We become the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World through our works (Matthew 5:16). By our witnessing and acts of compassion, we add a Christian 'flavour' and shine with the Light of Christ to the whole of Creation.
The Lenten Campaign is aimed at encouraging the faithful to be meaningfully and fruitfully engaged in the three key Christian practices of prayer (Matthew 6:6), fasting (Matthew 6:17) and almsgiving (Matthew 6:2). The desired outcome of these triple Lenten practices is conversion, renewal and transformation of the individual, family and community.
Vision - A Catholic community that actively cooperates to build the Kingdom of God
Mission - To promote the active and consciencious observance of Lent
Lenten Campaign 2022 will be supported with online resources to promote awareness, education and advocacy through online and social media, and be disseminated on social networks so that the faithful would be able to participate more effectively through multiple media platforms.
The action themes and activities specially prepared for a focussed Lenten experience are aimed at awareness and renewal, and are intended to be undertaken individually and/or in groups as appropriate.
Based on the Lenten Campaign theme – Weekly Sub-themes and Reflections, Focus Action and Activities have been prepared by the Ministry/Commission/Parish leading each week’s campaign during the Lenten season.
On 22 December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 17th October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, shortly after human rights activists highlighted it in Paris in 1987. A hundred thousand people gathered to honour victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with those in need.
Synchronously, on the other side of the globe, on 1st Oct 1992, our late Cardinal Soter Fernandez signed the document for the formation of the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development. AOHD is the official arm of the Catholic Church that oversees the promotion of charity, integral human development, justice and peace. Our main objective is to ensure that pastoral care is provided to the poor and marginalised. Since our formation almost 30 years ago, we have continued to reach out to the least, the lost, the little and the last.
More and more hungry, homeless, lonely, lost and sick people are reaching out for help since the pandemic started in March 2020, both in Malaysia as well as regionally.
AOHD’s responses to these people were made possible by the gracious generosity of local parishioners and benefactors who donated to our annual Lenten Campaign. Funding from
the Lenten Campaign also supports various special projects by the Parish Integral Human Development Ministries (PIHDM). These projects include ministering to the Orang Asli, migrants and refugees, urban and rural poor, women’s ministry/ single mothers, and prisoners by way of distribution of provisions, educational assistance, medical help and cash aid. AOHD has also supported a special needs centre for children with the autism spectrum, over a span of 20 years. Annually, before the pandemic, about 10 – 15 of these special children have benefitted from the early intervention programme, and in later years, from the vocational training programme.
In spite of the everyday challenge of trying to serve all who reach out for help, we continue on our mission to provide aid with the support of our Catholic community. A key to saving desperate families and individuals from spiraling into poverty over this pandemic is to operate shorter funding cycles to address their immediate needs. Whether you join us with a little loose change whenever possible or a ringgit every day for this upcoming Lenten almsgiving, rest assured that your generosity will provide warmth and comfort
to those in great need, especially as we recover from this COVID-19 pandemic.
As followers of Christ who has, 2000 years ago, shown us how to love and lift up the poor, the weak and the down-trodden, we continue in thismission to be the Salt of the Earth, and bring the Light of Christ to the World and all of Creation; serving and aiding with one tiny step at a time.
God bless you all.
Focus (Action) - Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving
Activity (Animation) - Lenten Prayer Card, Online & On-site Adorations & Devotions (Mass, Way of the Cross, Rosary), Practice of the Works of Mercy.
Gospel - Lk 9:28-36
Focus (Action) - Reaching out to the Elderly
Activity (Animation) - Able-bodied elderly identify & gather information on the elderly in the parish, provide them support and re-connect them back to the parish.
Focus (Action) - Family to Family – Almsgiving for families in need
Activity (Animation) - The Giving Tree Project – Families in need write down items they wish for through the Giving Tree. Other good families send them the items.
Gospel - Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Focus (Action) - Environmental Conversion
Activity (Animation) - Families are encouraged to understand the importance of water and other environmental concerns.
Gospel - Jn 8:1-11
Focus (Action) - Bonding, communion and fraternity to build true relationships (based on Fratelli Tutti 87)
Activity (Animation) - Young people to journey in families/ small communities, share their testimonies and witness their experiences of building social friendships.
Youth Ministry (ASAYO)
Gospel - Philippians 4:8
Focus (Action) - BECs to reach out creatively to families in crisis, give a listening ear and prepare a creative intervention plan
Activity (Animation) - Plan activity with BECCOT & BECAT, visit families to lend a hand and share experiences at Forum on 10th April.
Creativity & Innovation
Forum on 'BEC: Lend a Creative Hand in Crisis'
presented by ABECAT
10th April 2022, Sunday @ 8.30 pm
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/LC22-Wk6-ABECAT
Meeting ID: 814 3899 0735 Passcode: lent2022
Also LIVE on: https://TV.ArchKL.org
KL Lenten Campaign Week 6 Programme
REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE - Moving Away From A Throwaway Culture
Presented by the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) Klang – Creation Justice Commission – Care for the Environment (Laudato Si’)
1st April 2022, Friday @ 8pm
LIVE on: https://Tv.ArchKL.org
KL Lenten Campaign Week 4 Programme
Appreciating Life-giving Waters and All of Creation
(Presented by Creation Justice Commission – Care for the Environment (Laudato Si’)
27th March 2022, Sunday @ 8pm
LIVE on: https://Tv.ArchKL.org
KL Lenten Campaign Week 4 Programme