Reflections of the Day
Do not risk being shut out
What does the image of a door say to us about the kingdom of God? Jesus' story about the door being shut to those who come too late suggests they had offended their host and deserved to be excluded. It was customary for teachers in Jesus' time to close the door on tardy students and not allow them back for a whole week in order to teach them a lesson in discipline and faithfulness.

Who will be invited to enter God's kingdom?
Jesus told this story in response to the question of who will make it to heaven - to God's kingdom of everlasting peace and eternal life. Many rabbis held that all Israel would be saved and gain entry into God's kingdom, except for a few blatant sinners who excluded themselves! After all, they were specially chosen by God when he established a covenant relationship with them.
Jesus surprised his listeners by saying that one's membership as a people who have entered into a covenant relationship with God does not automatically mean entry into the everlasting kingdom of God. Second, Jesus asserts that many from the Gentile (non-Jewish) nations would enter God's kingdom. God's invitation is open to Jew and Gentile alike.

Jesus is the door to the kingdom of heaven
But Jesus warns that we can be excluded if we do not strive to enter by the narrow door. What did Jesus mean by this expression? The door which Jesus had in mind was himself. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved (John 10:9). God sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to open the way for us to have full access to the throne of God grace (favor and blessing) and mercy (pardon for our sins). Through Jesus' victory on the cross he has freed us from slavery to sin and hurtful desires and addictions, and he has made us sons and daughters of God and citizens of his heavenly kingdom. We are free now to choose which kingdom we will serve - the kingdom of truth and light ruled by God's wisdom or the kingdom of falsehood and darkness ruled by Satan and the world system or society of people who are opposed to God and his laws.

Following the Lord requires effort and commitment on our part
If we want to enter God's kingdom and receive our full inheritance which is stored up for us in heaven, then we must follow the Lord Jesus in his way of the cross through a willing renunciation of our own will for his will - our own life for his life - our own way for his way.
Why did Jesus say we must strive to enter his kingdom of righteousness and peace? The word strive can also be translated as agony. To enter the kingdom of God we must struggle against every force or power of opposition - even the temptation to remain indifferent, apathetic, or compromising in our faith and personal trust in Jesus, our hope in holding firm to the promises of Jesus, and our uncompromising love for God above all else (the "love that has been poured into our hearts through the gift of the Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5).

The Lord is with us to strengthen us in our trials and struggles
The good news is that we do not struggle alone. God is with us and his grace is sufficient! As we strive side by side for the faith of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27) Jesus assures us of complete victory! Do you trust in God's grace and help, especially in times of testing and temptation?




We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your guiding presence and mercy towards me. Through the gift of your Spirit fill me with courage and persevering faith to trust you in all things and every circumstance I find myself in. Give me the strength to cling to your promises when the world around me begins to shake or crumble. And when my love and zeal begin to waver, fan it into a flame of consuming love and dedication for you who are my All."
Parish News
 SUPER DEAL!!

To celebrate our National Day, all can drinks are going at an
irresistible price while stock last. Available at the canteen.

 


 Discontinuation of Tagalog Mass

Tagalog Mass will be discontinued after the celebration on Sat 13 August 2016

 


 Catechism Sessions 2017(Primary One)

Registrations begin on weekend of 13 August to weekend of 17 September 2016 (6 weekends). A copy of the child's Baptism certificate is required for registration in Room 21.

Saturdays: 2.30pm to 4.30pm / Sundays: 8.00am to 10.30am

 


 Sacerdotal Ordination to Priesthood

Sacerdotal Ordination to Priesthood of Deacon Cornelius Ching by his Grace Archbishop William Goh on Tuesday 9 August 2016, 10.00 am at the
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Limited number of tickets for sit-down lunch at $40 per head can be purchased from our Parish Secretariat.

 


 Who's cooking this week

The Canteen group will be serving nasi lemak, macaroni, coneydogs and more.

 


 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

Exco Meeting

Monday 25 July 2016. Ministry Leaders who are unable to attend the meeting personally need to send a representative.


Bible Study

Bible Study Group will be commencing a new bible session on the Book of Deuteronomy on Sunday 14 August 2016. Register at the Secretariat. All are welcome!


Jumble Sale - 30 & 31 July 2016

Kindergarten will hold a Jumble Sale on the weekend of 30/31 July to raise funds, assisting the Wardens Ministry in their aid for the Sisters of our Lady of the Mission in Vietnam. Funds will help to rebuild the residence and kindergarten which is in a depilated state which is unsafe to live in. Please give your generous support to their cause.


Driving to Church

Motorist are advised to refrain from waiting along the street leading to the Church for Sunday Masses in view of the new road divider set up by LTA to prevent drivers from overtaking. Kindly cooperate with our traffic wardens.


Dress for Mass

The EXCO discussed and wish to remind Parishioners that attending Mass with improper attires will reflect the lack of self-respect display by the individual.


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.


 

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