3rd Sunday of Lent

23/24 MAR 2019 • VOL. 12

Scrutinies

Did you know that on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays in Lent, our RCIA elect and candidates go through a special rite called scrutinies. The Scrutinies expose the profound love of God and the desire for God to bring all people to full freedom and salvation.

During this time, mass readings are taken from Year A instead of Year C.

Scrutinies

Lent reminds us of the spiritual richness of our faith and the selfless love of Christ. However, with this heightened awareness of spirituality and abstinence, Lent can be daunting for first-time and even existing Catholics. These are 3 tips to survive Lent and make it a meaningful one:

  1. Attend Mass. At Mass, you unite with Christ in the Eucharist and grow closer to Him. Going to Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation is a must — going more often is even better.
  2. Pray Daily. St Teresa of Avila once said, “For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.” Strive to maintain your friendship with God through daily prayer.
  3. Offer Things Up. Christ loved us so much that he suffered on the cross for us – his sacrifice is a hopeful reminder that our suffering is not worthless. When a difficulty presents itself, offer it to Jesus in union with his suffering.

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

“Leave it another year, while I hoe around it and manure it; then perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down.” (Luke 13:8-9)

23/24 Mar 2019 • 3rd Sunday of Lent

Parish Buzz

Divine Mercy Apostolate ‘Pilgrimage’ to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On 16 March, our parish’s Divine Mercy Apostolate visited the Church of the Nativity of the BVM to meditate on the Stations in their outdoor stations. 26 members joined in the visit.

“God’s perfect love came to my mind and reminded me that He looks beyond my failures and unworthiness, into the small, yet good intentions of my heart.” – Zachary Quek (middle in the photo below)

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Almsgiving Project

”It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Almsgiving – As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God”. It is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us and a realisation that in the Body of Christ, it is never just “me and God.”

On 16 March, SSVP, together with 30 Level 8 & 9 youths, families & friends gathered together for their annual Lenten Almsgiving at Blk 476A, Pasir Ris Dr 6. A bag of household supplies and a bag of groceries were given to about 150 homes. Many smiles were exchanged as the residents gratefully received the bags. The participants also took the opportunity to chat and interact with the families living there. The project was spiritually enriching for all the participants.

SSVP would like to thank all parishioners especially the youth who volunteered their time, as well as the generous donations! Thank you!

For more information on lent & easter at our parish and online copies of the Lenten booklet (available in English, Mandarin and Tamil), please click HERE.

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