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BM version of book on Fatima Seers launched at SPC Ranau

Fr Nicholas (L) presents a copy of the book to the representative of the SPCR Kasih Bonda Kindergarten, 5 Nov 2017.

RANAU – A Bahasa Malaysia version of a book written by Sister Emmanuel Maillard of the Children of Medjugorje (COM) was launched at St Peter Claver here 0n 5 Nov 2017.

Entitled Anak-Anakku, Bantu Menangkan Hatiku, (Children, Help My Heart to Triumph), the book centres on the three seers in the Fatima Apparitions in Portugal in 1917.

The translation was done by three sisters, Shera Laura, Sarah Lounira and Sandra Leonora, under the guidance of their uncle,  Clarence G Dol.  The sisters are currently studying at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

At the launching, Father Nicholas Stephen said that after 100 years, the message of Fatima is even more relevant today.

“The message of Fatima is to pray the Rosary every day for the peace of our world and our families, as all families today are constantly threatened … by Satan’s forces …” he said.

Fr Nicholas said that in 2016 during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Sr Emmanuel came to SPCR for the second time and presented him with a book she wrote about the experiences of Lucia Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

He added that Sr Emmanuel insisted on a BM translation of the book so that Christians in Sabah could understand the message of Mary to the world through the eyes of children and adolescents.

Limited copies of the book are distributed within the church by Soccom SPCR.  Part of the proceeds will go to the SPCR Kasih Bonda Kindergarten building fund which is due for construction in January 2018.

Those who are interested to get a copy can contact Zebius at 013-8803876. – clarence g dol

Ranau parish conducts inaugural animal blessing

Pet owners pose with their pets and the concelebrants after the Mass, SPC Ranau, 4 Oct 2017.

RANAU –  Mass at St Peter Claver Church here was a colourful sea of snuggly animals, as over 200 people toted their favourite animals to be blessed on 4 Oct 2017, a long-time dream of Father Nicholas Stephen, the parish priest.

This scene of friends – furry and otherwise – was one of many throughout the world, as parishes celebrated St Francis’ feast day on Oct 4, in many places a week full of activities that included animal blessings, Transitus services, commemorations, festivals and special Masses.

The day before, the church celebrated the Transitus, remembering the death of St Francis. “Embracing Otherness” and “Engaging Francis” were the themes of some events that, in addition to honouring St Francis’ care for all creation, encouraged people to join social ministry projects and celebrate the colours, cultures and creeds of others, just as the patron saint would.

Fr  Stephen used the opportunity to reflect on St Francis as the patron saint of ecology. He said, “Have you ever wondered why many churches offer a special blessing for animals on the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology?”

He said, “People bring their pets for a blessing because they want to thank God for their non-human companions, for their friendship and beauty. But there is an even more important reason to bless animals, especially at this time of the unprecedented ecological crisis that we face. First, the blessing of animals reminds us that all creatures have been created and blessed by God. Their worth extends far beyond a mere commodity value that we humans ascribe to them. Second, the blessing of the animals offers us an opportunity to strengthen within us a sense of compassion for all God’s creatures. It can also reawaken in us our religious responsibility to protect them – much like Noah did – from a disaster.”

“In memory of the blessing of Francis, we give thanks, we simply give thanks, for gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Fr Stephen continued, “We thank those in all our ministries who have supported us and worked with us to help people (the poor, the missions, local works), and to pray that love will continue to live on in our lives and in our ministries as we fill our hearts with beautiful memories of Christ, of Francis, of Franciscan men and women whose work we continue into the next century.” – Friar Aiden Peter Jr OFM

Thousands attend open Christmas celebration at Ranau church

Members  of an outstation youth group perform at the open Christmas celebration, St Peter Claver Ranau, 30 Dec 2016.

RANAU – Saint Peter Claver Church here held an open  Christmas celebration that was visited by thousands of people from various background at the church’s compound  on 30 Dec 2016.

The event attracted people from all walks of life, including  well-wishers  like Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Hj Masidi Manjun;  former Kota Kinabalu Mayor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir; President of Sabah and Labuan Hakka Association, Datuk Jimmy Tham Yuk Leong; and Community Development Leader (PPM) Paginatan, Georgina George Leong.

Officiating the event,  Father Nicholas Stephen the pastor said it was the first time the parish has ever held an Open Christmas Celebration there since he was posted there in 2014.

“For the two years I am here, we have experienced the earthquake, and recently Ranau was also chosen as a pilgrimage site for people from across the state when about 20,000 people from elsewhere came and flooded the town area,” he said.

The priest felt that they were fortunate to experience those events because so many people around the world were not able to live through Dec 25 and go to church because of illnesses, sufferings, and other misfortunes.

“When I ponder on this, I told Father Francis Tsen and Father Florian Marcus, why not this year we organise a Christmas Open House? For the three of us can’t reach out to everyone during Christmas.   That is why we are asking everyone to come here for this special celebration,” he said.

Fr Nicholas took the opportunity to commend the people of Ranau because they have done their very best to care for peace within the community here, as well as helping one another especially during the times people underwent various kinds of natural disaster.

“For the year 2017, let us all cross the new year together in faith, hope and love, and while not knowing what are there ahead of us to see, we can be confident because when God is in our heart,  there will be a tomorrow for us,” he said. – Clarence G Dol

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