Conversion - Following The Call Of Christ
Marriage Preparation Weekend At San Damiano Spirituality Centre | Fri 29 Mar, 7pm to Sun 31 Mar, 5pm
SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO
#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions
Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM
Short On Graciousness As Christians At SMOTA?
More recently after every weekend Mass the sacristans have started informing me of the ‘damages’ to our Church. Unfortunately it’s a long list - from missing hymn books and novena books, to torn hymn books and broken air con switches at the children’s chapel. Last week, someone had stuffed huge pebbles into one of the toilet bowls in the women’s toilet at the Piazza causing it to choke. My immediate reaction was “Why?”
And someone else lit a candle near Our Lady’s Shrine, which nearly caused a ‘bush fire’.
With so many people coming to our church atop a hill every weekend (not to mention the wake rooms and the columbarium visitors), we can expect some kind of wear and tear to the property. But deliberate destruction and removing of Church property cannot be tolerated.
Who are these people who do not seem to care if other people also use these public spaces and property?
The more immediate concern I have of course is the safety of our parishioners. Burning candles have certain risks, hence we have asked our Church cleaners to be extra vigilant especially with the shrines where candles are lit. But another social behaviour that is a cause for concern is the blatant misuse of the children’s chapel.
Those chapels (or cry rooms) are really meant for parents to be with their crying and fidgety children during Mass. The understanding has always been that once the children stop crying, the parents would bring them back to the main church – worshipping as a family is an important aspect of worship. And the notices outside these chapels clearly say the premises are meant for parents with children below the age of two.
This is not the case anymore. The children’s chapels have become a place for adults to occupy as well if they cannot find seats in the main pews. And the children inside may not even be crying or making a ruckus – but families have decided to “occupy” the place nevertheless. The conclusion we are forced to draw from this is that these adults prefer to exercise their anti-social and anti-Christian behaviour by occupying the chapels. Therefore parents, who genuinely need the space because their children are restless and distracting others, are deprived of them. Often these parents have to leave the church altogether because they have no room in the children’s chapel.
The wardens tell me that many parents simply allow their children to run around playing during Mass, distracting others. The children are therefore not being brought up to respect neither their siblings and parents nor the other worshippers in the Church. They miss out on learning how to behave within the Church when Mass is on. They don’t learn not to eat, sleep and talk when Mass is on. A golden opportunity is lost.
This selfish attitude of some of our parents must cease. I believe that persuasion is better than draconian measures. Adults who are abusing the children’s chapel have an opportunity to exercise their faith by being gracious to others. Parents of young children (and not so young, I am told), also have the opportunity to exercise their faith genuinely by making the attempt to educate their children to respect our common worship space.
Someone once described our church as ‘Grand Central Station’. She was referring to the number of people that come and go, and that includes the late comers and the early leavers. While I am very pleased that many people are coming to celebrate the Mass here, I earnestly pray that our parishioners will take the option of being gracious Christians. For we need good Christians, not just ritual observers.
The Archbishop will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for 117 youths and 21 adults on Sunday 17 Feb during the 1pm Mass.
Let us rejoice and pray with them.
Indonesian Mass @ SMOTA on Sun 17 Feb will be moved to St Bernadette Church Parish Hall, 3pm. Please contact Reiner @ 9818 5853 for further info.
Please bring the palm leaves from last year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.
These will be burnt and the ashes will be used on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019.
At St Mary’s we are blessed to have two children’s chapels. As the name states, it is a place for parents with infant-in-arms, to still be able to participate at Mass and yet calm a fidgety, fussy child.
However, we have found that the space is being misused and abused as a place for feeding and even going as far as turning it into a playground for toddlers.
We seek the help and co-operation of parents, to use this sacred space to help children to appreciate and participate in the prayer of the community.
Some helpful tips:
- Encourage your child to sing along to the hymns at Mass (even if it is just the chorus)
- Explain what is taking place
- Encourage your child to repeat the responses after you
In this way, the child not only learns to actively participate at Mass, but also learn what it means to be a “Community” no matter what age one may be!
|St Peter’s Chair;||22 February, Friday|
|St Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr;||23 February, Saturday|
SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO
… a place to relax and unwind, a place to be refreshed, renewed and restored….
Do you need someone to talk to? Are you eager to meet new friends? Do you want
to learn something new?
Come and join us at Gubbio, Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.00am to 12noon.
Light refreshment will be served.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
“all of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another.”
~ Romans 12:5
The Parish is in urgent need of an Assistant Property Officer.
Applicant must have a strong Electrical Systems background and experience.
It is a 6-day work week with alternate Sundays off plus a weekly weekday off.
Preference will be given to Singaporeans, PRs or Dependent Pass Holders.
