Projek Dialog’s visit to the Kota Bharu parish

Eight young artists from Kuala Lumpur, together with their sponsor from the Canadian High Commission, attended the weekend Mass on Jan 15 at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima of the Holy Rosary to see for themselves how Christians, in particular Catholics, worship.

Feb 19, 2016

By Joseph Wang
Eight young artists from Kuala Lumpur, together with their sponsor from the Canadian High Commission, attended the weekend Mass on Jan 15 at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima of the Holy Rosary to see for themselves how Christians, in particular Catholics, worship.

After the Mass, the youths from Projek Dialog (a social media platform for moderation and dialog on Malaysia’s diversity), were shown around the church by Sr Jackie Pan. They also had an informal dialogue with Fr Francis Andrew during breakfast.

A question and answer session was held after a short presentation of the Church history, traditions and activities. Some were curious about our faith and what they had heard about the Catholic Church, eg. exorcism and how it was done.

Yana Rizal, the coordinator of Projek Dialog, thanked Sr Jackie for arranging the visit. “Many of us were very heartened by the church’s reception, and the community which was very welcoming towards us. The service would have been a first for a majority of the group (including Robb, a Buddhist, from the Canadian High Commission.) It was an eye-opening experience to see first-hand how worship is done in the church, which focuses a lot on the joyous praise of God,” said Yana.

“We appreciated Fr Francis Andrew’s candid sharing with us, attending to our queries on everything from the Catholic faith, systems and rituals, to his own personal experiences. What stood out, particularly for us, was the thoughtful slide presentation by the church, which really gave us a good sense of the history, community and camaraderie among the Catholics in Kota Bharu.

“Thank you once again for kindly accommodating us, and we do hope to keep in touch for future collaborations and visits. We hope our brief visit was as much a pleasure for you as it was for us.”

The group of young artists later proceeded to visit the oldest mosque at Kampung Laut in Nilam Puri, as well as the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Temples in Kelantan. Among the group were a Muslim, Buddhists and Atheists.

We hope that this Projek Dialog will encourage more young Malaysians to open their eyes to other religions so that they may be able to understand, and learn to live in peace and harmony with one another.

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