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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)

Papar Women’s Day celebration draws 190 participants

PAPAR –  St Joseph Parish-level celebration of International Women’s Day drew 190 participants on 11 March 2017.

The celebration, organised by the parish Women’s League, was held at Fr John Tsung Hall here.

Themed Will You Be Bold for Change? the event began with a Bible enthronement by Father Thomas Yip who then gave a brief catechesis.

This year’s celebration focused on promoting health awareness among women living in the rural areas, providing an opportunity for every woman to gain knowledge on health-related concerns, and publicising the benefits of health consciousness.

Dr Jiloris Dony, a consultant at the Health Ministry, touched on 10 key health-related issues: Cancer, Reproductive Health, Motherhood Health, HIV, Sex Infectious Diseases (SID), Cruelty towards Women, Mental Health, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Young Motherhood and Old Age.

He stressed the need to obtain immediate counselling and consultation for women affected by the issues concerned from either the nearest hospital, rural clinic or health centre.  He noted the importance of the parish Catholic family support group in assisting the affected family in identifying the issues.

Father Yip gave a reflection on Pope Francis’ Lenten message “The Word is a gift.  Other persons are a gift” as well as on the parish Lenten theme Be a Gift of Love to Others, inviting those present to contemplate and experience God’s love that is self-sacrificial, unconditional and outpouring in their lives and in their families.  He dwelt briefly on Paul’s meaning of love in 1 Corinthians 13.  – William Charles Mindus, SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau

Papar Parish receives first 63 new members for 2017

Father Madanan baptises an infant, 18 Feb 2017, St Joseph Papar.

PAPAR – St Joseph Parish here received its first 63 members for the year.

A total of 63 infants and children aged six years and below were baptised by Fathers Thomas Yip and Father Thomas Madanan on 18 Feb 2017.

The event began with a brief catechesis by Seminarian Gilbert Marcus on the importance of baptism, role of godparents and the choice of baptism names.

The youngest baptised member was a 10-day-old infant.

After the baptism, Fr Yip, assisted by Anna D Sipalan,  catechetical committee coordinator,  presented the certificates of baptism to the parents while they were having refreshments at the parish canteen.

This was the first of four sets of infant baptism scheduled by the parish this year. The other dates are scheduled on May 6, Aug 12 and Nov 11. – William Charles Mindus, SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau



Papar Parish celebrates Lunar New Year Mass

Father Yip orchestrates the dragon and lion dance performances, St Joseph Papar, 28 Jan 2017.

PAPAR – Hundreds of parishioners of St Joseph here celebrated Lunar New Year Mass on 28 Jan 2017.

Father Thomas Yip presided over the Mass with Father Thomas Madanan as concelebrant.

The red motif was enhanced by the attire of the faithful in scarlet red, maroon or pinkish traditional or modified cheongsam.

In his homily, Fr Yip highlighted the meaning of the rooster (chi), one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals.  It means chance and opportunity, and the priest hoped that despite challenges and hardships, families and communities will have peaceful lives.

Mandarin oranges were blessed and distributed to children and the elderly after the Mass by the pastors and the Chinese community leaders.

The celebration ended with dragon and lion dance performances, orchestrated spontaneously by Fr Yip. – William C Mindus, SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau

Papar parishioners turn up by hundreds for Christmas Midnight Mass

The young boy lays Baby Jesus in the manger before Midnight Mass begins, St Joseph Papar, 24 Dec 2016.

PAPAR – Hundreds of parishioners turned up for the celebration of Christmas Midnight Mass at St Joseph Church here on 24 Dec 2016.

The parishioners filled up the church, Fr John Tsung Hall and the Mother of Mercy Catechetical Centre Open Hall.

At the entrance procession, a young boy carried Baby Jesus to the manger next to the altar and laid him there after Father Thomas Madanan had blessed it.

In his homily,  Fr  Madanan said that the birth of Jesus Christ is for our salvation and by worshipping him, we can embrace his holiness.

He added,  “In this secularised world we are too complacent and as such, we must return to the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church, so that we all could experience the sacred mysteries of the birth of Jesus Christ.”

After Mass the parishioners were invited to a light supper and watch a brief video presentation at the  open hall. – William C Mindus, Papar-Limbahau SOCCOM



Papar youth carollers perform at KK Christmas Celebration

Papar carollers perform on stage, KK Christmas Celebration, 13 Dec 2016, Padang Merdeka.

KOTA KINABALU – St Joseph Papar youth carollers were among the many carolling groups performing at the Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration at Padang Merdeka here on 13-16 Dec 2016.

They sang two songs on Dec 13 entitled Silent Night and a local medley song, Intangai Do Tavan and Nohoiran and another two songs on Dec 16 entitled O Holy Night and Joy to the World. Besides the on-stage performances, they also performed  street carolling on both days.

The Papar team was composed of nine men, 22 women, one musician led by coordinator Lester Rubintinus.

“Most of them feit nervous performing on stage in front of a large audience but they were excited at the same time,” said Lester.

It took them a month to prepare for this event and they were grateful for the opportunity to proclaim the birth of Jesus in front of many people, who not only came from different races but also different religions.

Lester said that the youth were happy and honoured to be able to perform under the Catholic Church.  They felt blessed because God has used their voices to spread the Good News for his glory.

Groups taking part in the event  included those from  Stella Maris Tanjung Aru, St Theresa Kolopis, Kobusak Choir Group, Inobong youth,  and from  the Anglican, SIB, BCCM and Christian Fellowships from various local universities. Lester/CS

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