More than 1,500 volunteers helped in 10-day celebration

The annual feast of St Anne was celebrated from July 19 until July 28. The theme for this year was Call to Mission, in line with our Holy Father’s theme on Mission.

Aug 09, 2019

By Marlina Sara Sylvester
The annual feast of St Anne was celebrated from July 19 until July 28. The theme for this year was Call to Mission, in line with our Holy Father’s theme on Mission.

Assistant parish priests Fr Leo Elias and Msgr Fr Henry Rajoo, together with permanent Deacon Lazarus Jonathan, coordinated the feastday celebrations.

St Anne’s feast committee chairperson, Joseph Stanislaus, said that close to 1,500 volunteered for this year.

“All our volunteers have been working hard since early July, from the day we started with the gotong-royong until we closed the gate on the 10th day of the novena. All these volunteers worked from the ground to the hill, to ensure ease and safety for all pilgrims,” said Fr Leo.

There were daily Masses in English, Tamil and Mandarin. There were also Masses in Bahasa Malaysia on the weekends.
Fr Joachim Robert celebrated the feastday Mass of St Anne and St Joachim on July 26. The sub-theme for the day was Mission to Protect Life.

He spoke about how St Anne and St Joachim played a big role in caring for and strengthening Mary.

“We must ponder on their protective care towards Mary. As parents, they nursed and nourished Mary physically and spiritually. We are called to do the same to protect this gift of life that is given to us all. We need to recognise our vocation and our mission to protect life.

“God created us in His own image and likeness and he has made us masters of creation. Therefore, we are responsible to protect creation. God has given us the dignity of life. Therefore, whenever we protect life, we are in the presence of God.”

He ended the homily by stressing that we are nourished by the Eucharist and called to go out and proclaim the good news and to protect life and become God’s missionaries.

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