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299 Limbanak confirmands urged to bear fruit

LIMBANAK – Archbishop John Wong urged the 299 newly confirmed to go and bear fruit in being true witnesses of Christ.

The candidates were conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation by Abp Wong on 10 Oct 2017 at St Aloysius Church here.

Reminding them that they have received the most important gift in their life, he encouraged them to make good use of the gift they have received to grow deeper in their faith, and be awakened to a sense of belonging by participating actively in their respective parish or outstation community.

The church was packed to capacity to accommodate additional faithful who came especially to witness the confirmation of candidates who could not receive the sacrament due to flash floods on Sept 29 at St Michael’s Church.

The candidates came from zones encompassing Penampang, Kinarut, Limbanak, Sugud, Kolopis and Sukang-Madpai. – Soccom Penampang

Penampang confirmands undeterred by flash floods

A group of male confirmands pose with the concelebrants after the Mass, St Michael Penampang, 29 Sept 2017.

PENAMPANG – Penampang candidates for confirmation on their way to St Michael here for the ceremony were undeterred by flash floods on 29 Sept 2017.

The 158 candidates came from Kibabaig, Kolopis, Nampasan, Kambau, and Penampang-Dambai including St Michael Secondary School.

One hundred and three candidates had to battle the strong current at Kg Dabak which had reached almost five feet high along the lower level of the 200-metre long Jalan St Michael before going uphill to the church with the help of 4×4 motorists who responded to the situation.


Those who were stranded by the traffic snarl caused by impassable roads and did not make it were, among others, students of SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin waiting to be transported to the church about three km distant away.  They and others received the sacrament at St Aloysius Church Limbanak on Oct 10.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass, which was concelebrated with Fathers Wilfred Atin and Wiandigool Runsab.

The inclement weather did not dampen the joy of the celebration.  However, the planned  blessing of the  gigantic 15- foot statue of St Michael the Archangel had to be postponed to another date which has yet to be confirmed. – Soccom Penampang

Four confirmands give their takes on Confirmation

L-R: Alban, Crystal, Grace and Jude pose for a shot after the ceremony, 11 June 2017, SHC.

KOTA KINABALU – Four from the 300 confirmed by Archbishop John Wong at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 11 June 2017, gave their takes on the sacrament.

Jude Escarraga, 16, flew in from New York, just to catch the Rites of Confirmation on time. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything, after all I have prepared for this since young and being able to come back has been made possible,”  he said.

Jude, who is currently studying Grade 11 in New York, looked at Confirmation with positiveness and hoped that the Holy Spirit will strengthen his faith further, and brings him closer to God. He sensed that with faith strengthened, he will be protected from harm and temptation.

Crystal Yong, 16, brimming with excitement, looked forward to have her faith finally confirmed and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, after knowing the existence of the Holy Spirit through the formation programme.

Having been introduced to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, she would like to ask from the Holy Spirit the gift of understanding so that she may understand who and what it is she is being given. Next she wants to be gifted with kindness so that she would know how to have a kind word for others. Last but not least, she asks for charity, “It’s hard to give. I want to be able to give good clothes away, not just those that I don’t want. I want to be able to give myself more generously, and not just for the show of it.”

Grace Ralon, 16, looked forward to be renewed in her faith by the Holy Spirit. “I have read and learned about the Holy Spirit from the sessions and from the Bible. But now I am going to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will help me to understand more about the Gift God has given me. Because He is in me, I can now pray to the Holy Spirit and ask Him for guidance for my life,” she said.

Alban Maluda, 16, proud to be a Catholic, said “Now with Confirmation, I am fully ‘authorised’ to be a member of Christ’s family!”

He recalled his First Holy Communion interview when he was told that First Holy Communion was the ‘first part,’ but the greater part to come was Confirmation.

With Confirmation, he is sure that his faith will be so strengthened “that I will not stray away.”  Raring to go, he asked to be equipped with the virtue of humility so that he could empathise and sympathise with those in pain and in need. He looked forward to growing up to the point of being able to be actively involved in passing on his faith. He seriously thought that the formation programme needs younger faith formators! – CS

72 receive Sacrament of Confirmation

TANJUNG ARU – Seventy-two confirmands received the sacrament of confirmation at the BM Mass in Stella Maris Parish here on 22 Jan 2017.

The Mass was presided by Archbishop John Wong who was making his pastoral visit to the parish.  He was assisted by Msgr Primus Jouil and Father Tony Mojiwat.

In his address to his confirmands at the fellowship lunch in the parish hall, he challenged them to change the world as the 12 Apostles did after Pentecost.

