SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS FOR THE DAY BY FR. ERBIN FERNANDEZ:
Matthew remembers that very moment when he was collecting taxes and Jesus called him to follow Him. For Matthew, this was a spiritual journey that challenged his religious biases because he observed that Jesus would equally reject those who abandoned the Hebrew tradition as well as those who rejected the new insights which Jesus brought.
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THIS WEEK AT CSC (JUL 27-AUG 2, 2015):
WP Tuesdays, July 28, 2015, 8pm
Join us for Worship and Prayer on every second and fourth Tuesdays of the month!
Venue: St Clement Auditorium All are welcome!
CER #47 On-Site Intercession, Jesus Room
Wed, Jul 29 10:30am, 2:30pm, 8pm**
Thu, Jul 30 10:30am, 2:30pm, 8pm**
Fri, Jul 31 9:00am – 4:00pm, 8pm**
Sat, Aug 01 11:30am, 3:30pm, 8pm**
Sun, Aug 02 10:30am, 2:00pm
Note: 8pm** intercession will be held at St Peter Hall (Wing)
CANCELLATION OF DECEMBER 2015 AWAKEN YOUTH CONVERSION RETREAT
26 July 2015
Dear collaborators-in-Christ, benefactors and sisters and brothers-in-Christ,
Since taking over as Spiritual Director of the Catholic Spirituality Centre (“CSC”) in February this year, the leadership team and I have discerned an urgent need to strengthen the spiritual growth and deepen the bonds in the community of youth in Amplify, who run the AWAKEN retreats. In pursuit of this good, CSC cancelled the June 2015 AWAKEN so that we could dedicate our time and effort towards the serious and monumental work of discipleship for our members in an intentional way.
Over the past five months, the Amplify community has dived head-on into the hard work of renewing her members’ interior life as a disciple of Christ and reinvigorating their community life and relationships with one another. These efforts culminated in Amplify’s Community Retreat in June 2015 where members took concrete actions by committing to a shared discipleship journey; to participating in small discipleship groups that are dedicated to the practices of spiritual disciplines in their daily life. By the grace of God, I am pleased to share that we are seeing some initial fruits of our labour.
This journey of renewal in the Amplify community is, however, still in its infancy. We need more time to consolidate the foundation of authentic discipleship. There is much work that needs to be done in the area of post‑conversion follow up and discipleship, so that our effort of re-evangelising the Catholic youths in the archdiocese will be sustainable in the long run. In order to focus on this key area of need, we have decided to cancel the December 2015 AWAKEN.
Re-evangelising Catholic youths through the AWAKEN retreat and other formation programmes remain as CSC’s priority in ministry. It is our hope that this season of fallowing will allow the Lord to deepen the good work that has already begun in the Amplify community, so that our witness, and future outreach, will bear fruit for the Kingdom of God, fruit that will last.
I am fully aware that there are many youths and parents who may be anxious for the Awaken Retreat to commence as soon as possible. Please realise that I feel with each one of you. I carry the burden of responsibility for discerning when the retreat commences again. I want us, the Amplify community, to not only be responsible for the Awaken Retreat but also its follow up.
Thank you for your support towards the CSC and our youths all these years. I ask for your prayers that I may remain strong in my discernment with the Lord and His anointed leader, Archbishop William Goh; so that we may continue towards this mission of helping others encounter God, healing hearts, and empowering lives.
Rev Fr Erbin Fernandez
Catholic Spirituality Centre
Registration for PER #14, Aug 27-30
A 4-day stay-in retreat from Thursday, Aug 27 to Sunday, Aug 30, consisting of talks, practical prayer sessions and Mass conducted by Fr. Erbin Fernandez. Registration form can be downloaded here and is also available at CSC Admin Office.
CER #48, Sep 9-13
A 5-day, stay-in retreat directed by Archbishop William Goh.
Registration is FULL! We apologise to those who were unable to secure a place. The next CER (#49) is scheduled for Nov 11-15.
Talks and CDs
A gentle reminder to retreatants from CER#38 to CER#43 who ordered CER CDs to collect these from the Media Kiosk.
CER#44 and CER#45 Retreatants who ordered CER CDs can collect the at the Media Kiosk before and after Friday Growth and 4th Saturday service. Please send an email to arrange for collection on weekdays (only from Monday to Thursday, from 10am to 3pm, except public holidays), if you are unable to make it on Friday Growth and 4th Saturday.
Check CDs for sale for CD titles that may interest you. Visit the Media Kiosk, open during Friday Growth and 4th Saturday services to purchase your desired CDs. If you are not able to visit our Kiosk during opening hours, you may also email us to place your order and let us know your preferred time for collection (please give us 10 days’ notice). We will arrange for your collection from the CSC Admin office during office hours between 10am and 3pm,from Monday to Thursday.
Intercession Schedule for the Month of July
Tue to Thurs 10.30am to Noon, 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Sat 8.00pm to 9.30pm
4th Sat 4.15pm to 5.30pm, before Healing Mass (No 8pm intercession)
No intercession on Wed, Jul 22 at 8pm
The Healing Prayer Ministry provides prayer ministering to individuals for spiritual, emotional or inner healing on Wednesday from 8.15pm to 9.30pm (except for retreat days and public holidays). Praying over sessions are held on Wednesdays from 9.30pm to 10.00pm in Jesus Room (except for public holidays and retreat days).