24 Feb 2019
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
DO NO HARM
We listen quite a while before we get to the “punch line” of the first reading today: even though it would be an easy thing to do, David will not harm the anointed one of the Lord. We, of course, know that Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one of God, but the Bible uses this term for many different people. It is scripture’s way of indicating who has been chosen by God for a special place and mission in salvation history. In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents a greatly enlarged list of those who, as children of God, we should not harm, but love instead: our enemies, those who curse us or do us harm, those who owe us money, the ungrateful, the wicked. The point of Jesus’ teaching is not to encourage these kinds of behaviors in others, but rather to form us in the image of our heavenly Father by increasing our opportunities to love unconditionally, expecting no return; to be merciful and forgiving, even when it would be easier not to.
Parish Faith Formation
Next Infant Baptism
Next Infant Baptism will be held on:
- Sun 3 Mar 2019, 12.45pm
- Application closes on Sun 17 Feb 2019
- Sun 24 Feb 2019, 1.30pm in room #02-01
- Registration begins at 1.15pm
- Compulsory for 1st time parents and godparents
Let us come together as a community to pray and adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Fri 1 Mar 2019, 8.00pm in the main church.
* 6pm evening Mass as usual *
- Celebrant: Fr. Paul
Holy Hour is held on the first Friday of each month. All are welcome!
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. It is a day of fasting and abstinence.
There will be imposition of ashes at all Masses:
- 6 Mar 6.15am, 6.00pm, 7.30pm
Stations of the Cross
Will be held every Friday in Lent at 7.30pm followed by Mass at 8.00pm.
*NO 6pm Mass.
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.
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.