Daily Archives:July 1st, 2017

Putatan church building project to have fundraising bazaar July 23

(R-L) Tan Jun Kwang, Datuk Stephen Sondoh, Abp Wong, Msgr Jouil, Dominic Chong, Geoffrey Jonik pose for a shot after the site visit in Putatan, 28 June 2017.

PUTATAN –  A fundraising bazaar will be held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday 23 July 2017 in aid of the new St Catherine Laboure Church that is now under construction on a beautiful hilltop site at Kg Dimbaan here.

Archbishop John Wong made another site inspection to check on the latest progress of the building project on June 28.

Abp Wong was accompanied by Msgr Primus Jouil, his vicar general, who is also the adviser of the steering committee for the building project.

On hand to brief the church leaders on various aspects of progress and development of the project were: Datuk Stephen Sondoh, chairman of the committee; Tan Jun Kwang, the architect; Dominic Chong, committee treasurer; and other officials.

Construction work on the four-storey structure had been at a slow pace, dictated by the availability of funds. Datuk Stephen said with roughly RM1.2 million funds in hand, there is still a shortfall required for the completion of the building project.

“From the fundraising bazaar at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on July 23, and a charity golf tournament at the Bongawan Golf & Country Club in August, we hope to raise a sum of RM300,000 to meet the shortfall,” he said.

With the limited funds available, Abp Wong advised the building committee to focus its attention on the completion of the main building structures and defer other needs, like the purchase of a church bell from Europe and the installation of wooden pews, to a later date.

Tan, the project architect, told the visitors at the site meeting that the roof structures were completed in May and that about 80 per cent of the roof coverings have so far been installed.

He said work is now centred on the construction of the structures of the bell tower at the front of the church building and that this phase of work is expected to be completed in a month’s time.

Msgr Jouil expressed the hope that the new church would become a centre for Catholics in the area to worship, that they would fully support the ongoing fundraising efforts, thus enabling the successful completion of the building project.

The committee hopes that, if all goes according to plan, the main building project would be completed in about one year’s time. – SOCCOM ADKK

Pauline Cooperators mark opening of centennial with Mass and fellowship

Abp Wong and the Pauline Cooperators at the cake-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Centenary Year, SHPC, 30 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Association of Pauline Cooperators marked the opening of their centennial with Mass and fellowship on 30 June 2017, the Solemnity of St Paul the Apostle.

The event was jointly organised by the Pauline Cooperators, Daughters of St Paul, and the Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation (Pauline Family in Sabah).

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.

In his homily, Abp Wong explained the hierarchy of feasts and touched on the theme Wake up the World with the Light of the Gospel as illustrated by St Paul.

After the post-Communion prayer, the Prayer of the Pauline Cooperators for the Centenary Year (29 June 2017 – 30 June 2018) was recited by all present.

The Mass ended with the incensing of the statue of St Paul by the prelate while the choir sang “Scio Cui Credidi” (I Know Him whom I’ve Believed) – the Pauline Family theme song.

Over 150 people turned up for the event including the Marist Brothers, the Franciscan Sisters, aspirants and other invited guests.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish canteen for the fellowship.  The opening of the Centenary Year was marked by the unveiling of a scroll as well as a cake-cutting ceremony by Abp Wong.

In his speech, organising chairman Sylvester Spiji welcomed all present and gave a brief history of the association while Abp Wong, in his turn, encouraged the members of the association in their apostolate and urged those still single to consider the religious life as a state of life.

Video clips on the Foundation of the Pauline Family by Blessed James Alberione and on the 25th anniversary celebration of the Pauline Cooperators in Sabah were screened after dinner.

The night, as customary, ended with sumazau dancing by those present.

CMI-PPC holds 2-in-1 gathering for Sr Magdalene

CMI-PPC members and Sisters pose for remembrance, FSP Convent KK, 29 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Members of the pastoral committee of the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang held a two-in-gathering for Pauline Sister Magdalene (Maggie) Chong at the Daughters of St Paul Convent here on 29 June 2017.

Each member (some with their families) came with a different dish to share so all could enjoy the variety of dishes.

The event marked Sr Maggie’s 33rd anniversary of religious profession as well as a send-off for her as she would be transferring to the Petaling Jaya community on July 7.

Sr Maggie has served as an ex-officio member of the pastoral committee since 2001.  She has been with the KK Paulines community since 1995 – around 22 years.

Transfer of sisters to the different communities is part and parcel of religious life.  For the Daughters of St Paul, it is normally done every three or six years.  It is an opportunity for each sister concerned to share the wealth of her gifts or talents with the people to whom she is sent.

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