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6TH SUNDAY of Ordinary Time

  15TH – 16TH FEBRUARY 2020

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

 SILVER JUBILEE THANKSGIVING MASS FOR FR. PATRICK HENG will be celebrated on TUESDAY, 18TH FEBRUARY, 7:30 PM at the Cathedral. All are welcome!

HOLY HOUR with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY. The theme for this month is JESUS, GIVE US THE POWER TO LIVE IN HOLINESS AND PEACE,

All are encouraged to come & participate.

Sarawak Catholic Teachers’ Guild AGM and Recollection 2020 – Discernment of Spirits according to St Ignatius of Loyola by Fr. Francis Lim, SJ on 29 FEBRUARY at 8:30 AM in St Joseph’s Private School.

ASH WEDNESDAYfalls on 26 FEBRUARY as we begin the Season of Lent. Masses with imposition of ashes for parishioners will be at 7:00 AM & 7:30 PM respectively. 10:00 AM is for St. Joseph’s International School. Parishioners are reminded that Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting & Abstinence.

 COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY at 7:30 PM. inside the Church with Stations of the Cross in LENT. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekends’ masses or latest to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY. Divine Mercy chaplet for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

 BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 01ST MARCH 2020 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing on FRIDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY 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.

ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – of our Parish to Mt. Singai is on 21 MARCH. All parishioners & lay apostolate are strongly urged to join & are kindly requested to proceed & meet at Station One by 9:00 AM.  Registration fee for adult is RM7.00 & children of age 12 & below is RM3.00. Please register at the Registration Counter outside the Church after mass.

BLOOD DONATION [ SAVES LIFE ] – is our Parish Warden Ministry Lenten & Easter Project which will take place at our Parish Centre on 01ST MARCH from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Those interested please register with the warden after Mass.

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 21

 

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  1. THE GOOD CONFESSOR

Tasks of the Confessor

…Perhaps the priest does not express himself clearly. Perhaps the anxieties associated with what is being done prove too much for one or other of them. Whatever the reasons there can be misunderstanding so that the penitent emerges bruised and hurt from the encounter.

John Paul II has acknowledged all this in what he says about good training for the ministry of the confessional. Such training must include what he calls ‘the methodology of dialogue’ (Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, paragraph 29). Put simply it means how to receive, listen and respond to another human being when they present themselves in the vulnerable role of the contrite and confessing sinner. It is about some basic ‘human skills’: how to meet, greet, receive, listen to, be with, and speak to another person. This may seem very obvious to some but ii is still important to think about it because this one-to-one human conversation is the basis on which the sacrament is made just as the failure of this conversation may result in people turning away from the sacrament.

 Absolution

God the Father of mercies,

through the death and resurrection of hid Son

has reconciled the world to himself

and sent the Holy Spirit among us

for the forgiveness of sins;

through the ministry of the Church

may God give you pardon and peace,

and I absolve you from your sins

in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +

and of the Holy Spirit,

amen

Having listen to the penitent confess his sins, having offered his words of encouragement and advice, and having assigned an appropriate penance (see below), the priest speaks the words of absolution:

Through the sacrament the fruits of Christ’s paschal mystery reach the life of a particular believer. Its effects are reconciliation with God and the forgiveness of sins. The pardoned sinner lives again in grace and in peace. The 14th century German mystic Meister Eckhart says that the merit we are owed as a result of our good works, even those done while we are in the state of sin, is restored to us when we confess our sins.

 

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