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Sandakan organises marriage enrichment seminar

A section of the couples having communication session with each other at the Marriage Enrichment Seminar organised on 15-16 June 2018, Sandakan Pastoral Centre.

SANDAKAN – Fifty-six couples and 26 singles attended a marriage enrichment seminar organised jointly by the Family Life Commission, Parish Family Life Ministry, and the Catechetical Commission at the Conference Hall, Diocesan Pastoral Centre here on 15-16 June 2018.

The main speaker was Father Barnardinus Prihartana Agung of Semarang Indonesia.  His session touched on family values based the Diocesan Mission.

He emphasised that Christ’s words to Peter in Matthew 16:18-19: “On this rock I will build my church” can also referred to the family as the family is called to be a domestic church.  Therefore, the married couple is the rock upon which the domestic church is built.

  In this context, the key signifies the key of peace, of well-being, of happiness and it is given jointly to the married couple.

Among the activities organised were communication sessions between couples, testimonies, and renewal of marriage vows at the concluding Mass.

At the final dinner, the head of the PFLM, exhorted the participants to strengthen one another as they have been strengthened by Christ himself (cf Lk 22:32) – Eva Siruno, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

70 attend workshop on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in Sandakan

The participants pose for the camera after the Joy of Love workshop which took place on 18-19 May 2018, St Mary Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Around 70 people attended a workshop on Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love) organised jointly by the Family Life Commission and Catechetical Commission at St Mary here on 18-19 May 2018.

In his address, Bishop Julius Gitom explained that the document by Pope Francis was the outcome of the two synods on family in 2014 and 2015.  The 325-word document has 9 chapters touching on the various challenges confronting the family.

The chapters were explained by the following priests and Eva Siruno, head of the Family Life Commission: Chapter 1 (Father Stanley Matakim); Chapter 2 (Father Simon Kontou); Chapter 3 (Father Sunny Chung); Chapter 4 (Father Phillip Muji); Chapter 5 (Father Christopher Ireneus); Chapter 6 (Father David Garaman); Chapter 7 (Father Thomas Makajil); Chapter 8 (Fr Garaman); Chapter 9 (Eva Siruno). – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

STCIJ BEC-SYCC members organise reachout to 19 poor families

The families and reach-outers pose for remembrance during the visit, 7 Apr 2018.

SANDAKAN – Members of the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya (STCIJ) and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) reached out to 19 families living in the periphery to share with them the joy of Easter on 7 Apr 2018.

The mission team was led by Susanna Cordova and Phillip Mosinoh of SYCC and John Tan and Leonnie Degullacion of STCIJ BEC. Together with their members, they handed baskets to each family consisting of basic necessities, such as cooking oil, rice, salt, sugar, biscuits, noodles, etc.  The children were given Easter gifts.

Prior to the outreach mission, a discussion on preparatory work was held at the residence of Susanna Cordova on March 12. They found out this community of 19 families were evicted from their houses cum workplace because the owner had sold the land. They have moved to a further and more secluded new location.

These families rebuilt their houses, mostly a one-room space, cramped with 10-12  members per family. It was heart-breaking to learn of their miserable living conditions, thus the idea of visiting these families was mooted. In less than a month, both communities solicited enough provisions for the affected families

The outreach mission project was quite challenging, walking through difficult terrain. The project has cemented strong ties between members of the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC).  – Romeo Barintang, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

St Mark hosts police day celebration

The men in uniform pose with the concelebrants after Mass, 14 Apr 2018, St Mark Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Saint Mark’s Church at Mile 12 here hosted the 211th Police Day celebration on 14 Apr 2018.

Jointly organised by St Ignatius Mile 10 BEC and Badan Kebajikan Kristian BN 15 PGA, the Mass was presided by Father David Garaman and concelebrated with Father Christopher Ireneus and Father Sunny Chung.

Aside from BN 15 PGA, there were also members from IPD Sandakan, Marine Sandakan and BN 20 PGA Beluran who came with their families.

