holy baptism and sacramental anointing, put on the armour of the Holy Spirit, confront the power of the enemy, and reduce it saying: ‘I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.’

Confirmation makes us Christian soldiers. “This sacrament is given to man for strength in spiritual combat,” noted St Thomas Aquinas. “Though he who is baptised is made a member of the Church, nevertheless he is not yet enrolled as a Christian soldier.” This is about something much more than the personal struggle of adolescents with which this sacrament is frequently associated; it concerns the ongoing struggle between the mystery of salvation and the mystery of iniquity (2 Th 2:7) which constitutes the secret history of the whole of humanity. Confirmation invites us to take seriously the realities of spiritual combat against the forces of evil in our time, against what the Holy Father has called “the culture of death.” It is a question of entering into the combat of Christ, with Christ. We have a powerful expression of the reality of spiritual combat in The Lord of the Rings, where it is seen that the one power before which evil is helpless is sacrifice, self-offering. Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn are all in their different ways martyrs, Christ-figures who undergo different kinds of voluntary deaths and resurrections. In this kind of battle, strength is overcome by weakness, pride and power by humility, tyranny by martyrdom. In this world and the world of the Gospel, the self is only saved when it is lost, found only when given away in sacrifice. Sacrifice, humility, love, fidelity – these are shown to be the strongest, and most overlooked, weapons against evil. We can recall too St Maximilian Kolbe voluntarily taking the place of another prisoner and going instead to die in his place.

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 3

CHURCH NOTICES                                Download (PDF)

2ND SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

 19TH – 20TH JANUARY 2019

 2ND COLLLECTION – for this weekend is for the Archdiocesan Development Fund.  Please give generously.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 25TH JANUARY at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope.  Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

FEAST OF PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD – will be celebrated on SATURDAY, 02ND FEBRUARY at 7:00 AM.

The usual SUNSET MASS at 6:00 PM on that day remain unchanged.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

For this special occasion, parishioners are kindly requested to donate oranges & please bring the oranges to the Parish Office during office hours on THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY onwards.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses on 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

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.

LITURGICAL COMMITTEE MEETING – of our Parish will take place on SUNDAY, 20TH JANUARY at 3:00 PM in the Conference Room. All Heads, Leaders, Asst. leaders & Coordinator of our Church Ministry, namely Altar Server, Warden, Choir, Lector & Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister are cordially invited & deem to be compulsory to attend.

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 09

  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

 

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Strength to be true witnesses of Christ

The work of the Spirit is to form us into another Christ who was sent out on mission from his Father. This does not mean all will be called to the missionary field; nor is it an invitation for all of us to change our jobs. To be an apostle, a witness, means to have a life, not a job. The first characteristic of apostolic life is sharing of the life of the Lord; Jesus summoned the apostles “to be with him” and to be sent out to preach (Mk 3:14). Being with Jesus comes first and is the first mark of the apostle. They were called by him just to be with him; the fundamental law of any apostolate is union with Christ. Indeed, more than in external works, mission consists in making Christ present to the world through personal witness. This is the challenge, this is the primary task of the confirmed.

The more Christians allows themselves to be conformed to Christ, the more Christ is made present and active in the world for the salvation of all. Christians are ‘in mission’ by virtue of their very consecration in Baptism and Confirmation; and they bear witness in accordance with their vocation in life. Like the Spirit himself, the confirmed Christian is at work everywhere, wherever he finds himself. St Paul himself was profoundly convinced of the fruitfulness not only of his work but also of his sufferings for the Church as a whole. [Indeed the most important acts exchanged in this communion are praying for others and suffering for others, since they are most closely linked to Christ’s own being and acting for others.] These things are at least as important as the external, visible mutual help and witness that is a matter of course for Christians.

The real apostolate, consists precisely in participation in the salvific work of Christ. Christ redeemed the world, a slave to sin, principally by prayer and the sacrifice of himself. In like manner, souls that strive to re-live this intimate aspect of the mission of Christ, even if they do not give themselves to any external activity, really contribute to the apostolate in an eminent manner (Pope John XXIII)

Confirmation commits us to preaching, in one way or another, directly or indirectly, the mighty works of God.

