On Sunday, 29th May 2016, we celebrated the feast of “Corpus Christi”, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, a most adorable Sacrament in our Catholic Church. Due to certain circumstances, we were unable to have any special celebration or procession to make it a more significant and memorable event.
The Myanmarese community in the Klang Valley had the privilege of having two visitors from their home country – Bishop Felix Lian Khea Thang from the Diocese of Kayal, Myanmar and Rev. Fr. John Zokhan Mztou Ng – who are here on a pastoral visit. This is Bishop Felix’s second pastoral visit to Kuala Lumpur. His first trip was a year ago. The visitors arrived on 26th May (Thursday) and stayed with me in my parish house till 3rd June (Friday). Everyday they made appointments to visit the BECs and families of the Myanmar community.
Normally, our Myanmar community celebrates Masses in our parish on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month. This year the feast of Corpus Christi fell on the 5th Week of the month and it was not a weekend Mass for this community. When I heard that the Bishop and priest were arriving in our parish two days before, I contacted the Myanmar committee to discuss and plan a special Mass for their community with just two days notice. I was certainly very impressed with the Myanmar (ZOMI) community. By sending short messages and making phone calls within four days, an estimated 1000 Myanmarese turned up for the weekend Mass and it was more overwhelming than usual. With such short notice they made the necessary arrangements to be present and participate in the Mass.
Just before the Mass we exposed the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar at 11.00 am and they did the praise and worship for 30 minutes as a community. The Mass began at 11.30 am followed by a procession around the Church compound with the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. After that the community had fellowship with their Bishop.
Just an update on our form 5 catechism students who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation – They were away for a 3-day retreat at Church of St. Theresa, Nilai with their respective Catechism teachers. The retreat was conducted by Mr Marcus and his team from Church of the Holy Family Kajang. During the Pentecost Vigil, some of these students spent an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament reflecting on the Seven Gifts of Holy Spirit. In a month’s time they will be receiving the Sacrament in our Church from Archbishop Julian Leow.
We have concluded the Month of Rosary and Novena to St. Joseph the Worker with the feast of the Visitation (Mary visits Elizabeth) on 31st May. Mary is so filled with Holy Spirit that she bursts forth in a hymn of praise to God. Similarly, let’s us be more charitable and hospitable to our fellow brothers and sisters in our words and acts and give gratitude to God for the great things He has done for our families and community. It is fitting for us to continue reflecting on this Magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…” (Lk 1:46-55).
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