6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16/17 FEB 2019 • VOL. 07

27th World Day of the Sick • 11 February

This year the World Day of the Sick was held in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. Kolkata is associated with St. Teresa of Calcutta, who came in 1929 and founded her own Missionaries of Charity order in 1950 for the poor and the abandoned.

Pope Francis says that those who care for the sick and give of themselves with generosity and straightforward love, like St. Teresa of Calcutta, are amongst the Church’s most credible evangelizers.

Love Deeply

Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply. You might be afraid of the pain that deep love can cause. When those you love deeply reject you, leave you or die, your heart will be broken. But that should not hold you back from loving deeply. The pain that comes from deep love makes your love even more fruitful. It is like a plough that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root and grow into a strong plant. Every time you experience the pain of rejection, absence, or death, you are faced with a choice. You can become bitter and decide not to love again, or you can stand straight in your pain and let the soil on which you stand become richer and more able to give life to new seeds.

– 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

“Jesus, fill my heart with your vision of life. Teach me to be content with riches or poverty, with good times and bad. Lord, give me only your love!”

16/17 February 2019 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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27th World Day of the Sick • 11 February

In his message for the World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis focused on Jesus’s words to the Apostles: “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8). He urged believers to promote a culture of generosity, noting that the joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian.

Just as life is a gift from God, he said, it cannot be reduced to a personal possession or private property. “Caring for the sick requires professionalism, tenderness, straightforward and simple gestures freely given, like a caress that makes others feel loved”. ‘Gift’, he explained differs from gift-giving because it entails the free gift of self and the desire to build a relationship. “Gift is a reflection of God’s love, which culminates in the Incarnation of the Son and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit”, he said.

Let us all follow the footsteps of St. Teresa of Calcutta, the great patron saint of the sick, to give from a generous heart and to learn the joy of selfless service to others.

Infant Baptism • 10 February

Congratulations to all the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, 10 February. May the blessing of our Lord be upon the parents and godparents in nurturing their child in the light of faith.

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Feast of The Chair of St Peter, Apostle • 22 February

The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant authority of the whole Church. Jesus told Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” On this feast day, when we celebrate Peter’s role as leader of the Church, remember that Peter was able to take on this role because Jesus had helped him grow into the person he became. Remember this and believe that he can do the same for us too.

“Lord, I want to be your disciple. Keep on teaching and forming me so that I can be the saint this world needs.”

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