Daily Archives:June 2nd, 2017

Limbahau celebrates Kaamatan Festival moderately

LIMBAHAU – Parishioners of Holy Rosary Church here celebrated Kaamatan (harvest festival) on a moderate scale this year on 30 May 2017.

Joining Father Thomas Madanan at the altar was Father Thomas Yip.

The celebration themed My Family, BEC, and My Church began with a procession of the congregation from the rectory to the church, accompanied by Togunggak music and cultural dancers.

Inside the church, the ceremony began with the symbolic harvesting the paddy stalks (mongotob) by both priests and putting them into the storage bin (tangkob).  Fr Madanan blessed the harvests and beat the gong to mark the beginning of the harvest festival (magavau).

Mass began the usual way.

In his homily, Fr Madanan said that this year’s theme “My Family, BECs, and My Church” is based on   the hope of continuous family renewal, and in enduring pastoral challenges, just like what St Paul experienced and encountered in spreading the Gospel at all costs in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

He added that the essence of the Kaamatan celebration is unity in Jesus and his Word, thanksgiving for the gift of life and service to the church.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the Fr Augustine Amandus Hall for lunch and a programme prepared by the Kaamatan organising committee.

The outstation youth presented a drama on Huminodun while a children’s choir sang Our Lady of Fatima and Fr Madanan rendered a Kimaragang song.

One of the items was a bible quiz for the participants of the traditional food and beverages which drew excitement from the crowd.

Prizes were presented to the winners by Fr Madanan assisted by Sylvester Joseph,  chairman of the parish pastoral council.

The event ended with the sumazau dance by all present.  – William Charles Mindus/SOCCOM Papar- Limbahau

 

 

Pauline Cooperators mark silver jubilee with retreat

KOTA KINABALU – The Association of Pauline Cooperators in Sabah marked its silver jubilee of foundation with a retreat on 29-31 May 2017 in Kundasang.

Facilitating the retreat was Filipino Pauline Father Dominador Guzman (aka Fr Domie) who inducted the first 14 members 25 years ago.

The retreat helped the 27 participants (Pauline Cooperators and collaborators) to look back on their journey as Pauline Cooperators through the theme God’s co-workers called and commissioned to the world in the spirit of St Paul under the gaze of Mother Mary.

At the end of the retreat, the Pauline Cooperators renewed their pledge of commitment.

The Thanksgiving Mass was held at the chapel of the Daughters of St Paul on June 1, followed by a fellowship meal.  It was attended by around 35 people, including the family members and friends of the Pauline Cooperators.

In his homily, based on the liturgical readings for St Justin Martyr, Fr Domie encouraged the Pauline Cooperators to continue to be the “light of the world” and “salt of the earth” in their service to the Church and to the Pauline Family.

Tokens of appreciation were presented to the pioneers present and some active members after Mass by Local Superior Sister Christine Sundin, assisted by Sister Jennifer Han, FSP coordinator of the Pauline Cooperators.

Sister Agnes Wong, second superior of Sabah (1996-2001), was present for the thanksgiving celebration.  She has been assigned to Spain since 2013 and is currently on home leave for a month.

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