Reflections of the Day
"Receive the Holy Spirit!"
Do you know and experience in your own life the gift and power of the Holy Spirit? After his death and resurrection Jesus promised to give his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. He said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit! (John 20:22) Jesus knew that his disciples would need the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission entrusted to them. The gift of the Holy Spirit was conditional upon the ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father. That is why Jesus instructed the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). Why did they need power from on high? The Gospels tell us that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit when he was baptized at the Jordan River:
"And John bore witness, 'I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him... this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit'" (John 1:32,33; Mark 1:8; Matthew 3:11).
"And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness... and Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee".

Just as Jesus was anointed with the Spirit at the beginning of his ministry, so the disciples needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given to all who are baptized into Jesus Christ to enable us to live a new way of life - a life of love, peace, joy, and righteousness (Romans 14:17). The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with the love of God (Romans 5:7), and he gives us the strength and courage we need in order to live as faith-filled disciples of the Lord Jesus. The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26), and enables us to grow in spiritual freedom - freedom from doubt, fear, and from slavery to our unruly desires (2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21). The Spirit instructs us in the ways of God, and guides us in living according to God's will. The Spirit is the source and giver of all holiness. Isaiah foretold the seven-fold gifts that the Spirit would give: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

The gift of Pentecost - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual gifts and blessings of God - are made possible through the death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus. After his resurrection Jesus "breathed" on his disciples and gave them the Holy Spirit. Just as God breathed life into Adam, so the gift of the Holy Spirit is an impartation of "new life" for his people. With the gift of the Holy Spirit a new creation begins. God recreates us for his glory. Jesus' gift of peace to his disciples was more than an absence of trouble. His peace included the forgiveness of sins and the fullness of everything good. Do you want power to live a faith-filled life as a disciple of Jesus? Ask the Father to fill you with the power of his Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus offers each one of us the gift and power of his Holy Spirit. He wants to make our faith strong, give us hope that endures, and a love that never grows cold. He never refuses to give his Spirit to those who ask with expectant faith. Jesus instructed his disciples to ask confidently for the gift of the Spirit: "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13). Do you thirst for God and for the abundant life he offers through the gift of his Spirit?


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of Pentecost and for the new life you offer in the Holy Spirit. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with the fire of your love that I may serve you in joy and freedom."


Parish News
 Air-Condition System - Appeal for Donations

Air-Condition System in the Main Church is in the midst of replacement . It will cost us S$987,000. The excess from the feast day collection will be used to cover part of the cost. We appeal for donations to help us defray some costs in this endeavor.

 


 Silver Jubilee Feast Day DINNER 31 May 2015

Tickets to dinner are still available. Transportation to Restaurant starts at 6.00pm, last bus 6.15pm from Blk 125 Tampines St 11. Please ensure that your dinner ticket has a "stamp" behind as required to board the bus. For details, kindly approach Feast Day Committee at the Church lobby during weekend Masses.

 


 Car Park Closure

Car-Park will closed from Thu 28 to Mon 1 Jun to facilitate the setting-up of tentage for Feast day activities.

 


 Triduum Mass(27-29 May)

Triduum Mass(27-29 May) by Fr Anthony Ho. Refreshments will be served after Mass. There will be NO 6.00pm Mass. Fr Edward Lim (OCD) will celebrate Feast day Masses (31 May) & 4.30pm by Archbishop W. Goh.

 


 Archdiocese SG50 Mass

Archdiocese SG50 Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets to the event will be available on the 2nd weekend of June. Further details will be released later.

 


 Know Your Religion

Talks on the Sacraments organized by the PRE,Fr Edward Lim will discuss about Confirmation and Eucharist on Monday 11 May @ 8.00 pm in the Chapel. All are welcome.

 


 RCIA(Chinese)

RCIA(Chinese) will also commence on Monday 15 June. Bring along your non-Catholic family members or friends who are interested to know more about Catholic Faith. Just register with the Parish office or contact Theresa @9615 6539, Celestina @ 9066 2980 or Katherine @ 9666 5293 for info.

 


 Nepal Disaster

There will be Mass in solidarity with the victims of the Nepalese community at 12.15pm on Sunday, 10 May 2015 at the Church of St. Ignatius. All are invited.

 


 Silver Jubilee Feast Day 31 May 2015

Coupons to the event will be on sale at the Church lobby. Get your coupons and join in the festivity. There will be Feast Day dinner at Roland Restaurant in the evening and tickets at S$45.00 also available at the lobby from this weekend whilst stocks last.

 


 Traffic Wardens

In view of the 200% increased charges by the auxiliary police, a few volunteers have stepped forward to help with traffic control.

Parishioners are urged to cooperate with them.

If you are able to volunteer your services in traffic control during weekend Masses, please call Michael Chew @ 9880 7147 or Paul Handidjaja @ 9686 3866 to discuss details.

 


 Silver Jubilee Events Calendar

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The Philipino & CFC will try their hands at nasi lemak, fried beehoon, Spaghetti and more to fill your hunger.

 


 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

Recruitment

We are looking for enthusiastic singers and musicians to join us. If you love to sing, come and sing with us. We are also urgently in need of a keyboardist/organist. Please contact Melvyn D'Oliveiro - 94550225 or email, mdoliveiro@gmail.com


Nepal Earthquake

The Community needs to help to rebuild their life. You can pick up an envelope and donate generously or make a crossed cheque payable to "Humanitarian Aid Fund" and it mail to CHARIS at 55 Waterloo Street, #07-02, Catholic Centre(187954).


Catechism Session

23/24 May will be last weekend sessions. There will be a break from 30 May to 27 June 2015. Sessions resume 4/5 July 2015.


Altar Server

There will be a recruitment drive this weekend 23/24 May. Please approach the counter for details.


Exco Meeting

Monday 25 May 2015. Attendance is compulsory.


Silver Jubilee Feast Day 31 May

Transportation to Roland Restaurant leaves at 6.15pm sharp from Blk 125 Tampines St 11. Please ensure that your dinner ticket has a "stamp" behind as required to board the bus. For enquiries, kindly approach the Feast Day Organizing Committee at the Church lobby during weekend Masses.


Holy Communion

Please be aware that the Church takes a very serious view of blessed body of Christ. It is meant for Catholics only. DO NOT encourage your non-Catholic friends to receive the communion. Incidentally, a host was found lying somewhere in the Church.


Cry Room

Cry Room is meant to pacify your crying child(Only 1 adult to accompany your child). Do retain Reverence that is needed in the House of God. Teach your child to Pray instead of play. Refrain from eating or drinking.


Pastoral Attachment

We welcome Bro Cornelius Ching, a final year student in the Seminary to our Parish. He will be with us every weekend.