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Cathedral parish celebrates CCR golden jubilee worldwide in style

A section of the crowd present at the Pentecost Rally, SHPC, 4 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here celebrated the golden jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in the universal Church in style on 1-4 June 2017.

It began with a triduum of talks (June 1-3) in different languages and ended with a rally on the day of Pentecost June 4.

The talks covered God’s Salvific Love, Inner Healing, The Father’s Gift: Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit Reconciles and Heals and The Holy Spirit Empowers.

The English sessions were handled by Jude Antoine of Kuala Lumpur (June 1-2) and Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor (June 3) at the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.  Around 400 people attended the sessions.

The BM and Mandarin sessions took place at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre.  Around 200 people attended the Mandarin sessions handled by Father Anthony Heng CDD of Melaka while over 700 participated in the BM sessions facilitated by Joseph Masri of Indonesia and Maurice Awit of Kota Kinabalu.

On Pentecost Sunday afternoon, all the participants converged at the parish centre for the combined rally graced by Archbishop John Wong and Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio.  It was held in communion with that of Rome where over a million people gathered with Pope Francis for the celebration.

After an hour of exuberant praise and worship (shofar blowing, flag and tambourine dancers) in three languages led by the different youth groups, Daniel Kong presented a powerpoint presentation on the growth of the CCR in Sabah (since 1974) while Joseph Chee shared how the CCR has touched millions of lives worldwide through the Catholic fraternity of covenant communities and renewal groups.

In his address, Abp Marino called on those in the CCR to be spirit-filled evangelisers and missionary disciples of Jesus.  He based his address on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel).

In turn, organising chairperson Pauline Wong thanked all those involved in helping to get the event off the ground – all the parish CCR groups from the three language groups.

“I am very happy that we all can work together as a Sacred Heart family,” she said.

Wong also thanked the nuncio for his message that “to be an evangeliser is to be a disciple and to be a disciple is to be an evangeliser.  We can only evangelise if we know this person called Jesus in a very personal way.”

The event concluded with Holy Mass presided by Abp Wong.  Joining him at the altar were Abp Marino, Abp Emeritus John Lee, Fathers Mitchelly Kiun, Max Hontor and Joshua Liew.

In his homily, the prelate touched on how the Spirit changed the apostles from being terror-stricken disciples to faith-filled and courageous witnesses of the risen Christ.  He said the Spirit would do the same today provided one is open to grace.

MYTC trainee: “Montfort shapes my character”

DSC_0066Richard Onsegit:  I am a senior trainee of Batch 15 in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Department. I’m 18 years old and I come from Kg Dalamas, Paitan, Beluran,  is very far from Montfort Youth Training Centre, Kinarut. It takes about ten (10) hours by bus and boat to reach my home. It is a very harsh place to live; we have no clean drinking water during the dry season, and when the place is flooded during rainy season, we do not have food. Continue Reading

Sugud hosts 49th WCD

IMG_0665SUGUD – The Social Communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu celebrated the 49th World Communications Day (WCD) at the Church of the Assumption, Sugud, which was hosted by combined youths of St Michael Parish Penampang, Holy Trinity Parish of Inobong and Holy Nativity Parish of Terawi. Continue Reading

CS observes third Catholic Sabah Day

IMG_0564KOTA KINABALU – Catholic Sabah observed its 3rd Catholic Sabah Day in conjunction with the 49th World Communications Day (WCD) May 16. An open forum was organized as a follow up to the Catholic Sabah Readership Survey two years ago. Parishes from the Archdiocese/dioceses were represented.

Before the forum Fr Thomas Madanan showed a short video clip prepared by the Social Communications Commission of Kuching of the Holy Father’s WCD message for 2015, themed “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter With the Gift of Love. Continue Reading

MYTC holds 15th graduation ceremony

DSC_0128KINARUT – “Through the intervention of Montfort, many have graduated and were able to secure good employment with established companies in Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.”

Words fittingly spoken by Archbishop John Wong, who officiated at the 15th Graduation Ceremony May 16 for 65 Monfort Trainees at its Residential Campus in Kinarut, as he shared the joy and pride with Montfort on the occasion.  He acknowledged that the Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) has, since its inception 15 years ago, uplifted and empowered hundreds of youth economically by providing technical skill training and character building through their holistic programmes. Continue Reading

Negeri Sembilan hosts 7th EMI Conference

7th EMI, Port Dickson 16PORT DICKSON – The 7th Annual Conference of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants (EMI) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (CBC-MSB) was held at the Marist Brothers Campagnat Youth Centre, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan 7-10 May. Continue Reading

SHC neophytes and confirmands gather for fellowship night

IMG_0111KOTA KINABALU  – Two hundred and thirty-seven neophytes and 267 confirmands from the Sacred Heart Cathedral came, clothed in white garments, for a Fellowship Night at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre on 24 May 2015 to celebrate the milestone of their becoming part of the Catholic Church. Continue Reading

Mission schools celebrate La Salle Day

IMG_0438TANJUNG ARU – Some 600 students including teachers and religious brothers from La Salle Secondary school celebrated their La Salle Day with a Mass presided by Fr Rhobby Mojolou at Stella Maris Church May 15. The day was also celebrated in conjunction with the Feastday of St John Baptist de La Salle, their patron saint, and Teachers Day 2015. Principals and teachers from Stella Maris Secondary school and Sacred Heart Primary school also joined in the Mass. Continue Reading

Redemptorist priests conduct mission in St Simon Likas

DSC_0368LIKAS – St Simon Parish Likas recently held a three-week Parish Mission conducted by the Redemptorist priests on 29 Apr – 24 May 2015, concluding on Pentecost Sunday during the morning Mass. Three Redemptorist priests came at the invitation of the Rector, Fr Cosmas Lee, to conduct this mission at the parish. They were Fr Joseph Stephen, Fr Paul Kee and Fr Suresh Pushparaj. The mission, themed ‘Renewal through the Holy Spirit’, was aimed to reach out to all parishioners to be renewed and invigorated in our life through the Holy Spirit. Continue Reading

Putri Karmel sister opens up about religious life

Sr Max Soon pkarmWhen was the last time you had fun?

There’s much fun in religious life. We have fun very often in our community recreation every week.  During the recent Christmas and New Year celebration. Besides camp fire, telematch and sports competition, we had Christmas Carol with full band in attendance (all by the sisters!), accompanied by tambourine dance. Continue Reading

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