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The universal Catholic Church observes the Season of Lent as a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Since the early 1980s, the local Church observes Lent through the Lenten Campaign Programme, guided by the Social Teachings of the Church.

Through the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD), the Lenten Campaign continues with a mission to inform, form and transform the faithful into active and responsible co-operators of the Kingdom of God. This year’s theme for Lent 2013 is ‘RENEWING A LIFE-GIVING FAITH’.

 

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LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2015

Message for Lenten Campaign 2015

Process of Renewal
Renewal is a vital aspect and intrinsic part of Christian life. Together with the universal Church, the local Church in Malaysia highlights the need for annual renewal through and during the significant season of Lent, and points us in the direction of real conversion and transformation. This yearly Lenten call by the Church invites, encourages and challenges us to make specific decisions, undertake appropriate actions and facilitate necessary processes in line with our Faith, and consistent with the values of the Gospel.

Building the Kingdom
During Lent and in the spirit of Lenten renewal, we re-focus and re-commit ourselves – as individuals and as groups – to become dedicated agents of Christian change who will more faithfully build the Kingdom of God in our families, BECs and other communities that we are engaged in. Through the triple Lenten efforts of praying, fasting and almsgiving, we come to a better understanding, acceptance and practice of our vocation to serve faithfully and persistently in the Lord’s Vineyard.

Theme Focus
This year’s theme for Lent – Recognising Christ in the Community – enables us to positively change and transform our relationships and interactions with the various categories of people living in our community. This essential theme invites, encourages and challenges us to ‘see’ and encounter Christ in our neighbour (regardless of who they are) with the eyes of faith and a heart of compassion. The supporting action focus – Practicing Integrity in Relationships – directs us to ensure that all our exchanges, dealings and connections with people are imbued and influenced by the spirit of Integrity. We are pleased that this chosen action focus coincides with Archbishop Julian Leow’s motto: Integrity and Tenderness.

Lenten Activities
In the Activity Guidelines, various proposals and suggestions – by age group and category – have been presented to give us sufficient options to undertake focussed action and be actively involved in this Lenten exercise of renewal and transformation. While creating a greater awareness and understanding of Lent and its vital significance in Christian life, the activities also enable us to recognise and understand the realities in the communities around us.

Resource Kit
The Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) has produced this Lenten Campaign Resource Kit to provide useful and relevant materials and guidelines for activities. We encourage you to use these resources provided, and/or to create other materials and resources that are appropriate and practical for your group or community. The resources available in the Kit also include linkages with social media, which are becoming increasingly popular in the community and among the young.

Enriching Quality of Life
As committed and vocation-minded Christians, let us individually and collectively make a decision – to make a difference in the community, especially those who are vulnerable, marginalised and voiceless. The season of Lent is a conducive time to initiate and continue the process of renewal and transformation … by recognising Christ in the community and practicing integrity in our relationships.

Wishing you a fruitful and empowering Lenten journey.

Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Director
Office for Human Development (AOHD)
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

INTRODUCTION

Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do. (Romans 12:2)

About the Lenten Campaign
The Lenten Campaign is a faith-based programme of the Catholic Church aimed at actively encouraging the faithful to be fully immersed in the three key practices of prayer (Mt. 6:6), fasting (Mt. 6:17) and almsgiving (Mt. 6:2) during the annual observance of Lent. The desired result of these focussed practices and efforts is renewal and transformation, as promoted by Romans 12:2.

The vision of the Lenten Campaign is a Catholic community who are active and responsible cooperators of the Kingdom of God, while the mission of the Campaign is to actively and appropriately promote the spiritual observance of Lent through conscientious decisions and contemporary actions that result in renewal and transformation of the vocation of the individual Catholic and the Catholic community.

In the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, the Lenten Campaign programme, which is guided by and based on the social teachings of the Catholic Church, is conducted and organised by the Office for Human Development (AOHD).

About the Lenten Theme
For 2015, the main theme of the Lenten Campaign is RECOGNISING CHRIST IN THE COMMUNITY, and the accompanying action focus is Practicing Integrity in Relationships. In order to facilitate active reflection on the Gospel readings of the six Sundays of Lent, weekly sub-themes are also given in the Weekly Reflection table.

Beginning 2015, the Lenten Campaign will carry continuity themes for three years (2015-2017) instead of a stand-alone annual theme. For each of the three years, a key Gospel value will become the action focus.

About Lenten Resources
Lenten Campaign 2015 will be supported with appropriate resources, such as printed materials, video programme and presentation slides, for use in parishes and BECs. In addition, the Campaign will also promote the process of education and advocacy through the social media, and be disseminated on social networks so that the faithful would participate more actively and effectively through multiple platforms.

The Lenten Campaign 2015 Kit has been specially prepared with materials and resources for Catholics of all ages. These exercises and activities – aimed at renewal and transformation – are intended to be undertaken individually and/or in groups as appropriate.

Lenten Campaign 2015 will be conducted in parishes, and also undertaken online for various participant groups such as Catechumens, Youth, Single Adults, Married Couples, Professionals, Senior Citizens and Migrant Groups.

LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2015

Theme for 2015: Recognising Christ in the Community
Gospel Reference: Matthew 25:40
Action Focus for 2015: Practicing Integrity in Relationships

Theme Rationale
The theme for Lenten Campaign 2015 is Recognising Christ in the Community.  Our relationship with the community must be based on the principle and belief that Christ is ‘present’ in the community, and is ‘represented’ by the community. In this way, our various relationships with the community – neighbourhood, BEC, colleagues, students, Church, public authorities, law enforcement agencies, people in public spaces, offices, etc. – become permeated with a ‘Christ-ian’ flavour and influenced by Christian ethics and morals.

We see and recognise Christ in the individual persons of the community regardless of their political affiliation, ethnic background, religion, culture and socio-economic situation. We do not assess anyone in the community as either superior or inferior to us – we recognise them as equals though they may have differing cultures, circumstances, occupations, needs and aspirations.

Gospel Anchor
The Gospel anchor reference for the theme is Matthew 25:40, which reads as follows: The King will answer, ‘I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’

Action Focus
In line with the theme, the action focus for Lent 2015 is Practicing Integrity in Relationships. Integrity is a vital component that enriches and influences our relationships at personal, family, community and national levels. Integrity enables and renews our relationships to be based on Christian morality, honesty and truth.

This action focus highlights the need for fairness, accountability and transparency in our relationships with the various sectors and members of the community – even when faced with challenges, struggles and obstacles. Our integrity must not be traded or exchanged for convenience or reward – because our integrity is an integral part of our living Faith.
The theme and focus remind and assure us that practicing integrity in our relationships is easier and more meaningful when we recognise Christ in the community.

Lent is a conducive season to renew our belief that Christ is present in the community, and thus, we re-commit to practice integrity in our relationships in the six main areas of our lives: Personal, Family, BEC, Workplace or School, Community and Nation.

6 WEEKLY SUB-THEMES

Believing the Good News
Preparing for Transformation
Drinking the Living Water
Living by the Truth
Yielding to New Life
Witnessing Without Fear or Favour

RATIONALE FOR THEME LOGO

The four graphic people icons (resembling persons with outstretched arms) represent us and the various sectors of the community that we are engaged with. The two persons in purple at the top left and bottom right quadrants represent the people of God undergoing renewal and growth through the season of Lent. The person in red at the bottom left quadrant represents the vulnerable, marginalised, voiceless and those sectors of the community that need our preferential and urgent attention. The person in green at the top right quadrant represents the environmentally-conscious community, and reminds us that we should be responsible stewards of God-given community resources.

Representing Christ and His endearing presence in the community, the Cross becomes alive and visible in the midst of the four community quadrants. The shape of the Cross is determined and influenced by the faith and actions of the people in the four quadrants, and the Cross becomes ‘incomplete’ if any sector of the community is excluded, uncared for or mistreated.  The crown of thorns symbolises the annual Lenten journey of renewal and transformation, and reminds us of the vision and mission of the Lenten Campaign – to become a community of active and responsible co-builders of the Kingdom of God. The words of the theme for Lenten Campaign 2015 form an arch over the logo, giving it shape and focus.  The words at the left base are the three key practices that spiritually energise the Lenten renewal and transformation.

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LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2014 – Touching the Wounds of Christ

INTRODUCTION

“Let your hearts be broken not your garments torn, turn to the Lord your God again, for He is all tenderness and compassion …” (Joel 2:13)

The universal Catholic Church observes the liturgical Season of Lent through three key practices: almsgiving (Mt. 6:2), prayer (Mt. 6:6) and fasting (Mt. 6:17). The emphasis and required outcome of Lenten practices is renewal and transformation: “ … what I want is love, not sacrifice …” (Hosea 6:6).

Since the early 1980s, the local Church promotes the conscientious observance of Lent through the Lenten Campaign Programme, which is guided by the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Through the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD), the Lenten Campaign continues with a mission to inform, form and transform the faithful into active and responsible co-operators of the Kingdom of God.

The faithful are guided to reflect on six sub-themes that come under the main theme of TOUCHING THE WOUNDS OF CHRIST, which carries an action focus: Maturing in Compassionate Humanity.

Together with the video programme and printed materials for parishes and BECs, Lenten Campaign 2014 will also promote the process of education and advocacy through the social media. The Lenten Campaign will also be disseminated on social networks so that the faithful would participate more actively and effectively through multiple platforms.

The Lenten Campaign 2014 Kit has been specially prepared with exercises for Catholics of all ages. These exercises and activities – aimed at bringing about renewal and transformation – are intended to be undertaken individually and in groups.

Lenten Campaign 2014 will be conducted in parishes and also undertaken on-line for various participant groups such as Catechumens, Youth, Single Adults, Married Couples, Professionals, Senior Citizens and Migrant Groups.

THEME RATIONALE:  Touching the Wounds of Christ

The theme for Lenten Campaign 2014 is Touching the Wounds of Christ. The wounds of Christ represent the heavy price paid by Jesus to ensure our salvation. By extension, these wounds symbolize the deficiencies, inadequacies and shortcomings in our lives that we need to actively address and renew during this season of Lent.

In line with the theme, the action focus for Lent 2014 is for us to mature in compassionate humanity. This focus puts the spotlight on the need for compassion and empathy in our interactions and relationships with others – our families, BECs and communities. We become fully human when we live and mature in compassionate love. The theme and focus remind us that compassion is intrinsic to our God-given humanity: each of us is made in the image of God.

