16 Dec 2018
3rd Sunday of Advent
Today has traditionally been called “Gaudete Sunday.” The Latin tag is derived from Paul’s appeal in the second reading to “rejoice always in the Lord,” and the Latin Mass text based on that reading. The irony and paradox of this Christian joy is underlined by the fact that Paul wrote those words in prison. But from there he could see the progress of God’s work. Is it obvious to us? We feel that this is not the time for joy when there is so much suffering and moral evil. It is interesting, then, that the first reading is from the prophet Zephaniah, who is almost exclusively concerned with gloomy visions of Judgment Day. Today the Church selects the only optimistic text in Zephaniah, in which the prophet has been touched by the spirit of joy. This, we are assured on all sides, is “the season of joy.” Let us recapture that feeling of joy in our lives and reflect it to those who are joyless.
Next Infant Baptism will be held on:
- Sun 6 Jan, 12.45pm
- Application closes on Sun 23 Dec
- Sun 30 Dec, 1.30pm in room #02-01
- Registration begins at 1.15pm
- Compulsory for 1st time parents and godparents
Liturgy of the Word for Children
We welcome children who are between 5 to 8 years old to come together for the Gospel Readings which will be explained in their level of comprehension & understanding.
- Date: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
- Time: 9.30am Mass
- Venue: Parish Hall (former Chapel)
Children will be seated with their families at the Main Church. Upon invitation by the Priest, the children will leave their seats to join the Catechist, who will lead them to the Parish Hall (former Chapel) for the Breaking of the Word.
The children will be guided and return to the Main Church to join their families after the preaching of the Homily.
Archbishop's December Prayer Intentions:
That Religious, Parents, Catechists who are transmitting the faith will present the Good news in relevant and engaging ways.
Advent Reflection Booklet
The Office for the New Evangelisation has produced a booklet of reflections for the season of Advent to Christmas in English, Mandarin and Tamil.
- The Advent theme is "Watching & Active Waiting in Communion" and Christmas theme is "Celebrating in Communion".
- Booklets will be available next weekend, 1/2 Dec
Please take a copy of the booklet for your household.
It will also be made available online at: http://bit.ly/one-advent-2018
Weddings in the Catholic Church
As of this announcement, dating couples intending to enter into marriage in the Catholic Church will be required to book the date of the Church wedding one-year in advance.
The booking will confirm upon the couple signing the acknowledgement of the necessary requirements that the priest will explain to them.
Advent Penance Service
Penitential Service for the parish will be held on Tue 18 Dec, 8pm.
* 6pm Mass as usual
Services at other North District churches:
- Fri 14 Dec: Our Lady Star of the Sea
- Mon 17 Dec, 10.30am & 8.00pm: Risen Christ
- Wed 19 Dec, 10.30am & 8.00pm: Christ the King
- Thu 20 Dec: St. Anthony
- Fri 21 Dec: St. Joseph (Bukit Timah)
Please be punctual and do stay for the whole duration of the service as there will be a final blessing for all penitents.