Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church (OMPH) held their Parish Assembly recently.
The meeting on Sunday, November 12, was led by Chairman Francis Lopez, attended by Parish Priest Fr Joseph Stephen CSsR and Fr Paul Kee CSsR, Asst Parish Priest.
During the meeting, the various ministries reviewed their programmes for the current year and presented their plans for 2018.
Several ministries such as the Parish Human Development Committee, Bahasa Malaysia Apostolate, Chinese Apostolate and Catholic Charismatic Renewal saw a growth and improvement in their ministries and have projected follow ups. There are a total of 28 programmes planned for the following year.
Fr Stephen in his address said the thrust of the diocese would be BEC, unity, formation, internal human development, ecumenical religious dialogue, youth, family and social communication
“These eight themes will be present in the plans and programmes we intend to carry out for the coming year.”
He voiced his concerns on some of the challenges facing the Parish, especially the youth group.
“We do not seem to know how to handle this ministry. Whatever we acquired earlier doesn’t seem to be working. It has become an endless challenge and is a struggle in the parish.
“However, we mustn’t shut out the youth but keep finding ways and means to respond to them as they struggle and discover their own faith in their lives.”
“I hope the Parish will think of new ways and ideas to reach out to them so that they won’t be lost.”
Fr Joe Stephen thanked the members for taking the time to be present for this Parish Assembly to share their insights, success stories and challenges.
“We are collectively one people, one Parish of different language groups but we are trying to work together.”
Francis Martin said that he was happy with the assembly as the participants were interactive and responded with constructive comments.
Earlier, Fr Paul Kee gave a talk entitled Lay Ministry while Fr Stephen talked on Mission.
Article reproduced from Herald Malaysia online