Single young adults get a feel of ‘Apologetics’“Enough of waiting to be spoon-fed, we Catholics ought to be the seekers of the teachings of our Church and, especially, about our faith.” This was th
Mar 16, 2017
By Mayette Bugaoan
“Enough of waiting to be spoon-fed, we Catholics ought to be the seekers of the teachings of our Church and, especially, about our faith.” This was the message that rang out throughout the recently concluded Apologetics camp for single, young adults held at the Penang Diocesan Pastoral Institute (PDPI) Feb 17-19.
Nineteen participants from the parishes of the Church of the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Sorrows, Risen Christ, Immaculate Conception, St. Anne, Sacred Heart and St Mary in Tapah came with a serious desire to understand salient points about their faith. They were not disappointed because there was sufficient input from a workshop by the resource persons and camp organisers.
Dr Steven Selvaraju, Director of PDPI gave a four-hour dynamic session that covered Sacred Scripture and Tradition, the Communion of Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Raymond Hew, of Splendour Project followed with the Communion of Saints and the Eucharist.
The last topic was an interactive exchange on the Holy Trinity which was given by Rt Rev Sebastian Francis, the Bishop of Penang.
During the evaluation session, participants expressed the insight that “our Mother Church is so rich and experienced in the walk of faith. She is alive, dynamic, and ever renewing.”
In order to appreciate our being Catholic better, one has to take an active part in living the faith and be courageous enough to explain or defend her against false teachings. A renewed interest in the Holy Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church was expressed by the participants. Ten of them expressed their desire to have follow-up sessions on Apologetics. This is very apt because the next SYA event will be the monthly study of the Holy Scripture which will begin on March 16 and every third Thursday of the month thereafter. M.H.B.
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