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SH catechetical ministry organises candlelight rosary procession

Rosary procession begins after the recitation of the First Glorious Mystery inside the Sacred Heart Cathedral KK, 22 Oct 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The catechetical ministry of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here organised a rosary procession in conjunction with the centenary of the Fatima Apparitions (13 May – 13 Oct 1917) on 22 Oct 2017.

The event commenced with offering of flowers and short prayers at the feet of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Father Max Hontor proclaimed the Word and gave a short reflection on the Fatima Apparitions.

The Glorious Mysteries were prayed in English (first and fifth decades), BM (second and fourth) and Mandarin (third) at designated stations around the cathedral compound starting from the cathedral itself, behind the parish centre, exit junction, St Francis Kindergarten, and back to the cathedral.

The candles were lighted outside the cathedral before the procession began after the First Glorious Mystery.

Rain fell while the devotees were praying the fourth decade at the kindergarten but there was no unruly behaviour while scampering for shelter.  Many came prepared for rain.  They blew off their candles before entering the cathedral.

The event ended with a blessing from Fr Hontor inside the cathedral.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from 27 Nov 2016 to 26 Nov 2017.

There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal.

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine

To the faithful who make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration of prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.

2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima

To the faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October 2017, and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

3. The elderly and infirm

To the faithful who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around, may pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They must also “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

Strong winds bend SHC flag poles

The bent poles in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, 14 Oct 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Unusually strong winds bent the three flag poles and flipped the outside billboard canvas to the other side at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 14 Oct 2017.

This took place before the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the cathedral after 5 pm.

Aside from that, the winds also broke several tree branches inside the compound of the St Peter’s College Initiation Year Formation House at Jalan Sang Kancil Tiga here.

Local weather reports say that the average hourly wind speed in Kota Kinabalu is essentially constant during October, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.1 miles per hour throughout.  But yesterday’s event certainly proved otherwise.

KK cathedral parish celebrates Mass for migrants

Organisers and representatives of the migrant communities pose with the concelebrants after the Mass, SHC, 1 Oct 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here celebrated the Mass for Migrants in conjunction with the local observance of Migrant Sunday on 1 Oct 2017.

The Mass was in BM while the songs, readings, and Prayer of the Father were done in the different languages – BM, English, Kadazan, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean, Bidayuh, Iban, Timorese.

Indonesian and Filipino flags were carried at the entrance procession, indicating the two largest migrant communities in the archdiocese.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass concelebrated with Korean priest, Father Lorenzo Lee, a retired priest on holiday here.

In a brief address after the Mass, Abp Wong said, “We are all migrants – people on the move – as the Church terms it and therefore we are all brothers and sisters.”

In conjunction with his seventh episcopal anniversary, the Human Development Committee presented to the prelate a garland and a scrapbook of well-wishes from the people.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the right wing of the parish centre for a fellowship meal.

Earlier, the prelate celebrated the Solemnity of St Therese of Lisieux (Oct 1) with the Carmelite community at the Carmelite Chapel Kota Kinabalu.  St Therese is a co-patroness of the Carmelite Monastery here, the other being Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16).

In an impromptu interview on the occasion of his seventh episcopal anniversary, Abp Wong said that he has learnt to trust God more deeply – in situations when all seem hopeless, God will open a door.


SH Divine Mercy Apostolate celebrates 10 years of ministry

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Divine Mercy Apostolate celebrated 10 years of ministry at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 16 Sept 2017.

Msgr Primus Jouil, vicar general, celebrated the thanksgiving Mass.  He gave permission to the establishment of the apostolate when he was the pastor of the cathedral ten years ago.

Over 400 devotees including those from the nearby parishes turned up for the event.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the parish centre for a fellowship programme.

A video detailing the ministry’s growth, development and outreach programmes was screened with video messages from Father Ronnie Luni of Membakut, Father Nicholas Stephen of Ranau, and Father Thomas Ambuttukuzhiyil of Kerala.

After the video show, Henry Liew, coordinator of the DM Apostolate, briefed the devotees on its growth and development, from a group of seven to around 7000 members statewide today.

Tokens of appreciation were presented to several couples and individuals who have helped in spreading the message of the Divine Mercy.

Lunch was then served followed by a short programme of entertainment.

KK cathedral parish celebrates Malaysia Day with Mass and flag-raising ceremony

Flag-raising ceremony after the Mass, SHC grounds, 16 Sept 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here celebrated 54th Malaysia Day with Mass and flag-raising ceremony on 16 Sept 2017.  Archbishop John Wong presided at the BM Mass, concelebrated with Father Max Hontor.  The Malaysian bishops’ message to “build bridges of peace, unity, and harmony between people of all races and religions” was read out in BM by Fr Hontor in lieu of the homily.  After Mass, all adjourned outside for the flag-raising ceremony.  The national flag was raised when the national anthem (Negaraku) was sung followed by the raising of the state and parish flags simultaneously when the Sabah Tanah Airku (state anthem) was sung.

