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Monday, February 21, 2005

Is It Christmas Already?!

"it has been Christmas since my last confession..."

I wish all confessions are like that - that our lives and days can be Christmas after every confession! That amusing statement was made by one of the school boys from St Pat's earlier this afternoon to a priest friend of mine when we went there together with the rest of the priests of the East District for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the Catholic schools.

Since we are now in the midst of Lent and in a few weeks time we would begin our Penitential services before Easter, the Catholic schools like St Pat's are already getting into gear to impress upon their Catholic students that this sacrament is ready and available if they want to make right their lives once again with God. The general impression one gets from confession with students like these are:
a. they only go for confession when 'forced' to or when presented in this manner, which is like once a year.
b. most don't really know how to begin a confession proper let alone recite the Act of Contrition.
c. boys will be boys.
d. I wonder whether the boys' parents ever take a personal and concerned interest in their life.
e. It does feels like Christmas whenever these boys finish with their confessions and the priests can see hope, no matter how small, that these boys will be someone contributive to society and their faith some day.

So, the next time you go for your confession, let me know if you feel Christmassy all over... *wink*

19 comments:

*s*haron said...

Your point b.

Do they go like "BLAST me, Faarrr-jeeeer, for I have sinned."

???

Holy Drummer said...

Point c.

Undisputed. =D

Jude Gal said...

Point b)Do they go like me....Fr, then i start to either i dun noe how to say AOC or fr u help me.........heehee........or either i look at fr and he will say "u repeat a.f. me", sumtimes i wonder who's the penitant. in box then fr will go sumthing like infront of u, got AOC just follow. but we all noe our dear fren's fav AOC prayer rite??? U make me say tat - repeat a.f. u. till u had to gve me the "purple repentance booklet" fr pz asked me where u got tat frm? he say it's gd bklet. i say MY PARISH FR gve me wan coz i always 4get AOC.......i admit. oredi go box so difficult u tink i can remember AOC............

my nephews hve it frm their cat teachers YEARLY - I dun wan to hear yr FIRST CONFESSN was yr LAST CONFESSN. My cousin worst among the load of us, he says he goes to the BOX oni to set a good eg to his sons his xxx nos of yrs, i tell u 'BIG FISH'. (he min. dun go 5 yrs kind of thingy & then complain it's tough)& then my dad will start laffing at us. my dad noncatholic asked us Can fr see u in box, i say no need to see, hear voice can recognse oredi. my dad can't tehan.......heehee........
Fr Aloy, my cousin is the one who takes YOUR CATHOLIC NEWS at 1am in my rm - can i have it, take lah.......

dun noe sounds so innocent......these BOYS...........

Jude Gal said...

anyone GAME for MC, just hopby my territory NORTHEAST, bush fires - haze, just walk around estate.........sure kena nose/throat pain watever. windows all closed. the smell terrible.......

just to share with u guys wat happend in ofce 2day. my throat is very painful. i am suppsed be on MC..........but as usual my quota cme 1st. told mself once i pass the 1k i bochap liao but my mgr went u better do $1500k kind of thingy i act deaf - even admin say i sound terok...........client called in - knew tat he is RC frm CTK, nevermind tat,asked me to join his CARELESSMATIC GRP, been there for 28 yrs. i was like??? wat i wan to say is the previous blog by OWNER OF BLOG - he went sumting like "WAT THE HECK........-So much things / work to be done". i was like tat oso in ofce 2day, client of my went "Pray to our lady, tok to her......" she will help u. U must Trust in God. aiyoh, the more u dun wan to tink abt prayers or anything to do with yr faith, ANGEL COMES ALONG & remind u - TURN TO JESUS......even at yr ofce desk, fr aloy???? true enuf i hit my quota.......

i even prayed at my desk told st jude dun let my mgr bug me to stay.....i oredi unwell........true enuf she walked out 6pm. heehee.........

Jude Gal said...

Quite scary leh, sharon & drummer......the EAST DISTRICT PRIESTS, they share "notes" a/f confessn. get wat i mean???
Safe or not to box with EAST DISTRICT PRIESTS now i WONDER??? heehee............

Jude Gal said...

My confessn will go sumthing like "it's been CHNESE NEW YR SINCE I HAD MY LAST CONFESSN", true wat........better dun make fun of owner of this blog later he tekan me back. aiyah, so cute confessns. better than me lah....least they got guts to go box "sumtimes my box" not me asking for box but MY CONFESSOR ask me U NEED THE BOX ZIT??? heehee......but THANK YOU FR CONFESSOR No priest will do tat. St Pat's boy read this blog he sure malu. really lor, to TRUST EAST DISTRICT PRIESTS or not??? heehee............see they share among themselves wat pentitant said. wat happend to CODE OF SECRECY.........???

fr aloy, pse enlighten me. thk u.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...exchange of notes...

