Daily Archives:July 16th, 2017

PFM calls on Sandakan prelate for Walk for Jesus 2017

Bishop Gitom (L) and the three PFM members pose for a shot, 25 May 2017, Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Three members of Prison Fellowship Malaysia (PFM) Sandakan Chapter paid a courtesy call on Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom at his office here on 25 May 2017.

Rev Amos Eng, Cecilia Kimin and Joseph Lee dropped by St Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan to officially invite the prelate to be a guest of honour at PFM’s ‘Walk For Jesus (WFJ) 2017’ event on Aug 27.

Besides presenting the invitation letter and WFJ t-shirt, the trio also sat down to talk about ongoing issues related to the city, state and country that concerned the Christian community as a whole.

The bishop shared his thoughts concerning those issues and agreed that the Christian community should now, more than ever, come together to pray in unity.

Although the bishop is unable to attend the WFJ due to other prior commitments, he is fully supportive of the event and PFM’s fundraising efforts through the sale of WFJ t-shirts as well as the circulation of donation cards among the members of the Catholic Church. –newsupdatedospo.blogspot.com

Carmelite monastery celebrates patronal feast day

Abp Wong, Fr Tan, and OCDS members pose for the cake-cutting after Mass, 16 July 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Carmelite Monastery here celebrated its patronal feast day – Our Lady of Mount Carmel – on 16 July 2017.

Archbishop John Wong took time off to celebrate the solemnity with the Carmelite Family – the nuns and the Secular Carmelites (OCDS).  Joining him at the altar was Jesuit Father Larry Tan  of Kuching.

In his homily, the prelate explained to the Sunday crowd about the solemnity, its history, its significance (seeing Mary as mother [who nurtures and guides us to Jesus] and sister [who walks with us]) and the meaning of wearing the brown scapular (sign of one’s relationship with Mary).

He concluded his homily by inviting the people to inculcate a more contemplative lifestyle through four steps: stop (pause from a busy life), listen (to the heart), look (at what God is doing), and gaze (at the wonder of the Lord).

After the Mass, the people were invited to join in the breakfast organised by the OCDS.

Established in Europe in the 14th century, the local monastery was set up in North Borneo (Sabah) in  December 1930 by seven Carmelite nuns from Spain at the invitation of Msgr August Wachter.

ASSISS Sabah all set to have its inaugural mobile clinic mission

Father Kiun blesses the ASSISS Sabah office, SHPC, 15 July 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Assunta Integrated Social Services (ASSISS) Sabah is all set to have its inaugural mobile clinic mission come July 23 at a village in Penampang.

This was disclosed after the blessing of its office at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Basement here on 15 July 2017.

Father Mitchelly Kiun officiated the rite of blessing in the presence of some 20 organisers and volunteers.

ASSISS, established under the Assunta Foundation, a hospital founded in 1954 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), was formed to help those in need.  It depends on public support and donations to maintain, promote and grow in services.

For ASSISS the poor are patients (regardless of race and religion) with a combined family income of less han RM1,500 per month.

Basic healthcare or end of life care is given through free consultation and treatment, medical monitoring, health promotion – advocacy, and education awareness.  Compassionate emotional, psychological and spiritual care and services are provided to patients, relatives and hospital staff.

With the permission of Archbishop John Wong, ASSISS Sabah has set up its office at SHPC Basement.  Dymphna Ubing will man the office.

The mobile clinic will begin its mission at Kg Timpangoh Penampang on July 23 and thereafter visit the place every third Sunday of the month.

Located in a valley not too far from Sugud in Penampang, Kg Timpangoh can be accessed by car through a hilly journey of roughly 30 minutes from Penampang.

Formed on 10 May 2017, ASSISS Sabah is headed by Patricia Ubing.  Volunteers, especially those in the medical line, are welcome to join the organisation.

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