Be a visible sign of God in the world

More than 100 participants attended the third St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Pastoral Assembly (PPA) at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Oct 19.

Nov 29, 2019

By Romeo Francis Barintang
More than 100 participants attended the third St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Pastoral Assembly (PPA) at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Oct 19. 

It began with the Enthronement of the Bible. Assistant parish priest Fr Christopher Ireneus facilitated the session on spiritual input based on the 1st mission goal, ‘to nurture active participation in the Church with the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life.’ The vitality and quality of ministries/communities are seen on how they serve the Church in the various ways of their charisms. The Eucharist has been the source and centre of Christianity throughout the ages and reflection on it brings to mind the many demands of Christian living.

Fr David A. Garaman, the rector, in his keynote address touched on the theme of the assembly Nurturing active church participation with the Eucharist as the source and  summit of Christian life which is also the main pastoral focus for our diocese. The theme invites us to reflect and act towards achieving our desired goal as a community to become truly a “Christ-centred community serving one another with love.”

He appealed to all participants that, regardless of background and culture, all of us have a very special  place in the life of the Church. He congratulated all for working hard in ensuring the parish continues to be a visible sign of God’s presence in the world.

Pilis Malim, the PPC Chairman presented the resolutions of the 2nd PPA and the findings of the recently concluded survey on the implementation of the 1st diocesan mission goal.

Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom graced the official launching of the proposed extension and upgrading of St Joseph’s Church next month which are expected to be completed before the end of next year.

Michael Ibau, acting Chairman of the Parish Property and Maintenance Committee, presented a report on all projects carried out for the year. The projects include those of St Mary’s Cathedral, St Joseph’s Church, St Mark’s Church and St Peter’s Chapel, Sungai Manila.

Isaac Pang, the Chairman of the Parish Finance Committee and Elaine Lim, the treasurer, briefed the participants on the parish financial status from Jan to Sept 2019.  

Dalius Lobinjang, the moderator for the group discussion, posed the question on how we can enhance our approach in realising the mission of “nurturing active church participation” towards achieving the diocesan vision from the per spective as church leaders and parishioners.

Among the well accepted responses were:

--Organise Training of Trainers sessions
-- Leaders must be open to new ideas
-- Leaders must not hold on to positions for too long.
-- Youths must be given the opportunity to hold leadership roles
-- Leaders must adopt the attitude of being servant leaders
-- Leaders have no other option but to serve others
-- Parishioners need to have mutual understanding in building the Kingdom of God
-- Parishioners need to be involved in ministries, and l   Participate in church activities to instil in them a sense of belonging The assembly ended at 3.15 pm with the Diocesan Prayer. --Dospo

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