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KKIP church to operate its own tadika next year

Abp Wong launches the fundraising dinner, Hakka Hall Likas, 3 Sept 2017.

INANAM – Divine Mercy Church KKIP which will be officially blessed and open by Archbishop John Wong on 21 Oct 2017 will operate its own tadika (kindergarten) next year.

A total of 60 students have enrolled so far for this new tadika. This was disclosed by Father David Sham, pastor of St Catherine Inanam.

Fr Sham informed the parishioners that there are altogether six tadikas in operation early this year. Out of the six, two come directly under the care of St Catherine Church, while three are under the sub-parish of Good Shepherd Manggatal and one under Holy Family Telipok.

At the fundraising dinner in aid of these tadikas on 3 Sept 2017 at the Port View Palace, Dewan Hakka Likas, Fr Sham said that out of the six tadikas, only Tadika Sinar Sukacita of St Catherine Church is self-financing with 117 students and five management staff.

The other tadikas can hardly pay for the teachers’ remunerations due to insufficient students. The plight of running the tadika runs deeper as many of the parents are unable to pay for their children’s school fees in full, which necessitates public support for these tadikas.

Fr Sham then urged the parents to give full support to the Catholic Mission Tadika as their children are the future of the church.

Over 1000 people attended the dinner including Abp Wong, priests, religious, and well-wishers from several companies and other individuals. – Michael Guntili

Fr Kiun returns to Inanam parish as assistant pastor

Fr Luta cuts his anniversary cake at the welcome-cum-farewell gathering, 20 Aug 2017, St Catherine parish hall Inanam.

INANAM – St Catherine here welcomed back Father Mitchelly Kiun in his new assignment as assistant pastor of the parish effective  Sept 1 with a simple welcoming cum farewell fellowship at the St Catherine Hall on  20 Aug 2017.

The three-in-one event, organised by St Catherine, Holy Family Telipok and Good Shepherd Manggatal, was also to say farewell to Father Paul Lo who replaces him at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the same day.

Two years ago, Fr Kiun served in the parish with Father Sunny Chung.  Fr Chung is currently serving the Diocese of Sandakan on ‘loan.’  When they were transferred out, their responsibilities were taken over by Fr Lo and Fr Rayner Bisius.

Earlier, Fr Bisius was posted to St Joseph Papar on July 7 and has been replaced by Father Mattheus Luta.

Over 600 parishioners turned up for the occasion.  Some had to stand outside the hall.

The parishioners took the occasion to also celebrate Fr Luta’s 7th priestly anniversary graced by the presence of parish priest Father David Sham – Michael Guntili

Over 200 attend Prodigal Son catechesis in Inanam

A general view of parishioners of St Catherine’s Church, from Telipok, Manggatal, and Inanam, who attended a catechesis on The Prodigal Son parable given by Soccom officials on 18 Aug 2017. Among them are Paul Augustine (far left), chairman of Parish Pastoral Council; and Jesuit Deacon Leslie Bingkasan (2nd left).

INANAM –  Over 200 parishioners attended a catechesis on The Prodigal Son parable at St Catherine’s Church here on 18 Aug 2017 conducted by the Archdiocesan Social Communications Commission (Soccom).

The catechesis was jointly presented by Father Thomas Madanan, the Commission’s Spiritual Adviser who spoke on The Merciful Father; Joseph Leong, its Chairman on The Elder Son; and Gideon Mosito, another Soccom member on The Prodigal Son.

Fr Madanan explained that although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (YoM) officially ended in November 2016, Soccom has continued with its  YoM programme because of its timeless message for all those seeking God’s mercy and showing mercy to others around them.

In their presentation, the speakers gave testimony on how they have experienced the forgiveness of God and have thus become witnesses of mercy.

They said the central purpose of visiting the Inanam parish and giving the catechesis on The Prodigal Son was to underscore the need for everyone in a Catholic family to repent and seek the mercy of God.

It was brought home in their talks that not only The Prodigal Son, the younger son in the parable, but the elder son too has to see a need to heal broken relationships within a Catholic family.

They stated that those who serve the church in various capacities on a regular basis and for a long time might have a similar attitude of the elder brother in the parable who was angry with the father and was upset over his younger brother being given such a lavish welcome.

They stressed that everyone in the family should recognise their wrongdoings and seize opportunities for repentance and return body, heart, and soul to God the Father.

The Soccom speakers invited the parishioners, coming from Telipok, Manggatal and Inanam, to be reconciled with each other in their respective family by way of forgiveness and other acts of mercy.

They also had the opportunity to watch videos on the YoM celebrations in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu and the World Communications Day (WCD) celebration at the archdiocesan level hosted by the parish on 28 May 2017.

They were each given a free copy of an information leaflet on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year, entitled, “What ‘Mercy’ Means to Me and My Family,”  produced by the Soccom in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

Commenting on the Soccom programme in Inanam, Leong recalled that Pope Francis had, in his message for World Communications Day in May this year, stressed the need for all Catholics, especially those engaged in media work, to communicate hope and trust in our time.

