Daily Archives:September 11th, 2017

Pope Francis issues “motu proprio” on liturgical translations

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis issued a Motu Proprio on 9 Sept 2017 entitled, Magnum principium which refers to the translation of liturgical texts.

A Motu Proprio is a special document, or apostolic letter, issued by the Pope on his own initiative and signed by him.

In the document Pope Francis writes that, taking into account the experience of the Second Vatican Council with regard to liturgical translations, it seemed opportune that some principles handed on since that time, “should be more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice.”  The changes will take effect on 1 Oct 2017.

According to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Vatican department responsible for publishing the document, “Magnum principium” alters certain norms of Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law regarding the translation of liturgical texts into modern languages.

In a separate note, the Congregation for Divine Worship points out that, “the object of the changes is to define better the roles of the Apostolic See and the Conferences of Bishops in respect to their proper competencies which are different yet remain complementary. They are called to work in a spirit of dialogue regarding the translation of the typical Latin books as well as for any eventual adaptations that could touch on rites and texts.”

“In the encounter between liturgy and culture,” the note continues, “the Apostolic See is called to review and evaluate such adaptations in order to safeguard the substantial unity of the Roman Rite.”

Given the heavy responsibility of translation entrusted to the Bishops’ Conferences, the Motu Proprio itself points out that these Conferences “must ensure and establish that, while the character of each language is safeguarded, the sense of the original text should be rendered fully and faithfully.”

In conclusion, the Motu Proprio provides that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will also “modify its own Rules and Regulations on the basis of the new discipline and help the Episcopal Conferences to fulfill their task.” – Vatican Radio


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.


MYTC holds 12th annual open house carnival

A section of the crowd seen at the MYTC Open House Carnival Kinarut, 10 Sept 2017.

KINARUT – Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) held its 12th Open House Carnival at its campus grounds in Kinarut on 10 Sept 2017.

As in previous years, it saw participation from all walks of life, young and old, coming from the nearby vicinities, Sandakan, and from as far as New Zealand.  It has become an annual event in the life of the training centre.

Sixty-five stalls were set up, selling rice, roasted pork/duck, porridge, fried chicken wings,  soft drinks, religious books and items, secondhand items for jumble sale, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, plants, metalworks, wooden works, and other edible and non-edible stuff.

Parishes in and around Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar and other areas had also contributed in helping Montfort with the sale of coupons in their respective communities.

The crowds were entertained by local entertainers such as Chris Gomez, dubbed as Elvis Presley of Sabah and others.

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