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Former aspirant returns to celebrate Mass with CAC staff and aspirants

PENAMPANG – A former aspirant returned to celebrate Mass with staff and aspirants at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here on 23 Nov 2017.

Father Joshua Liew, who entered as an aspirant in 2007, celebrated the last Mass for 2017 for the staff working in the various commissions and offices.

After a year of aspirancy, Liew entered Initiation Year in 2008 and continued his formation at St Peter’s College Kuching in 2009.  He finished his studies and was ordained priest on 3 May 2016.  In January 2018 he replaces Father Wilfred Atin as director of the Aspirants Formation House at the CAC.

In his homily, he urged the staff and aspirants to recognise the time of the Lord’s visitation through their work or studies.

After Mass, all adjourned to the dining hall for a fellowship lunch.

Familis FC wins friendly football match over diocesan aspirants

Friendly match between diocesan aspirants and families fc Inanam, 2 July 2017, Padang Wisma Wanita Jalan Tuaran.

KOTA KINABALU – On Sunday afternoon, 2 July 2017,  the diocesan aspirants were invited to a friendly football match with a team from Inanam, team Familis FC, held in Padang A, Padang Wisma Wanita Jalan Likas off Tuaran.

The friendly match was a part of the aspirants’ activities to promote vocation to the priesthood and as outreach to the public.

The team Familis FC comprised footballers with a few members from the State football team and some from St Catherine Inanam football club.

Both teams played well. It was a high-spirited game of skills and endurance as both teams employed their various skills and strategies to score the goals.

Familis FC proved to be stronger as they skillfully weaved through the aspirants’ defenses to score goals for their team. The aspirants fought valiantly and constantly strategised their attacks and defenses.

In the end, Familis FC won the match with the score 9-2 after a long battle.

After the friendly match, both teams exchanged gestures of good sportsmanship and goodwill as brothers-in-Christ.  Timothy G

Aspirants visit senior citizens at Holy Family Residence

An aspirant chats with an inmate of the Holy Family Residence Purak, 1 Apr 2017.

PAPAR – Twenty aspirants from Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC) Penampang made a visit to Holy Family Residence for Senior Citizens in Purak here on 1 Apr 2017 as part of their annual programme.  With them was their spiritual director, Father Wilfred Atin.

The aspirants did some chores around the residence. Some cleaned the chapel, the pond and the building. Others prepared lunch in the kitchen and some chatted with the residents.  It was an eye-opening experience as they were amazed by the patience and skills demonstrated by the staff in handling the challenging behaviours of some of the residents.

The 32-year-old home currently has 37 residents. The aspirants took the opportunity to speak to some of them,  one of whom is Mrs Tina Rimmer. She is 100 years old and has spent 67 years living in Sabah, she has decided not to go back to her home country, England as she strongly feels she belongs to Sabah. She first came to Sabah as the first woman education officer in 1949 and worked to improve education for children. She worked as an artist years ago and had produced many works like The Tamparuli Tamu (A Sabah Market) in 1999 and Portrait Drawings of Palliative Care Patients.

According to Franciscan Sisters Clara Orou and Aileen Andau, who are serving there, it is costly to maintain the residence’s operation and they have to rely on people’s generosity in cash and kind. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering, please contact the residence at 088-911334. Adrian L &  Brywin G

Family members of two aspirants given special blessing at the end of Mass

Family members of the two aspirants receive special blessing at the end of Mass, Holy Rosary Limbahau, 29 Jan 2017.

LIMBAHAU-  The family members of aspirants Xavier Maurice and Ronald Aloysius were given a special blessing at the end of the Sunset Mass at Holy Rosary Church here on 29 Jan 2017.

The two aspirants were among the seven participants from the parish and nine from St Joseph Papar who joined the annual vocation seminar for diocesan priesthood at the Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre Jan 13-15.

The parish will conduct a vocation awareness session at St Linus Linggan on Feb 17.

Born on 22 March 1993, Xavier Maurice is the youngest in a family of three of Maurice Justin John and Theresa Continus Sindu.  He was born in Papar but grew up in Kota Kinabalu.  He had his primary schooling at SJK(c) Hwa Shiong Putatan and finished secondary school at SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin Penampang. He took a course on business administration at University Utara Malaysia (UUM) Kedah and tourism course at Asian Tourism Institute (ATI)  Kota Kinabalu. He worked with SLDB in Keningau as assistant field manager and then as human resource manager with Sticky Rice Travel.

Ronald Aloysius, born on 30 October 1990, is the youngest in a brood of five of Aloysius Primus and Mariana Tius.  He was born in Kg Kabang, Papar.  He had his primary schooling at SJK(c) Cheng Hwa, Papar and finished secondary school at SMK St Joseph Papar. He took a course on Medical Lab Technology at MasterSkills College Kuala Lumpur. He worked for a few years in Kuala Lumpur.  He returned to Sabah in 2015 to work with Sabah State Railway Department as assistant manager, stationed in Tenom.

