Reflections of the Day
The Risen Lord is with us always to the end of time
Jesus' departure and ascension into heaven was both an end and a beginning for his disciples. While it was the end of Jesus' physical presence with his beloved disciples, it marked the beginning of Jesus' presence with them in a new way. Jesus promised that he would be with them always to the end of time (Matthew 28:20). Now as the glorified and risen Lord and Savior, ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, Jesus promised to send them the Holy Spirit who would anoint them with power from on high on the Feast of Pentecost, just as Jesus was anointed for his ministry at the River Jordan (Luke 3:21-22, 4:1,18). When the Lord Jesus departed physically from the apostles, they were not left in sorrow or grief. Instead, they were filled with joy and with great anticipation for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Risen Lord empowers us to carry on his work
Why did the Risen Lord ascend into heaven? The Father raised the glorified body of his Son and enthroned him in glory at his right hand in heaven. The Lord Jesus in his glorified body now reigns as Lord over the heavens and the earth - over all that he has created. The Risen Lord reigns from the throne in heaven as our Merciful Redeemer and Gracious King. He intercedes for us and he empowers us through the outpouring of his Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus gives us new life in his Spirit and he strengthens us in faith, hope and love so we can serve him and carry on his work as citizens of his kingdom here on earth.

You will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth
Jesus' last words to his disciples point to the key mission and task he has entrusted to his followers on earth - to be his witnesses and ambassadors to the ends of the earth so that all peoples, tribes, and nations may hear the good news that Jesus Christ has come to set us free from sin, Satan, and death and has won for us a kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness that will last forever.

How can we be effective witnesses for Christ? Jesus told his disciples, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you - and you shall be my witnesses... to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Jesus gives his followers the same power he received when the Holy Spirit came upon him and anointed him at the beginning of his mission (John 1:32-33). The Gospel is the power of God, the power to release people from their burden of sin, guilt, and oppression, and the power to heal, restore, and make us whole. Do you believe in the power of the Gospel to change and transform your life?

We are ambassadors for Jesus Christ
Paul the Apostle reminds us that we are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Just as ambassadors are appointed to represent their country and to speak on behalf of their nation's ruler, we, too are appointed by the Lord Jesus to speak on his behalf and to bring others into a close and personal encounter with the Lord and Ruler of heaven and earth. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. All believers have been given a share in this task - to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. Today we witness a new Pentecost as the Lord pours out his Holy Spirit upon his people to renew and strengthen the body of Christ and to equip it for effective ministry and mission world-wide. Do you witness to others the joy of the Gospel and the hope of the resurrection?


copyright (c) 2017 Servants of the Word, source: www.dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager


We Pray:
ôLord Jesus, through the gift of your Holy Spirit, you fill us with an indomitable spirit of praise and joy which no earthly trial can subdue. Fill me with your resurrection joy and help me to live a life of praise and thanksgiving for your glory. May I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel and the reality of your great victory over sin and death.?
Parish News
 RCIA (Chinese)

RCIA (Chinese) will commence a new journey on Monday 19 June 2017 at 7.45 pm. Register at the Parish office. For details, contact Ida at 9006 2037 or email: chuascho@yahoo.com

 


 RCIA (English)

RCIA (English) will begin a new journey on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at 7.45pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in this upcoming journey. Registration forms for Inquirers and Volunteers are available in the parish office and RCIA notice board. Call Gregory @ 8444 5505 or email rciaht@gmail.com for details.

 


 PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017

PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm @ Parish Hall. PRE is organising a Day of Recollection for all who have attended the 4 days PRE programme. A refresher to why we want to continue living the Catholic faith. Sign up early to secure a place at the PRE Know Your Ministry booth between 7.30am to 1.00 pm on Feast Day, 11 June, 2nd Level, Room 12.

 


 Lift Upgrading

As the lift is currently undergoing upgrading, only one elevator will be in operation during the process. We urge abled body parishioners to use the stairway and leave the elevator to people with mobility inconveinence. Your cooperation is appreciated.

 


 Catechism Sessions

Semester 1 will end on the weekend of 27 & 28 May. Sessions will resume on the weekend of 1 & 2 July 2017.

 


 Who's cooking this week

Holy Family Rosary Devotion Group serving fried noodles, kueh kueh, keropok 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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Ascension of the Lord, Solemnity Mass Schedule


Wednesday 24 May 2017


Sunset Mass at 8.00 pm (Main Church) Note: no evening Mass at 6.00 pm


Thursday 25 May 2017 - Day of Obligation Mass


Mass at 6.30 am, 6.00 pm & 8.00 pm (Main Church)


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Weekday


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Saturday


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


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Blessings of Anniversary Couples

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Blessings of Expectant Mothers

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