Sacred Heart 2019


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


Theme: Baptised And Sent

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

24 hour Day of Prayers & Fast @ Shj

Kuala Lumpur:-Close to 300 parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus converged at the church on May 4 evening to participate at the 7pm Mass that was presided by Fr Simon Lau and con-celebrated by Fr Edwin Peter.(Image)

Right after the Mass and a fellowship gathering in the parish courtyard, some 200 stayed back for the First Friday Eucharistic Adoration, with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament by Fr Edwin. The assembly prayed and adore the Lord for our nation forthcoming GE14 to be held on May 9, 2018.

The Catholic Bishop's Conference of Malaysia has earlier declared a 24-hour Day of Prayer and Fast to be observed in all parishes in the country, to pray especially for the 14th General Elections, commencing on Friday evening of May 4 and to culminate with the Sunset Mass on Saturday, May 5. This 24 hour is for the 1.2 million strong Catholic community in Malaysia to pray fervently for a fair, peaceful and just GE14. The faithful are urged to vote wisely to elect non-tinted and non-corrupt candidates, to ensure a clean, integrity, responsible and just new elected government.

A video clip recently released by the Christian Federation of Malaysia on the General Election, was also shown during the Holy Hour. Prayer Intentions for our country and for the forthcoming General Elections were prayed.

After the Holy Hour ended at 9.30pm, the 24 hour Day of Prayer continues, with a few parish groups/BEC Zones roster to lead in the prayers in the allocated time slots. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12 midnight. From 12am to 6am, the church remains open for those coming to pray.

At the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health in Kampung Pandan, the chapel doors will be opened from 6am on May 5, where the faithful are invited to come to pray. At 8.30am, Fr Lau will celebrate the Eucharist, follow with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, after the morning Mass till 1pm.

All faithful will then be required to gather at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will start from 1pm till before the Sunset Mass. At 5.30pm the Novena and Benediction will take place, before the event concludes with the Sunset Mass at 6pm.

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