"Ordinary does not mean mundane or mediocre! Ordinary time is Kingdom time!" So our parish priest used to thunder at the beginning of every year. When the Christmas crib and decorations are stored away after the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, one can almost hear the congregation heave a collective [...]
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"Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." - Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, No 41 Witnessing by our Lives "Do you and Clare come from the same house? Are you staying together?" Years ago, when I catechised my Level 8 [...]
In 1992, the monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II used a Latin phrase "annus horribilis" in her Christmas message. Meaning "a horrible year", the Queen made references to several events that happened in the United Kingdom that year, as well as a great personal and national loss when part of Windsor Castle [...]
Christmas tells us that our faith is a personal faith in God who comes to us in Christ at the incarnation so that we can relate to Him in a personal way. By looking at the baby Jesus, we see the peace and love of God in Him.
"Human life is a journey. Towards what destination? How do we find the way? Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route... Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us? With [...]
"His state was divine, yet He did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are ... He was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross." - Philippians 2:6-8 When we think of God, it [...]
Live Streaming for the Home Bound Mass Schedule CITY DISTRICT Cathedral of the Good Shepherd Dec 24: 6pm & 11.30pm Dec 25: 8.30am, 10.30am & 5.30pm St Joseph's Church (Victoria Street) Closed for restoration works Church of Sts Peter & Paul Dec 24: 9pm (M) & Midnight Dec 25: [...]
The priests of this diocese have been busying themselves this past week every night hearing confessions of our laity to prepare them for Christmas. It's an annual feature that sees scores of Catholics coming forward to dispose themselves to the sacrament of reconciliation. While it always pleases me to see a penitent [...]
Advent Penitential Services 2018 CITY DISTRICT CATHEDRAL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD No Penitential Service ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH No Penitential Service CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES Sunday 9 December, 8.45am & 5.30pm (both in Tamil) Tuesday 11 December, 8pm (English) CHURCH OF STS PETER & PAUL Monday 10 December, 8pm CHURCH OF ST [...]
Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joy.