Parish Pastoral Assembly at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima

The Church of Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) held its Parish Pastoral Assembly Oct 5. Archbishop Julian Leow, Msgr Mitchel Joseph and Parish Priest Fr Ferdinand Magimay, facilitated the sessions.

Nov 02, 2019

By  Francis Magimay
The Church of Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) held its Parish Pastoral Assembly Oct 5. Archbishop Julian Leow, Msgr Mitchel Joseph and Parish Priest Fr Ferdinand Magimay, facilitated the sessions.

Fr Ferdinand, in his introduction, quoted Jesus: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower, will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough resources to complete it?” (Luke 14: 26.)

Fr Ferdie, as he is affectionately known, said, “Discipleship demands what we contribute and how we grow spiritually. We need to have commitment, responsibility and faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Every person can contribute like the boy with the five loaves and two fishes that Jesus blessed and fed 5,000 men, besides women and children (Matt 14: 17)  What He was originally given seemed insufficient, but in His hands it became more than enough. We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meagre, but He can use and multiply whatever we give Him, whether it is talent, time or treasure. It is when we give them to Jesus that our resources are  multiplied.

Margaret Raj, the BECCOT Coordinator, reported that they usually meet on the third Wednesday of every month. They discussed plans for the joint and separate BEC gatherings. The joint plans included a Pilgrimage to St Theresa’s Church in Nilai and the participation in OLF Choir Apostles’ Journey Concert.

She said that for the current year, the BECs claimed that they had a deep sense of belonging and were more closely knit. Some suggestions for improvements for 2020 are: BEC members should visit the homes of non–active members. It was felt that a personal touch would improve relationships. They also plan to reach out to migrant c0mmunities. 

Tracy Anna Richard reported that OLF Youth Ministry has been running for four years, since 2015. The Ministry started off with just eight youths but today, it has 23 members, including two advisors. Their mission is to instill a sense of belonging, to grow in faith and encounter Christ, and to integrate good spiritual values.

She then listed out the activities conducted for the year. They were extremely thankful for the support from everyone for their fundraising activities.

Ruban Soosay described activities on Ecumenical and Inter Religious Dialogue.

For the Tamil Apostolic Group, Sauriamma Rayapan said that a commendable number of  migrants and foreign nationals participated in the Tamil Mass as Lectors and Choir members.

The Tamil Choir had participated in the Tamil Hymn Festival organised by Uravadum Kudumbam and bagged the best composer award for three consecutive years. The Choir won the laurels as champions in 2018.

The Tamil Youth started their Ministry with 32 members. This year they attended a Tamil Charismatic Youth Formation. The Tamil Apostolic Group expressed its thanks to Fr Ferdie for his continuous support.

Msgr Mitchel then moderated the group discussion on four areas: a) Relationships, b) Mission Outreach, c) Unity, and d) Social Media. The participants had to choose one area for discussion in their respective groups.

Archbishop Leow moderated the discussions and said that issues that needed resolution could be resolved by the Parish Priest and the organising committee following this PPA meeting.

As explained by Fr Ferdie in his introduction, the cost of Discipleship, whether it be our talent, time or treasure, though meagre, in Jesus’ hands would be multiplied manifold. Thus, with His help, we could build a strong communion of communities in our Parish.

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