FEATURES

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(You can also download the pdf and submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

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.

 

Confirmation Mass, Sun 17 Feb 2019, 1pm 

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 - Change Of Venue 

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.

 

Palm Leaves

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.

 

Children's Chapels

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!

 

Feast And Memorial This Week 

 

Feast  
St Peter’s Chair;   22 February, Friday
 
Memorial
St Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr;   23 February, Saturday 

 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO 

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

Sanctuary at Gubbio

 

Urgent Vacancy For Assistant Property Officer

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 parish@stmary.sg

 

Boys’ Town Flag Day, 23-24 Feb 2019

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 info@boystown.org.sg. 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.

 

GIFT Collection

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

 

Youth - SHINE Combined Tertiary Camp 2019

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) 
Cost:   $50 

For registration & details: http://oyp.org.sg/shine2019/ or OYP website at www.oyp.org.sg 

Shine combined tertiary retreat 2019 

 

Conversion - Following The Call Of Christ - 21 Feb to 25 Apr 2019

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 
Time:    9.45am 
Venue:    St Clare Hall, SMOTA 
Register at:    http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx 
Cost per person:    $20.00 
Contact:    Evelyn Ling, email: wise12angels@gmail.com 

Conversion Following The Call Of Christ Resized

 

Marriage Preparation Weekend At San Damiano Spirituality Centre, 29-31 Mar 2019

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 

 

Sunday 11am Choir Recruitment 

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 tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com to register your interest.

 

Recruitment For Altar Servers

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.

 

Cherubim Choir Recruitment - Sat 6.30pm Mass 

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.

 

Gubbio Needs You

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: hazel@stmary.sg. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Canticle Books+Gifts 

Breaking Bread 2019

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.

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Canticle needs your paper bags!

Please donate usd paper bags in good condition to Canticle Books+Gifts. The Earth thanks you!

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Word Among Us Lent 2019

Word Among Us for Lent is in store at Canticle. Your Feb/March issue is also available. Get your copy while stocks last.

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

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:

  1. For those seeking vocational direction to be a Franciscan novice, and those desiring a closer relationship with God and with the Church to be enlightened by Christ’s light and truth.
  2. For those burdened with financial difficulties and in want of jobs to be blessed with full time employment soon to resolve their problems.
  3. For those in depression and drowning their sorrows through habitual drinking that they may turn to Jesus for healing and transformation.
  4. For the blessing of all families and parents and the hope that they will uphold spiritual and moral values of their young children.
  5. For all our Confirmands to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in righteousness and be open to God’s call.
  6. For those who have left the Church, may they find reconciliation and hope, and not lose faith in Jesus. Lord, keep them under your protection.
  7. For our suffering sick, those in hospices, hospitals and homes, may they know that God is close to them and may they receive healing and peace.

 

Thanksgiving Received 

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.

  1. Thank You Lord, for our catechists who guide and help our children in their faith journey.
  2. Thank You Jesus for all our priests and church ministries, and for St. Clare prayer group who tirelessly prayed with us and for us, feeling our pain and suffering.
  3. Thank You Lord for being merciful to all of us, despite our failings, you never failed to accept us over and over again.

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

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 portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“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!

 

SMOTA App 

For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!

Link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA

 

We NEED HELP! 

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!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

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    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (canticle@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Flower Arrangement Ministry    Arranging Flowers    SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

Fr Esmond Chua OFM  Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Ordination to the Diaconal Ministry – 3 Feb, 7.00 PM

Friar Aiden Peter will be ordained as deacon next Sunday, 3 February at the 7 PM Mass by the Archbishop of Singapore, William Goh.
Friar Aiden will serve as a deacon in our parish.

 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Tuesday, 5 February (1st Day of the CNY)

8.00am (Mandarin) and 10.00am (English) with blessing of oranges

7.00pm (English) – Fourth week in Ordinary Time (St Agatha)

Note:

1) There will be no 6.55am and 12.15pm Masses on that day.
2) Masses on Monday 4 Feb remain the same (6.55am, 12.15pm, 7.00pm)

Wednesday, 6 February

Masses at usual times - 6.55 am, 12.15 pm and 7.00 pm

 

Weekday

  •   6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  •   7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.30pm

Sunday

  •   7.30am (Mandarin)
  •   9.00am
  • 11.00am
  •   1.00pm
  •   5.00pm
  •   7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 8.00pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

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