Daily Archives:January 10th, 2018

Keningau secular institute expands with new members

ISKB members pose with Bishop Cornelius Piong after the Mass, 6 Dec 2017, Tatal Keningau.

KENINGAU – The Secular Institute of Komuniti Betania (ISKB) expands with new members.

Janet Leong made her first commitment while Sabius Gatail Luis pronounced his final commitment.  Three others – John Ambi, Winnah Jude, and Melita Petrus renewed their commitment as members of the secular institute.

The commitments were made before Bishop Cornelius Piong on 6 Dec 2017 after the homily at the Tatal Retreat Centre here in the presence of around 100 people including fellow members of the institute and family members and relatives of the neo-professed and renewalists.

After Mass, all adjourned for the reception at the hall.

ISKB was founded by Bishop Cornelius piong 20 years ago for men and women who want to live a life of consecration in the world with the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

Currently, it has 20 members with 16 full-fledged members, four juniors, and five observers. – An Richard, keningau website

Over 200 CWL delegates participate in annual assembly

A section of the delegates to the CWL Annual Assembly, BTRC, 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2017.

BUNDU TUHAN – Over 200 representatives of the Catholic Women’s League participated in the 32nd Annual Assembly at the Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre here on 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2017.

Two hundred and fourteen women from across the archdiocese took part in the event themed “Women of the Bible.”

The programme was a two-day retreat guided by Father Paul Lo, which concluded with the General Meeting on the last day.

In his opening speech, Archbishop John Wong advised the delegates to take the retreat seriously, reflecting on the words that they would hear during the retreat.

He hoped that the women would emulate the lives of the different women in the Bible in their role as mothers of families, and that they would be filled with the Spirit and be more committed in their service to the Lord.

Anita Tunggolou, chief coordinator of the Archdiocesan Catholic Women’s League, thanked the archbishop for his presence as well as for his continuous support of the organisation.

She also urged all members to give their full support to their respective parish priests and to be fully committed in carrying out their responsibilities to the best of their ability.

For the retreat proper, Fr Lo drew the delegates’ attention to the lives of the different women in the Bible, highlighting their courage, their prayer-filled life and their unwavering faith in the Lord.

Besides the inputs, time was given for personal reflection, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and confession.

The next part of the retreat was the business of the General Meeting, in which reports from the various Catholic Women’s Leagues were presented, followed by a Question and Answer session. – Anita Tunggolou/ACWL

ASSISS KK holds first pre-Christmas gathering

KOTA KINABALU – The Assunta Integrated Social Services Kota Kinabalu (ASSISS KK) held its first  Christmas gathering for the volunteers on 20 Dec 2017 at the right wing of Sacred Heart Parish Hall here.

Thirty volunteers turned up for the event. In keeping with the Christmas theme, carols singing kicked off the evening.

Patricia Ubing, ASSISS KK Chairman, in her speech, thanked the volunteers for giving their time to serve  the poor through the mobile clinic services.

The clinic is run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The current clinic locations are at Kg Timpangoh Laut Sugud and Kg Kaiduan Papar. Other location sites would be added on.

The ASSISS KK core team did the cake cutting, followed by dinner. After dinner, there were games, exchange of  gifts among the attendees and lucky draws.

The fellowship ended with a closing prayer by Paul Isidore and the singing of the Prayer of St Francis. – Catherine Engsun

KKKR brings Christmas cheer to Ranau Hospital staff

The KKKR choir and hospital staff pose for remembrance

RANAU – The Christian Health Community Ranau (KKKR) brought early Christmas cheer to the staff of Ranau Hospital on 15 Dec 2017.

KKKR’s performance brought cheer to the staff who were not able to be with their loved ones to celebrate Christmas.

KKKR Chairman Dr Clarence D Sirisani said the activity also enabled patients, who had to be  detained in the hospital, to enjoy Christmas Day, regardless of race and religion.

“The activity also serves to bring the glad tidings of Christmas among the Christian community in every unit and to strengthen the relationship among the staff,” said Dr Clarence.

The carollers who entertained the patients, visitors and hospital staff were led by Dr Jason Hendrick, a Medical Officer at the Ranau Hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr Clarence who is also the Director of the Ranau Hospital invited the public to the Ranau Hospital Christmas Open House at the foyer on 12 Jan 2018, starting at 2:00 pm.

“We hold this celebration each year, not only in living our faith and hope as Christians, but also to forge closer ties with those of other faiths here,” he said. – Clarence Dol

Special friends celebrate Christmas their way

KOTA KINABALU  – Wesley, Dolores and Caesar got to their feet and  started rocking to the beat of Jingle Bell Rock, oblivious to the stares of those around.

