Puchong parish embarks on a three-fold mission

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe embarked on a three-fold Mission on April 13, 2019.

May 10, 2019

PUCHONG: The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe embarked on a three-fold Mission on April 13, 2019.

-- Keeping in mind our baptismal call to reach out and be witnesses of Christ Jesus. (Baptised and Sent)

-- Laudato Si on the Care of our Common Home -In Harmony with Nature, “Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself.” (66)

--Lent, a favourable time of renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments and with our neighbour.

This year, the parish, in collaboration with all eight clusters and all language apostolates, provided a meal (briyani rice, curry, fried chicken, egg sambal, vegetables and cupcakes, fruits and brownies) and some essentials to those in need. Besides the briyani and curry, the rest of the food was prepared by the parishioners in small volumes that they volunteered to cook in their own homes and bring on that morning.

Parish Priest, Fr Albet Arockiasamy, led the parishioners in prayer and launched the Mission Day to prepare meals for 1,058 recipients in total.

The recipients this year were: Children’s homes (namely Rumah Juara & Rumah Impian), Old Folks Home (Rumah Victory), the Homeless (Samaritan Home), the Migrants (Security Guards and Cleaners at our Taman/Apartment), the Myanmarese Refugees, the Sabahan and Sarawakian Students and the poor and needy families in Puchong.

The planning took us about three weeks. We had many cash donors and many who volunteered to bring cooked food.

In line with taking care of the environment, our common home (Laudato Si’), this year we used only biodegradable packing materials and carton boxes. No plastic was used at all.

The volunteers who were serving food at the homes took the food in big pots and trays. They used the crockery at the homes to cut down on the wastage of packing materials. These teams who were serving at the homes left the parish at about 10.00am for their respective destinations to carry out their mission.

The rest stayed back to pack the food for the migrant guards and cleaners, the refugees and other individual recipients. These were then delivered by a team designated to do delivery.

About 200 Sabahan and Sarawakian students were served their meals at the Borneo Café in Puchong. The zone members located in the vicinity took charge of providing transport to bring these students for their lunch.

The basement area was converted into a dining hall to serve lunch for about 240 pax from the poor and needy families from about 11.30am till 1.30pm.

At the end of the day, it was all worth our time. Every minute spent serving, packing, delivering, mopping floors, sorting boxes and washing dishes was truly gratifying. We thank the Lord for giving us an opportunity to spread His love, to look at others through His eyes and spend some time befriending the incredible people we met, listening to their stories, doing some amazing work and gaining a whole new perspective that we are all Children of God and we need to help one another in every way we can.

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