Love Squad Formation and Lenten Briefing 2024

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Together We Rebuild Our Church, Community and Common Home.

As Lent is approaching, Caritas – Diocese of Penang set out Lenten Love Squad formations on deanery  level. Caritas Penang started off the Lenten Campaign formation on 13th of January 2024 at the Church of Assumption which was participated by catechism students, youths, ministry coordinators and parish Caritas representatives from Penang Island parishes as well as USM Catholic students. Following that, on the 14th January 2024, the formation took place at the Church of St.Anthony, Nibong Tebal with participants from the home parish, church of Our Lady of Good Health,Parit Buntar, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Arau and Holy Name of Mary. On the 20th January 2024, the formation took place in the church of Christ the King, Sungai Petani and on 21st January 2024 at Our Lady of Lourdes participated by 12 parishes of Perak deanery.

Overall , for the Lenten Campaign 2024 formations around 200 participants from various ministries turned up with enthusiasm to get a gist of what could be done during the Lenten season. Caritas Diocese of Penang breakdown the spiritual significance behind the theme which is Together We Rebuild Our Church, Community and Common Home. Each focus of the theme which is the Church was presented by Francis Tan and Community by Rachel Maria from Caritas Penang and Magdalene from Creation Justice Commission and Dr.Mary Bharathy presented on the focus of Common Home.

Caritas Penang started off the preparation for the Lenten Campaign in August 2023 by visiting places that are in need and people to collect real life stories of the struggles in the church and in the community. Nine stories that were researched and are in care of Caritas Penang and Caritas Parish are in the Lenten Kit prepared by the Caritas Penang team. The team has prepared a full packed Lenten Kit which comprises areas that parishes or ministries could look into for Lenten, the spiritual part and other materials. All the parishes in the Diocese of Penang have received the softcopy and hardcopy of all the Lenten Campaign materials of all four languages that would make it convenient for the parish Lenten team to commence their parish level Lenten initiatives.

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