22th Jan 2017
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Today we begin with one of the “servant songs” from the book of Isaiah, a song prophetic of Jesus’ ministry of service. Isaiah’s mission is not only to bring back the children of Jacob to gather in Israel; it is also to be “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). Jesus Christ, as servant, will be the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy and the basis of the new. This Sunday we begin a series of readings from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Here Paul is identified by his mission: he is an apostle of Jesus Christ. The church at Corinth to whom he addresses this letter is also identified: it is part of the universal church of God. The Corinthians are called to holiness, as are all Christians. Though the feast of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated last Monday, today’s Gospel also alludes to the importance of that event. The reading emphasizes that Jesus “outranks” John: his baptism in the Spirit will eradicate sin. Jesus accepts John’s baptism, even though it is he himself who is the Lamb of God.
Fri 3rd Feb 2017
8.00pm @ Main Church
*6:15pm evening Mass will be as usual
P.A.R.I.S.H Holy Hour is a one-hour prayer and reflection service. It is an opportunity for the community to come together to pray, to worship, and to adore the Lord in the Eucharist. This service is held on the first Friday of each month.
Everyone is welcome!
St. Philip Neri - I Prefer Heaven
Fri 17 Feb - Part 1
Fri 24 Feb - Part 2
8pm @ the Auditorium (Level 4)
* Simple meals and drinks will be available for sale from 7pm at the canteen. Kindly note: no food and drinks allowed in the auditorium.
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. He studied philosophy and theology until he thought his studies were interfering with his prayer life. He then stopped his studies, threw away his books, and lived as a kind of hermit. Philip was very serious about prayer, spending hours in prayer. He was so easily carried away that he refused to preach in public and could not celebrate Mass with others around. But he when asked how to pray his answer was, "Be humble and obedient and the Holy Spirit will teach you."
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey to know the Catholic Faith, conducted for all non-Christians and baptised Christians. This programme is suitable for anyone who is searching for God, who is trying to understand the meaning of life, or wanting to know more about the Catholic faith.
Commencing on 2 Feb 2017:
- Every Thursday 7:45pm to 9:45pm in the Church Auditorium (Level 4)
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