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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)

Likas parish marks parish day with three events

Abp Wong sprinkles the people with holy water during the rite of blessing.

Abp Wong sprinkles the people with holy water during the rite of blessing.

LIKAS, Kota Kinabalu – St Simon Parish here marked its parish day – though a month late – with three events: blessing of its renovated church, confirmation of 31 candidates and 34 children received their first Holy Communion on 29 Nov 2015.  The parish day is normally celebrated on Oct 28 – feast of Sts Simon and Jude.  Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass, concelebrated with parish priest Fr Cosmas Lee, assisted by Deacon Joshua Liew.

The high Mass began with Abp Wong blessing the renovated church with holy water.  The renovation consisted of a new flooring (the carpet was taken out), new ceiling and new airconditon units replacing the old ones, a choir loft was added above the main entrance so that there would be more room for the parishioners to worship, additional awning was constructed around the church.  During the six-month period of renovation (amounting to almost RM1 million) the Eucharist was celebrated in the parish hall.  Moreover, the surroundings were beautifully landscaped and the Marian grotto was moved to the interior near the gardener’s quarters so that it would be more conducive for the devotees to pray there.

The Mass proceeded normally with the Rite of Confirmation held after the homily.  The first communicants received the Lord at the Rite of Communion.  After the Mass, most adjourned to the parish hall for the reception.  In his address to the parishioners, the prelate reminded them to “read the Bible, receive the sacraments, live the commandments, and go forth to evangelise.”

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