Saturday, 11 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (Gospel Reading)

John 16 : 23b-28

The time is coming, when I shall no longer speak in veiled language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. When that day comes, you will ask in My Name; and it will not be for Me to ask the Father for you, for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and you believe that I came from the Father.

As I came from the Father, and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world, and going to the Father.

Saturday, 11 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (Psalm)

Psalm 46 : 2-3, 8-9, 10

Clap your hands, all you peoples; acclaim God with shouts of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared; He is a great King all over the earth.

God is king of all the earth; sing to Him a hymn of praise. For God now rules over the nations, God reigns from  His holy throne.

The leaders of the nations rally together with the people of God of Abraham. For in His hands are the great of the earth, God reigns far above.

Saturday, 11 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (First Reading)

Acts 18 : 23-28

After spending some time there, he left and travelled from place to place through Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening the disciples. A certain Jew named Apollos , a native of Alexandria, arrived at Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker and an authority on the Scriptures, and he had some knowledge of the way of the Lord.

With great enthusiasm he preached and taught correctly about Jesus, although he knew only of John’s baptism. As he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, Priscilla and Aquila heard him; so they took him home with them and explained to him the way more accurately.

As Apollos wished to go to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.  When he arrived, he greatly strengthened those who, by God’s grace, had become believers, for he vigorously refuted the Jews, proving from the Scripture that Jesus is the Messiah.

Archbishop William Goh, the new Archbishop of Singapore

http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8794%3Aholy-see-announces-new-archbishop-of-singapore-accepts-retirement-of-his-grace-most-rev-msgr-nicholas-chia&catid=265%3Aannouncements

As of today, Saturday, 18 May 2013, on the eve of the Pentecost Sunday, the Holy See and the Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Nicholas Chia, who will immediately become the Archbishop Emeritus of Singapore. This is in fulfillment of the Code of the Canon Law Can. 401§1, that all bishops upon reaching the age of 75 must tender their resignation to the Holy See, and the See will be empty once the resignation is accepted.

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(Above : The now Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia of Singapore)

Archbishop William Goh, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore, therefore, being the coadjutor archbishop, has an immediate right of succession, and thus immediately become the new Archbishop of Singapore, and the proper Ordinary of the Archdiocese, according to the Code of the Canon Law, Can. 404§1, as of today, Saturday, 18 May 2013.

Although today’s (18 May 2013) Vatican bollettino has yet to include this announcement of appointment, but as this news comes from the Apostolic Nunciature to Singapore, it is expected that by Monday, the bollettino will reflect this new change in the Church.

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(Above : The new Archbishop of Singapore, Archbishop William Goh)

The installation Mass of the new Archbishop of Singapore is expected to be soon, to be held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, which will also be soon closed for major renovation.

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Friday, 10 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (Scripture Reflection)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, praise the Lord Jesus Christ, our God, at all times, always! For He is our great King of glory, who was glorified by the Father in His resurrection, and then elevation to heaven in the Ascension. He is the only one worthy of praise, and worthy of worship, for through Him the world had seen its salvation and the hour is truly coming very close that Christ will come once again to justify those whom He had chosen, and those who had remained faithful to Him.

The world rejoices while the faithful in Christ are in sorrow, that is because the world does not belong to God, but instead belong to the evil one, from where all evils sprang from. The world therefore has hated those who are upright and righteous before God, since the beginning of creation, when men first fall into sin, and Satan first had his hold over mankind.

The faithful ones in Christ now is represented by the Church, the one and only Church of all the faithful ones in God, that is our One, Holy, Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. If you had heard many of the negative publications and bad news on the Church and portraying the Church in a bad light, that is exactly what Jesus meant with the world rejoicing while we are in mourning. Because the world will definitely try its best to denounce the Church and portray it as evil and irrelevant, exactly as what happened in our world today, in the direct and indirect persecution of the Church and the faithful ones in Christ, many of which are persecuted and ridiculed daily for their faith in God.

