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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.

Seeking God’s Wisdom

The Friday evening Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 12th January 2018 saw some 70 faithful present, with Parish priest, Fr. Edwin Peter celebrating the Eucharist with the assistance of Bro. Simon Lau, the Deacon-Elect who was ordained to the diaconate on 23rd January 2018.
The Gospel (Mark 2: 1-12) where Jesus heals and forgives a paralyzed man was proclaimed by Fr. Edwin; followed with a reflection by Bro. Simon, who drew similarities with the First Reading (1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22), as both touched on faith of the community.(Image)

God chose Moses, Joshua, to lead the people. He never said raise a king for them (the Israelites). Bro. Simon said, “Prophet Samuel was raised by God to lead the people. The people have always been attacked by 'others'. They wanted a king like other nations, in the hopes of being organized; like having an army for security. The people see security as human power. They forget God is with them all along.”

Touching on the First Reading, Bro. Simon said, “The people lost their faith as a community. We too use the secular way to do God's works. Sometimes in our families as well, when we face issues with children and other problems. What are we to do? Many of us come up with ideas as a solution; instead of seeking God's wisdom.”

In the Gospel, Jesus was preaching in Capernaum. Bro. Simon related the story of the paralyzed man. He went on to say that the faith of the community is powerful. He added, "If we are able to bring someone to Jesus, that person will have salvation".

Bro. Simon also mentioned that this morning, a lady met him saying her son has joined a gangster group. She wants him to go to Montfort, but Bro. Simon said we need to seek God's wisdom. Sometimes we forget God is there for us. He asked the assembly to pray for the son and his mother, that they may encounter love and Jesus. “With love, many things and problems can be solved. Don't seek secular solutions, but seek God first to change us, so that the world can change."

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