Feb 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – marks the global church’s yearly Day for Consecrated Life, a tribute and call to the nearly million of those worldwide who’ve given their all for the Kingdom in states of life ranging from religious communities to third-orders, consecrated virgins to hermits.
The World Day was instituted in 1997 by John Paul II with the aim of focusing more intently on “the great gift of consecrated life, Continue reading
Lent, the shedding of the selfish me,
for the greater Agape of He
Come Mar 5, we shall enter into Lent with the traditional distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is a penitential time; a solemn season in which we participate in the salvific actions of our Lord through Liturgical celebrations (Mass), and personal sacrifices in abstinence, fasting, prayer, confession and spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In a sense, through the Wisdom and guidance of the Church, we are called to die with Christ in order that we may (more fully) participate in His Resurrection, and His fullness of Life, on Easter Sunday. In effect, we are given an abundance of grace to live out our baptismal calling in a most efficacious manner. Continue reading
VATICAN CITY, Feb 06, (Zenit.org) – The Holy See today published Pope Francis’ message for the 29th World Youth Day (WYD), which will take place on Palm Sunday, April 13. The theme for this year’s event is based on an excerpt from the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
World Youth Day, which was initiated by Blessed John Paul II in 1984, is celebrated annually on a diocesan level and internationally every two to three years. Pope Francis attended the international WYD last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in his first international apostolic journey as Pontiff. The final Mass of the event was attended by over 3.5 million youth from around the world
“Dear Young Friends,
How vividly I recall the remarkable meeting we had in Rio de Janeiro for the Twenty-eighth World Youth Day. It was a great celebration of faith and fellowship! The wonderful people of Brazil welcomed us with open arms, like the statue of Christ the Redeemer which looks down from the hill of Corcovado over the magnificent expanse of Copacabana beach. There, on the seashore, Jesus renewed his call to each one of us to become his missionary disciples. May we perceive this call as the most important thing in our lives and share this gift with others, those near and far, even to the distant geographical and existential peripheries of our world.” more
VATICAN CITY, Feb 4 (VIS) – “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” is the title of the Holy Father’s Message for Lent 2014. The title is drawn from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians in which the apostle encourages them to show their generosity by helping their brothers in Jerusalem, who were experiencing difficulties. In the document, dated 26 December, feast of St Stephen protomartyr, the Pope explores the meaning of St Paul’s invitation to evangelical poverty in our times. Excerpt of text of the message is published below:
“Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich’. The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean to us today?” more
SANDAKAN – 10 members of the Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Regional Biblical Commission convened at the Sandakan Diocesan Pastoral Centre for their 43rd annual meeting.
The 3-day event was held Feb 11-13, 2014. Archbishop John Ha of Kuching Archdiocese, who is the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and who is also the President of the Regional Biblical Commission, presided over the meeting. Continue reading
TAWAU – Holy Trinity Parish Tawau ushered in the Chinese Lunar New Year with a Thanksgiving Mass Jan 31, attended by some 400 Chinese parishioners together with parishioners from the different communities.
The Mass was presided over by the rector, Msgr Nicholas Ong and concelebrated by Fr David Garaman and Fr Johnny Raju.
In his homily, Msgr Nicholas affirmed the faithful, “Your attendance today at this Thanksgiving Mass indicates that you have a priority in your life’s journey.Having a thankful heart is always a blessing, for you know to whom you owe your thanks for this gracious moment, the Lord who is the Giver of Life and Love. You will receive abundant graces by thanking and glorifying the Lord for all the blessings and goodness you have received for the past year.”
He called on the parishioners to build and nurture a strong relationship with the Lord in order to be strengthened to share and to spread the Good News among family members and friends. – SOCCOM Julita
Shan Tao Kindergarten celebrates Chap Goh Mei
KOTA KINABALU (CS) – Chap Goh Mei has been a yearly traditional celebration to conclude the Lunar New Year for the children and parents with their teachers of Shan Tao Kindergarten.
It is a time that is usually looked forward to with great excitement and anticipation by both the children and teachers. Challenged to display their knowledge and skills, the children worked hard to put together their performances, songs and artwork, ably guided by their teachers. Continue reading
I came to know about the EYC three years ago when I attended the Emmaus Teens Camp in 2011. I know it’s not by chance that I participated in EYC 2014. Somehow I believed that I was led to it.
Among the many things that happened at EYC, one that comes vividly to mind was the “exposure” visit to the Kayumadang dumpsite at Telipok. I saw heaps of stinky rubbish that we threw away and lots of them were plastic bags. Continue reading
KENINGAU (CS) – Feb 10 was a day of rejoicing for the community of KKD St Francis of Assisi Kampung Tagai when the new community hall “Walai Pisompuruan” was officially blessed and declared open by Bishop Cornelius Piong in their presence. Continue reading
Fr Coogan celebrates 90th
KOTA KINABALU – Fr Brian Coogan mhm flew in all the way from London just to celebrate his 90th birthday with his students and old friends.
His ardent love for Sabah and the faithful people of God whom he had served for nine years from 1951-1960 has drawn him insistently back several times before. This time round, it was his wish to celebrate with the people whom he loves his 90th birthday.
Accompanying him is a young man from his parish in the Isle of Wight, by name of Christy, who has kindly consented to assist him in his travelling.
To celebrate his birthday, a group of friends and some senior students got together at a well-known restaurant in town to say “Happy birthday”. Still within the traditional period of Chinese New Year celebration, he was given Ang Pows by many who were at the party.
Also present for the occasion were Archbishop John Wong, Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Bro Charles and Bro Ben, Msgr Primus, Fr Aloysius Tung, Fr Francis Tsen and Fr Jeffri.
In his welcoming address, Gregory Chong gave a brief history of Fr Coogan’s stint in Sabah. He referred to him as the Hakka Sin Fu (Hakka priest) because he could speak Hakka fluently, even now!
In his turn, Fr Coogan delighted his audience with stories of his days in Borneo. He credited his knowledge of the Hakka language to Fr Yong and Fr Sham. From them he learned all his Chinese poetry in Hakka, which he graciously obliged a few at the party and had the crowd in stitches!
For the rest of his stay, Fr Coogan, together with Christy, were invited to Sandakan for a week at the pleasure of Vincent Pang and family.
Besides Kota Kinabalu and Papar, Fr Coogan has also taught in St Mary’s Sandakan during his time in Borneo.
While Fr Coogan was busy catching up with old friends and students, Christy took the opportunity to climb Mt Kinabalu Feb 16, the highest peak in South East Asia.
Both Fr Coogan and Christy would return to England on Feb 20. – FChong