The mission of Jesus that we encounter in Luke 4:18 is also our life-long Christian mission: bringing the good news to the afflicted, proclaiming liberty to captives, giving sight to the blind, and letting the oppressed go free.

The theme and focus moves us to reach our potential as caring and compassionate Christians by actively reaching out to others, especially the marginalized, vulnerable and defenceless. In this way, our Christian Faith is accompanied by empowering actions to those in need, and we become a community of compassionate Christians.

Lent is a conducive season to renew and ‘reclaim’ our God-given humanity through the practice of Christ-centred compassion in the six areas of our lives: Personal, Family, BEC, Workplace or School, Community and Nation.

SIX WEEKLY SUB-THEMES:

1. Fidelity to the kingdom mission
2. Readiness to be transformed
3. Drinking the Living Water
4. Restoring wholeness and humanness
5. Living in renewed hope
6. Witnessing by Christian living

THEME LOGO RATIONALE:

The two wounded hands represent the compassionate and life-giving love of Christ. Through and with His wounds, He offers abundant life to all, symbolised by the broken bread to be shared by all. As partakers of the bread, we are moved to ‘share the bread’ with others by being compassionate to them. The teardrop-shaped wounds on His two hands symbolise the ‘sins’ for which Christ was crucified. The circular crown of thorns, which reveal Christ’s perfect and unending love for us, also draws us into the annual journey of Lenten renewal. The words above the bread are the 3 key Lenten practices that direct us to renewal and transformation.

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE  FOR LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2013

Touching the Wounds of Christ

Need for Renewal
It’s Renewal time again! Through and during the season of Lent, the universal Church highlights our need for annual renewal, and moves us in the direction of real conversion and transformation. This call for renewal and rejuvenation invites and encourages us to make specific decisions, undertake required actions and facilitate necessary processes in line with the values of the Gospel.

Building the Kingdom
During Lent, we re-commit ourselves – as individual and collective agents of change – to become better Christians who will more effectively build the Kingdom of God in our own families, BECs and communities. Through the triple Lenten actions of praying, fasting and almsgiving, we come closer to God. This deeper relationship with God will necessarily lead us and enable us to reach out to our neighbour – within and outside the Church.

Theme Focus
This year’s theme for Lent – Touching the Wounds of Christ – enables us to actively encounter our personal weaknesses and negative behaviour, and also address the serious social problems and issues that we face in our communities. These personal and social realities are the sins that severely ‘wounded’ Jesus our Saviour, and for which He died on the triumphant Cross. The Lenten theme’s action focus – Maturing in Compassionate Humanity – directs us to adopt a compassionate approach in tackling and resolving such realities.

Lenten Activities
Various activities – by age group and category – have been lined up to give us ample opportunities to be actively involved in this Lenten renewal and transformation. While creating a greater awareness and understanding of Lent and its vital significance in the life of Christians, the activities also enable us to make a significant contribution to justice and peace at various levels.

Resource Kit
The Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) has produced a Lenten Campaign Resource Kit to provide useful and relevant materials and guidelines for activities. I encourage you to use these resources provided, and/or to develop materials and resources that are appropriate and practical for your group or community. The suggested resources in the kit include an engagement with social media in order to encourage the participation of the cyber-friendly younger generation.

Enriching Quality of Life
As conscientious and responsible Christians, let us individually and collectively make a difference. The season of Lent is a good start but our efforts should continue throughout the year. Let us touch the wounds of Christ – and mature in compassionate humanity by enriching the quality of life in the family and community – especially for the vulnerable, marginalised and voiceless sectors.

Wishing you a fruitful and empowering Lenten journey.

Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Director
Office for Human Development
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

SUMMARY OF THE HOLY FATHER’S LENTEN MESSAGE 2014

He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich ( cf. 2 Cor 8:9 )

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

St. Paul was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean to us today?

Christ’s grace
It shows us how God works. He does not reveal himself cloaked in worldly power and wealth but rather in weakness and poverty: “though He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor…”. Jesus is rich in the same way as a child who feels loved and who loves his parents, without doubting their love and tenderness for an instant. There is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our witness
In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.

Destitution is not the same as poverty: destitution is poverty without faith, without support, without hope. There are three types of destitution: material, moral and spiritual.

Material destitution is what is normally called poverty, and affects those living in conditions opposed to human dignity. In response to this destitution, the Church offers her help -in the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.  Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing. No less a concern is Moral destitution, which consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members-often a young person-is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography! And how many are plunged into this destitution by unjust social conditions, by unemployment, which takes away their dignity as breadwinners and by lack of equal access to education and health care. This type of destitution, which also causes financial ruin is invariably linked to the Spiritual destitution which we experience when we turn away from God and reject his love. The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution: that God is greater than our sinfulness, that he freely loves us at all times and that we are made for communion and eternal life. The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope!

In expressing this hope, I pray that each individual member  of the faithful and every Church community will undertake a fruitful  Lenten journey. I ask all of you to pray for me.

May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you safe.

Abridged version. Full message at http://www.vatican.va

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LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2013 – RENEWING A LIFE-GIVING FAITH

INTRODUCTION

The universal Catholic Church observes the Season of Lent as a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Since the early 1980s, the local Church observes Lent through the Lenten Campaign Programme, guided by the Social Teachings of the Church.

Through the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD), the Lenten Campaign continues with a mission to inform, form and transform the faithful into active and responsible co-operators of the Kingdom of God. The faithful are guided to focus and reflect on six sub-themes which come under the main theme of RENEWING A LIFE-GIVING FAITH.
In addition to producing a video programme and printed materials for parishes and BECs as in previous years, Lenten Campaign 2013 will include a process of education and advocacy through the Social Media. As in 2012, the Lenten Campaign will also be disseminated and available on Social Networks so that the faithful would participate more actively and effectively through multiple platforms.   The Lenten Campaign 2013 Kit has been specially prepared with exercises for Catholics of all ages. These exercises/activities – intended to bring about a positive transformation – could be undertaken individually and/or in groups.

The Lenten Campaign 2013 will be conducted in parishes, BEC’s and also undertaken on-line for such target groups as Catechumens, Youth, Single Adults, Married Couples, Professionals, Senior Citizens and Migrant Groups.

THEME RATIONALE:  Renewing a Life-Giving Faith

In line with the Year of Faith (Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2013) observed by the universal Catholic Church, the theme for Lenten Campaign 2013 is Renewing a Life-Giving Faith. This theme appropriately ties the ‘renewal’ aspect of Lent with the call of the Year of Faith to deepen our relationship with Jesus.

The theme links two key essentials: Faith and Life. The Faith that we renew in Jesus during Lent gives us Life in all its fullness (refer John 10:10b). In turn, we are motivated and moved to share that Life (with all its life-giving qualities) with the family, community and nation. The theme reminds us that Faith is life-giving – and Faith moves us to act in ways that are life-giving for ourselves and others.

Lent is a time when we ‘reclaim’ our Faith, and through that Faith, which has a vital Life-giving quality and character, our lives are enriched, and we are moved to reach out to enrich and empower the lives of others, especially the vulnerable and marginalised. Lent moves us to encounter Jesus, renew our Faith, and share Life in the six areas of our lives: Individual, Family, BEC, Workplace or School, Community and Nation.

SIX WEEKLY SUB-THEMES:

1. Living by the Word
2. Preparing for the Mission
3. Practising Integrity
4. Loving Without Judgement
5. Building Life-Giving Relationships
6. Faithfulness to Our Vocation

THEME LOGO RATIONALE:

The tree symbolizes a sturdy and deep-rooted faith in God, with the branches and leaves representing growth, renewal and transformation. The white cross in the tree trunk, forming the ‘t’ of the word ‘Faith’, represents our Lenten journey to renew and deepen our faith in God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The green leaves symbolize the life-giving power of faith. The circular theme text in green suggests that Faith and Life support each other in a cyclic manner.

SUMMARY OF THE HOLY FATHER’S LENTEN MESSAGE 2013

Believing in Charity calls forth Charity

In this Year of Faith, Lent is a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between Faith and Charity.

Faith as a response to God’s love
Faith is the personal adherence to the revelation of God’s ‘passionate’ love for us. For Christians, and especially charity workers, there is a need for Faith. As a result, love of neighbour is not imposed from outside, but derived from Faith, which becomes active through love.

Charity as life in faith
Christian life is a response to God’s love. Faith is knowing the truth and adhering to it; Charity is ‘walking’ in the truth. Through Faith, we enter into friendship with the Lord; through Charity, this friendship is lived and cultivated. Faith enables us to recognise the gifts that God has entrusted to us; Charity makes them fruitful.

Inter-relation of Faith and Charity
We can never separate Faith and Charity. Christian life consists in continuously ‘meeting’ God and then serving our brothers and sisters with God’s own love. The relationship with God must always be the priority, and any true sharing of goods must be rooted in Faith. The greatest work of Charity is evangelization – the ‘ministry of the Word’ – sharing the Good News and introducing a relationship with God.

Lent invites us to nourish our Faith by careful and extended listening to the Word of God, and by receiving the sacraments, while growing in Charity and in love for God and neighbour, through fasting, penance and almsgiving.

Priority of Faith, primacy of Charity
The relationship between these two virtues resembles that between the two fundamental sacraments: baptism and Eucharist. Faith [like baptism] precedes Charity [Eucharist] but Faith is genuine only if crowned by Charity. Everything begins from the humble acceptance of Faith (knowing that we are loved by God) but has to arrive at the truth of Charity (knowing how to love God and neighbour), the fulfilment of all virtues.

In this season of Lent, I wish that all of you may rekindle your Faith in Jesus Christ.

Abridged version. Full message at http://www.vatican.va

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE  FOR LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2013

Making a Life-Giving Difference for Lent

Recharge, rejuvenate, revive, refresh, reconcile, revitalise: these are key actions, decisions and processes that are appropriate and required for the season of Lent because they bring about that much-needed renewal, conversion and transformation in each of us.

Through us, as active agents of change, our families, our communities and our nation can be renewed and transformed to a better quality of life consistent with our calling to build the kingdom of God. Lent becomes meaningful and enriching when our praying, fasting and almsgiving lead us to strengthen our relationship with God and with our neighbour.
Renewing a Life-Giving Faith is an appropriate theme for Lenten Campaign 2013 as it merges well with the Year of Faith. The theme gives focus, invites and enables us to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus, thereby providing us a source and platform to live and reach out in ‘life-giving’ ways to our neighbour, especially the vulnerable and marginalized.
By age group and category, various activities have been lined up to enable us to be actively involved in this Lenten renewal and transformation. While creating a greater awareness and understanding of Lent and its crucial significance in the life of the Church, the activities also enable us to make a concrete contribution to justice and peace at several levels.
The Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) has produced a Lenten Campaign Kit to provide useful and relevant materials and guidelines for activities. I hope you will either use these resources or develop some that are appropriate to your group or community.

