15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

15/16 JUL 2017 • VOL. 29

Forgiving in the Name of God

We are all wounded people. Who wounds us? Often those whom we love and those who love us. When we feel rejected, abandoned, abused,

manipulated or violated, it is mostly by people very close to us: our parents, our friends, our spouses, our lovers, our children, our neighbours, our teachers, our pastors. Those who love us wound us too. That’s the tragedy of our lives. This is what makes forgiveness from the heart so difficult. It is precisely our hearts

that are wounded. We cry out: “You, who I expected to be there for me, you have abandoned me. How can I ever forgive you for that?”

Forgiveness often seems impossible, but nothing is impossible for God. The God who lives within us will give us the grace to go beyond our wounded selves and say: “In the

Name of God you are forgiven.” Let’s pray for that grace.

Infant Baptism

Congratulations!

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

Our Story

A journey back in time to see how far we’ve come from our humble beginning.

Reflections

“Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness. Help your word to bear fruit in my life today.”

15 Jul  2017 • 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Commissioning of Lectors

By proclaiming God’s Word and leading Prayers of the Faithful, Lectors play a vital role in every Eucharistic celebration. On 9 July, in conjunction with Bible Sunday, 30 lectors were commissioned by Fr Johnson.

My Lector Journey

“What began as a bargain with God became a commitment I have grown to treasure. My 7 years of faith journey in the Lector Ministry was initially filled with apprehension. Gradually I figured that if God wants me here, I just have to trust Him to provide… which He did.

This ministry holds a special place in my heart. This is where I learn what God wants to teach me personally, as well as a church community through our weekly inspiring Breaking of the Word sharing. And while we are different in many ways as ministry members, we are the same when we turn our focus on the awesome God we serve.

The commissioning ceremony allows us, the lector family, to stand before God and the church community we serve, to acknowledge the importance of God’s written word, to renew our desire and commitment to be instruments of God’s love, mercy, and grace to everyone” – Joana Yeo, lector

Home Rosary Retreat

The Home Rosary Ministry spent a wonderful day with Sister Mel from the Cenacle Sisters during their retreat on 26 June. The day of reflection was spiritually enriching for Ministry members as Sister Mel helped them understand the importance of the Beatitudes.

Infant Baptism – 9 July

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

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