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CMI English altar servers attend formation session

The altar servers pose with Sr Laura Anggie fsp (L) and Matthew Ian (R), Daughters of St Paul Convent Karamunsing, 27 Jan 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Eight boys serving at the English Mass of the Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang attended the first formation session at the Daughters of St Paul Convent here on 27 Jan 2018.

The session, conducted by Pauline Sister Laura Anggie and Matthew Ian, 23, who works as a pilot in a local company, dealt with the history, role, and function of the altar ministry.

Follow up session on Feb 10 will touch on understanding the sacred objects and vestments while the third session on March 17 will be a practicum on understanding the liturgy, the principle of ceremony during a solemnity, a feast, a memorial and an optional memorial.

Commissioning of the altar servers – with ages ranging from 12 to 23 – will be done at the 9 am Mass on Sunday Mar 18.

Over a thousand catechists turn up for formation session on methodologies

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KOTA KINABALU – Some 1,300 catechists from all the parishes in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese turned up for the one-day formation session on methodologies on 18 June 2016.  Jesuit Father Alvin Ho of Petaling Jaya facilitated the session at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

The theme of the session was Teaching of Beatitudes to Children in conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Organised by the Catechetical Commission, Abp John Wong officiated the Bible Enthronement while Fr Nicholas Stephen, Spiritual Adviser of the commission, gave the welcoming speech.

Father Ho, chairperson of the Malaysian Catechetical Commission, introduced the participants to the different methodologies to teach the essentials of faith (profession of faith, sacraments, morality and prayer) such as film/movie, role-play, reading, etc.  The important thing is that whatever methodology is used, the five senses of the children must be engaged in order for them to understand the lesson well.

Using a mixture of English and Bahasa Malaysia, he said that teaching strategies are “methods and activities child care practitioners and teachers use in teaching young children.  Positive teaching strategies promote development in many areas, including physical, emotional, social and intellectual.  Teachers’ strategies are as different and varied as teachers’ personalities.”

To illustrate what he was saying, the movie Up was screened.  Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures,  bringing out the theme of Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted (Mt 5:4).

After the movie, the participants were divided into small groups for sharing based on the following guide questions: What touched you? (It could be a scene, an insight, a word, etc).  What does Jesus say? (Beatitude). What does the world say?  What and how do I teach the children?

Then Fr Ho showed the participants how to do reflection and prayer in five steps: 1. Prelude; 2. Entering into the film/activity/role-play; 3. Reflection and prayer; 4. Group reflection; and 5. Review/Evaluation.  The Review is also done in five steps: a. thanksgiving/gratitude; b. ask the Holy Spirit for light; c. being aware of the movements within oneself (both positive and negative); d. ask pardon for what has been done and for what has not been done; and e. make a resolution.

The session ended with the announcement that there would be a follow up session in October.


Batch 9 graduates from IFFAsia course

The graduates hold their lighted candles during the ceremony.

The graduates hold their lighted candles during the ceremony.

FAIRVIEW, Quezon City – Another batch of young leaders has graduated from the Institute of Formation, Fondacio Asia (IFFAsia), recently.  This ninth batch, comprising 13 young people from eight countries in Asia, had completed the 11-month formation course: one each from China, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, two from Laos and three each from Malaysia and Myanmar.

The three graduates from Malaysia were Sabahans: Jellferlyne Joseph from the Diocese of Sandakan, Imelda Soidi and Amylyn Bihin from the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu.

The Thanksgiving and Send-Off Mass was held at the Good Shepherd Cathedral, Fairview Park on Nov 8. Bishop Joel Baylon, Bishop of Legaspi and the Chairperson of IFFAsia, presided over the Mass, which was concelebrated with seven priests.

In his homily, the bishop said that people in the contemporary world are more concerned with how people look at us rather than who we are, the actual person within us. This phenomenon leads us to wear different masks in life, to look good, pleasant and successful.

The prelate cited the two  unnamed widows in scriptures; one giving her two coins away to the treasury of the temple; the other offering her last handful of meal and a little oil to a prophet; they gave of their essence and not their surplus. Both incidents are a gentle reminder that as followers of Christ, we are to be generous in the little we may have.

Addressing the young leaders,  the prelate said, “As you go home to your family and friends and to your sending organisations, do remember these three significant matters while in mission; Look not at yourself but at others and God. Always prioritise the others. Be generous and take risk, always in the grace of God. Put your trust in God and He will do the rest.”

Alice Tan, Director of IFFAsia, presented the young missionaries to Bishop Baylon in the presence of the entire congregation to be sent forth in mission to their people and communities of their sending organisations. She asked the people to pray that God would guide the young people to be genuine witnesses in the renewal of the Church in Asia.

After Mass, IFFAsia held a special programme and refreshments at Radio Veritas Asia. Some 100 people; partners, supporters and well-wishers attended the send-off fellowship, themed “Live Christ, Share Christ.”

The event commenced with the IFFAsia theme song, “It’s good to see you here,” and “I want to know you a little more.”

Tan, in her welcoming speech, extended her heartfelt thanks and acknowledged the presence of partners who have journeyed with IFFAsia throughout the years of mission. She thanked the local churches, the various religious and lay organisations and sending organisations for their belief in IFFAsia in training and forming young leaders, and proclaiming the Good News with joy.

The slide presentation on the journey in IFFAsia began with a quote from Pope Francis, “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gift that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things.” It touched on the 11-month  journey in the Institute, focusing on pastoral, human development, social and spiritual formation. The experiences and love acquired must be passed on to others.

The event concluded with everyone on the floor doing two traditional dances from Sabah and Myanmar respectively. – Dospo, photos by Shirley and Peter Joseph.


SHC/CMI PPC members “journey” to Emmaus

The participants pose for a shot after Mass.

The participants pose for a shot after Mass.

BUNDU TUHAN – Over the weekend of 13-15 Nov 2015, around thirty members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral and Church of Mary Immaculate Parish Pastoral Councils “journeyed” to Emmaus at the retreat centre here together with Archbishop John Wong (parish priest) and Deacon Joshua Liew.

The formation programme was facilitated by Anthony Lim, presiding elder of the Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community, who introduced it to the parish some six years ago, first to his own community, then to the parish at large.

To drive home the Emmaus story (Lk 24:13-35), a video clip was used to illustrate how Jesus led the two disciples through a process of understanding the Scriptures first to recognising him in the breaking of the bread (Eucharist).

The process is the same today.  Using abundant quotations from recent popes – John Paul II, Benedict VI, Francis – Lim showed the participants the process of eating from the table of the Word (lectio divina or divine reading) to eating from the table of the Eucharist (Holy Communion).

It was an enlightening experience for many of the participants who have just been commissioned as parish pastoral councillors recently.  In calling them to go through this formation, the archbishop as the parish priest, hoped to help them to be rooted in the Word and the Sacraments so that they will, in turn, be able to help their fellow parishioners to be rooted too.  In this way, all of them as pastoral leaders will journey together toward the realisation of the pastoral vision of the archdiocese at parish level.

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