The cathedral parish and the sub-parishes will form the parish committee of the PMPC

In preparation for the next Pan-Malian Pastoral Convention (PMPC) in 2026, the parish priest of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (SHCP), Father Paul Lo invited the pastoral advisers of the SHCP and the sub-parishes of the Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI), St Paul. Dontozidon, Queen of Peace Kobusak and St John Kopungit will attend an online briefing on the journey to PMPC 2026 on September 25.

01 Oct 2021

By Catherine Wan
In preparation for the next Pan-Malian Pastoral Convention (PMPC) in 2026, the parish priest of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (SHCP), Father Paul Lo invited the pastoral advisers of the SHCP and the sub-parishes of the Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI), St Paul. Dontozidon, Queen of Peace Kobusak and St John Kopungit will attend an online briefing on the journey to PMPC 2026 on September 25.

The briefing was given by Anthony Lim, who represents Sabah on the PMPC central working committee, as well as helping to form PMPC committees at the parish level. Thirty-six participants joined the briefing and discussion via the ZOOM platform.

KK prelate Archbishop John Wong informed meeting attendees that at the archdiocesan level, Lim gave an online briefing to clergy, parish counselors and commission representatives on August 6. He congratulated Father Paul for his efforts to establish the parish and the sub-parishes. PMPC Committees.

Lim emphasized that the journey to PMPC 2026 is a process of building a united Malaysian Church with a mind and a heart to walk together as a Church in mission.

He began his presentation with a chronology of the historical development of the Catholic Church in Peninsular Malaysia, beginning in 1976 with the formation of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) and interfaith dialogue to name a few.

In 1986, the first Pastoral Council of Peninsular Malaysia (PMPC-1) with a pastoral focus on youth was organized. Ten years later, in 1996, PMPC-2 was organized, focused on family and social communications. In 2006, PMPC-3 was held to affirm and strengthen the needs and concerns of the Peninsular Church.

However, in 2016, the bishops of the peninsula first invited the bishops of Sabah and Sarawak to join them in PMPC-4, realizing that the church must be inclusive. Thus, the term PMPC has changed from Pastoral Council of Peninsular Malaysia to Pan-Malay Pastoral Convention (PMPC) to reflect this. It is planned that a congregation of 1000 Catholics (clergy, religious and laity) from nine dioceses in Malaysia will meet at the Majodi Center for PMPC 2026.

Next, Lim gave a quick overview of the history of the Church of Sabah, citing important milestones in the local church’s journey of faith: In 1957, the establishment of the first Catholic mission in Labuan by Don Carlos Cuarteron , in May 1977, the Vicariate of Kota Kinabalu was elevated to become the Diocese of Kota Kinabalu, In 1981, the Diocese of Kota Kinabalu celebrated 100 years of Good News based on the arrival of the Missionary from Mill Hill (1881), in 1997 the launch of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and of the Diocesan Vision and Mission, in 2002 the Silver Jubilee of the KK Diocese, in 2008 the KK Diocese was elevated to the Metropolitan See, in October 2015 the Pax Assembly identifying the three concerns critics of the Church as well as the three Pastoral movements, in June 2018 the PAX Assembly in Bundu Tuhan, in July 2018, the clergy of Sabah attended the first assembly of the Catholic Clergy of Malaysia in Majodi, Johor Bahru.

The vision of the Catholic Church in Malaysia is to come together as clergy, religious and lay people to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of cultures in different regions, to listen to pastoral progress and initiatives in the different regions, and to walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2: 2-5), focusing on responding to challenges affecting the Church, Family, Society and Ecology.

There are four aspects of the Church in fulfilling Mission as a Malaysian, namely a) the Church as the voice of the people; b) the Church communicating the fullness of life; c) the church that reaches out in mercy, and d) the church that grows in holiness and the church that communicates the fullness of life.

Church leaders are recommended to refer to the four documents that Pope Francis published in his papacy. For example, questions concerning the Church, refer to Evangelii Gaudium; questions on the family, refer to Amoris Laetitia; ecology in Laudato Si and social questions in Fratelli Tutti. The four areas should be taken as a whole as they are interconnected and affect each other in a positive or negative way.

For the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, some events scheduled towards the PMPC 2026 will be:

2021 – PMPC Briefing August 7, 2021

2022 – Religious assembly

2022-2023 – Parish Pastoral Assembly (APP); its guideline should be provided by

Archdiocesan PMPC Committee

2024 – Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly

2025 – Malaysian Catholic Youth Assembly and Sabah Regional Pastoral Assembly

2026 – PMPC in Majodi on September 16

For SHC, advisers should study and reflect on the four documents written by Pope Francis. During this time, suitable parishioners must be identified to form the PMPC parish committee by October 30, 2021.

During the discussion or question-and-answer session, Father Paul suggested to the PPC presidents of SHC, CMI and sub-parishes to form a team of 12 members for the PMPC parish committee with a few committed parishioners other than the parishioners. Selected members of PPC advisers. Chinese speaking parishioners will be included other than English speaking parishioners and BM. It was also suggested to include representatives of youth and women.

At the end of the discussion, Bishop Wong expressed his joy in accompanying the counselors towards the formation of the PMPC parish and concluded with his blessing. CS

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