4 October 2015
By Aaron Lim
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in City Parish was celebrated in a different tone this year. Instead of the usual triduum Masses, the parish priests decided to bring the feastday to the homes — through Masses in the BECs.
The various BEC zones responded readily towards the call of the parish. For the first two weeks of September, Fr Nelson Chitty (parish priest) and Fr Joachim Robert (assistant parish priest) visited each zone to celebrate Mass with the parishioners.
At every Mass, parishioners were given a devotion book and the Seven Sorrows Rosary. The rosary, in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows, was recited after every Mass, to remind all of Mary’s sufferings.
Fr Joachim said that this was aimed at helping parishioners rediscover the history of OLS Church while introducing them to the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows.
All these culminated with a Multi-Lingual Feastday Mass on September 20. The hazy Sunday morning did not deter crowds from thronging the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows for this auspicious occasion.
The Mass was celebrated by Fr Joachim Robert, together with Fr Nelson Chitty and Fr Michael Thoo as concelebrants. The various language groups of City Parish came together as one family to coordinate the Mass.
Fr Joachim preached that a mother’s love is the foundation of the human spirit. When the mother carries a child, ‘they are one’.
He also said that a mother’s suffering during labour turns to joy when a new life is born, and the mother would closely watch and guide the child from infancy to maturity.
“No matter how old a child may be, a mother’s love will never end,” he said while pointing out that the Passion of Jesus is closely linked to our Sorrowful Mother. He also mentioned that it is always painful when seeing loved ones suffer.
“But through sorrows, we are able to transform and grow, and this makes us better people and prepares us for something better,” he said while adding that Christian life is not only about being happy, but also about sorrows that lead to joy.
He also touched on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, highlighting the fact that Mary stood by Jesus amid difficulties. “When we give our all to God, amid the challenges faced and being ridiculed, do we say no or choose to be like Mary?” he asked.
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4 September 2015
By Lucia Lai
Twenty-three candidates from City Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Feast of the Assumption Eucharistic Celebration on Aug 16 at Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Concelebrating with Bishop Sebastian were parish priest, Fr Nelson Chitty and assistant parish priest, Fr Joachim Robert. In his homily, Bishop Sebastian pointed out that, to appreciate the first reading, we must engage all our senses, particularly our imagination.
26 July 2015
By Aaron Lim
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.
26 July 2015
By Lucia Lai
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
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.
28 June 2015
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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10 June 2015
THE 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.
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.
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.