Good Shepherd Church (GSC), Setapak recently organised a Kachin Catholic Youth Formation for Myanmarese migrants from Bukit Bintang, Setapak and around its vicinity. Fr. Vincent Shan Lum, a priest from the Myitktina Diocese in Myanmar was in town to facilitate the formation, celebrate the Sacraments and lend a listening ear to the Myanmar community.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Many men have answered the call of Jesus to become ‘fishers of men’, on the 24th and 25th February, 15 young men attended to know more about this call of Jesus and to understand more about this journey with Christ. The camp began with introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours after the morning prayers and breakfast.
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you…” Luke 14:13.
The PIHD team truly practiced the above verse by inviting the homeless, the poor, the Orang Asli, and the migrants to a Christmas Party along with their own BECs. What better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord than to bring this glad tidings to the poor.
"URBI ET ORBI" MESSAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica
Monday, 25 December 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!
In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
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.