24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16/17 SEPT 2017 • VOL. 38

Catholic Education Sunday

Last weekend, the Church celebrated Catholic Education Sunday. A total of 18 parishes had the pleasure of welcoming school students in joining the congregation during Mass, and CDM welcomed students from Hai Sing Catholic School and St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School during the Sunday 11:30am Mass. We pray that Catholic schools in Singapore will continue to nurture and guide their students to become men and women of integrity and love in God’s name.

The Risk of Loving

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

– Henri J.M. 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

“Thank you, Jesus, for showering me with your love. Lord, help me to be more merciful.”

17 Sept 2017 • 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Buzz

RCIA Rite of Acceptance – CDM Welcomes Catechumens

Last Saturday, 37 inquirers were received into the order of catechumens at the Rite of Acceptance. Assembling publicly for the first time, candidates who have completed the period of the pre-catechumenate declared their intention to the Church and the Church in turn, carrying out its apostolic mission accepts them as persons who intend to become its members. God showers his grace on the candidates, since the celebration manifests their desire publicly and marks their reception and first consecration by the Church. (RCIA 41)

Audrey Chua, a catechumen says: “I started this journey as doubting Thomas. Over the past two months, I have learnt to embrace God’s love and begin to recognise His divine intercession at various junctures of my life. I hope to be able to re-centre myself in life and find that elusive goal that is beyond society’s definition of success. I also hope to understand the Word of God and trust His will to continue to direct and guide me in my ways.”

Catechumens will now embark on a new phase in their RCIA journey, where they will participate in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, listen to the readings and the homily, and be dismissed for the Breaking of the Word after the homily to reflect on the word of God. Let us continue to keep our Catechumens in our prayers.

Infant Baptism • 10 September

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

Please visit our website for photos at http:// divinemercy.sg/ main/services/ infant-baptism

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