Herald, 18 Aug. 2019
Get Fit Day promotes balanced lifestyle
By Aaron Lim
The church grounds were filled with sounds of joy and laughter as parishioners stretched their muscles and followed the rhythm of the instructors.
City Parish held its first edition of Get Fit Day on July 30 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
This programme was initiated by the young adults of the parish to promote a balance between work, leisure and spiritual life.
The team of young adults had brainstormed several months prior to the event and worked tirelessly to ensure a memorable day for all.
The day began when more than 60 parishioners gathered for the Eucharistic celebration presided over by parish priest Msgr Aloysius Tan.
At the Mass, they prayed for the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong whose installation day coincided with the event.
After breakfast, the morning kickstarted with an energising zumba session by professional trainers Darwen and Frances from the Philippines.
Games such as the kali toi, captain ball, treasure hunt and object guessing were played, and it was a beautiful sight to see parishioners bonding.
Msgr Tan was delighted by the response from the parishioners, and hoped that this good effort would continue to grow and bring more people together through sports.
Event coordinator Daniel Charles said that the team was considering having regular sports activities for all parishioners in the near future.
“Besides zumba sessions, there are also other activities in the pipeline; to continue staying active and keeping our health in check,” he said.
Daniel expressed that although the concept was still new and unfamiliar to parishioners, he hoped for their continuous support.
11 Aug 2019
By Aaron Lim
The Church of the Assumption, which was opened as a pilgrim church for the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY 2019) has seen a tremendous response from all Catholics.
Since Pentecost Sunday, the church has attracted more than 2,000 pilgrims from all over Malaysia and from neighbouring countries. Close to 400 pilgrims from Sabah visited the church on July 26, making it the largest group of pilgrims to visit the church thus far.
A special Mass for the pilgrims was celebrated by Fr Ronnie Luni from the Diocese of Keningau with Fr Daniel from the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu as concelebrant.
Fr Ronnie said that a pilgrimage can be spiritually fulfilling journey in search of Christ, and hopes that all pilgrims will gain something meaningful from their trip.
“The experience of Jesus must not only be found in the church, but also through the people we meet; and I am sure they will feel God’s presence with them as a group,” he said.
Fr Ronnie hoped that as they return to their respective hometowns, they will continue serving the Church and sharing their personal encounter of Christ with others.
After Mass, the group received a warm welcome from the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis together with local parishioners.
All pilgrims to the church are invited to renew their baptismal promises as they enter the church, using the BASE 12 (Baptised and Sent Experience) book as a guideline.
They can view the relics of the College General martyrs, among them being St Philip Minh and Companions from Vietnam and Sts Chastan and Imbert from Korea.
The right wing of the church also features images and stories of the local missionaries, paying tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Dominic Vendargon, Fr Arthur Julien, Fr Anthony Khaw, Fr George Lee and Sybil Kathigasu.
Besides the church, pilgrims can also visit the Penang Diocesan Museum and Fr Reutens’ Gallery to view paintings with local elements and understandimg the history of the local church.
For more information or pilgrimage arrangement details, contact the City Parish office at 04-2261502 or 017- 5812818.
Get Fit Day 2019 is organised by the young people of the parish to strike a balance between work, leisure and spiritual lifestyle. Come on 30 July (Tuesday) – Public Holiday, we begin with Mass and breakfast followed by zumba, fun games and telematch!
By Aaron Lim
Close to 1,500 Catholics from the various parishes of Penang Island took part in the celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on June 23.
The Eucharistic celebration at the Church of the Assumption was presided over by Bishop Sebastian Francis, with Msgr Aloysius Tan (parish priest), Fr Joachim Robert, Fr Francis Anthony, Fr Michael Raymond OFM Cap, Fr Arul Mariadass OFM and Fr Oliver Tham OFM as concelebrants.Read the rest of this entry
After a halt of two years, the Corpus Christi procession was back. As usual, it began with multi-lingual Mass at 5.30 pm at the Church of the Assumption. When Mass ended, the procession started, which wound through the streets of Georgetown, and ended at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows for benediction and adoration.
After a halt of two years, the Corpus Christi procession will be back. We first had the street procession from Assumption Church to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in the year 2011. There were no procession in 2017 and 2018. This year, the procession will be back.
Please come one, come all. Bring your family and friends. We hope to fill the road of Penang with hundreds of Catholics faithfully walking with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
On occasion of the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019, we are pleased to note that one of our parish church, the Church of the Assumption, has been chosen as the pilgrimage church in the Diocese of Penang.
Click here to download the pilgrim church brochure.