Chinese New Year Mass Time


Christmas cheer for migrants

8 January 2017

Christmas cheer for migrants

By Aaron Lim
“Most of you may not be able to go back for the celebrations, but we want to make this place a home away from home for you to celebrate Christmas together!”

These were the opening remarks by assistant parish priest Fr Joachim Robert during the Christmas Party for migrants on Dec 18, 2016 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (City Parish).

Organised by the Parish Human Development Committee (PHDC), more than 100 parishioners from different nations attended the celebration. Also present was Fr Conegundo Garganta, a visiting priest from the Philippines.

In thanking the PHDC for organising this celebration, Fr Joachim spoke briefly about Christmas and hoped that all will “have a meaningful celebration this year.”

Fr Joachim also said that being in the heart of George Town, the City Parish churches are attended by many migrant workers and university students during the weekend Masses.

Besides fellowship, the choir, made up of students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) also entertained the crowd with Christmas carols.

This was followed by dance and singing performances by members of the Filipino Catholic Community of Penang (FCCP).

There were also games, like Musical Chairs and Apple Eating, for everyone to participate.

USM student Alvin Yong, from Sabah, said that the interesting activities made him feel excited and he stayed to the end of the party.

“This celebration allowed me to mingle freely with migrants from Vietnam and the Philippines, and to get along with them as well,” he said.

Yong felt homesick celebrating Christmas away from Sabah, but the warm gathering in Penang made him feel like home again.

“Carolling preparations and Christmas stay-overs are some of the efforts made to foster our relationship, especially with the first-year students, so that they will not feel lonely spending Christmas here,” he said.


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New Year 2017 schedule


Christmas wish to all


Thousands throng Assumption restoration food fair

25 Dec. 2016

Thousands throng Assumption restoration food fair

By Aaron Lim
15230736_1324168867603704_947380594124525413_nHeavy rains in the afternoon did not dampen the spirit of thousands of people who came in support of the Assumption Church’s restoration food fair.

Held on December 3 within the church grounds in a carnival-like atmosphere, with about 60 stalls and trucks with a variety of food items, books and even plants and accessories.

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Christmas and New Year schedule



Advent Penitential Service


Children experience God through praise

27 November 2016

Children experience God through praise

By Aaron Lim
15211793_10205765765863242_614377198_nPraise the Lord, Alleluia was their theme of joy and praise as the children came together for the first ever Joy Camp to be held in City Parish.

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.

14993389_1303648709655720_8755462737676204293_nThe outdoor games included Bible verse puzzles and using play dough to construct models based on The Book of Genesis. The children used their creativity to answer those questions.

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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Strive towards living the Christian life faithfully

20 November 2016
Strive towards living the Christian life faithfully

By Aaron Lim
15134287_10205734291076392_1763703114_nTen children from City Parish received Holy Communion for the very first time, witnessed by their parents, catechists and almost 1,000 parishioners.

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.

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All Saints Day & All Souls Day




1) Kelawai road Cemetery at 8.00am
2) Western Road Cemetery at 10.00 am
3) Balik Pulau Cemetery at 3.00pm.
4) Penang Road Heritage Cemetery at 5.30pm
(a) SFX at 6.00pm
(b) OLS at 6.30pm

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