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Pope Francis’ 2017 Intentions

December 2017

The Elderly

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

 

Liturgical Feasts / Anniversaries /Observances

Dec 01: World AIDS Day

Dec 03: First Sunday of Advent B

Dec 04: St John Damascene

Dec 06: St Nicholas

 Dec 07: St Ambrose

Dec 08: Immaculate Conception of Mary (Solemnity)

Dec 09: St John Diego Cuahtlatoatzin

Dec 10: Second Sunday of Advent B

Dec 11: St Damasus I

Dec 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 13: St Lucy

Dec 14: St John of the Cross

Dec 17: Third Sunday of Advent B

Dec 21: St Peter Canisius

Dec 23: St John of Kanty

Dec 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent B

Dec 25: Christmas Day (Day of Obligation)

Dec 26: St Stephen Protomartyr

Dec 27: St John the Evangelist

Dec 28: Holy Innocents

Dec 29: St Thomas Becket

Dec 31: Holy Family 

Tawau organises fellowship for its senior parishioners

touch of love

TAWAU – Some 60 senior parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish here, gathered for a social fellowship at the Parish Basement Hall on 14 Nov 2015. The annual event, organised by the Parish Pastoral Care and Outreach Group of Holy Trinity Church, is in its 11th year. It is a part of the mission to reach out to the elderly in order to sustain and enrich their spiritual needs. In this corporal work of mercy, it is hoped that the younger generation would emulate and act to reach out to the elderly community.

This year around, the event was celebrated at the new Support Centre, renovated in early March with contributions from individuals and well-wishers. It is located at the basement of the parish hall, formerly a Sunday School classroom. The centre has a homely environment; a spacious living area with a television set, kitchen and a nearby toilet. The centre is open from 9 am to 2 pm from Thursday to Saturday.

The purpose of the centre serves to provide a conducive space for the elderly to meet up with one another; to provide spiritual and social support to the elderly; and to develop a sense of belonging.

According to the planned schedule, every Thursday is for Bible Sharing, while Friday and Saturday are for social interaction, spending time with each other, playing scrabble, cards, personal sharing or even going out for home visit.

The elderly who use this facility are very grateful to the community and the Church for providing a place for them to meet up, and to avoid being alone at home. Spending time with those in the same situation, exploring their aging process together and living in a community is a good pastoral activity. Parishioners who have time on their hands are encouraged to be with the elderly, as well as to extend support and care to them. – Julita Kantod

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