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Pauline Cooperators mark opening of centennial with Mass and fellowship

Abp Wong and the Pauline Cooperators at the cake-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Centenary Year, SHPC, 30 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Association of Pauline Cooperators marked the opening of their centennial with Mass and fellowship on 30 June 2017, the Solemnity of St Paul the Apostle.

The event was jointly organised by the Pauline Cooperators, Daughters of St Paul, and the Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation (Pauline Family in Sabah).

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.

In his homily, Abp Wong explained the hierarchy of feasts and touched on the theme Wake up the World with the Light of the Gospel as illustrated by St Paul.

After the post-Communion prayer, the Prayer of the Pauline Cooperators for the Centenary Year (29 June 2017 – 30 June 2018) was recited by all present.

The Mass ended with the incensing of the statue of St Paul by the prelate while the choir sang “Scio Cui Credidi” (I Know Him whom I’ve Believed) – the Pauline Family theme song.

Over 150 people turned up for the event including the Marist Brothers, the Franciscan Sisters, aspirants and other invited guests.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish canteen for the fellowship.  The opening of the Centenary Year was marked by the unveiling of a scroll as well as a cake-cutting ceremony by Abp Wong.

In his speech, organising chairman Sylvester Spiji welcomed all present and gave a brief history of the association while Abp Wong, in his turn, encouraged the members of the association in their apostolate and urged those still single to consider the religious life as a state of life.

Video clips on the Foundation of the Pauline Family by Blessed James Alberione and on the 25th anniversary celebration of the Pauline Cooperators in Sabah were screened after dinner.

The night, as customary, ended with sumazau dancing by those present.

Children concert enlivens parish family carnival

A group of children participate in one of the action song performances, SHPC, 25 Jan 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The children concert enlivened the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Family Carnival held at the parish centre here on 25 June 2017.

It marked the end of the weeklong programme of activities marking the parish feast day starting June 19.

The children concert catered to kindergarten and primary school children and their families.  The first part consisted of three action song and dance (in BM, English, Mandarin) whereby the parishioners were all invited to join the children in singing and dancing.

The second part showcased the talents of the participating children in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments either solo or as a group.  There were almost 200 participants.

The gift for each participant was a red sling bag with the parish feast day logo printed on it, presented to them by Archbishop John Wong.

From 7 am to 2 pm, parishioners patronised the different food stalls operated by the various parish groups, ministries or communities of both the cathedral parish and its subparish of Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.

Father Joshua Liew officiated the blessing of the stalls followed by the sprinkling of holy water with Father Max Hontor.

Children had fun playing with the two inflatables located at the sides of the hall.

The youth had a needle threading game and a quiz on the seven sacraments, the ten commandments, the church hierarchical offices, and the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit (CCC).

The senior parishioners had their coffee corner located on the right wing of the parish centre with free food from the parish.  After donating his blood at the Blood Donation Campaign, Abp Wong took time to chat with the seniors from the first and second Masses.

Of course, grand prizes such as flat Panasonic tv screen, washing machine, bicycle, etc awaited the winners of the three sets of lucky draws.  The flat tv screen was won by Somphon of CMI.

Youth showcase talents at parish family night concert and dinner

Attendees hold lighted candles as they follow in their mind the song  “Go Light Your World,” SHPC, 24 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Members of the different youth groups/ministries showcased their talents at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Family Night Concert and Dinner at the parish centre here on 24 June 2017.

The event took place after the Sunset Mass presided by Archbishop John Wong.  Joining him at the altar were retired Archbishop John Lee and Father Joshua Liew.

Around 700 people including the religious sisters and pastoral council chairman Jason Joenoi turned up for the dinner and concert.

The event was marked by a variety of performances including testimonies by a young altar boy in English, a youth in BM and another in Mandarin, on how the parish has touched their lives and why they remain in the parish.

A surprise number was the cake-cutting by 83-year-old Abp  Lee, to mark his 30th episcopal anniversary (June 26).

Among the highlights were the rendition of “Amazing Grace” by assistant pastor Father Joshua Liew and his band, and the medley choral performance by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

The event ended with the lighting of candles of all those present for the song presentation of Christopher Rice’s “Go Light Your World” (1995) before the closing prayer and blessing by Abp Wong.

