Catechumens have a communitarian experience

This is the second year that all catechumens and the confirmands from all the four language groups of the Malacca Johor Diocese, together with their god parents gathered for a two-day retreat.

Mar 22, 2019

By Vincent D’Silva
This is the second year that all catechumens and the confirmands from all the four language groups of the Malacca Johor Diocese, together with their god parents gathered for a two-day retreat.

The entire 533 participants started with an ice breaker, followed by Bishop Bernard Paul’s welcome address. He welcomed all with the love of Christ and hoped that every single one would encounter the living Christ.

For the catechumens, it was a new experience to see the coming together of all language groups.

The sessions for the different language groups were held separately. But it was a Malaysian scene during meal times when everyone mixed around and cherished the new way of being people of God.

They realised that the Church is much bigger than they thought and were touched by the talks, sharings and fellowship.

According to Deacon Dr Leslie Petrus, this is the only diocese where all the catechumens and godparents from the various parishes in the diocese are under one roof.

He said, “For the catechumens, this was like a communitarian experience, where race, creed, rich or poor were all together, sharing the food and living together as one family of God.”

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