Lent Stations of the Cross 

Stations of the Cross during the season of Lent

Fridays in Lent          – English after 6.55 AM (in church) and 7 PM Mass (at the Piazza)
Thursdays in Lent     – Tamil, 7.30 PM (Piazza)
Wednesdays in Lent – Malayalam, 7.30pm (Piazza)

 

Way of the Cross Booklet

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Set 5

Set 6

 

Carrying Each Other's Crosses 

Carrying Each Other's Cross

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

This season of Lent, let us share hope. Some of our brothers and sisters struggle in many different ways. Make a sacrifice and simultaneously touch the lives of more than 70 families including vulnerable children. This can happen with your participation in the parish outreach initiatives conducted by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), the Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCCs) who provide Milk and Diapers, and the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Fund (TTSHCF) which supports patients in need of post-acute care.

 

All you need to do is give whatever you have saved from your Lenten Sacrifice throughout these 40 days of Lent. Boxes can be found around the Church for you to drop off your Lenten Sacrifice.

 

Here is a list of what is needed by the organisations and what was spent by the various initiatives:

SSVDP: SGD10,000 / monthly
NCC Milk and Diaper Programme: SGD3,000 / monthly
TTSHCF:

     S$ 
From Lenten Sacrifice 2018                                  29,110.15 
   Amount assisted   
   S$   
Hearing aids   1,235.00   
Commode, hospital beds, transfer Boards, 
hospital bed table 
 4,570.55   
Interim dialysis   6,295.85   
Tobii eye gaze device   3,728.00   
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve stimulator   166.92   
Blood Pressure monitor   74.90   
Dressing consumables   357.16   
PET Scan   1,125.00   
Misc - compressor stockings, stoma bags, vein balm   2,371.69   
     19,925.07 
Fund balance as at 31 Jan 2019     9,185.08 

 

Let us together walk in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in need this Lent.

“For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Cor 8:12.

2019 SMOTA Lenten Project TTSH 

 

Table of St Joseph, Tue 19 Mar 2019, after Mass 

6.55am, 12.15pm, 7pm

Potluck at Piazza after Mass

 

SMOTA invites everyone coming for Masses on 19 March (Tuesday) to join in the St Joseph’s Table in Honour of the Solemnity of St Joseph, the Husband of Mary.
Bring a friend along and a dish to share after every Mass (6.55am, 12.15nn and 7.00pm) at the Piazza on 19 March (Tuesday).

 

What Is St Joseph’s Table About?

It is an age old Italian tradition held in Sicily many centuries ago when there was a famine in the region. The villagers prayed to St Joseph, foster father of the Infant Jesus, and asked his intercession before the throne of God. Their prayers were answered. With the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast of thanksgiving was held in commemoration of the Saint.

 

Today, we celebrate this feast to give thanks for the times God has been generous in His love and mercy, especially the blessing of Salvation through His own Son Jesus.
Let us during our Lenten observance, share a meal with one another and build up the body of Christ.

Table of St Joseph

 

Lent And Easter Services 2019 

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Rite of Election 

30 Catechumens and 9 Candidates have gone through the Rite of Election on Sat 9 March, 10am - 12.30pm at the Church of the Holy Cross. Let us hold them in our prayers.

Poster RCIA All In One

 

Ministry Of Consolation Lent Prayer Session, Wednesday nights during Lent 

MoC Lent Prayer sessions will be held at the Statue of St Francis inside the Columbarium, weekly on Wednesday nights at 8pm (6 sessions) during the period of Lent.
All are welcome to join us in prayer and reflection.
For any clarifications, please contact Ignatius @ 9126 5661.

 

Secondary 3 Catechetical Retreat, 21-24 March 2019 

Please pray for our Secondary 3 youths who will be participating in their catechetical retreat focusing on our baptismal call to serve others from 21 to 24 March 2019 here in the parish. There will also be no catechism for all levels during those days.

 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO - Pay It Forward, Share A Meal 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO

Pay it Forward, Share a Meal

One of the 3 pillars of LENT is GIVING.
This holy season of Lent, let us share our blessings with our less fortunate.
Buy a meal for yourself and buy a token at $5.00 for another person who can use the token to exchange it for a full meal at Gubbio.

 

Tokens can be bought at the cashier at Gubbio and dropped in a glass bowl for others to use.

 

Thank you for your kind and generous act.

SanctuaryGubbio Pay it Forward

  

Archdiocese Lenten Booklet 2019 

Parishioners are encouraged to download the digital copy of the 2019 Lenten booklet:

http://bit.ly/one-lent-2019

 

For more resources on Lent and the Catholic Faith, access the Formed.org website with the SMOTA Parish Code: 2DPGTN

 

Launch Of Charities Week Lenten Campaign 

The season of Lent is the time when the Church conducts its annual Archdiocesan fundraising campaign – Charities Week 2019. Your donations will provide much needed funding for the Caritas Singapore family to serve diverse and marginalised groups including low-income families, youths-at-risk, the incarcerated, people with physical disabilities, and also people with mental health problems.

 

Please pick up an appeal envelope and give generously. It will enable our Catholic charities to further their cause and do more to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in need.
All donations are eligible for 250% tax deduction.

