Daily Archives:June 5th, 2017

Pope to dedicate October 2019 as missionary month

File photo: Pope Francis meets with Filipino street children, 16 Jan 2015, Manila.

– On Saturday, 3 June 2017, Pope Francis agreed to dedicate the month of October 2019 to reflection and prayer for the missionary work of the Church.

“To renew the ardour and passion, the spiritual engine of the apostolic activity of innumerable saints and missionary martyrs, I very much welcomed your proposal… to announce an extraordinary time of prayer and reflection on the Ad gentes mission,” Pope Francis said during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Cardinal Fernando Filoni, head of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, met with the Pope on June 3 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall.

The Pope made the announcement for the extraordinary month based on a proposal by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, to dedicate time to pray and reflect on Ad gentes, a Second Vatican Council decree on the missionary activity of the Church, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 7 Dec 1965.

Francis said that he hopes the month will be a promising time of prayer and reflection on the testimony of missionary saints and martyrs, the Bible and theology, as well as catechesis and charitable missionary work towards the evangelisation of the Church.

This taking place: the Church may “once again find the freshness and ardour of the first love for the crucified and risen Lord,” going out to “evangelise the world with credibility and evangelical efficacy.”

The month of October 2019 was chosen because of its proximity to the centenary anniversary of the publication of Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter, Maximum Illud, which was published on 30 Nov 1919.

“In this most important document of his Magisterium about the mission,” Pope Francis said, Pope Benedict XV remembers “the necessity of the sanctity of life to the apostolate’s effectiveness.”

“Therefore he recommends an ever stronger union with Christ and a more convivial and joyful engagement in his divine passion to proclaim the Gospel to all, loving and using mercy for all.”

This, Francis highlighted, is even more essential for the Church’s mission today. In fact, he said – quoting from Maximum Illud – men and women “distinguished by zeal and holiness” are needed for the mission more and more.

Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote in his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii nuntiandi: “Evangelising, the Church begins with evangelising herself,” the Pope pointed out.

This renewal requires a personal conversion, he said, “living the mission as a permanent opportunity to announce Christ,” meeting him and helping others to have a personal encounter with him too.

Responsible for material and spiritual assistance to churches around the world, the Pope said that he hopes the aid of the Mission Societies will make the churches “more and more based on the Gospel and on the baptismal involvement of all the faithful, laymen and clerics.”

Because “the Church’s only mission,” he continued, is “to make God’s love close to every man, especially to those most in need of his mercy.”

“The Extraordinary Month of Prayer and Reflection on Mission as First Evangelisation will serve this renewal of ecclesial faith so that the Easter of Jesus Christ, the only Saviour, Lord and Spouse of his Church, will always and ever work.”

Concluding his meeting, the Pope gave his blessing on the eve of the Solemnity of Pentecost, asking the Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles and Mother of the Church, to give her motherly intercession.

“May the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, the holy martyrs Carlo Lwanga and his companions, Blessed Paul Manna, never cease to pray to God for all of us, his missionaries,” he said. – CNA/EWTN News

Father Rhobby to take up higher biblical studies in Rome

File photo: Father Rhobby anoints one of the sick people during World Day of the Sick Mass, SHC, 11 Feb 2016.

PENAMPANG – Father Rhobby Aaron Majolou will take up higher biblical studies in Rome in the next four years.

After three years of priestly ministry at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu and St Paul Dontozidon, Fr Majolou is sent by Archbishop John Wong to take up a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute “Biblicum” in Rome.  He will leave for Rome on 25 June 2017.

Born in Penampang in 1981, Majolou entered the seminary in 2005 and was ordained priest on 24 Feb 2014.

Fr Mojolou will be the fifth priest in the archdiocese to specialise in biblical studies after Fathers Francis Tsen, Felix Chung, Bruno Yasun and Paul Lo.

 

Cathedral parish celebrates CCR golden jubilee worldwide in style

A section of the crowd present at the Pentecost Rally, SHPC, 4 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here celebrated the golden jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in the universal Church in style on 1-4 June 2017.

It began with a triduum of talks (June 1-3) in different languages and ended with a rally on the day of Pentecost June 4.

The talks covered God’s Salvific Love, Inner Healing, The Father’s Gift: Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit Reconciles and Heals and The Holy Spirit Empowers.

The English sessions were handled by Jude Antoine of Kuala Lumpur (June 1-2) and Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor (June 3) at the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.  Around 400 people attended the sessions.

The BM and Mandarin sessions took place at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre.  Around 200 people attended the Mandarin sessions handled by Father Anthony Heng CDD of Melaka while over 700 participated in the BM sessions facilitated by Joseph Masri of Indonesia and Maurice Awit of Kota Kinabalu.

On Pentecost Sunday afternoon, all the participants converged at the parish centre for the combined rally graced by Archbishop John Wong and Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio.  It was held in communion with that of Rome where over a million people gathered with Pope Francis for the celebration.

After an hour of exuberant praise and worship (shofar blowing, flag and tambourine dancers) in three languages led by the different youth groups, Daniel Kong presented a powerpoint presentation on the growth of the CCR in Sabah (since 1974) while Joseph Chee shared how the CCR has touched millions of lives worldwide through the Catholic fraternity of covenant communities and renewal groups.

In his address, Abp Marino called on those in the CCR to be spirit-filled evangelisers and missionary disciples of Jesus.  He based his address on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel).

In turn, organising chairperson Pauline Wong thanked all those involved in helping to get the event off the ground – all the parish CCR groups from the three language groups.

“I am very happy that we all can work together as a Sacred Heart family,” she said.

Wong also thanked the nuncio for his message that “to be an evangeliser is to be a disciple and to be a disciple is to be an evangeliser.  We can only evangelise if we know this person called Jesus in a very personal way.”

The event concluded with Holy Mass presided by Abp Wong.  Joining him at the altar were Abp Marino, Abp Emeritus John Lee, Fathers Mitchelly Kiun, Max Hontor and Joshua Liew.

In his homily, the prelate touched on how the Spirit changed the apostles from being terror-stricken disciples to faith-filled and courageous witnesses of the risen Christ.  He said the Spirit would do the same today provided one is open to grace.

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