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There are frequently asked questions about the parish; mass times, office schedules, catechism classes, and more, please click on the drop down below for a few. You can send your questions via the contact page.
The Sunday mass schedules are 6am, 8am, 10am and 6:30pm in the parish hall and 6am & 8am in the Civic Centre.
Weekday Mass schedules are 6am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm
while Saturday Mass schedule is 6:30am.
On public holidays, Mass schedules are 6:30am and 6:30pm.
If you have more questions about the parish you can send your questions to the parish office.
The Parish organises “Life in the Spirit Seminar” and “Know Your Faith” Programmes for Parishioners and new converts to Catholicism – contact the office for details about these programmes.
However, some questions are outlined below.
The liturgy in the Catholic Church is the way, manner and practice of worship involving “the whole Christ”, that is the head and body, that is Christ himself – the High Priest, together with his body – the church is heaven and earth. It can simply be understood as rite: act or laid out mode/method of devotion to God. Note that this definition does not fully encapsulate the meaning of the word liturgy – check other sources for additional information
“In the name of the Father, [while using the right hand to touch the forehead]
and of the Son, [moving the hand to the chest]
and of the Holy Spirit. [touching one shoulder, then the other – right shoulder before the left.]
The sign of the cross is closely tied to baptism. Jesus told the apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).
The sign of the cross is one of the shortest prayers a Christian can say; it is an act of faith (belief in the Trinity), and a mark of blessing (as we invoke the power of God).
Catholics make the sign of the cross before and at the end of prayers; it is for us a prayer, a blessing, and a sacramental.
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The altar bell, sanctus bell or mass bell is a small hand-held bell often heard during the mass. It is usually heard as the Priest proceeds with altar servers and lay readers to the altar for mass. Another most obvious time the bell is heard is at consecration; it is being rung by the altar servant at an appropriate moment just before consecration to draw attention and focus to the events of consecration. It marks, the most holy aspect of the Mass a supernatural event is taking place on the altar.
It is expected that attendees at mass would comport themselves in reverence and focus on the activities of the altar.
It is also expected that members are (preferably) kneeling , sitting or standing without moving around. At this moment movement is restricted and silence is observed.
If you have more questions about the liturgy you can ask your questions during the “Know Your Faith” forums or meet any of the priests.
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Some questions about the Catholic Church are presented and addressed during the “Life in the Spirit Seminar” and “Know Your Faith” Programmes organised by the parish for Parishioners and new converts to Catholicism. Kindly contact the office for details about these programmes.
However, some questions are outlined below.
There is always this erroneous belief that Catholics do not read the bible or do not have biblical knowledge. This is greatly false! Another misconception is the statement that – The Catholic Bible is not complete: on the contrary, the Catholic Bible has more books than other versions – with the additional Deuterocanonical Books.
It is important to note that the Catholic church doesn’t only encourage its members to read the bible but to also pray, meditate and live the bible.
Firstly, at mass, during the Liturgy of the Word, the Lectors (lay readers) reads portions of the bible from the Old and/or New Testament. The Priest also reads from one of the Gospel books before delivering a sermon. More importantly, most prayers at Mass are extracts of the Bible and are traditions of our fathers in faith.
Also, most of the prayers in the church; the Creed, Our Father, the Rosary etc. are extracts of the bible that encourage us to meditate the mysteries of the Life of Christ and the practice of the Early Christians.
In addition, the Catholic Bible is composed of 46 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, while the Protestant Bible has 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. What many of the protestant leaders/members considered as the Catholic bible is the Missal (Sunday/Weekday Missal) of the Church. The missal is a collection of readings arranged in for the times / seasons /events / celebrations in the Catholic church. With such organised collection of readings, the church is easy to serve and become universal in its worship – that is: wherever you are in the world, every Roman Catholic is expected to have the same set of bible readings.
What is the Holy Rosary: rosary means crown/garland of roses. This garland of roses so beautiful yet has its hidden thorns marks the life of Mary and Jesus. The Holy Rosary is the set of prayers said in recitation while meditating on the Life of Jesus (tagged as the Mysteries). The prayer is composed of The Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, and Glory be and many other ancillary prayers, and these are powerful prayers that have biblical allusions.
The Rosary is said in five decades, and each decade is comprised of – one “Our Father”, ten”Hail Mary”, and one “Glory Be”. However, the Rosary is best appreciated in the mysteries that is being recited or meditated upon. Below are the mysteries of the Rosary.
- Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation. Fruit of the Mystery: Humility
- The Visitation. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbour
- The Nativity. Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty, Detachment from the things of the world, Contempt of Riches, Love of the Poor
- The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: Gift of Wisdom and Purity of mind and body (Obedience)
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: True Conversion (Piety, Joy of Finding Jesus)
- Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden. Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin, Uniformity with the Will of God
- The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit of the Mystery: Mortification (Purity)
- The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit of the Mystery: Contempt of the World (Moral Courage)
- The Carrying of the Cross. Fruit of the Mystery: Patience
- The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance in Faith, Grace for a Holy Death (Forgiveness)
- Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection. Fruit of the Mystery: Faith
- The Ascension. Fruit of the Mystery: Hope, Desire to Ascend to Heaven
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of God, Holy Wisdom to know the truth and share it with everyone, Divine Charity, Worship of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption of Mary. Fruit of the Mystery: Grace of a Happy Death and True Devotion to Mary
- The Coronation of the Virgin. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance and an Increase in Virtue (Trust in Mary’s Intercession)
- The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit, the Healer.
