The Start Of Holy Week (Palm Sunday)

By PAUL LIM
MEDIA & PUBLICATION TEAM

"Stand Faithfully With God In Our Trials"

24thMarch 2013-During the five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of fasting, praying and almsgiving, for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery. Today, we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die and to rise again.

It was scheduled that the youth of the church will be animating the Tamil and English mass, which are 7.30am and 9.30am respectively, whereas the BM mass is at 12noon.

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Parishioners were gathering in front of the Grotto of Mother Mary half an hour before each mass for a short procession of Passion Sunday. Palms were prepared for those who needed them. This Palm Sunday procession commemorates the time when Jesus entered into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey; they cut palm branches from the trees and placed them before Jesus on the road, like rolling out the red carpet.

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During the homily, Fr. Terrance Thomas, our parish priest, urged the congregation to unite ourselves with the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. He also added that we should stand firmly with God in our trials as how Mother Mary stood by his son till the end. Our faithfulness will lead us to be invited to join with Jesus in His kingdom and enjoy the reward of Joy, Hope and Love. Fr. Terrance ended his homily by inviting the congregation to pray that each and every one will stand by Jesus faithfully during this Holy Week.

 

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In conjunction with World Youth Day, all youth are invited to step forward to receive blessings from Fr. Terrance and the Youth Ministry gave gifts to all the youth present on this day.

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Besides that, the Youth Ministry also had a breakfast sale on this day as their fundraising activity. It was a successful event for the Youth Ministry and the parishioners enjoyed their food very much!

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May we continue the works of fasting, praying and almsgiving through the grace of God and anticipate in the coming Easter Triduum.