Nuncio celebrates CIC’s 135th anniversary

Parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Conception (CIC) gave Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino, a multi-cultural reception when the Vatican envoy visited the parish to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, Aug 15.

Aug 31, 2018

By Vincent D’Silva
Parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Conception (CIC) gave Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino, a multi-cultural reception when the Vatican envoy visited the parish to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, Aug 15. The visit coincided with the church’s 135th anniversary celebration.

Prior to coming to the church, Archbishop Marino visited the BEC in Kim Teng Park to chat and bless the people gathered there. He then presented each member with a papal rosary before leaving for the church.

The multicultural reception ceremony began with the Nuncio being garlanded on arrival by parish priest, Fr Edward Rayappan.

This was followed by the beating of the Twelve Apostles’ Drums by Chinese students, which set the stage for the kolattam, an Indian dance. This was followed by the Sumazau Dance by the Bahasa Apostolate.

The Nuncio then blessed the grotto of the Immaculate Conception on the church grounds and later signed the plaque.

Addressing the congregation later, Archbishop Marino said the parish has grown into a vibrant community of laymen and women who, together with their priests, have dedicated themselves in service to the Lord and to the Church.

Today, he said, this community is under the pastoral guidance of Fr Edward Rayappan and expressed his thanks to him for his service to God and his people.

He said, “From all indications, you are a faithful shepherd, close to the people and their needs.”

He went on to say that the parish of CIC has been a beacon of light, a community of believers with the spirit of evangelisation, going beyond the confines of the church to those who are seeking the healing balm of God’s mercy.

He called on the people to constantly renew themselves by being true disciples of the Lord, following his commands, above all in the law of love.

He said, “It was a great joy for me to celebrate the 135th anniversary of CIC and to be with the people of this community who express their faith with much devotion and fervour,” adding that he was happy to see many from Sabah and Sarawak who are now a part of that community.

In his homily, Archbishop Marino said that today’s feast gives us great hope as followers of the Lord because, what Mary has experienced, we one day will experience.

This feast, he said, also means that our salvation is not merely a spiritual one.

“Jesus did not save just the souls of the human person, like Mary who was taken into heaven body and soul. For this reason, we can say that the mission of the Church is directed towards the totality of the human person,” he said.

At the end of the Mass, the Nuncio presented a gold medallion of Pope Francis to four elderly couples were selected for their long service to Church ministries.

Archbishop Marino hugged and presented Fr Rayappan with a papal rosary.

He said, “I know he is a good priest that you people love for his selfless priesthood.”

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