Oct 28

Matriculation students receive foster-parenting care

LABUAN – “An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives.” – Evangelii Gaudium 24

Totally convinced by the exhortation of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium to live out the call of an evangelizing community, the Marvellous Light of Yahweh Covenant Community (MLYCC) took a leap of faith to reach out to 600 Catholic students currently studying at Labuan Matriculation College in providing foster-parenting care. Continue reading

Oct 28

St Mark’s multi-purpose hall to be extended

SANDAKAN – Bishop Julius Gitom signed the contract with Terusan Enterprise, who has successfully bidded for the extension of St Mark’s Multi-Purpose Hall, at St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Conference Room Sep 12, and extended his appreciation to those who had initiated the extension, especially John Pang who was instrumental to spearhead the project. He expressed his full confidence in the Building Committee and the contractor that they would ensure the project to be completed as scheduled. Continue reading

Oct 28

Where there is God, there is love

tyKOTA BELUD – 28 students and facilitators waged through the storm in the early hours (5.30am) of Sep 7.  Nothing would deter their mission to the Mother of Divine Grace Convent, Kota Belud.   Everyone was on time.  No one complained. The carrying of all the heavy goods for the convent in the heavy rain was not a bother!

Reaching Kota Belud, we celebrated Mass with the local parishioners at St Edmund’s Church.  Fr Federick Raymond was the celebrant and though he had such a tight Sunday schedule, he made time to meet the students from Stella Maris Parish and he blessed them for their coming SPM exams. Continue reading

Oct 28

St Catherine of Laboure raises funds from charity dinner

IMG_9365aKOTA KINABALU – A spirit of love and a great show of communal support pervaded the charity dinner organized by the building committee of St Catherine of Laboure, Putatan at Putera Theatre Ballroom Aug 3, with 1,100 people in attendance.

The event was one of the major fundraising drives for the building of St Catherine of Laboure, Putatan, for which construction work began in December 2012. Continue reading

Oct 28

Faith Forward

Labuan 3LABUAN – 140 participants attended the recent Holy Spirit Youth Seminar 2014 organized by Followers of Christ (FOC) of Marvellous Light of Yahweh Covenant Community (MLYCC). The seminar with the theme “Faith Forward” was facilitated by Royal Ambassadors Youth (RAY) of Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community, Kota Kinabalu. About half of the participants were students from the Labuan Matriculation College and the rest were the local youth themselves. Continue reading

Oct 28

Mother of Divine Grace LOM celebrates 50th

TAWAU – 100 members of the LOM ( Legion of Mary ) of the 3 main languages (BM, Chinese and English) gathered to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary – English Praesidium known as “Mother of Divine Grace” on Saturday, Sep 6 at the parish canteen.

The Golden Anniversary dinner fellowship took place in the evening after a half-day recollection conducted in the morning, facilitated by Patrick Benjamin, the Vice-President, Comittium of Kota Kinabalu. Continue reading

Oct 28

Vocation story: Sweet dream

Yr6_Abel Madisang-aAbel Madisang:  Whenever we talk about vocation to the priesthood, one thing that comes to my mind is ‘to offer oneself totally to God to continue his mission to share God’s love and compassion for the salvation of souls,’ as well as ‘to sacrifice the life of marriage.’

Frankly speaking, I have never thought of becoming a priest. I am just like the other youngsters. I have my own ambitions in life. I want a good job, a house for my future family, and also I want to get married. Therefore, becoming a priest is not in my list of ‘wants’. Continue reading

Oct 28

Updating on your shepherd

Mass in Basilica St. Peter (priests from Malaysia and Singapore-aFr Rayner Bisius has just completed a 2-year study in Sacramental Theology in Rome and returned to Sabah to take up pastoral assignment in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu.  He is presently appointed as Chaplain to the Carmelite Monastery and Rector of the Formation House at the IY (Initiation Year) while at the same time he will be assisting the parish priest at St Catherine Inanam.  On being approached by CS to share his experience in Rome, he graciously obliged.  Here is his sharing:

In June 2012, I was sent to Rome to take up a 2-year course in Sacramental Theology at the San Anselmo University, which is privately owned by the Benedictine Congregation.

While in Rome, I stayed in the International College of San Paolo together with 200 student-priests from all over the world. As Italian was the main language, it presented a huge barrier for me.  With God’s grace, I was able to complete my 2-year course. Continue reading

Oct 28

Stewardship of all creation

P1160802aKOTA KINABALU – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei had in their recent meeting Jul 7-11 endorsed the establishment of a new body, called Commission of Justice and Peace.

The commission is headed by the local ordinary of the Diocese of Sibu, Bishop Joseph Hii as its President, with at least one representative from each of the arch/diocese to make up the team of members. Continue reading

Oct 27

SYCC celebrates 30th

SANDAKAN – The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) celebrated their 30th anniversary at a popular restaurant Aug 30.

Gregory Quadra, the MC for the event, recalled the formation of SYCC, formalized on August 19, 1984 and launched by the late Ray Stewart and his wife, Anna, of the Emmanuel Covenant Community based in Brisbane, Australia. Continue reading