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Kuala Penyu wins diocesan gong beating competition

The participants pose for remembrance after the competition, 21 Apr 2018, Keningau Diocesan Square.

KENINGAU – Saint Peter Bundu Kuala Penyu won the diocesan gong beating competition held on 21 Apr 2018 at the Diocesan Square here with Katedral St Francis Xavier as the first runner-up and St Anthony Tenom in the third place.

The competition was one of the activities carried out to mark the Diocesan Silver Jubilee which will culminate on May 5.

Among the criteria were presentation and creativity, tempo and attire according to professional standards by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah (KDCA).

Gong beating is part of the traditional cultural values handed down from generation to generation among the Dusun and Murut tribes.  It is used for social events, entertainment and as a communication tool.  It also serves to unite the society.

In addition, it is also used in church functions and in the liturgy of the Mass.

In his speech, Father Rudolf Joannes said that such tradition should not be separated from religious usage as many church activities require the use of the gong.  He hoped that the gong beating will help to uplift the spirit and unity of the people as they celebrate the diocesan silver jubilee.

He then beat the gong seven times to mark the opening of the competition.

Six groups took part in the competition: St Patrick Membakut, St Theresa Tambunan, Kemabong Mission, St Anthony Tenom, St Peter Bundu Kuala Penyu, and Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau.

Pauline Cooperators mark silver jubilee with retreat

KOTA KINABALU – The Association of Pauline Cooperators in Sabah marked its silver jubilee of foundation with a retreat on 29-31 May 2017 in Kundasang.

Facilitating the retreat was Filipino Pauline Father Dominador Guzman (aka Fr Domie) who inducted the first 14 members 25 years ago.

The retreat helped the 27 participants (Pauline Cooperators and collaborators) to look back on their journey as Pauline Cooperators through the theme God’s co-workers called and commissioned to the world in the spirit of St Paul under the gaze of Mother Mary.

At the end of the retreat, the Pauline Cooperators renewed their pledge of commitment.

The Thanksgiving Mass was held at the chapel of the Daughters of St Paul on June 1, followed by a fellowship meal.  It was attended by around 35 people, including the family members and friends of the Pauline Cooperators.

In his homily, based on the liturgical readings for St Justin Martyr, Fr Domie encouraged the Pauline Cooperators to continue to be the “light of the world” and “salt of the earth” in their service to the Church and to the Pauline Family.

Tokens of appreciation were presented to the pioneers present and some active members after Mass by Local Superior Sister Christine Sundin, assisted by Sister Jennifer Han, FSP coordinator of the Pauline Cooperators.

Sister Agnes Wong, second superior of Sabah (1996-2001), was present for the thanksgiving celebration.  She has been assigned to Spain since 2013 and is currently on home leave for a month.

Father Aloysius to mark 25 years of priesthood

File photo of Fr Aloysius receiving the fraternal hug from Bishop Lee, Tuaran, 13 June 1992.

PENAMPANG – Come June 13, Father Aloysius Fidelis will mark 25 years of priesthood.

However, he will have an advance celebration on 27 May 2017 at Holy Rosary Limbahau at 10 am.

Born on 20 Jan 1957 to Fidelis Juanis Enson  and Veronica Dungka Nayu in Tuaran, he worked as a dresser at the Jabatan Perubatan Sabah, Kota Belud Hospital before entering the seminary in 1984.

He was ordained priest by then Bishop John Lee in 1992 at St John Tuaran.

After his ordination, he served in Penampang and Kota Kinabalu before he took up a course on spiritual theology in Rome in 2001.

Upon his return from Rome in 2002, he served in Ranau/Telupid, Papar/Limbahau, and Tanjung Aru.  Currently, he is the chaplain at Holy Family Residence for Senior Citizens in Purak Papar.

Inanam’s first religious sister celebrates silver jubilee

INANAM – More than 500 parishioners turned up to celebrate the silver jubilee of religious profession of Inanam’s first religious sister.

The parishioners joined the Laukang family to commemorate Sister Terry’s 25 years as a Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) on 12 Feb 2017 at St Catherine Hall here.

Also present were Father David Sham, Father Paul Lo, and members of the Pastoral Council.

Prior to the fellowship in the evening, Fr Lo presided the morning Mass, which was organised by the Laukang family.

At press time, the parish has six vocations: Sr Terry fsic, Sr Doris Abiu fsic, Fr Patrick Erik Jerome, Fr Maxmillianno Hontor, and two seminarians.

In her 25 years of religious life, Sr Terry has served in St Peter Kudat (1992), Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu (1993 – 1994), St Anne Labuan (1995), St Aloysius Limbahau (1996), Loreto Convent Generalate Kota Kinabalu (1997-1998), St Paul Dontozidon (1999 – 2005), and back to Loreto Convent Generalate Kota Kinabalu since 2006. – Michael Guntili

Silver jubilarians renew their vows at Mass

L-R: Sisters Christella, Suzana, Terecia, Carmen, Joan and Lounah stand ready to renew the vows they had taken 25 years ago after the homily, 4 Feb 2017, Sacred Heart Cathedral KK.

KOTA KINABALU – Six Franciscan silver jubilarians renewed the vows they took 25 years ago at the Eucharistic Celebration on 4 Feb 2017 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

The jubilarians were Sisters Christella Lim (Kg Melulugus Beaufort), Suzana Guntabid (Kg Poring Tengah Membakut), Terecia Loukang (Kg Bambangan Inanam), Lounah Pulis (Kg Ramayah Penampang), Carmen Cordova (Taman Damai Jalan Labuk Sandakan), and Joan Michael (Kg Ranau-Ranau Kiulu).

They entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1989, took their first vows in 1992 and made their final profession in 1997.  They have served in all three dioceses of Sabah at one time or another.

Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass which was concelebrated with 11 others including Abp Emeritus John Lee, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father John Chong of Kuching, and other priests from KK Archdiocese and Keningau Diocese.

After the homily, the jubilarians renewed their vows in thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness towards them.

Around 500 turned up to witness the event, mainly fellow Franciscan Sisters, members of other religious institutes, Franciscan Seculars,  family members and relatives of the jubilarians, friends and benefactors of the congregation.

The liturgy was enlivened by the singing of the 40-strong combined choir members from Donggongon-Hubah and St Theresa Tambunan.

In his address after Mass, Abp Wong congratulated and thanked the jubilarians for the services they have rendered to the local church in various capacities in the past 25 years.  He encouraged them to continue their services and urged them to take care of their health.

In her turn, Superior General Sister Grace Deosing also congratulated the jubilarians and thanked all those who have journeyed with them down the years, helping them to grow in their vocation and mission.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish centre for the reception and entertainment programme featuring stage performances by various groups.

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