Those interested can contact the Parish Office at email@example.com
1. Flag Day 2019
Volunteers/staff/beneficiaries from Boys’ Town will be in the parish during the weekend of 23/24 Feb to raise funds for Boys’ Town’s programmes, services and maintenance of its facilities.
Help make a difference in the lives of the children and youth at Boys’ Town. For more information, please call 6690 5420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your generosity and support.
2. Foster Parents Recruitment
There are children out there who lack a safe home environment, committed caregivers, proper nutrition or adequate financial support. As of 2018, over 500 of these children from disadvantaged backgrounds have been placed with loving foster families.
If you have a safe and loving home, and are willing to open your hearts to these children, then please contact Boys’ Town. By fostering a child, you are transforming the life of a young one. To find out more about Boys’ Town Fostering Services, please contact 9113 7612.
On 16/17 Feb weekend, there will be a second collection for the GIFT (Giving in Faith & Thankfulness) campaign to build a more vibrant, evangelistic and missionary Church. GIRO forms, cheques or cash can be sealed into GIFT envelopes and dropped into the collection bags that will go around. Spare GIFT envelopes are available in the church pews, and at the parish office. Please give generously for the vision of the archdiocese. More info is available at gift.catholicfoundation.sg
Calling all diploma and ITE students, or those who will be entering, to SHINE 2019! Let us come together to encounter and abide in the Lord this March holiday!
|Theme:|| “The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
– John 4:14
|Date:||19-22 March 2019 (Tue-Fri)|
|Venue:||Office for Young People, 2 Lor Low Koon, Singapore (536449)|
Explore the stories of 6 great biblical figures with Bishop Barron, following their examples to grow closer to Christ.
|Date:||21, 28 Feb 2019|
|7, 14, 28 Mar 2019|
|4, 11, 25 Apr 2019|
|Venue:||St Clare Hall, SMOTA|
|Cost per person:||$20.00|
|Contact:||Evelyn Ling, email: email@example.com|
Specially designed for couples planning to get married at SMOTA, this marriage preparation programme promises to be a journey of discovery. The programme incorporates videos and is supplemented by the lived experience of married mentor couples.
The content takes the timeless wisdom of theology and the most recent insights from psychology to give you and your fiancé the tools you need to understand what marriage is and set you up for a loving and fulfilling relationship that lasts a lifetime with Christ very much at the centre of the marriage.
Please go to https://tinyurl.com/mpwsmota for more information and registration.
|Stay-in programme dates:||Fri 29 March, 7pm to Sun 31 March, 5pm|
|Follow-up Session:||Sat 6 April, 9am to 1pm|
The Sunday 11am Mass choir is recruiting singers, conductors and musicians who can sing and/or play any musical instrument. Those who are keen please approach the choir directly after the 11am Mass or email Ethan Hsu at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The Knights of the Altar (KOTA) of St Mary of the Angels cordially invites boys who have received Holy Communion to join us as Servers at the Altar and in the world.
Applications can be obtained from, and deposited at our parish office.
Training will be provided to prepare you to serve both at the Lord’s table, and as a child of God in the family, school and world.
We hope you (and your parents) will take up this invitation to “Know, Love and Serve Christ” through this ministry of service.
Music has a beautiful way of making God’s words remain in our hearts. It can also help us to ponder it as Mary did (e.g. Luke 2:19)
Cherubim Choir is recruiting!
If you are interested or unsure if this is the right ministry for you, please feel free to visit us after the Sat 6.30pm Mass or contact Chris Pereira on 8256 2958.
We are looking for parishioners who can volunteer to help in the operations of Gubbio in the following areas: Cashiers, cooks, bakers, servers.
If interested, kindly send an email to Hazel: email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity.
Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your personal copy of Breaking Bread 2019 is available for sale at Canticle. Please do not take the copies in the church pews. Your fellow parishioners thank you for your consideration.
Canticle needs your paper bags!
Please donate usd paper bags in good condition to Canticle Books+Gifts. The Earth thanks you!
Word Among Us for Lent is in store at Canticle. Your Feb/March issue is also available. Get your copy while stocks last.
As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.
Prayers are offered:
Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.
The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.
Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 10.30pm to 12.30pm.
Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to email@example.com
“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226
The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.
In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?
Make Catechesis a priority!
For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!
The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!
We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van
We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.
Sunday 11am Choir
The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.
|Ministry||Help Needed||Contact Person and Details|
Agatha Cheong (email@example.com)
Rose Noronha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun 11am Choir
Canticle Books + Gifts
Anna Murphy (email@example.com)
Manning the frontdesk
|Flower Arrangement Ministry||Arranging Flowers||SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233|