Three different Catholic Myanmar community homes in the city welcomed Christmas with carols sung by the youths from CHOICE English Kuala Lumpur (CEKL) on December 22.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three different Catholic Myanmar community homes in the city welcomed Christmas with carols sung by the youths from CHOICE English Kuala Lumpur (CEKL) on December 22. With the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 drawing to a close, this outreach was held in line with one of the four dimensions called upon by the Holy Father, to undertake missionary charity among the poor and the marginalised as a commitment with the whole Church.
First on the list was the Lai Catholic Community of Malaysia centre in Jalan Sungai Besi. The youths were warmly welcomed by the catechist Steven, together with his congregation of over 30 members. After a short prayer session and several carols, the youths were treated to a surprise when members of the community responded by singing a carol in their native language. When asked about the significance, they explained that the lyrics were about their continued faith in the Lord and the hope of their people for a better future.
The second centre visited was the Zutong Community Chapel Centre (ZNCC), located along Jalan Loke Yew. The youths were greeted by the many happy faces of mostly young children, whose parents had yet to return from their workplaces. The community leader Sebastian, showed his talents on the keyboard as both he and his congregation danced and sang along with the youths in joy ful unison.
The third and final visit was to the Zaniet Catholic community, a home comprising of five families. The youths were warmly hosted by David, who was lost for words trying to explain his joy at meeting the carollers. A year ago a number of youths from CEKL had been by to sing carols for them and he was very grateful that they had kept their promise to return this year.
Most of the youths were taken in by the generous hospitality and humility possessed by the migrant communities, who continue to keep the Lord in their hearts despite their daily trials and tribulations. “We plan to make this into an annual event,” said Andrew Arul, coordinator for CEKL. He has also earmarked similar outreaches as part of the their regular MAD (Make a Difference) projects. — By Steven Raj