Reflections of the Day
From darkness and death to light and life
Do you know the joy and freedom of the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom of God? John the Baptistís enemies had sought to silence him, but the good news of God's kingdom of salvation cannot be silenced. As soon as John had finished his testimony Jesus began his in Galilee. Galilee was at the crossroads of the world and much traffic passed through this little region. It had been assigned to the tribes of Asher, Naptali and Zebulum when the Israelites first came into the land (see Joshua 9). For a long time it had been under Gentile occupation (non-Jewish nations).

The "good news" brings peace, hope, truth, promise, immortality, and salvation

Jesus takes up John's message of repentance and calls his hearers to believe in the good news he has come to deliver. What is the good news which Jesus brings? It is the good news of peace - the Lord comes to reconcile and restore us to friendship with God. The good news of hope - the Lord comes to dwell with us and to give us a home with him in his heavenly kingdom. The good news of truth - the Lord Jesus sets us free from the lies and deception of Satan and opens our mind to understand the truth and revelation of God's word (John 8:32). The good news of promise - Jesus fulfills the promise of God to reward those who seek him with the treasure of heaven. The good news of immortality - Jesus overcomes sin and death for us in order to raise our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body which will never die again. And the good news of salvation - the Lord Jesus delivers us from every fear, every sin, and every obstacle that would keep us from entering his everlasting kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.

The Gospel is the power and the wisdom of God - both power to change and transform our lives and wisdom to show us how to live as sons and daughters of our Father in heaven. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit the Lord makes it possible for us to receive his word with faith and to act upon it with trust and obedience.

The Gospel demands a response of faith and obedience to God's gift of salvation

In announcing the good news, Jesus makes two demands: repent and believe! Repentance requires a change of course - a turning away from sin and disobedience and a turning towards the Lord with faith and submission to his word of truth and righteousness (right living according to God's truth and moral goodness). The Holy Spirit gives us a repentant heart, a true sorrow and hatred for sin and its bad consequences (the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23), and a firm resolution to avoid whatever would lead us into sin. The Holy Spirit gives us grace to see our sin for what it is - rebellion and a rejection of the love of God. God's grace helps us to turn away from all that would keep us from his love.

Faith or belief is an entirely free gift which God makes to us. Believing is only possible by grace and the help of the Holy Spirit who moves the heart and converts it to God. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the mind and makes it possible for us to accept and to grow in our understanding of the truth. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit we can know God personally and the truth he reveals to us through his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. To believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior is to accept God's revelation of his Son as the eternal Word of God and the Redeemer who delivers us from the tyranny of sin, Satan, and death. God the Father made the supreme sacrifice of his Son on the cross to atone for our sins and to bring us back to himself.

Do you want to grow in the knowledge of God's love and truth? Ask the Holy Spirit to renew in you the gift of faith, the love of wisdom, and the heart of a disciple who desires to follow the Lord Jesus and his will for your life.


copyright (c) 2016 Servants of the Word, source: www.dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, your ways are life and light! Let your word penetrate my heart and transform my mind that I may see your power and glory. Help me to choose your ways and to do what is pleasing to you."
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Mass Schedule

Lunar New Year Mass Schedule


Friday, 27 January 2017


6.30 am & 4.00 pm


Saturday, 28 January 2017


6.45 am, 8.00 am (Mandarin), 10.00 am 5.00 pm (Novena) 6.00 pm (Sunset Mass) Note: Mandarin oranges will be distributed at 6.45 am, 8.00 am & 10.00 am masses


Sunday, 29 January 2017


Usual Sunday 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)


Sunday


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



Announcements

Catechism Sessions for Primary & Confirmation Level

Catechism Session for Primary and Confirmation levels begin on 18/19 Feb. Saturday - 2.30 pm (P4, 5 & 6) 4.00 pm (P1, 2 & 3) Sunday - 8.00 am (P5, 6 & 3) 9.30 am (P1, 2 & 4) 11.00 am (Confirmation levels) Sessions for Superkids and Special Needs will commence on 26 Feb at 9.30am


Lunar New Year Mass Schedule


Friday, 27 January 2017


6.30 am & 4.00 pm


Saturday, 28 January 2017


6.45 am, 8.00 am (Mandarin), 10.00 am 5.00 pm (Novena) 6.00 pm (Sunset Mass) Note: Mandarin oranges will be distributed at 6.45 am, 8.00 am & 10.00 am masses


Sunday, 29 January 2017


Usual Sunday mass schedule


Blessings of Anniversary Couples

Blessings of Anniversary Couples will be rescheduled to the 2nd Sunday of every month with effect from February 2017.


Blessings of Expectant Mothers

Blessings of Expectant Mothers will be rescheduled to the 4th Sunday of every month with effect from January 2017.


Dress Code 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. Kindly dress appropriately.


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.