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SHC parish group leaders updated on renovation works

Group leaders take their allocation of tickets after the updating and briefing, 5 Oct 2017, SHPC.

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.

TTCL Nursing College offers full scholarship for nursing

Some of the candidates listening to the briefing, SHPC, 10 May 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Tun Tan Cheng Lock College of Nursing, Assunta Hospital Petaling Jaya is offering a full scholarship to pursue the diploma in nursing.

Theresa Arul, principal of the college, and her team conducted their first briefing and interview here for around 40 students (male and female) and their parents at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing on 10 May 2017.

Scholarship is to pursue the diploma in nursing, a full time three-year course.  Sponsorship will include monthly allowance and accommodation.

Arul and Peter Leong, chairman/CEO of the institute, assured the 17 successful candidates of employment after their studies not only at Assunta Hospital but also in Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

The team included two Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Sister Susan Thomas, FMM Provincial, and Sister Elizabeth Tan, head of Assunta Integrated Social Services (ASSISS) for the poor.

The diploma is a three-year course with two intakes: April and July.  The briefing and interview were for the July intake.

The course offers a sound education background in nursing practice.  It consists of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences through “on-the-job training” at Assunta Hospital located on Jalan Templar, Petaling Jaya, next to Assumption Church.

The institute began operations in 1961 as a single multipurpose classroom housed under the Assunta Hospital (founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary). It has expanded into the present cozy, multilevel and fully equipped building offering a comprehensive education and valuable experiences in the nursing profession.



Over 600 formally briefed on organising YOM pilgrimage


INANAM – Over 600 parishioners from Holy Family Telipok, Good Shepherd Manggatal, and St Catherine Inanam attended a formal one-hour briefing on the Year of Mercy by Father Fundes Motiung at St Catherine Church on 10 Oct 2016.

He explained what the Year of Mercy is, and why there is a need to go through the Door of Mercy, as well as the various steps and preparation before and after entering the Holy Doors in order to experience a meaningful pilgrimage.

Pope Francis called for an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which began on 8 Dec 2015 and would end on 20 Nov 2016.  Thousands of parishioners have joined pilgrimages to the designated Doors of Mercy at Sacred Heart Cathedral, St Peter Claver Ranau, Holy Rosary Limbahau, and St Peter Kudat since January 2016.

Father Paul Lo, in welcoming the crowd to the briefing,  underlined that the briefing could be utilised by would-be pilgrims as preparation. – Michael Guntili

Pastoral leaders briefed on need for a committee to spearhead mini-PAXes among parishioners

PPC members listen intently to Abp Wong.

PPC members listen intently to Abp Wong.

KOTA KINABALU – Parish pastoral councillors of Sacred Heart Cathedral and its subparish of Church of Mary Immaculate here were briefed on the need to form a  committee to spearhead mini-PAX among the parishioners on 15 Jan 2016 at the conference room above the cathedral chapel.

In the briefing, parish priest Abp John Wong went through the Diocesan Vision, underlying each word in the text: A caring communion of Christ-centred communities journeying together in faith, hope and love, empowered by the Holy Spirit in the evangelising mission of  building the kingdom of God.

While the people have been praying for the Vision to be realised on Sundays faithfully, not many had been involved in the process of formulating it.  So it is not surprising that when they are asked about it many would plead ignorance, and far less can explain it.  The present councillors are no exception.

In fact, when the prelate tried to get them to share about their experiences on the recent PAX Assembly and the formation programme “Journey to Emmaus” held shortly after, he was met with many a blank stare.  It seemed to say that the prelate as parish priest will have a long way to go to form this group of councillors into a group capable of sharing sponstaneously their spiritual reflections on their experiences.

In his turn, SHC PPC Chairman Jason Joenoi presented the three Parish Pastoral Priorities (PPP) as discerned by the parish and adopted by it in 2008.  The three priorities are concerns related to faith formation, family, and reaching out to nominal parishioners plus a special concern for youth, based on the DOPP at parish level.

Aline Lim then presented the findings of the pre-PAX Consultation conducted in the parish from May to July 2015.  This report was also presented by her during the 2015 PAX Assembly.

The last presenter was Dr Jeffrey Soon who presented the Archdiocesan Pastoral Thrust as the way to tackle the three issues of secularisation, Islamisation and apathy.  The Thrust has three flows: Go Inward, Go Smaller and Go Outward.

Go Inward (“…ongoing personal and communal renewal…“): The local Church is vulnerable to influence and effects of secularisation and political Islam because there seems to be a crisis of faith at all levels.  Relativism and apathy are two areas that need to be seriously addressed by continuously re-examining one’s faith.

Some ways to counteract such effects are:

  • a life of prayer nourished by the sacraments
  • living the Word of God
  • re-evaluate one’s relationship with Jesus
  • ongoing formation on Church’s teachings
  • openness to the Holy Spirit
  • participation in renewal programme
  • Year of Mercy 2016 – receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation often
  • pilgrimages
  • organise pastoral programmes that show 2016 is the “Year of the Lord’s favour or mercy”

Go Smaller (“A communion of Christ-centred communities …”): Eighty percent of the parishioners are not responsive to the current pastoral programmes and structures.  They would be vulnerable to enticement of secularisation and political Islam.  Their potentials are not enhanced and tapped.

What needs to be done is to review and renew existing structures and then design structures that can:

  • implement relevant and effective pastoral programmes and strategies to link all levels (EO-2)
  • develop renewed, reformed and committed pastoral leaders and workers (EO-1)
  • promote effective and efficient administration of programmes and resources (EO-3)
  • allow regular assessments of all pastoral processes on the 3 Ps and three criticial concerns at all levels

Go Outwards (“Empowered by the Holy Spirit in the evangelising mission of building the Kingdom of God“): Many programmes of the local Church are unknown outside the walls of the parishes.  “Being active” is equated to involvement in parish activities.  Laity is not formed “to transform the world” by living the Beatitudes.  Faith becomes a private matter in society.  This has led Pope Francis to say: “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting an dirty because it has been out on the streets.”

What can be done to transform the world is to:

  • be pastorally more “welcoming,” more “merciful,” and more “compassionate” (Year of Mercy 2016)
  • promote justice and peace in society
  • pay attention to the underprivileged and marginalised
  • empower those vulnerable to Islamisation due to poverty
  • reclaim the Church’s role in the field of education
  • have greater involvement in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy
  • have reminders of our history as church so that knowing who we are as People of God, we can move forward in strength and courage as church.

The parish priest reminded those present that an archdiocesan team is available to promote appropriate resources in the three areas.  Joenoi said that the PPC cannot be the one to carry out the pastoral thrust so there is the need to form a combined committee from both SHC and CMI to spearhead  mini-PAXes among the various groups/ministries/communities while Soon said that this committee is under the PPC and takes directives from it so that there is no confusion of roles and functions.

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