1994-07-08 00:00:00

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral parish in Malang, East Java, celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special Mass and an entertainment program that featured Muslim dancing and a comedy troupe.

The parish also donated 2 million rupiah (US$925) to Malang´s "Plant A Million Flowers" city beautification campaign.

About 10,000 people crowded the courtyard of the cathedral near the city´s downtown district to celebrate the cathedral´s jubilee May 22.

Carmelite Bishop Herman Joseph Pandoyosaputra of Malang praised cathedral parishioners for active participation in parish life and their role in motivating other parishes throughout Malang diocese.

"Lay leaders in the cathedral parish have proven their maturity and self-reliance in many aspects. They are able to motivate the 23 other parishes in Malang diocese," Bishop Pandoyosaputra said.

The Church badly needs laypeople´s participation, because Church leaders cannot deal with every aspect of people´s lives, the Carmelite bishop said.

He affirmed the hierarchy´s support for laypeople´s contribution to the "union and communion of God´s people in building the world anew."

"We hold this celebration once in 10 years to say thanks to God and to strengthen solidarity among parishioners," said Frederikus Kristanto Winoto, parish council chairperson.

Forty-five members of Reyog Ponorogo, a noted East Javanese Muslim dance troupe, and a group of comedians provided entertainment. Reyog Ponorogo head Juki Tanto, 65, said he was happy to be invited to the celebration.

"We are happy to participate in celebrating the anniversary of the cathedral to express our sense of religious tolerance and nationalism. We have seen many good things done by the Catholic Church for our pluralistic society," said Tanto, whose son is a Catholic convert.

Receiving a cathedral cheque for the city beautification project, Malang´s mayor urged the city´s Catholics to reflect and evaluate Church programs.

He asked Catholics to draw inspiration for their contributions to national development from their spirituality.


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