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Stella Maris hosts Mass for 27 Penang visiting clergy

Parishioners and visiting clergy pose for remembrance after Mass, 17 July 2017, Stella Maris Tg Aru.

TANJUNG ARU –  Twenty-five priests and two bishops from Penang Diocese visited Kota Kinabalu for three days for their bi-annual outing programme on 17-19 Jul7 2017. They were led by Bishop Sebastian Francis, The last two years they were in Kuching, Sarawak.

On their first day of arrival, Stella Maris Parish was chosen to be their venue for concelebrating the evening Mass. The ministries and groups of the parish were represented at the Mass and fellowship.

In his homily, presider Bishop Sebastian expressed his opinion on being one united Church in Malaysia.

“Working together towards the success of building God’s kingdom is important,”  the bishop said.

He also said that at the recent Malaysian Catholic Campus Students Day in Penang, there were 900 undergraduates who participated, of whom half were from Sabah.

He added that the nine bishops in Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Semenanjung) would meet for the Malaysian Bishops Conference in Sabah this November.

Bishop Sebastian also said that in July 2018, Johor Baru would host a first-ever conference for clergy in Malaysia.

A fellowship followed after Mass, in which parish priest Msgr Primus Jouil was able to join them on his return from his parish visit to Labuan. – Teresa Alberto

SMC Pastoral Care Ministry visits Bondulu Children’s Home

TAMBUNAN – The Pastoral Care Ministry of Stella Maris Church Tg Aru visited the Bondulu Children’s Home Toboh here on 25 Feb 2017.

Led by Marian Majin, ministry coordinator, the group included Bible Class students, their teachers and some others with their families.

The children were entertained with games, after which the visitors had a fellowship lunch with the residents. Rice, other essential items and some cash donations were contributed to the home.

Currently, there are around 67 children in the Home, who come from hardcore poor families, orphans or broken families.

One way of helping these children is through donations in kind or cash. Marian Razia


Youth ministry organises blood donation drive as first activity for Lent

TANJUNG ARU – The new youth ministry organised a blood donation drive at the Stella Maris Parish Hall here on 12 Mar 2017 as its first Lenten activity since its formation in January.

The Service Team Ministry started this programme seven years ago.  It saw many parishioners coming forward to offer this almsgiving.

The youth took over the running of the programme this year. It is not just to fulfill their calendar activities but through it, they learn teamwork, help each other, and understand the purpose of life. More youth are encouraged to come forward to join them in this activity and the door is open to all.

A total of 21 pints of blood was collected and all collections were handled by the staff of Papar Hospital.

The next blood donation drive is scheduled for August and the last one for the year will be during the Advent Season. – Jeremy Chin, photo by Jane Lajami

ADM Stella Maris continues mercy mission in Nabawan

The members prepare the gifts for the children prior to the trip.

NABAWAN – Twenty members of the Apostolate of Divine Mercy, Stella Maris Tanjung Aru Parish, continued their mission of mercy at St Bede Nabawan on 4-5 Mar 2017.

The mission trip was headed by Divine Mercy Coordinator, Datin Theresa William.

The group arrived in Nabawan at about 3:30 pm, to a warm welcome by the Franciscan Sisters, CWL members, and the youth.

Nabawan is a small district with few shops, with nothing much to do and no major tourist places of interest to visit. The lack of distractions, plus the lack of water, made one appreciate life better and provided a good reflection for Lent.

Though the trip was long and tedious, it was worthwhile. The group donated rice, food, goodies and other necessities. The Rotary club of Kinabalu Sutera donated stationeries for the children. These donations delighted the receivers, especially the children.

The group gave out of mercy, but it stemmed from a yearning to share the love of Christ. The group also prayed and shared the Divine Mercy with the parishioners.

At St Bede, the sisters have opened a three-classroom kindergarten for Christian children.  However, the bare classrooms need a dash of paint, more educational books, and other teaching facilities. – Teresa Alberto 

72 receive Sacrament of Confirmation

TANJUNG ARU – Seventy-two confirmands received the sacrament of confirmation at the BM Mass in Stella Maris Parish here on 22 Jan 2017.

The Mass was presided by Archbishop John Wong who was making his pastoral visit to the parish.  He was assisted by Msgr Primus Jouil and Father Tony Mojiwat.

In his address to his confirmands at the fellowship lunch in the parish hall, he challenged them to change the world as the 12 Apostles did after Pentecost.

He urged them to seriously consider changing themselves according to the Catholic faith.  He also exhorted them to see whether they are called to the priestly or consecrated life.

Then he addressed the parents and expressed his hope that they and their children would be present at Sunday Mass to build up the parish together.

To the godparents/sponsors, he reminded them to guide their godchildren in facing challenges.

The prelate then encouraged all confirmands to sign up for Bible Class which begins Feb 5 at St Peter Room as a follow-up in faith development.

Two Bible class graduates, Jillian Simon (2014) and Dana Dumpangol (2016) shared their experiences with the confirmands and encouraged them to join the class.

That day was also Catechetical Sunday with the theme Christ our Joy.

Sister Dominic Thien fsic, Sunday School Coordinator, gave a speech at the fellowship.

She said the Catechetical Sunday celebration is a time of grace for all catechists and she thanked all catechists who have journeyed with the 72 confirmands throughout the whole year of 2016.  Linda Edward


Stella Maris Parish starts catechetical academic year with excitement and enthusiasm

Upholding the classes to  the Lord at the start of the catechetical year, Stella Maris Tg Aru, 15 Jan 2017.

