Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Negeri Sembilan District Altar Servers Camp 2009

Over 120 altar servers from the various churches and chapels within the Negeri Sembilan District gathered at the Catholic Centre, Seremban, for their camp. The camp started on Sunday, November 22, evening, with a video presentation on the life and ministry of St. John Vianney with a sharing by Fr. Clement Lim.

The following morning, Fr. Mari Arokiam from the Church of St. John Vianney, Tampin, celebrated mass with the boys. The first session of the morning was given by Fr. Michael Chua who spoke on the Gift of Serving. He used the story of Jesus healing the paralytic in Luke 5:17-26 and drew a distinction between the four friends who helped the paralytic enter into the presence of Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees who tried to exclude him.

The camp also saw many group dynamic activities, group sharing, praise and worship, drama presentation of biblical stories, and games animated by the senior altar servers of the Church of Visitation. The camp concludedtoday with a session by Fr. George Packiasamy who shared his vocation story. This was followed with a question and answer sessions with the district clergy. Many of the participants expressed their gratitude for new learning experiences and opportunity to make new friends. Some mentioned that they had learned teamwork and patience during the course of this event. Fr. Mari concluded by reminding the altar servers that their service is part of their calling, a "calling for interaction towards growth and integration."

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