Something to think about...

A couple of years ago, when 33 miners were trapped in a Chilean mine deep under the earth’s surface, I wonder if they felt totally lost and doomed to a slow and painful death. Imagine how they must have been filled with joy when they got a message from above that the rescue team knew exactly where they were and that the process of getting them out had already begun!

There are times in all of our lives when we feel like we’re stuck in a really bad place. Anxious and alone, we despair that we are out of options and that no one understands where we really are in life. But in such moments we need to remember God’s comforting words to the early Christians who were stuck in a world where Satan’s presence dominated all that was around them: “I know ...... where you dwell” (Rev. 2:l3). Their situation had not escaped the heavenly Father’s notice. And as they were faithful to Him, He would sustain them until He rescued them and brought them safely home (v.17).

The fact that God knows where you are and that He is very much aware of the difficult situation you are in provides the confidence and strength needed to live for His glory. So be encouraged. Remember God’s words of comfort. Help is on the way!

Parish Buzz
Confirmation: The 2014 Journey
The level 9 ministry attachments are in full swing after 4 weeks of fulfilling attachments. Today we feature the teens from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP):

Con 3 teens attached to the SSVP during
their visit to St. Joseph’s Home.

Why did you join SSVP?
Aurea: To serve God and help people.

How has serving the Friends in Need (FINs) strengthened your faith?
Claudia: Serving the FINS has opened my eyes to how the lives of the less fortunate really are. I never saw before this attachment how hard life can be for some people. You see people around you living comfortable lives, but now I realise that there are those who need companionship.

Has serving in SSVP had an impact on you?
Emily: After being in SSVP, I feel that I can empathize better with other people. This makes serving others, as God has called us to do, much easier and more fulfilling.


RCIA Update: Rite of Acceptance

Last weekend our Inquirers had a Day of Recollection to prepare them for the Rite of Acceptance, where they publicly expressed their desire to accept Christ. We as a parish welcome them into our community as Catechumens. Let us continue pray for them as they continue on their journey towards Baptism.


CDM SSVP visits St Joseph’s Home

SSVP Con 3 teens brought cheers the elderly with a performance!

 

Last Sunday, our teens and SSVP ministry visited the Home to spend time with the elderly. Our volunteers assisted the nurses and had a chance to experience the work carried out at such a home for the elderly. Our teens had a hands-on experience with the work done there. Our volunteers even put up a small performance for the elderly. Our teens and volunteers faced some challenges as there were some elderly who were mute and they had to communicate with cards which had alphabets. The elderly were really happy to see the teens as they usually only see adults. It was a meaningful day for the teens as they brought cheers to the elderly.


Marriage Encounter Weekend

It has been said that the greatest gift you can give your children is to love their mother/father. Polish up this gift and put a bow on it at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. You deserve the best and your children need to see you reaching for it.

 

Coming Weekends: 3-5 Oct, 7-9 Nov, 5-7 Dec 2014 and 2-4 Jan 2015. To register, call 9670 5390 or go to our website at ww.mesg.org.


 

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Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

All are invited to pray for more vocations
for the universal Church:
Date 6 Sep 2014 (Saturday)
Venue Church of St Michael
Programme 4.15-5.15pm: Holy Hour
5.30-6.30pm: Mass
Celebrant Msgr Ambrose Vaz

Pilgrimage in My Backyard

 

CANA in collaboration with the Church
of St Teresa invites you to PIMBY
KAMPONG BAHRU! This is the last in the
PIMBY series of walks. Visit the church
and Carmelite Convent – listen to the
stories of the faith of our early fathers and
the dedicated lay people; together they
built a community that provided shelter
from the storm (literally) for migrants,
seafarers and all who sought refuge.
Date 31 August 2014
Time 3pm
Meet at St Teresa Church canteen.
Call 6338 4080 or email:
canatheplacetobe2013@gmail.com

A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life – Part 1: The Midlife Transition

 

Date Oct 3 - 5
Time Fri. 8:00 pm to Sun, 1:00 pm
Venue Montfort Centre, Bukit Timah
The weekend will deal with the
experience of transition into midlife, a
stage in the growth and development of
men and women. Participants will work
with material on the Crisis of Limits.
They will also be invited to experience
negotiating the passage into midlife as
a movement From Problem to Promise.
[Those considering participation in this
program should be at least 40 years old.]

QUIETING THE SOUL CHIANGMAI 2014 by Cenacle Sisters and Team

 

A silent 8 or 5-day retreat set in the
beautiful environment of the Seven
Fountains Retreat Center in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. Two choices of dates (includes
travel time):

8 days 28 Nov - 7 Dec 2014
5 days 1 Dec - 7 Dec 2014
Closing registration date: 31 Aug 2014

Contact the Cenacle Sisters at
6565 2895; 9722 3148 or email: cenaclesing@gmail.com. More info at: www.catholic.org.sg/cenacle


Verbum Dei Project Hope 2014

 

Fundraising Dinner and Auction

When 25 October, 6:30pm
Where Raffles Town Club
Dunearn Ballroom, Level 1
Tickets $2500 / table of 10 people

For more information or to book a table,
please call 6274 0251 or visit www.
verbumdeisingapore.org
.


SHAREfest Video Competition

 

Where OLPS
When 15 Nov 2014, 7.45pm

Take part in the video competition even
if you have not attended the #SHAREfest
workshop. Submit videos to edsharefest@
gmail.com with the following details:

Title of your production
Names of all crew and actors
Home parish
A short write-up, in no more than 500 words about your production
Contact numbers of all your team
members
Closing date 26 Oct 2014

Welcoming Returning Catholics

 

Coming home to the faith may be difficult
for some. If you feel a stirring in your
heart, we welcome you to join us in
this journey together. A new 10-week
Landings programme commences at the
dates and parishes listed:

Mondays, from 8 Sept (8-10pm)
OLPS Church
Contact Lucy Tjhia - 9068 2961
Church of the Holy Spirit
Contact Leonard Ong - 9369 2100

Tuesdays from 7 Oct (8-10pm)
Blessed Sacrament Church
Contact Steven Lum - 9750 3998

Begin the reconnection by registering with
the above contacts or email : returning@
landings.org.sg


WARNING: Fraudulent Solicitation of Funds

 

The Secretariat of State, Apostolic
Nunciature Malaysia, has communicated
that a certain ‘Rev Fr Jonathan Mahajire,
OSB Cam’, presenting himself as
the Superior of the Camaldolese
Benedictines of the Diocese of Kondoa,
has been soliciting funds for various
projects. Please be advised that this
person is fraudulent and the projects are
false.