7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

18/19 FEBRUARY 2017 • VOL. 08

Living the Moment to the Fullest

Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict.

Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else.

Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

– Henri Nouwen

Dedication of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

– 1 John 4:16

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The newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd held a Dedication Mass on 14 February, the 120th anniversary of the 1897 Consecration. A 2-week celebration, with daily programmes at the Mother Church is planned. Please refer to page 3 for more information on the coming Dedication Mass for the East District.

Peter Augustine (left) from DeCleanse Ministry and Lector Ministry represented CDM at the Dedication Mass.

Reflections

Jesus, I rejoice in the mystery of your plan. Thank you, Lord, for offering me a share in your glory!

12 February 2017 • 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Infant Baptism

Congratulations!

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

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St Valentine’s Day

Honouring Marriage as Life-long Romantic Love

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Valentine’s day which was celebrated last Tuesday is a popular day for those who are romantically minded. St Valentine’s Day is based on a legendary saint who was believed to have been a priest living in the third century in Rome. It is said that St Valentine was martyred for performing secret weddings against the decree of the Emperor. Christ, our Bridegroom, invites us to join Him in an everlasting covenant, an eternal love union reflected in the love of every dedicated married couple.

Couples need to be committed to deepening their love and understanding of their Sacrament. One way to do this is through developing a habit of ‘Couple Prayer’. If it is hard to make time for personal prayer, it is even harder to make time for Couple Prayer, but give it a try. Start simple, perhaps with the Lord’s Prayer a few times a week. Then gradually increase it. The Sacrament of Marriage is a good example of being a ‘light’ in the world. In order to be a strong light, marriage needs to be nurtured and Couple Prayer is a powerful way to do that.

A Little Prayer for our RCIA Catechumens

Our catechumens and candidates began their RCIA journey in July 2016 and are presently assessing their readiness to participate in the Rite of Election (ROE). The ROE will be held on 5 March at the Church of the Nativity of the B.V.M. Let us, as a parish community, pray that they encounter God as they prepare their hearts to receive the Rites of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist) this Easter.

Infant Baptism Congrats!

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Congratulations to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism on 12 February 2017. Photographs are available HERE.

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