Daily Archives:March 4th, 2018

Bomboi LSS attracts 61 participants

KENINGAU – Some 61 people attended the Life in the Spirit Seminar organised by the Minawo BEC on 23-25 Feb 2018 at the St John Apostle Church Bomboi.

The theme of the seminar was “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest,” (Mt 11:28).

The seminar began with the Way of the Cross followed by the Liturgy of the Word.

The inputs were given by Alfred Ibat, Lucia Yunging, Aloysia Christianus and Cyntia Lee while the deliverance session was handled by Jackson Mindong, followed by a time of counselling for those in need.  The prayer for healing took place after dinner.

On the last day, catechist Christinus Lee presided at the Liturgy of the Word while the last two talks were given by Rosalia Malibin and Luis Yonolon.  Jika George led the prayer for the release of the Holy Spirit.

Several participants shared their experiences before the seminar ended with a fellowship meal. – Tadius Kilip, Keningau website

Kitung church blessed by Keningau prelate

KENINGAU – Around 200 people turned up for the blessing of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Kg Kitung under Senagang Zone by Bishop Cornelius Piong.

Among those who witnessed the blessing and opening were Keningau Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson Stella Kinsik and YB Datuk Daniel Kinsik.

Initially, the building functioned as a community hall which was demolished and rebuilt as a church by the Kitung BEC with the help of various sectors.

In his homily, the bishop stressed that community building is more important than the material building itself.

To mark the occasion, Kinsik beat the gong five times for the five BECs under the Senagang Zone before cutting the ribbon and signing the commemorative plaque with the bishop.

All adjourned for lunch at the community hall where the guests were entertained by stage presentations by the various BEC groups. – Keningau website




Gospel text coincides with AVPT visit

Members of the AVPT smile for the camera, 21 Jan 2018, Church of the Visitation Seremban.

SEREMBAN – The Gospel text from St Mark 1:14-20 (Jesus Calls Four Fishermen) on the Third Sunday in Ordinary time [21 Jan 2018] coincided with the visit by the Archdiocesan Vocation Promotion Team of Kuala Lumpur (AVPT) to the Church of the Visitation here to promote Vocation.

The team consisted of two Diocesan Priests: Father Augustine Lee (AVPT Assistant Director) from the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bentong; Father Peter Anthoney from the Church of St John Vianney, Tampin; three Religious Sisters – Sister Roseling Siaw from the Daughters of St Paul (FSP), Sister Angeline Poh from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), Sister Santha Mary from the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (IJS) and 5th year Seminarian Brother Michael Dass, who is currently doing his Theology studies at St Peter’s College Kuching.

Fr Lee, who celebrated the Sunset Mass, in his homily said, “Like the fishermen who left their nets when Jesus called them, we too need to do the same instead of clinging on to certain things or matters in life.”

The next day, Fr Peter celebrated the 9:00 am Mass. He said in his homily that the Gospel reading is a reminder to us of God’s constant calling to each one of us. Too often, that calling is ignored because we are so engrossed and busy with what we are doing that we put God aside. The things that occupy our time have become the ‘main dishes’, while God has become the ‘side dish!’ Fr Peter went on to share his personal experience in discerning and answering the call of God to the Priesthood. (Fr Peter and Fr Augustine were ordained on 24 January 2013).

Later in the day, the Religious Sisters and Bro Michael Dass shared their personal experiences in discerning and answering God’s call to the Forms Four and Five students of the Religious Education classes, together with their respective RE teachers.

Various informative brochures on different Religious Orders and Congregations in Malaysia were displayed and the students were encouraged to take and read them.

Discernment is the process of determining God’s desire for one’s life. It could be to remain Single, Marriage, be a Religious or enter the Priesthood. – Paul Peter Fernandez, Herald Malaysia

Pope institutes new memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

Pope Francis before an ancient icon of Mary in the Basilica of St Mary Major (Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has decreed that the ancient devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar.

The liturgical celebration, B. Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, will be celebrated annually as a Memorial on the day after Pentecost.

