Excellence awards for catechism students

Thirty-four students of St Michael’s Church (SMC) catechism received excellent attendance awards during the Children’s Mass Nov 17.

Nov 29, 2019

IPOH: Thirty-four students of St Michael’s Church (SMC) catechism received excellent attendance awards during the Children’s Mass Nov 17.

The awards, which comprised a certificate plus a RM20 voucher for the SMC religious articles shop, were presented by SMC parish priest, Fr Anthony Liew.

Archbishop Emeritus John Ha of Kuching celebrated the Mass, with Fr Anthony Liew concelebrating.

In his homily Archbishop Emeritus Ha referred to the gospel reading of the day.

“The believers felt the temple in Jerusalem, filled with all its treasures and glory and acceptable offerings, was a place where they would encounter God.

“However, Jesus makes it clear to them that this beautiful temple faced destruction. He desired a spiritual people, not a people bound by a temple shrine made of stones.

“The immediate reaction of the people was to find out when the destruction of the temple would happen, or what signs to watch out for to avert this disaster. Instead, Jesus drew their attention away from the temple to focus on the end time, when  everyone stands before Christ to receive judgement.”

Jesus also warned them about false prophets with false claims. “He also tells us we must not give up despite being persecuted. Jesus also drew attention to himself, that He is the true temple of God, not made by human hands.”

This true temple makes visible what God the Father wants – to be with us, through Jesus Christ his Son in unity with the Holy Spirit. “That is why He said he can raise the temple up in three days –  meaning through his sacrifice and death on the cross, and resurrection on the third day.

“We need to focus and get our priorities right, and not let our other desires distract us from God. Jesus wants us to follow Him to the end, and if we are steadfast and faithful in discipleship, it doesn’t matter what people say. Jesus will come to claim us at the end time. Let us make this our sole focus at Mass today,” he said.

After communion, Fr Liew presented the certificates of excellence to each student. He also thanked the catechists and parents for their commitment to helping the children grow in their Catholic faith.

“The commitment of parents (to bring their children to catechism) is fundamental and obligatory for our Christian life, and for the development of a strong foundation of our Catholic faith.

“In the same way, those who contribute through teaching, encourage the children to share and be generous with their talents,” he said.

The congregation gave a resounding applause for all the children as well as for the catechists and parents.

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