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Men’s conference draws 24 participants

The participants take part in an action song during the men’s conference at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing, 19 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – A conference for men organised by Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council drew 24 participants on 19 May 2018.

Held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here, the bilingual conference (BM/Eng) themed Be Strong and Courageous (Jos 1:9) was held with the objectives of helping Catholic men to stand firm in the faith in the face of challenges in life; to remain faithful to God and His Church; to have the will to continue following the Lord; to make the necessary changes or sacrifices to ‘stand firm in the faith’ and serve God; and to transform one’s will to God’s will.

After the opening Mass and address by Father Paul Lo, three input sessions were given a) I Dare You (Geoffrey Goh); b) Show Me What You Got (Marc Majaing); c) I Will (BG Chin) with one workshop on ‘God is Enough’ and an open sharing session.

The conference ended with a praise fest.

Emmaus Youth Camp draws 33 participants

The participants pose in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral after being sent off (to exposure site in Kg Lubok Kiulu) by Father Max Hontor at the morning Mass, 12 Jan 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – This year’s Emmaus Youth Camp drew 33 participants from 17 parishes in the archdiocese.

The camp, held 7-20 Jan 2018, is for school leavers around 17-19 years old, with 11 boys and 22 girls.

It is organised by the Parish Youth Ministry Team in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Youth Commission with 16 volunteers from the previous year.

The base camp is at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing while the exposure site is at Kg Lubok under St Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Kiulu.

The objective of the annual event is threefold: to strengthen the identity of the participants as Catholic youths, to help them live out their Catholic faith in today’s world, and to heighten their awareness and sense of responsibility towards society.

Talks include self-discovery (Roney Alfred of Keningau), Salvation History (Roselinah Francis of Keningau), Gift of Life (Rudian Sinangkuhan), Youth Spirituality & Nationalism (Sr Anita James fsic), Local Church History (Neil Mah), Personal Grooming & Resume Writing (Suzane Dennis), Social Teaching of the Church (Sr Dora Obod fsic), and KITA (Campus Ministry Team & Anne Baltazar).

The talks are held in the morning with reflection, sharing, and creative activity in the afternoons.

The exposure on Jan 12-13 is to help the participants to get to know the local culture and lifestyle of the people there as well as its youth ministry.

Apart from the sessions and exposure, the young people have also to take part in doing household chores like cleaning the toilets, meal preparation, washing the dishes, sweeping and cleaning the surroundings and composting.

Other activities include daily Mass attendance, day of recollection, recreation and physical exercise.

The highlight of the camp will be the Emmaus Family Night on Jan 19 where the parents of the participants, representatives from the exposure site, the alumni, respective parish TPBP and benefactors are invited to join in the fellowship.

Wardens’ fellowship night draws over 170 participants

The wardens line up to take their food, 2 Jan 2018, SHPC right wing.

KOTA KINABALU – The wardens’ fellowship night drew over 170 participants at the right wing of the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 2 Jan 2017.

The men and women wardens came from the four-language units (English, Chinese, BM, Kadazan) serving in Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, St Paul Dontozidon, Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang, Our Lady Queen of Peace Kobusak and St John Kopungit.

All the units contributed in cash and kind to make the barbecue night an enjoyable one enlivened by karaoke singing.

Gracing the event were Archbishop John Wong and his assistants Fathers Paul Lo, Max Hontor, and Joshua Liew as well as former assistant Father Johnny Raju.

Wardens have the role of keeping good order, peace, and tranquillity for worship in church. The duties and responsibilities of wardens include the following:

  1. Ushering parishioners to seats before Mass.
  2. Collection of offertory from parishioners during Mass.
  3. Manage and direct movement of parishioners during Processions and Holy Communion during Mass.
  4. Manage and direct movement as well as parking of vehicles in church.

Every warden strives to serve with love and undertakes to serve and not to be served.

