20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

17/18 AUGUST 2019 • VOL. 33

Saint Rose of Lima – 23 August

The first canonized saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation—excessive practice of mortification.

She was born to parents of Spanish descent in Lima, Peru, at a time when South America was in its first century of evangelization. She seems to have taken Catherine of Siena as a model, in spite of the objections and ridicule of parents and friends.

– Continued on Parish Buzz below.

We Are Seen by God’s Loving Eyes

The greatest spiritual battle begins—and never ends—with the reclaiming of our chosenness. Long before any human being saw us, we are seen by God’s loving eyes. Long before anyone heard us cry or laugh, we are heard by our God who is all ears for us. Long before any person spoke to us in this world, we are spoken to by the voice of eternal love. – Henri 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

“Jeremiah “‘ought to be put to death,’ the princes said to the king; ‘he demoralizes the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking such things to them.’” – Jeremiah 38:4

17/18 Aug 2019 • 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Buzz

Saint Rose of Lima • 23 August

The saints have so great a love of God that what seems bizarre to us, and is indeed sometimes imprudent, is simply a logical carrying out of a conviction that anything that might endanger a loving relationship with God must be rooted out. So, because her beauty was so often admired, Rose used to rub her face with pepper to produce disfiguring blotches. Later, she wore a thick circlet of silver on her head, studded on the inside, like a crown of thorns.

If we remember some unusual penances, we should also remember the greatest thing about Rose: a love of God so ardent that it withstood ridicule from violent temptation and lengthy periods of sickness. It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament. But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences. We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history. Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere?

CDM Addition & Alteration Works Progress

The Main Sanctuary is at final stage of the work, currently clearing the scaffolding which is expected to be completed by 18 August. General cleaning and touch-up works will take place early around thereafter. The Main Sanctuary will be opened to the public on 7 September as scheduled.

The next phase of works at the Foyer area, Parish Hall as well as an additional lift is scheduled to start soon.

Please note that Mass for the remaining 3 weekends of August (17 & 18 Aug, 24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep) will be at our Parish Chapel. Please refer to page 3 for more details.

Confirmation Level 9 Ministry Attachment

The Ministry Attachment from 5 August to 29 September 2019 is an important part in our Level 9 teens’ faith formation as they journey closer towards Confirmation.

The Ministry Attachment aims to allow our teens to better understand the role each ministry plays in building our Parish Community. It also aims to allow the teens to use their gifts and talents that God has blessed them with to serve the Parish community. Through their attachment, they will hopefully be inspired to continue serving God and others through these ministries after their Confirmation. This year we have 89 teens participating in the Ministry Attachment. The 10 ministries involved are the Arts & Environment, Audio Visual, Catechetical, Children’s Liturgy, Choirs, De Cleanse, Hospitality, Lectors, Photography and Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we feature our teens’ experience in their ministry attachment.

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