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SHC celebrates Mass for the Sick as part of parish feast day programme

Father Paul Lo anoints the hands of John Chin, an elderly parishioner, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing in conjunction with the parish feast day on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, 8 June 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated Mass for its sick and elderly as part of the week-long parish fiesta programme on 8 June 2018, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

The Rite of Anointing of the Sick took place after the homily by Archbishop John Wong and his assistants, Father Paul Lo, Father Max Hontor, and Father Joshua Liew.  Deacon Russell Lawrine assisted at the altar.

The cathedral parish celebrates this Mass twice a year since 2015: World Day of the Sick on February 11 (Our Lady of Lourdes) and on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Church for those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. It is a source of healing for the sick rather than the final act of the church for the dying.

The sacrament enables the sick or aged person to be anointed with the oil of the sick, to experience the healing and strength of Jesus Christ and to be supported by a praying community.

The sacrament may be celebrated during Mass, or at a hospital or nursing home, or in the person’s home. It is a celebration of the church where members of the church offer those who are sick the support of faith and prayer.

The sacrament is celebrated with the sick, with old people, and with sick children if they have sufficient understanding. The sacrament is not administered to anyone who has already died. Prayers for the Dead are prayed for the deceased.

KK Archdiocese consecrates families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The concelebrants raise their hands in prayer for all the families gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing on 7 June 2018 in conjunction with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus cum Sanctification of Priests.

KOTA KINABALU – At the Mass marking the day of prayer for the sanctification of priests on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, families were consecrated to the Sacred Heart by Archbishop John Wong at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 7 June 2018.

Twenty-nine priests and two deacons joined  Archbishop John Wong and Abp Emeritus John Lee at the altar.  The event was the highlight of the week-long celebration of the parish feast day.  Earlier the clergy had a half-day reflection as preparation to celebrate this day of priestly sanctification at Vianney Home.

As was practised last year (the homilist then was Father Cosmas Lee), the homily this year was given by Father Nicholas Stephen who said the love of the Trinitarian God is personified in the incarnation of Jesus whose heart was pierced for the love of humanity.

After the post-communion prayer, the prayer of consecration was solemnly recited by all present.  Then all the concelebrants raised their hands to pray for all families gathered in the church followed by some of the priests who went through the congregation blessing the people with holy water.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II chose the feast of the Sacred Heart for the day of prayer for priestly sanctification because it celebrates God’s merciful love that becomes tangible for priests in the Eucharistic Mystery, which they celebrate daily, and in the sacramental pardon which they administer and receive.

In choosing to consecrate the families on this day, the parish expressed its desire for the families under its pastoral care to remain closely united to the Heart of love, of belonging to It perpetually and entirely, and of devoting themselves generously to Its service.

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