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Sandakan mission schools presented with Ethos

SANDAKAN – On 8 Oct 2018 the Board of Governors (BOG) of the five Catholic mission schools here visited the schools with parish priest Fr David Garaman and PPC chairman Pilis Malim.

Mission schools place great emphasis on holistic education, and balancing character development with academic excellence.

In line with the Rukun Negara, it promotes the dignity, self-esteem and full development of the person.

Chairlady of Sandakan Diocesan Education Commission Rose Solibun affirmed the need to preserve the identity of mission schools in maintaining the ethos and special character.

In order to have a sense of ownership, the BOG will play a greater part with active participation in the schools’ affairs.

For a start, the School Heads were made aware of the importance of Ethos in preserving the Mission schools’ special character.

Concise Handbills on Ethos, special character, and tradition were presented to all the Headteachers of SM St Mary Secondary, SM St Cecilia Secondary, SK St Mary Convent and SK St Mary Labuk.

Fr Garaman said that it has been his interest to look into the development of the mission school since being appointed as the rector.

He acknowledged the the importance of having a  sense of belonging through understanding the ethos, character, and traditions of the mission schools, while in the same note, he underlined the importance of cooperation between the BOG, School Heads and teachers to work together in order to realize the ownership of mission schools.

He noted that the schools walkabout was a good start and hoped to have more regular visits to the schools. 

He thanked the Commission for initiating the visits, and the Headteachers for giving their time, especially in helping the Church to realize that the schools are truly mission schools.

He requested that the cooperation and collaboration between the Church, BOG, and school Heads be maintained.

The walkabout session ended with a luncheon hosted by SK St Mary Convent. – Dalius LL

32 attend recollection in preparation for LUC

SANDAKAN – Thirty-two youth facilitators attended a recollection in preparation for the Let’s Unite Camp (LUC) on 29 July 2018 at St John Paul II Room here.

Organised by the Parish Youth Apostolate, the recollection was facilitated by Anna Teresa Amandus.

The participants came from St Mary’s Cathedral, St Mark and St Peter.

LUC (formerly known as Unite Camp), an annual parish youth programme,  will be held on Aug 23-26 at St Mark Mile 12 Sandakan.

The theme is taken from 1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment – in line with the Diocesan Vision and Mission.

The objective of the camp is to unite the parish youth through a deepened understanding of the faith and knowledge of God with Mary as model.

The recollection began with acknowledging the reality of the community, family, self followed by Mary’s journey of faith till the journey to Emmaus (Christian vocation).

Through undergoing this recollection, the facilitators will be able to help those who will attend LUC later on.  Moreover, friendships will also be strengthened to help each other to stay committed to make LUC a fruitful one. – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Sandakan organises marriage enrichment seminar

A section of the couples having communication session with each other at the Marriage Enrichment Seminar organised on 15-16 June 2018, Sandakan Pastoral Centre.

SANDAKAN – Fifty-six couples and 26 singles attended a marriage enrichment seminar organised jointly by the Family Life Commission, Parish Family Life Ministry, and the Catechetical Commission at the Conference Hall, Diocesan Pastoral Centre here on 15-16 June 2018.

The main speaker was Father Barnardinus Prihartana Agung of Semarang Indonesia.  His session touched on family values based the Diocesan Mission.

He emphasised that Christ’s words to Peter in Matthew 16:18-19: “On this rock I will build my church” can also referred to the family as the family is called to be a domestic church.  Therefore, the married couple is the rock upon which the domestic church is built.

  In this context, the key signifies the key of peace, of well-being, of happiness and it is given jointly to the married couple.

Among the activities organised were communication sessions between couples, testimonies, and renewal of marriage vows at the concluding Mass.

At the final dinner, the head of the PFLM, exhorted the participants to strengthen one another as they have been strengthened by Christ himself (cf Lk 22:32) – Eva Siruno, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

70 attend workshop on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in Sandakan

The participants pose for the camera after the Joy of Love workshop which took place on 18-19 May 2018, St Mary Sandakan.

SANDAKAN – Around 70 people attended a workshop on Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love) organised jointly by the Family Life Commission and Catechetical Commission at St Mary here on 18-19 May 2018.

In his address, Bishop Julius Gitom explained that the document by Pope Francis was the outcome of the two synods on family in 2014 and 2015.  The 325-word document has 9 chapters touching on the various challenges confronting the family.

The chapters were explained by the following priests and Eva Siruno, head of the Family Life Commission: Chapter 1 (Father Stanley Matakim); Chapter 2 (Father Simon Kontou); Chapter 3 (Father Sunny Chung); Chapter 4 (Father Phillip Muji); Chapter 5 (Father Christopher Ireneus); Chapter 6 (Father David Garaman); Chapter 7 (Father Thomas Makajil); Chapter 8 (Fr Garaman); Chapter 9 (Eva Siruno). – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

STCIJ BEC-SYCC members organise reachout to 19 poor families

The families and reach-outers pose for remembrance during the visit, 7 Apr 2018.

SANDAKAN – Members of the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya (STCIJ) and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) reached out to 19 families living in the periphery to share with them the joy of Easter on 7 Apr 2018.

The mission team was led by Susanna Cordova and Phillip Mosinoh of SYCC and John Tan and Leonnie Degullacion of STCIJ BEC. Together with their members, they handed baskets to each family consisting of basic necessities, such as cooking oil, rice, salt, sugar, biscuits, noodles, etc.  The children were given Easter gifts.

Prior to the outreach mission, a discussion on preparatory work was held at the residence of Susanna Cordova on March 12. They found out this community of 19 families were evicted from their houses cum workplace because the owner had sold the land. They have moved to a further and more secluded new location.

These families rebuilt their houses, mostly a one-room space, cramped with 10-12  members per family. It was heart-breaking to learn of their miserable living conditions, thus the idea of visiting these families was mooted. In less than a month, both communities solicited enough provisions for the affected families

The outreach mission project was quite challenging, walking through difficult terrain. The project has cemented strong ties between members of the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC).  – Romeo Barintang, Sandakan Diocesan Blog

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