Reflections of the Day
"So must the Son of Man be lifted up"
Do you know the healing power of the cross of Christ? Jesus explained to Nicodemus the necessity of his impending crucifixion and resurrection by analogy with Moses and the bronze serpent in the desert. When the people of Israel were afflicted with serpents in the wilderness because of their rebellion and sin, God instructed Moses: "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live" (Numbers 21:8). The bronze serpent points to the cross of Christ which defeats sin and death and obtains everlasting life for those who believe in Jesus and in his victory on the cross. The result of Jesus "being lifted up on the cross" and his rising and exaltation to the Father's right hand in heaven, is our "new birth in the Spirit" and adoption as sons and daughters of God. God not only redeems us, but he fills us with his own divine life and power that we might share in his glory.

There is no greater proof of God's love for his fallen creatures. "To ransom a slave God gave his Son" (an ancient prayer from the Easter vigil liturgy). God sent his Son to free us from the worst of tyrannies - slavery to sin and the curse of death. Jesus' sacrificial death was an act of total love in self-giving. Jesus gave himself completely out of love for his Father. And he willing layed down his life out of selfless love for our sake and for our salvation. His death on the cross was both a total offering to God and the perfect sacrifice of atonement for our sin and the sin of the world.

John tells us that God's love has no bounds or limits (John 3:16). His love is not limited to one people or a few chosen friends. His love is limitless because it embraces the whole world and every individual created in "his image and likeness". God is a persistent loving Father who cannot rest until all of his wandering children have returned home to him. Saint Augustine says, God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.

God gives us the freedom to choose whom and what we will love and not love. Jesus shows us the paradox of love and forgiveness and judgment and condemnation. We can love the darkness of sin and unbelief or we can love the light of God's truth, goodness, and mercy. If our love is guided by truth, goodness, and that which is truly beautiful, then we will choose for God and love him above all else. What we love shows what we prefer. Do you love God who is the supreme good above all else? And do you seek to put him first in all your thoughts, cares, choices, and actions?

God's love has been poured into our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Do you allow God's love to purify your heart and the way you treat others? Do you allow God's love to transform your mind and the way you think of others? Do you allow God's love to conquer every unruly passion and addiction that would enslave you to sin and harmful behavior? The Holy Spirit gives us his seven-fold gifts of wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence for God and his ways, and a holy fear in God's presence (see Isaiah 11) that we may live God's way of life and serve in the power and strength of his enduring love and mercy. Do you thirst for new life in the Spirit?


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus Christ, your death brought life for us. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may walk in freedom and joy as a child of God and as an heir with Christ of an eternal inheritance."


Parish News
 Family Fun Walk Registration

All Parishioners are invited to participate.

Registration open on 13/14 & 20/21 Sept at the Church lobby (Sat) from 4.00pm to 7.30pm and (Sun) 8.30am to 12.30pm & 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

 


 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.

 


 RCIA - Breaking of the Word

RCIA will commence their weekly Breaking of the Word at sunset Mass from Saturday 6 Sept. 2014. The pews in the front row will be reserved for
this purpose. Your prayers for these catechumens are greatly appreciated.

 


 Feast Day Celebrations

More Feast Day Celebrations photos

Feast Day Photo Gallery

 


 Feast Day Celebrations

Fr James Yeo Promoting his book

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The Charismatic Prayer Group will try their hands on lontong, chicken porridge, yamcake and more to delight you.

 


 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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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)


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



Announcements

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.


Family Fun Walk Donation Cards

Ministry members who are eligible for goody bags may collect them on weekend of 14 and 21 Sept from 8.30am to 12.30pm at the common room next to Church office.


Family Fun Walk Registration

Counters will open on the weekends of 13/14 & 20/21 Sept at the Church lobby from 4.00pm to 6.00pm(Sat) and 8.30am to 12.30pm(Sun).


Catechism Session 2015 registration for Primary one

Catechism Session 2015 registration for Primary one will be carried out from weekend of 31 August to weekend of 20 September 2014(4 weekends) in Room 21. A copy of the child's baptism certificate is required.


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.