If at Confirmation we are given strength from on high to become witnesses of Christ, joy is one of the secrets of that strength. Those confirmed are anointed with the “oil of gladness.” Pope John Paul wrote an encyclical about evangelisation called Redemptoris Missio, and his final words in it point to the importance of joy in spreading the Gospel: “The characteristic of every authentic missionary life is the inner joy that comes from faith. In a world tormented and oppressed by so many problems, a world tempted to pessimism, the one who proclaims the ‘Good News’ must be a person who has found true hope in Christ.” Joy is given for witness.

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 2

CHURCH NOTICES                                Download (PDF)

BAPTISM of the LORD, feast

12TH – 13TH JANUARY 2019

 

HOLY HOUR with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY, 18TH JANUARY. The theme for this month is JESUS, UNITE US AS ONE.  All are encouraged to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 25TH JANUARY at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope.  Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

 

COFFEE MORNING being jointly organized by our Parish Youth Ministry & Ladies’ Guild will take place on 20TH JANUARY immediately after the morning mass.

All are welcome.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2019

TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY is Chinese New Year. A special Thanksgiving Mass in both Mandarin & English will be celebrated on that day at 7:30 AM. At the end of the Mass that morning, there will be distribution of ANG POW to senior parishioners of aged 70 & above as well as to children of aged 12 & below. At the same time, blessed oranges will also be distributed to all parishioners.

Our Parish will hold an OPEN HOUSE at the Parish Centre on that day immediately after Mass. All are welcome.

For this special occasion, parishioners are kindly requested to donate oranges & please bring the oranges to the Parish Office during office hours on THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY onwards.

Blessing of PERSONAL ORANGES will be done immediately after all Masses on 02ND & 03RD FEBRUARY [ SATURDAY SUNSET, SUNDAY MORNING & EVENING MASSES ] Kindly be reminded that there will be NO BLESSING of Personal Oranges during the Chinese New Year Day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

In view of the Chinese New Year Celebration, there will be no Daily Evening Mass on TUESDAY, 05TH FEBRUARY,

LITURGICAL COMMITTEE MEETING – of our Parish will take place on SUNDAY, 20TH JANUARY at 3:00 PM in the Conference Room. All Heads, Leaders, Asst. leaders & Coordinator of our Church Ministry, namely Altar Server, Warden, Choir, Lector & Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister are cordially invited & deem to be compulsory to attend.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 08

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  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Perfects our bond with the Church

Through Confirmation the baptised are “more perfectly bound to the Church”. The grace of Confirmation should awaken “the sense of belonging to the Church.” Through Baptism and Confirmation we are enabled to make and become a self-gift to the Church for the good of the Church, and through her, for the whole world. The result is what the tradition has called the anima ecclesiastica, the soul conformed to the Church, a soul which goes beyond its narrowness to embrace the dimensions of the mission of Christ and of the Church. The confirmed Christian grows in his consciousness of thinking with the Church and in the Church, of identifying himself or herself with the Church’s intentions.

This eccelesial dimension of Confirmation is important for any understanding of the sacrament. It is underscored by this sacrament’s close association with the bishop, whether by allowing only the bishop to confirm, as has been the Roman practice, or by insisting that only chrism consecrated by the bishop could be used, as in the East. Just as the apostles after Pentecost imparted the Spirit by the laying on of hands, so the bishop does through Confirmation.

 **  This practice “more clearly expresses the communion of the new Christian with the bishop as guarantor and servant of the unity, catholicity, and apostolicity of his church, and hence the connection with the apostolic origins of Christ’s Church” (CCC 1292)

Confirmation thus strengthens one’s bond with the bishop. The bishop is so closely involved because he is the successor of the Apostles who received the Spirit at Pentecost and the power to transmit the Spirit through the laying on of hands; and because he embodies in his own person the local church, and the wider Church. As far back as the second century, St Ignatius of Antioch expressed this conviction powerfully and succinctly: “Wherever the bishop is, there let the people be, just as wherever Christ Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church.”

Although the bishop is the “original” and “normal” minister of confirmation, if the need arises, the bishop may grant the faculty of administering confirmation to a priest; priests may also confirm under extraordinary circumstances, as in missionary territories or in danger of death. Priests who baptise an adult or a child not baptised in infancy, or admit a baptised person into full communion with the church may also confirm, as these will receive Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist in one service.

