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Papar parish celebrates teachers day on Trinity Sunday

The teachers pose with Father Rayner Bisius and Sister Juanah Saliun after the Mass, St Joseph Papar, 27 May 2018.

PAPAR – Papar Parish celebrated Teachers’ Day on Holy Trinity Sunday with Mass and fellowship on 27 May 2018 at St Joseph Church here.

In his brief homily, Father Rayner Bisius said that belief in the Holy Trinity is the core of our Catholic identity and the greatest mystery of our faith and Catholic life.  He said this is emphasised by Christ’s command to his disciples to baptise everyone in the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

He added that the love and communion in the Trinity inspire us to develop the communion of love with one another, family, community and the church in spite of the diversity in the parish.

After the Mass, the educators and teachers adjourned to the Fr John Tsung hall for a luncheon fellowship.

In his address,  Johnny Sitamin, Parish Pastoral Chairman, invited the attendees to reflect on this year’s theme: Teachers as Drivers of Education Transformation and to serve with love.

He said that during his childhood days, teachers were his idols.  He was happy that some of the teachers present were active youth ministry leaders and members in those days and now are part of the lay leaders.

Likewise, he updated those present on the three pastoral challenges laid out during the 2015 PAX Assembly and how they affect not only society but also the students.

While lunch was being served, the audience was entertained with song presentations by some of the teachers.

The event closed with a prayer by Franciscan Sister Juanah Saliun. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Papar celebrates parish day with bazaar

Abp Wong, accompanied by Fr Thomas Yip, visits one of the stalls at the bazaar, 6 May 2018, St Joseph Papar.

PAPAR – Saint Joseph here celebrated its parish day with a bazaar on 6 May 2018.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the concelebrated Mass and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 117 candidates.

In his homily, the prelate touched on how Christ chose and accepted us as friends, and commissioned us to bear everlasting fruits through love, filling us with joy in the process.

Johnny Sitamin, parish pastoral council chairman, thanked the parishioners for their commitment, teamwork, and contributions in the various parish programmes and fundraising activities for the new Catholic Centre.

In his speech, Abp Wong urged the parishioners to look to St Joseph as a role model and to the Eucharist as the source of life and strength in their family life and in meeting challenges.

He then challenged the newly confirmed to read the Word of God, to receive the sacraments, to obey God’s commandments, and to share the Good News of Jesus with others.

Prior to the Mass, the prelate had a breakfast meeting with PPC members and listened to the reports of various committees and ministries. A video clip on the current programme on family, BEC and church tackling the issues of apathy, secularisation, and islamisation was screened.


After Mass, all adjourned to the parish hall for the certificate presentation to the confirmands and a light meal before visiting the various stalls set up at the Mother of Mercy open hall.

The bazaar was organised as part of the fundraising activities in aid of the Catholic Centre building project. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Indonesian priest shares on BECs with Papar parishioners

Cake-cutting ceremony by Father Thomas Yip, Romo Eduardo Raja, Sister Juanah and others at the Easter gathering, Fr John Tsung Hall Papar, 7 Apr 2018.

PAPAR – Indonesian priest Romo (Rev) Eduardo Raja of Ende Archdiocese Flores gave a sharing on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs or Komuniti Kristian Dasar [KKD]) to Papar parishioners on 7 Apr 2018 at the Fr John Tsung Hall St Joseph Parish here.

The sharing was given during the Easter gathering after the Sunset Mass.

In his welcoming speech, PPC chairman Johnny Sitamin thanked the parishioners for their participation during the Holy Week celebrations,  Romo Eduardo’s ministry to the Indonesian migrant and local communities at the outstation chapels and estates in Papar and Limbahau.

In his sharing, the visiting priest told his audience that the Ende BECs (or Komunitas Umat Basis or KUB as it is known in Indonesia) were started in the 1950s under the Congregation of Santa Maria and became an official body in the 1980s, providing prayer services with gospel reading and reflections,  spiritual and economic community services.

Since 1987, the KUB has become a centre of generating and collecting ideas and discussion platform in dealing with all aspects of lives and thereafter stamped its direct involvement in pastoral activities.

The priest said the KKD works best in smaller groups of 10-20 Catholic families living in a neighbourhood that  know each other well, meeting weekly, praying, reading and sharing the Gospel, celebrating the Eucharist, sharing problems encountered,  and  searching for possible solutions to these problems.

Romo Eduardo stressed the need for all the BECs to work together in ensuring that pastoral faith formation and development are in line with the archdiocesan vision and mission.

Prior to this sharing, the audience witnessed the Easter cake cutting led by Father Thomas Yip and rendition of the blessed birthday and congratulation songs accompanied by the choirs, parish pastoral councillors, catechist, Sister Juanah Saliun and her novices, and the parishioners. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Papar welcomes 77 new members into parish family

Fr Rayner Bisius baptises one of the 77 Elect, Easter Vigil, 31 Mar 2018, St Joseph Papar.

