MJD News Update #60

On October 10, the “Synod of Bishops” begins with the Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Oct 08, 2021

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

A week with two great saints, ie St Theresa of the Child Jesus, the patron of Missions, and St Francis of Assisi. St Theresa exclaimed: In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and then I will be all things; while St Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and ecology, said, Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Our call and mission are also to love what we do, so that the ordinary is done in an extraordinary way.

Time to believe again: One of the most beautiful verses that I have heard and which has moved me are these words found by the American troops as they entered Berlin. In an underground room, below a scratched Star of David on a wall, were these words: “I believe in the sun, even when it isn’t shining I believe in love, even when there’s no one there I believe in God, even when He is silent”. Strangely, these words give meaning, strength and hope to me in these times of deception, division and decadence. Only love overcomes evil. Love endures.

A Thought for the Week: Who Is Blind?
A 24-year-old man looking out from a train window shouted, “Dad, look the trees- they are going behind!” Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24-year old’s childish behaviour with pity. Suddenly, another shout of excitement, “Dad look, the clouds are running with us!” The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said “I did. In fact, we are returning home from the hospital. My son was born blind. He just got his eyes today.”

Something to Ponder:
When we truly know the other and their stories, we will not be so quick to pass judgement. It exposes our blindness. It reveals us. Love rejoices.

Mother Theresa: If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Wayne Dyer: When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Announcements for this Week:

1. Churches in Malacca Johore have reopened cautiously and the situation is being monitored. Each parish with the PPC and PHTs is to monitor and ensure compliance to the KKM and KPN SOPs for NRP phase 2 and 3. 2.

On October 10, the “Synod of Bishops” begins with the Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis in the Vatican.

On October 16 at 7.30pm, the MJD will livestream the Synod of Bishops Mass to all parishes and Catholics of the diocese. The South Johor clergy will join the bishop.

All other clergy and lay leaders will join this celebration in their parishes at the designated time. Catholics can link up from their homes.

There will be no sunset Masses on October 16 in the parishes.

From October 16, 2021, till April 2022, the Catholic communities of the world will:

a. Invoke the Holy Spirit to lead the Diocesan phase of the Synodal Process.

b. Entrust the Synodal Process to Mary, Queen of the Apostles and Mother of the Church.

c. Gather in a spirit of communion, inspire participation and go forth as a missionary Church.

3. Admission into the Seminary for the year 2022 closes on November 15, 2021. Young men who are interested may contact Fr Lionel Thomas, Fr Martinian Lee, or their parish priests.

4. The Kursus Evangelisasi Peribadi (KEP) 2020-2021 batch will be completing their preparations and training with a retreat and commissioning ceremony on October 23 via Zoom. A total of 47 people will be commissioned to their parishes and ministries.

5. The MJD Tamil Family Life Ministry has organised two Zoom sessions:

5.1. Women’s Physical Challenges by Dr Kumaruvelu on October 12 at 8.00pm.

5.2. Christ Centred Famil by Fr John Chinnapan, OFM on October 27 at 8.00pm. For more info, contact the Tamil Family Life Ministry.

This week’s Question and Query

The Q asks: The Journeys of Pope Francis? Do they say something?
They reflect his priorities, just like his choice of cardinals. Less focus on Europe, more commitment to globalisation of the Church, to enable the Roman centre to open up to the world and tend towards the peripheries.

The Synod reflects that. It is time for the Church to look at the world from different points of view, to allow new discoveries, to adopt new perspectives, to have the courage to change priorities. It is a shift to placing the poorest of humanity at the centre and not on the inherited traditions and grandeur of Rome or Europe.

May every Church and Christian community be a place of mercy amid so much indifference (Pope Francis). Let us continue “Building His Kingdom” Together.

Bishop Bernard Paul
October 8, 2021

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