CHURCH NOTICES : 4TH DECEMBER, 2016 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - YEAR A

1. VOCATION CAMP IN BAHASA MALAYSIA
Venue    : St. Francis of Assisi’s Chapel, Brighton Road
Date    : 6 to 10 December 2016
Time    : Registration starts at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 06 December

All students who have completed SPM and STPM are encouraged to join.

2. ADVENT CONFESSIONS


Will start on 8 December. Confessions are available after morning Mass at Carmelite Chapel, St. Jospeh’s Cathedral and Church of Mater Dei. Please refer to the Church notice board for the schedule at the various churches.

Note : For the below, commentators will only announce at their respective Church.

        Venue                                         Date                                  Time
Church of Mater Dei, Lutong            :  8 and 9 December           7.30 p.m.   
Holy Spirit’s Chapel, Permyjaya        : 12 and 13 December        7.30 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Chapel, Tudan             : 14 and 15 December        7.30 p.m.
Kuala Baram Chapel                         : 17 December                   7.30 p.m.
Holy Rosary Chapel, Piasau Utara     : 17 December                   7.30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral                       : 19 to 21 December          7.30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Parish, at the priest’s office    : 19 to 24 December     9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
                                                              and 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.


3. HOLY MASS FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Venue    : St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Date    : Saturday, 17 December
Time    : 8.30 a.m.

Please register the special children and adults at St. Joseph’s parish office for allocated seating. Closing date for registration is 14 December. All are invited to join and support with prayers.

4.    AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR EVANGELIZATION Venue    : Dewan Surah, Miri
Date    : Friday, 16 December
Time    : 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Please bring your relatives and friends who have yet to know Jesus to share the joy of  Christmas. Admission is free.

5.     PARISHIONERS ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE DIOCESE WEBSITE TO GET THE LATEST
INFORMATION AND NEWS AT

       www.dioceseofmiri.blogspot.com
        or
       www.facebook.com/dioceseofmiri

From The Bishop's Desk - season of Advent

— posted in bishopdesk on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The season of Advent

We have just started the season of Advent which comprises of four Sundays in the run up to Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’. The Church prepares us for the two comings of Christ.

The first coming was when Jesus the Word of God became flesh 2000 years ago in Palestine.  Every year we celebrate his birth and rejoice in God’s great act of love by giving us his Son Jesus. 

The second coming of Christ is at the end of the world when he will come as Judge of the whole of creation. Everyone and everything will have to stand before him in judgment. But we who are faithful to Christ and who live lives of mercy and love have nothing to fear at the last judgement. We will receive our eternal reward.

However it is likely that the world will not end so soon. So for all of us, the second coming of Christ will be at the hour of our death. We will have to face Christ and be judged. This is the single most important moment in our lives. We all want to be able to meet Christ with joyful anticipation of receiving what he has promised us – eternal life. He will come and bring us to our eternal dwelling in the Father’s house.

Two key words in the season of Advent are ‘preparation’ and ‘repentance’.

The readings for the Sundays of Advent help us prepare for the single most important moment in our lives – when we shall meet Christ face to face. We examine our conscience
in the light of God’s word, take a good look at our lives and make a good confession.

Repentance includes taking the necessary steps to be the kind, loving and merciful person. 
God meant us to be and to bear the appropriate fruits of love and mercy.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been a year of grace and blessings from the Lord. Even though the Holy Doors of Mercy in our churches are closed, the door of mercy to Christ’s heart will never be closed. Likewise, we must never close our hearts to anyone but continue to be missionaries of mercy. We must be the merciful eyes, ears, mouths, hearts, hands and feet of our merciful God.

In other words, we must be merciful as the Father is merciful. Whenever and wherever there is a need, we try to fill it. We do our best to see and serve Christ in the poor, the least and the forgotten. We must never become too engrossed with the affairs of this world that we miss our God given opportunities to be ready for eternal life in the next world.

Have a blessed and happy Advent!

Yours in the Lord,
Bishop Richard Ng




CHURCH NOTICES : 27thNOVEMBER, 2016 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT - YEAR A

1. CHRISTMAS PARADE
Venue    : Miri City Fan
Date     : Saturday, 03 December    Time    : 5.00 p.m.
Please come and support the Christmas Parade to show our Christian presence and unity.
The allocated seating for our Church is next to the IT Library (Pustaka).
Candles with holders are available at the Church’s bookshop.
Our Church will run a hawker stall to sell food and drinks at the carpark near the swimming pool and all proceeds will go to Wisma St. Joseph.

2. VOCATION CAMP IN BAHASA MALAYSIA
Venue    : St. Francis of Assisi’s Chapel, Brighton Road
Date    : 6 to 10 December 2016
Time    : Registration starts at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 06 December
Fee    : RM25 (participant from Miri)
      RM20 (participant from outstation)

All students who have completed SPM and STPM are encouraged to join.



3.ADVENT CONFESSIONS
Will start on 8 December. Confessions are available after morning Mass at Carmelite Chapel,
St. Jospeh’s Cathedral and Church of Mater Dei. Please refer to the Church notice board
for the schedule at the various churches.

Note :For the below, commentators will only announce at their respective Church.

        Venue                                        Date                              Time
Church of Mater Dei                         : 8 and 9 December        7.30 p.m.   
Holy Spirit’s Chapel, Permyjaya        : 12 and 13 December    7.30 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Chapel, Tudan             : 14 and 15 December    7.30 p.m.
Kuala Baram Chapel                         : 17 December               7.30 p.m.
Holy Rosary Chapel, Piasau Utara     : 17 December               7.30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral                       : 19 to 21 December      7.30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Parish, at the priest’s office    : 19 to 24 December       9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
                                                                                                     &  2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.






4. CHRISTMAS CAROLING
For those who wish to have Christmas caroling at your home, please pick up a form at the entrance of the Church, filled in the details and put in the box provided. You may also register at St. Joseph’s parish office or contact the person stated in the form. Closing date is on 3rd December.

5. KENYAH-KAYAN MASS
     Venue     : Church of Mater Dei, Lutong
     Date    : Sunday, 4th December    Time : 11.00 a.m.

6. HEALING SERVICE CONDUCTED BY FR. GINO HENRIQUES
Venue    : St. Joseph's Cathedral
Date    : Tuesday, 29th November       Time    : 7.30p.m

This healing service is specially for all those who did not have the chance to attend the Mercy Conference.