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Keningau cathedral celebrates Bible Sunday with renewal of service by readers and commentators

The readers and commentators pose with Bishop Cornelius Piong after the Mass on Bible Sunday, 8 July 2018, Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau.

KENINGAU – St Francis Xavier Cathedral here celebrated Bible Sunday with renewal of service by its readers and commentators on 8 July 2018.

The renewal took place before Bishop Cornelius Piong after the homily.

In his homily the prelate reminded the congregation of the importance of faith in the Word of God in daily life and why they are observing Bible Sunday.

This can be deepened through the Holy Hour and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the church, the bishop added.

The day before, the readers and commentators had a day of recollection which began with a Holy Hour followed by a reflection given by Fredolin Umis. – Keningau Diocesan Website

Kuala Penyu wins diocesan gong beating competition

The participants pose for remembrance after the competition, 21 Apr 2018, Keningau Diocesan Square.

KENINGAU – Saint Peter Bundu Kuala Penyu won the diocesan gong beating competition held on 21 Apr 2018 at the Diocesan Square here with Katedral St Francis Xavier as the first runner-up and St Anthony Tenom in the third place.

The competition was one of the activities carried out to mark the Diocesan Silver Jubilee which will culminate on May 5.

Among the criteria were presentation and creativity, tempo and attire according to professional standards by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah (KDCA).

Gong beating is part of the traditional cultural values handed down from generation to generation among the Dusun and Murut tribes.  It is used for social events, entertainment and as a communication tool.  It also serves to unite the society.

In addition, it is also used in church functions and in the liturgy of the Mass.

In his speech, Father Rudolf Joannes said that such tradition should not be separated from religious usage as many church activities require the use of the gong.  He hoped that the gong beating will help to uplift the spirit and unity of the people as they celebrate the diocesan silver jubilee.

He then beat the gong seven times to mark the opening of the competition.

Six groups took part in the competition: St Patrick Membakut, St Theresa Tambunan, Kemabong Mission, St Anthony Tenom, St Peter Bundu Kuala Penyu, and Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau.

Keningau prelate testifies to God’s love, presence, and protection in 25 years as bishop

Bishop Cornelius Piong (C) sits on his chair between Bishop John Lee (L) and Archbishop Soter Fernandez of Kuala Lumpur (R) after the Rite of Ordination, 6 May 1993, KSFX Keningau.

KOTA KINABALU – Keningau prelate testified to God’s love, presence, and protection in his 25 years as bishop.

In  a testimony released 16 Apr 2018, Bishop Cornelius Piong said:

“I know He (God) loves me because in spite of my unworthiness, He calls me to serve Him through the people He has entrusted to me to serve, Keningau Diocese.

“I know that He is with me because without Him I don’t think I can serve the people entrusted to me with joy and perseverance for 25 years in spite of the challenges that I had to go through.

“I know that He protects me from the power of sin and sustains me in spite of my weaknesses.  His divine mercy always gives hope.”

Born in Kuala Penyu on 1 July 1949, Piong was ordained priest on 27 Mar 1977.  He was serving at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu when he was appointed bishop of the newly created Keningau Diocese on 2 Feb 1993.  His episcopal ordination and installation took place on 6 May 1993 at the Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau.

In the past 25 years, Keningau Diocese has grown and developed by leaps and bounds.  Not only has the Catholic population increased (56,852 [1993] to 135,544 [2016]) but the diocese has become a spiritual powerhouse through its two retreat centres in Tatal and Purun and a family pilgrimage site in Nulu Sosopon.  Moreover, it has many vocations to the priestly and religious life (7 priests [1993] to 19 [2016]); 2 religious institutes [1993] to 5 religious institutes and 2 secular institutes [2017]).

What has the silver jubilarian learnt about himself down the years?

“I have learnt that in spite of doubts, I need to be convinced that God loves me, cares for me, and protects me.  Through prayers, His words, Eucharist and community, His call, His presence, and His protection, become a reality and a source of strength and joy in serving Him,” the prelate said.

Moreover, he continued, “I have learnt that commitment cannot be taken for granted” and that he needs to “focus and refocus on Jesus who calls, sends, and sustains me.”

This, he found, can only be done when he makes time to listen and to speak to the Lord through His word, adoration, and pastoral responsibilities in teaching, leading and sanctifying.

He acknowledged that it is the Holy Spirit who enables him to choose to serve the Lord.

“I have also learnt that on my own I am nothing.  It is only in union with Jesus that I am able to be His instrument and be the channel of His presence to the people entrusted to me,” the silver jubilarian said.

He expressed his gratitude to the Lord for His divine mercy and the Holy Spirit that “enables me to be united to Him, faithful to Him and stays with Him.”

The silver jubilee celebration will begin with a dinner at 6:30 pm at the Dewan Keluarga Kudus Pusat Ziarah Keluarga Kudus Nulu Sosopon on Friday, May 4, and ends with a fellowship at Dewan MPP Katedral SFX Keningau after the Thanksgiving Mass at 10 am at Dewan Solidariti Dataran Keuskupan Keningau on Saturday, May 5.

