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SYCC installs its third presiding elder

SANDAKAN – 18 August 2018 was a day of special significance for the Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) as they celebrated the 34th year of their existence in the parish here.

On this auspicious occasion, the community witnessed the passing on of the baton to its new Presiding Elder in the person of Philip Mosinoh by Michael Lee, who would remain in the eldership to serve the community.  Mosinoh would be SYCC’s 3rd presiding elder since its inception.

Mosinoh, who is one of the existing four elders in the body of eldership, has accepted in obedience to God the calling to shepherd the community.

SYCC was established and formed in 1984 by the Emmanuel Covenant Community, Brisbane.  The first Presiding Elder to helm the community was Henry Solibun, with a membership of 30.  Today the community has 70 members.

Of notable Interest, the membership included the late Fr Tobias Chi, and Franciscan Sisters Carmen Cordova and Tina Basil who were single members before answering the call to religious life.

The community members has since grown in maturity as one of the lay ecclesial movements in the parish, strengthening their faith formation during their general community gathering every Friday, at 8.00 pm at the parish hall. Besides, they serve the parish in the church liturgy, outreach to Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM), Sekolah Seni and Monfort boys monthly fellowship, Single Adult Fellowship, organizing Life in the Spirit Seminars, etc.

A thanksgiving Mass, presided by Bishop Julius Gitom, marked the anniversary celebration, followed by a dinner at a local restaurant.  The invited guests included Bishop Gitom, parish priests Fr David Garaman and Fr Sunny Chung, PPC chairman Pilis Malim, religious sisters, as well as  friends of the community.

During his speech, outgoing presiding elder Michael Lee shared about the lifestyle of SYCC for the past 34 years that has united members to serve the Lord and to love one another.

He underlined “It entails great commitment to the Lord and to one another through the challenges and difficulties that demand daily conversion, sacrifice and the constant work of building relationship with members coming from different walks of life, different background, races, age, profession as well as culture.”

“Fellowship and sharing are essential to strengthening the bond as Jesus gathers the community as one body,” he added.

Lee encouraged members to recommit to each other as the people of God, which ultimately contributes to effective team work albeit in different ministries.

He reminded that the foundation of community living is built on righteous living and holiness of life, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the community is enabled to help and serve the parish and the Church at large.

Lee ended on a grateful note to the elders and members who have rendered him assistance and support during his term of service.

He then announced the appointment of Philip Mosinoh as the next Presiding Elder of SYCC, and Michael Tivit as a full Elder. Fr Garaman witnessed Mosinoh signing his acceptance, and ventured to bless him by laying of hands. – Susanna Cordova

Sandakan covenant community brings early Christmas joy to the less fortunate

SANDAKAN – Members of the Star of Yahweh Covenant Community brought early Christmas joy to the less fortunate on 10 Dec 2017.

“It also helps us to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ by showing our charity to people in genuine need. Though this advent action is just a small act of kindness, it adds up a great difference for vulnerable people,” said SYCC elder Philip Mosinoh.

As the members came bringing the goodies and some clothing donations to their homes,  the joy and happiness clearly shown on the children’s faces. When they were asked why they are so happy, spontaneously and joyfully they said in Malay, “Sebab Hari Krismas” (Because it is Christmas). – S Cordova, sandakan newsupdate

SYCC welcomes new batch of students

It was a great joy to serve and to know them as members of the one big family of Catholics though one may not actually know them. SYCC took the opportunity to welcome the new students that they may experience the hospitality of the community, making them aware that the church cares and offers compassion. ‘Welcoming the strangers’ through action can be a great relief to people who are new to the parish. The Year of Mercy calls the faithful to be concerned with corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

The theme, “You are loved” shows that no matter where one goes, as long as Jesus is there, his love will always be there. This fellowship has indeed  impacted  the students. Fr Stanley William Matakim, the assistant parish priest, in his welcome speech, thanked SYCC for their love and kindness in organising this special programme for the students. He also hoped that through this kind of activity the students would have a good rapport with the Catholic community in the parish.

The ice breaker was a game called “Samson, Delilah and Tiger” where students really had good interaction and fun. Lunch was served with delicious home-cooked dishes. Most students would have missed their mothers’ cooking. Meanwhile, SYCC celebrated the birthdays of those students born in Jan-Mar. It was a touching moment for them as the organisers celebrated their birthdays away from home, siblings and parents.

The event continued with a praise and worship session followed with a talk facilitated by SYCC member, Susanna Cordova who shared on the theme, “You are loved.” She emphasised that in one’s life one needs to put Jesus first and have a good relationship with the Lord. The talk was also to help the students strengthen their Catholic faith, thus empowering them to face the obstacles in a non-Christian environment.

After the talk, students were arranged in groups to discuss about the two main questions: ‘When do you feel you are not loved?’ and ‘How do you experience Jesus’ love in your life?’ Then, a representative from each group shared their views based on the questions.

The teachers in charge of the welfare of the Catholic students in MRSM were Dominic James and his wife Marry Lalim, Monica Loh for the SMK Elopura Sekolah Seni and Michael Tan for St Mary’s Hostel. They were people committed in gathering Catholic students to ensure that they attend church every Sunday as well as to keep them close to the Church; indeed they imitated Jesus the Good Shepherd, who tenderly cares for his sheep, tends his flock and guarantees their survival. Susanna Cordova

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