KOTA KINABALU – The second Neocatechumenal community at Sacred Heart Cathedral here made their solemn renewal of Baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil Mass on 15 April 2017.
The 41 brothers and sisters of the community, dressed in white robes, had celebrated the Election Stage of their catechumenal journey during the season of Lent.
Before the final prayers and blessing, Archbishop John Wong, who is also rector of SHC parish, led the congregation in congratulating the community on reaching the final stage of their journey in faith with warm applause.
There are three priests in this community: Fr Tony Mojiwat, assistant parish priest at Holy Trinity Church, Inobong; Fr Simon Williams, who is on mission in Iraq; and Fr Ernesto Lagan, who is serving a parish in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The first community of the Neocatechumenal Way in SHC, with about 25 brothers and sisters celebrated the same stage in 2011.
These two communities have been brought through the various stages of the Way of faith by an itinerant catechists team, led by Fr Giuseppe (Pippo) Lauria, together with Fernando Valdes and Kathryn McGarr.
During Easter, the communities celebrate the daily Eucharist together at the parish, wearing the white robe.