Catholics lawyers after the Red Mass at the Church of the Divine Mercy, Shah Alam

By Herald Malaysia

Feb 6 2024

SHAH ALAM – The Catholic Lawyers’ Society of Kuala Lumpur celebrated their 30th Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, more commonly known as the Red Mass, Jan 13 at the Church of Divine Mercy.

This Mass, which is celebrated annually to consecrate and pray for the Society and all its members and all practitioners of the Law and administration of justice, carried the theme Teach me your law… which was apt to commemorate the memorial of St Hilary of Poitiers, another patron saint of lawyers and champion of orthodoxy, “the Hammer of the Arians” and a Doctor of the Church.

As the Society marks its 30th year as a registered society this year, it continues its focus on creating public awareness and protecting children’s rights and interests in Malaysia enshrined in the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of our beloved nation, as well as in many statutes.

The main celebrant was the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Wojciech Za?uski, who touched the hearts of the congregation and lawyers and encouraged them by his uplifting homily. The archbishop exhorted the congregation to focus on the person of Jesus, and keep the strong faith demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel, while carrying out the mission of upholding and dispensing justice in their daily lives, and emphasised on the concept of democracy in a community and advocating for world peace.

Concelebrating with the nuncio was Archbishop Julian Leow, ecclesiastical assistant Fr Gregory Chan, Fr Michael Dass and Fr Simon Labrooy.

The Mass was planned and enthusiastically animated by a few lawyers themselves, some comprising the Executive Committee members of the Society/Past Presidents of the Society and even Young Catholic Lawyers’ taking on roles as reader, cantor, hospitality ministers and offertory bearers. The Society’s hope is that all its members will continue to support the Society in all of its significant causes, programmes and initiatives.

The Red Mass concluded with a photo session at the main entrance with all the lawyers and celebrants followed by a fellowship at the Wisma CNI within the church’s vicinity. – Herald Malaysia