“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Jesus lament about the Jews, that they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand is understandable. The Lord does not want them to observe empty ritual, does not want them to look at the externals but to cultivate an interior disposition. What did Jesus mean when he said, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear.” To his disciples, he wants them to cultivate a spirituality, to be able to witness to a reality which is beyond what is physically before them. To be able to cultivate a spirituality, one must prepare onself interiorly, to have an internal disposition.
The Solemnity of the Assumption is fast approaching. (11th – 19th August) However, we have to reach beyond the immediate nine days to cultivate an interior disposition. I propose to prepare ourselves to celebrate this solemnity with prayer and meditation throughout the month of August. We shall consecrate the month of August to Mary.
First, let us begin with prayer and worship.
Lauds and Memorial Mass to Our Lady every Saturday in August
For four Saturdays in August, we shall have memorial Mass of Our Lady: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August shall be special days set apart for prayer. Starting with Lauds at 6.00am and followed by Mass. Please join us in making this a special devotion to Our Lady.
Holy Hour on 1st and 4th Friday
For two Fridays in August, we shall have Holy Hour on 3rd and 24th of August, starting immediately after 6.30pm Mass. Holy hour will begin around 7.00pm.
Reflections and Talks on Mother Mary every Thursday
Every Thursday in August, my sharing and reflection on “God, the Centre of My Life” from 8.00 – 9,30pm shall be focused on Mother Mary.
Immediate Preparation on Saturday, 11th August, 2018
We begin immediate preparation for our Feast Day with a series of sharings and reflections by Msgr. Mitchel on Saturday, 11th, August, 2018. (8.15 am – 4.00pm) Msgr. Mitchel shall also be our celebrant on the 1st Day of our Feast Day, on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Parish Feast 11 – 19th August, 2018
We shall have a special 9-Day Novena, followed by Rosary prayed in four languages, and ending with Mass. During the Feast, we call upon the participation and collaboration of all the BECs and Ministries in the Church, including the various Language Apostolates.
Themes for the Masses are as follows:
Saturday, 11.08.2018: Mary, Model of Mission for the Laity
Sunday, 12.08.2018: Mary, Role Model for Young People
Monday, 13.08.2018: Mary in the Service of the Transmission of Faith
Tuesday, 14.08.2018 : Mary, Model of Priests and Their Pastoral Ministry
Wednesday, 15.08.2018: Mary, Model of Vocations
Thursday, 16.08 2018 : Mary in the Mission of the Religious
Friday, 17.08.2018 : Mary, Model of Spiritual Discernment
Saturday, 18.08.2018 : Mary in the Service of Peace and Dialogue
Sunday, 19.08.2018 : Mary, the Treasure of Family
On Sunday, 19th August, 2018, after Mass, there shall be a procession and benediction, followed by a small reception, with guests joining us from the various faiths.
Merdeka Day Mass at 10.00am
Our Feast shall draw to a close on Merdeka Day with Mass celebrated at 10.00am ending with the singing of the National anthem.