Well...i tink it's ok if the priests shared comments from the penitents...as long he doesn't divulge the sins.

Firstly, I try to avoid penitential service...and I would tend to avoid DICOCESAN priests...

I love going to Novena for confession...i feel the christmassy or would i say joy and peace after my confession...although i tend to be a nervous b4 the confession.

Z

Anonymous said...

Oops...made a spelling error...shld be Diocesan...

Z

Jude Gal said...

confessn at novena easy lah, fr dun noe u u dun noe fr. sumtimes it's easier to confess to fr tat u noe sumtimes tough. OR Depends on nature of SIN.........heehee.......

fr aloy & bloggers - PSE PRAY FOR RAIN. i read newpaper hahaha, had a ROASTED SNAKE in Lim Chu Kang area. zis am i carried 'white flag' no choice went to see ENT......my scope - THROAT & EYES DAMN ITCHY - nose throat swell it's NOT FLU...........doc say if no rain i will continue to suffer coz it leads to bush fire. it's the same as u noe the 7th mth pple pray to the ghosts doc say a.f. burning of grass or watever or josspapers, the "Chemcial tat's leftover in the air" is cozing my allergy rhinits - Irritant. normal pple oredi can't take it tok alone pple like us. took 1/2 day mc........can't tehan anymore. got read newspapers got a lot of pple with asmtha seeking treatment at clinics. sum even carry ventolin around.

really dun noe next wk trinity on 1/3, ENT nurse say EAST SIDE THE HAZE IS BAD - she stays in tampines. i very scared of the smell........suffering enuf.

Jude Gal said...

Z Dear, it is not a comment, even it is an exchange of NOTES unacceptable. very malu u noe..........thought priests suppsed hear & forget sins kind of thingy. dun scare me ok.........

Sinner - wat CHRISTMASSY, HELO LENT.........season.

juz heard churchbell rang, my dner bell lor. sum pple praying - can smell the josspaper/sticks burning.........now i noe y fr aloy i can't be taoist or buddhist, i how to burn josspaper/sticks, my nose can't tehan. 15th day of CNY - Last day.

i sound fluish but not flu. very xian.........the air dun noe y around this time 5 - 6pm got smell wan.

Lord pse provide RAIN.....so that the plants will not die, turn brown.......& oso my nose/throat can recover. St Blaise where are u???

Anonymous said...

Haha!

Coming from a mission school... this entry does bring back sweet sweet memories. :)

Anonymous said...

we can't turn back the time and head back to mission sch(s), can we?

Anonymous said...

Erm...easier to confess to priest that you know sometimes tough? Doesn't make any logical sense actually. Unless the person is a sadist...

Anyway besides the point.

Some folks out there might want to catch Million Dollar Baby. Towards the end of the show, there's a part which touches on God and mortality and faith I guess. So if Fr Aloysius has the time to go watch...do watch it...would like to hear ur comments abt that part of the movie.

Z

Jude Gal said...

Z wat i mean is it is easier to CONFESS to a priest u noe but sumtimes tough as well. coz becoz u close to a priest it's easier he noes wat u wan to say even b4 u open yr golden mouth...........TOUGH coz u noe sum sins aiyoh, malu.

But to me the most important rule to go box is U MUZ BE COMFORTABLE WITH THE PRIEST. a snr priest frm redempst told me b4 - u go figure out yrself, if u go to a priest & he shoot & ask u awkward questions till leave u in tears, then i suggest u dun go to tat certain priest anymore coz novena priest was tinkg one step ahead - being experienced, he say next thing u gona tell me is u are not going box anymore. true enuf, it took me 4-5mths to find guts to go back to box, even to regular confessor & 2ndly, kakis always tease me abt going to "tat certain priest" for box. they always make fun of me - coz they noe how terok it was. heehee...........novena priest who huh? z u go figure out lor. i believe fr aloy oso has respect for him, he cme to hfc to gve a tok last yr & novena priest suppsed look more tired, but fr aloy seemed to be the one TIRED.......older than fr aloy even. heehee........but i could see novena priest "was concern" for aloy oso, maybe like how he settling in kind of thingy. maybe in his eyes fr aloy oso YOUTH. heehee.........

