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CMI ends Marian month with rosary procession

The devotees end the rosary procession from the grotto to the white statue of Our Lady at the entrance of the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang, 24 May 2018.

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) here ended the month of May with a rosary procession on 24 May 2018.

Around 50 people attended the bilingual (English, Mandarin) rosary procession, the first in CMI’s history, around the car park with lighted candles.  The devotion ended with a potblessed fellowship at the canteen.

The different groups and ministries took part in praying the rosary in English (Mon, Tue, Thu) and Mandarin (Wed, Fri) at 7:30 pm since May 1.

Throughout the year, the rosary is recited before the 6 pm Mandarin Sunset Mass on Saturdays and before the 9 am English Mass on Sundays.

The Rosary is an important devotion that honours Mary while focusing on the events in the life of Jesus Christ.

There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five Joyful Mysteries (said on Monday and Saturday), the five Luminous Mysteries (said on Thursday), the five Sorrowful Mysteries (said on Tuesday and Friday), and the five Glorious Mysteries (said on Wednesday and Sunday).

The question is sometimes asked, why, of all the incidents in our Lord’s life, the Rosary only considers these particular twenty. The mysteries of the Rosary are based on the incidents in the life of Our Lord and His Mother that are celebrated in the Liturgy. There is a parallel between the main feasts honouring our Lord and his Mother in the liturgical year, and the twenty mysteries of the Rosary. Consequently, one who recites the twenty mysteries of the Rosary in one day reflects on the whole liturgical cycle that the Church commemorates during the course of each year. That is why some of the Popes have referred to the Rosary as a compendium of the Gospel. One cannot change the mysteries of the Rosary without losing the indulgences that the Church grants for the recitation of the Rosary. – www.rosarycenter.org

CMI altar servers commissioned for the first time

BUKIT PADANG – Some 27 altar servers of the Church of Mary Immaculate here were commissioned over the weekend of 17-18 Mar 2018.

Fifteen were commissioned by Archbishop John Wong during the Chinese Sunset Mass Mar 17 while another 12 were commissioned also by the prelate at the 9 am English Mass Mar 18.

It was a historic first in the history of this church that will mark  25 years of existence in October this year.

Altar servers are a post-Trent innovation in parish churches. Formerly, ordained acolytes performed these functions.  When priestly training developed in seminaries, professed acolytes were no longer available in parishes. In the parishes, only men and boys served at the altar.

In 1994, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments clarified that service at the altar is to be considered one of the liturgical functions (such as those of lector and cantor) that, according to canon 230 §2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, lay people, male or female, may perform. At the same time the Congregation pointed out that this canon of the Code of Canon Law is only permissive and does not oblige to admit female altar servers.

The term “acolyte” is sometimes applied to altar servers, but in the proper sense means someone who has been received the ministry of that name, usually reserved for those who are to be promoted to the permanent or transitory diaconate. These must receive the ministry of acolyte, which formerly was classified as a minor order, at least six months before being ordained as deacons.

The altar server ministry is very important and is open to any boy (or girl) at least 9 years old who has made his first communion.  Like all calls to ministry, it is God who makes the invitation. The server is the priest and deacon’s right hand helper. Servers are to perform their duties in a sincere and reverent manner. This is rightly expected of them by God and his people.

Although the procedures vary from church to church, the main duty of altar servers is to assist the priest during the Mass. This includes:

  • Processing with the cross and candles down the aisle to signify the beginning and end of the Mass.
  • Processing with candles to light the Gospel.
  • Delivering the Book of Gospels to the priest.
  • Helping the priest/deacon prepare the altar for the Eucharist

Altar servers typically wear  an alb . This garment is worn over the clothes and tied with a cincture at the waist.  The cincture is the name for a braided cord that is tied around the waist. When tied properly, it is adjustable. The loose ends should always hang on the left side.

Altar servers have to get to church 5-20 minutes early, depending on the church.

CMI inaugurates monthly Holy Hour

A section of the adorers before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, 18 Jan 2018, CMI.

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) here inaugurated its monthly Holy Hour on 18 Jan 2018.

Mooted by Father Paul Lo at the last 2017 liturgical meeting of the sub-parish and approved by parish priest Archbishop John Wong, it was carried through at 8 pm on Thursday, Jan 18.

Over a hundred faithful gathered for the devotion which ended with Benediction by Fr Lo.

The Holy Hour is the practice of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  A plenary indulgence is granted for this practice.

