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Pope focuses on nonviolence in 50th world day of peace message

– Announced Friday 9 Dec 2016, the theme Pope Francis selected for the 2017 World Day of Peace focuses on nonviolence as a political solution to what he has frequently termed a “piecemeal World War III” being waged throughout the globe.

“Violence and Peace are at the origin of two opposite ways to building society,” an Aug 26 communique from the Vatican’s Council for Justice and Peace announcing the theme read.

“The proliferation of hotbeds of violence produces most serious negative social consequences…Peace, by contrast, promotes social positive consequences and it allows the achievement of real progress.”

Therefore, “we should act within what is possible, and negotiate ways of peace even where they seem tortuous and impractical,” the message attached to the theme said

By doing so, non-violence can take on “a more comprehensive and new meaning” composed not only of mere desire or a moral rejection of violence, barriers and destructive impulses, but also “of a realistic political method that gives rise to hope.”

Titled “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace,” the theme for 2017’s World Day of Peace marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration, and the fourth of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Instituted by Bl Pope Paul VI in 1968, the World Day of Peace is celebrated each year on the first day of January. The Pope gives a special message for the occasion, which is sent to all foreign ministers around the world, and which also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic tone during the coming year. – CNA/EWTN News

KK Archdiocese bids farewell to last China-born priest

 

The priests pay last respects to their senior confrere at the end of Mass, 9 Dec 2016, SHC.

KOTA KINABALU – Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese bade farewell to its last China-born priest at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 9 Dec 2016.

Over a thousand faithful joined Archbishop John Wong and over 30 priests in saying farewell to the late Father Aloysius Tung Chien Chee who died Dec 7, aged 90.  With his death, the era of the Chinese missionaries came to an end.

The deceased’s nephew, two nieces and a grandnephew from China were present at the funeral Mass.  Several young priests accompanied the coffin as it moved from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to the cathedral before the bilingual Mass (Chinese and English) began.

Born in Hubei China in 1926, the deceased was ordained priest on 27 Dec 1953.  Shortly after, he was sent to serve in North Borneo (now Sabah) .  He retired from active ministry in 2009.  He had served the church in Sabah for 63 years.

His remains were buried at the Catholic Cemetery at Mile 4.5 Jalan Penampang Lama.

The remains of Fr Tung transferred to SH Chapel

KOTA KINABALU – The remains of the late Father Aloysius Tung were transferred to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 8 Dec 2016.

Archbishop John Wong was on hand to receive the remains of the deceased who died the day before on Dec 7.  There was a one-day lying-in-state at Fook Lu Siew Parlour Jalan Tuaran.

Abp Wong officiated the rite of reception of the body, followed by sprinkling of holy water and incensing of the coffin.

Among those present at the reception of the body were the assistant pastors of the cathedral, religious sisters, aspirants and lay people.  All the parish groups, communities and ministries took turns to keep vigil at the chapel through the night before its burial the next day Dec 9.

Franciscan Sisters hold three-in-one celebration

 

PURAK, Papar – The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) held a three-in-one celebration on 8 Dec 2016 at their Pace Bene Spirituality Centre here.

Their patronal feast day – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – was held in conjunction with the 138th birth anniversary of their founder, Msgr August Wachter, and the 80th foundation anniversary of the congregation.

In his address after the Mass, Archbishop John Wong touched on the recently ended Year of Mercy.  He quoted Pope Francis: “Mercy cannot become ‘ a mere parenthesis’ in the life of the church.  Her very existence is mercy itself.”

Then the prelate said that since the Franciscan congregation has the biggest number of Sisters in Malaysia [over 100], it meant that the congregation has a “bigger opportunity to portray the merciful face of God” through their apostolate.

He exhorted them to benefit from the guidance of their retreat master, Fr Jerry Lobo ofm, in the preparaton of their General Chapter next year.

In her turn, Sr Grace Deosing, superior general, thanked everyone who have helped the sisters in their monthly outreach to remote places.  She said the 80th founding anniversary coincided with the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“Our celebration is a year-long celebration with those in the outskirts and peripheries of our lives.  A monthly outreach to remote places: going out of our boundaries to be with them.  Our stay was brief …but enough to be in their midst, sharing God’s word, experiencing their conditions of simple living and listening to their life stories,” said Sr Grace.

