Catechumens complete Rite of Christian Initiation

A catechumen receiving the sacrament of Baptism. (Photo: Dominic Bong)

By James Noik

KUCHING The RCIA 2019/2020 (English) course concluded with Masses held on 19 and 20 December 2020 respectively, celebrated by the Rector of Blessed Sacrament Church, Fr Patrick Heng.

A total of 37 catechumens had successfully completed the course after a prolonged delay due to the pandemic.

The weekend Masses saw 27 catechumens going through the Rite of Initiation. Two (2) baptised Christian converts were received into the Catholic Church, while eight (8) received only the sacrament of Confirmation.

Archbishop Simon Poh had granted Fr Patrick Heng the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The catechumens varied in ages from 18 years to 67 years old and were of different social backgrounds – different ethnic groups, university students, retirees, housewives and professionals.

As expected, a few catechumens had dropped out due to personal reasons. However they may continue in the next course.



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