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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.

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.

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