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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.

Stop The Wastage Of Food

KUALA LUMPUR:During the Season of Lent, at the Friday evening Mass on February 16, 2018, Fr Edwin Peter said in his homily to some 400 parishioners that the Gospel Reading today (Matthew 9: 14-15) (Jesus Questioned About Fasting) is appropriate as we celebrate Lent.(Image)

 

The parish priest of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus said today also marked the Chinese New Year, for those who celebrate or visit their Chinese friends, are forgo to abstinence from meat.

Fr Edwin mentioned that wondering how much food that will be wasted during Chinese New Year or Ponggal and even Christmas celebrations (that are not consumed). Wonder how much food wasted in private or public hospitals, when we bring own food for the patients; where hospital also provides;meaning food is double.

The diocesan priest said instead of talking about fasting, we should ponder how much food is actually wasted. Fr Edwin provided the figure, that is 1.3 billion tonnages of food wasted yearly (worldwide) or USD680billion worth of food lost or wasted (not consumed).

Fr Edwin clarified on how food is loss: at point of harvest or production and in transportation or storage, some food goes to lost.

"In developed countries, more food are wasted at the chains (like restaurants, eateries, etc).

Fr Edwin expounded that the wasting of food is not just in storage, hospitals or in industrial; but also in our homes. When we waste food, it can be different reasons. He quoted presentation of food is when we see it is not good, we don't eat, thus wastage when it is throw away.

The parish priest touched about the Gospel that we should be fasting, a hunger for God.

When we waste food, what happened? Not only wastage of food but lost of resources that had been put into production of that food. The lost or wasted of resources;like water, electricity,fertilizer, manpower,etc.

"Pope Francis said food wasted is food stolen from the poor". So many people doesn't have enough or are without food. If we do not eat so much, we can give saved money to soup kitchen; we can share.

Question not so much about fasting, but rather on how we waste food. Fr Edwin invited all to pray and reflect. He request the faithful not to waste food in our homes or while eating outside. We have enough food in our bodies and eat without exercise. If you waste food, you waste God's creation. He reiterated no to food wastage.

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