Tawau : Inspired by the talk on consumerism presented during the Episcopal Regional Christian Family Life Commission (ERCFL) Meeting in April at the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, members of the Family Life Ministry of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau took the opportunity to share the session with parishioners.
55 parishioners from the various communities, lay leaders and individuals attended the one and a quarter hour session on 9th August from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm at the Church Basement Room.
The awareness session was presented by Mario Domingo, the Family Life Ministry chairman of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau. He shared on the meaning and the effect of consumerism on family and individual. 'This idea of consumerism is in all of us, it is a kind of inner force that overwhelmed us in matter of consuming things without end and real purpose. This acquisitive manner has caused us and our families to become materially attached and enslaved,' he said.
The program run by the Family Life Ministry of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau started May last year. Over time, the parishioners are getting familiar with this session and its value. Talks covered since May last year:
1. Church Teaching on Family and its Mission
2. Relationship in Family
3. The effect of Globalization towards family
4. To whom am I created for
Participants responded that the program is very beneficial and spiritually informative. It should be continued for the good of all families and individuals. Family need to be reminded of any 'unaware' environment or influences that may silently threaten families
The interactive session saw an active participation of the attendees and concluded with some light refreshment prepared by the ministry.