In many churches, it is done on Thursdays to commemorate the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus at the Last Supper.

In CMI, it is on every third Thursday (subject to change) of the month from 8 pm – 9 pm.  All are welcome to join in the devotion.

CMI altar servers recollection draws 22 participants

The participants pose for shot with Fr Lo, CMI, 4 Dec 2017.

BUKIT PADANG – Twenty-two altar servers from the English and Chinese ministries joined the one-day recollection on 4 Dec 2017.

The event was held at the Church of Mary Immaculate here.

Pauline Sister Laura Anggie facilitated the team-building dynamics followed by a talk on the theme “I am the Handmaid of the Lord” by Father Paul Lo.  The theme was taken from 2019 World Youth Day theme.

After lunch, many of the participants went for confession and counselling.  The day closed with a Mass presided by Fr Lo.

SH Deaf Ministry organises Sign Language Mass

The deaf community poses with Friar Rowland after Mass, 10 Sept 2017, CMI Bukit Padang.

BUKIT PADANG – A Sign Language Mass was celebrated at the Church of Mary Immaculate here on 10 Sept 2017.

It was organised by the Sacred Heart Ministry to Deaf People (SHMDP) of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Kota Kinabalu.

Franciscan Friar Rowland Yeo of Singapore, a deaf priest, presided at the Mass using sign language.

Around 60 hearing-impaired and 30 hearing parishioners turned up for the Mass.  Among them was Javier, who was new to the sign language.

“It’s such a new interactive way to experience Mass,” he said.

A deaf student from SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin said, “Friar Rowland used a lot of gestures, facial expressions, and body language apart from hand signs to convey his messages, which is the way deaf people communicate,” she said.

The deaf members in the ministry hoped that they would be able to experience more integration with hearing parishioners in all pastoral and non-pastoral activities.

SHDMP hoped that with integration, more hearing parishioners will be encouraged and inspired to get to know the deaf community, their culture and their special needs, especially religious needs.



In conjunction with the International Deaf Day, the Deaf Ministry will also be organising a Thanksgiving Mass in October.

This day is celebrated worldwide on the initiative of the UN on the last Sunday of September, in honour of the establishment in 1951 of the International Federation of the deaf.

The beginning of the formation and development of societies of deaf people in many countries has been made possible thanks to the meetings and associations of graduates of schools for the deaf.

Charles-Michel de l’Epee (1712-1789) founded the first public school for the hearing-impaired in France. He devoted his life to developing the world’s first sign alphabet for the deaf. Epee is also credited with creating a systematic method of teaching the hearing-impaired. His manual alphabet, which he called French Sign Language, was adapted into American Sign Language a few decades after his death.

On the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the great Frenchman in 1912, many deaf people from different countries were invited, and it became the first international meeting of the communities that initiated the contact.

One of the upcoming events will be the 2nd Asian Catholic Deaf Conference (ADCC) to be held in Tagaytay City Philippines on 27 Nov-2 Dec 2018 under Father Min Seo Park of South Korea, the first deaf priest in Asia.

Fr Park was one of the three deaf delegates appointed to the Steering Committee to look into the spiritual needs of the Asian Deaf Community at the 6th South East Asian Conference for Pastoral Workers for the Deaf held in Kota Kinabalu in October 2010. The other two were Melina Sylvia Ann of Kuala Lumpur and Patrick Anthony of Singapore.

In March 2014, Pope Francis held an audience with the Deaf and the Blind. He encouraged them to be witnesses of Christ and asked them to build a culture of encounter. Pope Francis is also urging more and more that we make an inclusive Church, welcoming the people who are on the margins: and the deaf people truly are on the margins. (Source: CNA/Asia’s first conference for deaf Catholics*)

As to the Asian Conference, Father Peter Teerapong Kanpigul, chaplain of the Deaf Catholic Association in Thailand explained during the 1st ADCC “The aim is to promote better understanding and network with dioceses, interpreters, and sign languages, which vary from country to country, so as to foster and strengthen the apostolate of a participatory Asian Church to bolster the new evangelisation”. (Source: CNA*) – Charlton Gomes

CMI organises send-off gathering for assistant pastor

Father Mojolou cuts the commemorative cake, witnessed by CMI PPC chairperson Clarice Moiji and MC Philomina Engsun (in red).

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate here organised a send-off gathering for one of its assistant pastors on 11 June 2017.

