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St Francis Xavier, Priest – Patron of Missions : Tuesday 3rd December, 2019

DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage Dear Friend in the Lord, Serving God: St Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missions, brought the Catholic faith to India and East Asia.  He proclaimed the faith with such great passion, that he eventually died from the exhaustion of his service to God’s people, and the unfulfilled dreams of bringing…

St Francis Xavier, Priest – Patron of Missions : Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Daily Word Of GodMark 16:15-20 Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my…

1st Sunday of Advent (A) : Sunday 1st December 2019

1st Sunday in Advent1st Sunday of Advent (A) : Sunday 1st December 2019Is. 2:15; Ps. 122(121):1-2,4-5,6-7,8-9; Rom. 13:11-14a; Mt. 4:37-44 (Ps Wk I) Swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks — what a beautiful prophecy! Can we imagine a time when there will no longer be war between nations? This is God’s intention and…

1st December 2019, 1st Sunday in Advent: Advent – Living a more Vigilant Faith

1st Sunday in AdventIsaiah 2:1-5; Ps. 121:1-2.4-5 6-9; Rom. 13:11-14; Gospel of Matthew 24:37-44 Preached by Msgr Philip Heng, SJ at Cathedral of Good Shepherd, Singapore on 1 December 2019 Today, we begin our liturgical preparation for Christmas by entering into the season of Advent.  The Gospel of St Matthew that we just heard proclaimed…

1st Week of Advent (A) : Monday 2nd December 2019

Lord Jesus, help us prepare for the celebration of Your birth amongst us1st Week of Advent (A) : Monday 2nd December 2019Is. 4:2-6; Ps. 122(121): 1-2,3-4,8-9; Mt. 8:5-11 (Ps Wk I) At the entrance to the modern city of Jerusalem in Israel there is an arch with the welcoming greeting in Hebrew: “Blessed is your…

1st Week in Advent : Monday 2nd December, 2019

DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage Dear Friend in the Lord, “Roman Centurion”: In today’s Gospel, the Roman Centurion’s deep faith in Jesus’ divine power and his great compassion for his servant, moved Jesus to cure his servant.  Is our faith in Jesus and our compassion for others deep, sincere and humble like the centurion?  If so,…

First Week of Advent: Monday 2nd December 2019

Daily Word Of GodMatthew 8:5-10 When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him.  ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed and in great pain.’ Jesus said to him, ‘I will come myself and cure him.’ The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under…

December 1st : St Alexander Briant, SJ

Saint Alexander Briant, SJBorn : 1556 Died : Dec 1, 1581 Beatified : Dec 9, 1886 Canonised : Oct 25, 1970 by; or by Matthaus Greuter (Greuther); Paul Maupin (Maupain),print,published 1608 Alexander Briant was born in Somerset, England. He studied at Hart Hall, Oxford, where one of his teachers was Robert Persons who later became…

December 1st : St Edmund Campion, SJ

Saint Edmund Campion, SJBorn : January 25, 1540 Died : Dec 1, 1581 Beatified : Dec 9, 1886 Canonised : Oct 25, 1970 St Edmund was born in London of Catholic parents who later turned Protestant. He received his early education in Christ-Church Hospital where as a 13-year old schoolboy he was chosen to read…