Some Muslim residents are taking part in organizing the first mass service for newly ordained Catholic priest Gregorius Primus Ama Maia CS at St. Yoseph Pekerja Penfui parish, which is scheduled for Thursday.
“This program involves all community members in the area of Air Baru in Penfui subdistrict,” organizing chairman Yuven Beribe said as quoted by Antara on Monday.
Yuven said some Muslims would be playing key roles in the program, including filling roles such as the organizer’s advisor, deputy chairman and section members.
“We want to show the public that religion is not a barrier for us,” he said, adding that some Muslims would also take part in the mass offering procession.
He added that there have been similar programs involving Muslims in the past five years.
The organizer’s deputy chairman, Ramli Muda, who is Muslim, said he had taken part in all five previous programs.
“I once chaired the organizing committee. The program was quite festive. This is evidence of our togetherness and spirit of tolerance among all community members,” Ramli said. (dmr)
First posted on The Jakarta Post