GII 2016 – The Year of Mercy

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GII journeys in this Year of Mercy

What is the Jubilee of Mercy?
It is a Holy Year of Mercy which began on December 8, 2015 to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone.

The motto of the Holy Year is “Merciful like the Father.” The role of mercy is the very foundation of the life of the Church and its people, because we are both the beneficiaries and the witnesses to God’s mercy in the world. Pope Francis explains that the mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality: God reveals his love for us as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child.

During this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we are invited to dedicate our daily lives to living out the mercy which God constantly extends to us.

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Bless our Singapore

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09 August 2015 – Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

‘Bless our Singapore’ is a song specially composed and sung by Corrinne May, on behalf of the Catholic Church, for Singapore. The video features Corrinne May and her daughter saying a prayer together for Singapore. In the song, Corrinne gives thanks for the many blessings that has been showered on Singapore and prays for God’s continued blessings on our nation Singapore. This music video also invites its viewers to become “salt and light” to the nation by showing how the mission of early Catholics continues to be carried out by the Church today, as depicted by acts of service given to the people of Singapore.

Corrine May shares about her inspiration for the song:http://www.catholic.org.sg/…/inspiration-behind-bless-our…/…

Lyrics:

O Lord, hear our prayer
Bless this land where we stand
May we be light for our nation
May we be salt for this land
To this land, you sent our Fathers
For the church their blood was shed
They served the island’s sons and daughters
Like the wheat that forms the bread

On this land, you grew a garden
From the toiling of our hands
We thank you Lord for every blessing
Trusting your eternal plan

Holy Spirit light the way
Keep us faithful, this we pray
Till we reach Heaven’s shore
Bless our Singapore

On this land, you choose to feed us
on the altar of our hearts
May we be Christ for one another
Never fear to bear the cross

Holy Spirit light the way
Keep us faithful, this we pray
Till we reach Heaven’s shore
Bless our Singapore

Holy Mary, full of grace
Help us give Him all our days
Till we reach Heaven’s shore
Bless our Singapore

Till we reach Heaven’s shore
Bless our Singapore

Cor Novum: A New Heart

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The recital will take place: 23rd October 2016 Venue & Time: Church of the Holy Family, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Ticket: $15 | payment to be made through:
https://www.giving.sg/campaigns/cor_novum

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*Please note, as there are no e-tickets, once you have made your donation/payment through giving.sg, please forward your e-receipt to me (through FB message) or your contact in the fundraising choir so we can note ticketing needs.

This small recital in this Year of Mercy is to help raise funds for Caritas, and to bring together current members, alumni and friends of Genesis II Choir to lend their God-given talent to this cause.

In conjunction with the parish’s 80th Anniversary, this fundraiser is also an opportunity to share beloved sacred choral music, a rich Catholic legacy, alongside modern music with the public, and the message behind the Year of Mercy.

The repertoire ranges from the likes of classics such as Salve Regina and O Magnum Mysterium to contemporary favourites such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Twila Paris’ The Warrior is a Child.

We would also like to be able to help raise awareness of Caritas as a charitable organisation and what it does: 100% of ticketing proceeds will benefit Caritas Singapore.

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GII Lenten 2016 Update

Hi there GII!

We have many upcoming events on top of our normal Sat masses this March.
Please do refer to our website: https://genesis2choir.wordpress.com/events-2016/ – for an outline of the next few weeks (till Easter Sunday)
As we are part of the combined choir for Holy Thursday (24 Mar) and Easter Vigil (26 Mar), the hymns and practice dates are also listed. The first one is this Sunday (6 Mar) in church from 130 to 330pm. Please do try to attend at least 1 or 2 of them
We are also encouraged to attend our parish’s Friday Stations of the Cross and Mass; and the Day of Recollection on 19 Mar.
For this Saturday – the 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare (Joyful) Sunday – the Gospel of the Prodigal Son – let us come in liturgical colours of pink or rose for this joyful sunday in Lent
Christine would be conducting and our hymns are:
O bless the Lord (parts)
The Prodigal Son
Hosea
Loving and Forgiving (parts)
Amazing Grace (parts)
Take up your cross (parts)
[of course, we would sing parts if there are enough singers and if we are ready – so do rally your sections together!]
Please do try to come on time at 4.30pm.
At last Sat’s after mass Lenten reflection – we had 18 of us reading, reflecting and sharing – this is really such an encouraging number and what was more beautiful was that almost everyone shared!
Please do join us again this Sat after mass for our Lenten reflection.
For practice, we would cover hymns for the remaining Sundays of Lent and Lenten Vigil.
Of note: please go and learn “Our Darkness” – which can be found in our dropbox folder under “Lenten Vigil 2016”
Do ask for help or speak to me if you have any questions!
God loves you all!
Darren

Advent 2015 – Marana tha!

Source: Catholic News Agency

The season of Advent is a vigil. The word “vigil” means to keep watch during normal sleeping hours, to pay attention when others are sleeping. It comes from a very old Indo-European word “weg,” which means “be lively or active.” So to keep vigil or to be vigilant does not mean passive waiting but active, restless waiting, expectant waiting for the Lord. It means paying attention to what is going on in the world around us, and not being asleep. It means acting, living out our mission to be God’s agents in the world.

The Advent tradition of the Church is vigil and prayer.

There are two places in the New Testament — 1 Corinthians and Revelation — where we find a prayer in the Aramaic language, the Semitic dialect spoken by Jesus. Since this prayer is in Aramaic it must come from the very earliest days of the Church. The prayer is “Marana tha” and means “Lord, come!”

St. Augustine tells us that God is indebted to us, not because of anything we have done, but because of His promises. God always keeps His promises. So we call on Him to come again.

Our Advent prayer is “Lord, come!”
Lord, come — into our world!
Lord, come — into our lives!
Lord, come — and purify our longings!
Lord, come — to free us from our compulsions and sins!
Lord, come — into our relationships!
Lord, come — into our work!
Lord, come — into our sufferings!
And into the darkness of our troubled world.

We speak these words — “Marana tha” — with a real and confident urgency, not only for ourselves and our personal lives, but also for our Church and our nation.

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I wanted to serve God

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GII Interviews continue – get to know our current members!

Next up – Valerie Chang!

1) Name
Valerie Chang

2) Where are you from?
Singapore

3) What do you currently do?
Student in NUS

4) What are your hobbies?
Playing the piano and watching dramas

5) How and why did you join GII?
I joined by asking Darren after mass and I decided to join as I have been thinking of wanting to serve God. Enjoying music and singing, I decided to join GII.

6) What does serving in Ministry mean for you?
I feel that it has added meaning to my faith other than just attending mass as I participate more during mass and I enjoying going to church after joining the choir

7) Do you have any hopes for the choir/community?
I hope to be able to continue enjoying and having the passion to serve in GII despite having more commitments outside church now.