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2021-02-28 Bulletin

The Old Law Made Perfect Peter, James and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus, where His face shone like the sun and His clothes became dazzling white as light. But that was not all. A voice from a bright cloud said: “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him. (Mk 9:2-8; Mt 17:1-8; Lk 9:28-36)” The light emanating from Jesus and the voice coming from the cloud revealed the divine glory and beauty of Jesus Christ. The sequence of events…

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2021-02-14 Bulletin

Happy Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year officially began on February 12, 2021 with the year of the ox. At the beginning of each New Year, there is a great sense of joy and hope for what the New Year will bring. At the Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Catholic Mission, the Holy Mass for Chinese New Year will be at 10:30am on February 14, in lieu of the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This Eucharistic celebration gives our community…

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2021-02-07 Bulletin

Looking for Jesus The disciples looked for Jesus and when they found Him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” Indeed, everyone was looking for Jesus because even after Jesus had cured many who were ill and drove out many demons, there were still many more who were sick with various diseases and possessed by demons. In this day and age, where and how should we look for Jesus? A number of the faithful have a tendency to be drawn…

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2021-01-31 Bulletin

A New Authority Mark’s Gospel introduces us to the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry by emphasizing Jesus’ authority in both the human and supernatural realms. The human realm is represented by the scribes who were the teachers of the Law, while the supernatural realm is represented by the evil spirits that tormented the people whom they possessed. The people who heard Jesus teach at the synagogue were astonished at His teaching because unlike the scribes, He taught as one having…

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2021-01-24 Bulletin

Jonah and the Gourd Plant Synopsis of the Book of Jonah The story of Jonah has great theological significance. It is about a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission, was cast overboard in a storm and swallowed by a great fish, rescued in a marvelous manner, and returned to his starting point. He then obeyed God and went to Nineveh. The Ninevites listened to his message of doom and repented immediately. From the king to lowliest subject, the Ninevites…

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2021-01-17 Bulletin

The Power of the Holy Name of Jesus The power of the Holy Name of Jesus is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures. Several episodes in the New Testament refer to the power of the invocation of the Holy Name: In Mark 9:38-39, demons were driven out; in Acts 3:6, Peter makes a crippled man walk and in Acts 9:32-34, Peter heals a paralyzed man. Reverence for the name of Jesus is emphasized in Philippians 2:10: “That in the name…

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2021-01-10 Bulletin

Rebirth in the Holy Spirit Synopsis of the Baptism of the Lord: John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As a result, a crowd of sinners – tax collectors, prostitutes, soldiers, and even a few Pharisees and Sadducees – came to be baptized by John. Then Jesus appeared and approached John for baptism. The Baptist hesitated, but Jesus insisted and was baptized. Then the Holy Spirit, in the appearance of a dove, came upon…

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2021-01-03 Bulletin

In Search of Wisdom The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the gentile nations. The Magi, who came from the East, represent the gentile nations. The Magi travelled far and wide in search of the King of the Jews, but what they found was no ordinary king – the found the King of Kings. An interesting thing to note is that while the Gospel of Matthew is the only Gospel that contains the story of…

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2020-12-27 Bulletin

Simeon’s Prophecies Ever since Israel had been delivered from slavery in Egypt around the 13th century BC, the firstborn of the Jews has been consecrated to God. (Exodus 13:1-2) Therefore, Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in order to be presented to the LORD. At the same time, Mary also went for the ritual of Purification forty days after childbirth. According to the Law, the Purification offering required a lamb, or for those who are poor,…

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2020-12-20 Bulletin

Mary, Full of Grace It has been said that the Annunciation is Mary’s call to discipleship in Christ. When she said yes to God’s will that she be the mother of His Son, she accepted the call to become her Son’s disciple. Therefore, the Gospel of Luke presents Mary as the first disciple of Jesus Christ. Mary was the first to hear the call and to accept it. Jesus said: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and…

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