The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In Visitatione Beatae Mariae Virginis
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass with Gregorian Chant

31 May 2006 (Wed)
7.30 pm

Chapel (3rd Floor Parish Building)
Church of Sts Peter and Paul
222 Queen Street

Parallel Latin-English translation provided

Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni
Archdiocesan Liturgical Music Committee

Novena Dilemma

by Ian Finian Heng, on his blog
3 March 2006

If you go to Novena on Saturdays, you will find that on your way from the MRT to the church, there are many hawkers along the way. And when I say 'hawkers', I do not mean the ones who sell food. Instead, they sell other items.

You must be thinking, 'What hawkers? I thought there were only beggars?' But you see, these people are not begging for money. They are providing a service. At least, this is the way I see it.

Typically, the moment you leave the MRT station, the entrances are noticeably infested with dozens of students carrying tin cans for flag day. As you go up the escalator and exit the glass door, there is a man on a wheelchair selling Big Sweep tickets. Just before the newspaper stand is a busker who plays the guitar.

Along the path can be found can-carrying students. There is this blind man who peddles tissue. 4 for a dollar. He sings Marian hymns while hawking his wares. So he's like holding the nightstick in his left hand and holding some plastic packets in his right, while singing 'I hear the bells, of Mary's Ave ringing. Joy to my heart, like angels' voices singing..'

Towards the bus stop can be found more innocent students. On a bad day, you can see some commercial entities who carry charity work for commission. You know, those guys who ask 10 dollars for a ticket? Capitalistic bastards.

At the foot of the staircase is another blind man with a middle aged woman, presumably his wife. Formerly he used to sell Tai Sun Peanuts (2 packets for a dollar), but now he sells pens. The lady carries a NYP Open House 2006 paper bag. Last Saturday I didn't see the man and his wife. Instead there was a new arrival; a middle aged woman peddling tissue. 4 for a dollar.

After you go up the staircase, there will be another middle aged woman along the path. She has white hair and glasses. She sells tissue, 4 for a dollar. Pleas sound out from her, 'Please help me, please help me.' On some days she gives you more packets at the same price.

What is the problem now? We have 1 big sweep man, 1 busker, 3 tissue sellers, 1 peanut/pen man and wife, X number of flag day students, Y number of con jobbing money hijacking profiteers.

Are you going to help all of them? Ok, its all right not to pay the busker if you think his music sucks or his strumming is lousy. It's also all right not to entertain the machiavellians. We can also assume that we will only donate to one lucky student, most likely the convent girl with the shortest skirt. So that leaves us with 1 big sweep man, 3 tissue sellers, 1 peanut/pen couple, 1 flag day student.

Are you going to buy 12 packets of tissues, big sweep tickets, peanuts or writing instruments, things which you don't really need? Yet if you help them they will be so thankful.

What a dilemma.

Liturgy of the Hours in Latin - 7th Sunday of Easter

Liturgy of the Hours
Vespers and Compline

7th Sunday of Easter

Sung in Latin

Sunday, 28 May 2006
8 pm to 9 pm
Adoration Room
Church of Sts Peter and Paul

Parallel Latin-English translations provided

Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni
Archdiocesan Liturgical Music Committee

Contraception, Why Not?

I found this very interesting article after browsing around after reading Daniel's post. It's VERY long, but in my opinion Dr Smith explains very well the Church's stand on the use of contraception. But, as she answered in the Q&A, I find it sad that "studies show that only 35% of Catholic priests support the Church's teaching on this. I've seen as high as 47%. I expect it's as low as 35% or lower." As the writer from Daniel's post says: "Instead of looking at an issue like contraception and wondering if what the Church taught were true, I had the attitude that I accepted this doctrine as true and that I needed to learn why it was true." I sincerely feel that this lacks in many of the Catholics throughout the world now - the trust and willingness to accept the Church's doctrine first of all and to learn why it is true, if ever we do not understand the Church's stand. And even then, we usually stop our reasoning at the primary meaning of the text, and not at the deep underlying meaning of what has been written.. if we ever read what has been written in the first instance..
PS: There is an external link to the acticle

Liturgical Anonymous

The Curt Jester has a cute article on liturgical abusers

Here's an excerpt:

The first step on the way to authentic liturgical recovery is of course to admit you have a problem. Many liturgical addicts deny they have a problem and will often brow beat those who complain about their "little changes" to make the liturgy more relevant and more oriented to the people. Denial is very common and when challenged to explain why all the attempts at opening the Mass to the people results mainly in declining Mass attendance will just complain that the pew sitters just don't get it.


- Daniel