Reflections of the Day
"John saw the empty tomb and believed"
What was it like for the disciple who had stood at the cross of Jesus and then laid him in a tomb on Good Friday, to come back three days later and discover that the sealed tomb was now empty? John, along with Peter, was the first apostle to reach the tomb of Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. Like Mary Magdalene and the other disciples, John was not ready to see an empty tomb and to hear the angel's message, Why do you seek the living among the dead (Luke 24:5)? What did John see in the tomb that led him to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It was certainly not a dead body. The dead body of Jesus would have disproven the resurrection and made his death a tragic conclusion to a glorious career as a great teacher and miracle worker. When John saw the empty tomb he must have recalled Jesus' prophecy that he would rise again after three days. Through the gift of faith John realized that no tomb on earth could contain the Lord and giver of life. John saw and believed (John 20:8).

John had to first deal with the empty tomb before he could meet the risen Lord later that evening along with the other apostles who had locked themselves in the upper room out of fear of the Jewish authorities (John 20:19-23). John testified as an eye-witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: What we have seen, heard, and touched we proclaim as the eternal word of life which existed from the beginning (1 John 1:1-4). John bears witness to what has existed from all eternity. This "word of life" is Jesus the word incarnate, but also Jesus as the word announced by the prophets and Jesus the word now preached throughout the Christian church for all ages to come.

One thing is certain, if Jesus had not risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples, we would never have heard of him. Nothing else could have changed sad and despairing men and women into people radiant with joy and courage. The reality of the resurrection is the central fact of the Christian faith. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord gives us "eyes of faith" to know him and the power of his resurrection. The greatest joy we can have is to encounter the living Christ and to know him personally as our Lord and Savior. Do you accept the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection with skeptical doubt and disbelief or with trusting faith and joyful wonderment?

We Pray:
"Lord Jesus Christ, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won for us new life and resurrection power. Give me the eyes of faith to see you in your glory. Help me to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love for us and your great victory over sin and death."

Lent - Reverence
Kids in Church by Rob Stout
I am the father of five children, aged 10 years to 3 years. My wife and I have always taken all of our children to Mass. Here are some things we have learned over the years:

1. Never "split" (spouses attend different Masses) in order to keep the children at home no matter what their ages. Sometimes it's difficult to get them all ready to go; but, if they see you are willing to make the effort week after week, they will know it must be important.

2. Go to an early Mass or eat breakfast before you come so hunger won't be a problem. Dress up for Church. Children know that you always dress up when you go to something important. Whenever you have important visitors to your home you dress up. When you go to your boss' house for dinner, you dress up. When you go to the House of God, you wear shorts and a tee-shirt. Unless your children are incredibly stupid, they are going to attach the appropriate level of importance to God. Church is a special place. It? not a market place.

3. Always get to Mass a little early. Never, never come late. Coming late forces you to hurry and "hypes up" the kids.

4. Try to sit in the front pew. (Your first inclination is to find a back pew near the escape door.) From the front pew, children of all sizes can see what is going on instead of the back of some 6-foot giant. When they see, they can become interested; when they can't, they become bored. Do you want them interested in Mass or bored with it?

5. Always, always, always genuflect and remind each child as they enter the pew to genuflect to the tabernacle. If you genuflect and they genuflect, even when no one else is doing it, they will feel less self-conscious about it as they get older.

6. If you want your children to behave at Mass, then you must behave. If you are going to socialize in the pews, they are going to socialize in the pews.

7. Do NOT bring toys, ipads or computer games except for religious books. The children need to know this is a special time to be with God and not an extension of play time.

8. Do not be concerned if your toddler occasionally (or even more often) sits on the floor making faces or sulking or fidgeting. For the most part you are the only one who can see what goes on below the level of the pew. If they are not making noise or bothering anyone, you're better off not making an issue of it.

9. Help your children become interested through explanation especially when you have a pictorial book of the Mass for children. They will show interest and watch the actual actions of the priest the attention. Start when your child is learning to understand words. "Where's the priest?" "Who's talking?" "Where are the candles?" "Who rang the bell?" "Where is Jesus?" b. As the child gets older, speak the responses and sing the hymns into the child's ear. Encourage them to respond when they can. Usually this starts with "Lord, hear our prayer." and the Great Amen and moves to the Our Father and finally, the Creed. Tell them about the church and its furnishings especially "Jesus' House" (the tabernacle). c. As the child approaches school age, begin to explain what is happening. Let them know what the priest is doing. If you yourself are not sure, you need to find out.

10. Do not let disruptions get out of hand. When a situation begins to develop ?take immediate action to defuse it. If it continues, remove the offender and into the cry room until he calms down and then return. You may miss a portion of the Mass, but your first duty is to be a parent. Incidentally, do not remove him to the playground but take him decidedly less pleasant than remaining in church.

11. When you leave the church, allow the children to meet and talk to the priest. Give them a chance to get to know the priests and become comfortable around them. They need to know that he is someone who will not bite off their heads, someone in whom they can confide if they have a problem and, if you are fortunate, someone whom they can emulate when they grow up. By knowing the priests, it makes it easier to get them to pay attention to the activity at the altar during Mass.

