Daily Archives:July 5th, 2017

Nine KK priests have new assignments

PENAMPANG – After the two-day clergy meeting on 4-5 July 2017 at Vianney Home here, the following nine priests have new assignments:

Father Wilfred Atin: Pastor of St Michael Penampang (wef 9 July 2017)

Father Thomas Madanan: Pastor of St Joseph Husband of Mary Kiulu (wef 9 July 2017)

Father Rayner Bisius: Assistant Pastor of St Joseph Papar (wef 9 July 2017)

Father Paul Lo: Assistant Pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu (wef 1 Sept 2017)

Father Mitchelly Kiun: Assistant Pastor of St Catherine Inanam (wef 1 Sept 2017)

Father Florian Marcus: Assistant Pastor of St Edmund Kota Belud (wef 31 July 2017)

Father Postinus Kurup: Assistant Pastor of St Joseph Husband of Mary Kiulu (wef 31 July 2017)

Father Joshua Liew: Director of Aspirants Formation House Penampang (wef January 2018).  Meantime, he continues and will continue to serve at Sacred Heart Cathedral KK.

Father Mattheus Luta: Director of Initiation Year Formation House KK (wef January 2018).  Meanwhile, he will assist  Father David Sham in Inanam, Manggatal, and Telipok (wef 9 July 2017) and will continue to do so after assuming his IY responsibilities.

We pray for them in their new assignments.

Official song of World Youth Day Panama released

 – On Monday, 3 July 2017,  the Archdiocese of Panama released the official theme song of the next World Youth Day, to be held in Panama on 22-27 January 2019.

Reflecting the Marian theme of the upcoming international youth gathering, the song is named for the passage in Luke where Mary agrees to be the Mother of God with the words, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”

The song was introduced at a special event on Monday by Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama.

“We are excited to make it available today to the young people of the world, so that when they sing, they prepare themselves joyfully and ready to let themselves be transformed by God,” he said.

The refrain of the song, which is in Spanish, is the words from the Gospel of Luke: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.”

The song begins: “We are pilgrims who come here today from continents and cities; we want to be missionaries of the Lord to carry his word and message.” Other lyrics include: “I am your servant, I am your daughter, I am your son.”

The anthem was written and composed by Abdiel Jiménez. In the first recorded version, the production and arrangement were by Aníbal Muñoz with the collaboration of Carlos Samaniego and Ricky Ramírez.

At World Youth Day celebrations, the theme song is typically used throughout the week as a way to tie the different events together and unite those present. At the last World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016, the song was in Polish.

World Youth Day in Panama will be held on 22-27 January 2019. This is a change from the usual July dates of the event, which the archbishop said was for reasons primarily linked to the country’s climate and weather.

Archbishop Ulloa made the announcement during a Jan 20 news conference in the country’s capital, Panama City, during which he also reiterated the gratitude of the Panamanian Church to Pope Francis for choosing Panama to host WYD in 2019.

The Pope announced Panama as the setting for the next WYD at the closing Mass of the last World Youth Day, held on 26-31 July 2016, in Krakow.

“I am happy to announce that the next World Youth Day – after the two that will be held on the diocesan level – will take place in 2019 in Panama,” the Pope said making the July 31 announcement.

In a news conference after the announcement, the country’s bishops said the decision is a reflection of his attention to the peripheries and voiced their hope to be a “bridge” for those who come from all continents. – CNA/EWTN News

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