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New Catholic Centre will have facilities to produce formation programmes for rural parishes

Participants from Catholic Sabah Chinese section brainstorm during a workshop at the Journalism Training Workshop for Catholic Writers, 1-2 Dec 2017, SHPC.

KOTA KINABALU – The new Catholic Centre (CC) will have facilities to produce formation programmes for rural parishes.

This was disclosed by Anthony Lim of the CC Steering and Fundraising Committees during a practical writing workshop on indepth interviews on 2 Dec 2017.

There are abundant English faith formation programmes in Sabah, Lim said, but limited programmes in BM which is mainly spoken in the rural parishes.  So when the idea of constructing a new Catholic Centre took root in 1996, this was given priority.

The other panelist was Father Thomas Madanan who spoke on how his St Joseph Husband of Mary Parish is organising the fundraising activities for the CC building project.

The session on indepth interviews was one of the two practical workshops organised by the Archdiocesan Social Communications Commission (SOCCOM) on Dec 1-2 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

The other practical workshop was on feature writing on the future of Catholic Sabah, the archdiocesan fortnightly, after 60 years of existence.  There was review of articles by participants after each workshop.

The 18 participants – many of whom took part in the first training workshop for Catholic Writers in 2016 – came from various parishes in both Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese.

Aside from the two workshops there were sessions on photography (Eddie Angat and Vicky Matangang), Concise Writing & Advent of Social Media (Colin Forsythe), Covering Conferences and Youth Camps and Qualities of a Catholic Writer (Joseph Leong), Caption Writing (Ruben Sario), and Covering Homily/Speeches (Sr Anna Yap).

Father Thomas Madanan, spiritual adviser of SOCCOM, spoke on the missionary role of Catholic Writers.

In his address after the Mass, Archbishop John Wong touched on it as well.

“I invite you to move beyond.  Watch and see the needs of our people, especially our youth.  Seek God’s inspiration to enter into new fields of communication…It is our duty and responsibility to have eyes to see the needs of our time and to give those pressing needs a clear and definite answer,” the prelate said.

Later he unveiled the new official logo of the commission and presented the certificates of attendance to all the participants.

Large turnout surprises YoM programme organisers


LIMBAHAU – The unexpected large turnout for the inaugural Year of Mercy (YoM) programme  surprised the organisers who had expected less people.

The programme, organised by the Archdiocesan Social Communications Commission (AD SOCCOM), took place on 11 Nov 2016 at the Fr Amandus Hall here.

The programme entitled What Mercy Means to Me and My Family, consisted of an introduction on the YoM by Datuk Joseph Leong and a  catechesis on Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10) by Father Thomas Madanan, the assistant pastor of both parishes.

Parish leaders (both of Holy Rosary Limbahau and St Joseph Papar) estimated the crowd to be 120 although the organisers had expected only 80 to turn up.

The event began with a potluck fellowship meal, with a variety of dishes brought by the parishioners.

After the meal, Father Thomas Yip, pastor of both parishes, welcomed the organisers and introduced them to the people.  He stayed for the entire programme.

It ended with the distribution of YoM leaflets and interviews with some youth who attended the session for the video on YoM.

KK SOCCOM to organise practical journalism training for Catholic writers

ruben-sarioKOTA KINABALU – The Social Communications Commission (SOCCOM) of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese will be organising a two-day journalism training workshop on Dec 10-11.

Catholics in the archdiocese wanting to learn more about some aspects of journalism, including basic newswriting and photography will have the opportunity to do so.

Ruben Sario, organising chairman of the training programme, said the workshop is open to officials of commissions and other groups of parishes in the archdiocese.

“We are organising this workshop with the aim of upgrading their writing skills so that they can be in a better position to contribute news articles and photographs to Catholic Sabah, a bi-monthly publication of our church in the state and to other media outlets,” he said.

The venue will be at Stella Maris Church Tanjung Aru.

Sario said the workshop would be facilitated by various SOCCOM members including its chairman Datuk  Joseph Leong.

Aside from newswriting and photography, other topics covered are interviewing techniques and practical steps to be taken  in giving coverage for newsworthy activities of commissions and at parish level.

Sario  requested those wishing to attend to register early as the number of participants is limited.  Deadline for registration is Saturday 26 November 2016.

For details please contact SOCCOM office at 088-712297 / 715017 or email to kksoccom2015@gmail.com.


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