Using the ALPHA programme to become missionary disciples

Experiencing ALPHA – The Catholic Context for trainers and new guests was held as part of the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY) focus on Mission in the Archdiocese of Kuching.

Apr 12, 2019

By Ivy Chai
Experiencing ALPHA – The Catholic Context for trainers and new guests was held as part of the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY) focus on Mission in the Archdiocese of Kuching. It was organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Mission and Human Development, in collaboration with ALPHA Malaysia.

Their aim was to give an overview of ALPHA as well as to provide basic training on how to run ALPHA. The various parishes in the Archdiocese sent two hundred and fifteen (215) participants to attend the workshop at the Grand Hall, ACCPC on March 16.

The session was mainly for parishes that have never run ALPHA before, but are eager to explore in detail what it actually is and how it can be run, especially in the Family Bloc Rosary (FBR), or as an evangelisation and re-evangelisation tool.

The programme was in three languages; English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin, running concurrently.

Archbishop Simon Poh, at the Eucharistic celebration, reminded that Jesus establishes relationships with his followers and disciples by often gathering for meals with them.

In Mass we gather round the altar of sacrifice. Through the Alpha experience, we are invited for a meal to build relationships in little groups with our Lord as Master, coming together as a family of God.

The hosts are like the head of the family and the helpers are like the children in the family, helping to entertain guests. We are called to be perfect just like the Heavenly Father is perfect. We are called to maturity.

Though we are not perfect, we can do small things with great love. In his welcoming speech after Mass, Fr Galvin Richard Ngumbang, Chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission for Mission and Human Development, thanked the team from ALPHA Malaysia for bringing this programme to Kuching.

He hoped that after this, many will take up the challenge to be “missionary disciples” after having experienced Christ in their lives, and share with others.

Wini Heron, the National Director for ALPHA Malaysia, Elizabeth Lopez, the Regional Development Director (Catholic Context) for ALPHA Asia Pacific and nine facilitators from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah conducted the programme in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese respectively.

ALPHA graduates from the parishes in the Archdiocese also facilitated in the one-day programme which ended with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.-- Today’s Catholic

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