Pastoral Letter Nr4 dd 12th April 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia!
The Lord is risen indeed!

Sorry for this rather late message. You would think that this lockdown would give a person a lot of time but somehow it has not happened that way. Since my last message to you, I have kept a regular routine. In fact, I have increased my rosary praying from twice to thrice—a total of 60 decades. The daily Masses continue according to schedule. I continue to keep you in my prayers.

Last night, the Vigil Mass took place at 11 pm and since there was no baptism, we finished at about 1 am. This morning’s Mass at 10 am was over in about an hour. Sadness at the emptiness took second place last night and today as the main focus has been on the victory of Christ our Lord. He conquered sin and death so that we may have life eternal. The Eucharist was truly that—a thanksgiving to the Lord for saving us.

I am exhausted. I am almost certain you are too. Even though Holy Week was “peopleless”, still it was physically taxing to go through it. This is compounded by the fact that waiting is tiring. As the MCO continues, we have been storming heaven for a miraculous end to the pandemic.

We may not have life-streamed Masses but we do have homilies from Palm Sunday and all through Holy Week posted on the parish website. The direct link is www.homiliesofajesuit.blogspot.com

Mindful that the effects of the MCO are starting to bite especially for those who are daily wage earners, POHD is doing a great job in reaching out to those who have asked for help. Recently a kind soul donated trays of eggs (>1500) that were distributed as soon as we received them. That was just an instance. Others have been bringing bags of rice, cartons of milk and tins of biscuits. Thank you kind souls who have come to the Cathedral’s aid in both cash and kind. As last reported, we are still in the process of setting up Jompay. The paperwork has been submitted. Details will be made available as soon as it is ready.

Last but not least, do not hesitate to call out if you need help.

God bless you. Wishing each one of you, on behalf of Fr Michael, Fr John, Sr Imma and the parish staff, a blessed Easter.

I remain humbly, your servant in Christ,
Padre

Easter Eggs
The picture shows an array of beautiful Easter Egg Candles courtesy of Agnes Gan (Mrs Joseph Soo). The egg on the left has the 3 Theological Virtues of Xin (Faith) Wang (Hope) and Ai (Love). The middle egg symbolises the Sacred Heart (so our Cathedral) and the egg on the right carries the MJD50 logo. Both the empty shells and the butterfly are apt symbols of the Resurrection.
 

 


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