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Fr Saimon marks 20 years of priestly ministry

Fr Saimon William (with chasuble) with fellow priests at Mass marking his 20 years as a  priest at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing on 4 July 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Father Saimon William marked 20 years of priestly ministry on 4 July 2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

The celebration was held two days ahead of the actual anniversary on July 6.

It was concelebrated with fellow priests, Father Edward Raymond, Father Tony Mojiwat and Father Paul Lo.

Present were members of the Neocatechumenal Way of Sacred Heart Cathedral as well as William’s own family members.

A thanksgiving agape was held after the Mass at the parish canteen.

Born in Membakut in 1963, William was ordained at Stella Maris Church Tanjung Aru on 6 July 1998, together with the late Father Fundes Motiung, who died last year.  He is now serving as an itinerant catechist with a team doing evangelisation work in Iraq.

Sandakan organises marriage enrichment seminar

A section of the couples having communication session with each other at the Marriage Enrichment Seminar organised on 15-16 June 2018, Sandakan Pastoral Centre.

SANDAKAN – Fifty-six couples and 26 singles attended a marriage enrichment seminar organised jointly by the Family Life Commission, Parish Family Life Ministry, and the Catechetical Commission at the Conference Hall, Diocesan Pastoral Centre here on 15-16 June 2018.

The main speaker was Father Barnardinus Prihartana Agung of Semarang Indonesia.  His session touched on family values based the Diocesan Mission.

He emphasised that Christ’s words to Peter in Matthew 16:18-19: “On this rock I will build my church” can also referred to the family as the family is called to be a domestic church.  Therefore, the married couple is the rock upon which the domestic church is built.

  In this context, the key signifies the key of peace, of well-being, of happiness and it is given jointly to the married couple.

Among the activities organised were communication sessions between couples, testimonies, and renewal of marriage vows at the concluding Mass.

At the final dinner, the head of the PFLM, exhorted the participants to strengthen one another as they have been strengthened by Christ himself (cf Lk 22:32) – Eva Siruno, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Tawau BEC Youth gather for DOCAT

The participants pose for the camera at the end of the DOCAT session, 10 June 2018, in the house of James J Kumanireng in Tawau.

TAWAU – Sixty-one youth from three communities gathered for the DOCAT on 10 June 2018 at the house of James Joseph Kumanireng.

Initiated by Msgr Nicholas Ong, the gathering was organised by Franciscan  Sister Julita Joseph and Seminarian Dafrin Diwol.

The attendees came from the Tinimungan KadazanDusun Murut Community (TUKAD), Filipino Pastoral Community (FPC), and the Indonesian Pastoral Community (KPI).

The visit was an effort to enlighten the youth on the Sandakan Diocesan Vision ie “A Christ-centred community serving one another with love.”

In his catechesis, Msgr Ong touched on family-related themes (articles 112, 114, 115, 117) as seen from the perspective of DOCAT, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) for youth.

He said God created people to live in community – in a family or in a religious institute.  The family is the basic unit of society where one learns about human and Christian values.

This was followed by a lively Q&A session before it ended with a fellowship meal (potluck). – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Tawau celebrates parish feast day with bazaar

A scene of the bazaar at the parish canteen marking Holy Trinity Parish Feast Day, 24 June 2018.

TAWAU – Holy Trinity Parish here celebrated feast day on 24 June 2018, Nativity of St John the Baptist with bazaar and family day celebration.

Eight hundred parishioners turned up for the Mass presided by Msgr Nicholas Ong, concelebrated with Father Sunny Chung.

In his homily, Msgr Nicholas touched on the role of being the witnesses of Good News like John the Baptist: “… we are expected to become the instrument of Christ, to bring others to Him that we may all share His salvation.”

He also emphasised on the importance of unity regardless of status, race, language and culture:  “For us to be part of the salvation, we must live in communion with others. Be united, and become the light of the world, the bearer of peace,  shown in readily forgiving, accepting, supporting one another, and having a genuine concern for each other. This way Christ will live in our midst.”

After Mass, all parishioners proceeded to the parish canteen for food bazaar and the Family Day celebration at the parish hall. A traditional dance from the Indonesian community of St Thomas Bombalai welcomed the people to the venue.

Among the activities were a 13-minute video presentation on the parish history, cultural stage  performances, and games for all.

