These past couple of months I noticed a tremendous drop in the number of people attending the weekend Masses. I am not sure if it’s because you find my sermons boring or whether it’s because of the holidays or due to some other reason. Whatever it is, I hope that after so many years of being a Catholic, you have not begun to ask “Why do I need a Church and why do I need to attend Mass?” You and your families may have your own agendas and commitments during the weekends but I strongly urge you to observe closely your Sunday obligations by coming and participating in the Eucharist. The Church law insists that every baptised Catholic must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days by participating in the Holy Mass.
There are almost few main Parishes in and around the Klang Valley and if you cannot make it to our Church for certain reasons I hope that you make it a point to go to any of the other parishes in KL or PJ for your Sunday Mass. Perhaps you are travelling or on vacation within the country or to any neighbouring country, but please make sure you find out the location of the church closest to the vicinity you will be in and the Mass times before you leave for your holiday. If you go to any part of the world definitely you will find a Catholic Church. You can always goggle and get the necessary church locations and Mass times and not give excuses like work, business and other business matters just to avoid attending the Mass. Every Catholic should refrain from making unnecessary excuses that would prevent them from observing the Day of the Lord.
In our parish itself we have four to five Masses over the weekend. I have made the schedule as such for your benefit and I hope you will make an effort to attend one of the Masses. When I see so many of you at the weekend Mass, it makes me a happy priest. You should not skip Mass on Sundays or on Holy Days of Obligation unless it is due to a “grave cause” like childcare, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel, etc., which would excuse you on a particular occasions. An individual should not give the same reasons continuously just to avoid attending any of the Masses during the weekends.
I do appreciate some of our family members or individuals who take a lot of effort to bring the home bound for weekend Masses to our parish. Our Eucharistic Communion Ministers too make it a point to bring the Holy Communion to the home bound in their respective BECs, who are unable to make it for Mass.
Last Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. This feast day reminds us that we should continue to come to receive our Eucharistic Lord every Sunday so that we live our lives with God’s presence in us always, holding on to us till the very end. His Eucharistic presence is all about setting us free from sin, selfishness, worries, bad habits and all things that hinder our freedom from becoming what God wants us to be. Jesus’ real and true presence in the Eucharist mysteriously nourishes and strengthens us with His own body and blood so that we can overcome all things and journey to the very end with Him in our lives. Jesus comes to us in every Eucharistic celebration.
One of our mission commitments this year is celebrating Jesus in the Sacraments particularly in the Eucharist as a touch of God. He comes to give us what we need most – which is His presence with us. Let Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord, be ever present in our lives to free us, to guide us, and to strengthen us with His Body and Blood always.
Fr. George Packiasamy