KUCHING – As part of the Family Year programme, Blessed Sacrament Parish (Stampin) organised a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) for families over the weekend of 27-29 June, with the theme ‘Heal me, heal my family’. Parishioners were encouraged to enrol and participate as a family.
Separate teaching sessions were conducted simultaneously for 30 kids (aged 6 to 11 years old), over 70 teens (aged 12 to 17 years old) and some 170 adults (aged 18 and above). There were also sessions for all participants to join in together as a family.
A special session for reconciliation of relationships in the family was conducted on the Saturday evening before several large crucifixes specially placed before the families in the Blessed Sacrament Parish hall.
Many parents later testified that although they had to force some of their teenage children to attend, the fruit was more than worth it as family members were given an opportunity for reconciliation to heal and strengthen relationships in the family at the foot of the cross.
The weekend with the Holy Spirit culminated with Mass presided by Rector Fr Lawrence Chua.
One participant shared that “even though we all attend Church and pray on a regular basis, in the normal course of life, we do hurt and disappoint one another but we do not have the chance to have a deep reconciliation between family members. This weekend was a chance to do that and discover and experience God in a deeper fuller way”.
The theme of the LSS was most fitting since although the Family Year programme for the Archdiocese has seen almost two years come and go, there has been a lack of concrete programmes to make the various themes a reality felt and experienced by the ordinary parishioner and has thus yet to bring about any effect at the grass-roots level, i.e. the level of the ordinary parishioner, where it matters the most.