Wesley, Dolores and Caesar were among the 36 “special friends” brought together with their parents and guardians, supporters and benefactors, for their annual pre-Christmas celebration at the basement of Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 16 Dec 2017.

These ‘special friends,’ as they are known, belong to the Special Ministry for People with Developmental Mental Disabilities (SMPMD), under the care of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish.

Each year, faithful to their tradition, the SMPMD, led by Peter Siburat and spiritual adviser Sister Genevieve Nicholas, organised this much-looked-forward-to event.

The highlights were receiving the gifts and savouring the Christmas food spread.

Though they suffer from disabilities such as William syndrome, down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, speech and learning disorder, these ‘special friends’ mingled freely and made brief encounters with those present.

Currently ten regular ‘advocates’ take care of them weekly, preparing them for Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.  Among other activities, SMPMD organise Advocate-Children sessions, Bible sharing, and interacting with other communities.

The SMPMD needs more volunteers to respond to be ‘advocates.’   ‘Advocate’ means committing and giving oneself to ‘one-to-one’ care. – CS

A new way of looking at New Year’s resolutions

A new year means resolutions, right? But we’re all so busy. After all, we live in a world bound by time. While some people measure out their lives in coffee spoons, as the poet TS Eliot once famously wrote, most of us measure out our lives in years, months, weeks, hours, minutes and seconds. Time… Like water we try to hold in our hands, time is constantly slipping away from us.

We also live in a world where many people — from our favourite priests to self-help gurus, to journalists, to Oprah — tell us that in order to be successful in our day-to-day lives, we must live in the “now.” We need to live, fully present, in the present. Even Jesus directs us to live in the now, for “the kingdom of God is at hand.” Heaven on earth is always happening in our very midst. Oftentimes, we don’t see it because we’re focusing on something other than God.

But have you ever tried to live in the now? It’s really hard. Just as soon as we try to grab hold of it — as soon as we try to live in the present moment, well, the now changes and becomes the past. And that moment is gone forever. To be alive as a human being in this world is to exist in a perpetual state of change.

But as daunting as it is for most of us to fully live in the now, I do think that we can edge a little closer to the now, which is to say a little closer to God, and by doing so we can.

How can we do this? Through something I like to call a “microshift.”

A microshift is a small change in the way we do things, in the way that we perceive life, in the actions we take. These microshifts, over time, can lead to big results. What would happen if we took just 1 percent of our day and directed that time to change either ourselves or the world around us?

Keep the other 99 percent of your day to take care of your family, to work, to go to Mass, to attend school, to study, to sleep, to hang out on social media, watch cute kitten videos or post selfies. You can keep all that. But what are some small things we can do that could change a life?

In lieu of New Year’s resolutions, I offer some microshifts we can do anytime, but why not try them out this January and see what happens: commit to pick up your elderly neighbour’s garbage bin, make a sandwich and offer to a homeless person, plant flowers and cultivate a prayer garden, call your mom, keep a gratitude journal, allow someone to go ahead of you in a checkout line at a store, decide to forgive someone, laugh, etc.

That’s a resolution we can all get behind. The trick, as always, is to keep it going. But when you’re really doing something for God, suddenly whatever effort it takes doesn’t seem like effort at all. Instead, it feels like a blessing. – Gary Jansen @ angelusnews.com

Tg Aru B/G Brigade holds CC&Flags Blessing and Awards Day

The members pose for remembrance. Credit: Ben Wong

TANJUNG ARU – The 11th KK Boys Brigade Company held their Coy Colours & Flags blessing and award presentation award presentation during the Sunset Mass on 18 Nov 2017 at Stella Maris here with members in full uniform.

Msgr Primus Jouil officiated the rite of blessing before the award presentation.

The  Brigade Award presentation began with the Guard of Honour led by Capt Neil Mah. Before badges were given out, there was a short explanation on the process they have gone through in order to get the badges.

A few members have been promoted into Non-Commissioned Officer (NCOs). Being an NCO is not only a reward and privilege, it is also a responsibility given to the youth to lead others responsibly, exemplary in conduct and speech, and pure and noble motives in service.

Among them are Jenny Hii to Staff Sergeant, Cleve Ryan to Sergeant, Jordan Chin and  Mickalson Veron to Corporal;  Imelda Chin, Nicole Lara, Isaac Ryan, and Joshua Tuining to Lance Corporal.  Pte Mea Devina was awarded the best squad for 2017.

From the Junior Section, Jr Leah Vivian was chosen to be the overall Junior squad leader, assisted by Jr Ryan Summers. For Squad Junior, leaders are Jr Vianny Hii, Jr Moira Tuining, Jr Cosmas and Jr Corinthians. – Jeremy Chin

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