KUALA LUMPUR: On 18th November 2017, Good Shepherd Church Setapak had successfully organized the second Spelling Bee competition for the underprivileged children lacking in English proficiency. Due to the good response and positive feedback received from the previous year’s competition, the Parish priest Rev. Fr. Christopher W Soosaipillai gave his blessings to conduct this event again this year. The objective of this competition was to provide an opportunity for the students to enhance their spelling skills and to expand their vocabulary in a fun and competing manner.
On the 4th of November 2017, the church of the Good Shepherd, Setapak celebrated the initiation of 49 children into the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Children from all the language groups as well as from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC), came together in union to receive Christ for the first time. The beautiful celebration was animated by the children themselves. The children’s choir, known lovingly as “The Cherubims“, serenaded the mass with their angelic singing. It was uplifting to experience the voice of children reading the Word of God and singing Psalms to Our Lord, praising him with their God-given talents and giving thanks to Him as they prepare themselves to receive Him for the first time. Parents, godparents and dedicated teachers worked tirelessly together in preparing the children to undertake this next journey of faith.
Good Shepherd’s Parish Ministry of Ecumenical and Inter Religious Affairs (PMEIA) recently invited 10 Christian Churches around the Setapak vicinity for an evening of prayer and fellowship. His Grace, Archbishop Julian Leow and Rev Fr Christopher Wilvaraj together with the PMEIA members greeted and welcomed the Pastors and members of the other Christian Churches to the Good Shepherd Church (GSC), Setapak.
"A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop" (Canon 515).
The above code from the Canon simply means that the Parish priest, the religious of the parish and its congregation form the parish. Therefore, a parish is formed by God’s people whose pastoral care becomes the responsibility of the parish priest who encourages all to continue Christ’s mission here in the world.
Confirmation is a time of solitude and solace with our heavenly father. Some of us who have been through this phase, may have walked along and conformed to the other members in the classroom or church without really grasping our loving father’s grace. On the other hand, some of us would have graced our father’s blessings at a much earlier age, seeking his comfort and refuge in our own entreaty. Either way, confirmation is the pinnacle of our Catholic childhood, paving our ways to another new agendas inscribed in our course of life.
Feast days in the Catholic churches around the globe are done to commemorate the sacrifices of a cannonized saint. Such feast days are celebrated in various different traditions in grandeur to mark an important day in the Catholic Calendar year. The Archbishop of Malaysia, Rev Julian Low in commemoration to celebrate the mass, usually adorns such feast days. The Feast of the Good Shepherd was a 4-day celebration which welcomed many walks of life, from the 4th of May to the 7th of May 2017. The wonderful occasion was celebrated at The Good Shepherd Church, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
The Catechetical Ministry of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church held the second part of the Theology of the Body camp for the form five students from the 11th to the 12th February 2017 in collaboration with the Theology of the Body team from the Archdiocese. Theology of the Body (TOB) was introduced by Saint John Paul II. It seeks to explain about human love and marriage. It is a series of 129 talks given by Saint John Paul II while he was a Pope as part of his Wednesday audiences. Saint John Paul II wrote the Theology of the Body in Polish while he was a cardinal.