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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20 November 2016
Strive towards living the Christian life faithfully
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.
2 October 2016
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.
18 September 2016
Youths called to be vibrant and creative in spirituality
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.
18 September 2016
OLS Youth Choir growing together as family of faith
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.
4 September 2016
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.”