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The Synod and the Spirit

There is a certain panic in some quarters of the Church on the heels of the Synod’s somewhat abstract post discussion report (relatio post disceptationem). People are asking, “What are the bishops doing in Rome? What is the Pope doing?” But the real question is what is the Holy Spirit doing? For the Spirit is the one Jesus sent to “teach you all truth.”  The Spirit is our advocate, our help, our consoler, our strength, our wisdom… but also the one who convicts, enlightens, and exposes our hearts so that we have the opportunity to always move deeper toward the truth that sets us free. Continue reading

Nov 05

Year of Consecrated Life: Awaken the world with prophetic witness that recalls the witness of your founders

imagesVATICAN CITY, Jan 31, 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Press Office of the Holy See, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, O.F.M., secretary of the same congregation, presented the Year for Consecrated Life 2015. It was called for by Pope Francis at the end of his meeting with 120 superior generals of male institutes, at the suggestion of the heads of the aforementioned congregation on having heard from many of the consecrated. Continue reading

Nov 05

Youth Leaders’ Camp-4 Telupid now activated!

IMG_8783TELUPID – The Diocesan Youth Leaders’ Camp (YLC) is a yearly program initiated by the Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) to cater to the needs of youth leaders from across the Diocese of Sandakan.

YLC-I was held at St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan from Feb 2-6, 2012, YLC-2 was at Holy Trinity Tawau from Jan 23-27, 2013 and YLC-3 at St Dominic Lahad Datu from Feb 5-9, 2014. YLC-4 is scheduled to be held from 25th Feb 25-Mar 12015 at St Martin Telupid. Continue reading

Nov 05

Youth Leaders’ Camp at HTC Tawau

gybpTAWAU – The Youth ministers from the Diocesan Youth Office (DYO) together with the youths from Holy Trinity Church (HTC), Tawau visited St Thomas Chapel, Bombalai, about 30 KM from Tawau town on Oct 11. 30 youths gathered at the Chapel for the Youth Leaders’ Camp (YLC) Club. Also present at the event was Sr Anita fsic. Continue reading

Nov 05

Youths of St Mark’s and St Peter’s go out to the peripheries

unnamedSANDAKAN – Twelve catholic youths from St Mark Mile 12 and St Peter Sg Manila visit Cheshire Home Sandakan Oct 4 for their charity outreach, while at the same time making a study tour of the institution.

The charity visit was a  response to the challenge to reach out to the less fortunate, given in the Unite Camp held at St Mary’s Cathedral last September themed “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matt 5:7). Continue reading

Nov 05

PUKAT-10: Family, the place to inculcate faith, hope and love

SONY DSCKENINGAU (Herald) – PUKAT-10 (10th edition of Perhimpunan Umat Katolik Keuskupan Keningau) was held at Tatal Retreat Centre Sep 25-27 with the theme Family centred on Christ,  a Culture of Worshipping God, Deepening of Faith and Social Responsibility’, which was the basis for their inputs, sharing and pastoral planning for the Keningau Diocese.

United with and embracing the spirit of Pope Francis and the universal Church, the focus of PUKAT-10 was aligned on ‘the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization’, the theme of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which took place Oct 5-19 in Rome. Continue reading

Nov 05

Archbishop Julian Leow: I wish to see more collaboration among the seminaries of the region, especially with Sabah and Sarawak

13117681161412857325Pastores Dabo Vobis [PDV] (I shall give you shepherds) a document by Pope John Paul II in 1992 on the Formation of Priests has guided our seminaries in forming priests these past 22 years. I can vouch for its comprehensiveness (as it looks into aspects of the Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, Communitarian and Pastoral Formation). I am a product of PDV.

While the broad areas of formation are still relevant, I think we have been slow to anticipate and provide training for our priests to face the fast changing world and its new demands on our priests. The changing social and political landscape of our nation requires that our future priests understand and are able to respond to new challenges. Continue reading

Nov 05

Archbishop Julian Leow: I dedicate myself and my office to the task of healing and building our Nation Malaysia

Julian 3KAJANG, Oct 6, (HERALD) – In his maiden speech as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Oct 6 at the Church of the Holy Family, Kajang, Selangor, Most Rev Julian Leow Beng Kim (pic) addressed the Malaysian population:   “It is with humility and meekness that I accept this appointment as the fourth Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. I am humbled by the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ trust and confidence in me, for thrusting such a heavy responsibility onto my shoulders. I feel like Jeremiah in Jer 1: 6-8, but the Lord’s presence assures me not to be afraid for the Holy Spirit is with me.

Hence, I take up this office at a time when this nation is at a juncture when all that we have built-up, sacrificed for and taken for granted, may be lost forever if we, as a nation, make the wrong choices. Continue reading

Nov 05

“Rosary Workshop” at HTC Tawau

rosary workshop1TAWAU – Passing on our faith to the next generation needs commitment and perseverance. Children deserve to receive the fundamentals and the basics of their faith especially through their parents.

The facilitators of the Children’s Liturgy of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau organized a one-day Rosary Workshop for children aged 10 years and above on Sep 16, which was attended by 30 students, English Sunday School teachers and parents.

The workshop aimed to help students in deepening their faith about Mother Mary through the knowledge of the Holy Rosary. Continue reading

Nov 05

A pat on the back for our mission school

02Masmo Champs-1KOTA KINABALU (CS) – SRK Sacred Heart has done the state and nation proud by becoming the National Best Team champion for the 2014 Level 2 Science competition of Malaysia Asean Science & Maths Olympiad (MASMO).

The school also won the silver team award for Standard 6 Mathematics of MASMO, making it the best primary school team overall in Malaysia for both these subjects. Continue reading

Nov 05

Congratulations, Archbishop Julian Leow!

DSC_0001Gentle and firm

I congratulate you for your courage to take up this great responsibility as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.  This can only come from your humility to submit yourself into the hands of God.

Your gentleness and kindness towards the vulnerable, your approachability to the strong-headed, your firmness in your decisions and in showing direction augur well for the Church.

Assuring you of my constant support and collaboration, I look forward to working with you in the Bishops’ Conference, while at the same time looking up to you for leadership among the Malaysian Bishops, being the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, our nation’s capital city. Continue reading