Joining Abp Wong at the altar were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father Lobo and Father Aloysius Fidelis.

Other guests included members of the La Salle Brothers, Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Seculars, and lay benefactors, collaborators and friends.

Last of China-born priests dead at 90

Fr Tung (R) with his good friend, Fr Chi, whom he persuaded to come to North Borneo in 1954.

Fr Tung (R) with his good friend, Fr Chi, whom he persuaded to come to North Borneo in 1954.

PENAMPANG – The last of the China-born priests serving in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese died at 6 am on 7 Dec 2016.  He was 90.

Born on 15 Aug 1926 in China, Father Aloysius Tung Chien Chee was the eldest in a brood of two boys and one girl.  He seemed to have been marked by God for God’s service: An Lu Minor Seminary (1942-1945), Han Kuo Major Seminary (1946-1949) and Aberdeen Regional Seminary Hong Kong (1950-1953).  After priestly ordination on 27 Dec 1953 in Macau he was sent to North Borneo (now Sabah).

In Sabah he served as Bishop’s Procurator (1954-1966), pastor of Labuan (1967-1969), Limbahau/Papar (1972-1980), Sandakan (1980-1984), and Tawau (1984-2000).  His last post was a return to Labuan (2001-2010) before he retired from active ministry.  He was the first to stay at the newly constructed clergy retirement home, Vianney Home, in Dontozidon.  In June 2016 he became bedridden due to cancer of the bones.  He died peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday.

His remains will be at Fook Lu Siew Parlour (2C, 1st floor) until Dec 8 (Thursday) when it will be transferred to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing at 4 pm.  The funeral Mass will be at 10 am on Friday, Dec 9, at the cathedral.

The other China-born priests serving in Sabah were Fr John Baptist Yong (1914-1977), Fr John Tsung (1918-1993), Fr Tobias Chi (1924-2010) and Fr Peter Ma (1925-2013).  With the exception of Fr Ma, the rest all died in Sabah.  Fr Ma died in New York in 2013.

Pauline Cooperators attend Advent Recollection

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KOTA KINABALU – Around 17 Pauline Cooperators attended their Advent recollection at the Daughters of St Paul convent here on 3 Dec 2016.

Father Rayner Bisius, director of Initiation Year (IY) Formation House Kota Kinabalu, facilitated the recollection.  The three IY seminarians also attended the session.

The theme of the recollection Prepare your heart for Jesus was based on the address of Pope Francis at the Angelus for the First Sunday of Advent.

On this Sunday, the pope said, the Gospel introduces us to one of the most “evocative” themes of the Advent season: the visit of the Lord to humanity in three ways: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future, when Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”

Time was given for personal reflection and Mass before the concluding Mass.

 

Fr Sipanul to mark 40 years of priesthood

 

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Fr Sipanul poses with the LOM Comitium officials, 7 Nov 2016, Inobong.

PENAMPANG – Father Alexander Sipaul will mark 40 years of priesthood on 31 Dec 2016 but its celebration will be two days earlier on Dec 29 at the Catholic Church in Kg Madsiang at 6:30 pm.

Born in Limbahau on 13 June 1948, Fr Alex is the youngest in a brood of three boys and one girl born to Emanuel Sipanul and Elizabeth Andreas.  He had his primary school at St Mary Limbahau (1955-1962) and secondary at La Salle Tg Aru (1963-1967).  He entered St Francis Xavier Minor Seminary Singapore in 1968 and his philosophical and theological studies in Rome (1971-1976). He was ordained priest by Bishop Simon Fung at Holy Rosary Limbahau on 31 Dec 1976.

After ordination, he served in Penampang, Tanjung Aru/Labuan, Tambunan, Toboh, Inanam/Manggatal/Telipok before taking up licentiate course in canon law in Rome (1992-1994).  After licentiate studies, he went back to serve in Inanam/Manggatal/Telipok, then Penampang and currently in Inobong.

Aside from being pastor, he also serves as a member of the College of Consultors, the Archdiocesan Finance Board, and as spiritual director of the Legion of Mary Comitium since 1998.

 

Telupid to host its first ordination ceremony

Deacon Christopher poses with Bp Gitom and family members

Deacon Christopher poses with Bp Gitom and family members

TELUPID – Come Dec 28, St Martin Parish here will host its first ordination ceremony.