Keningau to hold gong beating contest in conjunction with diocesan silver jubilee

PENAMPANG  – In conjunction with its diocesan silver jubilee in May,  Keningau Diocese will hold a diocesan-level gong beating contest on 21 Apr 2018 at the Keningau Diocesan Square from 8 am to 4 pm.

On the same day, the Jubilee Exhibition will be opened at 8 am at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre (Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan or PPK).  The exhibition will close on May 5 at 5 pm.

The gongs are Sabah’s most iconic indiophones that are found throughout Sabah, particularly among the Kadazandusun and Murut ethnics. It is considered the backbone of the traditional musical instruments found in Sabah. The gong is made of either brass or bronze. It is usually thick with a broad rim and produces a distinct muffled sound of a deep tone. In the olden days, it was originally traded in from Brunei.

There are many different rhythms and beats in which the gongs are being played according to the occasion, ritual or festivity. The gongs are created in many different sizes in order to produce different sounds.

The sopogandangan beat, which originates from the interior division of Sabah (played by the Dusun community of Tambunan), is commonly played to accompany the magarang ritual.

The Magarang ritual is usually held to commemorate the harvest festival and weddings, although traditionally, it was associated with headhunting.

Another popular gong beat is the sompogogungan which accompanies the sumazau dance. This beat is commonly played during festivities and weddings by the Kadazan community of Penampang. During funerals, the Kadazandusun play another beat called the dunsai, which decidedly has a lower-toned, less cheery sound.

Apart from being principal musical instruments, the gongs hold other cultural significance such as being a symbol of wealth for a family. In some ethnic Sabahan cultures, a set of gongs is sometimes demanded as a berian (dowry) in marriage. Therefore, before getting the woman of his dreams, a man first would have a handsome set of gongs to offer her family.

While the art of gong-making is slowly petering out in some parts of Sabah, in Kampung Sumangkap, Kudat, the gong-making industry is still going strong. – kkdiocese.net/amazingborneo.com

Keningau kindergarten staff attend recollection

KENINGAU – Around 34 staff and associates of the Keningau Parish Kindergarten attended a recollection on 10 Mar 2018 at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon here.

The recollection began with a talk by Deacon David Gasikol on commitment and happiness in life.  It closed with a Mass presided by Bishop Cornelius Piong.

In his homily, the bishop said that teaching is not just a job but a way of bring the children to encounter Jesus.  Therefore, teaching is a vocation, a calling from God.  He exhorted the attendees to pray often and to ask the Holy Spirit to help them in their ministry.

After Mass the attendees adjourned to the canteen for a fellowship lunch with the bishop. – Keningau diocesan blog



86 Keningau catechists attend recollection

KENINGAU – Eighty-six catechists from Keningau Parish attended a recollection on 16-17 Mar 2018 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here.

The event began with a friendly football match at the Keningau Prison field.  The team led by Father Rudolf Joannes won the match 6-5 against the ream led by catechist Alexius Tawasin.

This was followed by the recollection facilitated by Fr Rudolf on the need to face various challenges in life with eyes fixed on Jesus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

The recollection ended with a fellowship meal at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre canteen. – Keningau diocesan blog

Marian pilgrim statue and Holy Family Icon return to base

KENINGAU – The pilgrim statue of Mary and the Holy Family Icon which have visited the whole diocese returned to St Francis Xavier Cathedral here on 26 Feb 2018.

The 30-day pilgrimage was one of the activities to prepare for the silver jubilee of the diocese.  The diocese turns 25 on May 6.

The closing of the pilgrimage began with the rosary recitation at the Solidarity Hall by the Legion of Mary before processing to the cathedral for a concelebrated Mass presided by Bishop Cornelius Piong, four priests and Deacon David Gasikol.

In his homily, the bishop touched on the role of the Blessed Mother in Salvation History.  He urged the faithful to have a strong devotion to her so that they can overcome challenges in their families and to pray for a fruitful diocesan silver jubilee celebration.

Stella Kinsik, Keningau Parish Pastoral Council chairperson, thanked the organising team and the Legion of Mary for their collaboration in organising the closing of the pilgrimage.

Maria Kuntiou, president of the LOM comitium, said they were happy to organise the closing Mass.

After the Mass all adjourned to the thanksgiving fellowship at the parish hall.  A slideshow  of the pilgrimage around the diocese was screened. – KOMSOS KENINGAU

OFM Capuchins opens first centre in Keningau

KENINGAU – Some 500 faithful witnessed the blessing and opening of the Franciscan Capuchin’s ‘Rumah Sederhana’ (humble house) by Father Valentine Gompok OFMCap, located at Kg Mongitom, Bunga Raya here on 30 Dec 2017, followed by a Eucharistic Celebration.

