KUALA LUMPUR:- Parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, numbering close to 300 were present on May 4, 2018 to welcome newly ordained Fr Simon Lau into the parish, as Assistant Priest to Fr Edwin Peter.
The Diocesan priest who was earlier ordained a priest on May 1, 2018 in Kajang by His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow, was no stranger to the parishioners. Fr Lau had earlier served a couple of months in the parish as a transitional deacon.
Fr Lau was the main celebrant for the 7pm Mass on May 4, with parish priest Fr Edwin as con-celebrant.
Jesus commands us in today’s Gospel (John 15: 12-17) to “love one another”, which is the centre of our faith. In this context, Fr Lau shared his homily, saying the common symbol for a priest is a chalice. But is that all?. He replied no. Fr Lau said the real sign is when Jesus said love one another, just as I have loved you. “When you love one another, others will recognize God’s love. That is the true sign and symbol for a priest”. He further said if a priest cannot show how we sacrifice to love God and people, there is no true love.
Today Mass, added Fr Lau, let us all also pray for GE14.
He also mentioned that later at the Holy Hour (being the First Friday of the month),will show video clip on how we vote. ”Do we vote according to our selfishness or love for the country, love for the people of Malaysia”?. We vote because we love our future generations. If we don’t love;and vote out of our own personal interests or selfishness, than we will not able to see the Kingdom come.
This Mass is also a “Welcoming Mass” for Fr Lau, as a new priest to the parish. Fr Lau said this is the first time to be here as a priest to preside, consecrate and celebrate the Mass. He invited the assembly to continue to pray that he will be a good priest always and able to discern and serve the people with love.
After Mass, Fr Edwin invited the Organizing Committee head to give a speech. Edwin Anthony, on behalf of the parish welcomes the newly ordained Fr Simon Lau to the parish and spoke a few words about Fr Lau. Next was Fr Edwin presenting to Fr Lau with a special gift; in the form of a new chasuble ( the outermost liturgical vestment worn by clergy for the celebration of the Eucharist), that is imported from Rome.
Fr Lau in his brief thank you speech thanked all parishioners present for welcoming him to this community as a priest. He said this parish is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and shared on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “We are so blessed in the Heart of Jesus”. He also noticed the nice chasuble with the image of the Sacred Heart and added that he will serve all of you with the Heart of Jesus.
Later all adjourned to the courtyard for a welcoming dinner to celebrate Fr Lau’s ordination. A cake was also brought forward for Fr Lau to cut as the assembly joyfully welcome the new priest.
During the Holy Hour, Fr Lau was in the confessional, hearing Confession for a few parishioners.
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