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Inanam lad Deacon Leslie ordained Jesuit priest

Fr Bingkasan (front L) poses with Abp Wong and the concelebrants, 1 Sept 2017, Inanam.

INANAM – Inanam lad Deacon Leslie J Bingkasan was ordained priest for the Society of Jesus on 1 Sept 2017 at St Catherine’s Church here.

Some 500 people including the ordinand’s family members, relatives and friends turned up to witness the ordination.

Archbishop John Wong officiated the rite of ordination after the homily.

Among the 18 concelebrants were eight Jesuits: Father Christopher Soh, Jesuit Regonal Superior of Malaysia-Singapore, and his assistant, Father James Tan, Father Christopher Wee, Father Alvin Ho, Father Sebastian Koh, Father J Sudarminta, Father A Setyo Wibowo and Father Riyo Mursanto.

From Keningau Diocese were Msgr Gilbertus Engan and Father Charles Chiew.  The rest were from KK Archdiocese: Father David Sham, Father Paul Lo, Father Wilfred Atin, Father Ambrose Atang, Father Rayner Bisius, Father Mattheus Luta, and Father Maxmillianno Hontor.  Father Patrick Jerome represented St Peter’s College Kuching.

The latter is the first priest from Inanam Parish (1991) while Fr Hontor is the second (2014).

In his speech, the neo-ordained thanked all those who have journeyed with him in his formative journey and he mentioned some names from the parish who are now undergoing formation either in the diocesan priesthood or in the Society of Jesus.

Abp Wong, too, thanked everyone who has helped the new priest in his priestly journey and called on all to pray for him so that he can live up to his vocation and for all ordained ministers in the church to stay faithful in their calling as representatives of Christ in this modern age.

On the other hand, Fr Soh, in his message, said the powerful seed of God’s Word has fallen not only in the receptive soil of the newly ordained’s heart but also into that of his family into which he was born and raised, that of the friends with whom he grew and matured, and that of the church community in which his faith was fed and nourished.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish hall for lunch and entertainment by various groups including the Bingkasan family.

Born on 27 Apr 1977, Fr Leslie is the eldest in a brood of four boys and one girl born to Joseph Bingkasan and Mary Sodikit of Kg Kionsom Inanam.

Educated at SRJK (C) Yick Nam Inanam (1984-1989), Tshung Tsin (1990-1995), and Institut Sinaran (1996-1998), the ordinand was taking a course in microbiology at the University Malaya (1996-2002) when he resigned and worked as a journalist at the Herald Catholic Weekly (2002-2004).

He entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and took his first vows in 2006.  After his theological studies at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, he was ordained deacon at the university church on 29 Oct 2016.

Prior to priestly ordination, he has a two-month pastoral in his home parish of Inanam, Manggatal and Telipok.

After ordination, he will serve at St Francis Xavier Petaling Jaya before going to Rome for licentiate studies in canon law.

Inanam welcomes 93 new members at Easter

The neophytes pose with Fr David Sham after the Mass, 15 Apr 2017, Inanam.

INANAM – St Catherine here welcomed 93 new members who became Catholics through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation.

All the elect were baptised by parish priest Father David Sham at the Easter Vigil on 15 Apr 2017, while 71 were conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation the next day, and 11 received their first Holy Communion.

At the same time, an Anglican was received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Paul Samsi, 36, who hails from Kg Penangah, Telupid, Kinabatangan, is not new to the Catholic faith as his wife is a practising Catholic and their marriage was blessed according to Catholic rites at Sacred Heart Cathedral in 2015.

This year, for the first time, the parish celebrated its hfeast day on Divine Mercy Sunday, which fell on the second Sunday of Easter Apr 23.

As is customary for Archbishop John Wong to make his pastoral visit to the parish on her feast day, the confirmation of 120 candidates took place on the same occasion.   The prelate conferred the sacrament on the confirmands during the morning Mass, assisted by  Fr Sham.

After the Mass, all  adjourned to the parish hall where the archbishop was briefed by Judy Joanes, parish Divine Mercy Apostolate chairperson, on the various activities undertaken by the group since its inception five years ago.

The prelate was also informed on the parish’s plan to celebrate the Parish Kaamatan Festival on May 1, which he was expected to grace. – Michael Guntili

Inanam’s first religious sister celebrates silver jubilee

INANAM – More than 500 parishioners turned up to celebrate the silver jubilee of religious profession of Inanam’s first religious sister.

The parishioners joined the Laukang family to commemorate Sister Terry’s 25 years as a Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) on 12 Feb 2017 at St Catherine Hall here.

Also present were Father David Sham, Father Paul Lo, and members of the Pastoral Council.

Prior to the fellowship in the evening, Fr Lo presided the morning Mass, which was organised by the Laukang family.

At press time, the parish has six vocations: Sr Terry fsic, Sr Doris Abiu fsic, Fr Patrick Erik Jerome, Fr Maxmillianno Hontor, and two seminarians.

In her 25 years of religious life, Sr Terry has served in St Peter Kudat (1992), Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu (1993 – 1994), St Anne Labuan (1995), St Aloysius Limbahau (1996), Loreto Convent Generalate Kota Kinabalu (1997-1998), St Paul Dontozidon (1999 – 2005), and back to Loreto Convent Generalate Kota Kinabalu since 2006. – Michael Guntili

New Mission Tadika opens at St Catherine

Mission Tadika Sinar Sukacita opened its doors to children on Jan 11, this year following approval by the Education Department of the application for registration of the kindergarten. Currently, Tadika Sinar Sukacita has 52 children between the ages of 4 to 6 enrolled in the kindergarten.

Tadika Sinar Sukacita St Catherine is one of thirteen new mission kindergartens that were established over the past year in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu. Five of these new mission kindergartens are in the Inanam Parish. This remarkable emergence of so many mission kindergartens in a short time is largely due the commitment and unstinting efforts from the members of the Archdiocese Early Childhood Committee in support of the Vision and Mission promulgated by Archbishop John Wong. The committee was entrusted with the objective to inculcate our Catholic faith to the young children of pre-school age and to build a strong foundation of love for Jesus and the Church. – AECEC, Ephraim Koujou

Over a thousand attend Apologetics Seminar

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INANAM – On the weekends of  26-27 Feb and 4-5 Mar 2016, the parishioners of St Catherine Inanam, Holy Family Telipok and Good Shepherd Manggatal  attended a two-part  Apologetics Seminar, hosted by St Catherine Pastoral Council and various communities of the parish.    The seminar, conducted by the Apologetics Team from Sacred Heart Cathedral and headed by Dr Jeffery Soon, managed to attract an unexpectedly large crowd of over 1300.

The term ‘apologetics’ is taken from the Greek word apologia which means to ‘make a defence.’  It has come to mean the way in which a follower of Christ defends their faith: Christianity. Catholic apologetics is the defense and explanation of the teachings, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic Church. In an increasingly diverse society, followers of Christ need to be equipped to be able to explain why they have the hope that they have, with gentleness and respect. (Ignatiusinsight.com)

The participants included catechumens, candidates for confirmation and candidates for first holy communion.

Through the seminar, the parishioners were made aware of the various issues affecting the church and their faith, and be equipped with the right strategies to respond with a better understanding of their own faith.

Having a better understanding of the faith also leads to an appreciation of other faiths which indirectly paves a way for a closer relationship with them. The presence of assistant priest Fr Paul Lo throughout the seminar set a fine example for others to follow in the pursuit of improving the knowledge of one’s faith and to be able to answer for one’s faith. – Michael Guntili

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