- The Wedding at Cana. Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus through Mary, Understanding of the ability to manifest-through faith.
- Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God (Call of Conversion to the Messiah)
- The Transfiguration. Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness.
- The Institution of the Eucharist. Fruit of the Mystery: Adoration.
From the above, my question is how can we not say the Rosary, when we have so much to learn or benefit. Each mystery has a message or lesson for the reciter. Better still, the meditation during the Rosary helps us
- to draw closer/accept God’s will.
- to meditate upon the Life of Christ
- to use biblical references to pray
- to draw grace and encouragement from Jesus and Mary to receive the graces and blessings to live a life pleasing to God.
- to pray and easily meditate anywhere even in motion
- and much more
Note: The typical Catholic Prayer is geared towards personal sanctification and conforming to God’s will.
Reference the mysteries was sourced from wikipedia
Other Sources that may interest you are from the following websites:
One of the 7 last words Jesus said before he died on the cross (John 19:25-27)
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his motherthere, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
One can say that as Jesus was dying he parted a “Will” to the church, and the Catholic church has graciously accepted this. Catholics accept Mary as our Mother and in turn we are children of Mary; and we learn from her the virtues and examples she has modelled for us to better follow the will of God.
Yes, Mary is necessary for the Christian Faith and Salvation. Her relevance and role cannot be overemphasized. Mary was united to his son in the work of Salvation, and the bible records her conscious and willing desire to intercede for us even when we are not aware, as documented in the story of the Wedding at Cana. In fact, Jesus’ first public miracle was/is often credited to Mary as her role to save us.
The imagery of Mary in Revelation chapter 12 simple buttresses her role in salvation and how much she has been blessed by God to be a source of blessing to mankind. The church tradition has it that Mary was Assumed into Heaven (like Elijah, she went to heaven body and soul). She also tagged as Queen of Heaven, also following the imagery presented in Revelatiosn 12:1.
It is important to note that various apparitions of the blessed Virgin Mary are always geared towards a call to sanctification and reliance on the will of God – all geared towards our salvation!
How fitting for many of the protestant churches to hold in reverence some female figures in their churches and request them to pray/intercede for them but are quick to condemn the Catholic Church for benefitting from the graces and intercession that Mary has generously bestowed on the church? Or would you not be proud to call Mary you mother as Jesus willed, where other churches call the head pastor’s wives/head female pastor – “Mummy GO…etc.”?
The Catholic Church’s’ response to the salutation of Angel Gabriel ‘ :
Hail Mary Full of grace the Lord is with you blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb –
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and the hour of our death, amen!
This response is true because Mary is interested in our salvation now and at the hour of our death.
A similar question that comes from this is that do Catholics pray to Mary or worship Mary. It is a very good question. Please note, we must not pray to saints. The essence of Christianity is to create a relationship with God, and we must worship and serve him with all our hearts, all our soul and all our strength. The first few lessons in the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach us that we have been created to know God, love him and serve him… But why do we show reverence to the Saints?
In our courtrooms, lawyers make a prayer to the judge and intercede on behalf of a client; in our local environments, younger ones show respect by bowing, kneeling or prostrating before an elder or revered person, and we have not considered this as worship, or have we? In many new found churches, the members show a lot of strange reverence to the founders / elders / leaders of the churches but is this okay by their standard, maybe because these revered persons are still living?
The Catholic church believes in the Communion of Saints; the Church believes the Mystical Body of Christ is comprised of not only the living but also of members of the faith who are departed. For clarification, the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36) was between Jesus and Moses and Elijah. I could safely say that the church is more agreeable with the sanctification and communion of its members, marked with the sign of faith, who have gone before us, than revering those who are still exposed to the corruption of the body.
Remember that the church is a spiritual union! When we pray at Mass, the congregation prays to God in communion with the Saints and Angels in Heaven: example drawn from the bible are words recited – Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty, heaven and earth are full of your Glory, Hosanna in the Highest… Yes, we believe in the intercession of the Saints as part of the body of Christ; although Jesus Christ is the One True Mediator to the Father (the Way : the Truth : and the Life). In this one great communion, we are often confident that a brother or sister in Church, or even the pastor or church leader can pray or intercede on / for a member in prayer.
Another question that emanates from this discuss is that; do Catholics pray to or through the Saints? What really matters is the faith of the believer. The faith is basically in God, but the believer who seems to lack confidence before God requires the help of brethren or a Saint to intercede for him/her. Do not forget, the focus is on God to answer the prayer.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) sums up, in book form, the beliefs of the Catholic faithful. A catechism means “to teach orally”. It is a summary or exposition of doctrine and serves as a learning introduction to the Sacraments traditionally used in catechesis, or Christian religious teaching of children and adult converts.
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The Creed, popular known as the Apostolic Creed, is the sum of the belief of the Roman Catholic Church. Another version of the Creed is the Nicene Creed and both reveal the summary of what the church holds dear.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
If you have more questions about the Catholic Church kindly attend the “Know Your Faith” forums or meet any of the priests.
For online resource, you can visit the following websites: