26 April 2015
Herald Supplement on Vocation Sunday
Eighty-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.
26 April 2015
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.
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)
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.
Fr Nelson Chitty, Fr Michael Thoo, Fr Joachim Robert and all staff of City Parish, would like to wish everyone a holy and blessed Easter.
Easter reminds us
that each time
we deny you, Lord,
another nail is sharpened;
and each time
we defy you, Lord,
into your hand it’s hammered.
When faith is weak,
and courage fails,
forgive us, Lord
and once again
become that risen presence
within our hearts. Amen
(The following compilation of all parishes was received by Cathedral of the Holy Spirit)
CHS: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, HNJ: Holy Name of Jesus, CDM: Church of the Divine Mercy, IC: Immaculate Conception, RC: Risen Christ, OLS/ASSUM/SJB/SFX (CITY PARISH)
Our parish only schedule can be found here.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called for a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil, and Bishop Sebastian has instructed all Churches, Chapels and religious communities in the Diocese to participate.
In our parish, the vigil will begin on 13 March (Fri) at Church of Our Lady of Sorrows – OLS, with Way of the Cross at 6.00 pm, and ends on 14 March (Sat) with the 6.45 pm Sunset Mass. All are encouraged to attend.
Read about it here at Catholic Bishops website; there are also some good points about confession.