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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

August 2019 -Focus:Kingly  -Feast/Events:Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  -SubTheme:Makes Us Stewards.

Be Kind & Considerate To Those With Hearing and Speech Impairments

KUALA LUMPUR:- Parish priest, Fr Edwin Peter celebrated the evening Mass on February 9, 2018 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Assisting him was Deacon Simon Lau, who proclaimed the Gospel (Mark 7:31-37)- Jesus heals a deaf and a mute man.(Image)

In his homily, Fr Edwin said Ephphatha! has been spoken at infant baptism. After pouring of water on head and anointing with chrism; and mentioned of white garment and lighted candle. The priest blesses the mouth and ears of the child. Ephphatha (which means “Be opened!”)- to listen to His words and speak His words.

Some of our parents would have shared Bible stories with us or heard word of God proclaimed to us by our catechists; or attended Bible studies.

Today to remember this scripture text, not hear just at the Mass; but to share the word of God. "Bible Sunday not just speaking but listening and to obey the word of God; and speak to someone who hasn't heard the word of God so that they can encounter with the Lord".

Our ears, not just to us to hear all sounds; but rather hear constantly the word of God. Today, we are invited to speak not just with words but write what's true. Listening with our eyes when we read text, whether in book or on the computer,smartphone, newspapers, etc. To hear the right things, not called to hear wrong things - bad word or harsh words. When we speak also avoid using bad or harsh words.Don't gossip about people. Don't speak about a third person, but about yourself; as most of the time, it might not be true. Never gossip. When you communicate the Gospel; make it a point to speak the truth. When you heard something untrue or fake news, need to identify what is untrue.Our ear and heart and mouth must be attuned to the truth.

However if you hear something wrong or see something wrong being done, don't just keep quite but speak up.It is also another level, though there is pressure or fear. Otherwise the prayer said at our baptism will remain just words.

Many have gifts of hearing and speaking but some don't have. They being hearing or speech impairments. Maybe due to work accident, etc. If someone has a hearing aid in ear, we shouldn't speak harsh words as it hurts that person. Whether in Church, when someone sing or speak 'differently', we make fun or we being harsh to them. Be kind and considerate to those who have speech impairment and hearing impairment.

Fr Edwin also invited the assembly to pray for all families to have grace,for all to speak the right things in their families, whether its spouse or children relationships. We need to listen too.

After the homily, there was an installations of 5 new Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from the BEC, by Fr Edwin. They are also required to serve the home-bound.

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