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.
The Bishop remarked in his homily that he was impressed to see many changes in City Parish, as young people come forward to serve God in their own ways.
While stating that people of diverse backgrounds come together to worship God in the city of George Town, Bishop Sebastian stressed that the City Parish “must always strive to be open, welcoming and inclusive to all.”
He also exclaimed joyously that Mother Theresa is a powerful instrument of God’s Mercy in this Year of Mercy, as the day coincided with her canonization as a saint.
“I hope that from mercy, we will move forward. The church must be a humble sign of hope to the world, as well as making the mercy of God visible and tangible” Bishop Sebastian said this while expressing his post-Jubilee Year hopes.
The Bishop also quoted the words he said while commissioning the Prison Ministry in Taiping: “When you go to the prisons, remind the prisoners that they are not alone and not forgotten, we carry them in our hearts. The church speaks of inclusiveness.”
He also touched briefly on the recently concluded Penang Diocesan Synod, as he highlighted the vision of the church for the next 10 years and beyond.
“We need Christ-centred disciples, who will walk together from our vision to our mission while being guided by the principles of faith in prayer, fidelity in action and purity of intention,” he said.
Bishop Sebastian also urged all parishioners to support the restoration project of the Church of the Assumption, which is a part of City Parish.
He added that the church, which is the second oldest to be built in Malaysia, will be brought back to its former glory while contributing to the heritage value of George Town.
Reflecting on 1 Timothy 4:12, the Bishop also asked for the confirmands to be faithful disciples of Christ as they journey from teenage life to young adulthood.
“The young people of today, should encourage one another to use their youthful spirit to be vibrant and creative in expression of prayer and spiritually, in living their daily lives,” Bishop Sebastian said.
Towards the end of the Mass, Bishop Sebastian presented the Confirmation certificates to each confirmand. Fr Joachim thanked all parents and catechists who had journeyed with them. – By Aaron Lim
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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.”
The Assumption Church is proud to be host of two events under the Georgetown Festival 2016. Yesterday was the ‘Love, Joy, Peace’ Sacred Music concert by The Messengers, and on this Friday (12 Aug) and Saturday (13 Aug), will be the Assumption Heritage Fest, an annual affair organised by the Penang Eurasian Association. Below, you will find the full programme.
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31 June 2016
This experience was shared by 80 members from City Parish, Penang who went on a pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church on July 16. They were accompanied by parish priests Fr Nelson Chitty and Fr Joachim Robert.
The church is one of the three pilgrim churches for the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Penang, with a designated Holy Door which was opened by Bishop Sebastian Francis.
In conjunction with our Our Lady of Sorrows feast day on September, 9 weeks of Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held beginning from 23 July and culminating on 17 September, with the feast day celebration.
Penang govt to give RM100k for refurbishment of Church of the Assumption
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng made the announcement when he visited the church which is to carry out the restoration works at a cost of RM2.5million from September.
He said the state would like to endorse the restoration works by making a token contribution.