Deacon Christopher Ireneus has been accepted for priestly ordination by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom.  The ceremony has been set at 4 pm on Wednesday 28 Dec 2016.

This will be a milestone in the history of the parish as it will be its first time to host such an event.

Telupid is a small landlocked town located in the district of Beluran in the centre of Sabah.  By road, it takes two and a half hours to reach there from Sandakan and about four to five hours from Kota Kinabalu.  It is a peaceful area surrounded by forested mountains.

The Christian community first started in Labuk with the help of catechist Linus Gumak of Kg Gambaron in 1961.  The first priest to evangelise the area was Fr Oestdyke mhm (1966-1967), who built a school and boarding house.  He was followed by Fr Jan van Velzen (1968-1969), who built the first church.  It was completed and blessed in early 1971.  The community was placed under the pastoral administration of St Peter Claver Ranau.  The hall was built in 1985.  In September 1994 the church was demolished and a new church was built under Fr Bruno Yasun’s supervision.  It was opened and blessed by Bishop John Lee on 12 Nov 1995.  Now, 21 years later, the parish has the blessing of seeing one of its sons being raised to the altar.

Born and bred  in Kg Kiabau Telupid, 35-year-old Deacon Christopher is the fifth child in a brood of five boys and one girl born to Ireneus Anun and Rosinah Saleh.  He had his primary schooling at SK Kiabau (1988-1993) and secondary at SMK Telupid (1994-1997) and SMK Sandakan (1997-2000).  He took his BSc in Sports Science and Recreation (Hons) at UiTM Shah Alam (2005-2007).

He taught for three years before entering the aspirancy for diocesan priesthood at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2008.  The following year he was accepted into Initiation Year KK before proceeding to St Peter’s College Kuching for his philosophical and theological studies from 2010 to 2016.  He was ordained deacon about six months ago, on July 18, at St Mary Sandakan by Bishop Gitom.

SH Daily Massgoers celebrate assistant pastor’s 11 years of priesthood

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KOTA KINABALU – Daily Massgoers of Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated one of their assistant pastors’ 11 years of priesthood on 1 Dec 2016.

It is part of this group of people’s desire to show appreciation to the people of the cloth on their ordination anniversaries.

Around 50 of them turned up for the thanksgiving breakfast in honour of Father Wilfred Atin whose actual ordination date falls on Dec 3.

Born on 25 Oct 1972 in Ranau, Atin was ordained priest in 2005.  After ordination he served at the cathedral before being sent to Rome to take up licentiate studies on dogmatic theology (ecclesiology).  Upon his arrival from Rome in 2010, he resumed his service as assistant pastor at the cathedral.  He continued this service even after being appointed director of the Aspirants Formation House located at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2011.  Aside from these duties, he is also the vocation director for the archdiocese as well as the auditor for the Kota Kinabalu Office of the Peninsular Malaysia Ecclesiastical Tribunal (2013).

When asked how he felt about his anniversary, the honouree said he felt as if it were “only yesterday” that he was ordained and he wondered whether ” he has done anything in the past 11 years.”

Pauline Family organises inaugural mini bazaar in conjunction with Founder’s Day

Thumbs up from some patrons at the Paulines Mini Bazaar, 27 Nov 2016, Daughters of St Paul Convent Karaminsing.

Thumbs up from some patrons at the Paulines Mini Bazaar, 27 Nov 2016, Daughters of St Paul Convent Karaminsing.

KOTA KINABALU – The Pauline Family – Daughters of St Paul and the Association of Pauline Cooperators – ogranised their inaugural mini bazaar in conjunction with their Founder’s Day on 27 Nov 2016.

The event was held at the compound of the sisters’ convent at Jalan Sang Kancil Satu Karamunsing.  Friends and collaborators came to give a hand at the bazaar.

Though there was not much publicity, the event saw many friends and benefactors patronising the delicious home-cooked food, bread, pastries, biscuits and pickles.  Plants, vegetables, fruits, and dried goods were also sold along with secondhand clothes, bags and shoes, kitchen utensils and religious items, books and 2017 calendars.

At the good response, the Pauline Family decided to make this an annual event.

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