Daily Archives:December 11th, 2017

CAC staff carry out Advent visit to migrant community

Franciscan Sister Anita Lintanga enjoys her session with the children, 11 Dec 2017, Kg Sinulihan Inanam.

KOTA KINABALU – Ten staff members of the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang – Group 4 – carried out their Advent visit to a migrant community on 11 Dec 2017.

They visited the Indonesian migrant community at Kg Sinulihan Inanam, around 30-minute drive from the state capital.

The staff were divided into three squads: one to conduct activities for the children, and the other two to visit the families around the village, particularly the sick and the homebound.

Many of the families come from Kg Larantuka Flores and Toraja Sumatra.  Some of them found work in the factories in the vicinity.  Most of them live in rented wooden houses in the village, with rentals ranging from RM170.00 to RM200.00 per month.

The Catholics in the village are under the pastoral care of Peter Boli, a catechist serving at Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.

The staff distributed gifts and foodstuff to the children and families and enjoyed a fellowship lunch with those present at Boli’s house.

The other three groups will make their visits in other areas on the following dates: Group 1 to visit Kg Kolopis & Kg Babagon on Dec 19; Group 2 to visit the palliative care patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the sister of Abp Emeritus John Lee in Manggatal on Dec 12; and Group 3 to visit four families in Kg Sugud Penampang  on Dec 12.

The staff have decided to make this an annual programme during the Year of Mercy in 2016.

CMI celebrates fiesta with a light spirit in spite of inclement weather

The wardens carry the statue of Mary at the entrance procession, 9 Dec 2017, CMI.

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) here celebrated its annual fiesta with a light spirit in spite of the inclement weather on 9 Dec 2017.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mandarin Mass concelebrated with Abp Emeritus John Lee.

The Mass was preceded by an entrance procession with the wardens carrying the statue of the Blessed Mother from the chapel to the main church.

Over 200 people took part in the fellowship meal at the canteen after the Mass.

Invited guests included representives from Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, St Simon Likas, St Paul Dontozidon, Our Lady Queen of Peace Kobusak, and some religious sisters.

The Boys Brigade was on hand to entertain the diners with some carols.

Earlier, over 60 people turned up for the triduum of prayer held in preparation for the fiesta Dec 6-8 at CMI.

St Simon Likas hosts annual reunion of Mary’s Legionaries

The legionaries pose for remembrance at the end of the reunion, 9 Dec 2017, St Simon Hall Likas.

LIKAS – St Simon here hosted the annual reunion of the Legion of Mary on 9 Dec 2017 at its parish hall.

The Annual General Reunion (AGR) is one of the activities decreed by the Legion in which all members come together for prayer and fellowship on a day nearest to Dec 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

The spirit of Mary is a spirit of joy. It is the spirit of the Magnificat, the Legion Anthem. How are they going to recruit new members if they are not genuinely happy and joyful? How are they going to convince people of the Good News if they go around as if they were overwhelmed with bad news? Saints are not glum and neither are apostolic men and women.

Father Cosmas Lee welcomed some 80 participants from the different praesidia in the archdiocese and encouraged them to enjoy their fellowship.

Organised by the Kota Kinabalu Comitium, the event featured prayer (rosary, catena) led by Good Shepherd Sister Teresa Chye, games, lucky draws, and dancing.

It ended with lunch for all.

The KK Chinese Curia has its own AGR at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing on Dec 10.

Korean community has accepted three local vocations as postulants

Sabah’s first three postulants for the Korean institute R-L: Chaistten James of Penampang, Walter Martin of Kiulu, and Jefson Richard of Sook pose for the camera, 8 Dec 2017, Pace Bene Purak.

KOTA KINABALU – The Korean religious institute Societas Sancti Trinitas (Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity) of Mirinae South Korea has accepted three local vocations as postulants.

The trio – Chaistten James of Penampang, 28; Walter Martin of Kiulu, 28; and Jefson Richard of Sook, 20 – left for South Korea for their formation on 10 Dec 2017.

Initial formation entails a two-year postulancy and a two-year novitiate before first profession, and three years of juniorate before final profession, after which the candidates will either opt to be ordained or remain as Brothers.

The institute runs Woori Jib (Tokou Hamin=Our Home), St Francis Xavier Home Potuki for children at Kg Patikar Jalan Papar-Penampang since 2016 under  Father Leo Choi Sangki.

The home, run and financed by the Clerical Society was the brainchild of Fr Leo Choi Sangki, who saw the need to build a home for needy orphans in the state after serving the Korean community here in the last ten years or so. He is the spiritual director, project consultant and architect of Hamin Tokou Sabah projects.

The home is named after St Francis Xavier, the patron of the missions, and Father Francis Xavier Tjeong, who founded the society in 1976.

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