The police themselves took active part in the Mass as commentator, reader, and presenters of the gifts.

After Mass, all adjourned to the church hall for a potluck lunch fellowship.

ASP Clarence Philip of BN 15 PGA Sandakan welcomed and thanked those present for their presence while ASP Daniel Bansatan presented a souvenir to Fr Garaman. – Eddie Embau, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Sandakan parish holds briefing for confirmands’ parents

A section of the parents of confirmation students attending a briefing by Fr David Garaman, Fr Mulders Catechetical Centre, 22 Apr 2018.

SANDAKAN – Saint Mary’s Cathedral Parish held a briefing for the parents of English confirmation class at the Fr Mulders Catechetical Centre here on 22 Apr 2018.

Nineteen students will be confirmed this year while 30 will receive the sacrament next year.

Father David Garaman facilitated the briefing.

He touched on two main clauses from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) dealing with parental responsibility in educating their children in the faith and in Christian virtues (CCC#2223, 2226).

He stressed that parents have a responsibility to give good example to their children and they are the first persons to influence the moral and faith formation of their children.  Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray as a family and to discover their vocation as children of God.   By taking the time to pray, parents show their children the importance of being a holy family which is the vision and mission that the Diocese of Sandakan is striving to realise, ‘to be a Christ centred community, serving one another with love.’

While the priest encouraged the attendees to support their children’s Sunday School activities he also invited them to be facilitators themselves.

Finally, Fr David brought home to the parents the importance of their children’s participation in the pre-Confirmation retreat as a way of helping the teenagers to focus on spiritual matters.  – Evelyn Jock-Lagan, Sandakan diocesan blog

Sandakan cathedral parish welcomes 85 new members

A section of the young neophytes with lighted candles after their baptism, St Mark’s Church Sandakan, 31 Mar 2018.

SANDAKAN – Saint Mary’s Cathedral here welcomed 85 new members into its parish family this Easter.

Sixty of them were baptised during the Easter Vigil, 31 Mar 2018,  at the cathedral while 25 were baptised at St Mark’s Church, 20 km from Sandakan.

Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom presided at the Easter Vigil, concelebrated witb Father David Garaman.  It was attended by some 1500 parishioners.

In his homily, the prelate called on those to be baptised in the resurrection of Jesus to be filled with joy in their hearts, to step out from darkness into the light of Christ with bonds of love through baptism.

The prelate also addressed the faithful on the importance of renewing their Baptismal promises. It is a reminder that Christ has risen and lived among us, to celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, who saves mankind through his unconditional love and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, in his homily at St Mark, Father Christopher Ireneus said:”In life, we have a big rock that weighs us down. What is that big rock? It’s our sins. The resurrection of Jesus has removed the rocks that weigh us down. Believe that even now, He is still able to roll away the stone that weighs us down in our lives.”

145 attend women’s Lenten recollection

SANDAKAN – Around 145 women attended the Lenten recollection for them on 16-17 Mar 2018 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here.

Organised by the Diocesan Women’s Apostolate, the participants including three religious sisters, represented the five parishes and one mission centre in the diocese.

Good Shepherd Sister Maria Dipal facilitated the event together with Father Christopher Ireneus, the spiritual adviser to the DWA.

Organising chairperson Cecelia D’Souza welcomed the participants and went through the programme with them.

In his speech, Fr Ireneus reminded the women of their important responsibilities as wife, mother, sister in the family because the family is the “domestic church.”

The programme is one of the initiatives of the Women’s Apostolate to empower the women of the diocese to serve with love in line with the Diocesan Vision and Mission.

The five sessions helped the participants to look into the stage of their life journey – where they are, what are they looking for, the challenges they face, the crises they encounter – in the different aspects of life – and the tools to overcome them, enabling them to live in community and holiness, and so become peacemakers to all they meet.

The programme ended with a prayer-blessing by Fr Ireneus. – Adapted from Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Mary Queen of the Rosary BEC makes two Lenten visits

The members pose with the residents of the Sabah Cheshire Home Sibuga Sandakan, 10 Mar 2018.

