Reflections of the Day
"Who are you? And in whose name do you speak?
Do you know the favor of the Lord? Every 50 years the people of Israel were commanded to celebrate a Year of Jubilee - a year of favor by the Lord (Leviticus 25:10-12). God did not want his people to forget all the blessings and favors he had shown them over the years. Isaiah prophesied in a year of Jubilee that God would send his anointed one to bring his people back from their time of exile (Isaiah 61). The anointed one would bring good news (the same word as "gospel") - news of freedom for those who were oppressed by sin, darkness, despair, and brokenness (Isaiah 61:1-2).

When John the Baptist announced the imminent coming of God's anointed one, the Messiah, the religious leaders questioned his authority to speak so boldly in God's name. They asked him bluntly, "Who are you?" and "What do you say about yourself?" They wanted to know if he was really sent by God. Did he claim to be the Messiah or one of the great prophets who was expected to return and announce the Messiah's arrival (see Malachi 4:5, Deuteronomy 18:15)? John had no doubt and no mistaken identity about his call and mission. In all humility and sincerity he said he was only a voice bidding people to get ready for the arrival of the greatest Ruler of all, God's anointed King and Messiah.

John the Baptist bridges the Old and New Testaments. He is the last of the Old Testament prophets who points the way to the Messiah. He is the first of the New Testament witnesses and martyrs. He is the herald who prepares the way for Jesus and who announces his mission to the people: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! (John 1:29). John saw from a distance what the Messiah would come to accomplish - our redemption from slavery to sin and our adoption as sons and daughters of God, our heavenly Father. Do you recognize who you are in Christ? The Lord Jesus has come to restore us to friendship with God and he has made us citizens of heaven - his everlasting kingdom of peace and justice.

John was the greatest of the prophets, yet he lived as a humble and faithful servant of God. He pointed others to Jesus, the true Messiah and Savior of the world. The Christian church from the earliest of times has given John many titles which signify his mission: Witness of the Lord, Trumpet of Heaven, Herald of Christ, Voice of the Word, Precursor of Truth, Friend of the Bridegroom, Crown of the Prophets, Forerunner of the Redeemer, Preparer of Salvation, Light of the Martyrs, and Servant of the Word. Do you point others to Jesus Christ by the example and witness of your life?


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, make me a herald of your word of truth and grace. Help me to be a faithful witness of the joy of the gospel and to point others to you as John did through his testimony."


Parish News
 CHARIS

Response for the annual Humanitarian Aid which kick off on 25/26 Oct has been significantly lower than last few years. Which means distribution of aids to the needy next year will be affected. Please do remember to pick up an appeal envelope and GIVE. Make this season of giving a meaningful one.

 


 Boys Town Flag Day 2015

Volunteers will be raising funds in our Parish this weekend for their Flag Day. Please give them your support.

 


 Penitential Service

Penitential Service will be scheduled on Tuesday 16 December 2014 at 10.30am & 8.00pm in the Main Church.

 


 Silver Jubilee Events Calendar

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

 


 Feast Day Celebrations

More Feast Day Celebrations photos

Feast Day Photo Gallery

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

Holy Family Shrine will be serving their fried beehoon, curry puff, nasi lemak, 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

Penitential Service


Tuesday 16 December 2014


10.30am & 8.00pm in the Main Church.


Christmas Day Masses


Wednesday 24 Dec- Nativity of the Lord


7.30 pm Children's Mass 12.00 Midnight (Vigil Mass)


Thursday 25 Dec- Christmas Day (Day of Obligation)


8.00am (Mandarin) 9.30am/11.15am and 6.00pm (English)


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

Power Point Presenter

Power Point Presenter for Sunday 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


CHARIS

CHARIS is making its annual appeal for Humanitarian Aid Fund to support overseas humanitarian work. Appeal envelopes are available in the parish. You may also send crossed cheque payable to ?umanitarian Aid Fund?with your name and contact no. to CHARIS, #07-02, Catholics Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954. For further information, please call 6337 4119 or info@charis-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.