Thought for May 2015

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Courage to speak the Truth Is a Grace of the Holy Spirit

In preaching, the Church’s message must always be spoken with frankness and courage, without fear of announcing the truth.

These were the words of Pope Francis in his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father reflected on Peter and John who continued to preach despite being jailed and threatened by the High Priests.  That same courage, the Holy Father noted, is what the Church needs to announce the Good News.

“These two simple men- as the Bible says – with no education, had courage. A word that can be translated as ‘courage,’ ‘straightforwardness,’ ‘freedom to speak,’ ‘not being afraid to say things’ … It’s a word that has many meanings, in its original form. Parrésia, that frankness … and their fear gave way to ‘openness,’ to saying things with freedom.” Continue reading

May 02

RA Youth Holy Spirit Camp: Fired-up! Hearts burning for Jesus

Amazing Race_resized BUNDU TUHAN - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you… and you will be my witnesses.” That was the theme for this year’s Holy Spirit Camp. A total of 220 teens went up to Bundu Tuhan Retreat Center Mar 20 – 22, some with great expectations, some without knowing what to expect for this year’s camp. Continue reading

May 02

The Montfort Brothers of St Gabriel mark 300 years – Part 2

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3.    The Care for the Poor

Searching for the poor, having poor people around him, serving the poor, is not a psychological or social compensation for a man born in a family of lower middle class.

To the disciples of John the Baptist, who was asking about Him, Jesus replied: “…..The poor have good news preached to them.” The Kingdom has arrived! Jesus makes of the care for the poor, the sign that the Kingdom is coming; that is there, at the door.  For Montfort, it is the touchstone of conversion. Continue reading

May 02

Opening of Centenary of Foundation of the Daughters of St Paul

unnamed-100 yrs dsp (1)The Centenary of Foundation of the Daughters of St Paul opened with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Manila on Feb 5, 2015, which coincided with the 51st anniversary of the death of Venerable Sr Thecla Merlo, Co-foundress of the Institute.  Meanwhile FSP Kota Kinabalu launched the opening of the centenary at its local branch house at Lorong Sang Kancil with a Mass presided by Fr Mitchelly Kiun Feb 3. Continue reading

May 02

Mass at Carmel for “World Prayer for Peace”

IMG_8968KOTA KINABALU – The local Carmelite Community marked the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Jesus with a Mass for “World Prayer for Peace” at the Carmelite Monastery, which was presided by Archbishop John Wong Mar 27.

At the Vatican on Mar 26, Pope Francis began a special prayer for peace as part of the 500 centenary celebrations marking the birth of St Teresa of Avila. The Pope led the hour of prayer at the Casa Santa Marta before saying Mass along with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Fr Saverio Cannestrà. Continue reading

May 02

Chrism Mass manifests the unity of priesthood

DSC_5199KOTA KINABALU – On Mar 26 and 30 across the Arch/dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Keningau, the Arch/bishops gathered with their priests, seminarians and deacons, consecrated religious and lay faithful to celebrate the Chrism Mass where two important things took place:  the priests publicly renewed their priestly promises before their bishops, and the Oils of Catechumens and the Sick were blessed and the Holy Chrism consecrated.  Continue reading

May 02

A glimpse into the life of Fr Mitchelly Kiun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe newly ordained are not only adjusting to priesthood, celibacy and ministry; they are also adjusting to becoming leaders of parishes, with all the attendant administration, leadership and management challenges.  Here is a candid sharing from Fr Mitchelly Kiun on his first year of priestly ministerial service:

1.   What do you love most about being a priest?

Being a priest is to be able to preach and minister to the people of God. So to me, the most enjoyable moment is when I diligently prepare myself before every Sacrament of the Eucharist. Preparing myself means to immerse my worldly life into the spiritual Word so that I may be more Christ-like.  In other words, the WORD OF GOD is my source of inspiration for my daily living, especially in my availability to help others and for my own spiritual growth. Continue reading

May 02

Golden Jubilarian, Sr Teresa Chye

New ImageSETAPAK, KL – March 21 was a joyous day for the Good Shepherd Sisters, lay mission partners, and benefactors in the province of Malaysia-Singapore as we rejoiced with Sr Teresa Chye on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession. It was a celebration of 50 years of faithful service to God and humanity with tremendous love, compassion and zeal. Continue reading

May 02

St Joseph, Spouse of Virgin Mary Kiulu inaugurated

IMG_8826KIULU – Since the announcement of the establishment of St Joseph Kiulu as a parish in Oct 2014, plans were afoot to inaugurate the new parish on the feast day of its patron, St Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 19.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Inaugural Mass, joined by 21 priests from the Archdiocese, including Fr Joseph Gapitang from Keningau Diocese. Fr Gapitang was one of the pioneering priests serving the people in Kiulu back in the 80’s. Continue reading