Daily Archives:March 6th, 2018

Students from remote Kiulu attend Soccom’s Year of Mercy programme

Ramin Ebi (far L), head of the Soccom committee of the local parish, making his welcome address at the start of the Soccom YoM programme at St Joseph Husband of Mary Church, Kiulu, on 2 Mar 2018.

KIULU – About 120 students from remote villages of Kiulu area in the Tuaran District joined adult Catholics to listen to a catechesis on the mercy of God and the need for repentance during Lent at St Joseph Husband of Mary Church here on 2 Mar 2018.

The students are from the girls and boys hostels of San Damiano located within walking distance of the church.

The talk, given by a panel of speakers from the Social Communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu (Soccom ADKK) was centred on the Gospel reading on “The Samaritan Woman”.

Father Thomas Madanan, the parish priest and the Commission’s Spiritual Adviser, told the gathering, “For Christians, seeking God’s mercy and showing mercy to others, is an endeavour of a lifetime.”

“That’s why although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (YoM) officially ended in November 2016 Soccom has continued with its special YoM programme,” he said.

Ramin Ebi, head of the Soccom committee at the local parish here, welcomed the delegation from Soccom ADKK, in the presence of Rinus Katong, chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Soccom ADKK members, Joseph Leong, Gideon Abel and Jenney Juanis, who jointly gave the catechesis, told the parishioners here that the same love and mercy shown to the Samaritan woman by Jesus was available to them too as long as they were open to the Lenten call for conversion and willing to believe in the Gospel.

The speakers invited them to be reconciled with each other in their respective family by way of forgiveness and other acts of mercy, particularly during the season of Lent.

The students also had the opportunity to watch a video on various celebrations during the YoM in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu and were given a free copy of an information leaflet on the Jubilee Year, entitled, “What ‘Mercy’ Means to Me and My Family.”

Patricia Regis, another Soccom ADKK member, responsible for documentation and research work, was also present to lend support for the event.

Since the programme was held on a Friday, it was preceded by Stations of the Cross and a Eucharist both conducted in the Kadazan language, the common lingo of the local community.

Fr Madanan dedicated the Mass for the repose of the soul of Irene Obon, a former chairperson and long- serving member of Soccom ADKK who was called to eternal rest on Feb 21,.

St Joseph Husband of Mary in Kiulu is the fourth parish where this special YoM programme was conducted in the archdiocese.

Previous occasions were at the Holy Rosary Church Limbahau (11 Nov 2016), the Holy Nativity Church Terawi (28 April 2017), and St Catherine’s Church Inanam (18 Aug 2017). – Soccom ADKK

Korean orphanage renamed “Woori Jib” instead of Hamin Tokou

POTUKI, Putatan – On 28 November 2016  Woori Jib, once known as Hamin Tokou, was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop John Wong and witnessed by Rev General Liborious Park Hye Sik and Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Woori Jib St Francis Xavier Potukia welfare home for orphans from poor Catholic families, is located at Kampung Potuki, Lokawi Putatan. In Korean, Woori Jib means “Our Home.”   The welfare of the children in this home is fully sponsored by the Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae, South Korea (SST).

Currently, the home is taken care of by two house mothers and a cook. There are also a few volunteers helping to look after the home apart from three full time priests running the home.

An agreement has recently been signed between the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu and the Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae for the Society to set foot in the Archdiocese.  The priests are Father Andrew Kim Youngjun, Father Lawrence Kim Jinsu and Father Leo Choi Sangki, who is also the patron of Woori Jib.

Woori Jib has started taking in children from poor families, mostly girls aged between 7-17 years. On 3 March 2017, five orphan girls began their stay at this home. However, in mid- 2017, Woori Jib opened the home for poor families too, including those families who cannot afford to send their children to school due to poverty.  As at January 2018, the number of boarders has increased to eight.

The home can accommodate up to 25 children at any one time. It is only accepting girls aged between 7- 17 (or Primary One to Form Five). After finishing their study in Form Five, they would return to their families.

In 2017, visitors and volunteers have visited the Woori Jib St Francis Xavier Potuki orphanage home to offer charity work to clean the home and its surroundings, donated cash, food and school materials.  While there, they also interacted with the children of Woori Jib.

The management of Woori Jib also announced that “Hamin Tokou Holy Item” located at Megalong is no longer associated with Fr Leo and is managed by Lawrence Jakil, while Woori Jib Holy Item, under the management of Woori Jib, is located at Lot No. 1-202, (Corner), Tingkat Satu, Bangunan ITCC (International Technology & Commercial Centre) Penampang and would be open for business by mid-March.

Any activities dealing with charity visit organised by Hamin Tokou no longer has any association with Fr Leo.  For any inquiries or charity visits, kindly contact the Management of Woori Jib, St Francis Xavier Home Potuki at 019-8822418 or 088-752088. – Woori Jib Management

Pauline Cooperators make Lenten Recollection

The participants pose for remembrance after the recollection, 4 March 2018, Daughters of St Paul Convent Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Fourteen members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators made their Lenten recollection at the Daughters of St Paul Convent here on 4 March 2018.

The half-day spiritual exercise was facilitated by Pauline Sister Jennifer Han.

After praying Lauds, the attendees took time to reflect personally on the 2018 Lenten message of Pope Francis.

Other features included praying the Rosary in common as well as the Way of the Cross around the convent compound.

It ended with a potluck lunch.

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