After Easter 2022, our Parish’s Prayer Group Ministry started praise and worship gatherings in their respective languages (English, Mandarin and Tamil), followed by fellowship. These small prayer groups have put effort into planning, restructuring and recruiting members to enable a face-to-face comeback. The central focus of the Prayer Group Ministry is to help us grow in the knowledge of God, mature in faith, know God in a deeper way and endure all challenges of life, (cf. Col 1:9-14).
The committee members of the respective prayer groups carry out their duties and responsibilities faithfully. They pray for the spirit of grace and forgiveness from God and also for one another. Each member comes enthusiastically, creating an atmosphere of prayer and praise, relying on the Spirit of God to guide them. Their prayers are simple, honest, authentic and from deep within their hearts.
The Prayer Group Ministry encourages and welcomes newcomers to experience spiritual gifts and to create opportunities to be more intimate with God. They are united “in Christ” like the vine to bear fruit in plenty, (cf. John 15). When coming together in these small prayer groups, we recognise that we are in the Hands of God, not our own, and that we are doing His will, and not ours. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will provide direction and guidance to the Prayer Group Ministry to establish God’s will and plan for us and our parish.
The 10th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) 2022 took place in Rome, Italy from 22-26 June 2022 with the theme, “Family Love: A Vocation and A Path To Holiness.” Pope Francis “reaffirmed the beauty of families,” and reiterated that families need “to defend themselves from the poisons of selfishness, individualism, the culture of indifference and discarding” and not to lose “the spirit of acceptance and service within the family.”
This Sunday, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur will officially launch and dedicate August 2022- July 2023 as a celebration of family love. We need families in our Parish to welcome one another and share their joys and sorrows, as we strengthen our family-life while facing and overcoming difficulties. For the next 12 months, we will focus on family-life by bringing families together for more programs, formations, prayers and fellowships. Let us not regret the life of the past and the freedom that we have abused, but instead let us renew and refresh our enthusiasm in our family-life and grow in holiness to bear witness to the world, as we persevere in all our challenges, difficulties and trials.
Archbishop Julian Leow will inaugurate the WMOF at our Archdiocese level at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 21 August 2022. The Inauguration Mass will be streamed live at 6.00 pm. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/WAGCoDAL8VM
May the Lord bless and keep our families together as well as all the families of the world, and grant unto us the “fruits of the Holy Spirit” (Gal 2: 22-23 / CCC # 1832) in our family life.