The Saint Francis Xavier Church Parish Centre, in Mong-Há, will host, starting from the 1st of March until June 7th, a twelve-lesson course on the Gospel of Saint Luke. The Macau Catholic Biblical Association hopes to attract up to fifty participants. Catholics and catechumens, in particular, are welcome to participate.
Starting from March and until June, the Macau Catholic Biblical Association will promote a new instalment of its course on the Gospels and the Word of God, after having organized classes on the Gospel of Saint Mark and an introductory course on the Gospel of Saint Luke.
The initiative attracted around six dozen participants and the favorable outcome convinced the Catholic Biblical Association to carry on with the project and expand the initiative. From the 1st of March, the Saint Francis Xavier Church Parish Centre, in Mong-Há, will play host to a new twelve-lessons biblical course, focusing once again on Saint Luke’s Gospel. The Macau Catholic Biblical Association aims to attract about fifty participants, a member of the board of the organization told O Clarim: “We held the introduction to the Gospel of Saint Luke last year, in November. We were delighted that about 60 people attended. Now, we will promote a study of the Gospel of Saint Luke from the 1st of March to June 7th. We are planning for 12 lessons, with about fifty people, lectures by priests and knowledgeable Catholics. We have studied Saint Mark’s Gospel in the past and we will announce new initiatives later”.
The Macau Catholic Biblical Association charges a 700-pataca enrolment fee, but the amount already includes the teaching materials that the students will explore. The initiative is aimed at all interested parties, but Catholics and catechumens are particularly targeted by the organizers. The classes will be taught only in Cantonese and candidates can register until next Sunday, by contacting the board of directors of the Catholic Biblical Association. The organization warns, however, in a brief statement published on its Facebook page, that the initiative will only take place if 80 percent of the 50 available vacancies are filled.
This new course on the Gospel of Saint Luke comes at a time when Macau is experiencing a renewed interest in the study of the Bible. The number of Lectors serving the local parishes has been steadily increasing and in Taipa, the Argentine Dehonian missionary Eduardo Aguero patronized the creation, late last year, of a Bible study group comprising a dozen participants.