Daily Archives:June 11th, 2018

SHC organises bazaar in aid of new CC building fund

Albert Wong (sign language community) sketches the portrait of a customer at the bazaar organised in aid of the Catholic Centre building fund, Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 10 June 2018. The total amount raised from the bazaar was RM298,274.00 – above its target of RM250,000.00.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here organised its yearly bazaar (parish family day carnival) in aid of the new Catholic Centre building fund on 10 June 2018 at the parish centre.

Fifty-five booths were set up by the various communities, groups and ministries of the cathedral that use the centre’s facilities regularly.  Others included the Daughters of St Paul, Priests and Seminarians, Shan Tao Kindergarten, St Francis Kindergarten, SM St Francis Convent,  Maktab Nasional, Catholic Nurses Guild,  Secular Carmelites, and Secular Franciscans.

There were varieties of cakes, pies, burgers, ice-cream, ABC, drinks, crackers, pickles, barbeque, roasted pork and duck, and cooked food on sale.  Others included fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, second-hand items (books, bags, clothes), coconut water, fresh eggs, sundries, toiletries.

There were games for children, bouncing castle (inflatable) for children to play on the stage, photo booth (with cosplayers), face and hand painting, caricature/portrait sketching,  song requests. Coupons were sold at several counters.

The parish pastors did their part too by singing their favourite karaoke hits toward the end of the bazaar when the amount reached Rm15,000.00.

At the same time, some of the parishioners also donated blood at the blood donation drive overseen by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in room G1.  This is carried out quarterly in the parish.

Out of the estimated RM9.6 million needed to build the Catholic Centre, the cathedral parish has to contribute RM2.5m.

Demolition and site preparation works began on 29 Nov 2018 and completed by May 2018.  At press time the workers are still doing the retaining wall facing Tzu Yu Kindergarten.

The building project is scheduled to be completed within 16 months, hopefully by Dec 2019.

Civil court rules Fulton Sheen’s remains can go to Peoria

Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The Superior Court of New York ruled Friday, 8 June 2018, in favour of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the body of her uncle, Venerable Fulton Sheen, to the Cathedral of St Mary in Peoria. The body of the late archbishop is currently in St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

The Diocese of Peoria welcomed the decision.

“This is the second time that the Superior Court of New York has ruled in favour of Joan Sheen Cunningham’s petition,” read a June 8 statement from the Peoria diocese.

The judge, Arlene Bluth, ruled that “the location of Archbishop Sheen’s final resting place would not have been his primary concern” and that “it makes no sense, given his lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church, that he would choose a location over the chance to become a saint.”

The Peoria diocese opened the cause for Sheen’s canonisation in 2002 after Archdiocese of New York said it would not explore the case. In 2012, Benedict XVI recognised the heroic virtues of the archbishop.

However, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria suspended the beatification cause in September 2014 on the grounds that the Holy See expected Sheen’s remains to be in the Peoria diocese.

The Archdiocese of New York, however, has said that Vatican officials have said the Peoria diocese can pursue Sheen’s canonisation regardless of whether his body is at rest there.

Sheen was born in Illinois in 1895, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria at the age of 24. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York in 1951, and he remained there until his appointment as Bishop of Rochester in 1966. He retired in 1969 and moved back to New York City until his death in 1979.

Sheen’s will had declared his wish to be buried in the Archdiocese of New York Calvary Cemetery. Soon after Sheen died, Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York asked Cunningham, Sheen’s closest living relative, if his remains could be placed in the New York cathedral’s crypt, and she consented.

Cunningham has said that Sheen would have wanted to have been interred in Peoria if he knew that he would be considered for sainthood. In 2016, she filed a legal complaint seeking to have her uncle’s remains moved to Peoria.

An initial court ruling had sided with Cunningham, but a state appeals court overturned that ruling, saying it had failed to give sufficient attention to a sworn statement from a colleague of Archbishop Sheen, Monsignor Hilary C Franco, a witness for the New York archdiocese.

Msgr Franco had said that Sheen told him he wanted to be buried in New York and that Cardinal Cooke had offered him a space in the crypt of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The appeals court ordered “a full exploration” of the archbishop’s desires.

The Diocese of Peoria said that the New York superior court ruled this week that Msgr Franco “testified completely in line with the testimony of Joan Sheen Cunningham. Therefore, both supported their understanding that above all else Archbishop Sheen would not have objected to his remains being transferred to Peoria.”

“Furthermore, the Archdiocese of New York could not supply any further testimony against Joan Sheen Cunningham’s petition. The court ruled that their testimony was fundamentally the same,” the Peoria diocese said.

Bluth ruled that “Mrs Cunningham has offered a sound reason and a laudable purpose for her petition” and that Sheen “would care much less about the location of his earthly remains than his ability … to continue to serve man and God on a grand scale after his earthly demise.”

The Peoria diocese expressed their hope that the Archdiocese of New York “will cease their legal resistance and respect the ruling of the Superior Court. Bishop Jenky hopes that the New York Archdiocese will cooperate with … the practical matters as to moving the remains of Venerable Archbishop Sheen to Peoria, Illinois. It is the hope that this process will begin immediately.”

The Diocese of Peoria said that moving Sheen’s body to Peoria will be the next step towards bringing his beatification to completion.

“Bishop Jenky encourages everyone to pray for a renewed spirit of cooperation in the effort to beatify Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.”

Sheen served as host of the “Catholic Hour” radio show and the television show “Life is Worth Living.”

In addition to his pioneering radio and television shows, Archbishop Sheen authored many books, with proceeds supporting foreign missions. He headed the Society for the Propagation of the Faith at one point in his life, and continued to be a leading figure in US Catholicism until his death.

Archbishop Sheen’s intercession is credited with the miraculous recovery of a pronounced stillborn American baby from the Peoria area.

In June 2014, a panel of theologians that advises the Congregation for the Causes of Saints ruled that the baby’s recovery was miraculous.

The baby, later named James Fulton Engstrom, was born in September 2010 showing no signs of life. As medical professionals tried to revive him, his parents prayed for his recovery through the intercession of Fulton Sheen.

Although the baby showed no pulse for an hour after his birth, his heart started beating again and he escaped serious medical problems. – CNA/EWTN News

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