Feastday and rededication celebration in Penang
Herald, 1 March 2014
by Lucia Lai.
Donations drive for the renovations had started in August 2012 when the church received a big boost in donations from the Prime Minister’s Department of RM200,00.00. Many parishioners and well-wishers had then chipped in with the donations, thus making it possible for the church to transform into what it is now.
The church celebrated its feast-day, beginning with a triduum. On the first day, 6 Feb, the theme was ‘Called by God’ and celebrated by Fr David Lourdes. On the second day, 7 Feb, the theme was ‘Chosen to be his disciples’ and the celebrant was Msgr Bernard Paul. Fr George Packiasamy from KL, was the celebrant on the third day, with the theme ‘Sent as an apostle’. There was a procession of the statue of St John Britto and the Blessed Sacrament on this day.
The feast-day celebration n 9 Feb. was also a re-dedication ceremony of the renovated church. The theme chosen was ‘Called to new life: chosen to be empowered and sent to bear witness’ Bishop Sebastian Francis was the main celebrant co-celebrating were Fr George Packiasamy, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu (parish priest) and Fr Michael Thoo (assistant parish priest).
The Eucharistic Celebration began at the church’s new main door, where an unveiling of the plaque and the ceremonial door opening was done. Inside the church, the usual ‘Dedication of a church’ ceremony was carried out.
Bishop Sebastian, in his homily, talked mostly about Fr Rigottier, who was the first parish priest of the parish. Referring to the gospel reading (Mt 5:13-16), he said that Fr Rigottier had been very much the ‘salt of the earth’ and the ‘light of the world’ within the church community when he was serving in the church. His contribution to the church was tremendous and very much appreciated.
The chairman of the Church Building Committee, Mr Michael Susay gave a speech thanking everyone for their contributions in making the church new and beautiful, and also to those who prepared tirelessly for the feast-day celebration.
After his speech, Bishop Sebastian and Fr Thoo were presented with a shawl and garlanded by him. The celebration ended in a joyous mood with dinner served in the hall.
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