16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

20/21 JULY 2019 • VOL. 29

Martha, Martha, Jesus said, You worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed. – Luke 10:41

Do we have our priorities in order? Do we worry too much? Sometimes, we let the business of our lives distract us from spending more time with Jesus. It’s significant to note, though, that Jesus gently admonished Martha for being “worried and upset,” and not for her enthusiasm to serve. Service is a good thing, but sitting at Jesus’ feet is best. We must remember what is most important.

Good works should flow from a Christ-centered heart. When we give Jesus the attention he deserves, he empowers us to serve others. Have I devoted my time to God, and reflected God’s love in our deeds?

Re-creating God’s Presence

All Christian action—whether it is visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, or working for a more just and peaceful society—is a manifestation of the human solidarity revealed to us in the house of God. It is not an anxious human effort to create a better world. It is a confident expression of the truth that in Christ, death, evil, and destruction have been overcome. It is not a fearful attempt to restore a broken order. It is a joyful assertion that in Christ all order has already been restored. It is not a nervous effort to bring divided people together, but a celebration of an already established unity. This action is not activism. An activist wants to heal, restore, redeem, and re-create, but those acting within the house of God point through their action to the healing, restoring, redeeming, and re-creating presence 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

“Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, the Church.” – Colossians 1:24

20/21 Jul 2019 • 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Feast of St Mary Magdalene • 22 July

St. Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that someday I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene on 22 July, the patron Saint of women, converts and repentant sinners. Her name comes from the town of Magdala in Galilee, where she was born. Scripture introduces her as a woman “who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Lk. 8:2).

We ask for St. Mary Magdalene of repentance and humility to intercede for us with Christ, whose resurrection she was the first to witness. During this feast, let us reflect deeper on the dignity of women, the new evangelization, and forgiveness for those who have wronged us, and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy.

RCIA Opening Day

Last Saturday, we had our first session with our new Inquirers journeying with the RCIA this year. We began with a welcome by Timothy Tan followed by a brief introduction speech by Fr. Damian and Fr. RV. Our sponsors, a good mix of new and mostly from the team that carried on from the last journey were very excited as we got over the administrations and logistics in preparations for the day. With a longer than usual tea break, we spent a good bit of time getting to know the new Inquirers.

Albert Yee on his eighth journey as a RCIA sponsor: “My role as a sponsor in the RCIA ministry has been my most enriching experience. Since 2013, I have journeyed with seven intakes of catechumens. This current intake, which commenced last week will be my eighth. The RCIA has given me the opportunity to rekindle my faith from year to year and in very positive way. Praise God!!”

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