Daily Archives:May 22nd, 2018

Oscar Romero and Paul VI to be canonised Oct 14

Pope Paul VI and Abp Oscar Romero pose together in an undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Oficina de Canonizacion de Mons Oscar Romero/CNA

VATICAN CITY – Following a meeting between the Council of Cardinals and Pope Francis on 19 May 2018, the Vatican announced that Bl Pope Paul VI and Bl Oscar Romero will be canonised together on 14 Oct 2018.

During an ordinary consistory on Saturday, Francis decreed that the two blesseds will be canonised alongside four others: Bl Francesco Spinelli, a diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Bl Vincenzo Romano, a diocesan priest from Torre de Greco in Italy; Bl Maria Caterina Kasper, a German nun and founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Congregation of the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia Sisters.

As expected, the canonisations will take place during the 2018 Synod of Bishops on the topic of young people, the faith and vocational discernment, which is set to take place on 3-28 Oct 2018.

The Vatican had announced March 7 that Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero would be canonised following the recognition of a second miracle through their intercession.

Born Giovanni Montini in 1897 in the town of Concesio, Italy, the future Pope Paul VI was ordained a priest at the age of 22. He served as Archbishop of Milan prior to his election as Bishop of Rome in 1963.

As pope, he oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council, which had been opened by Pope St John XXIII, and in 1969 promulgated a new Roman Missal. He died in 1978, and was beatified by Pope Francis on 19 Oct 2014.

Pope Francis himself unofficially confirmed the news of Paul VI’s canonisation during his annual meeting with the priests of Rome Feb 17.

Apart from his role in the council, Paul VI is most widely know for his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae, which was published in 1968 and reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception in wake of the sexual revolution. This year marks the 50th anniversary the historic encyclical.

Both miracles attributed to Paul VI’s intercession involve the healing of an unborn child.

Bl Oscar Romero, who was beatified by Pope Francis on 23 May 2015, in El Salvador, was the archbishop of the nation’s capital city of San Salvador. He was shot while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980, during the birth of a civil war between leftist guerrilla forces and the dictatorial government of the right.

An outspoken critic of the violence and injustices being committed at the time, Romero was declared a martyr who was killed in hatred of the faith for his vocal defense of human rights. – Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Deacon David to be ordained priest on August 11

The aspirants and seminarians pose with newly ordained Deacon David Gasikol after the ceremony at Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau, 25 Feb 2018.

PENAMPANG – Deacon David Gasikol will be ordained to the priesthood on 11 Aug 2018 at the Holy Spirit Church Sook by Bishop Cornelius Piong at 10 am.  The news was confirmed by the deacon himself on 22 May 2018.  The 32-year-old deacon will be the first priest from Sook.

Sook is a small town and district located in the Interior Division of Sabah. It serves as a timber and agricultural town as well as a transit town for motorists travelling from Keningau to Tawau via the Keningau-Sook-Sapulut-Kalabakan-Tawau road.

Sook Mission, formerly known as Murut Mission (Tulid), had a Catholic population of 13,846 (2011) with 46 outstations and 68 catechists (paid and voluntary).

The Good News spread there in the 1950s through Mill Hill Father Roetenberg.  The first church was built in Kg Tulid in 1969.  From there the faith spread to Pensiangan under Mill Hill Father Peter de Wit.  In 1990 the name was changed from Murut Mission to Mission Sook under Father Erik Jerome.

On the present site, the Church of St Peter was built in 1986 but in 2003 the name was changed to Holy Spirit Sook as there is another church dedicated to St Peter in Kuala Penyu.

On 5 May 2003 during the 10th diocesan triple  celebration in Sook, Bishop Cornelius Piong announced that Sook has been raised from mission status to that of a full parish with Father Benedict Daulis as rector and Father Phillip Muji as his assistant.

The parish and its 47 outstations are currently served by Father Claudius Andrew and Father Harry Dorisoh.

Men’s conference draws 24 participants

The participants take part in an action song during the men’s conference at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 19 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – A conference for men organised by Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council drew 24 participants on 19 May 2018.

Held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here, the bilingual conference (BM/Eng) themed Be Strong and Courageous (Jos 1:9) was held with the objectives of helping Catholic men to stand firm in the faith in the face of challenges in life; to remain faithful to God and His Church; to have the will to continue following the Lord; to make the necessary changes or sacrifices to ‘stand firm in the faith’ and serve God; and to transform one’s will to God’s will.

After the opening Mass and address by Father Paul Lo, three input sessions were given a) I Dare You (Geoffrey Goh); b) Show Me What You Got (Marc Majaing); c) I Will (BG Chin) with one workshop on ‘God is Enough’ and an open sharing session.

The conference ended with a praise fest.

Over 270 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Day

Facilitator Charles Tibok poses with some of the 274 confirmands at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre after the ceremony, 20 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 270 candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on Pentecost Day, 20 May 2018.

The 274 confirmands came from the four-language classes: English (SHC 90, CMI 31), Chinese 53, BM (Sunday School 46, RCIA 51), Sign Language 3.

In his homily, Archbishop John Wong warned the confirmands of the three enemies they have encountered and will continue to encounter: a) the lack of self-acceptance; b) the world (worldly values); and c) the devil; but told them that it is only through the help of the Holy Spirit that they will be able to withstand these enemies.

After the confirmands had renewed their Baptismal promises, he conferred the Sacrament on them, assisted by Father Paul Lo, Father Maxmillianno Hontor, and Father Joshua Liew, to whom he delegated the power to confer the sacrament for that occasion only.  Deacon Russell Lawrine was on hand to assist at the altar.

After the Mass, the confirmands with their godparents, parents or other family members adjourned to the parish hall for a time of fellowship.  They were joined by the 200 neophytes (baptised during the Easter Vigil Mar 31 or Easter Sunday Apr 1).

Jason Joenoi, chairman of the parish pastoral council, welcomed them and invited them to join the different groups, communities, and ministries for their spiritual growth.

In his address, Abp Wong gave them his signature 12 Words in four phrases of three words: 1. Read the Word; 2. Receive the Sacraments; 3. Obey the Commandments; and 4. Share the Word.

After dinner, representatives from the Chinese and BM neophytes entertained those present with stage performances before the neophytes and confirmands received their gifts and certificates from the parish.

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