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Small Acts of Family Love That Is So Strongly Felt Indeed we never know what talents God gives to each of us until we put it to good use. Those who came and had a meal at the canteen on 24 Mar were pleasantly greeted by a beautiful backdrop that reminded us how Jesus sits amongst us, listening to our every conversation and waiting for us to invite Him to join in. Also, looking at the colourful menu, are we more enticed by the drawing or the array of food that was offered? When I first embarked on this task, I was not sure what would be the outcome. Never did I expect so much
In the evening, the Maundy Thursday service is held at churches island wide. After the service, the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose in a procession. The Altar of Repose also holds consecrated communion hosts prepared for distribution on Good Friday. The altar is then stripped. Because the altar symbolises Christ, stripping symbolises the abandonment of Jesus by His disciples and His humiliation as the soldiers stripped Him. Catholics do not genuflect to the tabernacle after the hosts have been removed to the Altar of Repose. Instead, they bow or kneel on both knees as they face the altar and the Blessed Sacrament. Catholics are encouraged to stay for prayer and devotion in the church for an
On the journey to grow closer to God, we need communities to bring us to Jesus, especially during our times of struggle or spiritual lethargy. These communities can be informal or formal communities like our family or structured church sharing groups respectively. There lies the importance of building kingdom friendships rather than just friendships of utility or pleasure. Friendships of utility exist because the people involved are useful to each other in some way. Friendships of pleasure exist because we merely enjoy the company of the other. These friendships are not wrong but rather, they are superficial because they are not the divine friendships that God calls us to. God calls us to establish friendships of goodness, where they
Are you a Godly Parent, or Are You a No-good Parent? Now, who am I to talk about parenting? I am neither married, nor do I have any children of my own. However, what I do have is an accumulation of 12 years of experience working with children and teenagers from the age of toddlers to youth. Here are some reflections that have been garnered over the years. These have come as a result of the observations of best and worst practices carried out by the parents of the children and youth under my charge, and also of the general parent I have encountered in the streets. We lift our families up to the most capable hands of the
About 9 years ago, I found myself alone one day with my mother in her room. Already in the final stages of cancer, I saw this once robust and feisty powerhouse wither away before my eyes. As her round-the-clock caregiver – and juggling a full-time job – the stress was overwhelming. Emotionally, I was grappling with the grim reality that she would soon be leaving us as she grew weaker and weaker. Before family and friends, I put on a brave face. But deep within me, I was heartbroken, lost and in despair at not being able to do more for her. Mummy had always been my rock and pillar of strength – and here she was, inching closer