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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.

Do Not Let Things In Life Take Away Our Focus On God

KUALA LUMPUR:- Fr Edwin Peter said Lent is for us to seek repentance and seek God closer and His mercy.

Fr Edwin said this after the Entrance Hymn at the 9.15am Mass on March 4, 2018 (Third Sunday of Lent) at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where he presided. Deacon Simon Lau assisted.(Image)

 

The Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Simon and the deacon also preached the homily. He said Jesus never needed any evidence of any man because He knows. Jesus knows us very well and knows us deep inside. Sometimes what we do is a show; Jesus knows our motives and why we are doing it.

Deacon Simon said in Jesus times, the Jews expected to go on pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. As Christians, we are called to do it a different way. Jesus visited the temple where they believe God is inside the Temple in Jerusalem, into the section -the holy of holiest. Where only the high priest allowed to go in once a year. Man cannot see God, once you see God you die.

"All of us, after we are baptized are given as a temple of the Holy Spirit to dwell. Furthermore, if we look at our Christian community, every person, we are the temple, Body of Christ. Especially during the Season of Lent, we are called to go deeper into the 'temple' and meet God.

Deacon Simon added that the Jews somehow loses their focus and the temple became a market place as Jesus described it in today's Gospel (John 2:13-25). What does it comes to your mind?, asked Deacon Simon. Market is a place dirty and noisy (not like hypermarket with air conditioned). It is a place where a lot of trading or even cheating takes place,very busy. "Suppose to go into the temple to offer sacrifice, but the Jews loses their focus on God and instead caught up with this trading. Jesus who seldom is angry, appears angry in this incident, for turning His Father's house into a market place.

During Lent, we are called to fast, prayer and alms giving. Purpose why are we coming to Church every Sunday? We may just lose our focus if obligation was the reason why we come?

Deacon Simon said last week he preached about door. Many doors, are we able to open the door and able to allow God to go in? We are caught up with so many things.God usually respect us, respect our decision, won't break into our door. Except the devil who comes in like a thief to steal.

Except in a situation, like in case of emergency; to save you. God will break into our door when He saw something serious wrong. Just like in today's Gospel, as in emergency, Jesus had to chase the people out of the temple.

Deacon Simon told the assembly that sometimes in our life, we may experience such situation, until we repent. To know that God cares.If we don't believe, no point to come here but we believe in Him, believe in heaven. We better be serious, for our faith is not just rituals or Sunday obligation. What we celebrate here on Sunday, need to live it out the rest of the week.

Touching on the 1st Reading about the very basis of the law of life, Deacon Simon said the Jews lose the point and invented 620 over laws, some of them not even necessary. Some of these laws takes away our focus of God.

"These Ten Commandments is basically love God, and love your neighbour, and love yourself. These three are interconnected", added Deacon Simon. Of those who do not know how to love God and experience God's love; they do not know how to love themselves.

Do not let all things in life take away our focus of life.

Deacon Simon also stated that many of us do not know how to be silent. When at the monthly First Friday Holy Hour, is about presence of the Lord. We need more silence adoration,to develop and have such relationship with the Lord. Spending quality time with the Lord in silence adoration.

In ending, Deacon Simon invited the assembly to pray asking God to give us His grace and Spirit to renew our faith, not just functioning but to be more spiritual. "We are spiritual beings, not just functional beings". May God guide us and strengthen our faith.

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