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14-15 September 2019: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM
"The God Of Our Human Relationships"
I postponed a breakfast appointment recently. My breakfast companion came after a morning workout and was not smelling entirely appropriate. And oh yes, he was still in his exercise gear and I was all ready to face the day.
A bit rigid. Yes, I know. But I had thought that if I had bothered to dress appropriately the least I am allowed to expect is for my breakfast companion to do the same.
So I refused to get into his car, the smell of which killed my appetite for breakfast immediately.
Go ahead and accuse me of being a snob, rigid, difficult … whatever. I was actually at another gathering the night before and I was moved by how some people at the gathering went out of their way to include others and make them feel at home. But there were some who chose to make it all about other issues, like the food was not to their liking or they were not getting what they wanted. But the attitude of the former did not spoil the moment of companionship that is a magic that we could all have more of.
The human companionship. A couple of weekends ago, we heard from the Gospel of St Luke of Jesus’ social life (Luke 14: 1, 7-14). St Luke’s Gospel does not hide the fact that Jesus did enjoy dining with people - friends and foes alike. It was not just about Jesus eating and drinking with others, but he enjoyed his human life. In other words, Jesus as God enjoyed being a human person - a wonderful reminder of how our human nature is not being enjoyed – we who have no choice really – we were made human! When connected with the world around us, our human lives become a wonderful testimony of God’s love for everything. If truly we are aware of God’s presence in our lives – not in some dogmatic way, but in a way that makes us want to just enjoy being alive then we know God lives. And God lives in us.
And when we fall in love with God, life cannot be lived if God does not exist.
This is lived out every day, when love, forgiveness, understanding, inclusiveness and tolerance are practiced and experienced. The God who loves being a human continues to enjoy our humanity in all our human relationships. And therefore when we build bridges, we are not only doing so as good social beings, but we are doing what life is all about. It is all about our relationships. But these relationships can sometime be threatened by a slavish attachment to rigidity, dogmas, the need to control others and selfish intentions.
The aborted breakfast appointment in the end turned out to be a wonderful meal much later. It was not about a meal – although personal hygiene would help – it was really about enjoying our lives as humans who are able to sit and eat together.
And God was certainly with us, enjoying our human relationship, just like God does in the Gospel of St Luke.
Feasts, Memorials and Solemnties
|Date||Feasts & Memorials|
|16 September||Memorial of St Cornelius, Pope & Martyr|
|16 September||Memorial of St Cyprian, Bishop & Martyr|
|17 September||Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis of Assisi|
|18 September||Memorial of St St Joseph of Cupertino, Priest|
|20 September||Memorial of Sts Adrew Kim, Paul Shong & Companions, Priest & Martyrs|
|21 September||Feast of St Matthew, Apostle|
49th - 50th Annivesary Celebrations
Theme: Instrument of Peace
As the Church of St Mary of the Angels moves towards it’s 50th anniversary
as a Franciscan parish in 2020, there will be monthly events to usher in this milestone.
Let’s make time to come and pray together as a Franciscan parish that we may
deepen our knowledge and love for St Francis of Assisi. So that through his
intercession and life, we may be inspired to know, love and serve God with our life.
The monthly theme is taken from the prayer of St Francis: Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace.
SEPTEMBER: “Make me an instrument of your peace”
14 Sept, Saturday | 9.00am* Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross(followed by fellowship at Piazza)
* No 6:55am mass on Saturday, 14 September.
17 Sept, Tuesday | 7.00pm Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis
25 Sept, Wed – 3 Oct, Thurs | Great Novena to St Francis of Assisi (Prayer to be recited after every mass)
OCTOBER: “It is in dying that we are born again to eternal life”
3 Oct, Thurs | 7.45pm Transitus (passing) of St Francis of Assisi
4 Oct, Friday | 7.00pm Solemnity of St Francis of Assisi & Children’s Day
5 Oct, Sat | 10.30am Encounter Islamic Prayer with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters(St Clare Hall)
6 Oct, Sunday | 3.00pm Animal Blessing(St Clare hall and Gubbio Outdoor carpark)
7 Oct, Monday | 7.00pm Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Mass followed by multi-lingual Rosary)
Thank You St Mary of the Angels
The Parish of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, through its parish priest Fr Michael Sitaram, would like to thank all parishioners of St Mary of the Angels for your kindness and generosity which was extended to them during their fund raising where they raised a total of $ 512,046.50.
7 Day Fatima Prayers – Sept 2019
Fatima Prayers will begin at 5 pm (1 hour) on Saturdays/ 8 pm on weekdays.
