Daily Archives:November 16th, 2017

Advent Penitential Service with Sacramental Confession

Date Church Time
Mon Dec 04 St Paul Dontozidon

Holy Family Telipok

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Tue Dec 05 St Augustine Kinarut

St Joseph Kiulu

6:30 pm

6:30 pm

Wed Dec 06 St Thomas Kepayan

Good Shepherd Manggatal

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Thu Dec 07 St Aloysius Limbanak

St Philip Tamparuli

6:30 pm

6:30 pm

Mon Dec 11 Holy Trinity Inobong

Divine Mercy KKIP

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Tue Dec 12 Holy Rosary Limbabau

St Simon Likas

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Wed Dec 13 St John Tuaran 6:30 pm
Thu  Dec 14 Stella Maris Tg Aru 6:30 pm
Fri Dec 15 St Joseph Papar 6:30 pm
Mon Dec 18 St Michael Penampang 6:30 pm
Tue Dec 19 Holy Nativity Terawi 6:30 pm
Wed Dec 20 St Catherine Inanam 7:00 pm
Thu Dec 21 Sacred Heart Cathedral 6:30 pm
Fri Dec 22 Sacred Heart Cathedral 6:30 pm


Individual Confession 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Mon Dec 18 St Paul Dontozidon
Tue Dec 19 Our Lady Queen of Peace Kobusak
Wed Dec 20 Sacred Heart Cathedral

(senior parishioners & parents with infants)

Thu Dec 21 Sacred Heart Cathedral
Fri Dec 22 Sacred Heart Cathedral

Mass is a time for silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

Pope Francis looks on during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 15 Nov 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY – Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat,” the pope said on 15 Nov 2017 during his weekly general audience.

“Silence is so important,” he said. “Remember what I told you last time: we are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us.”

The pope continued his new series of audience talks on the Mass, reflecting on the Eucharist as a form of prayer that is “the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most concrete” way of encountering God’s love.

“This is the greatest grace: to experience that the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through him, with God and with our brothers and sisters,” the pope said.

In the Gospels, he continued, Jesus teaches his disciples that the first thing needed to pray “is to know how to say ‘father'” and to trust in God with the humility of a child.

Christians also must allow themselves to be “surprised by the living encounter with the Lord,” he said, and not simply “talk to God like a parrot,” repeating the words of prayers without thinking.

“The encounter with God is a living encounter,” the pope said departing from his prepared remarks. “It is not an encounter of a museum, it is a living encounter. And we go to Mass, not a museum! We go to a living encounter with the Lord.”

Pope Francis said the Mass is also a gift and a consolation where Christians discover that God’s greatest surprise is that he “loves us even in our weakness.”

“The Lord encounters our frailty,” the pope said. “This is the environment of the Eucharist. This is prayer.” – CNS

SHCWL coordinator calls for fresh blood to join the ministry

Maureen Lee presents the wine to Abp Wong at Mass, SHC chapel, 15 Nov 2017. The Sacred Heart Catholic Women’s League marks its 46th anniversary.

BUKIT PADANG – The coordinator of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu called for fresh blood to join the ministry at its 46th anniversary dinner on 15 Nov 2017.

“There is so much to do to help the parish and the church through the Catholic Women’s League and we really need more than just 150 members to help us.  With more hands we can do more and work will be lighter,” Anita Tunggolou said in her welcoming speech.

The CWL was formed on 16 Nov 1971 with seven members and currently, it has over 130 active members.

The dinner took place at the Putera Ballroom Bukit Padang with over 800 diners including Archbishop John Wong, Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father Max Hontor, Father Joshua Liew,  religious sisters, aspirants and Initiation Year (IY) seminarians.

In his speech, Abp Wong warned the diners not to be trapped by  the current “instant-maggie mentality.”  He was referring to the four years it took for the CWL to spread from Stella Maris Tanjung Aru (1967) to then Sacred Heart Church (1971).

He said it “was not slow” but “wise” because the “Spirit has His own timing.”

“Our task is to focus on watering and cultivating, to make sure that the roots are not dried up and the shoots are not infested.  Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice, and the group will stay longer,” the prelate concluded.

As in the past, the coordinator gave a summary of the activities carried out by the CWL members in the past year – from cooking to works of mercy.

She presented a mock cheque of RM70,000.00 to Abp Wong for the seminarians’ fund (same as last year’s) and several tokens of appreciation to all those who were involved in the CWL in one way or another.

The dinner was interspersed with lively stage entertainment by choral or solo singing as well as lucky draws.

Earlier, some CWL members and their spouses, religious sisters, aspirants and  IY seminarians attended the Thanksgiving Mass presided by Abp Wong and concelebrated with Fr Liew at the cathedral chapel.

In a brief address after the Mass, the prelate expressed his gratitude to the CWL for the services they have rendered to the parish for 46 years and hoped they will continue to do so in the future.

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