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Telupid to host its first ordination ceremony

Deacon Christopher poses with Bp Gitom and family members

Deacon Christopher poses with Bp Gitom and family members

TELUPID – Come Dec 28, St Martin Parish here will host its first ordination ceremony.

Deacon Christopher Ireneus has been accepted for priestly ordination by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom.  The ceremony has been set at 4 pm on Wednesday 28 Dec 2016.

This will be a milestone in the history of the parish as it will be its first time to host such an event.

Telupid is a small landlocked town located in the district of Beluran in the centre of Sabah.  By road, it takes two and a half hours to reach there from Sandakan and about four to five hours from Kota Kinabalu.  It is a peaceful area surrounded by forested mountains.

The Christian community first started in Labuk with the help of catechist Linus Gumak of Kg Gambaron in 1961.  The first priest to evangelise the area was Fr Oestdyke mhm (1966-1967), who built a school and boarding house.  He was followed by Fr Jan van Velzen (1968-1969), who built the first church.  It was completed and blessed in early 1971.  The community was placed under the pastoral administration of St Peter Claver Ranau.  The hall was built in 1985.  In September 1994 the church was demolished and a new church was built under Fr Bruno Yasun’s supervision.  It was opened and blessed by Bishop John Lee on 12 Nov 1995.  Now, 21 years later, the parish has the blessing of seeing one of its sons being raised to the altar.

Born and bred  in Kg Kiabau Telupid, 35-year-old Deacon Christopher is the fifth child in a brood of five boys and one girl born to Ireneus Anun and Rosinah Saleh.  He had his primary schooling at SK Kiabau (1988-1993) and secondary at SMK Telupid (1994-1997) and SMK Sandakan (1997-2000).  He took his BSc in Sports Science and Recreation (Hons) at UiTM Shah Alam (2005-2007).

He taught for three years before entering the aspirancy for diocesan priesthood at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang in 2008.  The following year he was accepted into Initiation Year KK before proceeding to St Peter’s College Kuching for his philosophical and theological studies from 2010 to 2016.  He was ordained deacon about six months ago, on July 18, at St Mary Sandakan by Bishop Gitom.

Telupid youth make spiritual preparation for SYD4

telupid preparation

TELUPID – St Martin youth apostolate organised a two-day spiritual seminar for their participants to prepare them for SYD4 . Thirty-five youth came for it on 29-30 Apr 2016, which was held in the church here.

Daniel Hendricus, contingent leader, divided the inputs into a few talks, engaging spiritual aspects in line with the theme Matt 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Besides spiritual inputs, they were also briefed on the rules and regulations imposed throughout the five-day event in Tawau.

Hendricus emphasised on humility when he shared on the SYD-4 theme and gave opportunity to the participants to reflect on the practice of this virtue in their daily lives.

Following that, he invited all to reflect deeper on the meaning of God’s mercy through Christ in an organised workshop. This allowed the participants to share their personal experience of God’s mercy with others, thus strengthening each other’s faith.

Also present was Seminarian Stephen Esguerra, who urged the youth to take Jesus as the source of inspiration in life and invited them to treat the SYD event as a way to begin a relationship with Jesus.

One of the figures discussed was Pope Francis as he always emphasises on the loving mercy of God.

At the end of the two-day session, Hendricus hold a Question and Answer session with the participants.

Besides briefing on the regulation system during SYD-4, he also reminded them on what was needed to be prepared and brought along for the June 6-10 event. Jainusbon Stephens and Carlson Robert Fong


Solemn Blessing and Official Opening of St Martin’s Pastoral Centre

Bishop Julius and Abp Marino cut the ribbon to open the centre.

Bishop Julius and Abp Marino cut the ribbon to open the centre.

TELUPID – Eight hundred faithful from the parishes in the Diocese of Sandakan converged at St Martin’s Church here to witness the solemn blessing and official opening of St Martin’s Pastoral Centre Oct 13, as part of the 8th anniversary celebration of the Diocese and the Episcopal ordination of Bishop Julius Gitom.

The occasion was graced by Archbishop Joseph Marino, Apostolic Nuncio  to Malaysia, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, clergy from the arch/dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, and Sandakan, Franciscan Mother General Sr Grace Deosing, and other Franciscan Sisters, as well as Good Shepherd Sisters.

The Pastoral Centre was jointly opened by Bishop Gitom and Archbishop Marino with ribbon cutting and unveiling of the plaque.

Conceived as yet another landmark of St Martin’s parish, the hall measuring 70 ft by 100 ft could seat 800 people.  It was constructed at a cost of RM800,000, and the construction was completed and handed over within a span of 15 months.

The anniversary banquet dinner consisting of 70 tables was held at the new hall.

Roger Sebastian Enty, Vice Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, bid a warm welcome to all who came from far and near, notably the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Marino, it being his maiden visit to the Diocese of Sandakan.

Archbishop Marino was invited to beat the gong three times, a symbolical gesture significant to the indigenous people of Sabah.

The rest of the evening was filled with lively and colourful presentations from the various communities of the local parish and other parishes as well. – Rogena Sining

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