Bible Sunday celebration at City Parish

By Aaron Lim bible_sun

26 July 2015

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.

As for the secondary school children, they had choral speaking and skit performances for the huge crowd of parishioners who gathered to watch them in action after Sunday morning Mass on July 12 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Event coordinators Josephine Gilbert and Carol Maria had undertaken the mammoth task of gathering the children together with the other catechists for this event.

Josephine said the competitions saw a positive response from the children. Some children had even memorized their performance scripts.

“They put in more effort when it comes to competition compared to class activities,” she said.

Specially invited judges determined the winners for each category. Prizes were given out for the winners of each competition, courtesy of the parish.

Catechist Rosalind Victor said she was touched by the children’s hard work for their contest entries, especially in the essay writing competition.

“Some of the children may not have good handwriting or proper grammar, but they knew Jesus by writing stories of Him and all the parables,” she said.

Parish priests Fr Nelson Chitty and Fr Joachim Robert were also present at the event. They said the final prayer, before closing this successful event.

Mass in BM for those on Penang Island

By Lucia Lai

26 July 2015

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

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.

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More than 1000 walked in procession

28 June 2015

More than 1000 walked in procession

By Lucia Lai
123About 1,000 people from all over Penang walked in a journey of faith with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

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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Parishioners brave heat for walk of faith

The Star
10 June 2015

Parishioners brave heat for walk of faith

CC_celebTHE 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.

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Corpus Christi 2015

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.

Fr Michael Thoo celebrates 50 years as a priest

26 April 2015
Herald Supplement on Vocation Sunday

50Eighty-one years old Rev Fr Michael Thoo received thunderous applause from parishioners when Bishop Sebastian exclaimed loudly “We celebrate 50 GLORIOUS years with you!” at his speech during the Golden Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration of Fr Thoo.

The Eucharistic Celebration, with the theme ‘My soul magnify the Lord’ was held at the Church of  Our Lady of Sorrows, Penang on 14 April 2015. About 35 priests from the  Diocese of Penang were in attendance, including Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam.

The main con-celebrants were Archbishop Julien Leow and Bishop Sebastian Francis, with Deacon Samuel Clement joining in.

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Memorial for French Catholic Sailors

26 April 2015

Memorial for French Catholic sailors at Assumption Church

By Lucia Lai
The 229 year old Church of the Assumption, second oldest in Malaysia and a UNESCO World Heritage Icon, added another historic milestone on April 9, 2015, when the Bishop of Penang consecrated a Memorial for French Catholic sailors who had perished during World War I.

Two days prior to this commemoration, the Penang Diocesan Pastoral Institute organised a talk by Dr John Robertson, the author of The Battle of Penang. In the talk, he spoke on the history of the French warship, Le Mousquet.

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Fr Thoo’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

All are encouraged to attend, to share the joy of Fr. Thoo, who had been our parish priests for years and then assistant parish priest for years. At the age of 81, he’s one of the most senior priests in the Penang Diocese.

Please be informed that on that day, the OLS car park will be reserved for the use of priests and religious only during the event. All others will need to find their own car park space. Thank you for your kind co-operation.
(Suggestion for parking:  Indian temple at New Lane, next to the Surau at Macalister Rd, corner of Penang Rd, Gama, Times Square)

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Church of the Assumption and the French Connection

The Church of the Assumption is one of our City Parish churches, so you are encouraged to attend this talk. Please see poster for details.

After this talk, on the 9th of April, at 4.00pm,  there will be consecration of Memorial of the French Catholic Sailors by Bishop Sebastian at the church.  The French ambassador and other dignitaries will attend this ceremony. Please come and support.



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