The event closed with a prayer by Fr Chung and cleaning of the hall by all.  – Julita Kantod, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

40 parish staff attend EDP refresher course

The participants and organisers pose for remembrance after the half-day EDP refresher course, 3 July 2018, Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang.

PENAMPANG – Forty parish staff attended an Electronic Data Processing (EDP) refresher course at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here on 3 July 2018.

The attendees came from 16 parishes and a sub-parish in the archdiocese.  Most of them are young and some work on a voluntary basis in their respective parishes.  Only two have attended a similar course some years before.

Gerard Chung, head of the Archdiocesan EDP Unit, facilitated the course, touching on keying in of data in four main areas of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, and Death.

He reminded them to send in the data by yearend to the Bishop’s Office which are collated to be sent to the Vatican by May the following year.  The data are also kept in the Archdiocesan Archives.

Chung introduced an interactive software programme “team viewer” which so far has only been used by Ranau parish.

Dominic Lim of the Archdiocesan Secretariat handled the Q&A session, mostly on challenges encountered in the parishes in the course of this work.

The course ended with lunch for all.

Pauline Cooperators close centenary celebration with renewal of pledge

The Pauline Cooperators renew their pledge before Archbishop John Wong at the closing centenary Mass, 2 July 2018, Sacred Heart Cathedral Chapel Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Eleven members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators closed their centenary celebration with a renewal of their pledge at the chapel of the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 2 July 2018.

The renewal of the pledge took place after Communion preceded by the recitation of the centenary prayer of the Pauline Cooperators by everyone.

In his homily, Archbishop John Wong said he had often been inspired by St Paul’s zeal after his conversion – a “180-degree turn, not 360-degree” – when he was a seminarian and challenged those gathered to live out the call to holiness in today’s world (Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Laetitia).

Around 80 people joined the Pauline Family – Daughters of St Paul, Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Association of Pauline Cooperators – at the closing centenary Mass followed by a fellowship meal at the parish canteen.

Joining Abp Wong at the altar was Msgr Nicholas Ong of Sandakan Diocese.

The lay association was founded by Blessed James Alberione in Italy on 30 June 1917.  It spread its wings to Sabah in 1992.  Four members and three collaborators attended the international congress held in Rome in May 2018, the culmination of the yearlong (2017-2018) commemoration of the centenary.

22 retired teachers honoured at annual archdiocesan teachers day

Archbishop Wong, flanked by members of the Archdiocesan Education Commission,  places the globe onto the open hands to mark the opening of the Archdiocesan Teachers Day at the De Wit Memorial Hall, St Peter Kudat, 30 June 2018.

KUDAT – Twenty-two retired teachers were honoured at the Archdiocesan Teachers Day at the De Wit Memorial Hall here on 30 June 2018.

The honourees were from Kota Marudu (9) and Kudat (13).  They received a certificate of appreciation and a bag of local delicacies from Archbishop John Wong after lunch.

Earlier, a Thanksgiving Mass was held at St Peter Church, presided by Abp Wong and concelebrated with Father Jalius Sading, spiritual advisor to the Archdiocesan Education Commission. Deacons Russell Lawrine and Gilbert Marcus assisted at the altar.

The 81 schools – kindergarten, primary, secondary – are grouped under 10 zones in the archdiocese: Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Kudat & Kota Marudu, Labuan, Likas, Papar, Penampang, Ranau & Kota Belud, Tanjung Aru, and Tuaran – were introduced during the entrance procession.

At the Presentation of Gifts, symbolic gifts pertaining to the teaching profession were brought to the altar by representatives of the different zones.

In his address at the hall, Abp Wong reminded those present to see their teaching profession not as a career but as a mission imbued with Christian and human values such as honesty, fairness, truthfulness, peace, patience, forgiveness, and others.

In this way, the prelate continued, others not of the same faith will be evangelised  – enfleshing the theme: Empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the Witnesses of Christ in the field of education.

After his speech, Abp Wong officiated the opening of the event by placing the globe into the open hands, followed by signing of the commemorative plaque.

This year’s event was hosted by St Peter Kudat for the Kudat-Kota Marudu Zone.  Next year’s host will be Blessed Sacrament Labuan.

The past host parishes were Likas (2011), Kota Kinabalu (2012), Inanam (2013), Papar (2014), Penampang (2015), Tanjung Aru (2016), and Ranau & Kota Belud (2017).

