KL North District organises prayers for Christian Unity Week

The seven parishes in the North District of the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, organised the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) on January 18, 2019 at the Church of St Joseph, Sentul.

Jan 26, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The seven parishes in the North District of the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, organised the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) on January 18, 2019 at the Church of St Joseph, Sentul. About five Catholic priests and 10 Pastors and representatives from various denominations around Sri Gombak and Sentul came together for the WPCU.

There were about 350 parishioners at this ecumenical prayer, celebration and fellowship. The Parish Ministry of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue Affair (PMEIA) had been working hand in hand with other PMEIA leaders from the KL North District parishes to make this event a memorable one. PMEIA is a relatively new ministry, which was formed in the Parish sometime in October 2018.

In a short period, PMEIA has coordinated a few activities such as visiting mosques, welcoming their religious leaders and Muslim varsity students for dialogues and forums. Some religious leaders from other religions have also paid courtesy visits to the parish. PMEIA will be organising a few more events and formations pertaining to other Faiths this year. We need more parishioners to join in PMEIA activities. WPCU is traditionally celebrated between 18 – 25 January (ie; between the Feast of the Confession of Peter and the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul).

The WPCU 2019 theme is Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue… (Deuteronomy 16: 18- 20). The theme was prepared by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia and the Indonesian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

This theme is selected because it gives a powerful message of promoting truth, equality and unity. We, as individual Christians, are supposed to promote justice and peace and protect the oppressed.

Very often, all our hard work in building bridges ends up with gaps between the poor and the rich. The gap is widening and many people are still living in poverty. We need to be witnesses to the world and to be Christ’s healing grace for the brokenness of the world.

The WPCU creates awareness among Christian communities about the common concern and response to the unjust reality and witness to the living unity in diversity. It is only when we unite ourselves that we may be able “to combat injustice” and “their situation and needs, and recognise this common need throughout the world.” -- stjosephsentul.org

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