Strength to be true witnesses of Christ

Baptism incorporates the individual into the Church which is the Body of Christ; Confirmation brings with it a new factor, what the Catechism calls the “stricter obligation” of the confirmed “to spread the faith by word and by deed,” to proclaim by a whole way of life the salvation won for the world by Jesus Christ. The rite of Confirmation gives evidence of this in still another way. The laying on of hands found in the rite represents not only the outpouring of the Spirit; from the earliest days of the Church it has also been the sign of being established in ministry,  of being sent on mission: “You will receive power from the Holy Spirit who will descend upon you. You will thus be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and unto the ends of the earth” (Ac 1:8). The same promise of Pentecost belongs as well to all those who are confirmed.

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 1

CHURCH NOTICES

 

EPIPHANY, solemnity

 

05TH – 06TH JANUARY 2019

 

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

RED MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW LEGAL YEAR 2019 will be celebrated by Archbishop Simon Poh on SATURDAY 12TH JANUAY at 9.00 A.M. in BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH. The Red Mass which stared since 2015 is for all those in the judiciary, our lawyers, pupils, law students and all who are in one way or another involved in the administration of justice for us to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit for our new legal year 2019. Lawyers are to come robed in open court attire.  All are welcome to join in this Red Mass and join in the fellowship after mass.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 25TH JANUARY at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 24TH JANUARY or through the collection bag in an envelope.  Holy Rosary for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

 

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English and Mandarin are scheduled on 19, 20, 26 & 27 JANUARY 2019. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended Church wedding. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 11TH JANUARY 2019. Please register early.

 

THE GREAT ADVENTUREST. MATTHEW’s Gospela 24 sessions Catholic Bible Study course will be conducted at Holy Trinity Parish, every THURSDAY (7.30 pm to 9.45 pm) starting on 28th EBRUARY 2019 till 29th AUGUST 2019.

To register for this Catholic Bible Course, please contact Lilian Teo 016-868 0198 or Ursula Wong at 012-888 9383 on or before 7th JANUARY 2019.

 

LOVE OFFERING BOXES for the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood. Parents are reminded to return these boxes soonest possible if you have not done so.

 

LITURGICAL COMMITTEE MEETING – of our Parish will take place on SUNDAY, 20TH JANUARY at 3:00 PM in the Conference Room. All Heads, Leaders, Asst. leaders & Coordinator of our Church Ministry, namely Altar Server, Warden, Choir, Lector & Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister are cordially invited & deem to be compulsory to attend.

APPRECIATION : our Rector wish to thank all those who have contributed one way or another for the success of the recent concluded Advent & Christmas program 2018.

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 07

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  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us

St Thomas Aquinas described Confirmation as “the fullness of the Holy Spirit.” According to the Catechism, the main effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is “the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.” To be a complete Christian means the Holy Spirit guiding my life through his gifts. The Holy Spirit’s personal name is Gift; he is the source of all gifts. “Come giver of gifts” we say in our Pentecost liturgy. The Spirit comes to give us gifts that have to be used.

When we think of the gift of the Spirit we might be tempted to think of gifts and graces that are unexpected, dramatic, spectacular – like the gift of tongues (where someone is given to speak about God

in words he doesn’t understand), or healing or miracle-working. St Paul does mention these. But he also speaks of the variety of function in the Church as gifts; first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, helpers administrators – all those things that build up the church. As well as these institutional gifts there are the gifts of the Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord. These gifts are already found in the prophet Isaiah (11:2).

The prayer before Confirmation speaks of this sevenfold Gift with which the candidate will be endowed. The sevenfold gift also points to the way the Holy Spirit is ever ready to serve and help us. (That is why we speak of the Spirit as the “Paraclete” which is a Greek word for someone who comes to another’s help, an advocate.) He helps us and serves us by giving us insight and understanding of the things of God, by giving us the strength for resolute and courageous witness, a strength that comes with abandoning ourselves to the strength of God, by filling us with a tender love and devotion for God. The seven gifts are really one; areas of activity in which the Spirit will make his presence felt. As well as these seven gifts, St Paul speaks of the fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. All this is what it is to live a life in the Spirit, to be a confirmed Christian. We will see the Spirit working in us when we see his fruits. To be a confirmed Christian is to use the gifts you are given for the good of all. Each believer has the right and duty to use these gifts in the Church and in the world. These gifts are to be sought and prayed for

Although we have become accustomed to speak of the seven gifts of the Spirit, the liturgy means the one gift, the gift of the Spirit himself. In Confirmation we are given a particular grace to be open to the work of the Spirit, in the same way as Christ, Our Lady, and the Apostles opened themselves to the prompting of the Spirit and performed their work in the Spirit. The sacrament of Confirmation is the sacrament of the mysterious influence of the Spirit upon the whole life of each Christian.

