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Small but effective ‘Good News’ messengers

KOTA KINABALU – The Catholic homes of Austral, Waja and Golden Hill, which come under Zone 29 of the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish here were pleasantly surprised and hugely appreciative when they were visited by small but effective “Good News” messengers during the parish Advent Family visits Dec 5-19.

The children are from the Kids of the Kingdom Ministry, which looks into the faith formation of children from Primary one to six.

They were accompanied by their teachers and parents, who provided music backing and transportation.  Most of the children were no strangers to caroling, which they made meaningful with freedom of movement as they did not have to refer to songsheets! – CS

84 attend ‘Amoris Laetitia’ workshop

The participants pose for remembrance after the Amoris Laetitia workshop, 21 July 2018, Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Around 84 people attended the ‘Amoris Laetitia’ workshop organised by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 21 July 2018.

The participants came from the different groups/communities of the parish as well as from Papar, Penampang, Tanjung Aru, and Likas.

Father Charles Chiew of Keningau facilitated the bilingual (English/BM) sessions.

He touched on the background Pope Francis’ Joy of Love document, noting that it is a study document for all – married, single, religious – because everyone comes from a family, the outcome of the 2014 & 2015 synods on the family.

In the second session Fr Chiew gave a brief summary on the document that has 325 paragraphs in nine chapters.

After giving the participants the methodology on how to study the document, the participants were divided into nine groups, a chapter per group.

As usual, all the groups reported briefly on what they had shared and were encouraged to use the same method when they return to their respective parishes and groups.

This workshop came about after the June PAX Assembly and the facilitating team has started going to the different parishes.  The workshop is organised jointly by the archdiocesan and parish family life teams.

SHC celebrates Mass for the Sick as part of parish feast day programme

Father Paul Lo anoints the hands of John Chin, an elderly parishioner, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing in conjunction with the parish feast day on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, 8 June 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated Mass for its sick and elderly as part of the week-long parish fiesta programme on 8 June 2018, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

The Rite of Anointing of the Sick took place after the homily by Archbishop John Wong and his assistants, Father Paul Lo, Father Max Hontor, and Father Joshua Liew.  Deacon Russell Lawrine assisted at the altar.

The cathedral parish celebrates this Mass twice a year since 2015: World Day of the Sick on February 11 (Our Lady of Lourdes) and on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Church for those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. It is a source of healing for the sick rather than the final act of the church for the dying.

The sacrament enables the sick or aged person to be anointed with the oil of the sick, to experience the healing and strength of Jesus Christ and to be supported by a praying community.

The sacrament may be celebrated during Mass, or at a hospital or nursing home, or in the person’s home. It is a celebration of the church where members of the church offer those who are sick the support of faith and prayer.

The sacrament is celebrated with the sick, with old people, and with sick children if they have sufficient understanding. The sacrament is not administered to anyone who has already died. Prayers for the Dead are prayed for the deceased.

SHC celebrates Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ with procession

Father Max Hontor carries the montrance under the canopy held by the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion as they process into the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 2 June 2018.

KOTA KINABALU –  Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with a candlelight procession on 2 June 2018.

The procession started after the post-Communion prayer from the cathedral to the parish centre via the basement car park.  Benediction was given by Father Max Hontor after a period of silent adoration.

Joining Fr Hontor were Deacon Russell Lawrine, the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (EMCs) who have just renewed their commitment to serve for another year after the homily, the English choir, and all the faithful present for the Sunset Mass.

Of the 37 EMCs, 16 serve during the cathedral’s Sunset Mass, 16 the Sunday Morning Mass, and five at the Morning Mass at the Carmelite Chapel.  Those serving in the Chinese and BM Masses would renew their commitment the next day at the 7 am Chinese Mass and 10:45 am BM Mass respectively.  Those serving in Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang would renew their commitment at the 9 am Mass.

“The feast of the Blessed Sacrament was established in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege at the suggestion of St Juliana of Mont Carvillon. [It was] extended to the universal Church by Pope Urban VI in 1264. The office composed by St Thomas Aquinas and customary procession was approved by Popes Martin V and Eugene IV. Celebrated in June, the first Sunday after the feast of the Trinity.” (Modern Catholic Dictionary, by John A Hardon, SJ)

KK Archdiocese organises inaugural pre-PAX gathering

A section of the 800 delegates to the pre-PAX gathering in front of the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 1 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – The KK Archdiocese organised a pre-PAX gathering, the first of its kind in its history, on 1 May 2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

Organised by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the objective of the gathering was to give a voice to the people at the grassroots level before the PAX Assembly in June.

Some 800 delegates from 19 parishes across the archdiocese turned up for the historic event.

It commenced with the Enthronement of the Bible presided by Msgr Primus Jouil (providentially, his 38th priestly anniversary that day) at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, followed by the welcome address by Archbishop John Wong.

In his address, he explained the objective of the gathering.

“The objective of our coming together this morning is to listen carefully to what we have done as parish communities, and hopefully to prepare well for the coming PAX Assembly from 13 to 16 June,” the prelate said.

The delegates were divided into five clusters of four to five parishes based on language and demographic similarities.

Each parish reported on the suitable programmes they have organised to meet the three issues highlighted (apathy, secularisation, islamisation) at the 2015 PAX Assembly in line with the pastoral thrust of “going inward, going smaller, going outward.”

It was pointed out that in the period that followed none of the parishes contacted any of the three archdiocesan service teams formed to help at the parish level.

After lunch, five cluster committees of two delegates per parish (who will later be going to the June PAX Assembly as delegates) met to discuss how they will present a consolidated report of their clusters to the PAX Assembly as well as to elect the presenter of their respective reports.

The gathering ended with a closing Mass presided by Abp Wong, concelebrated with all the priests present, and assisted by the two deacons.

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