Kuantan parishioners warmly welcome Fr George Packiasamy

The parishioners of the Church of St Thomas the Apostle were excited to welcome Fr George Packiasamy as their new parish priest during the weekend Masses of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Jan 21, 2022

Parishioners gather beside the church for the boiling of the Ponggal rice


By Francis Leong
The parishioners of the Church of St Thomas the Apostle were excited to welcome Fr George Packiasamy as their new parish priest during the weekend Masses of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The prior week, the parishioners bid an emotional farewell to Fr Patrick Boudville who had served the parish for six and a half years.

Fr George is no stranger to the parish as he had served as assistant priest from February 2003 to June 2004. Since his arrival, he has immediately met the parish ministries and began planning for the parish. Within a short period, he got the Tamil-speaking community to organise the Ponggal celebration on Saturday, January 15. Before long, he will be making preparations for the parish celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Fr George has shown his enthusiasm to serve by having separate meetings with the leaders and members of the various parish ministries, to get to know them and also to understand their involvement in the parish. He acknowledged that the parish serves a large and varied community, including the orang asli, varsity students, the armed forces personnel, Sarawakians, Sabahans and migrant workers, besides the local Chinese and Indian communities.

We are fortunate to have him as our shepherd once again. With his eagerness to serve and the vast experience he has gathered from his former parishes, and the cooperation of the parish community, we can look forward to many meaningful and spirit-filled activities in the years ahead.

As the COVID pandemic is still prevalent, we expect to encounter many challenges in carrying out our parish activities. Nevertheless, with the start of this new chapter under Fr. George’s leadership, we the parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle, will strive to give our full cooperation to assist him in building our parish community and bringing our faith alive by witnessing Christ to one another. 

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