Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Singapore Landings Team Visits Seremban

A small delegation of the Landing Team from the Church of Holy Spirit, Singapore, led by Fr. Andrew Wong, visited the Church of Visitation, Seremban this afternoon. The Singapore team had an informal discussion over lunch with Fr. Michael Chua, Fr. Clement Lim, Mr. John Lim (PPC Chairman) and Mr. Benedict Chan (PFC Chairman)over the possibilities of expanding the Landings programme in Seremban and both parishes explored opportunities for future mutual cooperation.

Landings reaches out to inactive Catholics and empowers laity to welcome them home. In parishes, groups of six to eight active Catholics join together with two or three who are returning. Over the course of 10 weeks, group members listen to one another tell their faith stories. The course then culminates in a retreat where the Sacrament of Penance/ Reconciliation is celebrated. The key to Landings is compassionate listening. And more than just words, Landings offers the example of lived faith.

The Church of Visitation ran its inaugural Landings course which started in May this year. Participants have shared how they have experienced healing through the compassionate listening of fellow pilgrims.

Landings IS:

  • A safe harbor or landing place for returning Catholics to explore their faith and future with the Church.
  • A group of six to eight active Catolics joined together to welcome two or three returning Catholics to share and explore faith together.
  • People in solidarity with the returning, who in their own lives have "returned," and continue to "return."
  • Founded on the belief that we do not have to be trained theologians to share what we believe, and to speak honestly about our faith, trusting in the Holy Spirit.

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