Reflections of the Day
"The kingdom of God is at hand"
What is the Gospel of God which Jesus came to preach? The word "gospel" literally means "good news". When a king had good news to deliver to his subjects he sent messengers or heralds throughout the land to make a public announcement - such as the birth of a newborn king or the victory over an invading army or occupied force. God sent his prophets to announce the coming of God's anointed King and Messiah. After Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan and anointed by the Spirit he begins his ministry of preaching the Gospel - the good news that the kingdom of God was now at hand for all who were ready to receive it.

God rules over all

What is the kingdom of God? The word "kingdom" means something more than a territory or an area of land. It literally means "sovereignty" or "reign" and the power to "rule" and exercise authority. The prophets announced that God would establish a kingdom not just for one nation or people but for the whole world. The Scriptures tell us that God's throne is in heaven and his rule is over all (Psalm 103:19). His kingdom is bigger and more powerful than anything we can imagine because it is universal and everlasting. His kingdom is full of glory, power, and splendor (Psalm 145:11-13).

Two conditions for the kingdom - repent and believe

How do we enter the kingdom of God? In announcing the good news, Jesus gave two explicit things each of us must do to in order to receive the kingdom of God: repent and believe. When we submit to Christ's rule in our lives and believe the gospel message the Lord Jesus gives us the grace and power to live a new way of life as citizens of his kingdom. He gives us grace to renounce the kingdom of darkness ruled by sin and Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44) and the ruler of this present world (John 12:31). That is why repentance is the first step.

Repentance means to change - to change my way of thinking, my attitude, disposition, and life choices so that Christ can be the Lord and Master of my heart rather than sin, selfishness, and greed. If we are only sorry for the consequences of our sins, we will very likely keep repeating the sin that is mastering us. True repentance requires a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17) and sorrow for sin and a firm resolution to avoid it in the future. The Lord Jesus gives us grace to see sin for what it really is - a rejection of his love and wisdom for our lives and a refusal to do what is good and in accord with his will. His grace brings pardon and help for turning away from everything that would keep us from his love and truth.

Like fishermen - we are called to gather in people for the kingdom of Christ

When Jesus preached the gospel message he called others to follow as his disciples and he gave them a mission - "to catch people for the kingdom of God." What kind of disciples did he choose? Smelly fishermen! In the choice of the first apostles we see a characteristic feature of Jesus' work: he chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these individuals, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.

When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not think we have nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Do you believe that God wants to work in and through you for his glory?


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, you have called me personally by name, just as you called your first disciples, Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Help me to believe your word and follow you faithfully. Fill me with the joy of the gospel that your light may shine through me to many others."


Parish News
 Chinese RCIA - New Year Cookies

Chinese RCIA will be selling New Year cookies on weekend of 7/8 Feb to raise fund for their RCIA activities. Please give them your strong support and fill your new year containers with lot of blessings.

 


 Lunar New Year (19 Feb)

Schedule of Masses will be celebrated at 6.45am/ 8.00am(M) & 10.00am

 


 Ash Wednesday (18 Feb)

Lunar New Year Eve which falls on the same day, Masses will be celebrated at 6.30am / 10.00am & 4.00pm. Fasting can be decided by individual to be on the day itself or fast another day.

 


 Collection of Old Palms

The Church will be collecting old palm leaf for Ash Wednesday the next 2 weeks. Please drop off your old palm latest by 8 Feb.

 


 Fr Albert's Birthday Celebration

60th Birthday at Qian Xi Rest(Tanjong Katong) on Sat 31 Jan at 7.30pm. Tickets at $50 each will be sold for 2 weekends.

 


 25th Anniversary Campaign

Be part of this Grand Celebration! You may:

#1 Purchase a pair of limited edition SILVER JUBILEE mugs or a commemorative T-Shirt at $15 each.

#2 Place an advertisement or a personal congratulatory message in the souvenir magazine.

#3 Come and pen a message on the Big Congratulatory Board and take a selfie/Groupie, WhatsApp to 9388 3244 for a chance to have your picture published in the souvenir book!

For details, just approach our promotion booth during weekend Masses.

 


 Silver Jubilee Events Calendar

Do look out and take part in our celebrations leading to our Feast Day Silver Jubilee on 31 May 2015!

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The Charismatic Prayer Community(CPC) will delight your tummy with chicken porridge, long tong, dry laksa and more...

 


 Society of St Vincent de Paul(SSVP)- Thank you!

Society of St Vincent de Paul(SSVP) expressed their appreciation for your kind contribution of $15221.75 collected on 3/4 Jan 2015.

 


 Catechism Sessions 2015

Catechism Sessions 2015 will commence on weekend of 17/18 Jan 2015 for all levels including Con 1, 2 & 3.

Please refer to notice board on level 2 outside Catechist Office for schedule of session and room allocations.

 


 Silver Jubilee Event - Blood Donation Drive

Give Blood, Save Lives! Join us at our Blood Donation Drive!

Date: Sun 25 Jan 2015
Time: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Venue: Church Hall

Please visit HSA for more details on Donor & Overseas Travel Deferral Criteria.

 


 Lourdes Experience 2014 Videos

Below are the links to the videos for the Lourdes Experience 2014 held at the Indoor Stadium on 6 Dec 2014.

The theme of the event is "The Joy of Conversion"


Lourdes Video (Part 1)


Lourdes Video (Part 2)


Lourdes Video (Part 3)


Lourdes Video (Part 4)

 


 25th Anniversary Souvenir Book

In conjunction with our Silver Jubilee, we will be putting together a commemorative souvenir book for our Feast Day 2015. The book will highlight events that have made the Church what it is today. Be part of this Grand Celebration! We invite you to participate by placing a personal congratulatory message in the Souvenir Book. For details, please approach our promotion booth at the Church entrance.

 


 Silver Jubilee Souvenir Mugs

A set of specially designed SILVER JUBILEE Souvenir Mugs will be on sale this weekend to commemorate this occasion, a perfect gift this Christmas!!

 


 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

Ash Wednesday (18 Feb)-Lunar New Year Eve


Ash Wednesday (18 Feb)


6.30am / 10.00am & 4.00pm.
Fasting can be decided by individual to be on the day itself or fast another day.


Lunar New Year (19 Feb)


6.45am/ 8.00am(M) & 10.00am


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

Pastoral Attachment

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


Exco Meeting

Mon 26 Jan. Attendance is compulsory.


Ash Wednesday (18 Feb)

In view of the Lunar New Year Eve which falls on the same day, Masses will be celebrated at 6.30am / 10.00am & 4.00pm in the Main Church. As conferred by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, Fasting can be decided by individual to be on the day itself or fast another day.


Power Point Presenter

Power Point Presenter for Daily 6pm Mass. If you are interested, call Barbara@9758 0258. Training will be provided.


Catechists for Pr. Session

If you love children and want to use your talents God has given you to help young learn our faith, volunteer your service. Call Barbara at 9758 0258 or email: catechist ht@yahoo.com.sg