MJD News Update #13D

On Oct 24, MJPT or Diocesan Pastoral Teams will gather for their discernment and for their 2021 planning. Most diocesan and parish ministries had to slowdown or remain locked down during these days.

Oct 25, 2020

Greetings and Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, dear People of God. 

A Thought for the Week:
“Personally, I am perfectly calm, steadfastly facing what is to come. When one has really achieved complete surrender to the will of God, there is a marvellous feeling of peace and a sense of absolute security. I am in a joyous mood and filled with great anticipation.” These are the words written by a man, before he was executed by the Nazis for an unknown crime. He had lost everything-family, friends, reputation, status, and his very life. In the midst of his profound experience of poverty, he discovered that he actually possessed everything that was essential. He was completely convinced of the unconditional love of God. This man experienced the profound peace and joy that comes with total reliance on God and living the truth that the poorer we become, the more we can experience His love. If we allow ourselves to be  loved by God, we realise we have been created, and everything we have has been given to us. In letting ourselves belong to Him, we find love and fulfilment for which our hearts were made. Cardinal O’Connor often repeated: “Whatever you own, owns you.”

Announcements for the Week:

1. On Oct 24, MJPT or Diocesan Pastoral Teams will gather for their discernment and for their 2021 planning. Most diocesan and parish ministries had to slowdown or remain locked down during these days. The time has come to assess the impact of the pandemic on pastoral care and ministry, to re-invent or respond accordingly to the signs of the time. Either we change or we will be changed.

2. The parishes are responsible for setting the times of the All Souls Day blessings or Masses. Contact your parishes for more information. All liturgical services or masses at parishes or cemeteries must be small, and the  people must maintain physical distancing, wear face masks and be registered as required. Think safe. Be safe. Stay safe. The pandemic is not over.

3. The Deliverance Exorcism Office (DEO)  of the MJD will be conducting a “Training of Trainee Exorcists” from Nov 16-19, for eight members of the clergy and 15 lay helpers, to serve the three Vicariates. The DEO is headed by Fr Benedict Yee. Slowly and systematically, the diocese intends to complement the other already existing ministries like counselling, spiritual direction and reconciliation, to build up the healing dimension of the church. More info as we go along.

Questions & Queries? Will this pandemic end? Have things changed?

Firstly, it will take some time. Like some of the earlier pandemics e.g. the Spanish Flu or Smallpox, they continued over many years bringing death. With no tested and certain vaccines,  COVID-19 will continue to be a ‘clear and present danger’.

Secondly, politics, economics and the public services have changed. Our lifestyles, attitudes and values have shifted. Our Churches, ministries and attitudes to Mass-going are different. Social and communal activities and gatherings, the mark of Christian living and witness, have suffered. What is certain is that a VUCA situation calls for a VUCA response of a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times, we have to respond with Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility. Both Church and governments must be versatile to respond in these unpredictable times.

Let us together continue Building His Kingdom. God bless you all. Bishop Bernard Paul October 23, 2020

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