INANAM – The Human Development Committee of St Catherine Parish here organised a one-day seminar on church social teaching on 16-17 June 2017.
Father Stanley Anthony of College General Penang facilitated the seminar.
Over 250 participants, including parish pastoral council members, catechists, communion ministers and other community leaders from St Catherine Inanam, Good Shepherd Manggatal and Holy Family Telipok turned up for the seminar.
Parish priest, Father David Sham, in his opening words, emphasised that preaching and living the Word of God should not be confined to Sunday Mass, but more so after church service.
“There is no point behaving as good Christians only within the church, but act differently outside the church compound. Every Christian is duty bound to act in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church,” he said.
Fr Anthony delivered lively sessions throughout the seminar, inspiring and reviving the spirit of the participants.
He told the participants that the church must be united in facing important issues affecting the people.
“As Christians, we have responsibilities and social obligations to maintain justice, equality and good governance,” said Fr Anthony.
The seminar concluded with a Mass presided by Fr Anthony.
This was the second seminar facilitated by Fr Anthony in the year. The first was held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre on March 11-12. – Michael Guntili