In collaboration with the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care of Migrants-Itinerants, Archdiocese Office for Human Development (AOHD) works together with the parishes/churches of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the annual International Migrants Day in September.
The celebration includes a variety of events in the parishes/churches, i.e. Mass/Eucharist in multi-language and cultural expressions, exhibitions & displays aimed at raising awareness, cultural performances in traditional outfits and sales of handmade craft, sharing of exotic food,
Materials are printed and distributed to all parishes to make it more meaningful, i.e. Pope’s Migrants’ Sunday Message, posters & banners, Mass booklet with suggested readings/prayers/homily, DVD production of Migrants’ Sunday message and brochure. They are printed in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin & Tamil.
It presents an opportunity to celebrate the dignity, life and culture of the migrants in our country, to acknowledge the contributions they have made in our nation building, to raise awareness of their struggles in order to bring about positive changes to their lives.
To mark the Romero Centenary 1917 – 2017, "An evening with Blessed Oscar Romero” was organized as a formation programme to reflect together on the faith and courageous life of Saint Oscar Romero in the light of our work for social justice rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The evening started with a meditative (Taize-style) prayer at the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) Chapel followed by panel presentations by Archbishop Julian Leow, Rev Hermen Shastri from the CCM, Ms Sherril Netto from New Thessalonian Apostolate which is a faith-based NGO working especially for women and children victims of trafficking, YB Charles Santiago a Catholic and member of parliament and Fr Bernard Arputhasamy SJ, Director of AOHD.
On-going monthly formation, on the Catholic Social Teachings is conducted, with follow up and review, for Tamil speaking parishioners to increase their knowledge and skills in responding to the needs of people on the margins. Upon invitations from the parishes, AOHD provides these formation too.
At Parish level, the respective Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHDM) reach out to the peripheries or frontiers where the real needs of people cross our paths and demand a response from us to live the joy of the Gospel. The team in AOHD works closely with the PIHDMs and assists where needed. Regular exchange of information through formal dialogue sessions, formation programmes and the use of social media keep the teams in touch with each other including seeking advice on specific issues concerning vulnerable people.
The projects and activities at Parish level is an integral part of our Church’s thrust in assisting the needy and poor, and no amount of thanks and praise can do justice to the good work being carried out by the many dedicated and committed parishioners in the various PIHDMs. The ministry is carried out with Christian Love and Dignity for the needy and less fortunate amongst us, regardless of race or religion or nationality. Some of these include the Urban/Rural Poor, Migrants, Refugees, Prisoners, Women in Need, the Homeless in need of food and shelter, the Special Needs Children and Orang Asli.
Each one of you has to be God's microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger…The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptised in the whole world, this person has the responsibility to the world to make sure the flag of the Lord's truth and his divine justice continues to fly.
We work through our PIHDM (Parish Integral Human Development Ministries), located at 8 districts under the purview Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.