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SHC-CMI EMCs prepare for commissioning

A section of the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at the preparatory recollection on 24 May 2018, Sacred Heart Parish  Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU  – Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (EMCs) of the three language groups (English, Chinese and Bahasa Melayu) from Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) Bukit Padang, Carmelite Chapel Karamunsing, St Paul Dontozidon, Our Lady Queen of Peace Kobusak and St John Kopungit gathered together for a recollection on 24 May 2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

In his opening words, parish priest Archbishop John Wong said,  “All of you (EMCs) are holy people, are you not?”  Indeed, he said,  it is a vital point for all EMCs to ponder and reflect on this very important ministry and for being chosen or called to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Communion.

In view of the language groups, the recollection was conducted separately by Abp Wong (Chinese), Father Paul Lo (English) and Father Maxmillianno Hontor (Bahasa Melayu).

To the English EMCs, Fr Paul explained the roles and differences of the ordinary ministers and extraordinary ministers. He said that bishops, priests and deacons are called ‘ordinary’ ministers, while lay people are described as ‘extraordinary’ ministers.

To strengthen the spiritual life and daily conversion, Fr Paul emphasised the importance of a personal prayer life, reading the Word of God, frequent adoration at the Blessed Sacrament and daily Mass (although it is not obligatory and compulsory).

Fr Paul also advised and reminded the attendees to always serve with the right spirit, wholeheartedly with love and humility. He said that EMCs should not get carried away by the privilege that they enjoy knowing that they always have seats reserved for them. He reminded the EMCs not to abuse the privilege or take advantage by reserving seats for their family members especially during festive seasons like Easter and Christmas celebrations.

During the Q & A before the conclusion of the recollection, one particular question which stood out was, “What is the retirement age for the EMCs? We all know that ordinary ministers like bishops and priests retire at the age of 75.”

In response to this, the archbishop said that there is no age limit for as long as the EMC is still fit and healthy to serve. However, he added, EMCs are advised to use their common sense that if they know that they are no longer fit to serve, such as having difficulty in walking or standing for long period of time or not being able to hold the ciborium steadily, then they should retire.

In conclusion, Abp Wong encouraged the EMCs to aspire to live a holy life, and at the same time to be wary of leading a double life.

All EMCs were commissioned on June 2 (Sunset Mass) and June 3 (Sunday) in conjunction with the Feast of Corpus Christi (Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ). – Michael Tai

Over 85 Legionaries attend recollection

Legionaries pose for a group photo with Fr Paul Lo (centre, in black), Sacred Heart Parish Centre, 19 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 85 members of the Legion of Mary (LOM) attended a half-day recollection organised by the LOM Kota Kinabalu Comitium on 19 May 2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

Father Paul Lo, adviser to the lay movements in the archdiocese, facilitated the recollection.

He gave two talks: Mary as Disciple and Mary as Model of the Church.

The recollection is part of the activities of the Legion of Mary founded by Frank Duff in Ireland in 1921.  It came to North Borneo in 1950 through Mill Hill Father Desmond McLindon.  Its objective is to glorify God through the sanctification of the members by prayer and active cooperation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in advancing the reign of God through Mary.

Among the other spiritual activities are the Acies (where the members renew their consecration to Mary) on or near March 25 (Annunciation) and the Annual General Reunion on or near Dec 8 (Immaculate Conception).

The KK Comitium has four curiae (72 presidia) in the archdiocese.

145 attend women’s Lenten recollection

SANDAKAN – Around 145 women attended the Lenten recollection for them on 16-17 Mar 2018 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here.

Organised by the Diocesan Women’s Apostolate, the participants including three religious sisters, represented the five parishes and one mission centre in the diocese.

Good Shepherd Sister Maria Dipal facilitated the event together with Father Christopher Ireneus, the spiritual adviser to the DWA.

Organising chairperson Cecelia D’Souza welcomed the participants and went through the programme with them.

In his speech, Fr Ireneus reminded the women of their important responsibilities as wife, mother, sister in the family because the family is the “domestic church.”

The programme is one of the initiatives of the Women’s Apostolate to empower the women of the diocese to serve with love in line with the Diocesan Vision and Mission.

The five sessions helped the participants to look into the stage of their life journey – where they are, what are they looking for, the challenges they face, the crises they encounter – in the different aspects of life – and the tools to overcome them, enabling them to live in community and holiness, and so become peacemakers to all they meet.

The programme ended with a prayer-blessing by Fr Ireneus. – Adapted from Sandakan Diocesan Blog

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

BM Elect undergo recollection

KOTA KINABALU – Ninety-two BM speaking Elect attended a recollection facilitated by Deacon Russell Lawrine on 17 Mar 2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.  The spiritual exercise was to prepare the Elect for the reception of the Easter Sacraments on Apr 1.  The preparatory rites will be held on Holy Saturday morning Mar 31 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 8 am.

Tawau family life ministry attends Lenten recollection on God’s love

Members pray the Lord’s Prayer to conclude the recollection, 24 Feb 2018.