To encourage the participation of the digitally-savvy generation, these suggested resources include the use of social media.
As responsible Christians, let us make a difference – during this season of Lent and beyond. Let us renew and strengthen our Faith – and become life-givers to the community.

Wishing you a fruitful and empowering Lenten journey.

Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Director
Office for Human Development
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

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Please click on the links below to download:

2015-Lenten-PPT-Brief-English   |    2015-Lenten-PPT-Brief-Chinese   |
2015-Lenten-PPT-Brief-Tamil

Lent 2015 PDF Materials:

Lenten 2015 Kit Book

Lenten 2015 Supplementary Sheets Booklet

2015-Popes-Message-English    |    2015-Popes-Message-Tamil    |
2015-Popes-Message-BM    |    2015-Popes-Message-Chinese

Lenten 2015 Logo (Colour) – English/BM/Tamil/Chinese:

Logo2015-EnglishLogo2015-BMLogo2015-Tamil2Logo2015-Chinese
Lenten 2015 Logo (Black&White):
Logo2015-English-bwLogo2015-BM-bwLogo2015-Tamil-bwLogo2015-Chinese-bw

Banner 2015 – English/Tamil – 2x6ft

Banner 2015 – Chinese/BM – 2x6ft

Poster A3 Lent 2015 (4 languages)

DVD Booklet Lent 2015 (4 languages)

Way-of-the-Cross-with-Lenten Reflections-2015-PPT-English

Way-of-the-Cross-2015-PPT-Tamil

Lenten Reflection PowerPoint Slides for Parish (4 languages – 6 weeks):
2015-LC-WEEK-1   |   2015-LC-WEEK-2   |   2015-LC-WEEK-3   |   2015-LC-WEEK-4   |  2015-LC-WEEK-5   |   2015-LC-WEEK-6

Signature Campaign Info Sheet ‘Malaysians Say No! to Climate Change’:
Signature-C-English   |  Signature-C-BM   |   Signature-C-Tamil   |   Signature-C-Chinese

Sign C Form 2015-English   |   Sign-C-Form-2015-BM

Sign-C-Form-2015-Tamil    |   Sign-C-Form-2015-Chinese

Catechism-Activity-Sheet-2015-Eng-BM:

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Catechism Activity Sheet – Tamil:

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Catechism Activity Sheet – Chinese:

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40-Day Lent Planner – English:

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40-Day Lent Planner – Tamil:

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40-Day Lent Planner – Chinese:

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40-Day Lent Planner – BM:

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Integrity-Pledge-2015-English-(Youths)

Integrity-Pledge-2015-BM

Integrity-Pledge-2015-Tamil

Integrity-Pledge-2015-Chinese

Values-Activity-Guide (Ages 14-17)

Sign-Language-Activity-2015 (Ages 10-13)

 
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ARCHIVE
Lent 2014 Materials:

Lent Petition “Malaysians Against Corruption’

to the Prime Minister of Malaysia (PDF)

40-Day Lent Planner (PDF)

40-Day Lent Planner (English) Illustration

Lent No Corruption Sticker


Lent No Corruption Magnet

Lenten Campaign Honesty Pledge (English)

Lenten Campaign Honesty Pledge (Mandarin)

Lenten Campaign Honesty Pledge (BM)


English

Bahasa Malaysia

Chinese

Tamil

DVD Discussion Guide

DVD Discussion Guide (Eng/BM/Tamil/Mandarin) – PDF

Powerpoint Slides for Parish (4 languages – 6 weeks)

Sign Language Weekly reflection video

Week 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt4cVj6RK-E&feature=youtu.be

Week 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMthLsGvJxI&feature=youtu.be

Week 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoQjIVIvutY&feature=youtu.be

Week 4:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fzag1ebR7E&feature=youtu.be

Week 5:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1veJln5rrdg&feature=youtu.be

Week 6:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHoZ8URcjDA&feature=youtu.be

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Archive

Lent Petition “Abolish the Death Penalty in Malaysia’

to the Prime Minister of Malaysia (PDF)

40-Day Lent Planner (PDF)

Lent Aerogramme (PDF)

Lent Can Sticker – Colour (PDF)


English

Bahasa Malaysia

Chinese

Tamil

DVD Discussion Guide

DVD Discussion Guide (Eng/BM/Tamil/Mandarin) – PDF

Powerpoint Slides for Parish (4 languages – 6 weeks)

 

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KEMPEN PRAPASKA 2015 – Mengenali Kristus Di Dalam Komuniti

Pesanan Sempena Kempen Prapaska 2014

Proses Pembaharuan
Pembaharuan adalah satu aspek yang terpenting di dalam hidup kita sebagai seorang umat Kristiani. Seiring dengan Gereja Universal, Gereja-gereja tempatan di Malaysia turut menekankan perlunya proses pembaharuan tahunan semasa dan sewaktu melalui musim Prapaska, dan bakal membawa kita berjalan bersama ke arah penukaran dan transformasi yang sebenar. Gereja menjemput kita semua untuk melalui panggilan Prapaska saban tahun, serta menggalak dan mencabar kita untuk melakukan keputusan yang tepat, mengambil tindakan yang sesuai dan memudahkan segala proses yang diperlukan selaras dengan iman yang kita miliki, secara bersungguh-sungguh sealiran dengan nilai-nilai Injil.

Membina Kerajaan-Nya
Di dalam menyemarakkan semangat pembaharuan sepanjang musim Prapaska, kita memfokuskan semula kepada diri kita – sebagai individu dan juga sebagai kumpulan – untuk menjadi agen perubahan umat Kristian yang berdedikasi demi membangunkan kerajaan Allah di dalam keluarga kita masing-masing, KKD dan komuniti-komuniti lain yang memerlukan penglibatan kita. Menerusi tiga amalan Prapaska sebagai tiga usaha berganda iaitu berdoa, berpuasa dan bersedekah, kita akan mencapai persefahaman, penerimaan dan amalan yang lebih baik di dalam menyahut panggilan Dia untuk terus melayani dengan setia dan berterusan di kebun anggur Tuhan.

Fokus Tema
Tema musim Prapaska pada tahun ini – Mengenali Kristus di Dalam Komuniti – membolehkan kita untuk berubah dan mengubah hubungan dan interaksi kita secara positif dengan mereka dari pelbagai kategori yang yang tinggal di dalam komuniti kita. Tema penting ini bertujuan untuk mengajak, mendorong dan mencabar kita untuk “melihat” dan mencari Yesus di dalam komuniti kita (tanpa mengambil kira siapa mereka) dengan mata iman dan hati yang penuh berbelas kasih. Fokus kepada tindakan – Mengamalkan Integriti di dalam Perhubungan – menghalakan langkah kita demi memastikan segala perubahan, urusan dan hubungan diantara sesama adalah disemai dan dipengaruhi dengan semangat integriti. Kita harus menyenangi dengan fokus tindakan yang telah digariskan ini kerana ia juga adalah sangat bertepatan dengan motto Bapa Uskup Agung Julian Leow: Integriti dan kelembutan.

Aktiviti Prapaska
Di dalam garis panduan aktiviti, pelbagai cadangan dan pendapat – mengikut lingkungan umur dan kategori – telah pun kami ambil kira dan kami telah membuat pilihan yang terbaik untuk membentuk fokus tindakan yang membolehkan penglibatan secara aktif di dalam aktiviti Prapaska untuk melakukan pembaharuan dan transformasi. Selain untuk mewujudkan kesedaran yang meluas dan pemahaman yang mendalam terhadap Prapaska dan signifikannya di dalam hidup umat Kristian, aktiviti-aktiviti yang telah disusun atur akan turut membantu kita untuk mengenali dan memahami realiti-realiti di dalam masyarakat kita.

Kit Sumber
Pejabat Keuskupan Pembangunan Kemanusiaan (AOHD) telah menerbitkan Kit Sumber Kempen Prapaska lengkap dengan garis panduan dan material yang bersesuaian dengan aktiviti-aktiviti yang bakal dijalankan.  Kami menggalakkan anda untuk menggunakan sumber-sumber yang telah disediakan, dan/atau membuat bahan atau sumber lain yang bersesuaian serta praktikal dengan kumpulan dan komuniti anda. Sumber-sumber yang disediakan di dalam kit tersebut turut mempunyai pautan dengan media sosial, yang mana penggunaannya semakin popular di kalangan komuniti generasi muda.

Memperkayakan Kualiti Kehidupan
Sebagai umat Kristian dan komited dan menyahut kepada panggilan, maka wajarlah kita secara individu dan secara kolektifnya untuk membuat satu keputusan – untuk membuat perubahan di dalam komuniti, terutama sekali kepada golongan yang lemah dan tertindas, mereka yang terpinggir dan tidak dipedulikan. Musim Prapaska adalah masa yang paling kondusif untuk memulakan dan meneruskan proses pembaharuan dan transformasi… dengan mengenali Kristus di dalam komuniti dan mengamalkan integriti di dalam perhubungan kita.

Semoga perjalanan Prapaska anda beroleh kekuatan dan membuahkan hasil lumayan.

Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Pengarah
Pejabat Pembangunan Kemanusiaan
Keuskupan Agung Kuala Lumpur

PENGENALAN

Janganlah kamu menjadi serupa dengan dunia ini, tetapi berubahlah oleh pembaharuan budimu, sehingga kamu dapat membedakan manakah kehendak  Allah: apa yang baik, yang berkenan kepada Allah dan yang sempurna. (Roma 12:2)

Kempen Prapaska
Kempen Prapaska merupakan satu program kerohanian gereja Katolik dengan bertujuan untuk menggalakkan penglibatan aktif umat beriman di dalam tiga amalan penting semasa menjalani ibadah Prapaska iaitu dengan berdoa (Mat 6:6), berpuasa (Mat 6:17) dan bersedekah (Mat 6:2). Hasil yang diharapkan daripada amalan-amalan dan usaha-usaha ini adalah untuk pembaharuan dan transformasi, seperti yang disebut di dalam Roma 12:2.

