Sacred Heart 2019

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By Cecilia Grace Robert
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated from June 26 to 30 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The celebration commenced with the hoisting of the flag.

Each day, the celebration began with the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Fr VA Michael and Sr Mary Heng FDCC led the Liturgy of the Word for the Tamil and Mandarin-speaking of the parish before everyone joined in the main celebration presided over by Bishop Sebastian Francis.

On the first day, the theme was Missionary Disciples of Mercy which highlighted that every Christian is a missionary disciple to the extent that we encounter the mercy and compassion of God.

On the second day, the Bishop of Penang shared on the Missionary Disciples of Hope which is a command from the Holy Spirit for the present and future of all the churches in Peninsular Malaysia.

He stressed that hope is based on the promises of Christ which were already fulfilled in His time. He also explained that the mission entrusted to the Holy Spirit would continue in God’s time. It is lived in the present, especially in the Eucharist.

On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is also the World Day of the Sanctification of the Priests, a Mass was celebrated in the morning by Fr Christopher W. Soosaipillai. He shared that the journey of the priesthood starts from sanctifying to be holy. Despite the struggles that priests face, they continue to bring life and healing to the people. This is the Missionary Disciples in Priests.

On June 29, the Eucharistic celebration was followed by a procession in the vicinity of Peel Road. The float, decorated with recycled material by the Parish Catechism children, carried the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A large crowd of the faithful joined in the candlelight procession with the theme Baptised and Sent. Catholics are reminded that the mission mandate is imperative for a baptized disciple.

The feast concluded with the theme A Church on Mission in the World. In the homily, Bishop Sebastian emphasized on the Sacrament of Baptism. This was indeed a great conclusion to the themes of the feast that, ultimately, we are sent on a mission to the world with the empowerment that comes from Baptism. He also quoted what St Paul mentioned; ‘Fan into a flame the power. He explained the laying on of hands for empowerment in the four sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Priestly Ordination, and Anointing of the Sick.

The celebration concluded with a message: Mercy, Hope, and Joy is what the world needs. The mission is not within the Catholic Community but, with the Holy Spirit, to go into the world and be witnesses and preachers of the Gospel.

Pictures of feast day can be found in this link below

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PMPC IV

 PMPC is the acronym for Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention. This convention occurs every ten years and it is a gathering is made up of laity, religious, priests and bishops from all the three dioceses in Peninsular Malaysia – Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Diocese Of Penang and Diocese of Melaka-Johor. The main objective of PMPC is to bring together the People of god in a spirit of prayer, discussion and discernment for the good of the local church. It is here that the spirit of unity and collaboration is at work for the building up of the church in peninsular Malaysia. The very first PMPC was held in year 1986 and since then there have been two further gatherings of a similar nature – PMPC II(1996) and PMPC III (2006)

At all these convention, there are elements of review, discernment and planning of pastoral plans for the growth of the Church in Peninsular Malaysia. Even though each diocese is unique and different from each other, there are some plans and direction that are common to all, it is here that the church(laity, priests, bishops) share their lived and faith experiences and seek ways how to work together in collaboration with one other.

The PMPC is another forum in which the Church in Peninsular Malaysia seeks to bring together peoples from all walks of life for the purpose of helping one another moving the church forwards. Since each member of the church possess different talent, PMPC provides the opportunity for talent sharing and resource building.

This year (2-5 October 2016) will be PMPC IV and it will be the 40th anniversary since the renewal of the church in Peninsular Malaysia began In 1976 with the Aggiornamento (renewal). More than five hundred delegates are expected to attend this convention for the purpose of prayer, discernment , discussion and planning as we look forward to building the church in Peninsular Malaysia in the next ten years.

Source From Archkl.org

 

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