Reflections of the Day
"Give to God what belongs to God"
What do we owe God and our neighbor? Scripture tells us to give to everyone whatever is their due and to "owe no one anything, except to love one another" (Romans 13:6-8). The Jewish authorities sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state issue. The Jews resented their foreign rulers and despised paying taxes to Caesar. They posed a dilemma to test Jesus to see if he was loyal to them and to their understanding of religion. If Jesus answered that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan ruler, then he would lose credibility with the Jewish nation who would regard him as a coward and a friend of Caesar. If he said it was not lawful, then the Pharisees would have grounds to report him to the Roman authorities as a political trouble-maker and have him arrested.

Coins inscribe the owner's name and authority on them

Jesus avoided their trap by confronting them with the image of a coin. Coinage in the ancient world had significant political power. Rulers issued coins with their own image and inscription on them. In a certain sense the coin was regarded as the personal property of the ruler. Where the coin was valid the ruler held political sway over the people. Since the Jews used the Roman currency, Jesus explained that what belonged to Caesar must be given to Caesar.

We have been "stamped" with God's image and likeness

This story has another deeper meaning as well. We, too, have been stamped with God's image since we are created in his own likeness - "God created man in his own image ..male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27). We rightfully belong not to ourselves, but to God who created us and redeemed us in the precious blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul the Apostle says that we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). Do you acknowledge that your life and everything you possess belongs to God and not to yourself? And do you give to God what rightfully belongs to him?


We Pray:
"Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love; because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself; because you have promised so much, I owe you all my being. Moreover, I owe you as much more love than myself as you are greater than I, for whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself. I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge; let me know by love what I know by understanding. I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more, and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you. Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of love. I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love." (prayer of Anselm, 1033-1109 AD)


Parish News
 Sunday 2 Nov (All Souls Day)

The Priest will proceed to pray for the souls in the columbarium after the 6.45am morning Mass.

 


 Schedule for All Saints Day (Day of Obligation)

Main Church

Friday 31 Oct- Sunset Mass@8.00pm. No evening Mass @6.00pm

Saturday 1 Nov-Mass@6.30am/ 9.00am and 6.00pm

 


 Public Holiday(Wednesday) 22 October 2014

Mass will be scheduled at 9.00am in the Chapel. Office will be closed.

 


 Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary T-shirts

Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary T-shirts will be on sale in the Church Lobby on Saturday 18 Oct from 4.30 to 7.30pm and Sunday 19 Oct from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

 


 Family Fun Walk (22 October 2014)

Participants are to report at the starting point in Pasir Ris Town Park at 8.00am.

Please pick a leaflet at the LCD counter with "Import Information For Participants" or refer to our Church website for any updates.

 


 Mission Sunday

All collections on weekend 18 & 19 Oct will go toward the Titular RC Archbishop of Singapore for the Evangelization of Peoples.

 


 PRE is back(13-16 Nov 2014)

Come explore what it means to enrich your spiritual self through Recollection, Reflection and Reconciliation.

Organized with love by the Parish community for baptized Catholics of more than 3 years and above 18 years of age.

Find out more details and sign up at the PRE corner at Church entrance.

 


 Children shoes for Batam

As the school year is coming to an end, if you have shoes that are still in good condition but does not fit your children anymore, please bring them to the Church on weekend of 15/16 Nov 2104 (please tie/bag them for easy sorting).

The PRE will sent them to Batam Orphanages who are in need of children shoes.

 


 Catechism

Sessions will resume on weekend of 8 November 2014 for 3 weeks. Attendance will be noted.

 


 SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for Adults

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for Adults will be celebrated on Sunday 26th Oct 2014 at 3.00 PM Mass.

Adults who are not yet confirm and wish to be confirmed will have to attend 3 preparatory sessions on Thursdays at 8.00 pm on 2nd / 9th Oct and 23rd Oct 2014. Registration is required at the parish office with your baptism certificate.

 


 Feast Day Celebrations

More Feast Day Celebrations photos

Feast Day Photo Gallery

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The Canteen group will be serving macaroni, hotdogs, nasi lemak, and more for your tummy.

 


 Please like our new Facebook Page!

We have launched our church's facebook page. Please like our facebook page and help spread the word with friends and fellow parishioners.

 


 

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Mass Schedule

Usual Mass Schedule


Weekday


6.30am & 6.00pm (Public Holiday - 9.00am only)


Saturday


6.30am 5.00pm (Novena) 6.00pm (Sunset Mass)


2nd Saturday of the month


7.30pm (Tagalog)


Sunday


6.45am, 8.00am (Mandarin), 9.30am, 11.15am 6.00pm



Announcements

PRE is back(13-16 Nov 2014)

Come explore what it means to enrich your spiritual self through Recollection, Reflection and Reconciliation. Organized with love by the Parish community for baptized Catholics of more than 3 years and above 18 years of age. Find out more details and sign up at the PRE corner at Church entrance.


Sisters of Verbum Dei & Daughters of St Paul

Sisters of Verbum Dei & Daughters of St Paul will be promoting their Spiritual books for reflections and religious items as media outreach on weekend of 11/12. Please support their efforts.


Catechism

There will be no session for Primary levels from weekend of 27 September - weekend 1 November(Exam break). Sessions will resume on weekend of 8 November 2014 for 3 weeks. Attendance will be noted.


SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for Adults

Sacrament of Confirmation for Adults will be celebrated on Sunday 26th Oct 2014 at 3.00 PM Mass. Adults who are not yet confirm and wish to be confirmed will have to attend 3 preparatory sessions on Thursdays at 8.00 pm on 2nd / 9th Oct and 23rd Oct 2014. Registration is required at the parish office with your baptism certificate.


CHARIS

As we are aware of the devastation happening in the Middle East, the Archbishop asks for your prayer for those affected by the ongoing crises there. This is not a fundraising appeal. However, those who wish to donate can do so through CHARIS, which will channel the funds to the local Catholics organization helping out on the ground in the Middle East. You may send a Crossed cheque payable to "Humanitarian Aid Fund" with your name and contact indicating "Middle East" or other purpose at the back of the cheque to CHARIS at 55 Waterloo St. #07-02, Catholic Centre. For more info, please contact Albert@ 6337 4119 or infocharis-singapore.org


Cry-Room

Please note that this space is meant for parents to pacify toddlers and infants. Adults without children should refrain from this room.