TAWAU – Seventeen members of the Holy Trinity Family Life Ministry here attended a half-day Lenten recollection on God’s love on 24 Feb 2018.

The event began with a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament guided by Franciscan Sister Julita Joseph who based her reflection on Matthew 5:43-48 – love, forgiveness and acceptance.

“Lenten season is a special opportunity for you and me to reflect on how I, personally, understood God’s love in my life and to return to God. A positive retrospection can humbly bring us back to Him to ask for forgiveness and mercy. This time of refreshing is important to be strengthened and renewed to continue serving as lay people, parents, friends, as a spouse and as children of God” she said.

In the chapel, the participants spent their time with the Lord in silence whilst offering their personal intentions to God. After the Adoration, all participants proceeded to the Conference room for the next session.

Mario Domingo, the Family Life Chairman, expressed his gratefulness to God for His unceasing guidance and grace to this ministry, and thanked the members for their services.

Julita Kantod then gave a brief slide presentation on the work done by the ministry.

This was followed by Sr Julita’s talk on the power of prayer that leads one to become a witness and to the maturity of faith.

Time was also given for personal testimony by the participants.

The “Our Father” prayer concluded the recollection, followed by lunch. – Julita Kantod

Tawau carollers attend recollection

A section of the 200 carollers at the recollection, 3 Dec 2017, Holy Trinity Tawau.

TAWAU –  Some 200 carollers attended a short recollection on 3 Dec 2017 before the start of the six-day carolling to the families in the parish.

The carolling will be from Dec 10-15 and the carollers comprise 23 groups – 11 from the main parish and 12 from the BECs.

Julita Kantod facilitated the catechesis entitled “Prepare your heart to receive our Saviour and spread the Good News.”

Kantod encouraged the participants to prepare themselves well during Advent so as to welcome Christ when he comes again.

“With an honest and humble preparation, especially during this recollection, one will experience a conversion of the heart where Christ can make His room with us and in our family” she said.

The catechesis ended with some words of encouragement from Andrew Kiat, the Chairman of the Home Carolling Program, as well as the PPC Chairperson, followed by announcements and a closing prayer. – mario domingo, sandakan newsblog

CMI altar servers recollection draws 22 participants

The participants pose for shot with Fr Lo, CMI, 4 Dec 2017.

BUKIT PADANG – Twenty-two altar servers from the English and Chinese ministries joined the one-day recollection on 4 Dec 2017.

The event was held at the Church of Mary Immaculate here.

Pauline Sister Laura Anggie facilitated the team-building dynamics followed by a talk on the theme “I am the Handmaid of the Lord” by Father Paul Lo.  The theme was taken from 2019 World Youth Day theme.

After lunch, many of the participants went for confession and counselling.  The day closed with a Mass presided by Fr Lo.

18 Sandakan DFLC members attend half-day recollection

LAHAD DATU – Eighteen members of the Sandakan Diocesan Family Life Commission (DFLC) attended a half-way recollection on 22 July 2017 at St Dominic here.

The participants came from St Mary Sandakan (5), St Martin Telupid (3), OLOF Beluran (2), St Dominic Lahad Datu (4), and Holy Trinity Tawau (4).

The theme of the recollection was “Do as you say,”  the words spoken by the three angels to Abraham in the book of Genesis (Gn 18:5).

Recollection began with an opening prayer led by Franciscan Sister Evelyn Tivit,  followed by self-introduction of each member.

The session continued with an inspiring input presented by Eva Siruno, DFLC chairperson, on the meaning and purpose of commissioning which they would later be given.

She said the commission given by the risen Jesus to his disciples (Mt 28:19-20) is the “most sacred commissioning” because it came directly from Jesus’ lips.  Jesus’ promise to be with us always is the “most consoling part of our mission,” she added.

Jesus’ promise to be with us always is the “most consoling part of our mission,” she added.

Siruno said that through the commissioning, “we gain affirmation from the Lord” through the church “in our commitment to each other,” and provide “us a time where we can rejoice and give thanks together.”

She noted that the people’s prayer can “charge us up” and most importantly, “we inspire others to serve in the church.”

A video on the nature and mission of the Catholic Family: “Garden of Holiness” was screened.  It touched on the challenges of being  a father, mother or child in the family to create an environment of holiness.

Sr Evelyn facilitated a short reflection session wherein the participants recalled their experiences in serving the church and the struggles they faced.  This was followed by group sharing.

Later the participants went to the chapel for personal reflection using a guided reflection based on Pope Francis’ catechesis on the family.  It helped them to recall their experiences and challenges in the ministry.

Time was given to the participants to share their experiences and how God sustained them when they were on the verge of giving up.

In the evening, the participants were commissioned by Father Marcellinus Pongking after the homily at the Sunset Mass.

The next day, July 23,  the participants from Sandakan and Lahad Datu joined the pre-marriage course team in giving sessions to 23 couples in Tampenau, Lahad Datu.

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