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Today, 13th January, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.

Christ did not need the baptism of John. Although He appeared in the "substance of our flesh" and was recognized "outwardly like unto ourselves", He was absolutely sinless and impeccable. He conferred upon the water the power of the true Baptism which would remove all the sins of the world: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sin of the world".

Many of the incidents which accompanied Christ's baptism are symbolical of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ's baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His baptism Christ was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father; at our Baptism we become the adopted sons of God. At Christ's baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism heaven was opened to us. At His baptism Jesus prayed; after our Baptism we must pray to avoid actual sin.

Source : Catholic Culture.org
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Announcements for the week - 11th, 12th and 13th January 2019

Saturday, 12th January is the Birthday of Fr. Nicolson. A Thanksgiving Mass will be offered at 6.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. Let us participate and pray for his intentions.

The Feast of Our Lady of Arabia, Patroness of our Vicariate will be celebrated on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January. The Nine-Day Novena will commence from Wednesday 9th January, 10 minutes before the evening masses.

Saturday, 19th January is the Ordination Day of Fr. Amar. A Thanksgiving Mass will be offered at 6.30 pm on that day. Let us participate and pray for his intentions.

Friday, 25th January is the Feast of Santo Niño which will be celebrated by the Filipino Community at the 12 noon mass in the Sacred Heart Church. The main celebrant is our Apostolic Nuncio, His Grace Archbishop Francisco M. Padilla. Please bring your Santo Niño statues for blessing during this service. We invite all the Filipino members of our Parish to attend this mass.
The Nine-Day Novena in English will commence from Wednesday, 16th January every evening at 8.00 pm. The venue will be outside the A.V. Room. On the Feast Day, the assembly time for the entrance procession before the mass will be at 11.30 am near the outdoor stage. All the devotees of the Infant Jesus are welcome to participate.

The Wedding Anniversary Mass for January celebrants will be held on Saturday, 26th January at the 6.30 pm mass. Celebrants, please register your names at the Parish Office by 20th January.

The Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity will be held on Saturday, 26th January at 7.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. All parishioners are urged to participate in this service.

Family Day 2019 with the theme Join hands, Join hearts will be held on Friday, 22nd February at the church ground from 8am to 8pm. Parishioners, we need you to support for this Family Day. Please contact the individuals whose names are mentioned on the leaflets which are being distributed after masses or any of the priests for assistance.

There will be a pilgrimage to the Holy Land organized by the Sacred Heart Church, a spiritual leading by Rev. Fr. Xavier D’souza from 16th March to 26th March. The countries included in this pilgrimage are Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Egypt. Those interested in joining are requested to collect the form from the Parish Office and submit it before 10th February. For further details, please contact Fr. Xavier or the Parish Office.

Fr. Xavier D’souza, OFM Cap.
Parish Priest
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