A recent pastoral assembly for Tamil-speaking Catholics was an enriching experience, say participants.
“I have learnt and understood many things [such as] the role of the laity, the hierarchical structure of the Church and my contribution to the Church as a layperson,” said Ms Maria Selvam, a migrant worker from Tamil Nadu, India.
She added that the assembly strengthened her spiritually and “I was given a chance to express my views and give opinions for the growth of the Church”.
Ms Selvam was one of 120 people, including 25 migrant workers, who attended the Archdiocesan Commission for Tamil-speaking Apostolate’s pastoral assembly on July 15.
The event, held at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, saw participants discussing the Vatican II document, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, and the role of the laity.
A three-year timeline was also drawn up for the group to grow spiritually, build up their community and engage in social mission.