Pilgrims make journey of faith to Assumption Penang

The Church of the Assumption, which was opened as a pilgrim church for the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY 2019) has seen a tremendous response from all Catholics.

Aug 09, 2019

By Aaron Lim
The Church of the Assumption, which was opened as a pilgrim church for the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY 2019) has seen a tremendous response from all Catholics.

Since Pentecost Sunday, the church has attracted more than 2,000 pilgrims from all over Malaysia and from neighbouring countries. Close to 400 pilgrims from Sabah visited the church on July 26, making it the largest group of pilgrims to visit the church thus far.

A special Mass for the pilgrims was celebrated by Fr Ronnie Luni from the Diocese of Keningau with Fr Daniel from the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu as concelebrant.

Fr Ronnie said that a pilgrimage can be spiritually fulfilling journey in search of Christ, and hopes that all pilgrims will gain something meaningful from their trip.

“The experience of Jesus must not only be found in the church, but also through the people we meet; and I am sure they will feel God’s presence with them as a group,” he said.

Fr Ronnie hoped that as they return to their respective hometowns, they will continue serving the Church and sharing their personal encounter of Christ with others.

After Mass, the group received a warm welcome from the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis together with local parishioners.

All pilgrims to the church are invited to renew their baptismal promises as they enter the church, using the BASE 12 (Baptised and Sent Experience) book as a guideline.

They can view the relics of the College General martyrs, among them being St Philip Minh and Companions from Vietnam and Sts Chastan and Imbert from Korea.

The right wing of the church also features images and stories of the local missionaries, paying tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Dominic Vendargon, Fr Arthur Julien, Fr Anthony Khaw, Fr George Lee and Sybil Kathigasu.

Besides the church, pilgrims can also visit the Penang Diocesan Museum and Fr Reutens’ Gallery to view paintings with local elements and understandimg the history of the local church.

For more information or pilgrimage arrangement details, contact the City Parish office at 04-2261502 or 017- 5812818.

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