8 January 2017
By Aaron Lim
“Most of you may not be able to go back for the celebrations, but we want to make this place a home away from home for you to celebrate Christmas together!”
These were the opening remarks by assistant parish priest Fr Joachim Robert during the Christmas Party for migrants on Dec 18, 2016 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (City Parish).
Organised by the Parish Human Development Committee (PHDC), more than 100 parishioners from different nations attended the celebration. Also present was Fr Conegundo Garganta, a visiting priest from the Philippines.
In thanking the PHDC for organising this celebration, Fr Joachim spoke briefly about Christmas and hoped that all will “have a meaningful celebration this year.”
Fr Joachim also said that being in the heart of George Town, the City Parish churches are attended by many migrant workers and university students during the weekend Masses.
Besides fellowship, the choir, made up of students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) also entertained the crowd with Christmas carols.
This was followed by dance and singing performances by members of the Filipino Catholic Community of Penang (FCCP).
There were also games, like Musical Chairs and Apple Eating, for everyone to participate.
USM student Alvin Yong, from Sabah, said that the interesting activities made him feel excited and he stayed to the end of the party.
“This celebration allowed me to mingle freely with migrants from Vietnam and the Philippines, and to get along with them as well,” he said.
Yong felt homesick celebrating Christmas away from Sabah, but the warm gathering in Penang made him feel like home again.
“Carolling preparations and Christmas stay-overs are some of the efforts made to foster our relationship, especially with the first-year students, so that they will not feel lonely spending Christmas here,” he said.
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25 Dec. 2016
Held on December 3 within the church grounds in a carnival-like atmosphere, with about 60 stalls and trucks with a variety of food items, books and even plants and accessories.
27 November 2016
More than 100 participants gathered at the Church of St Francis Xavier on November 12 for a day of games, fellowship and worship organised by the Catechetical Committee.
Parish priests Fr Nelson Chitty and Fr Joachim Robert urged the children to “remain joyful disciples of God in coming together as a family to praise His name.” Sessions and games were prepared for the children, facilitated by the Islanders’ Tamil Youth Network (ITYN) and St Francis Xavier Youth Ministry.
The indoor sessions focused on the seven Hebrew words of praise from the Bible for teenagers, as well as action song performances for the younger children.
The children not only practised teamwork and cooperation in all their activities but, in return, they increased their love and knowledge towards the Catholic faith.
Catechetical Committee coordinator Santha Melina thanked the parish priests, sponsors and volunteers who came to help.
“I can see a sense of teamwork and family spirit among all the catechists, and I hope that this can be organised as a yearly event,” she said.
Joy Camp coordinator Rosalind Victor said that this programme was to help all the children to experience Jesus through praise and to deepen their faith.
“Throughout the activities, I could see that the children were so excited as they participated in all the games and sessions,” she said.
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