Reflections of the Day
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 23 September 2018
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men. (Mark 9:31)

What a remarkable statement! As he begins his journey to Jersusalem, Jesus tells his disciples - and us - that he will be handed over. He will become passive, powerless in our hands. He will leave it up to us to decide what to do with him. It's just as the prophet Isaiah had said, "Like a lamb led to slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers, he did not open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7).

This is a strong contrast to everything we have seen Jesus do so far. From the moment he burst onto the scene, Jesus was at the center of attention - healing people, contending with opponents, calming storms, and multiplying bread. He always took the lead. He always spoke with authority. He was the one shaping the story. But at the cross, where it matters the most? Jesus remained quiet, humble, and vulnerable.

The truth is, this is what Jesus intended all along. He came as God's gift to us. A gift doesnít tell the recipient how to use it. He left it up to us to decide how we were going to receive him. We didn't have to reject him as many of his people did. We didn't have to deny him as Peter did. We didn't have to kill him as the Romans did. We could have embraced him and accepted his message of salvation. But we didn't.

And still God handed him over. He didn't take back his gift.

Even today, God continues to hand Jesus to us. At every Mass, on every altar, in every Communion line, Jesus is placed in our hands as Godís gift of salvation. None of us are worthy to receive him. None of us accept him as fully as we should. But that doesn't stop him. He still gives himself to sinful men and women. He still offers his salvation to us. Let's return his gesture and hand ourselves over to him.



Meditations 23 September 2018 - Word Among Us


We Pray
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. Please keep speaking your words to me so that I may be healed.



Parish News
 Infant Baptism

No Infant Baptism in October. The next Infant Baptism is on18 November, 3.00 pm in the Chapel. The preparatory session for parents and godparents is on 11 November, 3 pm in Room 19. For more details, please contact the parish office.

 


 Catechetical Session Break

Catechism sessions will be closed for the examination break as follows:
Primary Level - 29 Sept to 28 Oct
Confirmation Level - 7 Oct only

 


 Organist/Pianist Wanted

Seraphim Choir is seeking for an organist/pianist to play at the Sunday, 9.45 am Mass and practice session on Friday evenings. If you feel called to serve, please contact Maria 97705519 or Joanna 93272215.

 


 Faith Formation - Back to Basics

Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
8.00 pm - 9.30 pm
The next session is 14 October 2018

 


 Grow Our Faith

Every Wednesday, 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm in the Parish Hall.
The next session is on 26 September 2018
Topic: Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles - Session 10 The Belly of the Beast


 


 Rosary Prayer at the Columbarium

Every 1st Saturday of the month. The next session is on 6 October 2018 after the morning Mass (7.00 am) in the columbarium. Do come pray for our departed brothers and sisters.

 


 Canteen - Adelphi's Corner

Please stay for fellowship after Mass on Sunday and enjoy breakfast. Coffee and tea on the Church.

 


 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 Room 16, Level 2.

 


 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

 


 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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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Day of Obligation


Tuesday, 14 August


8.00 pm [No 6.00 pm Mass]


Wednesday, 15 August


6.30 am; 6.00 pm; 8.00 pm


All Masses in the main Church


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, 2.00 pm (Tagalog - First Sunday Only) and 5.30 pm


Confessions


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



Announcements

Evacuation Exercise

We thank all for their cooperation and participation in the evacuation exercise last weekend (19 & 20 May).


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.


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.