29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

20/21 OCT 2018 • VOL. 42

World Mission Day • 21 October 2018

World Mission Day is a day set aside by the Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement.

Catholic missionaries recognise that working for social justice is a constitutive part of preaching the Gospel. Therefore, Catholic missionary work involves itself in helping the poor and all those who are marginalised in society. Did you know that all donations this weekend (20 & 21 Oct) from worldwide Masses’ collections go entirely to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor?

In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day, he quotes the words of St. John Paul II “Mission revitalizes faith”. Take the chance to renew your faith by volunteering with a Catholic missionary organisation.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

The Mission of the Church

There are more people on this planet outside the Church than inside it. Millions have been baptised, millions have not. Millions participate in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but millions do not.

The Church as the body of Christ, as Christ living in the world, has a larger task than to support, nurture, and guide its own members. It is also called to be a witness for the love of God made visible in Jesus. Before his death Jesus prayed for his followers, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18). Part of the essence of being the Church is being a living witness for Christ in the world.

– Henri Nouwen

Infant Baptism

Congratulations!

to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism this month.

Our Story

“Upon this rock, I shall build my Church”

A journey back in time to see how far we’ve come from our humble beginning.

Reflections

Father, give me a servant’s heart.

20/21 October 2018 • 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Buzz

Our Teens Confirmation Journey

L9 Attachment • Lector Ministry

This week we interviewed Alfonso Yuji Abeleda Cortez who was attached to the Lector Ministry.

Why did you choose the Lector Ministry?

I had actually been exploring the idea of being a Lector for a while, after a few people encouraged me to join, saying that I have a good speaking voice. Furthermore, I have had prior experience of reading in mass as well as speaking in public in general.

How did your attachment influence your faith?

The Lectors Ministry has made me appreciate the Word of God much more, as it has become much more relatable to my own experiences in daily life.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt from this journey?

Through the attainment of a greater appreciation for the Holy Scriptures, I have come to view reading the Word, as proclaiming the message of God to His people. I consider that as a great honour that I’m blessed to have been given.

Would you like to continue serving in a ministry?

I would definitely continue serving in the ministries I am in, for as long as I’m physically able to. Being in a ministry is very important because it gives you a community that you can grow in faith together. After completing my catechism classes, it is also good to maintain a strong connection to my parish so that I do not just become another Sunday Catholic, but one who serves and worships wholeheartedly.

Infant Baptism – 14 October 2018

Congratulations to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism last weekend!

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