Kindly call the host family if you are joining them for prayers. God bless!
14.9.19 | John & Joyce | Block 422 Bukit Batok West Ave 2 | Mobile: 9384 8957
21.9.19 | Bina Tomy | Block 367 Bukit Batok St 31 | Mobile 9030 4341
28.9.19 | Anitha Sek | Block 288B Jurong East St 21 | Mobile 8163 8789
Contact 9699 3134 (Rosemary) Main Coordinator Or Joyce/Efren – Keeper/Transport Provider 91821627. Peace & Blessings! Fatima Prayer Apostolate -St Mary of the Angels’
Advance Care Planning (ACP) Dialogue
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 | 7.30pm to 8:30pm | St Clare Hall
Advance Care Planning is the process of determining in advance what medical procedures you
would or would not want in the event you are unable to make your own medical decisions. You
do not have to wait till old age to do this. The talk covers what is ACP?, Benefits of ACP, how and
when ACP should be done?, and how do i get started?.
No prior registration needed.
Priest, Prophet And King Video Course
Thursdays, 26 Sept to 7 Nov | 9:45am to 12noon | St Clare Hall
The Little Rock Bible Ministry will be conducting a video course by Bishop Robert Barron.
Course fee is $34.00 Please register at: http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Catechesis Of The Good Shepherd (CGS) - St. Mary’s Atrium Introductory Session
Saturday, 5 October 2019 | 9:45am to 12:00pm | Room 2
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based faith formation programme
which aims to help the child encounter Jesus, the Good Shepherd and to develop a close and
personal relationship with Him. More information at http://www.stmary.sg
Parents of children new to CGS at St Mary’s are requested to attend this session before
registration. Individuals interested to become CGS catechists are also welcome to attend this
session. Please sign up for this session at https://tinyurl.com/stmarycgsreg
Recruitment For A Play In 2020 - No Experience Needed!
Come 2020, SMOTA will be proud to commemorate her 50th anniversary! As part of the
celebrations, we will be staging a play on the lives of St Francis and St Clare. If you’re interested
in the lives of the saints or theatre in general, do join us for our first meeting where we will
share more details and get to know one another:
15th Sept 2019 | 2.30pm - 4.00pm | SMOTA Room B5
Do RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/2020play or contact Ellysya (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Telegram:@EllysyaLee) if you have any questions.
SAN DAMIANO SPIRITUALITY CENTRE
Rekindle Your Spirit With St Francis Of Assisi
Saturday, 5 Oct - Sunday, 6 Oct | San Damiano Spirituality Centre
2 days, 1 night stay-in retreat.
Cost: $150 (single room); $120 (twin-sharing); $90 (non-residential)
Spiritual Director: Fr Derrick Yap
Register at https://forms.gle/1vweR4Rw3MM2ve5V7
For more information, contact Janice at email@example.com
Marriage Preparation Weekend | San Damiano Spirituality Centre
Stay-in Weekend: 8 November Friday, 7pm to 10 November, Sunday, 5:00pm
Follow-up: 16 November, Saturday | 10:00am - 1:00pm
(It is compulsory that couples attend all the sessions) Specially designed for couples planning to get married at SMOTA, this preparation programme will take you on a journey of discovery, guided by video input and supplemented by the lived experience of married mentor couples.The content takes the timeless wisdom of Catholic 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.
Cost: $480 per couple (includes accommodation, meals & the SmartLoving resource/workbooks)
(Limited spaces are available on a first come first serve basis)
PARISH PRAYER INTENTIONS
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.
OUTSIDE THE PARISH
GIFT (Giving In Faith & Thankfulness)
Next weekend, 14/15 September, being the 3rd 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.
More info is available at gift.catholicfoundation.sg.
New Wine Conference 2019
Saturday, 21 Sept 2019 | 9.30am - 4pm | St Joseph’s Institution Jr, 3 Essex Rd S309331
Organised by: Office for the New Evangelisation
Are you involved in the Parish Pastoral Council, Ministry or Small Christian Community? This conference is for you. Come & discover new ways to build a more vibrant, evangelistic, and missionary Church in Singapore!
Register now at bit.ly/nwc19
Monthly Archdiocesan Prayer Mission Mass
Thursdays | 7.30pm | Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Everyone in the archdiocese is invited to join in the MONTHLY Archdiocesan Prayer Mission at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our Mother Church.
Dates: September 26, October 24, November 21
Mass followed by Reflection and Benediction. Presider: Msgr Philip Heng,S.J.