Church of St Mary of the Angels

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13-14 July 2019: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


 

Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM

"49th Feast Day Celebrations"

We will celebrate our 49th Feast Day as a parish community soon. To mark the 49th year of our life as a parish, we will have a one-week celebration (see the inside of the bulletin).

This year’s feast day celebrations invite us to give thanks to God for the diversity in our parish. People from different cultures, nationalities and backgrounds gather here weekly to celebrate the greatest love story ever told. The story of our salvation brought to us by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. And this story is celebrated over and over again not only during our weekend Eucharist, but also in the baptisms, marriages, funerals and the other various rites we have.

From birth to death, the Church makes present the real presence of God in our lives. Our parish community, has striven to be like a field hospital which Pope Francis has asked us to be. People come here seeking consolation and comfort in relationships, in prayers and in the celebration of the sacraments. SMOTA has been faithful through the years, with the different friars, to the Gospel of Jesus.

But we may have fallen short too in many areas. Perhaps we have misunderstood what it means to be a community of disciples. Perhaps we too have privatised our faith, treating it as a personal relationship with the Lord only. The privatisation of our faith can often lead us to acquiring a self-seeking attitude. We serve in ministries only wanting to do things our way, and walk as soon as things don’t go our way. We sometimes are not generous with one another, not only in making sure that we do not disturb others with our poor behaviour in church, but with our words that destroy and our selfish attitudes that judge others so harshly.

We have grown over the years. Spiritually definitely. But many parishioners still attend the Mass mindfully unaware of others. It is usually about them and their family members seated beside them. Some do not even bother sitting near other parishioners, choosing instead to sit at a secluded seat, away from others.

I do not mean for this musing to be one of finding fault. No. In fact, I have grown to love and appreciate all who come here (can’t say that I felt this way five and half years ago). I have learnt not to see the warts, instead only but the beauty in the lives of parishioners. Everyone has a place in the field hospital of God. For this indeed is a place for the healing balm of God to be experienced.

I hope and I pray that you will mark your calendars and join us in the week-long celebration of our 49th year as a living community of the disciples of the Lord. Try not to miss it and if you are not able to come every day, then please choose to come for most days.

Blessings.


Feasts, Memorials and Solemnties

Date Memorials
15 July Memorial of St Bonaventure
15 July Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 


 

 

Monday Night Growth Sessions

Monday Night Growth Sessions kicks off with a series of talks on
The Franciscans and the Church of St Mary of the Angels

Date Topic
24 June 2019 The Franciscans and the Catholic Church
08 July 2019 The Influence of Saints on the Franciscans
22 July 2019 The Role of Mother Mary in the Franciscan Order


Come and join us at Gubbio. Light refreshments will be served.
Praise & Worship : 7.45pm
Talk : 8.00pm- 9.30pm
All are welcome.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA Enquiry session is on every Thursday evening, 8pm at St Clare Hall.
Session Dates: 27 June, 04 July, 11 July, 18 July
If you know of anyone interested in the faith (either as an enquirer or a sponsor), invite them to come for these sessions.
If you are interested to know more about Jesus and the Catholic faith, come and join us at these sessions.
For more information, you may send an email to oneadmin@stmary.sg


Adult Confirmation Programme
Adult Confirmation Preparation sessions will start in September 2019 for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in February 2020. There will be weekly sessions every Thursday evening, 8.00pm - 9.30pm.
Kindy complete the form which can be donwloaded at: https://www.stmary.sg/web/index.php/pastoral-services/confirmation and submit with a copy of your baptismal certificate to the parish office or email to michael@stmary.sg.
For more information, you may send an email to oneadmin@stmary.sg

 


Come Pray With Us: Vespers - And Lucernarium

Every evening during the week (Mondays to Fridays) before the evening mass, the parish prays with the universal Church through what is known as Vespers at 6:30pm.
It is the official prayer of the Church. On Tuesdays however, we pray it differently in a service known as “Lucernarium” (Service of Light).
This service reminds us of how Christ is our Light, despite the coming darkness of the sunset. It is a time of prayer with the use of incense and lights, reminding us and assuring us that not only are our prayers “rising to God like incense” and how we are called to be “sweet fragrance” in the world by our lives. We invite all of you to come and pray together as a community and as Church.


