Notifications and Updates from Penang Diocese

Notifications and Updates from Penang Diocese

Feb 10, 2024

Diocese of Penang

My Dear People of God in Perak, Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Penang, as we move into the second month of the year and continue to be witnesses to God’s love and blessings, I invite you to take an interior journey that reaches out to others as we prepare and journey through the Season of Lent. May the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Alms-Giving, nourish us, and through us nourish others.

May the Spirit of the Lord be upon you as you bear witness to the Love of Christ in your lives. I remain united with all of you in prayer.

1. Ribuan terima kasih to all for the thanksgiving Solemn Mass on my appointment to the College of Cardinals
My heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your prayers, blessings, support and arrangements during the recent celebration of the Thanksgiving Solemn Mass at the Minor Basilica of St Anne, Bukit Mertajam. I humbly ask for your continued prayers for me, as I pray for you, in my new role and responsibilities for the mission entrusted in the diocese and beyond.

2. Penang Diocese Lenten Campaign 2024: Together we rebuild our Church, community and common home
Sharing with you the Lenten Campaign Kit 2024 and the available resources for this year’s Lenten Season at the Caritas Penang website. I wish you a blessed preparation and journey for Lent 2024.

3. Appointment of resident parish priest — Church of St Joseph, Bagan Serai
I am pleased to inform that Fr Stanley Antoni has been appointed resident parish priest of the Church of St Joseph, Bagan Serai with effect from January 16. We wish him the very best and continue to keep him in prayers as he embarks on this new mission, strengthened by the Holy Spirit. I take this opportunity to also thank Msgr Stephen Liew and Deacon Charles Lazaroo who have been administering the parish and looking into the needs of the community.

4. Heartfelt thanks to Sr Marysia Malating and Sr M. Rusiah Garuk | Incoming Sr M. Lucynia Jeprin
The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC), Sr Marysia and Sr Rusiah, will be transferred back to Sabah with specific missions assigned to them. We thank them for their contributions especially to the Bahasa speaking community through their mission with the Bahasa Apostolate. With joy we welcome Sr M. Lucynia to the Diocese of Penang as she joins Sr Florence in the FSIC community here in Bukit Mertajam and begins her mission in February. Diocese of Penang Notifications and Updates PKK/BDN/2024/02/175

5. Lunar New year message 2024 Year of the Dragon
As I take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Blessed and Glorious New Year, I wish to share with you a reflection prepared by Fr Stephen Chin in English and Mandarin, explaining the Year of the Dragon.

6. 30th Memorial Mass for Msgr Ignatius John Aloysius
In a spirit of thanksgiving, I invite you to join in the celebration of Mass for the repose of the soul of Msgr Ignatius John Aloysius on his 30th memorial anniversary on February 17 at 10.00am at the Church of St Francis Xavier, Penang. Fondly known as Msgr Aloysius, he was a faithful shepherd tending his flock at the Church of St Francis Xavier (City Parish). We remember with gratitude that Msgr Aloysius built the Church of St John Britto more than 50 years ago, as well as the Chapels of St Joseph in Hong Seng Estate and St Mary in Gottlieb Road. He was ordained at College General in 1929. He became the first Vicar General of the Diocese of Penang. For his outstanding and dedicated contributions to the Church, he was made Honorary Prelate by Pope Paul VI in 1978 which carried the title of Monsignor. For more than 20 years he served as parish priest of St Francis Xavier Church, Penang Road, before his demise in 1994 at the age of 91. For more details:

Cardinal Sebastian Francis

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