Visi Kempen Prapaska adalah untuk membentuk satu komuniti Katolik yang aktif dan sama-sama bertanggungjawab di dalam mebangunkan kerajaan Allah, sementara misi kempen ini adalah untuk menggalakkan pemerhatian spiritual secara aktif sepanjang musim Prapaska melalui tindakan dan keputusan yang amat teliti dan seterusnya menjurus kepada panggilan pembaharuan dan transformasi di kalangan umat Katolik dan juga komuniti Katolik.

Di Keuskupan Agung Kuala Lumpur, program Kempen Prapaska yang berlandaskan ajaran sosial gereja Katolik akan dianjurkan dan dilaksanakan oleh Office for Human Development (AOHD).

Tema Kempen
Kempen Prapaska tahun 2015 akan membawakan tema utama MENGENAL KRISTUS DI DALAM KOMUNITI, dengan fokus tindakan Mengamalkan Integriti di dalam Perhubungan. Sub-sub tema juga akan turut disediakan didalam Jadual Refleksi Mingguan selama enam minggu untuk menggalakkan refleksi Bacaan Injil secara aktif.
Bermula pada tahun 2015, Kempen Prapaska akan membawa tema secara berturutan selama tiga tahun (2015-2017) dan bukan lagi tema secara bersendirian. Setiap tahun dalam tiga tahun tersebut, nilai utama Injil akan menjadi fokus tindakan.

Sumber dan Bahan Kempen Prapaska
Kempen Prapaska 2015 akan disokong dengan pelbagai sumber seperti material bercetak, video dan slaid powerpoint yang akan digunakan di setiap paroki dan Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD). Sebagai tambahan, kempen ini akan turut mengetengahkan proses pembelajaran dan advokasi melalui media sosial, disebarkan melalui jaringan rangkaian sosial dengan harapan supaya umat beriman boleh terlibat dengan secara aktif dan effektif melalui pelbagai platfom.

Kit Kempen Prapaska 2015 telah disediakan khas dan lengkap dengan sumber dan material yang bersesuaian dengan semua lingkungan umur umat Katolik. Semua latihan dan aktiviti – adalah disasarkan kepada pembaharuan dan transformasi – dan juga sesuai diambil secara individu dan/atau secara berkumpulan. Kempen Prapaska 2015 akan dilaksanakan di paroki-paroki, dan juga secara dalam talian oleh pelbagai kumpulan seperti para katekumen/katekesis, golongan belia, golongan dewasa yang belum berkahwin, mereka yang telah berkahwin, golongan profesional, warga emas dan kumpulan migran.

KEMPEN PRAPASKA 2015

Tema pada tahun 2015: Mengenali Kristus Di Dalam Komuniti
Rujukan Injil: Matius 25:40
Fokus Tindakan untuk Tahun 2015: Mengamalkan Integriti di dalam Perhubungan

Rasional Tema
Tema pada Kempen Prapaska 2015 ialah Mengenali Kritus di dalam Komuniti. Hubungan kita dengan komuniti seharusnya berdasarkan kepada prinsip dan kepercayaan bahawa Kristus benar-benar “hadir” di dalam komuniti kita, and Dia “diwakili” dengan masyarakat itu sendiri. Dengan cara ini, hubungan kita dengan pelbagai lapisan masyarakat di dalam komuniti – jiran, KKD, kawan sepejabat, para pelajar, Gereja, pihak berkuasa tempatan, agnesi-agensi penguatkuasa, orang ramai di tempat umum, pejabat, dll. – akan lebih meresap dengan formula perisa “Kristiani” serta dipengaruhi dengan etika dan moral umat Kristian.

Kita melihat dan mengenali Kristis di dalam diri orang lain tidak kira apa jua fahaman politik mereka, etnik, agama, budaya dan keadaan sosio-ekonomi mereka. Kita tidak akan menilai darjat mereka samaada lebih tinggi atau lebih rendah daripada kita – kita mengenali mereka sebagai manusia yang sama rata walaupun mereka mungkin berbeza dengan kita dari segi budaya, keadaan, pekerjaan, keperluan dan aspirasi.

Petikan Injil Utama
Rujukan utama petikan Injil kepada tema ini dipetik dari Matius 25:40, “Dan Raja itu akan menjawab mereka: Aku berkata kepadamu, sesungguhnya segala sesuatu yang kamu lakukan untuk salah seorang dari saudara-Ku yang paling hina ini, kamu telah melakukannya untuk Aku.”

Fokus Tindakan
Selaras dengan tema, fokus tindakan pada musim Prapaska 2015 ialah Mengamalkan Integriti di Dalam Perhubungan. Integriti merupakan komponen penting yang sangat memperkayakan dan mempengaruhi hubungan kita samaada secara peribadi, di dalam keluarga, masyarakat dan juga negara. Integriti membolehkan kita memperbaharui hubungan-hubungan sesama kita sejajar dengan moral, kejujuran dan kebenaran sebagai umat Kristian.

Fokus tindakan ini turut menekankan kepentingan akan keadilan, tanggungjawab dan ketelusan dalam setiap hubungan kita dengan pelbagai sektor dan sesama anggota masyarakat – meskipun terpaksa berhadapan dengan pelbagai cabaran dan rintangan. Integriti harus dipelihara dan tidak boleh dijual beli mahupun diganti dengan wang ringgit dan hadiah – kerana integriti adalah sebahagian daripada iman kita yang hidup.

Tema dan fokus ini sekaligus mengingatkan dan menyakinkan kita bahawa dengan mengamalkan integriti di dalam perhubungan kita sehari-hari, kita akan lebih mudah mengenali Kristus di tengah-tengah masyarakat kita dan itu adalah sangat bermakna.

Musim Prapaska adalah masa yang paling kondusif untuk kita memperbaharui iman kepercayaan kita bahawa Kristus itu benar-benar hadir di dalam masyarakat kita, dan dengan itu, kita dapat terus mengamalkan dan menekankan integriti di dalam enam aspek utama di dalam kehidupan kita: peribadi, keluarga, KKD, tempat kerja atau sekolah, komuniti dan juga Negara.

SUB TEMA MINGGUAN

Percaya pada Khabar Baik

Bersedia untuk mengalami transformasi

Meminumi Air Hidup

Hidup dengan Kebenaran

Menyemai hidup baru

Menjadi saksi tanpa rasa takut dan pilih kasih

RASIONAL PADA TEMA LOGO

Grafik yang melakarkan ikon empat orang (dengan tangan yang terbuka luas) adalah mewakili kita dari pelbagai sektor yang terlibat di dalam satu komuniti.

Dua orang yang bewarna ungu pada bahagian atas kiri kuadran dan bahagian bawah kanan kuadran mewakili umat yang menjalani hidup pembaharuan dan pertumbuhan di musim Prapaska. Sementara orang yang bewarna merah pada bahagian bawah kiri kuadran mewakili mereka yang tertindas, terpinggir dan tidak dihiraukan, golongan inilah yang sebenarnya yang memerlukan perhatian segera dan harus diutamakan.

Orang yang bewarna hijau di kuadran atas kanan mewakili golongan yang punya kesedaran nyata terhadap komuniti di sekitarnya, dan ini adalah untuk sentiasa mengingatkan kita supaya menjadi insan yang bertanggungjawab dengan segala kemudahan dan pemberian yang Tuhan anugerahkan.

Kristus benar-benar hadir dan hidup di tengah-tengah komuniti kita, dan Ia diwakili oleh lambang Salib yang hidup dan jelas dilihat di tengah-tengah antara empat kuadran di dalam lakaran masyarakat. Bentuk Salib ditentukan dan dipengaruhi dengan kuat oleh iman dan tindakan mereka yang berada di dalam empat kuadran tersebut, dan Salib ini akan menjadi “tidak lengkap” sekiranya ada diantara mereka di dalam kelompok komuniti yang dipinggirkan, tidak diambil peduli atau dizalimi.

Mahkota berduri melambangkan perjalanan pembaharuan dan transformasi tahunan Prapaska, dan Ia mengingatkan kita kembali kepada visi dan misi Kempen Prapaska ini – untuk menjadi komuniti yang aktif dan bertanggunggungjawab serta bersama-sama di dalam misi membina kerajaan Allah.

Ungkapan Tema Kempen Prapaska 2015 yang membentuk lengkungan pada logo, adalah bertujuan untuk memberikan tema ini satu pengisian dan fokus. Tiga perkataan di bawah sebelah kiri merupakan tiga amalan utama yang bakal menggerakkan semangat pembaharuan dan transformasi Prapaska.

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KEMPEN PRAPASKA 2014 – Menyentuh Luka-luka Kristus

PENGENALAN

 “Koyakkanlah hatimu dan jangan pakaianmu, berbaliklah kepada TUHAN, Allahmu, sebab Ia pengasih dan penyayang…” (Yoel 2:13)

Gereja Katolik sejagat menjalankan musim liturgi prapaska menerusi tiga amalan yang utama iaitu : memberi sedekah (Mat 6:2), berdoa (Mat 6:6) dan berpuasa. Penekanan dan hasil yang diinginkan daripada amalan-amalan prapaska ini adalah pembaharuan dan transformasi: “…Sebab Aku menyukai kasih setia, dan bukan korban sembelihan…” (Hosea 6:6)

Sejak awal 1980an, gereja tempatan telah menjalankan program kempen prapaska dengan begitu teliti, kempen ini berpaksikan ajaran sosial gereja Katolik.

Melalui Pejabat Pembangunan Manusia Keuskupan (AOHD), kempen prapaska kali ini diteruskan dengan misi untuk memaklumkan, membentuk dan mentranformasi  umat yang beriman supaya menjadi aktif serta berpartisipasi di dalam membangunkan kerajaan Tuhan.

Umat beriman akan dibimbing dengan enam sub tema renungan mingguan berpaksikan kepada tema utama iaitu MENYENTUH LUKA-LUKA KRISTUS, yang mana turut memfokuskan kepada tindakan: Matang sebagai insan yang penyayang dan berbelas kasih.

Program video dan material bercetak akan turut disertakan di dalam kempen ini untuk semua paroki dan Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD), Kempen Prapaska 2014 turut menggalakkan pendidikan dan sokongan berterusan menerusi media sosial. Kempen Prapaska ini juga akan disebarkan di rangkaian sosial supaya umat beriman dapat melibatkan diri dengan lebih aktif dan berkesan melalui pelbagai platfom.

