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Penampang catechumens prepare for rite of election with recollection

PAPAR – Penampang catechumens prepared for Rite of Election with recollection at Pace Bene Retreat Centre here on 18-19 Feb 2017.

One hundred and twenty-nine catechumens plus 12 facilitators attended the two-day recollection organised by the St Michael Parish Catechetical Committee.

The programme was to prepare the catechumens to enter into the final stage of purification before receiving the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Dr Jiloris Dony, programme moderator, said the recollection was part of the RCIA programme and that the catechumens would have another rite to undergo – Rite of Sending – before the Rite of Election on March 5.


Alex Chung, 19, from Monfort Youth Training Centre, Kinarut said the talk and slide presentation enabled him to connect with the classes he has attended, and it is “very helpful” for young people like him in accepting the Catholic faith.

Married couple Sheila Binti Manong, 26 and Jeskulin Arnulpius 36, from Penampang Zone also shared  that the programme was “very useful” and that they were thankful for the insights they have gained.

The recollection concluded with a Mass and a special blessing for the catechumens by Father Aloysius Fidelis. – Soccom Penampang            

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