16 & 17 February 2019
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26
When we think of the word “Beatitude” we think of today’s discourse from Luke’s Gospel, or the more familiar one from Matthew (which begins “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ”). Actually, beatitudes occur throughout the prophets and Gospels. Today in Jeremiah (with an echo in the psalm) we hear, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:7). Following his resurrection in John’s Gospel, Christ proclaims, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29). The evangelists placed these sayings throughout the Gospels as short reminders about the characteristics that one will find in a follower of Christ, characteristics that will help spread the Good News in this life and lead to eternal blessings in the next. In Latin, the saints are called the Beati, the “Blessed,” for they are the ones who lived the “blessed” life as described by Jesus throughout the Gospels. How blest are we, when we also strive to make our own days a living beatitude!
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CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS
PRAYER FOR THE PARISH
Loving God, you gather us as your people and have formed us into a community of faith, hope and love; a priestly, prophetic and kingly people. Humbly we ask you, make our parish truly a communion of communities.
Help us to turn away from sin and believe the Gospel, so that we may be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, and to be more like Him day by day.
Guide our parish leaders with your wisdom and love. Inspire all our parishioners to offer our time, talents and treasures as stewards of the Gospel, for the growth of your Kingdom.
May the Holy Spirit enlighten and invigorate us to actively participate in the mission you entrusted to us, so that we may be a worshipping, witnessing, evangelizing and serving community.
May the spirit of collaboration and co-responsibility bring us into a fuller and fruitful communion with you and with one another. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
NOTES ON PARISH T-SHIRT
The purpose of the print design is to publicize the parish vision which is "to be a communion of communities with intentional disciples, centred on Jesus Christ, commissioned to evangelize and to serve". The cross used is adapted from a Celtic Cross, and the symbolism has its meaning in:
- The outer circle is the faithful community of Holy Cross;
- The four quadrants represent where we anchor our vision – Jesus at the Head, moulding us as Disciples in our service & work of evangelisation.
- The Trinity knot at the 4 arms of the cross represent the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit working within our midst with an inner circle that emphasizes the endless love of God’s for us.
- The knot works around the centre represent how the spirit continues to work within the community to energise and inspire us towards the realization of our vision.
(IN AID OF CENACLE SISTERS BUILDING FUND)
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
In commemoration of the Church 40th anniversary, we are organizing “Golf 4 Fun’d 2019” at Orchid Country Club and is appealing for sponsorships as well as your participation in this charitable project.
The various categories of sponsorships are:
Information about the event, please click here.
For enquiry, please visit the booth at the church entrance before or after Mass.
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