Kit Kempen Prapaska 2014 telah disediakan lengkap dengan pelbagai latihan khusus untuk semua umat Katolik di setiap peringkat umur. Latihan-latihan dan aktiviti-aktiviti ini – mensasarkan kepada pembaharuan dan transformasi – dengan tujuan untuk dijalankan secara individu dan juga secara berkumpulan.

Kempen Prapaska 2014 akan dijalankan di setiap paroki dan juga secara atas-talian (online) oleh kumpulan-kumpulan tertentu seperti para katekumen, belia, mereka yang belum berkahwin, pasangan yang telah berkahwin, golongan profesional, warga emas dan juga kumpulan migran.

RASIONAL TEMA: Menyentuh Luka-luka Kristus

Tema bagi Kempen Prapaska 2014 ialah Menyentuh Luka-luka Kristus. Keselamatan abadi kita telah dibayar dengan harga yang sungguh mahal oleh Yesus dan keselamatan ini ditandai dengan luka-luka yang Kristus lalui. Selain itu, luka-luka ini menggambarkan kekurangan dan kelemahan di dalam kehidupan yang perlu kita ambil kira secara serius dan memperbaharuinya pada musim prapaska ini.

Sejajar dengan tema, Kempen Prapaska 2014 memfokuskan kepada tindakan untuk kita bersikap matang sebagai insan yang penyayang dan penuh belas kasihan. Fokus ini telah menunjangkan keperluan penting untuk kita berbelas kasih dan memberi empati di dalam interaksi dan hubungan sesama kita – di dalam keluarga, Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD) dan juga komuniti sekeliling kita. Kita mampu menghidupi sifat manusia yang sebenar apabila kita mengambil sikap  matang dan bersungguh di dalam cinta kasih yang penuh belas kasihan. Tema dan fokus tindakan ini mengingatkan kita bahawa  belas kasihan adalah intrinsik kepada umat ciptaan Tuhan: setiap kita adalah dicipta menurut gambaran Tuhan.

Misi Yesus boleh kita dapati di dalam Lukas 4:18 dan ia juga merupakan misi sepanjang hidup seorang umat Kristian: membawakan khabar baik kepada yang menderita, mengisytiharkan kebebasan kepada orang tawanan, memberikan penglihatan kepada orang buta, dan membebaskan mereka yang tertindas.

Tema dan fokus ini juga adalah untuk menggerakkan potensi diri kita sebagai seorang Kristian yang prihatin dan berbelas kasih serta saling menjangkau di antara satu sama lain, terutama sekali mereka yang terpinggir, mereka yang mudah diperdayakan dan golongan lemah yang tidak kuat mempertahankan diri. Dengan cara ini, iman kristiani kita disertai dengan kuasa saling memperkasakan mereka yang memerlukan, dan kita menjadi komuniti Kristian yang penyayang dan berbelas kasih.

Musim prapaska adalah musim yang kondusif untuk memperbaharui dan ‘menuntut’ sifat kemanusiaan hasil kurniaan Tuhan kepada kita dengan menghunjukkan sikap berbelas kasih kepada enam bahagian di dalam hidup kita : Peribadi, Keluarga, Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD), Tempat Kerja atau Institusi Pendidikan, Komuniti dan juga Negara.

SUB TEMA MINGGUAN
1. Kesetiaan kepada Misi Kerajaan Tuhan
2. Bersedia untuk diubah
3. Minum air hidup
4. Mengembalikan keutuhan dan nilai manusiawi
5. Hidup dengan harapan yang diperbaharui
6. Menyaksikan melalui kehidupan Kristiani
RASIONAL PADA LOGO TEMA
Kedua tangan yang terpahat luka membawakan maksud belas kasihan dan pemberian hidup yang penuh cinta kasih oleh Kristus. Meskipun melalui luka-luka ini, Dia tetap memberikan kehidupan yang berkelimpahan, dan ini disimbolkan oleh roti yang terpecah yang akan dibahagi-bahagikan kepada semua umat yang mengimani Kristus. Kita yang menjadi sebahagian daripada roti tersebut, digerakkan untuk ‘saling berkongsi roti itu’ sesama kita dengan cara saling berbelas kasih di antara kita. Luka-luka di tangan yang menyerupai titisan air mata membawa makna ‘dosa-dosa’ yang telah menyalibkan Kristus. Mahkota berduri yang berbentuk bulatan, menggambarkan cinta kasih Kristus yang lengkap sempurna dan tidak berpenghujung, sekaligus untuk mengajak kita mengalami pembaharuan sepanjang prapaska. Perkataan-perkataan yang tertera di atas pecahan roti adalah sebagai pembimbing langkah kita ke arah transformasi dan pembaharuan.
PESANAN PENGARAH PEJABAT PEMBANGUNAN INSAN KEUSKUPAN AGUNG

Keperluan Pembaharuan
Masa untuk Pembaharuan tiba lagi! Sepanjang masa dan semasa musim Pra-Paska, Gereja sejagat mengetengahkan keperluan kita untuk mengalami pembaharuan tahunan, dan menggerakkan kita ke arah penukaran dan transformasi sebenar. Panggilan untuk pembaharuan dan penukaran ini adalah untuk menjemput dan menggalakkan kita membuat keputusan tertentu, melaksanakan tindakan yang diperlukan dan memudahkan proses yang perlu selaras dengan nilai-nilai Injil.
Membina Kerajaan-Nya
Pada musim Pra-paska, sekali lagi kita diajak untuk menjalankan tanggungjawab – sebagai individu dan ejen perubahan secara kolektif – untuk menjadi umat Kristian yang lebih prihatin serta mampu untuk bersama-sama berpartisipasi di dalam membina Kerajaan Allah samaada di kalangan keluarga kita sendiri, Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD) mahupun masyarakat. Melalui tiga tindakan pra-paska iaitu berdoa, berpuasa dan beramal, kita akan semakin mendekat dengan Tuhan. Hubungan mendalam dengan Tuhan ini pasti akan membawa dan membolehkan kita untuk menjangkau mereka yang lain di persekitaran kita – di dalam dan di luar Gereja.
Fokus Tema
Tema pra-paska pada tahun ini – Menyentuh Luka-luka Kristus – tema ini membolehkan kita dengan secara aktifnya menghadapi kelemahan peribadi dan tingkah laku negatif, dan juga menangani masalah sosial yang serius serta isu-isu yang kita hadapi di dalam masyarakat kita. Realiti sosial dan peribadi ini merupakan dosa-dosa teruk yang ‘mencederakan’ Yesus Juruselamat kita, yang telah mati kita salibkan di kayu salib. Tindakan yang difokuskan sempena tema pra-paska pada tahun ini – matang sebagai insan yang penyayang dan berbelas kasih – yang mengharapkan kita untuk mengambil pendekatan penuh belas kasihan di dalam menangani dan menyelesaikan permasalahan realiti-realiti tersebut.
Aktiviti Pra-Paska
Pelbagai aktiviti – mengikut kategori dan tahap umur – telah disusun untuk memberikan kita peluang untuk terlibat secara aktif di dalam program transformasi dan pembaharuan pra-paska ini. Disamping bertujuan untuk mewujudkan kesedaran yang lebih besar dan pemahaman pra-paska dan yang amat penting di dalam kehidupan umat Kristian, aktiviti-aktiviti ini juga membolehkan kita untuk membuat sumbangan penting ke arah keadilan dan keamanan di pelbagai peringkat.
Kit Sumber
Pejabat Keuskupan Pembangunan Manusia (AOHD) telah menghasilkan Kit Sumber kempen pra-paska bagi tujuan penyediaan material bahan dan garis panduan bagi aktiviti-aktiviti yang berguna dan relevan. Saya menggalakkan anda untuk menggunakan sumber-sumber yang diperuntukkan, dan / atau untuk membangunkan material bahan dan sumber-sumber yang sesuai dan praktikal bagi kumpulan atau komuniti anda. Sumber-sumber yang dicadangkan di dalam kit termasuklah penglibatan dengan media sosial untuk menggalakkan penyertaan generasi muda yang mesra siber.
Memperkaya Kualiti Kehidupan
Sebagai umat Kristian yang tekun dan bertanggungjawab, marilah kita secara individu dan secara kolektif membuat perbezaan. Musim pra-paska adalah satu permulaan yang baik tetapi usaha perlu diteruskan sepanjang tahun. Mari kita menyentuh luka-luka Kristus – dan mengambil sikap matang di antara sesama manusia, berbelas kasih dengan saling memperkaya kualiti hidup di dalam keluarga dan juga masyarakat – terutama sekali kepada golongan yang mudah terjejas, golongan yang terabai dan juga sektor-sektor di mana suara mereka kurang didengari.Semoga perjalanan pra-paska anda sentiasa diperteguhkan dan membuahkan hasil lumayan.
Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Pengarah
Pejabat Pembangunan Kemanusiaan
Keuskupan Agung Kuala Lumpur
PESANAN PRA-PASKA 2014 DARIPADA BAPA SUCI PAUS
Bahawa Ia, yang oleh kerana kamu menjadi miskin, supaya kamu menjadi kaya oleh kerana kemiskinan-Nya ( rujuk. 2 Kor 8:9 )
Saudara dan saudari,Santo Paulus telah menulis kepada orang-orang Kristian di Korintus untuk menggalakkan mereka agar lebih bermurah hati membantu umat beriman di Jerusalem. Apakah maksud kata-kata Santo Paulus ini kepada orang-orang Kristian pada hari ini? Apakah maksud tersirat di sebalik jemputan untuk mengalami kemiskinan, hidup miskin sebagai proses evangelisasi kepada kita pada hari ini?Rahmat Kristus
Rahmat Kristus memperlihatkan pekerjaan Tuhan. Dia tidak menunjukkan dirinya yang penuh kuasa dan kaya sebaliknya bekerja di dalam penuh kelemahan dan kemiskinan: “Walaupun dia kaya, tetapi kerana engkau dia sanggup menjadi miskin…” Yesus kaya dengan cara yang sama seperti kanak-kanak yang berasa disayangi dan yang mencintai ibu bapanya, tanpa meragui sedikit pun kasih sayang dan kelembutan mereka. Hanya ada sejenis kemiskinan sebenar yang melanda masyarakat kita: tidak hidup sebagai anak-anak Tuhan dan sebagai saudara-saudara di dalam Kristus.