 

 

 

Kepah ~ Parish Newsletter 52

CHURCH NOTICES

 

HOLY FAMILY

 29TH – 30TH DECEMBER 2018

 

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 TUESDAY, 01 JANUARY 2019 at 7:30 PM.

 BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 06TH JANUARY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 04TH 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.

COMMENCEMENT & 1ST ENCOUNTER – of our Faith Formation for Children [ FFC ] for Year 2019 is on SUNDAY, 06TH JANUARY 2019. Parents are kindly reminded to bring their children to the Parish Centre at 10:00 AM onwards on SATURDAY, 05TH JANUARY 2019 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.

 

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES in English and Mandarin are scheduled on 19, 20, 26 & 27 JANUARY 2019. Couples planning to get married are required to attend this course at least six months before the intended Church wedding. Registration forms are obtainable from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Office and closing date is on 11TH JANUARY 2019. Please register early.

 

THE GREAT ADVENTUREST. MATTHEW’s Gospela 24 sessions Catholic Bible Study course will be conducted at Holy Trinity Parish, every THURSDAY (7.30 pm to 9.45 pm) starting on 28th EBRUARY 2019 till 29th AUGUST 2019.

To register for this Catholic Bible Course, please contact Lilian Teo 016-868 0198 or Ursula Wong at 012-888 9383 on or before 7th JANUARY 2019.

 

The Rector and all lay organizations

of

St. Peter’s Church, Padungan

Wishes

All parishioners

a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2018

and

a Blessed New Year 2019

 

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Confirmation

The Spirit of Christ

by

Sr Mary David Totah OSB

 

No. 06

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  1. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Makes us “perfect” Christian

“After the font it remains for the

perfecting to take place.” St Ambrose

Up until the ninth century the rite of confirmation was frequently called the rite of “perfection,” completion or sealing. Confirmation has much the same meaning as when we refer to a business affair being signed and sealed: completed, finished, ratified.

Confirmation is a perfecting or completing of the work begun in baptism. It confers grace beyond that already received and imparts a new sacramental character. But this completing or perfecting of Baptism must be carefully understood. Baptism is complete and perfect in itself: nothing is lacking in it in terms of grace and salvation. The perfection of confirmation is a perfection of superabundance. Note how The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses comparatives when speaking of the grace of confirmation: “it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation…; it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the church more perfect” (1303) [emphasis added]. Confirmation brings the superabundance of Pentecost.

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“it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation…; it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the church more perfect” (CCC 1303)

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It is a question of becoming more perfectly what we are already: children of God. The anointing at Confirmation seals, makes safe, establishes the candidate in the Holy Spirit and, as the prayer for the Spirit over the candidates indicates, “completes” the process of initiation in which the Spirit has been active all along. That’s why it is said that Confirmation makes us “perfect Christians”; it brings a “perfecting grace” that establishes a person fully in the Church, with all the responsibilities and privileges that entails. The word perfect can be misleading. In its primary sense it means completing, accomplishing, achieving something that has been begun. It is not primarily a perfecting of the candidate in the moral or psychological order, although, as in baptism and the Eucharist this is on the horizon.

 The Eucharist perfects Confirmation

If Confirmation perfects what has been bestowed in Baptism, both Baptism and Confirmation are completed in the Eucharist. Confirmation’s connection with the Eucharist is important. The Eucharist is the perfecting of both Baptism and Confirmation. These three sacraments form the Church’s rite of initiation. As Aidan Kavanagh has remarked, “The most immediate vocation of the baptised and confirmed is to stand before God in worship at the Table.” Baptism and Confirmation prepare us for the Eucharist, and the Eucharist renew the grace of both. By celebrating the Eucharist we enter more fully into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection which we began to share at baptism; it also renews the anointing of Confirmation, which is the personal Pentecost of each Christian. At each Mass we invoke the Holy Spirit, not only upon the gifts but also upon the people who receive them, renewing that full gift of the Spirit they received at Confirmation. The dismissal at Mass is also an echo of our sending forth at Confirmation to become messengers of Christ and heralds of the Gospel.