 

49th Anniversary Feast Day Celebrations

In the build-up to SMOTA’s 50th anniversary in 2020, we kick off the year-long celebrations with the following activities.

Sat & Sun, 27 - 28 July: Diversity Of Cultures & Languages, One In Faith

Welcoming foreigners and migrants to our community
Saturday:
4:30pm - English Mass
6:30pm - Bilingual Mass (English & Tamil)


Sunday:
7:30am - Mandarin Mass
9:00am - English Mass 
11:00am - English Mass
1:00pm - Bilingual Mass (English & Filipino)
5:00pm - Bilingual Mass (English & Indonesian)
7:00pm - English Mass
We encourage everyone to come to church in their national traditional clothes for this weekend.


Monday, 29 July: Diversity Of Gifts, One In Service

Appreciating and acknowledging our ministry members
6:30pm - Community Rosary: Meditation on the Joyful Mysteries
7:00pm - Evening Prayer: Vespers
7:30pm - Mass

Tuesday, 30 July: Diversity Of Struggles, One In Hope

Caring for the elderly and the sick, and gratitude to their caregivers
12:15pm - Mass with by anointing of the sick and blessing of caregivers, followed by fellowship
6:30pm - Community Rosary: Meditation on the Sorrowful Mysteries
7:00pm - Evening Prayer: Lucernarium
7:30pm - Mass

Wednesday, 31 July: Diversity Of Encounters, One In Justice

Reaching out to the poor and marginalised in our community
6:30pm - Community Rosary: Meditation on the Glorious Mysteries
7:00pm - Evening Prayer: Vespers
7:30pm - Mass

Thursday, 01 August: Diversity Of Paths, One In Courage

Incorporating our youth and young adults into our community
6:30pm - Community Rosary: Meditation on the Luminous Mysteries
7:00pm - Evening Prayer: Vespers
7:30pm - Mass

Friday, 02 August: Diversity Of Fascination, One In Love

Embracing and listening to the children
10:00am - 12noon / 3pm - 6pm Reconciliation (to obtain the Portiuncula indulgence)
6:00pm - Holy Hour
7:00pm - Evening Prayer: Vespers
7:30pm - Mass followed by Procession to shrine, Crowning of our Lady
and Community Rosary
Note: There will be the usual morning (6.55am) and noontime (12.15pm) masses
from Monday to Thursday, but No morning and noontime masses on Friday.

Saturday and Sunday, 03 - 04 August 2019

SMOTA Feast Day and Fun Fair Celebrations

ALL ARE WELCOME! COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US!

 



SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO

… a place to relax and unwind, a place to be refreshed, renewed and restored….

Do you need someone to talk to?
Do you need a place to relax and unwind?
Do you want to learn something new?
Come and join us at the Sanctuary and meet new friends
  • Tuesdays - Arts and Crafts
  • Thursdays - Arts and Crafts
  • Fridays - Light Exercises and Healthy Eating
Closed on Public Holidays.
Light refreshments are available.
ALL ARE WELCOME!

SMOTA FunFair 2019, 4 August
Theme: One With Christ

1) We are looking for parishioners/ministries who may be interested in running the various food stalls.
2) We appeal to the generous hearts of parishioners for contributions, donations, or sponsorship of the following:
- lucky draw and game prizes (new and in good, working condition)
- cash donations
Kindly contact the funfair committee at smotafeastday@gmail.com, 96872725 (Cindy) or 90280744 (Merelyn) for details.


Kampung Night
In Celebration of SMOTA’s 49th Anniversary, everyone’s invited to the Kampung Night on July 27.
There will be multi-ethnic performances, food & drinks. Admission is Free.
Please come as a community and enjoy the food and atmosphere!