He urged them to seriously consider changing themselves according to the Catholic faith.  He also exhorted them to see whether they are called to the priestly or consecrated life.

Then he addressed the parents and expressed his hope that they and their children would be present at Sunday Mass to build up the parish together.

To the godparents/sponsors, he reminded them to guide their godchildren in facing challenges.

The prelate then encouraged all confirmands to sign up for Bible Class which begins Feb 5 at St Peter Room as a follow-up in faith development.

Two Bible class graduates, Jillian Simon (2014) and Dana Dumpangol (2016) shared their experiences with the confirmands and encouraged them to join the class.

That day was also Catechetical Sunday with the theme Christ our Joy.

Sister Dominic Thien fsic, Sunday School Coordinator, gave a speech at the fellowship.

She said the Catechetical Sunday celebration is a time of grace for all catechists and she thanked all catechists who have journeyed with the 72 confirmands throughout the whole year of 2016.  Linda Edward


Three senior parishioners receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

One of the three seniors receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, 11 Oct 2016, St Michael Penampang.

PENAMPANG – Three senior parishioners were among the 128 candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 11 Oct 2016 at St Michael Penampang here.

Archbishop John Wong conferred the sacrament on them at a Mass concelebrated with Father Fundes Motiung and Father Wiandigool Runsab.

Patrick Yong Yuk Chan, 78, hails from Matunggong, Kudat. He was baptised there as a child. His wife Annie Tam Ah Khiun @Tam Oi Kion, 71, together with her sister Maria Tam Chiu Moi, 65 were non-Catholics, and went through special classes in order to prepare themselves spiritually to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

Because of their advanced age, Patrick and his wife attended intensive weekly classes at St Joseph Convent, Penampang under the guidance of Sr Imelda Angang, while Maria was guided by catechist Stephen Mingkong.

They received support from their children who provided transport and encouragement throughout their journey.

The couple had their marriage blessed while Annie and Maria were baptised prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

“We praise the Lord for His guidance and for giving us the strength for the entire journey. It has been a wonderful experience and we are very happy to have received this blessing,” said Patrick.

After the Mass,  all adjourned to the parish hall for a fellowship meal. A special programme was prepared  including sharings and gift presentation from the catechetical teams of Penampang, Kolopis and Minintod Zones. – Penampang SOCCOM

117 conferred Sacrament of Confirmation at HTC

The confirmands were from the  English, Chinese and Malay classes of both the main parish and outstation chapels.

The Eucharistic celebration, attended by some 2,000 parishioners, was presided by Bishop Julius Gitom, and concelebrated with Msgr Nicholas Ong and Fr Johnny Raju.

At the conclusion of his homily, the prelate addressed the confirmands, “You have decided to strengthen your belief through this Sacrament of Confirmation. Live it and exercise your faith by participating in church activities. Take part in the groups or ministries. Develop your faith and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in you by your serving the church, community or even in your own family.’

He added words of encouragement and appreciation to parents and facilitators for helping to make the day’s celebration a memorable event for the confirmands. All adjourned to the parish hall for a lunch fellowship. – Julita Kantod

Likas parish marks parish day with three events

Abp Wong sprinkles the people with holy water during the rite of blessing.

Abp Wong sprinkles the people with holy water during the rite of blessing.

LIKAS, Kota Kinabalu – St Simon Parish here marked its parish day – though a month late – with three events: blessing of its renovated church, confirmation of 31 candidates and 34 children received their first Holy Communion on 29 Nov 2015.  The parish day is normally celebrated on Oct 28 – feast of Sts Simon and Jude.  Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass, concelebrated with parish priest Fr Cosmas Lee, assisted by Deacon Joshua Liew.

The high Mass began with Abp Wong blessing the renovated church with holy water.  The renovation consisted of a new flooring (the carpet was taken out), new ceiling and new airconditon units replacing the old ones, a choir loft was added above the main entrance so that there would be more room for the parishioners to worship, additional awning was constructed around the church.  During the six-month period of renovation (amounting to almost RM1 million) the Eucharist was celebrated in the parish hall.  Moreover, the surroundings were beautifully landscaped and the Marian grotto was moved to the interior near the gardener’s quarters so that it would be more conducive for the devotees to pray there.

The Mass proceeded normally with the Rite of Confirmation held after the homily.  The first communicants received the Lord at the Rite of Communion.  After the Mass, most adjourned to the parish hall for the reception.  In his address to the parishioners, the prelate reminded them to “read the Bible, receive the sacraments, live the commandments, and go forth to evangelise.”

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