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Children experience God through praise

27 November 2016

Children experience God through praise

By Aaron Lim
15211793_10205765765863242_614377198_nPraise the Lord, Alleluia was their theme of joy and praise as the children came together for the first ever Joy Camp to be held in City Parish.

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.

14993389_1303648709655720_8755462737676204293_nThe outdoor games included Bible verse puzzles and using play dough to construct models based on The Book of Genesis. The children used their creativity to answer those questions.

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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Strive towards living the Christian life faithfully

20 November 2016
Strive towards living the Christian life faithfully

By Aaron Lim
15134287_10205734291076392_1763703114_nTen children from City Parish received Holy Communion for the very first time, witnessed by their parents, catechists and almost 1,000 parishioners.

The morning Mass on November 6 was celebrated by assistant parish priest Fr Joachim Robert at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Fr Joachim touched on the readings of the day in his homily. He said that the readings remind us of the hope and the assurance that we will be united with God after death.

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All Saints Day & All Souls Day




1) Kelawai road Cemetery at 8.00am
2) Western Road Cemetery at 10.00 am
3) Balik Pulau Cemetery at 3.00pm.
4) Penang Road Heritage Cemetery at 5.30pm
(a) SFX at 6.00pm
(b) OLS at 6.30pm

Assumption Church Restoration Food Fair


Solemn celebration of Saturday Novena for OLS Feastday

2 October 2016

Solemn celebration of Saturday Novena for OLS Feastday

123By Aaron Lim
Very often, people tend to overlook Marian devotions which can actually lead us closer to Jesus and deepen our faith life.

This year, City Parish chose to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows by reviving the age-old Novena devotion and traditions. From July 23 to Sept 17, parishioners and Catholics from all over Penang Island gathered at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) for the Solemn Celebration of Saturday Novena.

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Youths called to be vibrant and creative in spirituality

18 September 2016
Youths called to be vibrant and creative in spirituality

confirm2 PENANG: “When the Holy Spirit comes, there is no turning back as the Spirit will seal you and empower you with zeal.”

This was the message from the Bishop of Penang, Rt. Rev Sebastian Francis to the nine confirmands of City Parish, Penang.

The Confirmation Mass on September 4 was celebrated by Bishop Sebastian at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Concelebrating with him was assistant parish priest Fr Joachim Robert.

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OLS Youth Choir growing together as family of faith

18 September 2016
OLS Youth Choir growing together as family of faith

olschoir2PENANG: Our Lady of Sorrows Youth Choir is among the newest ministries in City Parish, formed in January this year to allow youths in the parish to sing their hearts for God.

Since its inception, the youth choir has grown tremendously and has not only served the parish for Sunday Masses, but it also provides members with soft skills and activities to enrich their faith.

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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


Assumption church closed for restoration works

4 September 2016

Assumption church closed for restoration works

 By Lucia Lai

assumption“As Catholics, we obtain our ‘passport’ when we are baptized, but what about our visa?”

This was the interesting question Fr Gerard Theraviam asked in his homily during the Feast of the Assumption Eucharistic Celebration on 14 August 2016 at the Church of the Assumption, Penang.

According to Fr Gerard, our visa lies in the gospel reading of today, where Elizabeth said, “Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled”, as well as in the vigil gospel reading that mentions “happy are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” “Do you believe in the promise of God? Do you hear and keep the Word of God?” he asked. “If you do, this is your visa to heaven. Armed with both passport and visa, we can enter heaven with Mary.”

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