Over 3000 turn up to celebrate Christmas with KK prelate at his open house

Archbishop Wong greets one of those present at the Christmas open house at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre on 25 Dec 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 3000 people turned up to celebrate Christmas with Archbishop John Wong at his open house on the afternoon of 25 Dec 2017 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

The visitors including priests and religious came from all walks of life, from nearby parishes. Gracing the function as well was 84-year-old Archbishop Emeritus John Lee who would be celebrating 53 years as priest on Dec 27.

Abp Wong did not sit still but went around meeting and greeting as many people as he could in this one function of the year where he acts as host.  Throughout the year, he is often entertained by those who invite him to this or that function.

The visitors were entertained by carol singers from various groups and individuals, notably from the Archdiocesan Social Communications Commission, the SHC-CMI pastoral councils,  the Chinese, Filipino and Indonesian groups, and from the seminarians. The food was prepared by the Women’s League, with many food stations for the visitors – young and old alike.

The ‘Open House’ is a unique tradition found throughout Malaysia. Family, friends and even strangers are welcomed into homes or suitable venues with goodwill and camaraderie during the many varied festivities enjoyed in this country.

In the archdiocese, the open house of the archbishop has been organised since 1992 for the faithful to share the Christmas joy with him through good food and carol singing by various groups.

Cathedral parish organises Chinese faith-formation morning camp for students

The 35 participants pose for remembrance in their visit to the Social Communications Office on 4 Dec 2017.  Earlier they had a session with the aspirants.  The visit was part of the formation camp held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Dec 4-9.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here organised a fun-filled faith formation camp for Chinese-speaking students aged 6-18 on 4-9 Dec 2017.

In its fourth year, the morning camp organised by the Chinese community was held at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre.

The 150 participants were divided into age groups for the learning activities.

For the primary school pupils, they learnt about the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary, the 12 Apostles and they had a field trip to the KKIP Divine Mercy Church.

For the teens, they had sessions on the different vocations in life: priesthood, religious life, single life, marriage as well as a handicraft workshop on the gift of self.  They had field trips to the Aspirants Formation House Penampang and to the Daughters of St Paul Convent Karamunsing.  They also toured the archdiocesan offices.

SH parish HDC organises food carnival for migrant communities

A section of the Migrant Sunday Carnival, SHPC Basement Car Park KK, 17 Sept 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Parish Human Development Committee (SHPHDC) organised a food carnival for the migrant communities here on 17 Sept 2017.

It was in conjunction with the parish celebration of Migrant Sunday.  However, the Mass will be celebrated on Oct 1 at 10:45 am.

Taking part in the 7 am – 2 pm carnival at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Basement Carpark were members from the Filipino, Indonesian and Korean communities as well as from the Catholic Nurses Guild.

Among the activities were Bible Quiz for children and adults, messages for Archbishop Wong’s 7th episcopal anniversary (Oct 1), used clothing, handicrafts, and their national traditional food.

The day closed with a concert by the Nununkan community from 2 pm to 5 pm.

SH Biblical Apostolate organises inaugural Bible Carnival

Children, 3-7 years old, take part in the colouring competition, 2 July 2017, SHPC.

KOTA KINABALU  – The Sacred Heart Bahasa Malaysia Biblical Apostolate organised its inaugural Bible Carnival at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 2 July 2017.

It was held in conjunction with Bible Sunday which falls on the second Sunday of July each year.

Numerous activities were organised for children and adults.

For the children, there were colouring and drawing competitions while for the teens and adults, there were jigsaw puzzles, calligraphy writing, quizzes, looking for the lost sheep, and others.

Prizes were given to all the winners.

On display were the different versions of the Bible (Jerusalem Bible, New Jerusalem Bible, New American Bible, Revised Standard Version, New Revised Standard Version, etc) and  Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC),  The participants were also taught how to distinguish the Catholic Bible from the Protestant Bible.

140 attend seminar on social teaching of the church

The participants pose for a shot after Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Chapel Karamunsing, 11 Mar 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – One hundred and forty people attended the seminar on the social teaching of the church on 10-11 March 2017 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

The seminar was organised by the Sacred Heart Human Development Committee.

