Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church held their Parish Assembly recently where the various committees presented their plans for the year 2018.
The meeting held on Sunday 12 November was led by Chairman Francis Lopez and attended by Parish Priest Fr Joseph Stephen and Fr Paul Kee, Asst Parish Priest.
The format of the meeting saw the various ministries evaluate their programs during the current year and present their plans for next year 2018.
Several ministries such as the Parish Human of Development Committee, Bahasa Malaysia Apostolate, Chinese Apostolate and Catholic Charismatic Renewal saw a growth and improvement in their ministries and have projected follow ups. There were a total of 28 programs planned for the following year.
|(l-r) Fr Joseph Stephen, Fr Paul Kee, Francis Lopez with Felix Nathan (facilitator)|
|The Chinese Apostalate's action plan for 2018|
Fr Stephen in his address said the thrust of the diocese would be BEC, unity, formation, internal human development, ecumenical religious dialogue, youth, family and social communication
“These eight themes will be present in the plans and programs we intend to carry out for the coming year”.
He voiced his concerns on some of the challenges facing the Parish especially the youth group.
“We do not seem to know how to handle this ministry. Whatever we acquired earlier doesn’t seem to be working and becomes an endless challenge and is a struggle in the parish.
|The Catholic Charismatic Renewal choir at the Assembly|
However we mustn’t shut the youth off but keep finding ways and means to respond and keep inviting them as they struggle and discover their own faith in their own life
I hope the Parish will think of new ways and ideas to reach out to them so that they won’t be lost”
Fr Joe Stephen thanked the members for their time and effort to be present for this Parish Assembly to share their insights, success stories and challenges.
“We are collectively one people one Parish of different language groups but we are trying to work together”
Francis Martin said that he was happy with the assembly as the participants were interactive and responded with constructive comments.
Earlier Fr Paul Kee gave a talk entitled ‘Lay Ministry’ while Fr Stephen spoke on the topic “Mission”.