THE St Anne’s Novena and Feast this year will go a step further by getting the pilgrims’ commitment towards saving Mother Earth.
A board has been placed outside the main church entrance for them to sign their green pledges during the 10-day celebration which starts today.
St Anne’s Church Bukit Mertajam parish priest Monsignor Henry Rajoo said the pilgrims could pick from the different areas of recycling, reusing or reducing some of the things they use in their daily lives to help save the environment.
“Besides maintaining our no-poly foam food packaging policy, the church hopes to further reduce the use of plastics during the event this year,” he said in a recent interview.
He said the church also appealed for volunteers for the Go Green Go Clean soldiers team, rest rooms cleaning, traffic management and security service as well as pilgrims’ free meals service, among others.
The St Anne’s Church Bukit Mertajam in Jalan Kulim is set to be a hive of activity as pilgrims make their way there for the annual event.
It is expected to draw tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the country as well as neighbouring nations throughout the week.
Monsignor Henry said that through the years, the event had drawn pilgrims who were thankful for answered prayers as well as those seeking divine help in their lives.
“This year’s theme of ‘My Family, My Hope’ reflects upon the family as a source to resolve personal conflicts and problems.
“We strive to restore peace and harmony within the family unit,” he said.
On the Feast Day of St Anne on July 26, a 3km candlelight procession will be held at 8.30pm from the church to the Kampung Baru area and back, after English mass at 7pm.
A grand candlelight procession will be held on July 28 at 9.30pm in the church compound after mass to be celebrated by Penang Bishop Datuk Sebastian Francis at 8pm.
Rev Joseph Salvador Marino, the apostolic nuncio and ambassador of the Vatican to Malaysia, will also be present for this mass.
This will be followed by a modern gospel concert by Revival Praise band from Kuala Lumpur at 10.30pm.
Band manager Aloysius John, 56, said they hoped to get the crowd to participate in the 90-minute show.
Those keen on donating towards the pilgrims’ free meals project can contact the church office at 04-5386405 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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