KOTA KINABALU – The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life” (CCC 1324).
In collaboration with the Catechetical Ministry of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Parish Youth Pastoral Team (PYPT) planned a three-week program, called “The Eucharist Project”. The aim is to help our young people to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Eucharistic celebration.
On the Sundays of Oct 14 and 21, 2018, PYPT gathered the secondary section of the Sunday School, according to their language groups (Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia), at the Parish Hall and Room F7 for pre-sessions.
The topics shared during these pre-sessions were “What a Friend we have in Jesus” and “Healing in Mass”. They were conducted within an hour, with action songs, input on the topics, and group sharing.
On the afternoon of Oct 28, all three language groups gathered at the Cathedral for the main session by Fr Paul Lo on “the Technicality and Meaning of Mass”. The encouraging attendance of 400 included the students, their parents, the teachers and the Parish Youth. The 3-week program ended with an Eucharistic Celebration at 4pm on the same afternoon.
This was the first collaboration between the Sunday School and the Parish Youth Pastoral Team.
Witnessing the passion for evangelization from the youth and the teachers and going beyond the language differences to make this project possible, has given the organizers much love and encouragement.
Besides the participation of the students and the presence of their parents walking the journey together in knowing Christ presented a positive outlook.
As Fr Paul concluded in the Eucharistic celebration, he hopes that the initiative is not a one-and-only program, but an annual initiative for the growth of our young people. – Serena Wong