“This was precisely what we did at St Catherine’s Church that night,” he said, adding, “We were there to give a word of hope to the crowd who appeared to be full of hunger and thirst for the love and mercy of God.”

This is the third parish where this special YoM programme was conducted in the archdiocese.

The previous occasions were at the Holy Rosary Church, Limbahau, on 11 Nov 2016 and at the Holy Nativity Church, Terawi, on 28 April 2017.

Among parish officials present were Fr David Sham, Parish Priest; Paul Augustine, Chairman of Parish Pastoral Council; Francis Ten, head of Liturgy; and Jesuit Deacon Leslie Bingkasan, who is due to be ordained a priest at the same church on 1 Sept 2017 by Archbishop John Wong.

Patricia Regis, another Soccom member, responsible for documentation and research work, was also present to lend support for the event.

HDC Inanam organises seminar on church social teaching

INANAM – The Human Development Committee of St Catherine Parish here organised a one-day seminar on church social teaching on 16-17 June 2017.

Father Stanley Anthony of College General Penang facilitated the seminar.

Over 250 participants, including parish pastoral council members, catechists, communion ministers and other community leaders from St Catherine Inanam, Good Shepherd Manggatal and Holy Family Telipok turned up for the seminar.

Parish priest, Father David Sham, in his opening words, emphasised that preaching and living the Word of God should not be confined to Sunday Mass, but more so after church service.

“There is no point behaving as good Christians only within the church, but act differently outside the church compound. Every Christian is duty bound to act in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church,” he said.

Fr Anthony delivered lively sessions throughout the seminar, inspiring and reviving the spirit of the participants.

He told the participants that the church must be united in facing important issues affecting the people.

“As Christians, we have responsibilities and social obligations to maintain justice, equality and good governance,” said Fr Anthony.

The seminar concluded with a Mass presided by Fr Anthony.

This was the second seminar facilitated by Fr Anthony in the year.  The first was held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre on March 11-12.  – Michael Guntili

Inanam organises 3-in-1 celebration

The honourees blow their anniversary candles at the cake-cutting ceremony, 21 Nov 2016, St Catherine Inanam.

INANAM – Saint Catherine here organiaed a three-in-one celebration in conjunction with the Solemnity of Christ the King, parish family fellowship, and the double priestly anniversaries of its pastor Father David Sham and his assistant, Father Paul Lo at St Catherine Hall on 21 Nov 2016.

Fr David celebrated 31 years of service while Fr Paul marked 11 years of priestly ministry. The actual dates of their anniversaries were Nov 24 and Dec 10 respectively, but due to the tight schedule in view of Advent, the three joyful events were held at the same time.

Members of the pastoral council, members of the various communities, together with more than 400 parishioners attended the event to show their support and appreciation to their priests. Father Rayner Bisius was also in attendance.

During their brief thanksgiving addresses, both priests thanked God for calling them to the priesthood, and for His continued guidance to serve the faithful. They also expressed their sincere thanks to the organising committee and the parishioners for their presence and positive participation in the parish event. – Michael Guntili

Over 600 formally briefed on organising YOM pilgrimage

fundes

INANAM – Over 600 parishioners from Holy Family Telipok, Good Shepherd Manggatal, and St Catherine Inanam attended a formal one-hour briefing on the Year of Mercy by Father Fundes Motiung at St Catherine Church on 10 Oct 2016.

He explained what the Year of Mercy is, and why there is a need to go through the Door of Mercy, as well as the various steps and preparation before and after entering the Holy Doors in order to experience a meaningful pilgrimage.

Pope Francis called for an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which began on 8 Dec 2015 and would end on 20 Nov 2016.  Thousands of parishioners have joined pilgrimages to the designated Doors of Mercy at Sacred Heart Cathedral, St Peter Claver Ranau, Holy Rosary Limbahau, and St Peter Kudat since January 2016.

Father Paul Lo, in welcoming the crowd to the briefing,  underlined that the briefing could be utilised by would-be pilgrims as preparation. – Michael Guntili

Parishes under St Catherine set to formulate parish pastoral planning

BUNDU TUHAN – A total of 210 delegates representing the parishes of  St Catherine Inanam and Holy Family Telipok, and subparish of Good Shepherd Manggatal convened at the Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre for their Parish Pastoral Gathering on 4-7 July 2016. The aim of the gathering was to formulate a pastoral plan for their respective parishes.

Prior to the gathering, the parishes underwent an intensive preparation which began with a pilgrimage to the Holy Door at Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu on June 26. The final preparation saw a 24-hour Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, taken on an hourly turn by the delegates together with their respective communities, concluding with a Mass presided by Fr Paul Lo.

The pastoral planning process was guided by parish priest Fr David Sham, assisted by Fr Paul Lo and Fr Rayner Bisius, and Dominic Lim from Archdiocese Human Development Commission. The process revealed a need to understand their weaknesses and strengths, know their roles and responsibilities, as well as an openness and humility to respond to God’s call with an attitude like Mary.

The three-day assembly did not produce the results as hoped for by the delegates. The planning ran into some hitches which needed to be ironed out further. The delegates came away with a decision and determination to meet again on Aug 5-6 for further deliberation. – Michael Guntili

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