In a decree released on 3 Mar 2018 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, its Prefect, said the Pope’s decision took account of the tradition surrounding the devotion to Mary as Mother of the Church.

He said the Holy Father wishes to promote this devotion in order to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety.”

‘Mother of the Church’ in tradition
The decree reflects on the history of Marian theology in the Church’s liturgical tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers.

It says Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great both reflected on the Virgin Mary’s importance in the mystery of Christ.

“In fact the former [St Augustine] says that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church, while the latter [St Leo the Great] says that the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.”

The decree says these reflections are a result of the “divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer.”

Scripture, the decree says, depicts Mary at the foot of the Cross (cf. Jn 19:25). There she became the Mother of the Church when she “accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal.”

In 1964, the decree says, Pope Paul VI “declared the Blessed Virgin Mary as ‘Mother of the Church, that is to say of all Christian people, the faithful as well as the pastors, who call her the most loving Mother’ and established that ‘the Mother of God should be further honoured and invoked by the entire Christian people by this tenderest of titles’.”

Votive Mass now made a fixed celebration
Then, in the Holy Year of Reconciliation in 1975, the Church inserted into the Roman Missal a votive Mass in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

With the present decree, Pope Francis inserts that celebration into the universal Church’s liturgy as a Memorial on a fixed date.

The Congregation for Divine Worship has published the official liturgical texts in Latin. Translations, the decree states, are to be prepared and approved by local Bishops’ Conferences before being confirmed by the Congregation. – Devin Watkins, Vatican News

47 enrolled in Book of Elect at St Mary Sandakan

A section of the congregation, 25 Feb 2018

SANDAKAN – Forty-seven catechumens enrolled their names in the Book of the Elect on 25 Feb 2018 at St Mary Cathedral here.

In the BM speaking class, there were 18 candidates for full Initiation, four Confirmands, eight for Baptism and Holy Communion, and 17 for Baptism only.

Whereas in the English speaking class, there were five candidates for full Initiation, one Confirmand and two for Baptism only.

From the Chinese speaking class, there were four candidates for full Initiation and one Baptism only.

Over 500 parishioners attended the Mass presided by Father David Garaman who conducted the rite as delegated by Bishop Julius Gitom.

Fr David welcomed the candidates in his opening address to the congregation. He also said that he was grateful that the number of new candidates increases every year.

All the catechumens received their blessing from Fr David to prepare them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil. He also reminded the godparents of their duties to guide and encourage their godchildren to attend Mass regularly and to accompany them in their journey of faith. – SOCCOM Sandakan

RAY organises fundraiser for annual camp

Celine and Aline Lim manning their pre-loved clothes stall at the fundraiser, 4 Mar 2018, right wing of Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – The Royal Ambassadors – Youth wing of the Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community – organised a fundraiser for its annual Holy Spirit Camp on 4 March 2018 at the right wing of the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

On sale were pre-loved clothes, homeware items, books, CDs, DVDs, hand-painted art pieces by the members themselves, games, busking, henna face-painting, and others.

The fundraiser is organised yearly to raise at least RM5,000.00 to offset the rising cost of the camp.

While the camp has been organised since 1983, the fundraising started only five years ago.

The objective of the camp is to bring the participants aged 13-19 to an encounter with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.  It will be held in Bundu Tuhan on Fri-Sun Mar 23-25.

Annual religious vocation seminar draws 130 participants

KOTA KINABALU – The annual religious vocation seminar drew 130 participants (69 men, 61 women) at Pace Bene Formation Centre Purak Papar on 23-25 Feb 2018.

The camp was organised by the Archdiocesan Vocation Team headed by Franciscan Sister Terry Loukang under the Council of Religious.

Among the religious institutes present were the Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception,  Brothers of St Gabriel, Marist Brothers, La Salle Brothers, and the Franciscan Capuchin Friars.

Topics covered were the religious calling, how to discern a religious calling, and the spiritual life.

Time was given for each congregation to share its charism and mission, for an open forum as well as for spiritual direction (participants to talk privately to any of the religious present).

The event ended with lunch after the closing Mass.

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