28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

12/13 OCT 2019 • VOL. 41

First Holy Communion

“Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy.”

– St Faustina’s Diary, 1059

Last weekend our parish celebrated First Holy Communion for our Level 3 Catechism children. We welcome 120 children to the Eucharistic table!

Fr RV introduced the children to the theology of Love by inviting them up to the altar to show them the theology of love in ‘concrete’ terms. “Everything started with God-the-Father’s Love wanting to reach us. Jesus-the-Son is the greatest expression of that Love who came to save us by offering His life. Then, He left us the sacred meal-the Eucharist, for us to continuously remember, partake, and share the life-giving Love of God. For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)”. For more photos, visit divinemercy.sg/FHC2019

God’s First Love

Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce and reveal that God is love and only love, and that every time fear, isolation, or despair begin to invade the human soul this is not something that comes from God. This sounds very simple and maybe even trite, but very few people know that they are loved without any conditions or limits.

This unconditional and unlimited love is what the evangelist John calls God’s first love. “Let us love,” he says, “because God loved us first” (1 John 4:19). The love that often leaves us doubtful, frustrated, angry, and resentful is the second love, that is to say, the affirmation, affection, sympathy, encouragement, and support we receive from our parents, teachers, spouses, and friends. We all know how limited, broken, and very fragile that love is. Behind the many expressions of this second love there is always the chance of rejection, withdrawal, punishment, blackmail, violence, and even hatred. . . .

The radical good news is that the second love is only a broken reflection of the first love and that the first love is offered to us by a God in whom there are no shadows. Jesus’ heart is the incarnation of the shadow-free first love of God.

– 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

“Please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the Lord.” – 2 Kings 5:17

13 Oct 2019 • 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Buzz

Feast of St Francis of Assisi Celebrations (Blessing of Pets)

Along with celebrations of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi last Friday, parishioners were invited to bring their pets for special prayers and blessings. For more photos, visit divinemercy.sg/BOP2019

Retreat on Daily Living for Ministry Heads & Catechists

Over 4 weekends from 6 Sept to 5 Oct, ministry heads and catechists attended a retreat led by the Cenacle Sisters. The retreat aimed to help ministry members find God in their daily lives through daily prayer, reflection and journaling. Retreatants also had a spiritual director to provide guidance and faith awareness.

“This retreat was a great experience. I especially liked the one-on-one session with the spiritual director.” – Benedict Lek, Retreat Participant & Eucharistic Minister.

18 October • Feast of St Luke Evangelist

St. Luke, the inspired author of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles, was a native of Antioch in Syria and a physician, and one of the early converts from paganism. Let us ask St. Luke’s intercession in development stewardship of our talents, so that we may also follow his example in spreading the Good News every day of our life.

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