Father Stanley Antoni of Penang facilitated the seminar in BM and English.  There were four sessions (1) Introduction to Church Social Teaching (2) Human Dignity (3) Concern for the Poor, Vulnerable and Marginalised and (4) Prophetic Ministry.

As the saying goes, the social teaching of the church is the “best kept secret” of the church and the seminar has been an eye-opener for many of the participants.

Over 2,000 people attend archdiocesan open house

Like a good host, Abp Wong chats with one of the many groups of people present at the archdiocesan open house, SHPC, 25 Dec 2016.

KOTA KINABALU – Over 2,000 faithful from all walks of life attended the third archdiocesan open house at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 25 Dec 2016.

From 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, there was a constant flow of people including priests and religious coming to greet Archbishop John Wong.

Shortly after its opening with a cake-cutting ceremony, Archbishop Emeritus John Lee also came to grace the function.

Those who came were entertained by nine song performances of various groups from Sacred Heart Cathedral, St John Kopungit, St Catherine Inanam, Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang, and St Paul Dontozidon including the aspirants/seminarians and St Cecilia Children’s Choir.

The event concluded with everyone singing the 18th century traditional carol “We wish you a merry Christmas” followed by a blessing from Abp Wong.

CFC organises one-day conference on fatherhood


KOTA KINABALU – The Couples for Christ (CFC) organised a one-day conference on fatherhood dubbed “Abba Fathers Conference” on 23 July 2016, at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here.

The conference was organised on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Thirty-nine participants, of which eight came from SHC-PPC, two from Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang, others from Stella Maris Tanjung Aru, St Simon Likas, St Thomas Kepayan and St Michael Penampang.

The first talk, by Archbishop John Wong, covered a wide-ranging view on fatherhood, beginning with the three-fold baptismal mission of man as priest, prophet and king, to the elements of the Fatherhood of God (encompassing training His people, dialoguing with them, protecting and defending them, and finally showing Himself as shepherd) which reflects the best model for true fatherhood.

The prelate also touched briefly on the unique and irreplaceable qualities of a father. “Families who live in the power of the Holy Spirit are able to witness the role of the father as the revelation and a re-living of the goodness of the Heavenly Father,”  summarised the  archbishop.

The other three talks were given by James Molijoh, BG Chin and Allan Scott . The conference was supported by the service team consisting of Couples for Christ (CFC) members.

The conference ended with most of the families attending the Sunset Mass celebrated by Abp Wong.

The participants’ comments:

Colin Forsythe: Stimulating, soul-searching and timely!

Howard Chin: Positive, encouraging. I have learnt new things. Just what I was looking for….. refreshing and useful!

David Majanil: Worthwhile for Christian parents!

Lionel Leong: Awesome… please do have another for the rest of the ‘abbas out there’!

KK Lee: Thank you for the conference. It has helped me to focus on my family, with Christ as the Head.

Marcus Wong: Video segments were really good. Very impactful! Sharers were good!

Douglas Naun: I want to praise and thank God for opening my heart to come and attend this conference….. most fathers might not have the knowledge to become good, responsible ‘4Ps’ father. At least listening to the talks, fathers can start the journey with faith, strength and love, walking proudly as ‘God’s Family’ with the Holy Family of Nazareth.

William Mah: Very enriching! It has made me realise my shortcomings as a husband. We should conduct this seminar again for the benefit of those who have not attended. Some of the dynamics were fantastic! It’s a new beginning for my wife and me!

Philip Yen: The service team was excellent and efficient. Thank you for conducting this seminar.”

Francis Liew: An eye opener for me because I have taken things for granted.

Parishioner from Kolopis, Penampang: It should be held as often as possible focusing more on Parenting Skills and Family as a whole!

Carlos Cardova: It has impacted us to be the fathers we are supposed to be. It has helped us to be more sensitive towards some family issues. May this programme be continuously organised from time to time so that we may live more harmoniously as families. CFC, Wendy Carvalho-Chin and other sources

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