Kesaksian Kita
Dengan mencontohi Yesus sebagai Guru, kita sebagai orang-orang Kristian dipanggil untuk berhadapan dengan kemiskinan saudara-saudara kita, menyentuh kemiskinan itu dan menjadikan ia milik kita sendiri untuk kita mengambil langkah-langkah praktikal bagi mengurangkan beban kemiskinan itu.

Hidup melarat adalah tidak sama dengan kemiskinan: hidup melarat ialah kemiskinan tanpa iman, tanpa sokongan, tanpa harapan. Tiga jenis kemelaratan ini : dari segi material, moral dan kerohanian.

Hidup melarat dari material seringkali dianggap sebagai kemiskinan, selalunya merujuk kepada mereka yang hidup merempat dan tidak mendapat keperluan sejajar dengan martabat seorang manusia. Sebagai tindakan kepada kehidupan yang melarat sebegini, Gereja menghulurkan bantuan kepada mereka yang miskin dan terbuang, usaha ini memperlihatkan wajah Kristus yang penuh kasih; dengan memberikan cinta kasih dan membantu mereka yang miskin, kita sebenarnya mencintai dan turut melayani Kristus. Suara hati nurani kita harus diperdengarkan untuk keadilan, kesaksamaan, kesederhanaan dan perkongsian. Tidak kurang yang menjadi perhatian ialah kemelaratan dari segi moral, yang melibatkan penghambaan kepada dosa dan maksiat.  Betapa pedihnya kesakitan yang ditanggung oleh sesebuah keluarga sekiranya salah seorang daripada mereka, acapkali anak muda sekiranya terjerumus kepada alkohol, dadah, judi atau pornografi. Dan berapa ramaikah yang melarat dari segi moral ini semata-mata kerana keadaan sosial yang tidak adil, masalah pengangguran, yang tidak semena-menanya kehilangan maruah mereka lantaran tanggungjawap sebagi pencari nafkah utama dan juga disebabkan tidak mendapat akses yang sama rata dari segi pendidikan dan kesihatan. Disebabkan kekecewaan kerana tidak mendapat pertolongan dan menyebabkan timbulnya masalah kewangan, kita berpaling jauh dari Tuhan dan menolak cinta kasih-Nya, dan menyebabkan kita melarat dari segi kerohanian. Kitab Injil merupakan penawar yang hidup dan sebagai penguat rohani : bahawa Tuhan adalah lebih besar daripada segala dosa-dosa kita, Dia mencintai kita pada setiap saat dan kita dicipta oleh Dia untuk persekutuan dan kehidupan kekal. Tuhan hanya meminta kita untuk berterusan memberitakan khabar gembira yang penuh kasih dan harapan ini!

Dengan harapan ini, saya berdoa agar setiap individu dan komuniti Gereja akan membuahkan hasil lumayan di dalam perjalanan prapaska masing-masing. Saya juga meminta agar anda semua akan terus mendoakan saya.

Semoga Tuhan memberkati anda semua dan semoga Bonda Perawan Maria memastikan keselamatan anda semua.

Versi Ringkas. Mesej penuh boleh dilayari di www.vatican.va

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Archive

KEMPEN PRAPASKA 2013 – Memperbaharui Iman yang Memberi Hidup

PENDAHULUAN

Gereja Katolik sejagat telah menandakan musim Pra-Paska sebagai pengisian masa untuk berdoa, berpuasa dan beramal. Sejak awal 1980an, Gereja Katolik tempatan telah mengisi ruang Pra-Paska dengan program Kempen Pra-Paska, dengan berdasarkan ajaran sosial Gereja Katolik sendiri.

Melalui Pejabat Pembangunan Kemanusiaan Keuskupan (AOHD), Kempen Pra-Paska pada kali ini diteruskan dengan misi untuk memaklumkan, membentuk dan mengubah umat beriman untuk menjadi lebih aktif dan bertanggungjawap serta bersama-sama membina kerajaan-Nya. Umat beriman akan dibimbing dengan melalui enam sub tema refleksi mingguan, manakala tema utama ialah Memperbaharui Iman yang Memberi Hidup.

Pada tahun-tahun yang lepas, program-program video dan material bercetak telah diterbitkan untuk Kempen Pra-Paska. Pada tahun 2013, Kempen Pra-Paska akan menambahkan lagi program yang akan memasukkan elemen pendidikan dan advokasi melalui media sosial.  Seperti tahun yang sudah, Kempen Pra-Paska pada tahun ini juga akan disebarkan dan boleh didapati melalui rangkaian sosial kerana cara ini mudah dicapai menerusi pelbagai platfom sekaligus memudahkan umat untuk berpartisipasi dengan lebih aktif dan efektif.

Kit Kempen Pra-Paska 2013 telah disediakan lengkap bersama panduan untuk semua umat Katolik mengikut peringkat umur masing-masing.

Aktiviti/latihan – adalah bertujuan untuk menarik umat menghala ke transformasi yang positif – boleh dilakukan secara individu dan/atau secara berkumpulan. Kempen Pra-Paska 2013 akan dijalankan di paroki, KED dan juga secara atas talian (online) khusus kepada golongan sasaran yang lain seperti katekumen, belia, belia yang belum berkahwin, pasangan yang telah berkahwin, golongan profesional, warga emas dan kumpulan migran.

RASIONAL TEMA: Memperbaharui Iman yang Menghidupkan

Sejajar dengan Tahun Iman (Okt 2012 – Nov 2013) dan seperti yang telah dimeterai oleh Gereja Katolik sejagat, tema untuk Kempen Pra-Paska 2013 ialah Memperbaharui Iman yang Memberi Hidup. Tema ini sangat bertepatan kerana aspek “Pembaharuan” sesuai dengan tema Tahun Iman pada musim Pra-Paska ini di mana kita dipanggil untuk memperdalamkan hubungan kita dengan Yesus.

Tema ini berkait rapat dengan dua kunci utama: Iman dan Hidup. Iman pada Yesus yang kita perbaharui pada musim Pra-Paska ini akan menganugerahkan Kehidupan yang berkelimpahan (rujuk Yoh 10:10b). Justeru, kita akan bersemangat untuk melangkah dan saling mengongsikan anugerah Kehidupan itu (dengan kualiti pemberian-kehidupan sepenuhnya) bersama keluarga, komuniti dan Negara. Tema ini mengingatkan kita bahawa Iman adalah anugerah kehidupan – dan Iman akan menggerakkan kita ke arah gaya hidup yang saling memberi di antara sesama kita.

Pra-Paska ialah masa untuk kita “menuntut” semula Iman kita, dan melalui Iman, yang mana mempunyai karektor dan kualiti memberi-kehidupan yang amat penting, hidup kita nescaya akan lebih diperkaya, dan kita akan mampu mengorak untuk menjangkau, memperkaya dan memperkasa kehidupan orang lain, terutama sekali mereka yang kurang berkemampuan dan yang terpinggir. Pra-Paska mendorong kita untuk berhadapan dengan Yesus, memperbaharui Iman kita, dan berkongsi kehidupan dengan enam rangkaian utama dalam hidup kita iaitu: Individu, Keluarga, KED, Tempat Kerja atau Institusi Pengajian, Komuniti dan Negara.

SUB TEMA MINGGUAN

1. Hidup menurut Sabda
2. Persediaan untuk misi
3. Mengamalkan Integriti
4. Mengasihi tanpa Menghakimi
5. Membina kehidupan – Menghidupi perhubungan
6. Setia kepada panggilan kita

RASIONAL PADA LOGO TEMA
Pokok melambangkan kekukuhan dan akar iman yang mendalam akan Tuhan, manakala dahan-dahan dan daun-daun menggambarkan pertumbuhan, pembaharuan dan transformasi. Salib putih pada batang pokok, membentuk huruf ‘t’ pada perkataan ‘Faith’, mewakili perjalanan Pra-Paska kita untuk memperbaharui dan memperdalamkan iman kita kepada Tuhan dengan berdoa, berpuasa dan beramal. Tiga daun bewarna hijau melambangkan kuasa iman di dalam memberi-kehidupan. Teks tema berwarna hijau yang dibulatkan membawa maksud Iman dan Hidup menyokong antara satu sama lain di dalam bentuk kitaran.
PESANAN PRA-PASKA 2013 DARIPADA BAPA SUCI PAUS BENEDIKTUS XVI
Percaya dalam Beramal dengan Hidup Beramal
Pada Tahun Iman ini, Prapaska adalah peluang yang sangat sesuai dan berharga untuk kita merenungkan hubungan diantara Iman dan Beramal.
Iman sebagai respon cintakasih akan Tuhan
Iman adalah satu kepercayaan peribadi lahir dari penampakan “Kesungguhan” cinta kasih Tuhan kepada kita. Bagi umat Kristian, dan pekerja-pekerja amal khususnya, keperluan pada Iman adalah sangat penting. Hasilnya, cinta kasih sesama kita manusia tidak hanya tampak pada luaran semata-mata, tapi lahir dari Iman, yang tumbuh subur melalui cintakasih.
Hidup Beriman dengan Beramal
Kehidupan kristiani ialah hidup menurut cintakasih Tuhan. Iman ialah untuk mencari kebenaran dan akur padanya; Beramal ialah ’berjalan’ di dalam kebenaran. Dengan Iman, kita masuk ke dalam perhubungan dengan Tuhan, hubungan yang disemai dan dihidupkan. Iman membuka mata dan hati kita untuk menghargai setiap talenta yang Tuhan kurniakan kepada kita; dan membuahkan talenta-talenta itu dengan cara beramal.
Hubungan diantara Iman dan Beramal
Iman dan Beramal tidak mampu dipisahkan. Kehidupan kristiani adalah menjurus kepada ‘perhubungan’ dengan Tuhan secara berterusan dan untuk melayani sesama dalam kasih Tuhan. Hubungan dengan Tuhan harus diutamakan, dan perkongsian diantara sesama harus sentiasa berakar di dalam Iman. Tanggungjawab Beramal yang terbesar sekali ialah melakukan ’penginjilan’ – pewartaan sabda Tuhan – berkongsi khabar gembira dan memperkenalkan hubungan peribadi dengan Tuhan.
Prapaska mengundang kita untuk mengembangkan Iman kepercayaan dengan mendengar dan menyebarkan Sabda Tuhan, serta menerima sakramen-sakramen, disamping bertumbuh dan melakukan amal dengan penuh cintakasih kepada Tuhan dan sesama kita, dengan cara berpuasa, bernazar dan beramal.
Keutamaan pada Iman, Keutamaan pada Beramal
Hubungan antara kedua kebaikan ini amat menyerupai dua sakramen utama: pembaptisan dan Ekaristi. Iman [sama seperti pembatisan] yang mendahului Beramal [Ekaristi] tetapi Iman akan lebih lebih sejati sekiranya disirami dengan amal sejati. Segalanya bermula dari saat penerimaan Iman kepercayaan (kita percaya bahawa Tuhan sangat mengasihi kita) tetapi harus menghala kepada cara beramal yang betul (cara untuk mengasihi Tuhan dan sesama manusia), sebagai kepenuhan kepada kebaikan secara keseluruhannya.
Saya berharap iman anda terhadap Yesus Kristus akan terus dihidupkan di musim Prapaska ini.
Versi ringkas. Untuk pesanan penuh sila layari http://www.vatican.va
PESANAN PENGARAH PEJABAT PEMBANGUNAN INSAN KEUSKUPAN AGUNG
Membuat Perubahan yang Memberi Hidup untuk Prapaska

Di cas semula, dibaharui, dipulihkan, disegarkan, saling berdamai, dicergaskan : ini adalah antara tindakan-tindakan utama, keputusan dan proses-proses yang seharusnya diambil pada musim pra-paska kerana ia menghala kearah pembaharuan, peralihan dan transformasi sesama kita.

