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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.

Holy Week begins…

"Welcome to Jerusalem. Finally, we reach the City with Jesus. Many people follow Jesus to Jerusalem. How many know the purpose and mission of Jesus? How many people foresee the will of God? Are we following Jesus according to the will of God?"

Deacon Simon Lau said this in his homily at the Palm Sunday celebration during Sunset Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The diocesan Deacon added that there were two parts of the liturgy celebration; the first part is held outside, where Jesus begin His journey going into the Holy City. The second part of the liturgy (held inside) is where the Reading speaks about the Passion of Christ.

When following the procession, Deacon Lau shared about his reflection - How people welcomed Jesus, and those same people whom He loved, later put Him on the Cross. Deacon Lau posed the question, “What kind of pain did Jesus suffer on the Cross? Although He suffered in pain, He looked down and saw the people whom He loved so much; who rejected and betrayed Him. This was most painful for Jesus to bear in His Heart.”

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, which represents Christ's love, tenderness and mercy for all of mankind, depicts Jesus’ Heart surrounded by thorns. The thorns represent Christ's suffering, especially the crown of thorns He wore during the Passion. Jesus felt great pain and humiliation for each one of us. Yet many of us, said Deacon Lau, do not really know the will of God, even His disciples did not quite understand.

“We are entering Holy City inside us, very challenging, with tensions and complications for humans, added Deacon Lau. "What are we going to see? Holy Week is a week of love and mercy; the highest peak of the mercy of God; through His Passion, Death and Resurrection. Today we are given an insight into Good Friday. We need to prepare ourselves to receive God's love and mercy; and open our eyes, ears and hearts to God's mission for us.

Earlier the blessing of the palms took place in the church courtyard, where parish priest, Fr. Edwin Peter blessed palms held by over 700 faithful. After the Reading by Deacon Lau, and a brief narration by Fr. Edwin Peter, the assembly then walked one round, in solemn procession into the church, for the second part of the celebration.

After Mass, Fr. Edwin Peter invited all to kneel for a special prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the parish’ to be granted continued access using the road entrance from Jalan Peel, by the developer.

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