Tag Archives: 2017-7

Region’s bishops briefed on MoU between Mission Authorities and Education Ministry

File photo: group photo taken at the MoU presentation between the Mission Authorities and Education Ministry, Putrajaya, 10 April 2017.

JOHOR BAHRU – Archbishop Julian Leow, President of the Malaysian Catholic Education Council (MCEC), and Kenneth Wong, Executive Secretary General, briefed the arch/bishops and bishops on the Meeting with the Minister of Education on 10 April 2017 at Putrajaya.

The objective of the meeting was to present the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Education between the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education Malaysia. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was decided to form a Joint Working Committee comprising representatives from both the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education to deliberate on the MOU. It is hoped that this concerted effort will promote better understanding and greater cooperation between the Mission Authorities and the Ministry of Education for the betterment of the Mission Schools in Malaysia.

ERLC updates bishops on the Order of Christian Marriage and SYPG

L-R: Fr Chin, Bp Sebastian Francis, Fr Miranda, Neil Mah at the presentation of ERLC report to the bishops at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017, Johor.

JOHOR BAHRU – Father Vincent Chin reported on behalf of the Episcopal Regional Liturgy Commission (ERLC). He informed the arch/bishops on the completed printing of the Order of Christian Marriages. Most of the arch/dioceses have ordered the books. A suggested date to officially implement this is the First Sunday of Advent.

Fr Chin then gave a short history of the Missal in Chinese which was produced by Carlo Catholic Society. He said the ERLC is only responsible for proof reading the Missal produced by Carlo.

Also with him were members of the Liturgical Music Committee comprising appointed members from the arch/dioceses in the Conference with expertise and knowledge in areas of Liturgy and Music, to report on the progress of the updating of the Sing Your Praise to God (SYPG).

This was the first time that the arch/bishops are meeting the team which was formed in 2014. The bishops were receptive to the report though there were some concerns with projection — the usual book vs projection argument but Bishop Cornelius Sim gave a resounding extempore on the sanctity of a hymnal compared to an electronic device that contains all manner of stuff unrelated to church matters.

The hymnal is to last for a period of ten years before it is revised again.

A list of the selected hymns was also given to the arch/bishops.

Father Jude Miranda informed the arch/bishops that the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, Melaka-Johor Diocese and Penang Diocese will be the hosts of the Asian Liturgy Forum which will be held in Penang October 2-6. He invited the other arch/dioceses to the Forum.

The reports were given at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017. – heraldmalaysia.com

Child protection committee presents report to region’s shepherds

JOHOR BAHRU – The committee for child protection of the Professional Standards Office (PSO) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur presented their report to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei (CBCMSB).

The conference held its meeting on 10-14 July 2017 at the Majodi Centre here.

The PSO headed by Father William Michael gave an introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The first speaker was Raymond Jegan from Kuala Lumpur who spoke on Introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The second speaker, Fr William Michael, spoke on Sexual Abuse of Minors and the implications as presented in the code of canon law.

Finally, Datin Elsie Das from Kuala Lumpur, who is also a member of the PSO, presented the Child Protection Manual and the Code of Conduct to the arch/ bishops. – heraldmalaysiaonline

Outgoing PMS director calls for regional missionary council to be set up

JOHOR BAHRU – The outgoing regional director of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei called for a regional missionary council to be set up in his final meeting with the region’s arch/bishops who were having their biannual meet on 10-14 July meeting here.

Father VA Michael said he has served the office for ten and a half years.

In his final report to the CBCMSB, he said the very nature of the church is to be missionary.  Hence, there is a need for a regional missionary council as well as at diocesan and parish level.

On the area of evangelisation, he said,  we need to reach out to all, especially to those outside the Church. “We need to be in touch with the people at the grass-root level.”

Fr Michael also thanked the Nuncio, CBCMSB and all Mission Directors of each diocese for their support and contribution in the last 10 ½ years. He said the new PMS Regional Director is Father Victor Louis of Penang Diocese. – heraldmalaysiaonline 

Apostolic Nuncio briefs region’s bishops on CFM talk

PLENTONG – The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Marino, briefed the arch/bishops at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (CBCMSB) on a talk in which he delivered to the Christian Federation of Malaysia on 26 April 2017.

The conference was held at the Majodi Centre here on July 10-14.

The primary theme, the nuncio said, arising from the teaching of Pope Francis, is our obligation to build a culture of encounter and represents an extension of the talk held in January this year.

The nuncio informed the CBC that the audience with Pope Francis on the occasion of their ad limina visit is scheduled for February 8 next year.

He said, “During your time in Rome, it is usual to call upon the different Roman Dicasteries, including the Secretariat of State,” adding the Nunciature in Malaysia can assist in setting up the appointments.

Abp Marino also reminded the arch/bishops that invitations to events in their respective dioceses should be addressed to the Nuncio and signed by the arch/bishop. He said the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has written to the president of the CBCMSB indicating that a set of guidelines will be formulated about the formation of the laity.

He said that the dicastery asks whether the bishops’ conference has already an office or committee which is committed exclusively to the study, promotion and mission of the lay faithful and for information on it.

He noted that the dicastery requests a response to its inquiry by the end of October 2017.

He urged the arch/bishops to send in the response in three copies to the nunciature for transmission.

“The role of the laity is essential to the life of the Church and their relative formation must be a priority in the various dioceses,” he added.

The next day the CBCMSB proceeded according to the agenda that included matters to do with Regional Liturgical Commission, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs, Christian Federation of Malaysia, Catechetics, Malaysian Catholic Education Council and Lay Apostolate.

The next CBCMSB will be in January next year from 8 – 12. As usual, there will be a joint meeting with the Conference of Religious Major Superiors of Malaysia- Singapore-Brunei. –heraldmalaysiaonline

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