What great joy it is to see people, both Catholics and Non-Catholics flocking to the Church of St. Alphonsus every Saturday. Church of St. Alphonsus is commonly known to the people as the Novena Church. It conducts Perpetual Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Miracles happen there? Well, thats for you to find out.
The Novena Church is run by the Redemptorist Missionary or Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris – C.Ss.R. What do we do during Novena? We sing hymns to our lady, we kneel down before the Blessed Sacrament, singing the beautiful Down in Adoration Falling or Tantum Ergo.
We have to understand that Catholics do not Worship Mary. We honor her because she is full of grace, conceived without sin. God choose her to become HIS mother and OUR mother. When the Lord is on the Cross, he told Mary, “Behold your son ( john)”, and he tells John, ” Behold, your Mother”. God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Jesus is God. Mary is Jesus Mother. Thus, Theotokos, Mother of God. Once, someone told me this ” There is no Logic”. Precisely, it shouldn’t be within Human comprehension. Protestants always refer to the Bible. They claimed there is so little written about Mary, thus we should not honor her. During Jesus time, do you think there is a bible? The bible is a Catholic book anyway. So, again, no matter how much the Protestants proclaim it their own, it remains a Catholic book, compilation of Scriptures written much later. What is important, is that we maintained our Apostolic Tradition, oral tradition, passed down from the Apostles.
Many people will ask, don’t you think you Catholics honor Mary? We will never do enough to honor her. Many Marian Apparition has occurred through the years. Even Muslims witness it.
On Saturdays, i will never be free. I recalled once when Mrs Quek was on her way home. I saw her, and she began asking me where i am going. I told her this, ” I am going to Novena, for Novena, in Novena. Well, to be exact, it is ” I am going to Novena(Place), for Novena(Act of Devotion), in Novena(Church). Today i was on my way to the Novena, when i saw Mr Silva! He was with his child, at the ATM. He is a Catholic.
Alright. Shall write again. Ciao!