On the 22nd of May 2016, The AVPT once again went head on with their mission to promote vocation awareness, this time touching souls at the parish of St. Peter and St. Paul at Banting, Selangor. The spirit filled team consisted of Sr. Mary David FdCC, Sr. Angeline Poh FMM, Bro. Joachim Heng FMS, Bro. Andrew Loke FSC, Fr. Alberto Ireaneus SJ and Fr. Christopher Soosaipilliai.
Albeit the short session from 9 am to 10.15 am, the congregation was indeed touched with inspiring stories of vocation from the team. The short session was then followed by mass that was celebrated by Fr. Alberto. Fr. Chris preached during the homily, reverberating words of profound meaning towards the parishioners. He preached on the feast of the Holy Trinity. The relationship of the Trinity is not meant to be explained as a philosophy, but rather in terms of theology; a theology of the heart. It is the experience of the immensity of the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our hearts must experience them, and through experiencing only can we begin to know them; the three persons in one God. Such an encounter can take place by adoring our God through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This is the mission of the religious and priests; to share this experience with all of mankind. This is the call of their vocation. Our love for God stems from the teachings and actions of Jesus, the meaning of which is enfolded to us through the Holy Spirit. During the mass, Sr. Angeline Poh and Sr. Mary, also shared their stories of vocation, enlightening the crowd on how God touches the very ordinary ones among us.
Fr. Alan Pereira, the parish priest was indeed very happy and pleased at the visit of the AVPT. They received a very warm welcome from the parish. Catechism children from the ages of 13 to 17, alongside a few youths expressed sincere delight upon receiving the message of the Lord. They came with open hearts and minds during the session.
The AVPT continued to encourage the youth of the parish to be open to the promptings of God. They also reminded parents that they play a significant role in the faith development of the young ones. Parents were urged to zealously grant their children the time and space to grow in life, and be open to the calling of vocations, especially in the religious and diocesan priesthood. Leaflets were generously shared and some were placed at the entrance of the church for visitors, as the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is one of the pilgrim churches for the year of mercy.
There is a great need for mercy in the world today, and a great need for the people of God, to respond to his call. The AVPT strives to touch the heart of many, to be open to listen and respond to the mercy of God’s call.