Tag Archives: 2017-6

Pope celebrates episcopal silver jubilee

VATICAN CITY – On 27 June 2017, Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop, celebrating Mass with members of the College of Cardinals in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace.

Commenting on the day’s readings, the Holy Father remarked that the patriarch Abraham “was more or less our age” when he heard the Lord’s call. But he rejected the charge that the hierarchy is “the ‘gerontocracy’ of the Church.” Rather, he said, “we are grandfathers, to whom our grandchildren look.” He went on to say that as grandfathers, bishops and cardinals “are called to dream and to pass on our dream to today’s youth.”

Speaking in his capacity as dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano offered the best wishes of the College to the Pope, assuring him of the cardinals’ prayers and allegiance. – CWN

Retired prelate rejoices over episcopal pearl anniversary celebration

The jubilarian (seated) flanked by Fr Lawrence Chua (L), Abp Wong (R), priests, religious, and his family members at the cake-cutting and toasting ceremony, 27 June 2017, KK.

KOTA KINABALU – Retired Archbishop John Lee expressed his joy at the sight of so many people coming to thank God with him for his 30 years as bishop.

He expressed this at the end of the anniversary Mass he concelebrated with Archbishop John Wong at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu on 26 June 2017.

The 83-year-old prelate said that the people’s participation in the Mass meant more to him than any other function as they joined him in celebrating God’s faithfulness.

He said that he is ready to sing his Nunc dimittis – the song of Simeon at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (cf Lk 2:29-32) – as he has done his part and has handed all responsibilities to his successor John Wong.

In his homily, Abp Wong said that he saw the jubilarian as a man of total commitment and dedication, giving his all to the diocese as a bishop.

Among those who came for the impromptu celebration were family members, their extended families, friends, and members of the Chinese community (groups, ministries).

After Mass, all adjourned to the right wing of the parish centre for some refreshments.

A day later, the jubilarian reiterated his joy over the people’s presence at the subscription dinner held in his honour on June 27 at Sri Tanjung Kota Kinabalu.  He said he did not expect so many to come.

Over 600 people turned up for the occasion, including his seminary classmate, Father Lawrence Chua of Kuching, whom he said had helped him much in his studies then.

The jubilarian’s grand nephews and nieces stole the diners’ hearts away with their musical and Hakka recital performances.

Children concert enlivens parish family carnival

A group of children participate in one of the action song performances, SHPC, 25 Jan 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The children concert enlivened the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Family Carnival held at the parish centre here on 25 June 2017.

It marked the end of the weeklong programme of activities marking the parish feast day starting June 19.

The children concert catered to kindergarten and primary school children and their families.  The first part consisted of three action song and dance (in BM, English, Mandarin) whereby the parishioners were all invited to join the children in singing and dancing.

The second part showcased the talents of the participating children in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments either solo or as a group.  There were almost 200 participants.

The gift for each participant was a red sling bag with the parish feast day logo printed on it, presented to them by Archbishop John Wong.

From 7 am to 2 pm, parishioners patronised the different food stalls operated by the various parish groups, ministries or communities of both the cathedral parish and its subparish of Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang.

Father Joshua Liew officiated the blessing of the stalls followed by the sprinkling of holy water with Father Max Hontor.

Children had fun playing with the two inflatables located at the sides of the hall.

The youth had a needle threading game and a quiz on the seven sacraments, the ten commandments, the church hierarchical offices, and the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit (CCC).

The senior parishioners had their coffee corner located on the right wing of the parish centre with free food from the parish.  After donating his blood at the Blood Donation Campaign, Abp Wong took time to chat with the seniors from the first and second Masses.

Of course, grand prizes such as flat Panasonic tv screen, washing machine, bicycle, etc awaited the winners of the three sets of lucky draws.  The flat tv screen was won by Somphon of CMI.

Youth showcase talents at parish family night concert and dinner

Attendees hold lighted candles as they follow in their mind the song  “Go Light Your World,” SHPC, 24 June 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Members of the different youth groups/ministries showcased their talents at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Family Night Concert and Dinner at the parish centre here on 24 June 2017.

The event took place after the Sunset Mass presided by Archbishop John Wong.  Joining him at the altar were retired Archbishop John Lee and Father Joshua Liew.

Around 700 people including the religious sisters and pastoral council chairman Jason Joenoi turned up for the dinner and concert.

The event was marked by a variety of performances including testimonies by a young altar boy in English, a youth in BM and another in Mandarin, on how the parish has touched their lives and why they remain in the parish.

A surprise number was the cake-cutting by 83-year-old Abp  Lee, to mark his 30th episcopal anniversary (June 26).

Among the highlights were the rendition of “Amazing Grace” by assistant pastor Father Joshua Liew and his band, and the medley choral performance by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

The event ended with the lighting of candles of all those present for the song presentation of Christopher Rice’s “Go Light Your World” (1995) before the closing prayer and blessing by Abp Wong.

Holy Spirit Day Camp draws 117 participants

Children participate in one of the action songs, Children’s Holy Spirit Day Camp, 6-8 June 2017, SHPC.

KOTA KINABALU – This year’s Children’s Holy Spirit Day Camp drew 117 participants from Primary 2 to 6.

Organised by the Royal Ambassadors Children’s Ministry of the Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community (LJCCC), it was held on 6-8 June 2017 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here with the theme Lights, Camera, Action!

The camp started with a time of lively Praise & Worship and an introduction to the camp theme. It was followed by a fun-filled and exciting Transformer Mission Race. The first day of camp ended with a  camp fire.

Day two of the camp began with a lively & spirit-filled praise & worship led by the RA Youth. Then the children broke into different groups for sharings & workshops on God’s love, Holy Spirit and New Life in Christ. In the evening, there was a special session for the parents while the children had a prayer and healing prayer session

The final day of the camp also commenced with a lively Praise & Worship led by the RA Youth. After that, the children were led into repentance through prayer stations and praying over for empowerment of the Holy Spirit. To give thanks for God’s blessings throughout the camp, a Mass was celebrated by  Archbishop John Wong. The camp concluded with a concert of dance and songs performed by the camp participants. – Bernard Liew

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