Thought for November


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

Dec 02

Breakthrough 2014: Awakened from slumber!

DSC_0198KOTA KINABALU – There is a general consensus that many of the young people today seem to be confused with who they are and in discovering their purpose in life. And many times, we find our security in the comfort of the world, only to discover that these are temporal gain, only to find ourselves feeling trapped with the emptiness that fills us after indulging in worldly pleasures, and only to feel unsatisfied with the instant, temporary pleasures that we thought could mask our brokenness inside. Continue reading

Dec 02

Stella Maris youth graduated from Bible Class

JWG graduation 2014TANJUNG ARU – 21 students ‘graduated’ from the JWG Bible Class Oct 12.  Most of them have been with the JWG since they were four years old until they reach the final year at 16.

What sustains them coming to Sunday School for 12 years every Sunday except during school break, is their joyful experience of encountering Jesus in their lessons and related activities, in their relationships with the teachers, and with their peers.  It also speaks of their parents’ faithfulness in sending their children year in year out to make sure that their children grow up with their faith firm and well rooted. Continue reading

Dec 02

HARI WARGA KAMPUS 16 “Abide in Me, and I in you”

DSC_1135KOTA KINABALU – 420 campus students from 8 campuses across Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese converged for the Hari Warga Kampus 16 (HWK16) held Oct 22 at Sacred Heart Parish Hall. The event was organized by Sabah Catholic Student Council (SCSC) and Campus Ministry Office (CMO) of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese. Continue reading

Dec 02

Social media, way to evangelize

IMG-20141028-WA0013KOTA KINABALU - Social Communications Committee (SOCCOM), Sacred Heart Cathedral organized a half-day workshop for all pastoral groups under the Sacred Heart Parish at Sacred Heart parish hall Oct 21 to enhance the role of SOCCOM in the parish, as well as to encourage all groups to utilize social media as a way to communicate and evangelize. 100 people attended the workshop, including Archbishop John Wong, Fr Rhobby Mojolou, Deacon Abel Madisang, and other religious sisters. Continue reading

Dec 02

Montfort 9th Open House Carnival a resounding success

Datuk Margaret Fung, Organizing Chairperson of the carnival cut the ribbon symbolising the official openig the the eventKINARUT – Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) had just concluded their 9th Open House Carnival which was held at their campus grounds in Kinarut Oct 12.

It saw participation from all walks of life, from the young and elderly, coming from the nearby vicinities and from as far as Sandakan.  Despite massive floods and bad weather which hit many places within the same week, the generous and compassionate spirit of all who came to help make the event a success was truly inspiring! Continue reading

Dec 02

St Simon Church turns 30

DSC_2747KOTA KINABALU: The leader of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, Archbishop John Wong, reminded the parishioners of St Simon Catholic Church Likas to contribute their God-given talents to the Church on its 30th anniversary celebration on Oct 26.

The event, which also marked the Church’s sixth year as a parish, was concelebrated with its rector Fr Cosmas Lee. Continue reading

Dec 02

DSCC committed to collaborate with other ministries to share the Good News

SOCCOM Diocese of Sandakan (5)LAHAD DATU – Ten members of the Diocesan Social Communication Commission (DSCC) convened for the second meeting and formation session Oct 18-19 at St Dominic’s Church, Lahad Datu. Representation came from St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan, Holy Trinity Church Tawau, St Dominic’s Church, Lahad Datu and the Diocesan Pastoral Office. Continue reading

Dec 02

200 attend Liturgy Formation seminar

Liturgy Seminar1 (3)INANAM – St Catherine Liturgical Committee organized a half-day formation seminar at the St Catherine’s Church Inanam Oct 18 with a record turnout of 260 participants from Good Shepherd Menggatal and St Catherine Inanam.

This formation seminar is organized on a yearly basis for those parishioners who are involved in the Liturgical Ministry such as catechists, communion ministers, altar boys & girls, lectors, choirs, collectors and in the Hospitality Ministry. Continue reading

Dec 02

Bishop Julius makes a courtesy call on Minister of Special Tasks

Lawatan Bishop JuliusSANDAKAN – A four-member delegation led by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan Diocese made a courtesy call on YB Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Minister of Special Tasks in the Chief Minister’s Department at the latter’s office in Kota Kinabalu Oct 1.

Accompanying the bishop for the visit were Henry Wong, Chairman of the Sandakan Diocesan Finance Council, Anthony Wong and Francis Tan, the Executive Secretary of the Sandakan Diocesan Pastoral Centre. Continue reading

Dec 02

Seminar on Social Teachings of the Church

20141018_171356KOTA KINABALU – A two-day seminar on the Social Teachings of the Church was held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Oct 17-18, organized by the Archdiocesan Human Development Commission. It was facilitated by La Salle Brother Anthony Rogers. About 59 persons from St Simon Church Likas, Sacred Heart and CMI attended the seminar which also encompassed reflections on Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel”. Continue reading