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 28TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

  12TH – 13TH OCTOBER 2019

 HOLY HOUR – with Eucharistic Celebration is on FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER. The theme for this month is SUSTAIN OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES WITH YOUR EUCHARIST

All are encouraged to come & participate.

COMBINED REQUIEM MASS – will be celebrated on FRIDAY, 25TH OCTOBER at 7:30 PM. Please send in your Mass Intentions through the collection bag in an envelope during weekends’ masses or latest to the Parish Office by THURSDAY, 24TH OCTOBER. Divine Mercy Chaplet for the faithful departed is held at 7:00 PM.

EARTH BREAKING – ceremony to launch the New St Peter’s Church by Archbishop Simon Poh is on SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER at 2:30 PM. All are welcome to witness the ceremony.

 LOVE OFFERING BOXES – distributed by the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood are available at the entrance of the Church to enable children in the Parish to help other children in need. Parents are urged to inculcate the spirit of giving and encourage your children to participate in this Mission of the Church.

 CHRISTMAS CAROLLING 2019

Those interested esp. children from Sunday’s School are strongly encouraged to join. Please call Keith Yong 012-887 1774 for further details.

COFFEE MORNINGbeing organized by our Parish Council will take place on SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER immediately after the morning mass.  All are welcome.

SCHEDULE FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY BLESSING OF CEMETERIES AND COLUMBARIUM ON SATURDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER are as follows:-

Place Time Blessing by
St Joseph’s Cemetery 08:30 am Abp. Simon Poh
St Ann’s Cemetery mile 10th 08:30 am Friar Don Don
Paradisum Cemetery mile 13 ½ 09:00 am Friar David Au
Sacred Heart Cemetery mile 7 05:00 pm Fr. Stephen Chin
St Peter’s Columbarium Padungan 07:45 am Fr. Vincent Chin
Immaculate Heart Cemetery ml.7 ½ 09:30 am Fr. Vincent Chin
The Lord’s Resting Place mile 7 ¾ 10:00 am Fr. Vincent Chin

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Reconciliation

The Mercy of Christ

by

Vivian Boland OP

No. 03

 

  1.   THE SOUND OF ANGELS CHEERING

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Forgiveness in the Gospels

Forgiveness is not to be miserly or reluctant but generous and free: seventy seven times perhaps, or even seventy times seven (Matthew 18). If it lives by this rule, the community of disciples will reverse the pattern of sinful humanity so vividly described in the early chapters of the Bible. As they insisted on a seventy-fold retribution, so the new community seeks to live by a seventy-fold absolution (Genesis 4:24). Those cycles or spirals of injustice and revenge that so afflict humanity are broken only by the death of the innocent one who ‘offered his back to those who struck him’ (Isaiah 50:6), who did not return evil for evil (Romans 12:17) but asked the Father to forgive those who did not know what they were doing (Luke 23:34).

 “Then Peter went up to him and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?’ As often as seven times? Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.” (Mt 18:21-22)

The Early Church

The Church, the community of His disciples, is given authority and power to continue Christ’s work of forgiveness and reconciliation. This is seen in the keys given to Peter with the power to ‘bind and loose’ (Matthew 16:19; 18:18) and it is seen in the breathing of the Spirit on the apostles with the power to ‘bind and loose’ (John 20:23). From the earliest times Christians recognized the link between their own experience of forgiveness and their task of bringing others to the same joy. ‘It was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8-9). ‘Through Christ we have now received reconciliation’ (Romans 5:11). ‘Her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love’ (Luke 7:47).

When people ask what they are supposed to do in response to hearing the gospel proclaimed, the answer is that they are to repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ so that their sins might be forgiven and they might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-38). ‘Confess your sins to one another’, James reminds his readers (James 5:16). The reconciled become ambassadors of reconciliation:

…if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ since God is making his appeal through us: we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

 

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