ASH WEDNESDAY: Please be reminded there are many opportunities to attend the Mass on Ash Wednesday: 7.00 am at Simpson Bay, 12:00 Noon at Philipsburg, 7:30 pm at Philipsburg (Spanish) and at 7.30 pm at Reward. Please note there will be no Holy Hour on this day. The Catholic Schools will also be celebrating at various times during the day.
In the past week several activities took place in our parish of which nice pictures are available. First we saw the informative evening for parents of candidates for the sacrament of First Holy Communion, year 2. A sizable group of parents attended the evening that centered on the presentation of Father Adam called "The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Secondly a group of children in the school going age received the Sacrament of Baptism in the Church of the Risen Christ in Reward.
New members installation
On January 26th, 2019 could have been a regular vigil Mass at the Saint Martin of Tours church, Philipsburg. But there was something special added. On that day 6 candidate altar servers where officially installed into the ministry of altar servers. The candidates installed for the 2018-2019 school year are:
- Charlynaisha John (St Dominic Primary School)
- Josue Reales (St Joseph Primary School)
- Justice Barlette (Sr Borgia Elementary School)
- Nichelle Richardson (St Dominic Primary School)
- Royce Fernandez (St Dominic Primary School)
- Tiara Hodge (St Joseph Primary School)
The candidates formed part of he entrance procession and went to their reserved pews while Fr Adam and the other altar servers serving that day went up on the sanctuary. The Mass continued as normal until after the homily when the installation of the candidates took place. The coordinator of the ministry was called forth. From the ambo the coordinator called the candidates by name to come forward and stand in front of the altar, facing the congregation.
Raising their right hands they were asked by Fr Adam about their seriousness and devotion in joining the ministry to which they promised in front of everyone present in church. After making their promises and the congregation being witness to it, one by one they went to the altar where each received their own certificate to sign. Thereafter they went into the sacristy and came back out standing in front of the altar wearing their albs ready to serve.
Together they all received their final blessings where a prayer was done over them and being blessed with holy water. The congregation welcomed the newest members of the ministry who stayed on the sanctuary to serve the remainder of the mass together with the other altar servers. Click the picture for more of this evening.
The Christmas season was closed off with the annual Christmas pageant. Many groups from within the parish presented their song, skit or other presentation to a capacity filled Catholic Parish Hall in Backstreet. Before the pageant the Epiphany festival took place. Walking in procession from the Pier to the church the children of the parish were met by the three wise men, who came from afar to visit baby Jesus. The program continued in the Parish Hall on the Backstreet with the traditional eating of the cupcake. Nichelle Richardson was the one who found the bean in her cupcake. She was crowned winner by the three wise men.
For a pictorial of the Epiphany festival, please click on the picture of Nichelle and the wise men.
For a pictorial of the Christmas Pageant please click the picture of Father Adam and father Yohanes
You are invited to grow in faith and love of our Lord by coming to Eucharistic Adoration at our churches. Jesus wants you to spend time with Him. Bring your own prayer books, pray the rosary, read the Bible or just enjoy the peace that comes from being in the Presence of God. Taking an hour out of your busy life to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a prayer of great faith. Current Times of Eucharistic Adoration are: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Risen Christ Church, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at Mary, Star of the See Church.