12. Remember, that Mass is not the only time we go to Church. Children are fascinated by such devotions as the Stations of the Cross and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Recently, I was waiting in line for confession. I was astonished that my six-year-old son could describe the events in every one of the fourteen stations.

13. Your kids can go out-of-hand even after doing all you can, pray to God for help to pacify them, internally. Keep up the good work!


Reverence to God at Holy Mass
(Excerpts of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Louisville, Kentucky, July 18, 2003)

To Jesus Christ, God and Man, in the sacrifice and sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, are due honor, reverence, adoration, thanksgiving, and love. It is right that we should focus our reflection on reverence due to the Holy Eucharist. Many people have sadly noticed that in our churches there is a worrying decline in reverence. The matter is of great importance because of the central place of the Eucharistic Ministry in Catholic faith and life.
What is reverence?

Reverence is that virtue which inclines a person to show honor and respect primarily to God, but also to one's parents, to civil authorities and to religious leaders. Here we are concerned with reverence to God, in the person of Jesus Christ in the august sacrifice and sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

God is holy. He is all holy. "Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth, His glory fills the whole earth", sing the seraphim angels before God's throne (Is 6:3). He is holiness itself. He is transcendent. He dwells in light inaccessible (cf. I Tim 6:16). Cardinal Newman emphasizes the importance of this reverential stance before God: "Are these feelings of fear and awe, Christian feelings or not? I say this, then, which I think no one can reasonably dispute. In proportion as we believe that He is present, we shall have them; and not to have them, is not to realize, not to believe that He is present"

Therefore in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist "the Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained" (Council of Trent, DS 1651; also CCC 1374). This rock foundation that is our faith explains why the Church adores Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This is adoration, the cult of latria, the supreme act of worship due to God alone, "In the Liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the Real Presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord" (CCC, 1378).

Some Catholics are lacking in due reverence for the Holy Eucharist because their Eucharistic faith is poor and full of defects and doubts. Catechesis of the Holy Eucharist should be systematically imparted. It is also important that the congregation show reverence. This can manifest itself in their coming early to Mass so that they are recollected when it begins, in their singing, standing or sitting together when so indicated and in their maintaining moments of silent prayer. It is sad to see people coming late, reading newspapers during Mass and conversing freely inside the church as soon as the last blessing is given, as if they were leaving a sports stadium or theater.

Many congregations do not observe moments of silence, like after the readings, the homily or holy Communion. Sometimes it is the priest who is in a hurry. At other times it is the choir which wants to fill up every quiet moment with singing. And in some cases it is the people in the pew who find moments of silence difficult to observe, because they have not learned to engage in personal interior prayer. We come to Mass primarily to adore God, to thank Him, to ask pardon for our sins and to make requests for our needs. We are not the center. God is!

http://www.adoremus.org/1203Arinze.html#sthash.cu1CjwXu.dpuf


IS HOLY COMMUNION FOR LATE ARRIVALS ALLOWED AT MASS?
IS HOLY COMMUNION FOR LATE ARRIVALS ALLOWED AT MASS?
ROME, 4 NOV. 2003 (ZENIT).
Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Q: At what point in time during Mass it is considered too late for anyone coming into the Mass to receive Communion? ?E.M., Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

A: Like most priests, I am loath to give a straight answer to this question because, in a way, it is a catch-22 question for which there is no straight answer.

It is true that before the Second Vatican Council some moral theology manuals placed arrival before the offertory as the dividing line in deciding whether one fulfilled the Sunday obligation of assistance at Mass. But after the liturgical reform, with its emphasis on the overall unity of the Mass, modern theologians shy away from such exactitude.

Mass begins with the entrance procession and ends after the final dismissal and we should be there from beginning to end. Each part of the Mass relates and complements the others in a single act of worship even though some parts, such as the consecration, are essential while others are merely important.

To say that there is a particular moment before or after which we are either "out" or "safe," so to speak, is to give the wrong message and hint that, in the long run, some parts of the Mass are really not all that important. It may also give some less fervent souls a yardstick for arriving in a tardy manner.

Although I prefer not to hazard giving a precise cutoff moment, certainly someone who arrives after the consecration has not attended Mass, should not receive Communion, and if it is a Sunday, go to another Mass.

Arriving on time is not just a question of obligation but of love and respect for Our Lord who has gathered us together to share his gifts, and who has some grace to communicate to us in each part of the Mass.

It is also a sign of respect for the community with whom we worship and who deserves our presence and the contribution of our prayers in each moment. The liturgy is essentially the worship of Christ's body, the Church. Each assembly is called upon to represent and manifest the whole body but this can hardly happen if it forms itself in drips and drabs after the celebration has begun.

Thus people who arrive late to Mass have to honestly ask themselves, Why? If they arrive late because of some justified reason or unforeseen event, such as blocked traffic due to an accident, they have acted in good conscience and are not strictly obliged to assist at a later Mass (although they would do well to do so if they arrive very late and it is possible for them). If people arrive late due to culpable negligence, and especially if they do so habitually, then they need to seriously reflect on their attitudes, amend their ways, and if necessary seek the sacrament of reconciliation.


