Daily Archives:August 28th, 2017

Miri bishop blesses new chapel at Kg Nelayan Upper Kuala Bakam

Bishop Ng officiates the rite of blessing, Kg Nelayan Upper Kuala Bakam Miri, 30 July 2017.

MIRI – Around 250 faithful attended the blessing of the new Sts Peter and Paul Chapel at Kg Nelayan Upper Kuala Bakam here on 30 July 2017.

Bishop Richard Ng officiated the rite of blessing before Mass was celebrated.  After the Mass, all adjourned outside for a dinner fellowship.

The faithful were from the Melanau community who make up six percent of the 2.63 million (2015)  population in Sarawak.

Originally from Mukah (the 10th Administrative Division as launched in March 2002), the Melanaus traditionally lived in tall houses. Nowadays, they have adopted a Malay lifestyle, living in kampong-type settlements. Traditionally, Melanaus were fishermen and still today, they are reputed as some of the finest boat-builders and craftsmen.

While the Melanaus are ethnically different from the Malays, their lifestyles and practices are quite similar. This is especially the case in the larger towns and cities.The Melanaus were believed to originally summon spirits in a practice verging on paganism. Today most of the Melanaus are Muslims whilst some have converted to Christianity (especially around Mukah & Dalat areas). However, some still celebrate traditional animist festivals such as the annual Kaul Festival in Mukah District.

In 1980 the population of Sarawak was 1,233,103. The Melanau numbered was 69,578, of whom 53,689 were Muslim; 8,486 were Christian; 1,749 were tribal; and 5,328 were registered as having no religion, which in practice means they adhered to tribal religion(but were probably all tribal), and 326 were listed as miscellaneous.

Few reliable historical records of the Melanau exist before the nineteenth century, although European travellers and map-makers placed names not unlike “Melanau” on the northwest coast of Borneo. There are also probable references to the Melanau even earlier in Chinese records. The Coastal Melanau and the Kajang groups in the interior relate that their ancestors migrated from central Borneo and founded a Kajang kingdom from which the Coastal Melanau broke away. The Coastal Melanau believe that much of their culture and many of their institutions are derived from the legendary empire of the folk hero Tugau, who was overthrown in a struggle with Brunei. Some historians suggest that these events occurred in the fourteenth century, others, as early as the seventh. In 1861 the Melanau coastal district was ceded to James Brooke, the rajah of Sarawak, by the sultan of Brunei. – dioceseofmiri.blogspot.my

50 attend half-day faith formation for catechists

SANDAKAN -Fifty catechists attended a half-day faith formation on 19 Aug 2017 at the St Mary’s Cathedral Parish conference room here.

The participants – Sunday School teachers and RCIA facilitators – came from St Peter Sungai Manila, St Mark and St Mary.

Franciscan Sister Martina James, Catechetical Commission chairperson, facilitated the sessions.

There were three sessions (1) General Directory of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC); (2) Methodology and Structure – catechism, structure, time frame; (3) 4 Pillars of the CCC  (a) The Profession of Faith (Creed);  (b) The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (Sacraments); (c) Life in Christ (Commandments); and (d) Christian Prayer (Our Father).

After the input on methodology and structure, the participants were divided into language groups to discuss and share on the subject.  A report was presented at the end of the session. – newsupdatedospo.blogspot.my

‘Walk for Jesus’ brings Christians together to pray for the nation

The Walk for Jesus brings together Christians of all ages including a toddler in his baby carriage, 27 Aug 2017, KK.

KOTA KINABALU — The Walk for Jesus, a biannual event organised jointly by the Prison Fellowship Malaysia and the Sabah Council of Churches, has brought Christians from all backgrounds to walk in unity while praying for the nation.

The theme for this year’s walk is ‘The Way Forward,’ and took place simultaneously in 22 towns across Sabah on 27 August 2017 beginning at 4 pm with an estimated crowd of 25,400 participants.

After a short praise and worship session, Bishop Melter Tais of the Anglican Diocese of Sabah thanked and encouraged the crowd of approximately 3500-4000 participants to pray for the country.

Mayor Yeo Boon Hai of Kota Kinabalu (KK) thanked the organisers and gave some words of encouragement to the participants before flagging off the walk at the Padang Merdeka.

The 2.4 km route started from Padang Merdeka to KK City and back to Padang Merdeka while praying for the civil leaders, the law enforcement officers, the police, army, for fair and just ruling and administration, for conversion of hearts, for good education system, for racial and religious harmony as well as for the unity of the churches to be the salt and light of the world.

The participants – young and old – enjoyed the walk in spite of the inclement weather.

The event ended with another short praise and worship session before Father Thomas Yip said the closing prayer.

Funds raised during the walk would be channeled to support the ministerial work of the Sabah Council of Churches, the activities of the Interchurch statewide, Pastors Fellowship of Kota Kinabalu, Commission of Sabah Affairs and Prison Fellowship Malaysia (Sabah).

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