The sick are not forgotten in SHC parish fiesta

Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit, Fellowship after Mass for the Sick, SHC, 23 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The sick were not forgotten in the weeklong observance (June 19-25) of the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish fiesta here.

The parish organised a Mass for them on 23 June 2017, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

Almost 500 parishioners turned up for the celebration presided by Archbishop John Wong, concelebrated with his four assistants Fathers Rhobby Mojolou, Mitchelly Kiun, Maxmillianno Hontor and Joshua Liew.

In his homily based on the liturgical readings, Abp Wong reiterated the invitation extended to all to rest in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The anointing of the sick by the concelebrants took place immediately after the Mass.  This was followed by refreshments at the parish centre prepared by the Women’s League.

The parish organises the Mass for the Sick twice a year: on February 11 – Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of Prayer for the Sick – and on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (movable feast).

Cathedral parish marks assistant pastor’s anniversary with a simple dinner

Family members join Fr Max to pose for the camera, SH canteen, 18 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish marked its assistant pastor’s priestly anniversary with a simple dinner per request of the honouree on 18 June 2017.

Over 200 people turned up for Father Maxmillianno Hontor’s third priestly anniversary dinner at the parish canteen including members of his family.

It was organised by the social committee of the parish pastoral council.

In his welcoming remarks, Jason Joenoi, PPC chairman, explained that the event was held at the canteen at the request of Fr Max himself.

The occasion was graced by Archbishop John Wong, the other three assistant pastors – Fathers Rhobby Mojolou, Mitchelly Kiun and Joshua Liew – and Msgr Nicholas Ong of Sandakan Diocese.

In his brief speech, Fr Max thanked the organising committee and all those present for commemorating his anniversary.  He asked them to continue praying for him as they journey together as a parish family.

Born in 1977, the honouree was ordained priest on 15 June 2014 in Inanam by Abp Wong.  He is the second priest from Inanam; the first is Fr Patrick Erik Jerome who is serving at St Peter’s College Kuching.  In September this year, another son of Inanam, Deacon Leslie Bingkasan will be ordained a Jesuit priest at St Catherine Inanam.

 

SHC celebrates Corpus Christi with candlelight procession

Fr Mojolou carries the monstrance as the procession moves from the cathedral to the parish centre, Corpus Christi, 17 June 2017, SHC.

KOTA KINABALU –  Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with a candlelight procession on 17 June 2017.

The procession started after the post-Communion prayer from the cathedral to the parish centre via the back lane through the two kindergartens.  Benediction was given by Father Rhobby Mojolou after a period of silent adoration.

Joining Fr Mojolou were Father Max Hontor, the extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (EMCs) who have just renewed their commitment to serve for another year after the homily, the LJCCC choir, and all the faithful present for the Sunset Mass.

Of the 32 EMCs, 13 serve during the cathedral’s Sunset Mass, 13 the Sunday Morning Mass, and six at the Morning Mass at the Carmelite Chapel.  Those serving in the Chinese and BM Masses would renew their commitment the next day at the 7 am Chinese Mass and 10:45 am BM Mass respectively.  Those serving in Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang would renew their commitment at the 9 am Mass.

Before Second World War (1939-1945), the Corpus Christi Procession was a grand annual affair and an open witness of the faith in many mission stations.  Everyone took part in it.  The religious, nurses, boy scouts and girl guides, students, groups, each dressed in their uniforms, would take part in the solemn procession.  This was replicated in the 1950s and 1960s.

Now in most churches, the procession is confined only to church premises.

SH Chinese pre-Confirmation class organises LSS camp

PAPAR – The Chinese Sunday School pre-Confirmation class of Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu  organised a Life in the Spirit (LSS) Camp for the students on 29 Apr – 1 May 2017 at Pace Bene Retreat Centre here.

The participants included 32 students, seven teachers and teacher-helpers. The camp was facilitated by the cathedral’s Young Adults Prayer Group. At the camp, the students learnt about God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Although it was a Chinese pre-confirmation class, the camp was conducted in English, with translations where needed. It was a great experience and opportunity for the students to encounter other youths outside their normal activities.

At first, it was slightly worrying whether the students would be able to understand English. But after a game called Captain Ball where they learned teamwork, the relationship between the facilitators and the participants took off and progressed.