PAPAR – St Joseph Parish here welcomed 77 new members into its parish family at Easter Vigil 31 Mar 2018.

The neophytes – 38 women and 39 men – received the Sacraments of Initiation administered by Father Rayner Bisius.

Earlier in the morning, the elect attended a brief recollection and rehearsal wherein Fr Rayner explained the four parts of the Easter Vigil: Liturgy of the Light, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

He also touched on the significance of the Paschal Candle, the Easter Proclamation, the nine readings, the Litany of the Saints, and the blessing of the baptism water.

In his homily, Fr Rayner likened the stone blocking the entrance of the tomb of Jesus to the loss of hope expressed by the three suffering women he had visited during Holy Week.  He urged the parishioners to allow Jesus to remove the stone which block one’s passage towards Christ through faith. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Papar altar servers camp draws 68 participants

The participants pose at the end of the Way of the Cross on Pohumpung Hill Limbahau, 30 Mar 2018.

PAPAR – Papar organised its first altar servers camp for 68 boys and girls during the Easter Triduum 29 Mar – 1 Apr 2018 at the Mother of Mercy open hall here.

The camp, initiated by Father Rayner Bisius and supported by the liturgical committee, drew participants from St Joseph Church and its outstation chapels.

The four-day programme featured adoration, catechesis, sharing and group role-play, basic knowledge of altar server ministry, Way of the Cross, movie nights, and BBQ fellowship.

In his inputs, Fr Rayner explained the role and functions of the altar server ministry, terms and conditions, attitude towards service, basic understanding of the Mass, and the need for genuflection.

On Good Friday Mar 30, the participants joined the Way of the Cross up Pohumpung Hill Limbahau with the parishioners.

The following day Mar 31, the participants had a practicum related to altar server’s attire, sacred vessels, priestly vestments, and liturgical colours.

The camp concluded on Easter Sunday Apr 1 with sharing and evaluation supervised by Pesi Selingan, coordinator of the Papar liturgical committee.

A follow-up camp will be organised in June at Holy Rosary Church Limbahau. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar Limbahau)

Belatik grotto blessed by Papar pastor

The faithful pose for remembrance after the blessing of the grotto by Fr Thomas Yip, St Peter Belatik Papar, 9 Mar 2018.

BELATIK, Papar – The Marian grotto outside St Peter Belatik here was blessed by Father Thomas Yip on 9 Mar 2018.

The blessing took place after the Way of the Cross around the compound outside the chapel with the some of the people carrying the statue of Our Lady.

The statue was then affixed inside the grotto followed by the rite of blessing.

After the rite of blessing, the Eucharist was celebrated.  In his homily, the priest said that commitment towards one’s family and community must be prioritised and based on God’s guidance who has given us life through Christ.

After Mass, all adjourned to the community hall (former chapel) for dinner fellowship.

In his speech, Clarence Ponsoi, the community chairperson, thanked everyone involved in realising the construction of the grotto with the hope that it will be helpful in their faith formation.

The grotto was built on top of a large boulder located at the right side of the chapel through the initiative and help of the local people.  The project under John Jinal Hussin started on 29 Sept 2017 and completed on 9 Mar 2018.

Both the chapel and statue were sponsored by Datuk Victor Paul.

The chapel was blessed by Archbishop John Wong on 30 Dec 2014. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)

Papar women’s day celebration receives unexpected response

PAPAR – St Joseph Parish Women’s Day celebration on 10 Mar 2018 received an unexpected large turnout at the Mother of Mercy open hall.

Father Rayner Bisius led the opening prayer followed by the cake-cutting with members of the Catholic Women’s League headed by Rosalind Lohindun, Franciscan Sister Juanah Saliun and the novices, and some of the women parishioners.

In his address based on the theme Press for progress, move forward in Christ, Fr Rayner stressed the need for faith in Christ in order to move into the uncertain future, just like Abraham’s faith in God.

During the fellowship dinner, the attendees enjoyed the stage presentations by the various groups both local and outstation.

The event ended with a closing prayer by Sr Juanah.– William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)


Papar hosts inaugural ecumenical carols by candlelight

Leaders of Inter-Church Papar with lighted candles singing ‘Silent Night’ with carollers and parishioners, 5 Dec 2017, Mother of Mercy Catechetical Centre Papar.

PAPAR – St Joseph Church here hosted the inaugural ecumenical carols by candlelight on 5 Dec 2017 at the Mother of Mercy Catechetical Centre.

It kicked off the Advent Family Visit in the parish and served as a sign of solidarity among the various Christian churches.

The theme for the event was God’s Love, Man’s Hope.