 

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Parish News
 Children's Mass - 27 April

Children's Mass on Sunday 27 April at 11.15 am in the Chapel.

All children between ages of 4 & 12 are warmly invited to this Eucharistic Celebration.

 


 Eucharistic Ministry Jumble Sale

Eucharistic Ministry will be holding a jumble sale on Sat 26 & Sun 27 April to raise funds for orphanage in Batam.

Please give them your support.

 


 Primary Catechism sessions

Barricades will be in placed on the 2nd level to secure quieter and safer corridor.

The catechists seek the consideration and understanding of parents by leaving your children at the 2nd level and meeting them on the ground floor or lift landing after the sessions.

Only the Superkids (below 4-5 yrs) and children with special needs will be allowed to have 1 parent/guardian to take them from the room.

There will be no catechism sessions for Primary levels on Sat 12/Sun 13 Apr and on Sat 19/Sun 20 Apr.

 


 RCIA

As the Elects celebrate their 3rd Scrutiny on 5 April, let us continue to uplift them with our Prayers.

The new RCIA journey will commence on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 7.45 pm in the Parish Hall.

Volunteers are needed to assist in this coming journey.

For details and inquiries, contact Gregory@ 8444 5505 or email to rciaht@mail.com Registration forms for inquirer of the Faith are available at the parish office and RCIA notice board.

 


 Pro-Terra Sancta(collection for the Holy Land)

There will be collection on Holy Thursday Mass in support of pastoral mission aid and upkeep of the Holy Land.

All collections will be directed to "Holy Land Vice-Commissariat".

Your contribution will be blessed.

 


 5th week of Lent - Reverence to God

Lent-Going forth 5th week of Lent ?everence to God' at Mass, we examine ourselves whether we are putting into practise our exercise.

Are we coming to Mass late, distracting Mass, dress appropriately in reflection of Reverence to God?

How well are we prepared for Holy Mass and Holy Communion? These practises will keep our heart and relationship well with lives vibrant and abundance in God.

The Priests will pray for all parishioners that their Lenten exercise will bear fruits in their spiritual life.

God bless you!!

 


 Charities Week 2014

Archdiocesan annual fund raising by Caritas to help those in need.

Reaching out to the poor, physically challenge, persons with HIV/AIDS, mental health, migrant workers and overseas humanitarian aid.

Pick up a Charities Week appeal envelope and contribute generously.

Make a difference in the lives of those in need. For more info, call 6338 3448

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The canteen will take a break and resume next Sunday 27 April.

 


 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.

 


 Feast Day 2014 Events

We have kick started our Feast Day celebration with sales of attractive & colourful friendship wristbands at $2.00 each on weekend Masses.

Trinity Movie Night to be screened on Friday 25 April.

Free food will be served after morning masses on Feast Day 15 June and come to get to know our church ministries and participate in "Know Your Ministry".

 


 

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Mass Schedule

Divine Mercy Novena

Nine Novena Devotions in the Chapel:-


18 Apr


9.00 am


19 & 20 Apr


3.00 pm


21 to 25 Apr


7.00 pm


26 Apr


3.00 pm


Holy Week Mass Schedule


17 April Maundy Thursday


Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm followed by adoration till midnight. (No Morning Mass)


18 April Good Friday - Day of Fast & Abstinence


Celebration of the Lord's Passion 8.00 am(M), 11.00 am/3.00 pm/6.00 pm


19 April Holy Saturday


No Morning/Evening Mass & Novena Service. Easter Vigil Mass and Baptism of Adult at 7.30 PM


20 April Easter Sunday


6.45am, 9.30am, 11.15am, 3.00pm (Mandarin with Baptism), 6.00pm


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

The Seraphim Choir (11.15 am) Recruitment

The Seraphim Choir (11.15 am) invites you to serve the Lord with them through music. If you can play the Organ or Keyboard, please contact Melvyn@ 9455 0225 or Trevor@ 9238 6024 for more details.


Easter Potluck

Lent Season is a time of Fasting, Almsgiving and Prayer which Jesus in the Gospel reminds us during Ash Wednesday of our dependence on God. Traditionally, money saved while fasting will be given to the needy. As a Parish, we will encourage ourselves and our children to fast and help the poor and underprivileged. We will organize an Easter Potluck where money will be collected and be given to the poor. Details to be advised later.


Feast Day celebration

An attractive wristband will be on sale at $2.00 ea every weekend starting from this weekend leading to the Church Feast Day.


Free Legal Clinic Cessation

Free Legal Aid Clinic - will cease effective from February 2014 due to low request for such assistance and also to streamline their activities with Agape Village in future which will hold such programme.


Personal Moral Compass

Navigating Ethnic Ambiguity by Fr David Garcia. Previously organized by SPI is now under charge of Caritas Singapore. There will be a 1 year long systematic course on Moral Theology consisting of 6 individual modules. Details are available at http://caritas-singapore.org or email to formation@caritas-singapore.org for application.


Cry-Room

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