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Happy Father’s Day

Posted: June 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Photos

Today we honour and thank the Lord our God for gracing us with His guardians our human fathers who strive to shepherd their families to greater holiness and love in Him. We include in our prayers our Holy father Pope Francis, our Bishops, priests. We also call to mind St Joseph our model for fatherhood. And we remember in our prayers all fathers who have returned home to our Lord.

Thank You Heavenly Father for your continued blessings upon all Fathers. We Your children wish You a Happy Father’s Day! Amen


Leading one another into the sacred.

We all have a responsibility to help one another grow in our faith and in the deeper understanding of our Catholic traditions that draw us deeper into the sacred. Profoundly in the Eucharist celebration that is celebrated on hallowed ground.

So then when is it ever appropriate to dress down in Church in which Christ the Lord our God is most profoundly present especially in the blessed sacrament? When is it ever ok to stand in the sanctuary, before the altar of sacrifice or tabernacle and take selfies, wefies or group photos? How do we honour the Lord our God if we make no distinction or observe no reverence for what is sacred?

If we make the effort to learn about sacred liturgy it will draw us into a deeper appreciation and participation in the Eucharistic Celebration in which heaven and earth unites. Every gesture, posture, proclamations, responses and prayers lead us into Holy Communion with the Lord our God and one another.

We must keep ourselves constantly updated to learn and understand what is appropriate in the Eucharistic Celebration, the whys as well as the why nots. For example we should not clap our hands during the EC. Or while it would appear that we are one loving community when we hold hands while praying the our Father, it is not an appropriate gesture for the Eucharistic Celebration. We will find that over the years many had written to the Vatican to find out if it could be allowed and the answer had been consistently No. Another NO NO is the laity should never adopt the ouran position which is reserved only for consecrated ordained priests.

If we profess we love Jesus and that we are one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, then we must be obedient unto Christ Jesus, our Pope His vicar and His Holy Church. We must never cease to learn and grow in our faith. Amen

LOL FAMILY CAMP 2018

Posted: June 4, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Theme – Love or lost

What a blessing to be part of the first ever archdiocese level family camp. Families from different parishes gathered together to experience the love of our Lord and to have fun together.

The youths had several opportunities to reflect as well as bond through their own separate activities. The kids too, those below 12 had some enrichment and lots of fun games to take part in. While the adults re-learnt the great importance of loving one another after God. That is if we love God first in our lives; followed by loving one another, the love for our children will be heightened and the family will be one.

Apart from that it gave me great joy to meet and bond with other families from the other parishes. The greatest joy came from first being given the opportunity as husband and wife to serve at the Eucharistic celebrations, especially on the feast of Corpus Christi. And secondly, being able to share the love of Christ through our faith experiences with one another. By giving hope and encouragement to a mother struggling to bring the family together for prayer. Then sharing with another who was genuinely seeking but not yet finding; the experience and importance of belonging to a community even building up one through faith in Christ.

All of us were truly blessed not only to experience the love of Christ in very tangible ways but to have a wonderful spiritual director who led us very much closer to Him through the love sessions.

I was very much in awe to learn at the end of the camp as we were departing that the lady I had spoken to about community had managed to get three other families staying close by to continue their journey together. One of them was a neophyte! What a blessing indeed to witness the grace of God and the fruits of the camp.

Glory and Praise to God our Father, His son our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Greet One another with a Holy kiss

Posted: May 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

2 Cor 13:12

We should never take for granted what we have built and should continue to greet one another with an offering of the peace of Christ and a warm hug. This comes from a relationship built upon our rock Christ Jesus. For it is only through His love that we are able to do so. Many who might have thought it awkward in the beginning have begun to realise and appreciate the depth of growing in His love through these small acts of love for one another. This is a truth that not everyone will grasp or embrace but it is a truth nonetheless. ❤️

I Am Community

Posted: May 27, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

I AM Community…

Some time back I gave a short talk about being a loving, growing community. I began with sharing that the first community is the Holy Trinity. Three persons One God in an all loving, giving relationship. One in which all communities should emulate while they dwell on and in the mystery. Therefore a simple statement as I Am Community has greater depth in meaning and application.

A Community therefore can only grow in love if it responds to the call to love by the Holy Trinity.

How is that love expressed?

1. By making a commitment to come together in the presence of the Lord to pray and testify to His love.

2. To share our vulnerabilities and our hopes in the Risen Lord knowing that we do so on sacred ground bound in love for one another.

3. Putting aside all judgements of one another looking to the strengths that each of one poseseses instead of the weaknesses. Affirming one another while encouraging, nurturing the growth of our God given talents and gifts.

4. To always be outward looking as we spread the love we receive through our sharing in His love and to invite others to do the same.

5. To remain steadfast in prayer for one another and to fast when there are occasions that calls for fasting for one another.

6. To encourage one another to grow in our love and relationship with our Lord through His living Word.

7. To help and encourage one another to live His word in our lives.

I AM Community and so am I in Him. Are you? ❤️


We decided today to attend the novena devotion at 11am St Alphonsus Church affectionately known as Novena Church. I wanted to go much earlier as I desired to go for the Sacrament of reconciliation before we left for our short family holiday next week.

However we only managed to reach the church at about 1030hrs. My wife and daughter went to the statue of our Lady to say a short prayer, while I reserved some seats for us. I was a little disappointed as they did not have a reconciliation session after the 1100hrs service. Then I saw Fr Peter Wee walk by and quickly ran after him requesting for the Sacrament. He kindly obliged and gave me
some very encouraging advice in the process. I must say he gave me the most lengthy penance I had ever been given in my life, part of it was to offer it up as prayers for the sick which I gladly did.

After the service we went to the religious store and I purchased a book, candles, some items for Hannah my daughter and a small beautiful statue of St Michael the Archangel. However we could not find a priest anywhere to bless them. They were probably out of early lunch. Again I was a little disappointed as it would have been nice to have a redemptorist priest bless the items not that it really mattered.

We walked to Novena square for lunch and Hannah decided that we should eat at Han’s. Midway through our lunch who should walk in and sit behind us? Fr Simon Tan from Novena Church. I asked if he could kindly bless the items we bought from church, again he readily obliged in the middle of Han’s restaurant. He jokingly said he did not think anyone would recognise him out of collar and that he too needed to eat outside once in a while. What a blessed day indeed to have such graces and blessings bestowed upon us. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 22, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

We look at Adam and Eve and think to ourselves, No we would never do what they did. And yet we do likewise nonetheless. When we choose our careers and ambitions above all else. When we decide on our own what is best for us. When we give in to temptation and sin to satisfy our desires. When we choose not to heed our Christian call to love and be holy. When there is little or no time for prayer or to be in His presence.

How then can we truly love our family let alone friend or neighbour? For to love them as we ought to, can only come from our love of the Lord our God. For God is love, life giving liberating love. A love that wills the good in another. For by His love we become little to ourselves and our love grows bigger for others. By His love we can love the stranger amongst us and welcome them as His children our brethren.

Lord teach me to love as You do. Amen

First reading

James 4:1-10
Resist the devil and he will run away

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.
You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives; don’t you realise that making the world your friend is making God your enemy? Anyone who chooses the world for his friend turns himself into God’s enemy. Surely you don’t think scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which he sent to live in us wants us for himself alone? But he has been even more generous to us, as scripture says: God opposes the proud but he gives generously to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.

Gospel

Mark 9:30-37
Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.
They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’