Daily Archives:July 29th, 2017

Child protection committee presents report to region’s shepherds

JOHOR BAHRU – The committee for child protection of the Professional Standards Office (PSO) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur presented their report to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei (CBCMSB).

The conference held its meeting on 10-14 July 2017 at the Majodi Centre here.

The PSO headed by Father William Michael gave an introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The first speaker was Raymond Jegan from Kuala Lumpur who spoke on Introduction to Child Protection and the Different Forms of Abuse.

The second speaker, Fr William Michael, spoke on Sexual Abuse of Minors and the implications as presented in the code of canon law.

Finally, Datin Elsie Das from Kuala Lumpur, who is also a member of the PSO, presented the Child Protection Manual and the Code of Conduct to the arch/ bishops. – heraldmalaysiaonline

Outgoing PMS director calls for regional missionary council to be set up

JOHOR BAHRU – The outgoing regional director of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei called for a regional missionary council to be set up in his final meeting with the region’s arch/bishops who were having their biannual meet on 10-14 July meeting here.

Father VA Michael said he has served the office for ten and a half years.

In his final report to the CBCMSB, he said the very nature of the church is to be missionary.  Hence, there is a need for a regional missionary council as well as at diocesan and parish level.

On the area of evangelisation, he said,  we need to reach out to all, especially to those outside the Church. “We need to be in touch with the people at the grass-root level.”

Fr Michael also thanked the Nuncio, CBCMSB and all Mission Directors of each diocese for their support and contribution in the last 10 ½ years. He said the new PMS Regional Director is Father Victor Louis of Penang Diocese. – heraldmalaysiaonline 

Apostolic Nuncio briefs region’s bishops on CFM talk

PLENTONG – The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Marino, briefed the arch/bishops at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (CBCMSB) on a talk in which he delivered to the Christian Federation of Malaysia on 26 April 2017.

The conference was held at the Majodi Centre here on July 10-14.

The primary theme, the nuncio said, arising from the teaching of Pope Francis, is our obligation to build a culture of encounter and represents an extension of the talk held in January this year.

The nuncio informed the CBC that the audience with Pope Francis on the occasion of their ad limina visit is scheduled for February 8 next year.

He said, “During your time in Rome, it is usual to call upon the different Roman Dicasteries, including the Secretariat of State,” adding the Nunciature in Malaysia can assist in setting up the appointments.

Abp Marino also reminded the arch/bishops that invitations to events in their respective dioceses should be addressed to the Nuncio and signed by the arch/bishop. He said the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has written to the president of the CBCMSB indicating that a set of guidelines will be formulated about the formation of the laity.

He said that the dicastery asks whether the bishops’ conference has already an office or committee which is committed exclusively to the study, promotion and mission of the lay faithful and for information on it.

He noted that the dicastery requests a response to its inquiry by the end of October 2017.

He urged the arch/bishops to send in the response in three copies to the nunciature for transmission.

“The role of the laity is essential to the life of the Church and their relative formation must be a priority in the various dioceses,” he added.

The next day the CBCMSB proceeded according to the agenda that included matters to do with Regional Liturgical Commission, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs, Christian Federation of Malaysia, Catechetics, Malaysian Catholic Education Council and Lay Apostolate.

The next CBCMSB will be in January next year from 8 – 12. As usual, there will be a joint meeting with the Conference of Religious Major Superiors of Malaysia- Singapore-Brunei. –heraldmalaysiaonline

Taman Mass is part of parish’s effort to go smaller

Group photo taken after the Mass, 28 July 2017, Liew Residence Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – One of the ways to realise the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese’s pastoral thrust to “go smaller” is through Taman Masses wherein families living in a particular taman (housing estate) gather for the Eucharist and fellowship.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here usually holds the Taman Masses on Fridays.

There are approximately 2000 families spread out in 149 tamans under the cathedral parish and 33 tamans under the sub-parish of Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.

The families, including the religious communities of the Daughters of St Paul and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, living along Jalan Kebajikan and Jalan Sang Kancil Karamunsing had the privilege of having Archbishop John Wong (pastor of the cathedral) presiding over their Taman Mass on Friday 28 July 2017.

It was hosted by Bernard Liew, a member of the cathedral’s parish pastoral council,  at his residence on Jalan Sang Kancil Satu Karamunsing.  A potluck fellowship meal followed the Mass.

Putatan church holds fundraising bazaar

A section of the people who patronise the bazaar in aid of the Putatan church building fund, SHPC, 23 July 2017.

KOTA KINABALU –  St Catherine Laboure Putatan held its fundraising bazaar at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 23 July 2017.

From 7 am to 3 pm throngs of people came to patronise over 80 stalls set up by volunteers who put in time, effort and energy, selling a wide variety of goods ranging from handicrafts to home-cooked food, used clothing, vegetables, flowers and plants, religious items, books, and toys.

The objective of the bazaar was to raise RM300,000.00 for the completion of the main church building sometime next year.

The chairman of the Steering Building Committee of St Catherine Laboure Putatan would like to convey his appreciation to Sacred Heart Cathedral for allowing them to use the parish centre for the bazaar, all donors for their kind generosity, participants of the bazaar, and those who support them.

Started in 2013, the estimated RM7.3mil four-storey building sits on a 0.8ha land donated by Catherine Moinin in Kampung Imbaan Putatan.

So far RM5.45 million has been raised from various sources. Out of the RM5.1 million raised, RM4.25 million had been spent for the construction.  The balance of RM1.2 million will be exhausted by the end of the year.

Forthcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament in August, raffle ticket sales, and a jogathon.

Further details can be obtained from Stephen Sondoh at 013-8658333. Anyone who wishes to contribute can do so by channelling donations through the appointed members or bank into their bank account at Maybank payable to “RTDKK St. Catherine Laboure Church.” The account number is 510189007514.

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