Jude Gal said...

but fr aloy got "White hair" Heehee......Youth??? More like..........better dun say.......
z dear, i challenge u lor TRY BOX with any WHITE GOWN Priest, anyone lor. no need owner of zis blog.

ok lah, bye for the day be good, pray for yr BIG BOSS - Pope in hospital flu, dun tell me ROME oso got bushfire, tat's y he sick lor.

Anonymous said...

wat i wan to say is I AM GOING FOR MASS is becoz i promised sum1 i will pray for HIM on wed at CPS but coz i wasn't well, couldn't make it. he's overseas.

FYI, by feb CNY, oredi SORTED OUT MY THOUGHTS. Y should i worry care wat pple say. to those who wan to do, say wat they wan, watever they wan, juz do lor, no big deal, a/f all - RETRIBUTION will come along lah. IF I had not listened to sum1 whom i noen for over 5 yrs, i tink i will not be typing zis to u now. be staying UNDERGROUND as well 6 chapel road.........my visitg hours oni 1,3,5 till 545pm & sunday ams.

i have learnt to take it easy.......... pple wan to say say lor. Their mouths wat, i tell u lah once they tired of toking abt it they will find another discussion topic. yr 1st time zit noeing a bunch of WOMEN who gather 2gether wat they do??? do u noe how irriating they are (no need a grp juz 1 to 1) - on the phone? try lor. if not y in my line of job, everyone refers toking to OPP. SEX??? this kind of sin no need go box go come out the same sin again all these women........heehee.......

u get worked up for wat??? helo........no big deal. a/f wat i experienced in jan, i tell u i am not here to PLEASE ANYONE. u can't please every1 it's the same as my sales products..... different plans different benefits. not coz i afraid of CP tats y i am avoidg but i learnt frm EXPERIENCE AH PEK how to handle such situations. not frm owner of this blog definitely. & i juz spoken to him few days ago, yes it always leave me tinkg, but by ntetime wat he says dun noe y always turn out true. u can say experience counts.

ok enuf, deep dwn - u noe this blog is for u...........i go for least 7 stations.............if u always scared of things wan to PLEASE PEOPLE, then where are yr GUTS / Wat u believe in??? u dun even have self confidence. i was like tat till the pep tok late jan. now i really bochap.

if i dare to blog here for u my answer, it juz means i am done & over with it, i dun care wat pple say tink anymore. if i bother, can i pse everyone???

Anonymous said...

How many times it has been said it's never the BUILDING but the PEOPLE who will hurt U???

i dun care anymore. it doesn't bother me anymore. sumtimes i rather tok to these people who are more experienced in life yes it's tough to listen to their advice but frm there u learn & the funnie thing is END OF DAY - it's weird how come so & so say such a thing cme out true???

all i wan to say is i am not here to PLEASE ANYONE..........i shoot back nowadays. no one gves each other face. FITTEST SURVIVE.

Jude Gal said...

Dun understand u guys Y u pple like to go on TAGBOARD, I find it so suffocating & squeezy kind of feeling.........esp the words......font seems to be smaller but i notice my mei2 oso likes it like tat. like breatheless........

Z - u & yr MILLION DOLLAR BABE, try american dream or wat's the movie i oni noe sum american thingy i need to check papers. zit? i dun noe lah, receved sms - "juz go watch movie with me" i will handle the tckts - time of show. watever lah, 2 buzi at work juz replied ok wout even noeing wat movie am i going to catch? coz i tink i was on phone with client juz sms back ok wout tinkg.....wat movie or do i hve anything on....... any1 watched??? dun tell me another CONSTANTINE.....enuf of HELL...........2mw be HELL IN OFCE. Long mth with EXTRA QUOTA.

Jude Gal said...

Fr Aloy, to TRUST my COUSIN who told me zis afnoon, "my son will continue with CJC......." got O level results 2day. i told him archi will be PROUD OF HIM. his son didn't wan to go CJ, he made sure his son went coz he say CATHOLIC MORAL DISCIPLINE.......by catholic FRS..........told him normal jc oso got moral upbringing wat, he say DIFFERENT........he say Frs can teach/discipline my son b4 he goes overboard - become worse(with the sarcements and wat nots......), he say if not son will lose "his traditions". actually my nephew very goody type. cousin coming to confessn wk - lent/advent will drag every1 go box wan........he will call & ask for schedule........cme to my rm "can i have yr CN???".

"My last confession was my 1st confession" - my nephew's fav quote.

 

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