2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

19/20 JAN 2019 • VOL. 03

The RCIA Journey

The RCIA catechumens continue their journey to the Rite of Election and Baptism. though they may have had their worries, they were strengthened by the oil of the catechumen.

“You are the light of the world. Your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven” – Matt 5:14-16

Light in the Darkness

As we leave the comfort of the Christmastide season and enter into Ordinary Times, some hearts may be gripped by fear and anxiety. Fear is powerful. Fear can even paralyse us.

We are in constant fear of…

  • Losing our health
  • Not having enough money
  • Failing at a job or an exam
  • Not being accepted

So, when we are consumed by these thoughts, how can we overcome our fears? We trust in the light. God knows we’re fearful beings. For this reason, whenever He comes to us, He always says,

“Fear not.”

And these words are repeated nearly 200 times in Scripture. They’re meant to inspire confidence, trust—but above all, faith. Faith is the true antidote to fear. We’ve nothing to fear because God is by our side. We need to make it a point to pray the Lord’s words so often the negativity no longer has a place in our heads.

In the Parish Buzz, we featured 8 verses to remind us that God will take away our fears.

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

The wine ran out, and Jesus’ mother told Him, ‘They have no more wine.’ – John 2:3

19/20 January 2019 • 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Buzz

The RCIA Journey (cont.)

Our catechumens, who’ve been with us for more than six months, are well on their way to the Rite of Election and Baptism at this year’s Easter vigil mass.

They have been through various topics during catechesis; exposed to the Catholic church’s missionary work; and the various ministries that make up the operation of the Church.

As part of the ongoing RCIA journey, two weeks ago they were given a special blessing to heighten their awareness of the graciousness and abundance of God’s loving presence.

Last Saturday, all our catechumens were anointed with the oil of catechumenate to strengthen and increase their confidence in their relationship with God, so they can move forward in their journey of faith.

To date we have 43 candidates and catechumens. The team would like to take this opportunity to ask our community to keep them in your prayers as they continue on in their journey.

Infant Baptism • 13 January

Congratulations to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday 13 January. May the blessing of our Lord be upon the parents and godparents in nurturing their child in the light of faith.

More photos can be found at : www.divinemercy.sg/IB_gallery

Light in the Darkness (cont.)

8 verses to help during anxiety and fear

  1. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
  2. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed … I will strengthen you and help you” Isaiah 41:10
  3. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  4. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
  5. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22
  6. “Humble yourselves … he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
  7. “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
  8. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid!” Isaiah 35:4

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