Singapore’s second Veritas workshop on untangling fake news livestreamed to Malaysia and Brunei

PENAMPANG – The Archbishop’s Communications Office (ArchComms) of Singapore organised a second Veritas Workshop on untangling fake news livestreamed to Malaysia and Brunei on 28 June 2018.

This was the first joint activity of the three countries after the Regional Commission of Social Communications Meeting held in Keningau on 18-21 June 2018.  The theme of that meeting was based on Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2018.

In his 2018 World Communications Day message, Pope Francis focused on fake news and journalism for peace. In support of the Holy Father’s call to fight fake news and its pervasiveness, ArchComms held the 1st VERITAS Workshop: Untangling Fake News on 14 Apr 2018. The aim of the workshop was to highlight the different types of fake news, what is the truth, and how as individuals we can do our part to stop the spread of fake news.

ArchComms decided to conduct a second run of the workshop on June 28, linked up with Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Brunei, Sibu, Kuching, Keningau, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu.  The presenters were Michelle Voo and Estella Young, a professed Third Order Dominican, with Andre Anchak opening and closing the session.

The organisers hoped that this would be the start of more opportunities to link up with the different arch/dioceses under the Bishops Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei on common topics of interest.

 

 

 

St Mark Sandakan hosts KAWAI 2018

Candidates line up at the children’s traditional attire fashion show, 10 June 2018, St Mark Open Hall Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – St Mark here hosted the Sandakan parish-level Kaamatan-Gawai (KAWAI) Festival on 9-10 June 2018.

Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for “harvest” and is celebrated for the whole month of May. It is normally celebrated by the ethnic Kadazan-Dusuns, as well as by other related ethnic groups in the state.

While Gawai Dayak is an annual festival celebrated in Sarawak on June 1  by many different ethnic groups such as Iban, Bidayuh, Kenyah, Kelabit, and Murut.

The occasion was marked by traditional games on June 9 while the highlight was the Mass presided by Father David Garaman, concelebrated with Father Phillip Muji the next day.

In his homily, the priest stressed on Christ as the unifying factor in various cultures.

After Mass all adjourned to the open hall for fellowship and entertainment programme such as stage performances, lucky draws, and a children’s traditional attire fashion show. – Fennexlee Edesius Mejeh, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

ISKB holds General Chapter

The delegates pose for remembrance under the statue of St Francis Xavier RRKKT Keningau.  They held their General Chapter on 8-11 June 2018 wherein they elected their General Government for term 2018-2023.

KENINGAU – The Betania Community Secular Institute (Institut Sekular Komuniti Betania or ISKB) held its General Chapter on 8-11 June 2018 at the Tatal Diocesan Retreat House here.

Twenty professed members attended the chapter.

The chapter commenced with Mass presided by Bishop Cornelius Piong, founder of the ISKB, on June 8, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In his homily, the bishop reminded the delegates that their love must be purified by the love of the Sacred Heart.

After the Mass, the prelate thanked the community for the service they have rendered to the faithful in the diocese and expressed the hope that they will continue to do so with God’s own love.

The members then proceeded to elect new office bearers for 2018-2023 after thanking those who had served from 2012-2017.  The following were elected: Sis Mary Tunsin (moderator), Sis Rita Titing (asst moderator), Sis Janet Leong (secretary), Sis Marianna Gerald (asst secretary), Sis Martha Banting & Sis Anita Uliti (treasurers).

Tunsin was re-elected as the moderator.  In her acceptance speech, she thanked all for their cooperation and said ISKB is now 21 years old.  She hoped that it will continue to grow and serve the Lord faithfully and fruitfully.

The chapter ended with recreation for the delegates and observers with Bishop Piong on June 11 at the Kg Oloson Recreation Pool, Melalap Tenom.

A secular institute is a Catholic organisation that functions much like a religious community of priests, brothers, or sisters, though usually without a house or building of any kind.

Most members of a secular institute do not live together—though some do—and they lead their normal lives “in the world” while dedicating themselves to God. After a period of formation and preparation that usually lasts eight years, secular institute members “consecrate” or formally dedicate themselves to God, taking vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

Few secular institutes have a designated ministry. Instead each member gives witness to the Christian life through whatever it is he or she has been called to do. All members of secular institutes pray daily, attend Mass, make an annual retreat with the institute, and live a life in which God comes first even though they are working in the heart of the world. Like a leaven, members of secular institutes make Christ known and loved wherever they are, ever deepening their commitment to God and the church along with others in their institute. – Janet Leong, Keningau website / Vision Vocation Network

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