Tag Archives: St Joseph Papar

153 receive First Holy Communion on Corpus Christi Sunday

A section of the eucharistic procession held after communion, St Joseph Papar, 3 June 2018.

PAPAR – One hundred and fifty-three children (74 boys, 79 girls) received their First Holy Communion
at St Joseph’s Church here on 3 June 2018, Corpus Christi Sunday.

In his homily, Father Thomas Yip said that it is “not our physical states that matter in life, but as in the gospel, the Eucharistic communion and His command, ’do this in memory of me’, a sign that Christ shall remain in our lives forever and His sacrifice as the Lamb of God is also the sign of love of Christ to us all.”

After the post-communion prayer, the congregation led by the pastor, altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Parish Pastoral Council members, first communicants, groups and ministries carrying their banners proceeded to a procession of the blessed sacrament accompanied by the togungak music.

The congregation also paused at each of the four stations located around the compound of the church for brief adoration prayer before returning to the church for the closing prayers.

After Mass and procession, the first communicants had their lunch and received their certificates a the Fr John Tsung Hall.  – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)



St Joseph Papar welcomes 22 new infants into parish family

Fr Yip baptises one of the 22 infants on 24 Feb 2018, St Joseph Papar.

PAPAR – St Joseph Church here welcomed 22 new infant members into its parish family.

The rite of baptism was officiated by Father Thomas Yip on  24 Feb 2018 beginning with a Bible enthronement.

In his brief homily, Fr Yip said what differentiates Catholic teaching from other religions: Christ is the God of love and mercy who brings us peace through forgiveness.

He advised parents to continue the mission of Christ beginning with the baptism of their children, anointing of the chrism oil and lighting of the candles as a sign of peace, and to always give thanks to God as they accept the teaching of Jesus who had promised to be with us His children, to guide and teach us until the end of time for eternal salvation.

After the baptism rite, the pastor presented the baptism certificates to the parents and invited them to have some light refreshments at the church’s canteen. The next schedules for infant baptism shall be on May 12, Aug 18 and Nov 17. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Papar’s Christmas theme relates to archdiocesan pastoral thrust

Fr Rayner claps after cutting the cake with the children and parishioners after Christmas Day Mass on 25 Dec 2017, St Joseph Papar.

PAPAR – This year’s Christmas theme for St Joseph Parish here related well with the parish’s present pastoral activities in delivering the Archdiocesan Pastoral Thrust: ‘My Family, My BECs and My Church’ (Keluarga, KKD dan Gereja Ku) with acronym KKG Ku.

In his Christmas Eve message, Father Thomas Yip invited the parishioners to emulate the humble and holy family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, always obedience to God in accordance to His Will and not their own.

“May the peace and humility in their lives and the word of God inspired us and open the path towards repentance and forgiveness towards one another in our family and communities,” he said.

In his homily on Christmas Day, Father Rayner Bisius said that the crib of baby Jesus brings forth hope, joy, happiness, peace and mercy to all.  He invited the parishioners to bring joy and peace to those who cannot celebrate Christmas in one way or another.

He said that the migrant parishioners in one of the outstation chapels in Kogopon were not afraid to risk their lives in attending the Christmas Eve Mass so as to bear witness to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Likewise, he continued, we, too, must not be afraid to walk the path and to bear witness to Christ in our lives and church ministry no matter how big the challenges are.

After the Mass, the priest, children and parishioners together had a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the birth of our Lord. – William Charles Mindus, SOCCOM Papar


Papar pre-marriage seminar draws 20 couples

PAPAR – A pre-marriage seminar organised by the parish Christian Family Committee here drew 20 couples.

The seminar was held on 20-21 Oct 2017 at Fr John Tsung Hall.

The programme began with a Bible Enthronement by Father Rayner Bisius, followed by his presentation entitled; Marriage in the Context of The Catholic Church, and Marriage in God’s Plan/Sacrament of Marriage.

The second day began with a session by Richard and Grace Lim on Communication in Marriage.

Dominic Lim presented Theology of the Body while Joseph Sipalan gave a talk on infectious diseases.

After tea break, Judith Sideh presented Economics in the Family in accordance with the Bible.

The afternoon session continued with a workshop session on Responsibilities of Christian Parents in a Family, moderated by the PPC Chairman, Johnny Sitamin.

The 40 participants were divided into two men and two women groups, where they discussed and presented the chosen topic on what are the responsibilities of husband/wife after marriage?

The final session dealt with Natural Family Planning Approach with a practicum on the process of charting.

After Sunset Mass, the participants returned for the summary and Q&A session handled by Jeffery Anjuman, chairman of the family life committee.

The seminar ended with a certificate presenting ceremony to the participants by Margaret Lee, coordinator of Christian Family Committee, and a group photo session. – William Charles Mindus

Papar parishioners celebrate assistant pastor’s 8th priestly anniversary

Fr Bisius (with eye-glasses) sings together with the children and PPC members before cutting the cake marking his 8th priestly anniversary at the Mother of Mercy open hall, 16 Sept 2017

PAPAR – After the Sunset Mass, parishioners of St Joseph’s Church here gathered together to celebrate the 8th priestly anniversary of assistant pastor Father Rayner Bisius at the Mother of Mercy open hall on 16 Sept 2017.

Fr Bisius, in his brief message, thanked everyone for the warm welcome accorded him when he arrived three months ago. He exhorted the parishioners to constantly pray for him and all priests in their priestly ministry.

Prior to that, Johnny Sitamin, chairman of the parish pastoral council, thanked everyone involved in preparing the event.

The evening programme included several solo and choral singing performances as well as traditional dances.

The night ended with a closing prayer and blessing by Fr Bisius.  – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar Limbahau)

Copyright © 2019. Powered by WordPress & Romangie Theme.