Daily Archives:June 16th, 2017

SH new members encouraged to join parish groups and ministries for ongoing faith formation

RCIA facilitator Charles Tibok sits with some of his students, SHPC, 11 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – All the newly baptised (Easter) and confirmed at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here were encouraged to join any of the parish groups, ministries or communities for their ongoing faith formation, Bible study/reading, and receiving the sacraments frequently.

Both Archbishop John Wong and Parish Pastoral Council chairman Jason Joenoi gave this encouragement in their respective speeches at the fellowship night on 11 June 2017 at the parish centre.

The 196 newly baptised (adults and children) received their certificates while the 300 confirmands (adolescents) received their gifts – the latter will receive their certificates at yearend.

The function was also graced by Abp Emeritus John Lee and all the assistant pastors were present to help distribute the certificates and gifts.

The new members were accompanied by their family members, sponsors and godparents.

Earlier in the day, Abp Wong and his assistants administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the 300 candidates who came from their respective language classes (Chinese, English, BM), including 13 from CMI.

Aside from receiving the gifts and certificates, the new members responded by giving three presentations in skits and choral singing.

CMI organises send-off gathering for assistant pastor

Father Mojolou cuts the commemorative cake, witnessed by CMI PPC chairperson Clarice Moiji and MC Philomina Engsun (in red).

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate here organised a send-off gathering for one of its assistant pastors on 11 June 2017.

Around 50 people attended the gathering for Father Rhobby Mojolou at the canteen.  The honouree will be going to Rome for a four-year licentiate course on Sacred Scriptures on June 25.

In his brief address, the priest thanked the organisers for the gathering and everyone for their presence.  He said that he has enjoyed serving in CMI, a subparish of Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu, for five years.

He also said that he has mixed feelings regarding his next assignment: looking forward to it and yet having a sense of fear as well as he has to learn five languages in the course of his studies.  He then asked all to continue praying for him as “I do for you.”

The 35-year-old priest hails from Penampang and was ordained to the priesthood in 2014.

A day before, on June 10, the Sacred Heart Morning Massgoers, organised a two-in-one breakfast for Father Max Hontor  (3rd priestly anniversary) and for  Fr Mojolou (send-off).

 

Pope challenges faithful to concrete acts in message for World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY – In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis writes, “everyone, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to openness and sharing with the poor through concrete signs of solidarity and fraternity.”

The World Day of the Poor will be celebrated on 19 November 2017. The Pope’s message for the occasion was released by the Vatican on June 13.

At a Vatican press conference introducing the new papal document, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation, recalled that Pope Francis had made a spontaneous decision to institute a World Day of the Poor. During the ceremony for the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, on 13 November 2016, the Pontiff broke from the text of his prepared homily to say: “I would like today to be the ‘day of the poor.’ ” He then decided to make the event a regular annual observance.

In his message for the first Day of the Poor, the Holy Father stresses that care for the poor is “an imperative that no Christian may disregard.” He urges the faithful to go beyond “occasional volunteer work, or impromptu acts of generosity that appease our conscience.” The real goal of charitable action, he said, should be “a true encounter with the poor and a sharing that becomes a way of life.”

Pope Francis challenges Christians to recognise “the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deeds against which we are called to measure ourselves.” He holds up the example of St Francis of Assisi as a model of active service to, and identification with, the poor.

“What a bitter and endless list we would have to compile were we to add the poverty born of social injustice, moral degeneration, the greed of a chosen few, and generalised indifference!” the Holy Father writes.

The Pope suggests that all Christian communities, in the week leading up to the World Day of the Poor, should find ways to “create moments of encounter” with the poor. Specifically, he suggests that Catholics invite the poor to participate in Sunday Mass: “let us welcome them as honoured guests at our table.”

“At the heart of all the many concrete initiatives carried out on this day should always be prayer,” the Pope writes. – CWN

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