20 November 2015
By Aaron Lim
“Remember to feel the same excitement you feel today, each time you receive Christ!” This was the message by Fr Joachim Robert, assistant parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (City Parish), to the 11 communicants who received Christ for the first time in their lives.
They had earlier prepared themselves at a camp, while the Sacrament of Reconciliation was ministered to them by Fr Nelson Chitty, the parish priest.
November 8 was the day they had been eagerly waiting for. The morning Mass was celebrated by Fr Joachim and concelebrated with Fr Arul Mariadass, OFM.
During the homily, Fr Joachim preached on the gospel reading of the day, where the poor widow contributed more than she could towards the treasury.
“God’s love reaches out to the least, the lost and the vulnerable,” said Fr Joachim, referring to how Elijah encountered the poor widow and her son from the first reading.
Fr Joachim also touched on today’s human realities with faith. “Just look at our own lives! If everything is sufficient, we value God; but we encounter God only when we are at the lowest point of our lives,” he said.
“Abundance comes from the willingness to offer, just like the widow in the Gospel, who gave even though she had nothing to offer,” said Fr Joachim, referring to the Second Letter of St Paul from Corinthians 11:30, “I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
The children were also reminded to share the enthusiasm of receiving Jesus with others. “Give your lives to Christ in your nothingness and let Him take charge, just as how Christ died and willingly gave Himself for you,” he said to them.
“Be bearers of joy by sharing the faith with others,” said Fr Joachim while urging the children to keep their focus on Jesus, instead of material possessions and worldly pleasures, which will distract them from drawing closer to Christ.
Fr Joachim thanked all the dedicated catechists who had guided the first communicants. Later the children received their certificates.
NOTE: For photos, please visit our Facebook photo album.
Taize is about settling one’s self in the word of God, through chanting in quietness. It is the name of a town in France, and this form of prayer has spread throughout the world with people conducting it in various languages.
It was the idea of parish priest Fr Nelson Chitty, to bring Taize into City Parish, after viewing a video presentation of that prayer. He approached Fr Eugene Benedict from the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, and invited his team to organize the prayer session here.
4 October 2015
By Aaron Lim
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in City Parish was celebrated in a different tone this year. Instead of the usual triduum Masses, the parish priests decided to bring the feastday to the homes — through Masses in the BECs.
The various BEC zones responded readily towards the call of the parish. For the first two weeks of September, Fr Nelson Chitty (parish priest) and Fr Joachim Robert (assistant parish priest) visited each zone to celebrate Mass with the parishioners.
4 September 2015
By Lucia Lai
Twenty-three candidates from City Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Feast of the Assumption Eucharistic Celebration on Aug 16 at Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Concelebrating with Bishop Sebastian were parish priest, Fr Nelson Chitty and assistant parish priest, Fr Joachim Robert. In his homily, Bishop Sebastian pointed out that, to appreciate the first reading, we must engage all our senses, particularly our imagination.
26 July 2015
By Aaron Lim
There were cheers and laughter after each performance by the little ones during the Bible Sunday celebrations organized by the City Parish Catechetical Committee.
Colouring contests and essay competitions had been held for the primary school children a week earlier on July 5. The children wrote stories, and coloured images of events from the Bible.
26 July 2015
By Lucia Lai
There are many Catholic Sabahans and Sarawakians studying and working in Penang. With this in mind, the Penang Island parishes decided to have a combined Bahasa Mass every alternate Sunday to cater to this group.
Beginning from May 3, 2015, the Bahasa Mass is celebrated every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 10.00 am at the Church of St Francis Xavier, Penang Road.
The Mass is celebrated by Fr Stanley Antoni, who is very well versed in Bahasa Malaysia.
In the beginning, only about 20 parishioners were present but attendance has been steadily picking up, after encouragement from Fr Stanley. He encouraged the parishioners to bring more people, especially the Sabahans and Sarawakians.
At the Mass on 5 July, there were about 50 parishioners, and it was at this Mass that an intention for the Sabah earthquake victims was offered up.
In solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Sabah, the Diocese of Penang, through the Penang Office of Human Development (POHD), will contribute RM50,000 to the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu for their Sabah Earthquake Relief efforts.
NOTE: See article in Bahasa about the first Mass here – Kini sudah ada Misa Kudus BM di Georgetown
This post is in Bahasa (Malay).
26hb Julai 2015
PULAU PINANG (HeraldMalaysia): Buat julung kalinya, Misa Kudus dalam Bahasa Malaysia (BM) telah dijalankan secara rasmi di bahagian pulau, negeri Pulau Pinang.
Misa tersebut dirayakan di Gereja St. Francis Xavier, Georgetown, pada Mei 3, 2015 dan dirasmikan oleh Uskup Pulau Pinang, Rt. Rev. Sebastian Francis, DD. Dalam Misa tersebut, Prelatus itu dibantu oleh Fr Stanley Antoni dan Fr Joachim Robert.
Misa Kudus tersebut dihadiri oleh kira-kira 60 orang umat dari sekitar Bandar Georgetown. Rata-rata umat yang hadir gembira menyertai Perayaan Ekaristi dalam BM, khususnya umat yang berasal dari Malaysia Timur dan Indonesia.
28 June 2015
The Corpus Christi celebration was organized by City Parish on June 7. It began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Church of the Assumption, followed by the procession along Penang Road, ending at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Fr Joachim Robert was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration in five languages (English, Tamil, Mandarin, Malay and Tagalog). Joining him were Fr Nelson Chitty, Msgr Bernard Paul and Fr Gerard Theraviam.
In his homily, Fr Joachim said that at every Eucharistic Celebration we attend, we recall what Jesus instituted at the last supper some 2,000 years ago.
He said, “Jesus’ very life was a pattern of the Eucharist: takes, blesses, breaks and gives to us, to put us back in the right relationship with God.”
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10 June 2015
THE sweltering heat from the setting sun did not deter some 1,000 parishioners from joining the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) celebration at the Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, Penang.
The evening mass was conducted in five different languages – English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil and Tagalog.
Newly ordained Church of the Assumption priest Father Joachim Roberts said the procession was a witness and expression of the church members’ faith, not only as an individual but as a community.
This will be the fifth year that City Parish is organising the Corpus Christi Mass and Procession. This year again, as like last yearl, the Mass will be held at the Assumption Church, and after Mass, the procession will wind through Penang Road and end up at Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Do come and join us again this year. See the poster for details.
If you like to refresh your memory, for the past 4 years Corpus Christi celebration, please click here.