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Keningau Diocese marks silver jubilee with several activities

KENINGAU –  The culmination of the Keningau Diocesan Silver Jubilee will be the Eucharistic celebration on Sat 5 May 2018, to “honour and express our gratitude to God who is always present, guiding and protecting us in our journey together as His people,” according to Bishop Cornelius Piong.

In his pastoral letter dated 28 Aug 2017,  the bishop invites the priests, religious and the lay people to carry out a leadership of service and responsibility based on Jesus’ own hope and prayer in preparation for the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Keningau Diocese.

There was a three-year preparation in anticipation towards the Silver Jubilee — Family and Children (2015), Family and Youth (2016) and Family, Parents and senior citizens (2017).

Among the significant activities carried out were:

—  The opening and inauguration of the Holy Family Pilgrim Centre Nulu Sosopon on 4 June 2016.

“In meditating on how we walk together in Jesus Christ, hoping we can become faithful, committed and effective communities of God in serving the kingdom of God, I feel that we need to build a pilgrimage centre that expresses our gratitude to God and as a reminder that families play an important role in developing our community” (Bishop Cornelius, 3 June  2016).

“We have placed the monument of Msgr August Wachter, MHM, representing our early Missionaries in Nulu Sosopon who brought the Good Shepherd of God to us. The statue of the Holy Family is the icon that promotes the family to remain united and obedient to Christ and the Holy Cross of His Cross” ( Bishop Cornelius, 3 June 2016).

— The Reparation Day on 15 September 2017, was in conjunction with the feast of Our Lady Queen of Sorrows. The day was filled with fasting, prayer and Holy Mass.

— The pilgrimage of the statue of Mother Mary and the Icon of the Holy Family travelled to all the parishes in Keningau Diocese for 30 days. This is a reminder for the families in the community to intensify their devotion to Mother Mary and the Holy Family.

During the Ad Limina visit of the Catholic Bishops of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei on 4-9 Feb 2018, Bishop Cornelius had also requested prayers from Pope Francis for the preparation and implementation of the Silver Jubilee.

“I have conveyed the salutation of the priests, religious and laity, God’s people in the Keningau Diocese, who have been walking together with Jesus Christ based on the Pastoral Theme “Christ-centred family worshipping God to strengthen Faith and social responsibility”(Bishop Cornelius Piong, 4 March 2018).

Before the culmination of the jubilee celebration, three other events were held:

1. Diocesan level for Gong Beating Competition (April 21)
2. Cooking contest among the priests (April 23)
3. Silver Jubilee Concert (April 29). – Herald Malaysia, 28 Apr 2018

Pauline Sister conducts movie forum

The participants pose with St Paul and Sr Laura (2nd from R) after the movie forum on “The Shack”, Daughters of St Paul Convent Karamunsing, 28 Apr 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Pauline Sister Laura Anggie conducted a movie forum at the Daughters of St Paul Convent here on 28 Apr 2018.

Six participants including the three aspirants of the Daughters of St Paul turned up for the forum based on Stuart Hazeldine’s “The Shack” (2017).

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

The forum ended with lunch for everyone.

Minawo Zone organises environmental catechesis

KENINGAU – Around 80 people from St Joseph Minawo turned up for the environmental catechesis on 15 Apr 2018.

The objective of the catechesis was to raise the awareness of the people on the need to care for the environment and God’s creation.

Three sessions were given on understanding the environment, its degradation and its restoration.

The catechesis is being carried out throughout the zone.

The highlight was the planting of fruit tree seeds by Kenneth Mahinggil, chairman of Minawo Zone and John Lainsin of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, followed by a fellowship meal. –  Tadius Kilip

St Mark hosts police day celebration

The men in uniform pose with the concelebrants after Mass, 14 Apr 2018, St Mark Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Saint Mark’s Church at Mile 12 here hosted the 211th Police Day celebration on 14 Apr 2018.

Jointly organised by St Ignatius Mile 10 BEC and Badan Kebajikan Kristian BN 15 PGA, the Mass was presided by Father David Garaman and concelebrated with Father Christopher Ireneus and Father Sunny Chung.

Aside from BN 15 PGA, there were also members from IPD Sandakan, Marine Sandakan and BN 20 PGA Beluran who came with their families.

The police themselves took active part in the Mass as commentator, reader, and presenters of the gifts.

After Mass, all adjourned to the church hall for a potluck lunch fellowship.

ASP Clarence Philip of BN 15 PGA Sandakan welcomed and thanked those present for their presence while ASP Daniel Bansatan presented a souvenir to Fr Garaman. – Eddie Embau, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Sandakan parish holds briefing for confirmands’ parents

A section of the parents of confirmation students attending a briefing by Fr David Garaman, Fr Mulders Catechetical Centre, 22 Apr 2018.

SANDAKAN – Saint Mary’s Cathedral Parish held a briefing for the parents of English confirmation class at the Fr Mulders Catechetical Centre here on 22 Apr 2018.

Nineteen students will be confirmed this year while 30 will receive the sacrament next year.

Father David Garaman facilitated the briefing.

He touched on two main clauses from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) dealing with parental responsibility in educating their children in the faith and in Christian virtues (CCC#2223, 2226).

He stressed that parents have a responsibility to give good example to their children and they are the first persons to influence the moral and faith formation of their children.  Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray as a family and to discover their vocation as children of God.   By taking the time to pray, parents show their children the importance of being a holy family which is the vision and mission that the Diocese of Sandakan is striving to realise, ‘to be a Christ centred community, serving one another with love.’

While the priest encouraged the attendees to support their children’s Sunday School activities he also invited them to be facilitators themselves.

Finally, Fr David brought home to the parents the importance of their children’s participation in the pre-Confirmation retreat as a way of helping the teenagers to focus on spiritual matters.  – Evelyn Jock-Lagan, Sandakan diocesan blog

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