by Christine Chua
On 5 March 2017, about 600 catechumens from the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese participated in the Rite of Election held at the Church of The Holy Family in Kajang. A total of 67 catechumens from both the St Ignatius Church (SIC) English and Mandarin-speaking RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Class of 2016-2017 were there too. This rite is the second to be celebrated in the RCIA process after the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. During the ceremony which was conducted entirely in Bahasa Malaysia, the names of all the catechumens were presented to Kuala Lumpur Archbishop His Grace Julian Leow.
In his homily, Archbishop Julian stressed the importance of spiritual preparation before baptism. He pointed out that to be a good Christian, we must trust God, resist worldly temptations and always pray for fortitude and faith. The event ended with light refreshments and fellowship. Now known as elects, many took the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Archbishop. Helping to officiate at the event was Fr Alvin Ho SJ who is the Ecclesiastical Assistant to the Archdiocesan RCIA Facilitating Team. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, RCIA facilitators, godparents, family members and friends also went along in support.