Among the guests were Mother Frances Mani, FSIC Mother General and other Franciscan Sisters, OFS National Councillors Malaysia, members of the Sabah-wide Order of Franciscan Secular (OFS), St Francis Xavier’s parish PPC Chairman Datuk Ida Undan, and Peter Lim, contractor of the Capuchin house. Undan donated the land to the OFMCap for the purpose.

Since 2007 Fr Gompok has been praying for this intention and he has approached a few individuals to help him.  God answered his prayer and moved Undan to give the OFMCap a piece of her own land to build the centre.

The immediate plan is to build a faith formation centre on the site for the Order.  Meantime, Keningau and Tambunan OFS will take care of the building.

Acknowledging the increase of Catholics in Sabah and the need to have centres for an on-going formation after their baptism, OFM Capuchin is responding to this by helping the diocese to form the newly baptised in their faith, so that they who are just getting to know God will not stray from the faith.

The centre will also be a formation house for candidates of the Capuchin religious from Sabah.

Currently, there are 14 Sabahan Capuchin religious in formation: one final professed in Theology 3 (Br Gilbert James), two simple professed (Br Christi Rames Liew,  Br Tony Bingkuan), one novice (Br Noel Damsus), four soon-to-be novices (Marthin Steven, Cornelsteve Dominic,  Randall Lee,  Sylver Ivan Sabinus), another four entering postulancy (Adam Joel Elias, Aldrin Benedict, Anndrysent Chong, Jerry Ghani) and two entering aspirancy (Frederick Joseph, Gary Damianus).

On the same day,  seven OFS members of  SFX Keningau Fraternity took their final vows.

In his speech, Fr Gompok thanked Bishop Cornelius Piong for his permission for the Order to set up Rumah Sederhana, for the house to be blessed and for Mass to be celebrated. He also thanked all who came from near and far. –  Marina Anjuman

KSFX celebrates feast of Sto Nino for the 4th year

The statue of Sto Nino is carried in procession from the open hall to the church, 21 Jan 2018, KSFX Keningau.

KENINGAU – The Filipino community celebrated the Feast of Santo Nino (Holy Infant) at the Katedral St Francis Xavier here on 21 Jan 2018.

In its fourth year, the theme of the celebration was “Let the children come to me.”

Father John Emerson Tepait of Masbate City Philippines presided at the Mass on Sunday afternoon.

The event began with the procession of the statue of the Santo Nino from the entrance of Dataran Solidariti to the cathedral.

In his homily, the priest said that the yearly celebration of Sto Nino “always reminds us of who we were and what we were before. No matter what we have become or what have we accomplished, we are always reminded of our humble beginnings. As a child, we want no more than attention, love, care, simple things and everything for us becomes fulfilling and complete.”

He said the theme is an invitation to be aware of the parents’ important role in the lives of their children. Jesus, he continued, raised the dignity of children by rebuking the disciples as they hindered the children from coming closer to Him.

Parents, he added, need to let their children know always of their pride, love, value in them because  “if we don’t do it, they will grow up without proper mental and spiritual orientation.”

The priest said that if a child feels loved, he will have great self-esteem.  It also lessens the chances of  “your kids becoming aggressive, anti-social and having other behavioural problems. While adolescents might be embarrassed at the physical affection, there should always be words of support and empathy to take its place. Parents should spend quality time with their children. Discipline them with love and affection.”

Cherilyn Rondidas, chairperson of the KFSX Filipino Pastoral Committee (FPC) and the vice chairperson of Persatuan Kababayan Sabah (PKS), expressed her gratitude Bishop Cornelius Piong for allowing the community to celebrate the event.

She also expressed her gratitude to the organising committee for their efforts and commitment and to all generous sponsors for their support in making the celebration a memorable one.

She added that the FPC has set up a relief fund to help fellow Filipino members in times of bereavement, critical sickness and other calamities. Each family member may contribute RM10 – 20 to the fund.

Rondidas, a Malaysian-born Filipino, said it took time for her to figure out how to organise the event and wished the community to continue to grow in faith in Jesus.

She also thanked the Sandakan Filipino Pastoral Group for their presence in support of the celebration.

After the Mass, parishioners joined in the procession of the Infant Jesus from the church entrance to the Dataran Solidariti Hall where a lunch of traditional local and Filipino dishes was served.

Guests included members of Filipino communities of St Mary Sandakan, St Theresa Tambunan, Holy Cross Toboh, Holy Spirit Sook, and St Valentine Beaufort. – Keningau website

Seminarian David Gasikol to be ordained deacon on Feb 25

PENAMPANG – Seminarian David Richard Gasikol has been accepted by Bishop Cornelius Piong to be ordained deacon on 25 Feb 2018 at the Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau at 4:30 pm.

Born in Sook on 29 June 1985, David entered the aspirancy at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2010.  After a year at the Initial Formation House in Kota Kinabalu in 2011, he went on for his philosophical and theological studies at St Peter’s College Kuching from 2012 – 2017.

He is currently assigned to serve in the cathedral.

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