Reflections of the Day
BIBLE REFLECTIONS -FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B
Here I am! (Genesis 22:1)

Abraham must have felt trapped. He had already givn up so much to follow the Lord, and God had blessed him richly. So logic would tell him that he would be blessed if he obeyed the Lord this time. But this was the hardest thing God could possibly ask of him: to kill his son with a knife and burn his corpse in ritual sacrifice. Could God really want that? But Abraham had already told God, "Here I am!"(Genesis 22:1). He had committed himself, and there was no backing out.

Try to imagine that three-day journey to the place of sacrifice. The silence, th awkward answers to Isaacís questions, the agonizing over what he was about to do. How many times did Abraham almost turn around and head back home? But somehow, Abraham trusted that God would still fulfill his promises. So when he arrived at the place, Abraham told his servants, "We will?come back to you"(Genesis 22:4). Even then he trusted that both he and Isaac would return.

Notice, when the agnels intervenes, Abraham again repeats the only thing he had said to God so far: "Here I am" (Genesis 22:11). These words must have sounded much different now, three harrowing days later, as he was on the verge of doing the untinkable to his son. Imagine the fear, the exhaustion, even the anger, in his voice. Yet even now, as his grip on his faith was fragile at best, he held on and trusted.

We all have times when God seems to be asking the impossible of us: to accept a terminal illness or permanent disability; to resolve a bitter, long-standing conflict; to give up on a treasured dream. Abrahamís response, "Here I am," may feel like the hardest thing to say. But this story tells us that God still lves us and is still offering us his grace.

So it it feels lie youíre barely hanging onto your faith, remember Abraham. Remember that God is still with you. And even if the unthinkable occurs, repeat what Abraham said to God: "Here I am" (Genesis 22:1, 11).



Meditations, 18 February 2018 ~ The Word Among Us


We Pray
"Here I am, Father. I turst that you will never abandon me."


Parish News
 Lenten Almsgiving Project 2018

The season of Lent, a liturgical meaningful season for all faithful Catholics begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2018. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving" and other acts of charity. This Lent, let us practice almsgiving in our Lenten Almsgiving Project.

About:
We will be handing out "mini grocery bags" containing basic essential food items to single-room flats in Tampines on Saturday, 17 March from 8.00 am to 11.00 am.

How Can I Give:
You can donate the following food items for the bag:
- Maggie Instant Noodle
- Milo (400 gm pack)
- Fine Sugar (1 kg pack)
- Hup Seng Cream Crackers (225 gram pack)
- Ayam Brand Sardines (155 gm)
- Condensed Milk (380 gm)

Items may be deposited at the area outside the Secretariat. We look forward to your participation and wish you a blessed and holy Lent.

 


 Faith Formation - The Wild Goose

"The Fruits of the Holy Spirit"
21 February 2018, 8.00 pm in the Parish Hall.
All are welcome!

 


 Faith Formation - Back to Basics

Second Saturday of the month.
The next session, "The Sacrament of Baptism" is on 10 February 2018.
7.30 pm in the Parish Hall.
The session is facilitated by Fr Peter Tan. All are welcome!

 


 Family Movie Night

Saturday, 24 February 2018
7.30 pm, Parish Hall
Movie Title: Conversation with God
A true-life drama about the most spiritual experience a person can have. Highly recommended to anyone who's open to a moving message of compassion, spirituality and trust in your inner voice. All are welcome.

 


 Canteen - Adelphi's Corner

The Charismatic Group will be serving breakfast this weekend.

 


 Mothers Prayers

Mothers Prayers was formed to help those mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed. The prayer session is held every Thursday, 10.30 am in the Meeting Room, Mezzanine Floor.

 


 Sacrament of Confirmation

22 October 2017, which was also World Mission Sunday, 70 of our youths in our Level 9 catechism class received the Sacrament of Confirmation. His Grace Archbishop William Goh celebrated the mass and the youths were challenged by the bishop to be witnesses for Christ.


Confirmation Mass photos can be viewed and downloaded from here

 


 Catechetical Sessions

Catechetical sessions for all levels will resume on the weekend of 27 and 28 January 2018.
Please refer to the name lists on the notice board at Level 1.
For enquiries, please contact the Catechists at:
Primary level ?97580258
Confirmation level - htc.con.cath@gmail.com

 


 Pianists Wanted

Trinity Choir (Sunday 9.30 am) cordially invites committed parishioners who know how to play the piano to serve at Mass. Those interested, please contact Joel 8223 3156 or Carisia 9688 8563.

 


 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 - 14 February 2018

6.30 am 6.00 pm 8.00 pm (In the Main Church)


Chinese New Year Mass Time

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Chinese New Year Eve - Thursday, 15 February 2018


6.30 am 5.30 pm


Chinese New Year 1st Day - Friday, 16 February 2018


6.45 am 8.00 am (Mandarin) 9.30 am (Stations of the Cross at 9.00 am)


Chinese New Year 2nd Day - Saturday, 17 February 2018


9.00 am 5.00 pm (Novena) 6.00 pm


Usual Mass Schedule


Weekday


6.30 am & 6.00 pm (Public Holiday - 9.00 am only)


Saturday


6.30 am 5.00 pm (Novena) 6.00 pm (Sunset Mass)


Sunday


6.45 am, 8.00 am (Mandarin), 9.45 am, 11.30 am and 5.30 pm


Confessions


Confessions is available 20 minutes before Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday



Announcements

Removal of Rental Bicycles

Those who ride rental bicycles to Church, kindly take the responsibility of returning them to the designated public bicycle-parking area. Please do not leave them within the Church premises. Your cooperation is appreciated.


PowerPoint Presenters Needed

[Weekday & Weekend Masses] If you are interested in volunteering and is conversant with PowerPoint, please leave your contact number with the Secretariat.


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.