The ministry session (praying over) was a new and different experience for many of the participants since they have no experience of it before. Many were confused at first, but as it continued, they soon learnt what it was.

They learned about God’s love, and experienced it, as well as His mercy and forgiveness, which moved them to tears. Many were amazed at how the Word of God spoke Truth to them.

The sessions helped the participants to connect from within, such as the parable of the  Prodigal Son, a short video clip When God Ran, and topics such as Who is God?, Who is Jesus? and Sin and Salvation. This led many to recognise their unhappiness, bondage, grief and a need for forgiveness.

The participants also learnt about the Holy Spirit according to the Bible. They were given the opportunities to ask questions, such as, How does Holy Spirit look like?, Is Holy Spirit a guy or a girl?   After the talk, the participants were led to an experience of the infilling of the Holy Spirit in which they once more experienced the warm love of God.

Aside from the talks, ministry time and Captain Ball, there were also other dynamics such as group sharing, praise and worship, morning and night prayer and Eucharistic Mass. There were games that tested their creativity, alertness, awareness, strategy and planning skills. These different dynamics were important to help the growing of relationships among all, especially among the students themselves.

This was also the first experience for the Young Adult Prayer Group to facilitate such a camp for the Chinese-speaking group. Many admitted that they are being called out of their comfort zone and to be more flexible. Language was the main barrier but it did not stop them from loving and nurturing the young participants. Despite the language barrier, they have experienced the joy of being led by God to walk in deeper trust in Him. Natasha Jaya Kumar

Cathedral parish celebrates CCR golden jubilee worldwide in style

A section of the crowd present at the Pentecost Rally, SHPC, 4 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here celebrated the golden jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in the universal Church in style on 1-4 June 2017.

It began with a triduum of talks (June 1-3) in different languages and ended with a rally on the day of Pentecost June 4.

The talks covered God’s Salvific Love, Inner Healing, The Father’s Gift: Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit Reconciles and Heals and The Holy Spirit Empowers.

The English sessions were handled by Jude Antoine of Kuala Lumpur (June 1-2) and Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor (June 3) at the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.  Around 400 people attended the sessions.

The BM and Mandarin sessions took place at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre.  Around 200 people attended the Mandarin sessions handled by Father Anthony Heng CDD of Melaka while over 700 participated in the BM sessions facilitated by Joseph Masri of Indonesia and Maurice Awit of Kota Kinabalu.

On Pentecost Sunday afternoon, all the participants converged at the parish centre for the combined rally graced by Archbishop John Wong and Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio.  It was held in communion with that of Rome where over a million people gathered with Pope Francis for the celebration.

After an hour of exuberant praise and worship (shofar blowing, flag and tambourine dancers) in three languages led by the different youth groups, Daniel Kong presented a powerpoint presentation on the growth of the CCR in Sabah (since 1974) while Joseph Chee shared how the CCR has touched millions of lives worldwide through the Catholic fraternity of covenant communities and renewal groups.

In his address, Abp Marino called on those in the CCR to be spirit-filled evangelisers and missionary disciples of Jesus.  He based his address on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel).

In turn, organising chairperson Pauline Wong thanked all those involved in helping to get the event off the ground – all the parish CCR groups from the three language groups.

“I am very happy that we all can work together as a Sacred Heart family,” she said.

Wong also thanked the nuncio for his message that “to be an evangeliser is to be a disciple and to be a disciple is to be an evangeliser.  We can only evangelise if we know this person called Jesus in a very personal way.”

The event concluded with Holy Mass presided by Abp Wong.  Joining him at the altar were Abp Marino, Abp Emeritus John Lee, Fathers Mitchelly Kiun, Max Hontor and Joshua Liew.

In his homily, the prelate touched on how the Spirit changed the apostles from being terror-stricken disciples to faith-filled and courageous witnesses of the risen Christ.  He said the Spirit would do the same today provided one is open to grace.

Family seminar draws 67 participants

A section of the participants listening intently to the talk on self-development process by Arita Pijulin, SHPC, 10 May 2017.

KOTA KINABALU –  A seminar on family life drew 67 participants held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 10 May 2017.

The seminar was a joint collaborative project of the Family Issues, Catechetical and Youth Committees of the cathedral parish.

