Our Parish Retreat will be held on 22-24 September 2017 at two locations: our Church hall and at the adjacent Chi Man School Hall. It is an opportunity for every parishioner to take time away from our normal activities and to spend more time getting to know God and to love Him; to examine our priorities in life, make concrete and practical resolutions and to commit ourselves to a life of purpose and service. Making a good retreat can be a powerful step towards individual conversion.
The Church in Peninsular Malaysia conducts periodic retreats every year during the month of September requesting all bishops and priests to make their yearly retreat for at least 5 days. We take time off from our parish activities and pastoral duties to be in solitude with the Lord. These past three years our parish has been organising retreats but these were only one-day sessions. This year however, the committee is organising a 3-day Parish Retreat for all parishioners. This time round, we will be bringing to you distinguished speakers from a well-known retreat centre in India, – the Divine Retreat Centre, Potta, Kerala. Every parishioner is encouraged to register and so discover how they may rekindle their relationship with Christ Jesus and learn the secret of successful and joyful families!
In every part of the world, the Catholic Church organisation offers many types of retreats for their members. Retreats can be for a single day or a whole week or even a month. They can be silent retreats, preached retreats, directed or guided retreats with various spiritual topics and daily meditations or conferences. Initially, we planned to have our retreat for two days over the weekend but the Lord blessed us with another day when the Muslims shifted the “Awal Muharram” holiday from Thursday 21st to Friday 22nd September this year. That is why we have added an additional day to make it a 3-day retreat over that weekend. It will be more dynamic and charismatic in tone with many spiritual insights, Praise and Worship and healing sessions, Confessions and the Holy Eucharist. A special room will be prepared for you to spend time in silent conversation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament during the course of the retreat. It is a time for you to listen to the Holy Spirit and to get to know Jesus better as you get into your truer self.
When you come for this weekend retreat with our POTTA priests retreat masters, it will be a special time of the year for you to get away from all your daily activities, to encounter God and to deepen your relationship with Him. Too often, in our daily lives, we are overwhelmed with many distractions and we may fail to hear the voice of God. So we encourage you, when you come for the retreat, to turn off your hand phones and unplug yourself from all social-communications. The Lord wants your full attention in this upcoming retreat.
As your parish priest, I strongly recommend you to attend this retreat and do not give excuses but take the trouble to register soonest. It is a retreat about seeking, finding and loving Christ and in turn you too will gain spiritual enlightenment and insight. The Holy Spirit will prompt you as you participate in this retreat. He will provide special graces to lead you to true and lasting spiritual progress. As the retreat days draw closer, we invite you to pray that the Lord, “Give success to the work of our hands, and may His kingdom come and may His will be done!”
For more information about the Parish Retreat 2017, do visit the Parish Retreat counter in front of our Church before and after every weekend Mass.
My best wishes!
Fr. George Packiasamy