Member churches of Papar Inter-Church Council (Majlis Gereja-Gereja Daerah Papar or MGGDP) are St Joseph Papar, Holy Rosary Limbahau, Anglican Church, Basel Christian Church (BCCM), Sidang Injil Borneo, and Calvary Church.

The council has organised other joint activities such as Walk for Jesus, monthly prayer services, and Praise & Worship programmes.

In his welcoming remarks, MGGDP chairman Deacon Johnny Kunong of BCCM-BM gave thanks and praise to God for the presence of all those who came.

“The symbolic candles represent the light, enlightening the dark forces within.  May the light brighten our hearts, families, our lives, our solidarity, and this world with love from Jesus Christ.  Praise the Lord God Almighty,” he said.

Other leaders present were Anglican Pastor Habismadin Uloi, SIB Pastor Pendeta Tinggih Sulog, BCCM-BM Pastor Yaelan Gasah, BCCM Chinese Pastor Tan Ping Ping and Father Thomas Yip.

The celebration began with a child bringing a lighted candle up to the main stage to light the candles of the church representatives and parishioners.

Deacon Kunong proclaimed a reading from Isaiah 11:1-10 while Fr Yip shared a reflection how harmony, peace, and solidarity in life can only be achieved through the birth of Christ, the source of merciful love for mankind.

Thereafter the people were entertained by the performances of the various carolling groups followed by distribution of gifts to those present. – William Charles Mindus, SOCCOM Papar Limbahau


300 turn up for local parish observance of Migrant Sunday

PAPAR – Around 300 local and migrant parishioners turned up for the local parish observance of Migrant Sunday at Mother of Mercy open hall, St Joseph Parish here on 1 Oct 2017.

The celebration was in conjunction with the 103rd World Migrant Day 2017 with this year’s theme: Minor Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless.

In his homily, Father Thomas Yip shared the importance of emulating Jesus Christ’s behaviour and acts, who was ever faithful to God the Father, humble, sincere and forgiving.

At the fellowship after the Mass, organising chairperson Rogerlio expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the support given by the parish and the working committee comprising the Indonesian and Filipino communities and the Human Development Committee (KPI) led by its coordinator Dominic Lim.

Mikael Wura Darang, the parish’s Indonesian Committee leader, shared the importance of education as the pillar of enhancing the mindset and future well-being of migrant children and youth.

In his brief speech, Johnny Sitamin, the PPC chairman, stressed the need for collaborative teamwork among the parish’s various committees and communities, both local and migrant alike. Likewise, one must avoid falling into unnecessary conflicts or spreading unjustified rumours for one’s personal gain.

Yohanes Sogen, the Community Learning Centre (CLC) coordinator, in his comprehensive briefing on the development of the CLC in the parish, invited migrant parents to  enroll their children with the CLC for educational values in order to eradicate illiteracy and alleviate them from poverty in the hope of breaking the migration chains when they return back to their motherland. He also advised his fellow people to avoid instigating arrest, social disrepute and to prioritise on their children’s education instead. Lastly, he thanked the parish for initiating and the continuous support provided in the development and the growth of the CLC in the church.

Franciscan Sister Juanah led the grace before lunch and joined the lay leaders and migrant community in the cake-cutting ceremony.

A video presentation on the AMOS 3 conference in Sandakan was screened with a concise sharing from William Charles on the objective of this conference and the church migrant ministry’s planning and future endeavour. He also said that local parishioners must discard the stigma of a negative perception of the migrant in order for the migrant ministry to move forward as part of Christ’s mission.

The video presentation was followed by a number of stage performances featuring cultural dances, solo and choral singing by the youth choirs, CLC students and outstation migrant children. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar Limbahau)

Paparians commemorate Malaysia Day with Mass and flag-hoisting ceremony

All sing the national and state anthems at the flag hoisting ceremony after Mass, St Joseph Papar, 16 Sept 2017.

PAPAR – Parishioners commemorated 54th Malaysia Day with Holy Mass and flag-hoisting ceremony on 16 Sept 2017 at St Joseph’s Church here.

In his homily, Father Rayner Bisius read the National Day message from the Christian Federation of Malaysian (CFM) dated  28 Aug 2017 urging Malaysians to rise above petty self-interests.

This message is relevant to the current situation wherein both Papar and Limbahau Parishes are embarking on a critical pastoral programme Keluarga, KKD dan Gereja Ku (KKG) as a measure of tackling one of the three pastoral issues highlighted at the 2015 PAX Assembly.

Without a doubt one of the more serious threats is apathy. Fr Bisius said that no matter how many spiritual engagements, concerts, seminars, youth camps or countless retreats one has attended, all these would be meaningless if one does not pick up and carry one’s cross and use these spiritual activities to help others who are in need.

After Mass, all proceed to a simple flag hoisting ceremony outside accompanied by the SMK St Joseph Brass Band where everyone sang the National and Sabah State Anthems. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau)

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