 

GIFT Collection 

The weekend of 16/17 March, being the third weekend of the month, there will be a second collection to receive your monthly pledges and contributions for the GIFT campaign to support the organisations and projects of the archdiocese. Every Catholic is encouraged to sign up for a pledge to help with continued support for the numerous archdiocesan organisations needed for the mission of the church. More info is available at gift.catholicfoundation.sg.

 

Portiuncula Young Adults Ministry Talks, 17 Mar - 7 Apr 2019 

Fr. Esmond will be sharing on the significance of the Holy Triduum in the coming Sundays during Lent for all young adults (aged 18 yrs to 35 yrs)
Venue: Room 13 (Assisi room) starting this Sunday: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

17 March:   Holy Thursday 
24 March:   Good Friday 
31 March:   Triduum Activities Planning 
7 April:   Easter Vigil 

 

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 

 

Portiuncula Young Adults Ministry’s Lenten Social Outreach, Fri 22 Mar 2019 

Friday 22 March, 7pm

Inviting all young adults to join us for a visit to St Joseph Home, 36 Jurong West St 24. We will accompany the elderly residents for Stations of the Cross. Please rsvp to Vera (9366 6049 Whatsapp) by 20 March Wednesday.

 

Journeying With Our Sick And Elderly - An Interactive Encounter, 24 Mar 2019 

An Interactive Encounter...

With Sr Geraldine Tan from St Joseph’s home on how to journey and accompany our sick and elderly in a creative way.

Date:   24 March 2019 (Sunday) 
Time:   3pm - 5pm 
Venue:   Gubbio 

Please register with the Parish Office: Tel 6567 3866
Maximum: 50 participants

 

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 

 

Come Away Retreat – An Individual Guided Retreat, 26-28 Apr 2019 

26-28 Apr | San Damiano Spirituality Centre | Fee: $200 + Love offering

COME AWAY and spend some time with the Lord, to KNOW Him more intimately, to LOVE Him more tenderly and to SERVE more passionately.
If you are in need of some silence and looking for an opportunity to pray, this is for you. A time for those with a desire to deepen their relationship with God (18 years and above). 
Please register at enquiries@sandamino.sg

 

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.

 

#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 in financial difficulties and in urgent need of employment to find suitable jobs soon.
  2. For those battling mental/emotional disorders to find comfort, peace and hope in God’s healing presence.
  3. For married women praying to have children to conceive and have healthy babies.
  4. For caregivers, especially those who have been caring for their aged parents for many years and are exhausted and depressed to be refreshed with God’s strength, love and joy.
  5. For those having issues and conflicts in their workplaces to seek ways to overcome their problems with God’s grace.
  6. For all children suffering from serious illnesses, for those needing dialysis and other medical treatments to be healed and restored to health
  7. For those whose hearts are full of anger, resentment and hatred, we plead for God’s mercy and healing.

 

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. Dear St Clare, thank you for your intercession. My daughter was successful in her interview for a job here in Singapore. Thank You for the blessing, Almighty Father.
  2. Thank You, Lord for always keeping my family and me safe, especially my son who is residing in the US.
  3. Thank You Lord for our health and for continuously watching over us. Thank You that my daughter has obtained a place in Singapore Polytechnic. Thank You for Your loving kindness.

 

Canticle Books+Gifts - New Arrivals

Magnificat Apr 2019

Just In - Your Magnificat April 2019 issue includes the Holy Week companion book as well. Get your copy at Canticle Books+Gifts while stocks last.

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Daily Gospel and Bible Diary

- Name Your Price -
*2019 Daily Gospel and Bible Diary*
Take home a copy or two; donate as you wish. 100% of your donation will go towards the Maintenance Fund. 
DON’T MISS IT!

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Ordo 2019

Have you purchased your copy of Ordo 2019? Ordo is used for the observation of the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Limited stocks available at Canticle Books+Gifts.

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Living Faith Apr 2019

Living Faith Apr-Jun is now available at Canticle. Perfect Daily Catholic Devotions to guide you through Lent and Easter. Get your copy while stocks last.

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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.

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

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

 

Second Collection

On first Sundays of the month, the second collection will be for the poor and needy.
On second Sundays, the second collection will be for the church maintenance fund.
On third Sundays, there will be a second collection for the pledges to the Catholic Foundation.

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Community

 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO

Pay it Forward, Share a Meal

One of the 3 pillars of LENT is GIVING.
This holy season of Lent, let us share our blessings with our less fortunate.
Buy a meal for yourself and buy a token at $5.00 for another person who can use the token to exchange it for a full meal at Gubbio.

 

Tokens can be bought at the cashier at Gubbio and dropped in a glass bowl for others to use.

 

Thank you for your kind and generous act.

SanctuaryGubbio Pay it Forward

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!

 

Little Rock Bible Study Programme In Bahasa Indonesia, Every Saturday 

Pembahasan Bunda Yang Diberkati berdasarkan Kitab Suci. Setiap Sabtu 10:00 am - 12 siang di Room 1, dimulai 27 Oct 2018.

(Discussion on Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Every Saturday 10:00 am - 12 noon in Room 1, starting 27 October 2018.) All are welcome.

 

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

 

Connect to a Christian Community! 

Interested to join a christian community near you? Why not join the Neighbourhood Christian Communities? It will be a great way to maintain an active faith and be connected with other brothers and sisters who break the Word of God. Please find the contact details below:

John Lee    9185 3052    john@nareen.com.sg   
Richard Yuen    9128 3990

richyuen@hotmail.com 

 

The TownHall Updates

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