Around 50 people attended the gathering for Father Rhobby Mojolou at the canteen.  The honouree will be going to Rome for a four-year licentiate course on Sacred Scriptures on June 25.

In his brief address, the priest thanked the organisers for the gathering and everyone for their presence.  He said that he has enjoyed serving in CMI, a subparish of Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu, for five years.

He also said that he has mixed feelings regarding his next assignment: looking forward to it and yet having a sense of fear as well as he has to learn five languages in the course of his studies.  He then asked all to continue praying for him as “I do for you.”

The 35-year-old priest hails from Penampang and was ordained to the priesthood in 2014.

A day before, on June 10, the Sacred Heart Morning Massgoers, organised a two-in-one breakfast for Father Max Hontor  (3rd priestly anniversary) and for  Fr Mojolou (send-off).


CMI celebrates Fatima apparitions centenary with procession

Abp Wong places the crown on the statue’s head after the homily, CMI, 13 May 2017.

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate here celebrated the centenary of Fatima Apparitions with a Marian procession despite the inclement weather on 13 May 2017.

It was a heartwarming sight to see the faithful with their colourful umbrellas coming in procession from the grotto into the church before the Mass with flowerful girls throwing petals on the wet ground.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass.  Joining him at the altar was Abp Emeritus John Lee.  The occasion was enlivened by the singing of the Chinese choir under the baton of Joe Shin.

The prelate crowned the statue of Our Lady of Fatima after the homily.

Preceding the procession was the rosary recitation followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Since May 14 (next day) was Mother’s Day, all the mothers present were invited up front to receive a special blessing from the presider before the dismissal.

A fellowship meal was served at the canteen after the Mass.

On the same day in Portugal, Pope Francis canonised Bl Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three seers of Fatima.

CMI organises thanksgiving fellowship for outgoing assistant pastor

Group photo taken for remembrance, 26 Feb 2017, CAC.

PENAMPANG – Members of Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in Bukit Padang organised a fellowship to thank outgoing assistant pastor on 26 Feb 2017 at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here.

Father Wilfred Atin will be assisting St Michael Penampang starting March 1.  He has been assisting Sacred Heart Cathedral and its sub-parish of CMI since November 2006.

Members of the different ministries turned up for the potluck fellowship held at the CAC.  Present were 18 aspirants (two others were in Limbahau) and two visiting Nepalese priests who were Fr Wilfred’s classmates in Rome.

A light entertainment programme followed after the meal.  There was an exchange of gifts between Fr Wilfred and the visitors followed by the sumazau dance.  The event closed with a prayer-blessing from Fr Wilfred.

Over 200 children receive first holy communion at SHC-CMI

First communicants sing the song they learnt at the camp during the reception at the cathedral parish hall Oct 29.

First communicants sing the song they learnt at the camp during the reception at the cathedral parish hall Oct 29.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 200 children received their first holy communion at Sacred Heart Cathedral here and Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) Bukit Padang over the weekend of 29-30 Oct 2016.

At the cathedral parish, 115 children received Jesus Oct 29 while 43 received him at the 7 am Chinese Mass, and 85 at the 10:45 am BM Mass the next day.  At CMI, 26 made their first holy communion Oct 30.

The reception was held at the parish hall after each Mass.  After the meal, the first communicants received their certificates while their teachers/facilitators received a personal letter of appreciation from the parish priest or his assistants.

It is hoped that the parents/guardians and teachers/facilitators of these first communicants will help them to grow in their relationship with the Lord.

CMI bids farewell to assistant pastor

cmi bids farewell to fr jeffri

BUKIT PADANG – The Church of Mary Immaculate here organised a farewell meal to bid their assistant pastor au revoir on 17 July 2016 at the church canteen.

The event was organised by the Parish Pastoral Council for Fr Jeffri Gumu who would be taking a three-year-break for licientiate studies on canon law at the Pontifical University of Sto Tomas Manila, Philippines.  Fr Gumu has been serving them since his ordination in 2012.

In his homily during the Mass, the priest said he was struck when one of the youths told him not to forget to pray during his studies.  That is because normally it would be the priest who gives that advice to the faithful.  He said it was a sign of spiritual maturity on the part of the youth.

In an interview, he said he is happy to be given a break and looking forward to his studies in Manila.  Currently, Fr Clement Abel of Keningau is taking up MA Philosophy at the same university and has another two and a half years to go.

Over 30 people – members of the various groups/ministries – turned up for the fellowship.  Parish priest Abp John Wong graced the occasion as well, lending support to the honouree.

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