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“My advice is always dialogue, dialogue, dialogue!”

Dialogue seems to a household word for Pope Francis right from the beginning of his papacy.

“In effect, Francis laid out a road map for dialogue with all those who do not find themselves in the Christian faith, a dialogue the pope said should be “open and without preconceptions.” After explaining how his own faith was rooted in a personal encounter with Christ, the pope argued that Christ was a figure of openness not exclusion, whose followers should be motivated by a spirit of service and not arrogance. For the believer, he said, dialogue is not secondary but an “indispensable” expression of faith,” observed John Thavis in his blog (www.johnthavis.com). Continue reading

Feb 18

New Carmelite Chaplain commemorates feast day of founder of OCD with Carmelite community

Group PictureZKOTA KINABALU – The Carmelite community gathered in the Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady of Mt Carmel to commemorate the Solemnity of St John of the Cross, OCD (1542 -1591) in a morning mass presided by Fr Rayner Bisius on his first day as our Carmelite Chaplain Dec 15. Continue reading

Feb 18

Carmelite family celebrates Mary’s motherhood of our Lord Jesus

mary-mother-of-jesus-2KOTA KINABALU - On New Year’s day, the Octave (8th) Day of Christmas and designated World Day of Peace, the Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God was celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady of Mt Carmel presided by Fr Felix Chung and concelebrated by Fr Francis Tsen.

The celebration of Mary’s motherhood of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Redeemer, is the oldest feast of Mary celebrated by the Catholic Church. The title, Mother of God is the highest title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as early as at the First Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. Continue reading

Feb 18

Knowing and loving the Eucharist

SONY DSCKENINGAU – KSFX Parish Sunday School held a recollection themed “Knowing and loving the Eucharist” at Dataran Keuskupan Keningau Jan 10.  The 333 participants, who attended the recollection, were catechumen candidates under the care of the KSFX Parish.  The recollection sessions were presented by Bishop Cornelius Piong and Seminarian Wilfred, and constituted as part of the program to assist the faithful of the diocese to live out the Diocesan theme for 2015. Continue reading

Feb 04

New rector for Blessed Sacrament Labuan

20141116_191720 (1)LABUAN – 90 children from the English and Bahasa Malaysia Masses of the Blessed Sacrament Church received their first Holy Communion during the weekend Masses presided by Msgr Primus Jouil Nov 15-16.

Msgr Primus is the new rector of Stella Maris Church, Tanjung Aru, at the same time covering the parish of Blessed Sacrament, Labuan.  Effective October 2014, he replaces Fr Fundes Motiung who has been transferred to the parish of St Michael’s Church Penampang.

Together with him are Fr Tony Mojiwat and Fr Aloysius Fidelis. There being no permanent resident priests in Labuan, the priests would take turn each week to preside over the Eucharistic celebrations in Labuan, or as sacramental needs arise. – Gelias

Feb 04

“I thought I was good!”

Henry Anak Jimbey:  I am a Bidayuh from Bau, Sarawak, baptized and confirmed in the parish of St Stephen’s Church, which comes under the Archdiocese of Kuching.

Before entering the seminary, I taught Mathematics for upper secondary students at SMK Lake, Bau for 16 years. I obtained a degree in Planning and Management from Unimas in 1997 and from UPM in 2007, my Master in Corporate Communication. In 1999, I obtained a Diploma in Education which made me a qualified teacher. Since then, I was posted to SMK Lake which is only 10 minutes from my home. Continue reading

Feb 04

Emmaus Teen Camp: What do they say about it?

God has restored my spiritual life and deepened my faith through Emmaus Teens camp especially during the session “Your life is beautiful”. During ETC, I felt His presence close to me. Before this I felt that the Lord was unreachable and far and I could not sense him. Through programmes in ETC, He has opened my eyes to see that He is always present in my heart, in my friends, my family and the priests who celebrate Mass every week. My relationship with God is growing closer and I could feel in my heart that God is here hugging me close. – Audry Yeulanda Ng, Inanam Continue reading