Melalui kita, yang bertindak sebagai agen perubahan, keluarga, komuniti dan negara kita boleh diperbaharui dan ditranformasikan kearah hidup yang lebih berkualiti dan konsisten demi menyahut panggilan kudus untuk membangunkan kerajaan-Nya. Pra-paska akan menjadi semakin bermakna dan diperkayakan apabila kita saling berdoa, berpuasa dan beramal dan  hubungan kita dengan Tuhan dan sesama kita pasti akan lebih diperkuatkan.Memperbaharui Iman yang Menghidupkan merupakan tema yang sangat bertepatan dengan Kempen Pra-paska 2013 kerana intinya yang berhubung rapat dengan Tahun Iman. Tema ini memberi fokus, menjemput dan membolehkan kita untuk mempunyai perhubungan yang lebih dalam dengan Yesus Kristus, sekaligus menyediakan sumber dan platfom untuk menghidupkan dan saling menjangkau di antara kita, terutama sekali mereka yang terpinggir.Pelbagai aktiviti mengikut kategori umur dan kumpulan telah disusun untuk membolehkan kita semua terlibat dengan aktif di dalam pembaharuan dan transormasi pra-paska.

Disamping bertujuan untuk memupuk kesedaran dan kefahaman yang mendalam mengenai pra-paska dan kepentingannya yang signifikan di dalam hidup menggereja, aktiviti-aktiviti tersebut juga membolehkan kita untuk memberi sumbangan konkrit kepada keadilan dan kedamaian sejagat berdasarkan tahap-tahap yang tertentu.Pejabat Pembangunan Kemanusiaan Keuskupan (AOHD) telah menerbitkan satu Kit Kempen Sumber Pra-Paska yang mengandungi pelbagai material yang relevan dan berguna disamping menyediakan panduan aktiviti-aktiviti yang bersesuaian. Saya berharap anda akan menggunakan salah satu kaedah tersebut atau anda juga boleh merancang aktiviti yang bersesuaian dengan kumpulan atau komuniti anda.Bagi menggalakkan penglibatan generasi celik digital, cadangan yang disarankan termasuklah penggunaan media sosial.

Sebagai Kristian yang bertanggungjawap, marilah kita melakukan kelainan – khususnya untuk musim pra-paska ini dan seterusnya. Marilah kita memperbaharui dan menguatkan iman kita – dan memberikan kehidupan kepada komuniti di sekeliling kita.

Semoga perjalanan pra-paska anda akan berbuah dan diperkayakan.

Rev. Mitchel Anthony
Pengarah
Pejabat Pembangunan Kemanusiaan
Keuskupan Agung Kuala Lumpur

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 ARCHIVE 2015

2015 Activity Sheets

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Catechism-Activity-Sheet-2015 (Ages 6-9) Eng/BM:

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Catechism Activity Sheet – Chinese:

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Catechism Activity Sheet – Tamil:

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40-Day Lent Planner – English:

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40-Day Lent Planner – Tamil:

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40-Day Lent Planner – Chinese:

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40-Day Lent Planner – BM:

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Sign-Language-Activity-2015 (Ages 10-13)

Values-Activity-Guide-2015 (Ages 14-17)

Integrity-Pledge-2015 (Youths)

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Archive of previous year’s activity sheets

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Supplementary Activity Items:

40-Day Lent Planner (PDF)

 

All the above items can be found in the Lent Supplementary Booklet.

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Archive

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Supplementary Activity Items:

40-Day Lent Planner (PDF)


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Lent Can Sticker – Colour (PDF)

All the above items can be found in the Lent Supplementary Booklet.

 

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Signature Campaign for Lent 2015
Malaysians Say No! to Climate Change

Sign online at: http://www.change.org/p/malaysians-say-no-to-climate-change

Signature Campaign 2015 Info Sheet ‘Malaysians Say No! to Climate Change’
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BACKGROUNDER • RESPONSE • ACTION

Introduction
As part of Lenten Campaign 2015, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur seeks to address an integral human development issue that requires a ‘justice and peace’ approach. One such critical issue is global climate change.
Accordingly, this signature campaign is aimed at enlisting the commitment of participant signatories to individual and community actions, and also requesting the Prime Minister of Malaysia to actively address the issue of Climate Change not only from a national perspective but also from a human perspective.

BACKGROUNDER

What is Climate Change?

In short, climate change occurs when long-term weather patterns are altered largely through human activity. Global warming is one measure of climate change, and is a rise in the average global temperature (www.davidsuzuki.org).

In the recent past, there has also been a marked increase in the occurrence of storms, such as the freak storm (‘twister’) that hit Pendang, Kedah, on 14 October last year.

How does Climate Change happen?
Insulation: Life on Earth is possible because of the warmth of the sun. While some of this incoming solar radiation bounces back into space, a small portion of it is trapped by the delicate balance of gases that make up our atmosphere. Without this layer of insulation, Earth would be another frozen planet. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas in this layer of insulation.

Carbon Dioxide: Carbon is stored all over the planet — in plants, soil, the ocean, and even people. We release it into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide through activities such as burning petrol and cutting down trees. As a result, today’s atmosphere contains 42 percent more carbon dioxide than it did before the industrial era (which began about 1760, more than 250 years ago).

Disruption: We have released so much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that our planet’s atmosphere is now like a thick, heat-trapping blanket. By disrupting the atmospheric balance that keeps the climate stable, we are now seeing extreme effects around the globe. It’s like a thermostat that’s spoilt – it doesn’t work the way it should.
Global Warming: As a result of excessive greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the climate changes, and it gets warmer. Extreme weather events also become more common. Global warming has already begun. Since 1900, the global average temperature has risen by 0.7 degree Celsius, and the northern hemisphere is substantially warmer than at any point during the past 1,000 years.

Why is Climate Change a serious issue?
Global Temperature Increase: According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (http://ipcc.ch/), if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced significantly, the rise in global temperature will be about 2 degrees Celsius towards the end of this century (year 2100). However, if no action is taken, it is likely that the rise in temperature could be more than 4 degrees Celsius.

Impact of Temperature Increase: A two-degree Celsius rise in global temperature will lead to increased floods and storms, wider spread of diseases and increased risk of extinction of certain species; while a four-degree rise will lead to millions of people being exposed to increased water stress and coastal flooding, significant extinctions, extreme food shortages and severe health impact.

How does Climate Change affect Malaysia?
As a result of persistent climate change, Malaysians would face many serious challenges: harsh agricultural, social, economic and environmental realities, including the following:
•    Reduction in crop yield
•    Threat to national food security
•    Land flooding & abandonment
•    Reduction of water availability
•    Higher frequency of floods & flood damage
•    Overuse of pesticides
•    Loss of habitats
•    Loss of biodiversity

RESPONSE

What is our responsibility as Catholics in facing Climate Change?
Catholic Social Teaching: One of the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching is the Care for God’s Creation, which reminds us of our duty to cultivate and care for the gift of Creation.

Future of God’s Creation: Our Creator has given us the gift of creation; the air we breathe, the water that sustains life, the fruits of the land that nourish us, and the entire web of life without which human life cannot flourish. We believe our response to global climate change should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation.

At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both the human environment and the natural environment. (www.usccb.org)

Poor & Vulnerable: The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

As Catholics, our faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation, especially the ‘least of these.’ Of particular concern to the Church is how climate change and the response to it will affect poor and vulnerable people.
(www.catholicclimatecovenant.org)

ACTION
What can we do about Climate Change?
Action on climate change could be achieved at two levels: as an individual, and as a citizen.

As an individual in a community setting
Personal
•    Buy goods that are minimally packaged
•    Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce items such as paper, plastic, glass, metal, etc.
•    Eat less meat, poultry and fish
•    Buy more local products
•    Read newspapers online.

Community
•    Plant trees in community spaces, like parks    •    Practice carpooling
•    Promote waste separation     •    Promote more local products
•    Use social media for promoting awareness of climate change issues.

Work
•    Promote a paperless office
•    Use public transport, carpool or walk more to work
•    Reduce travelling and use more digital technology for office meetings.

Church
•    Encourage homilies on link between Faith and climate change reduction
•    Promote inter-faith activities on climate change issues
•    Self-regulate by monitoring activities contributing to climate change at parish level.

As a citizen of Malaysia
Endorse the attached letter to the Prime Minister. Your involvement as a Malaysian citizen is pertinent to this important effort. Specifically, this would involve, among others, your action or promotion of policy matters and your efforts to engage your Member of Parliament.

Your Endorsement
Consistent with our Christian Faith and our love for Malaysia, and as a specific justice and peace action for Lenten Campaign 2015, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur earnestly urges you to support, endorse and publicize this signature campaign.

If you agree that the critical issue of climate change should be actively addressed in Malaysia at the citizen and government levels, please add your name and NRIC number to the signature campaign list.

Thank you for your informed decision and considered support.

In solidarity

Rev. Mitchel Anthony Joseph
Director
Lenten Campaign 2015
Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Archive 2014:

Petition to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

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“Malaysians Against Corruption”

Introduction
As part of Lenten Campaign 2014, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur seeks to address a social issue in Malaysia that requires a ‘justice and peace’ solution. One such pressing issue is the increasing number of corruption cases especially in the business and political sectors. Accordingly, this signature campaign is to request the Prime Minister of Malaysia to fight corrupt practices in the country at all levels.