For, there are increasingly many who heed the call of Satan through the world and all its attractive seductions and temptations, either through false sense of happiness, joy, and through material goods and possessions, that often ensnared mankind into senseless greed for more and more material possessions, that they end up losing sight on the true goal of their life, that is to follow Christ, to remain faithful to Him, and become His disciples in spreading His Good News to all the peoples in all the nations.

The world today offers us much opportunities and goods that for many of us are simply too much to resist. Many also had fallen into the temptations and submitted to the devil, for temporary pleasures and false sense of joy, while straying from the path which Christ had shown to all of us. They had chosen evil over what is good, and abandoned the One who loves them so much that He gave up His life even for them.

Evil sees truth in the Church, truth that is of the Lord, and truth that can save mankind from eternal damnation with evil itself. Unwilling to see mankind saved from their seemingly unavoidable destiny, that is to perish with Satan in the eternal hell, he uses all his might through the world to prevent mankind from being saved, one of which is through seducing susceptible mankind, which in fact includes everybody, to stray from God’s path, and the other is by attacking the Church, that font of truth, out of which comes the only possibility of salvation. Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus, there is no salvation outside the Church.

We will be persecuted, ridiculed against, and attacked, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, for holding fast to our faith in Christ crucified, in Christ resurrected, and in Christ the Son of God, the One triumphant against evil, sin, and all of evil’s insidious plans. But if we remain strong in our resolution and standing, and steadfast in our faith, we will not falter in our path, and despite all the hardships, the sorrows, and the sadness, we will eventually triumph with Christ.

Remember that with every cloud there is always a silver lining. Hope never dies, and hope will always be there, as long as we believe in it. In Christ lies our only hope, and in Him, salvation of the world can come. He had been triumphant, and we will be victorious with Him when He comes again to judge the world, and find us worthy, while those who rejected Him will end up in the eternal condemnation that is due for them and the devil and his fallen angels.

God be with us all, and remain within our hearts, forever. Amen.

Pope Francis’ Schedule of Celebrations and Events from May to July 2013 (After Pentecost to World Youth Day)

http://attualita.vatican.va/sala-stampa/bollettino/2013/05/17/news/31002.html

Pope Francis’ schedule for the months of May to July 2013 (After Pentecost Sunday to World Youth Day 2013)

 

May 2013

 

Thursday, 23 May 2013 at 6 pm in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican

Profession of faith with the bishops of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI)

 

Sunday, 26 May 2013 at 9.30 am (Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity)

Visit to the Parish of St. Elizabeth and Zachary in the Diocese of Rome, followed by Holy Mass

 

Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 7 pm in the Lateran Square (in front of the Lateran Basilica)

Holy Mass of the Solemnity of the Most Precious Body and Blood of our Lord (Corpus Christi), followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Procession to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

 

June 2013

 

Sunday, 2 June 2013 (9th Ordinary Sunday) at 6 pm in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican

Eucharistic Adoration

 

Sunday, 16 June 2013 (11th Ordinary Sunday)at 10.30 am in the St. Peter’s Square, Vatican

Holy Mass to commemorate the Encyclical (by Blessed Pope John Paul II) Evangelium Vitae, on the Sanctity of Life (Literal : The Gospel of Life)

 

Saturday, 29 June 2013 at 9.30 am in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican

Holy Mass of the great Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, with the imposition of the pallium on the newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishops by the Pope

 

July 2013

 

Sunday, 7 July 2013 (14th Ordinary Sunday) at 9.30 am in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican

Holy Mass with seminarians and religious novices

 

Monday, 22 July 2013 – Monday, 29 July 2013

World Youth Day 2013 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Friday, 10 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (Gospel Reading)

John 16 : 20-23a

Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her time is at hand. But, after the child is born, she no longer remembers her suffering because of such great joy : a human being is born into the world.

You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice; and no one will take your joy from you. When that day comes you will not ask Me anything.