Penang Diocesan Lenten Campaign 2024

Lent is a 40 days season of praying, fasting and almsgiving – we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. 

Our Theme

Together We Rebuild
Our Church, Community
& Common Home

This Lent we invite you to contemplate on the connection of our own sins and the sufferings in the world today with the videos and stories below. Reflect and try to understand why Jesus had to suffered and died on the cross for all of us to save us from eternal death in order to give us eternal life. Once you understand His love for you, make heartfelt repentance to change.


we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture


we practice self-control through fasting


we serve by giving alms


we allow others the opportunity to do charity through receive


Testimony, Awareness & Challenge

Why there are so many sufferings in our world? Is God still healing people today? How can we rebuild the brokenness in our church, community, and common home?

Testimony of a young man who used to be bedridden and experienced a healing miracle from Jesus. Repent and Restore your relationship with our loving God and let Him Rebuild your brokenness. 


Human activities has caused imbalance in our ecosystem and affected our environment, biodiversity and the livelihoods of the poor. We need to stop now and have heartfelt conversion before the entire creation is putting into great trials.


Stories of the Poor

Kempen Kasih

Understand the problems and struggles faced by the community. Read their stories and Reflect upon the questions and then turn your pity into actions with prayers and charity to help the suffering brothers and sisters. At the same time your wounds will be healed quickly.

Anu's story

Aman's story

Theresa's story

Hope's story

Khoo's story

Ms Wong's story

Boon's story

Sulaiman's story

Caroline's story


Pray as one Church

You and I, we are Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. – Mother Teresa

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy. 


O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life.


Make us worthy Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.

I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

You and I, we are Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is  because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. 

Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me. 

Lord God, You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.

You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.

You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries. Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.

Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.

Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord, may justice flow like a river

Reaching barren lands and sun scorched deserts

Where people feel forgotten and hopeless

Let your water of life

Comfort them

Where children lie abandoned or abused

Let your water of life

Protect them

Where communities suffer at the hands of prejudice

Let your water of life Shield them

Lord, we ask for a mighty downpour from Heaven

May your sons and daughters hear your voice

May we live as you lead us to live

Go as you bid us to go

Serve as you inspire us to serve

Give as you teach us to give

Until the earth is covered with the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea


Dear Father of all, Help us to see the world through your eyes, without dividing lines, To see just land and water, mountains, trees and skies. Help us to lay aside our class and skin, our background and race, To know our shared humanity, to see a brother or sister in every face. Help us to wear forgiveness, to lay down our pride and pain, To seek first to understand, Lord may peace and reconciliation reign. Help us to feel your compassion so we can freely forgive. May we weave new threads of grace and cause seeds of hope to live. Help us to play our own small part, with acts of kindness and of care. May we arise as your children and seek out what is just and fair. Cause us to make new bonds of trust with neighbours near and far, And so to fashion a world where peace comes to Earth in this hour.

Merciful God, we pray to you for all the men, women and children who have died after leaving their homelands in search of a better life. Though many of their graves bear no name, to you each one is known, loved and cherished.

May we never forget them, but honour their sacrifice with deeds more than words. We entrust to you all those who have made this journey, enduring fear, uncertainty and humiliation, in order to reach a place of safety and hope.

Just as you never abandoned your Son as he was brought to a safe place by Mary and Joseph, so now be close to these, your sons and daughters, through our tenderness and protection. In caring for them may we seek a world where none are forced to leave their home and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace.

Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centeredness.
Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters.

May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace.

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Abba, Father of all, thank you for this beautiful animal, this wonder of intricate life. May your Holy Spirit be upon them. Please come touch their bodies with healing and their minds with peace. Abba, Father of all, from whom all life flows, I entrust this precious one to you. Thank you that they are safe in your care. Come comfort us with your love and enfold us all in your mighty care now. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Materials For Children, Teachers and Parents

Lent For Children

As parents, we have a responsibility to help our families faithfully observe Lent. Though it can seem difficult at times, the season of Lent provides an especially meaningful time to instruct children.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

– Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Resources for Parish Ministries, BECs, Schools, Families & Offices

Lenten Kit

This Lenten Kit is designed to help Catholics to understand the problems and needs that exists within the community in order to plan Kempen Kasih more effectively. You can use it in your ministry, BEC, family, school and workplace. This Lent, let Holy Spirit inspires you to be the light of Jesus and carry Him to the dark of the poor.


Go, Rebuild My Church.

Sharing with you the Lenten Campaign Kit 2024 and the available resources for this year’s Lenten Season at the Caritas Penang Website. I wish you a blessed preparation and journey of Lent 2024.

~ Cardinal Sebastian Francis, Bishop of Penang

Ways to Give

Donate for The Catholic Church's Integral Human Development

Your generous donation means our church members can quickly support vulnerable communities affected by food insecurity, dire poverty, natural disaster and covid.

Penang Diocesan Lenten Campaign

RHB Bank: 2070 82 000 383 87

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Total Payouts 2023

RM442,892.00 was spent to help the poor.

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A big portion of the donations is used to support the living expenses of underprivileged students in the government universities.


We help the sick who are unable to pay their medical bills and journey with them to support them mentally and spiritually.


Through Caritas parishes, we give rations to the troubled and abandoned ones, and help them to make ends meet.

Lenten Campaign

Every year before Lent, we give RM5000 to 29 parishes in the diocese of Penang as a seed fund for Lenten campaign almsgiving project.


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