Daily Archives:February 19th, 2018

SYCC organises fellowship dinner for single adults

The participants greet one another with a sign of peace, 10 Feb 2018.

SANDAKAN –  The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) organised its first fellowship dinner for single adults on 10 February 2018 at St Mary’s Cathedral parish hall here.

The objective of this monthly fellowship is to reach out to those who are working and not involve in any group in St Mary’s Cathedral parish. It is also in line with the diocesan vision and mission to become a “Christ-centered community, serving one another with love.”

According to Philip Mosinoh, one of SYCC leaders,  this activity was encouraged by Father David Garaman, rector of the cathedral parish.

Organising chairman Gregory Quadra said in his opening remarks that the fellowship would be the platform for the single adults to serve the church as their potential talents would enable them to contribute to the church and they can attend such gatherings whenever they are free.

Dr Francis Paul, Director of the Sandakan Duchess of Kent Hospital, shared that the activity is to bring people together through fellowship among the Catholics in the parish while Michael Raj, a final year student in the Polytechnic and currently doing his practical at Sabah Port, said that he attended the fellowship to build up his faith and to continue going to church.

Single adults are welcome to attend the monthly fellowship.  For further information please contact Gregory Quadra 017-8974931 or Dr Agnes Foo 012-3615973.

Pope begins weeklong retreat with Curia officials

Ariccia, Spiritual Exercices 5 Mar 2017 / © PHOTO.VA – OSSERVATORE ROMANO

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis left for his annual retreat at Casa Gesu Divin Maestro (the Divine Master House) in the town of Ariccia near Rome in the afternoon of 18 Feb 2018.

For a week, the Holy Father will remain there praying with members of the Roman Curia.

During his Sunday Angelus address, the Pope asked the faithful to pray for him and those who would be with him participating in the weeklong retreat. At 4 pm, he and the Curia members left on a bus and arrived at the place by 6 pm.

Meditations this year have been entrusted by the Pope to Portuguese priest and Biblical theologian, Father José Tolentino de Mendonça, vice-rector of the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, who will lead the meditations on the theme: “Praise of Thirst.”

The priest, who is also an award winning poet and consultant of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will give nine reflections in total and they generally will be held twice a day, in the morning and afternoon, except on Friday, the last day.

The activities of the Pope and members of the Curia will include morning and evening prayer, and Eucharistic adoration.

The retreat will conclude on the morning of Friday, Feb 23. Until then, all of the Pope’s activities, including the weekly General Audience, Feb 21, are suspended.

Originally, the Spiritual Exercises took place in the Vatican, but Pope Francis moved them to the retreat house, 16 miles outside of Rome.

The retreat house is run by the Society of St Paul. – zenit.org

Over 1000 catechumens enrolled in the Book of the Elect

A section of the RCIA coordinators posing with the concelebrants after the Rite of Election, 18 Feb 2018, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 1000 catechumens have their names enrolled in the Book of the Elect at the Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names on 18 Feb 2018, first Sunday of Lent, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

Archbishop John Wong officiated the trilingual Rite of Election.  The 1,013 catechumens, their 865 sponsors/godparents, 151 facilitators and 17 parish pastors, gathered at the cathedral for the rite.  The catechumens publicly expressed their desire for baptism.  Their names were recorded in their respective parish books which were duly presented to the prelate by the coordinators for his signature.  They are now called the Elect.

The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday, Mar 31, and on Easter Sunday, Apr 1, when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

The Elect came from the 18 parishes and two sub-parishes in the archdiocese with Ranau having the largest contingent of 140.  Labuan has its own Rite of Election (47 Elect) due to its geographical location.

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