SANDAKAN – The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) organised a parish Lenten recollection on 23-24 Feb 2018 at St Mary Cathedral here themed Journeying Together as a Big Family.
The event began with Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Pilis Malim welcoming the attendees, emphasising the Diocesan Pastoral Plan (DPP) towards achieving the Vision and Mission.
In his talk, Father David Garaman said Lent is an important season for spiritual renewal because during Lent “we are journeying with one another in following the Lord in our deepest humanity” and a “stepping stone to journey together as one community united in Christ without looking at the differences.”
He also touched on the three R’s of Lent: Rest, Reflect and Renew.
On the second day, Fr David elaborated on the DPP logo which symbolises all the parishioners journeying together with one common vision and mission. He invited them to develop a Christ-centred community by serving one another with love and to foster unity in the spirit to help achieve the Vision and Mission of the Diocese.
On the final day, Fr David acknowledged that the sharings based on the reflection were uplifting. He encouraged the participants to purchase the Diocesan Pastoral Plan as a guide to understand properly the Vision and Mission.
The session finished at 12.30 noon with a concluding prayer by Fr David, followed by lunch. – Susanna Cordova