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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.

Be Rooted In The Word Of God

KUALA LUMPUR:- The evening Mass on Jan 26, 2018 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated by Fr Paul Cheong, OFM Cap and assisted by Deacon Simon Lau. Some 80 parishioners were present.(Image)

Deacon Simon who proclaimed the Gospel also preached the homily. He said the Gospel (Mark 4:26-34) today tells us two parables, same meaning but different perspectives, namely seed and Kingdom of God. The first parable, man sow the seed and doesn't know how it grows. The chemical reaction we really don't know. Day and night plant grows. Deacon Simon said the seed symbolize Word of God. In Malaysia context what type of seed we plant? He said it could be say durian, papaya or mango, for example. The Word of God given to us. God speaks to us differently. Some receive durian, papaya, mango, different fruits. Some of us received Word of God, we produce good fruits,like durian where many people attracted to it.

"Jesus tells us not by human efforts, but we think we can manage to build Kingdom of God by using human efforts of the world but we forgotten that it is by the Spirit, because without the Holy Spirit, the seed cannot grow".

Deacon Simon said the understanding about God, we know is small like a small mustard seed but as long it comes from God, the Word of God planted in us,each of us has a calling, different vocation. No matter how small it is, it will become big (grow big),like the birds take shade under this tree.

We also need to see the soil. The other parable talks about the soil, good soil or rocky soil .What type of soil are we?. We receive Word of God and go for Bible Study, chapter by chapter and book by book. To a certain extend we know the Bible, but this is not important . We something think we are more clever than Word of God. But what really is important is the Word must be rooted in us. If our soil, our heart is cement or rocky, it doesn't grow.

Listen to the Word of God. How we take it and how we allow it to grow in us.

Deacon Simon also said today is the memorial of Sts Timothy and Titus.Timothy became bishop and he allow the Word of God grow within him . Became famous evangelist and Word of God spread in minor Asia.

The deacon invited the assembly to imitate Timothy and reflect how we treat the Word of God and ask God to open our heart and to plough our soil in our hearts. "Be rooted in the Word".

 

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