15TH – 16TH JUNE 2019

 02ND COLLECTION for this weekend is for the Commission of Social Communication Fund. Please give generously. Message from the Holy See on World Communication is on the Notice Board

HOLY HOUR – will take place after the Daily Evening Mass on FRIDAY, 21ST JUNE. The theme for the month is SACRED HEART OF JESUS, FILL OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WITH YOUR COMPASSION AND LOVE.

All are encourage to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on 28TH JUNE at 7:30 PM with Divine Mercy Chapel 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.

CHOICE MANDARIN 20 WEEKEND & CHOICE ENGLISH 36 WEEKEND for single working adults only ( aged between 21 – 45 years old ) will be held from 5TH – 7TH JULY for Mandarin & 19TH – 21ST JULY for English at St Lukas Apostolic Centre, Kota Padawan. Registration forms are available outside the Church. Closing date for registration is this weekend.

KUCHING ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY [KAYD] 2019 (Theme – ‘Serve: Thy Word Be Done’ (Luke 1:38) will be organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission from 31ST AUGUST till 2ND SEPTEMBER at A.C.C.P.C.. Early bird registration is RM45 per head until 15TH JUNE and thereafter, late registration until 30TH JUNE is at RM60. All youths are invited to register latest by 30th June. Registration forms are obtainable from the EMPOWERED Ministry and KAYC Office at the A.C.C.P.C.. Please contact Tel: 082-237237 for more information.

PARISH FEAST DAYon the solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul will be celebrated with His Grace, Archbishop Simon Poh on SUNDAY, 30TH JUNE at 7:30 AM.

A Coffee Morning Fellowship with the Archbishop will take place immediately after mass. All are welcome to join & participate.

 FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI will be celebrated on SUNDAY, 23RD JUNE at 7:30 AM with Sunset Mass on SATURDAY, 22ND JUNE. Mass with candle light procession will be held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on SUNDAY 23RD JUNE at 5:00 PM. All are encouraged to join and participate in the Mass & procession at St. Joseph’s Cathedral as there will be no 5:30 PM Mass in St. Peters’ Church Padungan on that day.

BAPTISM OF BABIES – is on 07TH JULY 2019 immediately after the morning mass. Parents & God-parents must attend a briefing for Baptism of Baby on FRIDAY, 05TH JULY after the evening mass. Parents are reminded to bring along their Family Record booklet, photocopy of the child’s Birth Certificate & photocopies of sponsor’s confirmation certificate & I/C. Failing to bring the necessary documents might result in deferring of your child’s baptism.





The Body of Christ


Fr. Paul McPartlan

No. 09




It was the result of that transformation that Paul was made acutely aware of on the road to Damascus, when the risen Jesus asked him not, ‘Why are you persecuting my scattered individual followers’, but ‘Why are you persecuting me’. Paul no doubt pondered the true meaning of those words for the rest of his life, and based much of his teaching on them. We can say that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist must be real when his presence in the Church that has received the Eucharist is as real as Paul discovered on the Damascus road. In other words, one of the strongest arguments for the real presence of Christ in the eucharistic elements of bread and wine is the reality of his presence in the Church which has received those elements. What Jesus basically said to Paul on the road was, ‘the Church is me’. Likewise, what he basically said to his friends at the Last Supper about the bread and wine was, ‘this is me’: and his presence in the elements and his presence in the Church are intimately linked. The Catechism describes the beautiful ways in which Eastern liturgies express this link. The gifts are: ‘Sancta sanctis!’ that is ‘God’s holy gifts for God’s people’ (CCC 948).

There is, perhaps, a deliberate ambiguity when Paul tells the Corinthians that ‘a person who eats and drinks without recognising the body is eating and drinking his own condemnation’ (1 Co 11:29). He is referring immediately to the bread and the cup (cf v.27), Christ’s body must be recognised there; but he seems to be referring also to the imperative of charity to fellow-members of the Church, who are also Christ’s body (vv.20-22; 33-34). The body is to be recognised and honoured in both senses, when we are to examine our conscience carefully on both counts before receiving (v.28).

If we have a strong understanding of the Church itself as the Body of Christ, we will have no difficulty in acknowledging the bread and wine which nourish the Church as themselves the body and blood of Christ. Ecclesial realism and Eucharistic realism support each other, said de Lubac: ‘ecclesial realism ensures Eucharistic realism’, and vice versa.


Every Mass is a memorial of the past and an anticipation of the future, a memorial of the death and Resurrection of the Lord and also an anticipation of the life of heaven. Vatican II taught that Christ instituted the Eucharist ‘in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again’ (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, thereafter SC, 47), and also that: ‘In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims’ (SC 8). These dramatic statements sound as if they will need to be treated separately because they seem to be referring to quite different aspects of the Mass, one looking backwards and one looking forwards. But it is not very satisfactory to have our understanding of the Mass divided into lots of different compartments. It is one and the same celebration, so can these aspects not somehow be held together? Yes they can, and the Letter to the Hebrews gives a glue as to how.

to continue…


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