What is Corruption?
Corruption may be simply defined as dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery for private gain at the expense of others. It happens at every level and in every place. ‘Grand corruption’ involves misusing public funds, obstructing justice or taking and giving payments in return for favours while ‘petty corruption’ includes bribes given in return for a public service, or payments to get out of trouble.

Why eradicate Corruption?
Corruption affects a country’s economic and social growth and development, especially impacting the poor community.

  • It is estimated that USD 1 trillion is paid in bribes per year worldwide.
  • From 2001-2010, nearly USD 6 trillion was reportedly ‘stolen’ from poor countries globally.
  • Illicit outflows from developing world totalled USD 859 billion in 2010.
  • Transparency International’s study showed that 50 % of corporate executives in Malaysia said they had lost a business deal due to bribery.
  • In 2007, the majority of 1,800 university students interviewed felt it was acceptable to give or take bribes.

Corruption and the Church
Pope Francis condemned corruption, saying that it robs people of dignity. He said it is a “serious sin” and described it as the “spirit of worldliness.”

Scriptures say that “Corruption is driven by greed and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5), and therefore robs God of His glory and rightful place in our hearts.

Thus, it is important to bring God’s light and hope to this global and local problem – starting with our own behaviour and attitudes, and getting the Church involved, and also taking action at the highest levels. We want the Malaysian Church to have an impact on policies aimed at eradicating corruption.

Government Initiatives
The government has taken initiatives under the Government Transformation Plan (GTP) and National Key Result Area (NKRA) to address corruption. Some of these efforts have resulted in the:

  • Enactment of the Whistle Blower’s Act in 2012
  • Processing of 249 cases in the 14 corruption courts in 2011
  • Publication of more than 1,000 corruption offenders on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) website
  • Improvement of the political financing framework
  • Reduction by 52 % of business licenses from 761 to 375
  • Signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge by 150 companies
  • Publication online of 5,200 government contracts.

However, the general perception by many Malaysians is that corruption is rampant and increasing by the day. According to the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, it is evident that a significant number of Malaysians do not believe that the problem of corruption has improved over the past three years.

Conclusion
Consistent with our love for Malaysia, and as a specific ‘justice and peace’ action for Lenten Campaign 2014, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese earnestly urges you to support, endorse and publicize this signature campaign. If you agree that corruption should be eradicated in Malaysia, please add your name and NRIC number to the signature campaign list.

Thank you for your informed and considered support.

In solidarity

Rev. Mitchel Anthony Joseph
Director
Lenten Campaign 2014
Kuala Lumpur

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Archive

 

Online Signature Campaign

– Petition to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Abolish the Death Penalty in Malaysia

Introduction

As part of Lenten Campaign 2013, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur seeks to address a social issue in Malaysia that requires a ‘justice and peace’ solution; namely, the mandatory death sentence that is meted out for several offences in Malaysia, including murder and drug trafficking. The resolution of this issue calls for the death penalty to be abolished. Accordingly, this signature campaign is to request the Prime Minister of Malaysia to abolish the death penalty.

What is the Problem with the Death Penalty?

The Catholic Faith teaches us that the Death Sentence is an affront to the God-given dignity of human life. Even when a person is found guilty of a heinous crime in the face of convincing or overwhelming evidence, no person, institution or State has the right to terminate a human being’s life. As such, we should be committed to perpetuating human life, and should oppose any law that provides for its termination.

Why Abolish the Death Penalty

Apart from the State’s duty to protect human life, the risk of sending an innocent person to death is another reason why the death penalty needs to be abolished. No human person, be it police, prosecutors, witnesses, lawyers and even judges, are infallible, and no legal system in the world is error-free..

There have been many examples of cases of miscarriage of justice, where innocent persons have been incarcerated in prison for many years, or even sentenced to death. The opportunity to right a wrong is, however, not available since death is irreversible.

“The law is the law but I wish Parliament would abolish the death sentence because if a mistake is made, it would be irreversible. There are other ways of dealing with heinous crimes,” – Datuk K.C. Vohrah, former Court of Appeal judge

“No criminal justice system is perfect. You take a man’s life and years later, you find out that another person did the crime. What can you do?” – Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

A recent case of miscarriage of justice was the case of Chiang Kuo-ching, who was executed in Taiwan in 1997 after being convicted of sexually abusing and murdering a five-year-old girl. In 2011, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice admitted that Chiang had been executed in error.

Advocates say that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime. On the contrary, in March 2012, Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein revealed in Parliament that the mandatory death penalty has failed to act as a deterrent. Further, police statistics for the arrest of drug dealers under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty, have shown an increase. In 2009, 2,955 were arrested under this section; in 2010, 3,700 people were arrested, whilst in 2011, 3,845 were arrested (Free Malaysia Today News, 19 March 2012: Death penalty not deterring drug trade)

Death Penalty and the Church

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, during a general audience on 30 Nov. 2011, called on countries around the world to end the death penalty as a legal sanction.

“I express my hope that your deliberations will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty and to continue the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective maintenance of public order.” – Pope Benedict XVI (Crisis Magazine, 2 Dec. 2011)

 The encyclical The Gospel of Life highlighted the problem of the death penalty.

“… the aggressor … may not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason … there is a growing tendency, both in the Church and in civil society, to demand that [the death penalty] be applied in a very limited way or even that it be abolished completely. The problem must be viewed in the context of … God’s plan for man and society.” – John Paul II (No. 55, 56; Evangelium Vitae, 25 March 1995)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the necessity for executing the offender does not arise in today’s situation.

“ … non-lethal means are … more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person. Today … the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically non-existent.” (No. 2267, 11 Oct. 1992)

International Trend to Abolish the Death Penalty

On 20 Dec. 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a fourth resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, with 111 countries voting in favour. In the Asia Pacific region, 17 countries have abolished the death penalty, while 14 countries, including Malaysia, retain it.

Malaysian Efforts to Abolish the Death Sentence

In 2006, the Malaysian Bar, a body representing about 14,000 lawyers, adopted a resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2012, a second resolution was further adopted unanimously with no objections or abstentions.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) called on the Government on 22 Oct. 2012 to review the relevance and effectiveness of capital punishment, and to join other UN member states to completely abolish the death penalty.

The Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) stated on 3 Nov. 2012 that it ‘… recognizes that society has a moral obligation to protect human life and not to take it. As such the death penalty is the ultimate irreversible denial of human rights. The death penalty is unjust. By abolishing the death penalty it affirms our condemnation of cruelty and affirms the value of human life …’

On 3 Nov. 2012, Amnesty International Malaysia, Catholic Lawyers Society Malaysia, Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET), Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility (MPSR), Women’s Centre for Change, Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) Malaysia, together with other organizations, called for the “abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia, for an immediate moratorium on all executions pending abolition and for the commutation of the sentences of all persons currently on death row …”.

Malaysians Facing the Death Penalty

More Malaysians realize that the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking is wrong, given that most persons sentenced to death for this offence are generally ‘mules’, many of whom are young people who have been tricked, or those who are financially disadvantaged.

Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24, a graduate from a poor Malay family of rice farmers, admitted to having 2.9 kg of heroin in her luggage when she was arrested at the airport. She faces the death penalty in China. Yong Vui Kong of Sabah was 19 when he was sentenced to hang in 2008 for smuggling 47 grams of heroin into Singapore.

About 250 other Malaysians suspected of being drug mules have been detained in countries that actively practice capital punishment, and 930 persons in Malaysia face the death penalty.

Conclusion

Consistent with a sacred respect for human life, and as a specific ‘justice and peace’ action for Lenten Campaign 2013, the Office for Human Development (AOHD) of the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese earnestly urges you to support, endorse and publicize this signature campaign. If you agree that the death penalty should be repealed in Malaysia, please add your name to the signature campaign list.

Thank you for your informed and considered support.

In solidarity

For the Archdiocese Lenten Signature Campaign 2013

Rev. Dr. Clarence Devadass
Director, Archdiocese Pastoral Institute, Kuala Lumpur

13 February 2013

Signature Campaign online link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/abolish-death-penalty-in-malaysia

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The Archdiocese Lenten Signature Campaign “Abolish the Death Penalty in Malaysia” begins on 13 February 2013 (Ash Wednesday). All documents related to the campaign will be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Department by the representative of the Archdiocese Office for Human Development. Signatures should be from those aged 16 and above.

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A team of Catholic lawyers and friends are available as Resource Persons for sessions in their parish on “Abolish the Death Penalty in Malaysia”.
Contact: Charles – 019-237 1100 – MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture)

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Download: Lent Petition “Abolish the Death Penalty in Malaysia’ to the Prime Minister of Malaysia (PDF)

 

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Lenten Campaign 2015 Briefings

1st Briefing of Lenten Campaign for:
– PIHD/BEC/Parish Leaders/PPC
Date: 17 January 2015 (Sat)
Venue: APC, St.Anthony’s Church, Jalan Robertson, Pudu, KL
Time: 9am to noon

2nd Briefing of Lenten Campaign for:
– Catechism Teachers & Parish Youth & BEC Youth Leaders
(for those who could not attend the 1st briefing)
Date: 07 February 2014 (Sat)
Venue: APC, St. Anthonys Church, Jalan Robertson, Pudu, KL
Time: 9am to noon

This briefing will be held in 4 Languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Mandarin).

For further information,

Contact: Ms Carmen
Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD)
5 Jalan Bukit Nanas, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2078 0239   Fax: 03-2078 1560

Lenten Campaign 2014 Briefings

1st Briefing of Lenten Campaign for:
– PIHD/BEC/Parish Leaders/PPC
Date: 15 February 2014 (Sat)
Venue: APC, St.Anthony’s Church, Jalan Robertson, Pudu, KL
Time: 9am to noon

2nd Briefing of Lenten Campaign for:
– Catechism Teachers & Parish Youth & BEC Youth Leaders
(for those who could not attend the 1st briefing)
Date: 22 February 2014 (Sat)
Venue: APC, St. Anthonys Church, Jalan Robertson, Pudu, KL
Time: 9am to noon

This briefing will be held in 4 Languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Mandarin).

For further information,

Contact: Ms Carmen
Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD)
5 Jalan Bukit Nanas, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2078 0239   Fax: 03-2078 1560

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