SANDAKAN – Some 19 members of the Mary Queen of the Rosary BEC made two Lenten visits on 10 Mar 2018.

They visited the Sri Harapan Senior Citizens Home and Sabah Cheshire Home (SCH) at Mile 5 Jalan Sibuga here.

The visits were headed by Connie Joseph with the aim of opening the hearts of the members to the elderly and the handicapped.

At the senior citizens home, Edin, one of the staff, explained to the visitors how the home is being run and the need to be sensitive to the needs of the residents.

While visiting the Sabah Cheshire Home, the BEC members took time to entertain the residents and distributed provisions to them.

Sandakan youth leaders camp draws 148 participants

TAWAU – The 6th Youth Leaders Camp (YLC 6) drew 148 participants from across the Sandakan Diocese.

Tawau hosted the 4-night-5-day event on 7-11 Feb 2018 at Holy Trinity Parish here.

The theme was taken from the 33rd World Youth Day: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30).

In his message to the participants, Bishop Julius Gitom said that the Church looks upon the youth with hope as they hold the key to the next generation. To achieve that, they have to begin now.

The prelate urged them to learn from the Blessed Mother what self-sacrificing love means and the readiness to do God’s will.

The event featured several inputs interspersed with praise and worship, testimonies, games and other activities.

The objectives of the YLC 6 were to (1) help the participants to encounter the Lord; (2) deepen the sense of belonging in their respective ministries; and (3) strengthen the bond of friendship and communication among themselves. – Sandakan diocesan newsblog

Sandakan Diocese organises two-day pastoral plan study on diocesan vision and mission

Participants attending the study day on the Diocesan Pastoral Vision and Mission Statement pose for remembrance, 11-12 Feb 2018, Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Sandakan Diocese organised a two-day pastoral plan study on its diocesan vision and mission on 11-12 Feb 2018.

Seventy participants comprising clergy, religious sisters, seminarians and lay leaders from St Mary Cathedral Sandakan, Holy Trinity Tawau, St Dominic Lahad Datu, St Martin Telupid, Our Lady of Fatima Beluran, and Paitan Mission attended the event at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here.

In his welcoming address, Bishop Julius Gitom remarked that the attendance showed the commitment of the participants to realise the diocesan vision and mission.  He expressed his hope that what they have learnt in the two days will be disseminated to all the group leaders in their respective parishes.

The bishop also informed the gathering that the diocesan vision and mission statement was presented to Pope Francis during the ad limina visit on Feb 8.

He said the pope was pleased with it and hoped it will be put into practice.

In fact, the pope had said, “When we pray and act upon it, we are actually revealing the face of Jesus.”

The Sandakan Diocese has adopted their vision as a “Christ-centered community, serving one another with love” to be realised through the following six mission goals:

1. to nurture active church participantion
2. to foster a spirit of unity
3. to intensify faith formation
4. to enhance living the gospel values
5. to promote vocations
6. to foster family values.

The objective of the Study Day is to understand that the Diocesan Pastoral Plan is a tool to help parishes focus on its priorities.

Five sessions were held covering the background and history of the vision/mission statement (Francis Tan), formulation process (Pilis Malim), Way Forward (Sr Maria Dipal rgs), organisational structure, roles and functions (Anna Amandus), pre-implementation and leading role matrix (Fr David Garaman), and documentation of programme implementation, stewardship role, monitoring and evaluation (Eva Siruno).

Each session was followed by parish group discussion based on the questionnaire given which was later presented to the floor.

Mass was celebrated before the final session.

In his closing remarks, the bishop said he was pleased with the active participation of the members. He exhorted them not to worry unduly over its implementation but to rely on the strength of God.

“What is important is that we must first be transformed in our mind, heart, and soul in our spiritual journey. We might not see the fruit of our vision and mission but we have at least planted the spiritual seed and prepared the foundation for others to build on,” the bishop said.

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