PARISH HIGHLIGHTS

  

Mass, With Anointing Of The Sick
Tuesday, 30 July | 12.15pm - 1:30pm | Main Church
Fellowship and refreshments follow after the mass.
Please register at the Pastoral Care Corner at the piazza during the weekend masses or at the parish office. You can also register at: https:tinyurl.com/Mass30July

Registration For Children’s Liturgy Primary One 2020 and Bridging Sessions 2020, 
6 July to 31 July
To register please fill up the Children’s Liturgy or Bridging Class Form and attach a copy of the baptism / birth cert and email to acheong@stmary.sg or joan@stmary.sg
Forms can be found on St Mary’s website at https://www.stmary.sg/web/index.php/faith-formation/children-formation/catechism-classes#forms
For more information regarding the above, please contact the Catechetical office at 6567 3866.

Talk On Franciscan Spirituality - Joy

Sunday, 21 July 2019 | 2.30pm - 4.30pm | Room 1
Portiuncula (Young Adults Community) is organising a series of talks on Franciscan Spiritualityand Fr. Esmond will share on various themes in the life of St. Francis.
RSVP Ben at 91001674 or email portiuncula@stmary.sg

Book Of James Course - Pearls For Wise Living

Wednesday Evenings, 24 July to 09 October | 7:45pm - 9:45pm | Gubbio
Struggling to live a truly Christian life? The Letter of James is one of the most practical books in the Bible that offers “pearls for wise living”. Join us in our study on how we can apply the teachings in handling and even sanctifying everyday circumstances.
Register at: http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx
Course fee: $42.00. Contact: Michael at michael_arteche@yahoo.com

Surviving Divorce: Hope And Healing For The Catholic Family

Thursdays, 22 Aug to 7 Nov | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | Room 2
This is an initiative started by ACF to support our brothers and sisters who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. We hope that the video presentations by Catholic priests, theologians and teachers in this course will help you cope during this difficult time and be a source of God’s divine mercy for you and your family.
Register at: https://catholicfamily.org.sg/sd/ Cost: Non-refundable fee of $60.00
For more enquiries, please write in to: cdsg@acf.org.sg

Children’s Liturgy Donation Appeal

The Children’s Liturgy Team are looking for donations of gifts you think kids might like for the fun fair. Please bring your contributions to St Clare’s Hall on any Saturday in July, anytime from 3pm - 6.30pm.

 


 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Discovering God Through Lectio, Contemplation And Baking
Friday, 9th August 2019 | 8.30am - 5pm | San Damiano Spirituality Centre
Cost : S$70
Register with : Life Direction Singapore @ sp.direction.sg@gmail.com


 

PARISH PRAYER INTENTIONS

Prayers are offered: 

  1. For those who have recently taken RN and IELTS exams, may they pass with good scores, and for students preparing for their ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exams to be blessed with mental strength and the capacity to absorb what they are studying.
  2. For loved ones undergoing stem cell transplant, may they have a safe and successful procedure, and for all those who are unwell may they receive the right treatment and be healed and make a speedy recovery.
  3. For all parents to be guided by God’s grace to be gentle and understanding with their children’s emotional needs.
  4. For individuals who desire to grow in holiness and have a closer relationship with Jesus, may God stay close to them and help them find their true vocation.
  5. For all our children and young people to be protected by God from all bad influences. May these children be respectful to all elders, parents, teachers and personsof authority.
  6. For all single people who are praying to find suitable soul-mate, may God help and lead them to find a Christian, faithful and loving life partner in marriage. Bless also all newly-wed couples, and those who are longing to conceive a baby.
  7. For all gambling addicts, especially for a brother who is dealing with this addiction, that merciful God will save them and help them fight this bondage and give them wisdom to live a honest and responsible life.

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 the gift of children all over the world, and especially for our new first grandson.
  2. Dear St. Clare, Thank you so much for all the blessings, especially at my workplace and in Singapore. Thank you so much that I get relief from my respiratory problems.
  3. Dearest St. Clare, through your Intercession, my son and I are now recovering from the eczema problem. Thank you for your prayers, for ever grateful. 

 

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