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Parish Announcements for the week - 24th, 25th and 26th January 2020

In commemoration of the Feast of Santo Niño which will take place on Friday, 24th January at 12 noon in the Sacred Heart Church, there will be a procession before the mass at 11.30 am near the outdoor stage. All are welcome to participate.

The Wedding Anniversary Mass for January celebrants will be held on Saturday, 25th January at the 6.30 pm mass.

The Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity will be held on Saturday, 25th January at 7.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. All parishioners are urged to participate in this service.

Thursday, 30th January is the Ordination Day of our Parish Priest Fr. Xavier D’souza. A Thanksgiving Mass will be offered at 6.00 pm on that day. Let us participate and pray for his intentions.

Parishioners, mark this date in your calendar! The annual parish event Family Day 2020 with the theme “Together we are one Family” will be held at the church ground on Friday, 7th February from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. This year, there will be 3 competitions for the Family Day.
Saints & Biblical Characters (For Kids)
Talent Hunt - for12 years and above
Cooking Competition - for 16 years and above
The Forms for the competitions can be collected from the Parish Office, Jesus Youth Help Desk or the Parish Gift Corner. Kindly return the Forms before 26th January. More details are available on the Jesus Youth Facebook page.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be held on Friday, 24th April during the 10.15 am mass at the Sacred Heart Church.

First Holy Communion for Parish Catechism Children will be held on Friday, 17th April during the 10.15 am mass at the Sacred Heart Church and for Sacred Heart School children on Friday, 1st May.

Br. Callum will be leaving for further preparation for Diaconate and Priesthood. There will be a Thankgiving Farewell Mass on Friday, 31st January at 5.00 pm. All are invited.

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Fr. Xavier Marian D’souza, OFM Cap.
Parish Priest
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Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Gospel according to St. Mark 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.
A large number of people
followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him
also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,
and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,
so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result,
those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him
they would fall down before him
and shout, “You are the Son of God.”
He warned them sternly not to make him known.

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Reflection

Verse11 “You are the Son of God.”

In yesterday's Gospel passage we saw the Herodians and Pharisees making plans to kill Jesus because he refused to play their games. He didn’t play by their rules and they realized that they just couldn’t win against him. Their jealously was evident and the more they tried to sideline him the more people started to be attracted to Jesus and follow him. Persecution does not only take place from outside but within the church and community. These religious fanatics were functional in their service having no relationship with God nor able to demonstrate God’s power and glory. They did not BELIEVE in Jesus.

In verse 11, as Jesus performed many miracles and wonders the demons started shouting, “You are the son of God.”

There is no doubt, Jesus was the greatest teacher/preacher the world has ever seen. Yet it was the miracles of Jesus that drew the crowds. If preachers and teachers today want to draw the crowds like Jesus, they need to perform miracles too. Why? Because Jesus used miracles like a bell to draw the people unto Him. The preachers too should do the same to bring their congregation into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Those who operate in the same anointing that Jesus operated by, will have demons cry out as they come out. Yet we see that Jesus sharply rebuked the demons to be quiet. Jesus didn’t want the publicity from demons. All publicity does not glorify God. Many preachers have started in the spirit and ended in the flesh because of this.

As we reflect on the Gospel, let us ask ourselves, Am I representing Christ as I should? Am I making an impact in God’s Kingdom by winning souls for Jesus as instructed or is it mere words, activities and dead works?

God has blessed you to be a blessing.

Thanks to Vincent Lisboa for the Reflection
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Good morning everyone, I wish you all a Blessed Thursday! Keep the faith.

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