Third Sunday of Advent

16/17 DEC 2017 • VOL. 51

The Third Sunday of Advent: Peace

We focus on Joy for the third week of Advent. Two purple candles and a rose (pink) candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath.

Why does the priest wear rose vestments and light the rose candle this Sunday? The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, the Latin word ‘Gaudete’ means ‘Rejoice’, and rose is the colour of joy. We celebrate, this Sunday, joy and gladness in the promised Redemption through the Lord’s coming.

“Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near.” – Philippians 4:4-5

The Joy of Being Like Others

At first sight, joy seems to be connected with being different. When you receive a compliment or win an award, you experience the joy of not being the same as others. You are faster, smarter, more beautiful, and it is that difference that brings you joy. But such joy is very temporary. True joy is hidden where we are the same as other people: fragile and mortal. It is the joy of belonging to the human race. It is the joy of being with others as a friend, a companion, a fellow traveler.

This is the joy of Jesus, who is Emmanuel: God-with-us.

– Fr Henri Nouwen

Infant Baptism


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.


“Lord, help me to stay close to you.”

16/17 Dec 2017 • Third Sunday of Advent

Parish Buzz

Christmas Decorations in CDM

Our ceiling has been decorated with Doves! Getting this done was no easy task! It took us about 50 hours to make the 2 nets by hand and 12 hours to assemble the doves on the net as well as raise them up. There are about 250-300 doves in total and more than 30 volunteers from the new Art & Environment Ministry were involved.

The dove has long been viewed as a symbol of peace and the concept of peace is definitely relevant to Christmas. Jesus was born into the world to bring peace between God and mankind. Consider the words of the angels to the shepherds on the day of Christ’s birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”

A big thank you to all the creative minds and helping hands who helped with the Christmas decorations in the church. This includes making and putting up the doves, setting up the crib as well as placing the wreaths.

Behind the scenes footage on how the doves were raised can be found at

Advent Family Retreat • 4 – 8 December 2017

The Advent Family Retreat conducted by Fr Augustine and the Potta Team was a fun and deeply spiritual experience. Photos are available at

“Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary; Pure and Holy, tried and true.”

Infant Baptism • 10 December 2017

Congratulations to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism this month. Please visit our website for photos at

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