SHC organises 3-in-1 celebration for pastors

The pastors, religious and PPC chairpersons pose for a shot after the cake-cutting by Abp Wong, 10 Sept 2017, SHPC.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) Parish here organised a three-in-one celebration for its pastors on 10 Sept 2017 at its parish centre.

The gathering consisted of bidding farewell to Father Mitchelly Kiun (transferred to St Catherine Inanam on Sept 1), welcoming his replacement Father Paul Lo (transferred from St Catherine Inanam on Sept 1), and celebrating in advance the 7th episcopal ordination anniversary of Archbishop John Wong (the actual date falls on Oct 1).

Around 600 people from both SHC and sub-parish of Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) turned up for the event.

Among those present were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Msgr Nicholas Ong of Sandakan,  Father Mattheus Luta, Father Joshua Liew, Father Max Hontor,  the religious, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) members and Parish Finance Council (PCF) members.

In his welcoming remarks, Jason Joenoi, SHC PPC chairman, welcomed those present and expressed his hope that the parish will organise more such gatherings in the future.

On the other hand, Clarice Moiji, CMI PPC chairperson, thanked Fr Kiun for services rendered to CMI whenever there was a need and expressed her hope of closer collaboration with Fr Lo.

In turn, Abp Wong also thanked the organisers for organising the event and the people for turning up in support of their pastors.

After his speech, the honouree cut his anniversary cake, flanked by the priests, the religious, and PPC chairpersons.

After dinner, both Fr Lo and Fr Kiun were given time to express their sentiments.

For entertainment, CMI English choir rendered two songs – (1) I will glory, (2) Upon this rock – while to the delight of those present, the following sang a song each:  Franciscan Sister Anita Lintanga (Lea Salonga’s The Journey), Fr Hontor (Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World), Fr Liew (Josh Groban’s You’re Still You) and Fr Kiun (Emil Chau’s Peng You) – the last with a backup from the youth.

The event closed with a prayer and blessing by Abp Wong.


SHC hosts first OFM solemn professions

The neo-ordained (C) – Friar Cruzender and Friar Aiden – pose with the concelebrants, family members and fellow friars for remembrance after the Mass, 9 Sept, 2017, Sacred Heart Cathedral KK.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral here has the distinction to host the first solemn profession of two members of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) on 9 Sept 2017.

Some 400 people including visitors from Singapore and West Malaysia turned up to witness the solemn profession of religious vows by Friar Aiden Peter Jr and Friar Cruzender Alex.

Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau presided at the Eucharistic Celebration but Friar Philip Miscamble, Provincial Minister of Australia-New Zealand-Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, officiated the rite of solemn profession.

Joining them at the altar were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan, Friar John Wong Wai Long, Custos of Malaysia-Singapre-Brunei, Father Joshua Liew, Father Thomas Madanan, Fr Leslie Bingkasan sj and some of the friars.

The rite of profession started after the gospel proclamation.  Friar Wong called the names of the two candidates who declared their intentions to the provincial.

In his homily, the provincial linked the Franciscan Charism to the scriptural readings, encouraging the candidates to stay strong and faithful to their calling.

After the homily, the provincial examined the candidates on their readiness to consecrate themselves to God and to seek perfect charity according to the rule and constitutions of the Franciscan religious family.

At the end of the examination, the provincial confirmed the intentions of the candidates.

All knelt while the candidates prostrated themselves at the chanting of the Litany of the Saints.

After the litany, two professed members of the community went to the chair of the provincial and standing, acted as witnesses to the candidates who, one after the other, knelt before the provincial and read aloud the formula of profession prepared by themselves beforehand.

At the completion of the formula of profession, the provincial accepted the vows of the two.  When they have made their professions, the newly professed went to the altar to sign the document of profession, which was also signed by the provincial and the two witnesses.

The neo-professed knelt once more for the solemn prayer of blessing by the provincial.

The rite of profession concluded with the exchange of peace between the neo-professed and the Franciscan Friars.  The neo-professed now sat with the Friars at the left side of the sanctuary.

The Mass continued with the Prayer of the Faithful.

After the Mass and speeches by the neo-professed, Friar Wong and Abp Wong, all were invited to the parish centre for lunch and stage performances by various groups.

Born on 22 Sept 1984 in Tawau, Friar Aiden is third in a brood of three boys and two girls born to Peter Julian and the late Betty Okala.  He entered the congregation in Singapore in 2010 and made his first profession on 7 Jam 2012 there.  He will have a few months of ministry in Ranau after his solemn profession.

Friar Cruzender was born on 25 Oct 1978 in Kota Kinabalu, the second child in a brood of two boys and one girl born to Alex Muating and Nora Sinor.  Like Aiden, he entered the congregation in Singapore in 2009 and took his first vows in 2012 together with him.  He will have his pastoral ministry in Tuaran.

Currently, there are 10 Sabahans in the various stages of formation and one priest (Friar Francisco Basnayake – ordained last year at Stella Maris Tg Aru – now in Japan) among the OFM Malaysia-Singapre-Brunei.

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.

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