TANJUNG ARU –  Stella Maris Parish started “Our Joy in Christ” Catechetical Academic Year with excitement and enthusiasm on 15 Jan 2017.

At 7:30 am the church was jammed to the brim. It was packed with excited children and busy parents registering, meetings, and attending assembly.  It was a promising start of another year of renewing faith and joyful learning.

This year Stella Maris Joyful Weekend Gathering has 270 students and 20 teachers for Higher Level and 410 students and 22 teachers for Lower Level. – Teresa Alberto

SMP PPC meets ministry and group coordinators

TANJUNG ARU – Twenty-two out of 30 ministries and groups serving Stella Maris parish came together to have a dialogue with the pastor and the Parish Pastoral Council on 8 Jan 2017 at the parish conference room here.

The meeting was to listen to the challenges faced by the members, as well as to be briefed by them on their programmes for the year.

Msgr Primus Jouil said he was pleased with the sharings and encouraged to see unity among them, indicating an active parish.

He said that his door is always open for any discussion. – Teresa Alberto

Challenges do not hamper Stella Maris carollers

TANJUNG ARU – Challenges did not hamper Stella Maris carollers.

Fifty Stella Maris carollers came together in one spirit to spread the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ to almost 50 families in Tanjung Aru, Putatan and Likas on 6-18 Dec 2016 in spite of inclement weather, transportation difficulties and members being involved in the Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration at Padang Merdeka on Dec 13 and 15.

This year the carollers were joined by the Boys Brigade, a way of exposing them to the society’s programme through youth development activities in the parish.

“In this modern IT world where tablets and smartphones are used everywhere, I hope more of the young people will put aside their technology and come forward to serve others rather than being served,” said Jeremy Chin who headed the carollers. Jeremy Chin/Jane Lajami

Bible Class students choose to do outreach on Graduation Day

stella-marisKOTA MARUDU – Thirteen Bible Class students of Stella Maris Parish Tanjung Aru chose to celebrate their graduation day by an outreach trip to St Theresa Hostel here on 27 Nov 2016.

The students did their fundraising for the trip through selling of cupcakes, henna painting, photo booth, selling of drinks and others.

On the day itself, they brought with them something that they could share with the students there such as boxes of goodies, clothes, stationery, stuff toys and many other things. Their parents were part of the giving as well.

The journey to Kota Marudu was filled with joy, prayer and excitement, some of them woke up at 4 am to prepare themselves. They reached Kota Marudu about 10:30 am and were warmly greeted by Sr Jossekah. They were also welcomed by the hostel students, all in green,  with a welcome song.

Teresa Alberto, PPC Chairman who also joined the trip, said she saw joy and sadness in the children. Joy when they played, danced and sang with them. Sadness when they spoke about their families. Some who are just about six years old have not met their family for over a year.

The Bible Class graduates said  they were amazed that everyone in the hostel, from aged six above, can speak English, sing and dance well, well disciplined and through their smiles brought lots of love to anyone who visited them even for the first time.

The graduation ceremony  took place on the beach in Kota Belud. The students were quiet as they reflected not only on their journey of catechetical formation of 11 years but feeling so blessed that they are able to see their loved ones everyday, that they have almost everything provided for by their loved ones, and so blessed that they are able to give. Teresa Alberto

SMP Divine Mercy Apostolate marks 4th YOM penitential journey


TANJUNG ARU – August 31, 2016 marked the fourth journey undertaken by 400 Stella Maris parishioners to the ‘Door of Mercy’ at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

They made their first to St Peter Kudat on May 1 with 260 pilgrims, followed by their second to St Peter Claver Ranau on June 4 with 200 pilgrims. Holy Rosary Limbahau saw 250 making their third pilgrimage where they performed a Corporal Work of Mercy at the Holy Family Residence for Senior Citizens.

Caroline Teo recalled feeling “happy and refreshed each time I enter the Holy Door.” Caroline, from the committee of organisers for the Divine Mercy Apostolate, was involved in organising the four pilgrimages.

However, Ronald Tan commented,  “We can enter many Holy Doors, but if our hearts are still close, there is no meaning to enter!”

Many who participated walked quite a distance from the Grotto to the Holy Door; some struggled with babies and small children, some elderly strove to keep up with the pace and the heat as best as they could, while some were sickly. Patiently they persisted through their penitential journey, accompanied by others and flowing with the crowd. Genevieve

Genevieve Lojinin who has a bad pain in the back said, “I forgot about the pain as soon as I started on  the journey. I was able to do it because I focused on God and His mercy.”

Mr Soon joyfully shared that each time he made the journey as a pilgrim, he felt good and happy.

Joseph from Kuala Lumpur admitted that this was his first, and felt at peace.

Theresa William, who was the ‘force’ behind all these pilgrimages, shared that it was not easy if they focused on the challenges especially in gathering such big crowds and to accomplish all the four Holy Doors in the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese. “I surrendered everything to God and let God lead me,” declared Theresa. She also had

“I surrendered everything to God and let God lead me,” said Theresa. She also has the support of her husband Gabriel, who is the pillar of her strength.

What was amazing to see after each journey, was happy faces as well as pensive ones.   Many sought  healing, forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation, and as long as they decided to journey with an open heart, they would receive the indulgence of God,  the mercy of God.  – Teresa Alberto

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