Daily Archives:July 24th, 2017

ASSISS Sabah conducts inaugural mobile clinic mission

Dr Michael Raj treats one of the patients, Kg Timpangoh Sugud, 23 July 2017.

SUGUD, Penampang – The Assunta Integrated Social Services Sabah (ASSISS Sabah) conducted its inaugural mobile clinic mission at Kg Timpangoh here on 23 July 2017.

The team consisted of some 22 volunteers including four doctors and Sister Elizabeth Tan of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Petaling Jaya.

Doctor Michael Raj, head of the Catholic Doctors Association, gave a health talk to the 100 people who came before services began at the hut below St Benedict’s Church.

In this first mission, the doctors were able to treat 78 patients from 10 am to 2 pm.  The mobile clinic will return to Kg Timpangoh every third Sunday of the month.

Carmelite Definitor visits local Carmelite community

KOTA KINABALU – The sixth Definitor of the Discalced Carmelite General Curia was here to visit the local Carmelite community on 20-23 July 2017.

Friar Mariano (Junjun) Agruda III, VI Definitor, 53, gave some conferences to the nuns as part of his social visit to the communities in Asia.  He visited the communities in West Malaysia and Singapore last year.  He will visit Miri and Kuching after Kota Kinabalu.

The friar hails from Cebu City Phillippines and was elected to the General Curia five years ago.  His area of concern is Asia.

The Discalced Carmelites are men and women, in religious consecration and lay people, who dedicate themselves to a life of prayer. The Carmelite nuns live in cloistered (enclosed) monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life. The seculars live the spirit of Carmel in the heart of the world and enrich the religious life of Carmel by their secular state.

Liew matriarch celebrates 80 years of life

The Liew family poses with Abp Wong after Mass, 22 July 2017, SHPC, on the occasion of Philomena Wong’s 80th birthday.

KOTA KINABALU – Liew Matriarch Philomena Wong Yee Yi celebrated her 80th birthday on 22 July 2017.

Born on 20 July 1937, Wong is married to the late Peter Liew and borne him four children: Lena, Lorna (D), Bernard, and Edward.

Widowed early, she brought up her children to be strong and God-fearing people and active church members.  She is a cancer survivor and a model of prayer to her grandchildren.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Chinese Thanksgiving Mass held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, organised by her children, children-in-law, and 12 grandchildren.

Joining them were the matriarch’s three sisters, relatives, members of the Chinese Legion of Mary, Chinese Intercessory Group, and the Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community.

After Mass, the group adjourned to the right wing of the parish centre for refreshments.

In the evening, over a hundred people turned up for the dinner held at a local hotel downtown.  A video clip on the life and times of the matriarch was screened, followed by choral presentations and testimonies by the children and grandchildren.

New KK Catholic Centre to be built on former primary school site

Artist impression of the new Catholic Centre to be built on former Shan Tao Primary School site, Jalan Sang Kancil Tiga Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – The new Catholic Centre of the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese will be built on a former Chinese primary school site adjacent to the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

This was disclosed during the launching of the building project at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing on 22 July 2017.

The launching ceremony was officiated jointly by Archbishop John Wong and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, the Malaysian Ambassador to the Holy See.

In presenting the project to some 160 people (priests, religious, commission and parish representatives, potential donors, press), Father Cosmas Lee, who has been tasked by Abp Wong to set up the steering committee in 2016, said that due to the substantial growth of the Catholic community over the past years, the new Catholic Centre would answer a long-felt need.

The new centre is necessary because the two buildings at the Catholic Diocesan Centre in Taman Hiburan Penampang have been declared unsafe after cracks were detected in several walls of the buildings.

The Catholic Diocesan Centre, built about 30 years ago, currently houses the Archbishop’s Office, the Archdiocesan Archives, the commission offices, Catholic Sabah, among others.

The new centre will be built on the site of the former Shan Tao Primary School which relocated to Kapayan Ridge in 2000.

The new centre will have two office blocks: a two-storey block housing a conference room, archives and gallery; and the other a three-storey structure for the offices, meeting rooms, a chapel, Catholic Sabah, conference facilities for seminars and training.

The buildings are a fusion of new and old language with heavy use of coloured glass panes on the exterior, designed pro-bono by Daniel Koh of ADK Architect.

In his presentation, Fr Lee commended the farsighted effort of Msgr August Wachter, the Prefect Apostolic of North Borneo then, in purchasing the Carmel Hill land and all the properties standing on it from Mr Yong Hoi for 10,000 North Borneo dollars.  On this nearly 11-acre piece of land, the Carmelite Monastery, the seminary, St Francis Convent Secondary School, Kung Min/ Shan Tao Primary School, have stood, all in the neighbourhood adjacent to the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

In 1996, when Fr Lee was the rector of the cathedral, he also intuited that some day the Catholic Centre would be built there as there was already definite news that Shan Tao Primary School would be relocating to Kapayan Ridge.

The site is ideal as it stands in a central and accessible location to everyone, bounded by Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the west, Jalan Menteri to the south and east, and Jalan Sang Kancil to the north.

However, Fr Lee said, the centre is part of a master plan for Carmel Hill.  The Carmelite Monastery will remain on top of the hill; the seminary with all its facilities and grounds has been earmarked for the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry when Initiation Year will join the Aspirancy at Taman Hiburan.  Next year when St Francis Convent Secondary will move to Bukit Padang, its buildings and grounds will be considered for other needs like hostels and facilities for live-in pastoral formation programmes.  All the buildings on Carmel Hill will be connected with each other and the cathedral by a network of roads.

Since the Catholic Centre is the need of all the faithful in the archdiocese, Fr Lee said the responsibility of realising it “has to be owned by each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese…each giving his utmost according to his utmost means in prayer, support, time, and money.”

As for fundraising, Fr Lee said: “With some expected aid from the Federal and State governments, perhaps some from non-Catholic individuals and bodies, and especially with the joined efforts of 21 parishes and over 200,000 Catholics, I just cannot see why we will fail to raise the needed RM9.6 million and a bit more when the building is fully furnished and equipped.”

Three committees have been set for the construction of the new Catholic Centre: Steering Committee under Dennis Ho; Building Committee under Anthony Lee; and Fundraising Committee under Willie Wong.

Donations/cheques are to be payable to RTDKK – The Catholic Centre Building Fund,  Maybank Berhad, Lintas Branch A/C No 510198683591.  Official receipts will be issued for all donations.  For details please contact 088-712297 (Ms Angela Yen, Mdm Cecilia Funk, or Mdm Teresa Chin).

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