Both of them joined the aspirancy programme at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang on Feb 3. –SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau

Aspirants join in blood donation drive


PENAMPANG  – The aspirants of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocesan Formation House here joined in a blood donation drive at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC) here on 22 Oct 2016.

The centre organised the drive as one of its Corporal Works of Mercy, with Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) staff in attendance. The half-day drive managed to collect 11 pints of blood that were donated to QEH blood bank. This was the second drive organised by CAC which also saw its director, Fr Wilfred Atin, donating blood that day.

Aspirants make Journey of Mercy across Sabah


KOTA KINABALU – Sixteen Aspirants with their director Fr Wilfred Atin celebrated the Jubilee Year of Mercy with a ‘Journey of Mercy’ to the six designated Holy Doors of Mercy in Sabah.

The journey started from Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese to Sandakan Diocese and ended up in Keningau Diocese, from 29 Aug – 3 Sept 2016.  At the same time the pilgrims  also carried out vocation promotion in the places they stayed overnight.

On the first day they entered the Holy Door at Sacred Heart Cathedral led by Fr Wilfred.  From there, they  went to St Peter’s Church Kudat.   were Pastor Fr Jalius Sading welcomed them warmly.  They stayed overnight in the parish.

They presented the Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood programme.  One aspirant shared on how he responded to the calling, the challenges he faced, and how he overcame them.   The pilgrims took the opportunity to sell some religious items to raise funds. They entered the Kudat Holy Door the next morning, followed by Mass.

From Kudat they proceeded to Sandakan by taking the Paitan–Sapi Nangoh road. They stopped by St Joseph’s Church, Nangoh for a short visit. In Sandakan, Bishop Julius Gitom, Fr Sunny Chung, Fr Stanley Matakim and Deacon Christopher Ireneus joined in the vocation promotion programme.

The next day, after the Rites of Entering the Door of Mercy, they went up the Marian Hill while reciting the Rosary and celebrated Mass on top of the hill. Then they continued their pilrimage to St Peter Claver Ranau with a lunch stop over at St Martin Telupid parish hall. In Ranau they were welcomed by Fr Nicholas Stephen, Fr Francis Tsen,and Fr Florian Marcus, who took part in the vocation programme.

On the fourth day, before entering the Holy Door, they were given a catechesis on the eight icons on the  Holy Door.  They made the Stations of the Cross outdoors before going to St Patrick Membakut.  En route, they  visited the new retreat centre at Nulu Sosopon, Keningau with Fr Paul Mikin present to welcome them.

From Membakut, they proceeded the next day to Holy Rosary Church, Limbahau, their last station.  After entering the Holy Door the next day, they headed back to the formation house in Catholic Archdiocesean Centre Penampang. Nelbart Peter

 Their experiences….

“A long, tiring journey but with God’s help, I gained strength to go on and also from helping each other.  I learnt that we must have humility in order to be merciful like the Father.” – Nelbart Peter

“I realise that God is always with us whenever we seek Him. I’m really grateful and thankful because He has never abandoned me in my hardships.” Wendell Wong

 “Interesting things happen when there is peace within a community. Along the journey of entering the six Doors of Mercy, I’ve learned that love is a free gift from God and He tells us to follow this love and to share it with each other.” – Baxcter C

“This pilgrimage has awakened me to the meaning of sacrifice, patience and sincerity. It has taught me to be strong in my calling.” – Airon Japilih

“Through this pilgrimage, we were able to see Christ’s loving face in the persons of the parishioners that we visited. Their support enabled us to complete our journey to all Doors of Mercy.” Yoseph Jup Matias

 “This has given me a new inspiration to love others, to appreciate myself, others and God. It has helped me to continue responding to God’s call.” Hillary

“I felt the Lord Jesus working in me when I gave my sharing in Holy Rosary Church Limbahau. Two of the parishioners approached and told me that they were really touched by the sharing.” Switchely Michael

 “I have the beautiful opportunity to experience God’s deep love and peace upon entering the Door of Mercy. The journey was quite tiring but going out in the love of Jesus made all things beautiful. Walking with Jesus means  ‘You will never walk alone.’” – Jeremia D

 “I have the opportunity to get to know the parishioners in the parishes we visited. We shared our faith and the different environment has refreshed my own faith.” – Freddy Nicholas

“I’m thankful to God that through His blessings, this programme has run smoothly. I’ve gained many faith-strengthening experiences especially going through the Doors of Mercy.” – Bonnyface Stephen

“Through this journey of Mercy, I’ve experienced and seen how God works in those who are willing to put in effort and be close to Him” – Scany Polycarp

