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Sacred Heart 2019

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By Cecilia Grace Robert
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated from June 26 to 30 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The celebration commenced with the hoisting of the flag.

Each day, the celebration began with the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Fr VA Michael and Sr Mary Heng FDCC led the Liturgy of the Word for the Tamil and Mandarin-speaking of the parish before everyone joined in the main celebration presided over by Bishop Sebastian Francis.

On the first day, the theme was Missionary Disciples of Mercy which highlighted that every Christian is a missionary disciple to the extent that we encounter the mercy and compassion of God.

On the second day, the Bishop of Penang shared on the Missionary Disciples of Hope which is a command from the Holy Spirit for the present and future of all the churches in Peninsular Malaysia.

He stressed that hope is based on the promises of Christ which were already fulfilled in His time. He also explained that the mission entrusted to the Holy Spirit would continue in God’s time. It is lived in the present, especially in the Eucharist.

On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is also the World Day of the Sanctification of the Priests, a Mass was celebrated in the morning by Fr Christopher W. Soosaipillai. He shared that the journey of the priesthood starts from sanctifying to be holy. Despite the struggles that priests face, they continue to bring life and healing to the people. This is the Missionary Disciples in Priests.

On June 29, the Eucharistic celebration was followed by a procession in the vicinity of Peel Road. The float, decorated with recycled material by the Parish Catechism children, carried the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A large crowd of the faithful joined in the candlelight procession with the theme Baptised and Sent. Catholics are reminded that the mission mandate is imperative for a baptized disciple.

The feast concluded with the theme A Church on Mission in the World. In the homily, Bishop Sebastian emphasized on the Sacrament of Baptism. This was indeed a great conclusion to the themes of the feast that, ultimately, we are sent on a mission to the world with the empowerment that comes from Baptism. He also quoted what St Paul mentioned; ‘Fan into a flame the power. He explained the laying on of hands for empowerment in the four sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Priestly Ordination, and Anointing of the Sick.

The celebration concluded with a message: Mercy, Hope, and Joy is what the world needs. The mission is not within the Catholic Community but, with the Holy Spirit, to go into the world and be witnesses and preachers of the Gospel.

Pictures of feast day can be found in this link below

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Theme: Baptised And Sent

December 2019 -Focus:Sent  -Feast/Events:Christmas  -SubTheme:Bringing the Message of Hope.

Live an Authentic, Meaningful Life

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated on 8th January 2018 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 7pm. Parish priest Fr. Edwin Peter celebrated Mass, with the presence of Bro. Simon Lau.(Image)

Welcoming the congregation of approximately 100 faithful, Fr. Edwin said “A few more hours today, before the Season of Christmas ends. Tomorrow onwards is Ordinary Time, where the Readings will speak about the adult Jesus going around and preaching in His ministry.

Fr. Edwin continued. “If you read the news on the internet, there are many things happening with celebrities; about their lifestyle, which is not real, not authentic. These celebrities are acting in movies and films; but life in reality could be different. Then there are also the politicians, who sometimes do not work for the common good of the public, with contradicting views.

Speaking about the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Edwin said “Jesus’ baptism is not for repentance of sins, but revelation that this is 'My Son, the Beloved'. Our baptism is for the repentance of sins.”

"God has given us a new creation, a new year- 2018". We ought to live a real, authentic life. There are some living a 'WhatsApp life'. Live a meaningful life in the Lord. What we experienced during Christmas, 'Emmanuel- God is with us'. Treasure it.”

After Mass, Fr. Edwin introduced Bro. Simon to the assembly, who mentioned that both he and Bro. Dominic will be ordained to the diaconate on 23rd January 2018 at the Church of St. Anthony, Kuala Lumpur.

 

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