Fourth Sunday of Easter

21/22 APR 2018 • VOL. 16

Gaudete et Exsultate! Rejoice and be Glad!

In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis’ reminds us to keep our “lamps lit” as a response to Christ’s invitation to be saints.

The path of holiness is a source of peace and joy, given to us by the Spirit. At the same time, it demands that we keep ‘our lamps lit’ (Lk 12:35) and be attentive. ‘Abstain from every form of evil’ (1 Thess 5:22). ‘Keep awake’ (Mt 24:42; Mk 13:35). ‘Let us not fall asleep’ (1 Thess 5:6).

Those who think they commit no grievous sins against God can fail to realise that their spiritual life has gradually turned lukewarm. They end up weakened and corrupted. Everything appears acceptable: deception, slander, egotism and other subtle forms of self-centredness, for ‘even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor 11:14).

“The Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives,” writes the Pope.

All the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the. Every person has a unique vocation to whom they’re called on by Him and “For those faithful to His word, by their self-giving, gain true happiness.”

Read more about the Pope’s Gaudete et Exsultate here

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en.html

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

Lord, fill me with your love. Inspire me to do good deeds for others.

21/22 Apr 2018 • Fourth Sunday of Easter

Parish Buzz

55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations • 22 April

Pope Francis refers to three aspects of a vocation – … listen, discern and live …

  1. Pray from the heart for the young men and women in our parish and diocese who are called to be brothers, sisters, and priests
  2. Encourage fellow parishioners to pray similarly
  3. Pray the Rosary for Vocations

Altar Servers Commissioning • 22 April, 11.30am Mass

This Sunday, 10 Altar Servers will be commissioned, bringing the ministry strength to 69! Here are some sharing from two altar servers.

Having been in the Ministry for the past three years, Bon explained how much joining the Altar Servers impacted him. “If I wasn’t in the ministry, I wouldn’t have been able to understand what happens during mass. It gave me a deeper understanding on why certain things are done in a certain way.” Bon (right), who is now in charge of training, enjoys the “sense of brotherhood” and feels privileged to be able to pass his experience on to others.

There are new recruits like Andray are ready to join the “family” after undergoing six months of training, “I feel like God was calling me to serve him every time I attended mass because I always had a desire to be on the altar to serve”, said Andray (left), who really enjoyed serving at his first mass on Maundy Thursday.

For more information about the Altar Server Ministry, please email altarservers@divinemercy.sg.

Welcome to CDM!

On 12 April, CDM hosted 13 members of the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle to a tour of our church. The tour was led by Fr Johnson. The members were impressed and amazed at the details for each sacrament and the meaning of the Divine Mercy. They also learnt about the different types of feasts and reasons behind each one.

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