Themed My Family and I, the target group was the Sunday School students and their families.  Its objectives were in response to the issues brought up at the 2015 PAX Assembly, to cultivate better relationships among family members, and to build Christ-centred families.

Five sessions were given: (1) Communication and its Role in Family Relationships (parents) – Daria Joseph / The Meaning of Family (children) – Carmella E Ading; (2) Understanding and Forming Closer Ties with Our Children (parents) / Understanding the Process of Self-Development (children) – Arita Pijulin; (3) Challenges in My Family – sharing of present-day challenges faced by families and youth in their faith, and coping as a youth in this present day; (4) Family Healing Prayer – Wendy Chin; and (5) Hopes for My Family – BG Chin.

As this is an ongoing activity, the organisers expressed their hope that more children above 10 years old and their parents will take advantage of it so as to grow in their understanding and love for each other.

SH fiesta programme has something for everyone

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Fiesta programme has something for everyone.

The weeklong programme is scheduled for 19-25 June 2017.  Preparing for it will be the block rosary in the homes and taman Masses on all Fridays starting May 5 (1 taman), May 12 (4 tamans), May 19 (5 tamans), May 26 (5 tamans), June 9 (5 tamans) and June 16 (5 tamans).

In its fourth year now, the parish fiesta is aimed to help all parishioners to grow in oneness in mind and spirit as a parish family.  To this end, a special prayer has been composed for it.

A triduum of prayers will be held on the first three days  – Mon-Wed, June 19-21 – at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 7 am – 12 noon.  Parish groups (by language) will take turns to adore the Lord in the exposed Blessed Sacrament: Mon (BM); Tue (CH); and Wed (EN).  Benediction will be held at 11:45 am followed by Mass at 12:15 pm.  Talks related to the Feast of the Sacred Heart will be held in the evening at 7:30 pm: Mon (EN), Tue (CH) and Wed (BM).  The 6 am morning Mass will be on as usual.

Friendly soccer matches will be held on Wed June 21 at Penampang Stadium A, 4 pm – 5 pm.  Each team (SHC, CMI, St Paul Dontozidon, OLQP Kobusak, Aspirants/IY, Clergy) will play for 10 minutes (5 minutes in first half and 5 minutes in second half).

Another event for sports buffs is friendly badminton matches for all: veterans (ages 45-50), youth (12-17), others (18-45) in the following categories: individual, team, mixed double.  Registration begins on Apr 23.  Preliminary rounds are held every Sunday starting Apr 23.  The final rounds are held on Friday, June 23 from 2 pm to 5 pm.  All matches are held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre.

The trilingual Eucharistic celebration at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 22, will be the highlight of the weeklong celebration as it is the liturgical celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, titular feast of the cathedral.  The clergy will prepare themselves for this celebration with a recollection in the morning.

The sick and the elderly of the parish will have their own Mass on Friday, June 23, at 10 am at the cathedral.  It will be followed by the anointing of the sick and concluded with a fellowship at the parish centre.

For movie buffs, a movie night will be held on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 pm at the parish centre.  A movie on family life will be screened.

The youths are not forgotten – they will organise the family night and dinner on Saturday, June 24 – based on the theme The Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his Name (Lk 1:49). It will be a night to remember with cultural dances,  songs, and testimonies in different languages by the different parish groups and communities.  There will also be a surprise number.

The culmination of the weeklong celebration will be the parish family carnival on Sunday, June 25.  Parishioners are encouraged not just to enjoy the day but also to give back something in return in the form of a blood donation drive in front of G1, parish centre foyer after the 7 am Mass.

In addition, parishioners will get the opportunity to sample international dishes – Kadazandusun, Indonesian, Filipino, Korean, Western and others.  Not only that, there will also be a acultural show displaying the various types of cultural attire and explanation of their significance.

Moreover, parishioners can avail of the free professional advice/services of lawyers, doctors, and nurses at the different booths set up for them.  There will also be a special children booth.

Senior parishioners (60 years above) will have a designated coffee corner for them in gratitude for their past services and contributions to the parish.

Children will not only be performing on stage, but they will also take part in a bible quiz.  Younger ones will get the opportunity to play with inflatables.

Events on carnival day will intersperse with lucky draws.

Indeed, the organisers hope that parishioners will benefit from all the events drawn up and move towards becoming a parish family in heart and spirit.

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