Parish Pastoral Assembly

SEREMBAN: The Church of the Visitation held its Pastoral Assembly on January 8. The-three-and-a-half-hour assembly saw 176 parishioners from different language groups in attendance.

Archbishop Julian Leow, parish priest Fr Xavier Andrew, and assistant priests Fr Kenneth Gopal, OCD, anfd Fr Phillip Tay, OCD, were also present.

The PPC chairperson, Stephen Francis, gave a welcome speech before Fr Xavier Andrew addressed the congregation.

Based on feedback from the Synodal Survey in 2021, the four areas of concern identified were youth, family, Church and community.

Participants were broken into groups of five for three rounds of sharing, and each group tackled one area of concern.

Feedback included the need for formation, and organising study sessions on Scripture and Spirituality, to help married couples and families deepen their faith knowledge and spiritual life. Broken families and mixed marriages were also highlighted.

In his closing address, the prelate stressed the need to have events that bring the community together like Family Day and multilingual celebrations. Archdiocese PPA Coordinator, Rita Krishnan, presented the closing summary before Fr Xavier said a few words and the closing prayer.

Son of the soil, Archbishop Julian who recently celebrated his birthday, was presented with a surprise cake to commemorate the occasion.

- Sabrina Smith

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