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SM Shan Tao celebrates Kaamatan

KOTA KINABALU – The SM Shan Tao Likas community celebrated its monthly Student Mass at the chapel of St Simon Catholic Church Likas, here, with a Kaamatan-themed celebration on 5 May 2017.

The congregation, comprising students, teachers, parents and church ministers, led by parish rector Father Cosmas Lee, reflected on the Gospel reading for that day (John 6: 52-59).

In his homily delivered in Bahasa Malaysia, Fr Cosmas linked the consumption of physical food to the Eucharistic celebration.

Tuhan menggunakan makanan dan minuman supaya hidup kita itu makin menjadi sepertiNya. Sakramen itu kita sebut ‘Ekaristi’ (Through the bread and wine, God wishes that we could become more like Him. This Sacrament is called the ‘Eucharist’),” he said, citing Jesus’ words – ‘Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink’.

He added that it’s important for the faithful to come to the Eucharistic celebration filled with the spirit of thanksgiving.

Kerana kita bukan sahaja dengarkan firman Tuhan tetapi kita juga akan makan Yesus dan menjadi Yesus  (Because we are not only listening to God’s words but also to consume Jesus in the Eucharist and become more like Him).”

On the Kaamatan celebration, he candidly asked the students if any of them knew how to plant paddy, to which only one said “yes.”

Among the highlights of the celebration was the presentation of gifts in which the offertory bearers were led by Sumazau dancers in traditional outfit to the altar. The choir sang the traditional Kadazan offertory hymn titled “Toimoo Tuhan.

The gifts included rice (symbol of bountiful harvest during the Kaamatan season), vegetables (represent good health for everyone), colourful flowers (diverse culture living in harmony), donation from the congregation and bread and wine (Body and Blood of Jesus Christ).

The reader, cantor, choir and commentator were all students of the school. Following the Mass, the congregation held a fellowship at the parish hall. – SSCC SOCCOM

CAC staff gather for their second Kaamatan celebration

Juanita leads the sumazau dance, CAC, 26 May 2017.

PENAMPANG – The staff of Catholic Archdiocesan Centre (CAC) at Taman Hiburan here gathered for their second Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) gathering on 26 May 2017.

They had their inaugural celebration last year.

The 20 aspirants joined them at the Holy Mass presided by Father Wilfred Atin celebrated prior to the fellowship lunch and entertainment.

Archbishop John Wong joined them for lunch shortly after.

Some of the 20 aspirants left immediately after lunch for the Kaamatan holidays (May 30-31) while others would only leave in the next few days.

Many of the staff and aspirants belong to the Kadazandusun tribe and they enjoyed singing their popular harvest festival songs and dancing the sumazau.

They also had fun participating in the games organised for the occasion after lunch.

May-born staff and one aspirant were feted and there was a cake-cutting ceremony for them before lunch (mainly native dishes) was served.

 

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