"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.
As we know, all God’s people have different gifts, responsibilities and roles to play but we all belong to one Christ as the head. So, all these people of God in the Good Shepherd Parish met at a Pastoral Assembly on the 22nd July 2017.
Reports in mind-map form from the eight (8) different clusters of the parish with accordance with the Archdiocese were all posted on the walls around the function hall for everyone to look at the activities done in the past year. The eight clusters are: BEC, Unity, Formation, PIHD, Inter- Religious Dialogue, Youth and Social Communication.
Dr. Donnie Adams started the assembly with welcoming note and a simple ice-breaker activity before introducing Archbishop Julian Leow and the representatives from the Archdiocese. Fr. Chris said the opening prayer to begin the assembly and a short opening speech.
The Archdiocese representatives each took turns on explaining the objective of having the PPA, and how the Church started to move forward from 1976 when lay people started becoming more active in church, which is when the BEC actually started. They also shared their experience of the PMPC 4 and explained that we need Jesus in our journey moving forward as we become the ‘Missionary Disciple of Hope’. After some explanation on how the eight clusters were formed at the APA 2016, the attendees were then broken into groups to have discussion with the cluster leaders. They were to come up with plans on how to move forward so that those plans could be implemented in 2018.
The respective groups were given a chart pen down their suggestion and plans. It was a very fruitful discussion. Everyone was very excited to provide suggestion and a representative from each cluster presented their charts and action plans. After the presentation sessions were wrapped up by Msgr. Mitchell, Archbishop Julian Leow, said a few words of encouragement. He also reminded the parishioners that ‘we can do anything but we have to be present in our family’. With that the PPA was concluded with a closing prayer by Fr. Chris after having thanked everyone.
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