Second Sunday of Advent

7/8 DEC 2019 • VOL. 49

Second Sunday of Advent: Peace

In our second week of advent, as we light the candle of Peace, we are reminded that peace is something that all of us seek.

Inner peace and our peace with others. Inner peace begins with a relationship and trust with God. Lean towards Him and draw from his patience and wisdom as we take each step. Choosing to trust God will take us down the road to inner peace. Peace with others begins as we understand that God has called us to be peacemakers in our world. We can help bring peace to our world one heart at a time. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:7

Being A Safe Place For Others

All the great saints in history about whom I have read have been people who were so passionately in love with God that they were completely free to love other people in a deep, affective way, without any strings attached. True charity is gratuitous love, a love that gives gratuitously and receives gratuitously. It is following the first commandment that asks us to give everything we have to God and that makes the second commandment truly possible.

We are touching here on the source of much of the suffering in our contemporary society. We have such a need for love that we often expect from our fellow human beings something that only God can give, and then we quickly end up being angry, resentful, lustful, and sometimes even violent. As soon as the first commandment is no longer truly the first, our society moves to the edge of self-destruction.

-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

“Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness to your promises! Thank you for making me a part of your family.”

8 Dec 2019 • Second Sunday of Advent

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. It refers to Virgin Mary being conceived by her mother, St. Anne without any stains of original sin. Mary was preserved by God from the original sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come to a human being through baptism after birth.

The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and is celebrated worldwide.

A Warm Welcome To Our Youth Coordinator!

We welcome Jane Lee who has recently joined us as our new youth coordinator. She shares with us her journey onto this path and how she would like to continue to grow the relationship between our youth and our Church.

Get in touch with Jane at youthofcdm@gmail.com to find out more about the programmes for youth or if you want to get involved!

Jane (second from left) with her daughters.

“I have always felt for the youth of our parish, who are the future of our church and have constantly kept them in my prayers. In January 2018, I felt the call of Our Lord asking me to walk in this direction. I did not respond immediately until this year when our parish advertised for a Youth Coordinator that I finally decided to respond. My first priorities would be to meet with the youth and understand their concerns and how as a church, we can support them in their spiritual walk and challenges they face. With the grace of God, we will be able to establish trust and thus build this relationship. As long as they are willing to open their hearts, the church is a place they can call home.”

Laudato Si’ DIY Christmas Gifts

Laudato Si’ call on us to love and protect our Common Home. A number of our parishioners came together last Saturday in support of this and spend their full day in fellowship while making their own reusable bags.

Unwanted fabrics, old curtains, bed sheets were collected and brought that day to be repurposed and made into these reusable bags known as the “Morsbags” (https://morsbags.com/). Each of these Morsbags has a potential to eliminate 100s of plastic bags over its lifetime as they can be used in replacement of plastic carriers, gifts carriers and even as gifts this Christmas for our love ones and friends. To see more of our parishioners’ creation, go to https://www.facebook.com/laudatosicdm.morsbags.5

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