Daily Archives:July 5th, 2018

Tawau BEC Youth gather for DOCAT

The participants pose for the camera at the end of the DOCAT session, 10 June 2018, in the house of James J Kumanireng in Tawau.

TAWAU – Sixty-one youth from three communities gathered for the DOCAT on 10 June 2018 at the house of James Joseph Kumanireng.

Initiated by Msgr Nicholas Ong, the gathering was organised by Franciscan  Sister Julita Joseph and Seminarian Dafrin Diwol.

The attendees came from the Tinimungan KadazanDusun Murut Community (TUKAD), Filipino Pastoral Community (FPC), and the Indonesian Pastoral Community (KPI).

The visit was an effort to enlighten the youth on the Sandakan Diocesan Vision ie “A Christ-centred community serving one another with love.”

In his catechesis, Msgr Ong touched on family-related themes (articles 112, 114, 115, 117) as seen from the perspective of DOCAT, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) for youth.

He said God created people to live in community – in a family or in a religious institute.  The family is the basic unit of society where one learns about human and Christian values.

This was followed by a lively Q&A session before it ended with a fellowship meal (potluck). – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Tawau celebrates parish feast day with bazaar

A scene of the bazaar at the parish canteen marking Holy Trinity Parish Feast Day, 24 June 2018.

TAWAU – Holy Trinity Parish here celebrated feast day on 24 June 2018, Nativity of St John the Baptist with bazaar and family day celebration.

Eight hundred parishioners turned up for the Mass presided by Msgr Nicholas Ong, concelebrated with Father Sunny Chung.

In his homily, Msgr Nicholas touched on the role of being the witnesses of Good News like John the Baptist: “… we are expected to become the instrument of Christ, to bring others to Him that we may all share His salvation.”

He also emphasised on the importance of unity regardless of status, race, language and culture:  “For us to be part of the salvation, we must live in communion with others. Be united, and become the light of the world, the bearer of peace,  shown in readily forgiving, accepting, supporting one another, and having a genuine concern for each other. This way Christ will live in our midst.”

After Mass, all parishioners proceeded to the parish canteen for food bazaar and the Family Day celebration at the parish hall. A traditional dance from the Indonesian community of St Thomas Bombalai welcomed the people to the venue.

Among the activities were a 13-minute video presentation on the parish history, cultural stage  performances, and games for all.

The event closed with a prayer by Fr Chung and cleaning of the hall by all.  – Julita Kantod, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

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