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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.

CMI-MOW members attend formation talk

BUKIT PADANG – Seventeen old and new members of the Ministry of the Word (MOW) attended a formation talk at the Church of Mary Immaculate here on 3 April 2017.  Neil Mah of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission facilitated the talk.  It was a refresher for the old members while it was enlightening to the new ones.  Mah touched on the basics: theological background and importance of the Sunday Liturgy, role of the readers and commentators during the Mass.  He also demonstrated the correct use and adjustment of the microphone, the proper way of walking and bowing in the sanctuary.  He was open to questions from the floor.  He also encouraged the ministry to organise sessions on diction and how to throw one’s voice without a microphone.  He stressed on the weeklong preparation needed not just by the readers on duty on a particular Sunday but by all those in the ministry.  The session ended with light refreshments.

CMI marks feast day with procession

The wardens carry the statue of Our Lady during the procession.

The wardens carry the statue of Our Lady during the procession.

BUKIT PADANG – Parishioners of the Church of Mary Immaculate here marked their feast day on 6 Dec 2015 with a Marian procession.  The statue of Our Lady, simply but beautifully decorated with roses, was carried by four wardens, preceded by the altar servers and flower girls, and followed by the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, Deacon Joshua, Fr Rhobby Mojolou, Korean Fr Germano Ka, Fr Moses Lui, and Archbishop John Wong in the procession.

In his homily, the prelate touched on the readings of the day.  But he also asked the congregation to reflect on the following three questions: Who is coming? Why is he coming? How does one prepare for his coming or how would one respond to this coming? throughout the Advent Season.  He said that if one knows who is the one coming then one would also know how to respond or prepare for his coming.

After the Mass, the faithful adjourned to the canteen for fellowship.  In his welcoming remarks, Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Bartholomew Kong welcomed those present, introduced the members of the the PPC and made a heartfelt plea to the parishioners to cooperate with the councillors to realise the mission of the parish.  He also expressed his hope that a hall would be built soon so that the parishioners would have a place to gather together for various activities.

Someone once said, “no preparation no celebration.”  In line with that, some parishioners prepared themselves spiritually for the event through a triduum of prayer with the theme on the Year of Mercy on Dec 3-5, since the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will be opened on Dec 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and the feast day of the parish.

The group who prepared themselves for the feast day pose for remembrance.

The group who prepared themselves for the feast day pose for remembrance.

CMI Children Celebrate Christmas

cs20140201_cmixmasKOTA KINABALU(CS).- Christmas is a time for joy and as children, what nicer way to make joyful noises than at a party!

The children of Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) celebrated the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. with a Children Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec 22 at the CMI canteen. The occasion was well attended by over 100 parishioners, comprising of parents and 92 children who have registered earlier for the party. Continue Reading

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