Daily Archives:January 9th, 2019

Malaysian Churches prepare for Extraordinary Mission Year

ZENIT – The Catholic Church in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei has announced that the solemnity of Epiphany on January 6, 2019 will mark the opening of an “Extraordinary Mission Year” to culminate with the celebration of the “Extraordinary Mission Month”, convoked by Pope Francis for October 2019, Fides News Agency reported December 12, 2018.

The news was announced in a report sent to Fides by Bishop Sebastian Francis, shepherd of the diocese of Penang and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.

 According to the report sent to Fides, the dioceses of Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia have already started preparations for the Extraordinary Year. For example, the Institute for New Evangelization in Malaysia recently held a special formation session for prominent local Catholics promoted by Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang and Bishop Bernard Paul of Malacca-Johore, attended by 56 participants, including pastoral workers and community leaders.

The aims and contents of the Extraordinary Mission Year were illustrated by Fr Victor Louis, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The Director recalled the approach of Pope Francis for the coming celebration: Evangelization is a response to Christ’s command “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to all peoples” (Mk 16, 15).

“To obey the Lord’s mandate is not an option for the Church; it is her essential task. The Church is missionary by nature: she exists to evangelize. Evangelization is, in fact, is the grace and calling proper to the Church,” said the Director.

The five days of study, which opened with a special celebration of the Eucharist, stressed the fact that every baptized Christian has a calling to evangelize. As an experience of Street Evangelization, the participants visited a local hospital, a shopping center and a home for the elderly.

The Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud issued in 1919 by Pope Benedict XV and will have the theme, Baptised and Sent: the Church of Christ on the mission in the world. The aim is to increase awareness of “missio ad gentes” and give new impulse to missionary transformation in the life of the Church.

KK Archdiocesan commission heads reappointed for another term 2019-2021

Archbishop John Wong has recently reappointed the following effective 1/1/19 to 31/12/21:

Liturgy:  Fr Cosmas Lee (Adviser/Coordinator)

Catechetics:  Fr Nicholas Stephen (Adviser), Sr Dariah Ajap (Coordinator)

Education: Fr Jalius Sading (Adviser), Sr Rita Chew (Coordinator)

Women:  Archbishop John Wong (Adviser), Anita Tunggolou (Coordinator)

SOCCOM:   Fr Thomas Madanan (Adviser), Datuk Joseph Leong (Coordinator)

Youth:  Fr Joshua Liew (Adviser), Sr Terry Loukang (Coordinator)

Family Life:  Fr Michael Modoit (Adviser), Sr Suzan Guntabid (Coordinator)

Human Development:  Fr.Ambrose Atang (Adviser), Dominic Lim (Coordinator)

Stella Maris homes receive new visitor, Our Lady of Guadalupe

TANJUNG ARU – Stella Maris homes were recently introduced to their new visitor, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe was introduced to the parish families by assistant parish priest Fr Peter Abas during the month of the Rosary, as he shared with them his own experiences and devotion to Mother Mary. He invited them to travel with her and to receive God’s blessing for their homes through her, along with the recitation of the rosary during the visits.

Fifteen families were chosen to journey with the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She stayed in each house for two nights before being taken to the next family. Stella Maris Convent was chosen as the first family to receive the statue.

During our Lady’s visit, families came together as a community to join the chosen family in praying the rosary. Praying the rosary every night brought the families closer to one another, and to God. It taught them to be more kind, patient, loving and caring toward each other. In coming together, they not only shared the presence of the statue but also the joy and love that the statue of Our Lady brought to their families.

Fellowship followed after the rosary prayer, where they inevitably grew more united as one big family sharing meal together.

Traditionally, October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. – SOCCOM SMP

Thousands join interchurch Christmas Street Festival

INANAM – More than 3000 visitors from all walks of life turned up for the 5th Inanam Inter-Church Christmas Street Festival, which was held over two evenings on Dec 1-2 at Inanam Memorial Monument.

The theme for this year’s fiesta was “Jesus is the Bright Morning Star”.

The annual event, which was organized by  the Sabah Council of Christian Churches Inanam branch, was participated by all Christian denominations within Inanam, Kolombong, Menggatal and Telipok areas.

This year the number of participation has been pared down to 13 choir groups to give way to three local Christian singers in the persons of  Rey Kimara, Rosario and  Hosiana Kewon who have been invited by the organizers to entertain the crowd with Advent and Christmas songs.

The lighting up of the Christmas tree, carol singing, Christmas drama, lucky draws and traditional ethnic dances have been lined up for the revellers’ enjoyment.

Kenny Chua, the Assistant Minister of Finance and current State Assemblyman for Inanam officiated the event, while Dean Musa Ambai a representative from Sabah Council of Churches closed it on behalf of Anglican Bishop Datuk Melter Jiki Tais.

Among the guests were Dr Roland Chia, the former State Assemblymen for Inanam, Fr Mitchelly Kiun, the spiritual adviser for the Interchurch Christmas Street,   Archdeacon Moses Chin, Benny Chua PPM and several local church leaders.

The Interchurch Christmas Street Festival was the brainchild of Dr Chia, who saw the need for the churches to reach out to the faith communities in this northern part of Kota Kinabalu City.

The 1st Christmas Celebration was also held at Tugu Peringatan Inanam on Dec 15, 2014 which attracted some 500-600 people.  Michael Guntili

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