“The reflection on the Prodigal Son tells me that God accepts us when we go to Him with bags of regrets of all the sins that we have committed. I am touched and awakened to continue following God.” – Jescie Petrus

“Although it was tiring but we found joy in each other because we went out with one heart. We believed that Jesus was walking with us, and we felt  that this exhaustion was necessary for us to be the agents of good news” – Paddelyne Francis

“The ‘Prodigal Son’ icon has touched me deeply due to my past transgressions. But I believe God the Father accepts my ‘resurrection’ with love and allowed me to be in the Formation House.” Ricki Boy Hasim

“The Lord reminded me to forgive those who have ever hurt me. In this pilgrimage, He assured me that He will never let me walk alone, He is lighting our way.” Andrewsius Jumil

“I’m grateful to God simply because He made me feel His mercy at each Door of Mercy throughout this pilgrimage” Charlleo Chari @ Chali

Aspirants spend Alpha weekend away

The participants pose after the event.

The participants pose with their facilitators after the event.

BUNDU TUHAN – Ten aspirants to diocesan priesthood drove up to Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre for the Alpha Weekend Away on 21-22  Nov 2015. The weekend away consisted of four talks on the Holy Spirit and one on Repentance, followed by group sharing in between talks and finally a praying over session. Together with the aspirants were ten facilitators from Sacred Heart Alpha Ministry.

The aspirants had completed the 14-talk course Nov 27. Here are their sharings on their experience during the weekend, especially the praying over session.

Andrewsius Jumil, Bundu Tuhan – The Holy Spirit is a special friend to me, He has always guided me to grow in kindness and goodness. I can’t see Him but I feel Him everyday. He is also the one who has encouraged and helped me to compose songs as prayers.

Wendell Wong, Tenom – The weekend away has been a fantastic and wonderful experience as I felt joy in the Holy Spirit. I am thankful and grateful to Him, He has helped me to be set free from bad and negative memories. When I invoked the Holy Spirit, I could feel my mind totally at rest and I could feel His peace and gentleness.

Bonnyface Stephen, Bundu Tuhan – I am grateful and happy for the opportunity to be in Bundu Tuhan for the weekend away. In the two-day programme, there were lots of new things that I’ve learnt especially on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, it has satisfied my deepest longing for God, which is impossible to explain in words.

Baxcter Christianus, Telupid – I would like to start by saying that the Alpha Group has been the best group I have ever joined. I really enjoyed and was happy with all the activities we had for two days. I felt the Holy Spirit working in me. From the Alpha course I’ve learnt a lot of things which were helpful in my formation and vocation to be a priest. I thanked God for the opportunity to join the Alpha course. ‘Thank you’ to all facilitators for their hard work.

Maxwell Verus, Inanam – The Alpha course is a powerful incentive tool that helps me to put what I have learnt into practice in my life and not to give up easily. The course is an avenue to help me to speak confidently and effectively in our small group setting. During the praying over, which was the most important, I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. This course has enabled me to grow in relationship with God and to develop wisdom with the help of the Spirit.

Nelbart Peter, Sook – My heart is weighed down by hatred. I longed for the touch of the Holy Spirit. Small misunderstandings that happened many times have built up grudges. During the praying over, I was touched by the Holy Spirit and was slain.  I felt a tingling sensation flowing over the back of my head. I believe I am healed of my grudges and my burdens lightened. I am so grateful to God for this.

Canisius Benjamin, Inanam – The Holy Spirit weekend has touched me, it is indeed an awesome experience to be in this programme. I could feel the presence of the mighty Holy Spirit and asked Him for the gifts that he wants to give me to serve His people.

Evaristus Francis Sales, Telupid – What really touched me was when we were prayed over. I sat there and watched, waiting for my turn. When the facilitator said whoever was ready to come forward, I was ready to get up but something stopped me from doing so. When all my other friends had gone forward, I stood up and was the last one to be prayed over. I was praying for my uncle’s health at that moment when I heard a gentle whisper which I believe to be the Holy Spirit. I fell to the floor and was slain.  I could see an image of my parents and Jesus standing beside them. Although the images were unclear, I was sure that God was present there.

Jhony Kumin, Bundu Tuhan – Alpha is like fertiliser, able to enrich plants that grow on rocky ground. Each activity from the beginning until its highest point, which is the Holy Spirit weekend away, has borne good fruit within me. ‘Thank you’ to all Alpha members for bringing us closer to our faith.

Barry Ferror Benjamin, Bundu Tuhan – I’ve known Alpha since I was working in Peninsular Malaysia five years ago. I was also chosen to represent the parish to join the Alpha leaders seminar. After entering the formation house, through the Alpha for Aspirants I got to know Alpha more fully. It is a good programme to get to know Jesus. There are good lessons to be learned from each talk. Often we ignore basic lessons, but they are no less important for our faith. I really think that Alpha helps in developing and affirming our Christian faith.


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