KOTA KINABALU – Leaders and representatives of 65 parish groups, ministries, committees and communities of Sacred Heart Cathedral here attended an updating-cum-briefing by their parish priest Archbishop John Wong and his assistants on 5 Oct 2017 at the parish centre.
At the meeting, Anthony Lim, parish finance council chairman, updated those present on the progress made on the major renovation works made at the parish centre last year.
In 2016, two major works were done: re-wiring of the parish centre (RM63,250.00) and replacement of the leaking main pipe (RM31,300.00). General repair work was also done amounting to RM15,357.69.
Earlier this year, the roofing gutters were repaired (RM21,800.00) as well the complete renovation of the male and female toilets on the first floor (RM85,160.00).
It is hoped that renovation of all the rooms, repainting of walls, repair and replacement of air-conditioner units, replacement of carpets and curtains, building of storage cubicles on both sides of F7, and installing of two units of big ceiling industrial fans in the parish hall will be completed before the end of the year.
After the updating, Abp Wong briefed the attendees on the parish participation in the construction of the RM9.6m Catholic Centre.
He explained the need for it and its location.
The prelate told them that all parishes and subparishes in the archdiocese have been allocated an amount according to their means.
For the cathedral parish, the prelate continued, it is RM1 million.
Anita Tunggolou, head of the parish fundraising committee, informed the leaders that the time frame for fundraisers is one year: August 2017 to August 2018.
The committee has decided on three main fundraisers: a) third collection on first Sundays (started Sept 2017); b) lucky draw on Dec 31 and c) bazaar in June 2018.
For the lucky draw, all the groups have an allocation of tickets (RM20/booklet) within a period of three months for diffusion. Contact person is Michelle Linggi, treasurer of the fundraising committee.
Pledge cards for individual donors (Catholics and non-Catholics) are also available at the parish office under Johnny Chong.
The groundbreaking event, Lim said, will be at the end of the year (2017). The construction is scheduled to be completed within two years.
This was the second briefing for the parish group leaders. The first was held on 2 March 2017.