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La Salle marks feast day cum teachers day quietly

A little cake-cutting ceremony to mark La Salle Day cum Teachers Day led by Principal Mary Komuji and Msgr Primus Jouil who quips: “to celebrate a new government as well,” 11 May 2018, Stella Maris Parish fellowship centre, Tg Aru.

TANJUNG ARU – La Salle Secondary School here marked the feast of St John Baptist de La Salle, patron of teachers cum teachers day quietly on 11 May 2018 due to the unexpected holiday given to mark the victory won by the Opposition at the 14th General Election May 9.

Msgr Primus Jouil presided at the Thanksgiving Mass at Stella Maris Church Tg Aru attended by past and present students, teachers and Alumni members.

The theme for this year was: Lasallians take the Lead.

In his homily, the presider urged the attendees to be open like children so as to receive God’s manifold blessings.

After Mass, all adjourned to the parish fellowship centre for refreshments and of course, the hot topic was the recent general election.

CWL Tg Aru calls on KK prelate

L-R Amy Yung, Monica Chung, Abp Wong, Datin Theresa William, Maria Lee pose for remembrance at the cheque presentation during the courtesy call at his office in Penampang on 30 Dec 2017.

PENAMPANG – The golden anniversary organising committee of the Stella Maris Catholic Women’s League (SMCWL) paid a courtesy call on Archbishop John Wong at his office at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here on 30 Dec 2017.

The objective of the call was to present a cheque of RM2000.00 in aid of the Catholic Centre Building Fund.

Datin Theresa William said the amount was part of the proceeds collected from the advertisements and sales of the anniversary dinner tickets.

The SMCWL celebrated its golden anniversary on Aug 17.  Abp Wong graced the function which was attended by 500 guests including the past presidents of the league.

The courtesy call was also to thank the prelate for his staunch support extended to the organising committee in the form of presiding at the thanksgiving Mass and gracing the anniversary dinner.

The four-member delegation comprised William and committee members Monica Chung, Maria Lee, and Amy Yung.

Tg Aru EAM marks 20th anniversary with yearlong activities

The members pose with Bishop Cornelius Piong at the Tatal Retreat Centre Keningau.

TANJUNG ARU – The Eucharistic Adoration Ministry (EAM) of Stella Maris Parish here marked its 2oth anniversary on 8 Dec 2017 with yearlong activities.

The programme began with a retreat on Jesus the Eucharistic Healer facilitated by Putri Karmel Sister Maximilliane Soon at Pace Bene on 10-12 March 2017 with 100 attendees.

On June 18, the members celebrated the anniversary Mass at the parish church during which they renewed their commitment to spend an hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament.  A Eucharistic procession was held after the Mass.

Over 200 members, families and friends attended the anniversary dinner on June 25 at a local restaurant.

The concluding activity was an overnight visit to the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon Keningau on July 29.  They had a guided tour of the church, Cross Tower, the statues of Mary and of the Holy Family.

They had fellowship with the Betania Komuniti Adorers who hosted a lunch for them and took them to visit Bishop Cornelius Piong at the Katedral St Francis Xavier.

The Keningau prelate celebrated Mass for the visitors, inspiring them with further insights of Eucharistic Adoration.  The day ended with a fellowship dinner where the visitors presented tokens of appreciation to the bishop and the Betania Komuniti Adorers.

The visit concluded the next day with a visit to the Gethsemane Garden in Tambunan.

The ministry was initiated by then pastor Father Francis Tsen.  It was officially launched by Bishop John Lee on 8 Dec 1997 with an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Since then there has been a committed adorer every hour, Monday-Saturday, 5:00 am-10:00 pm. Members are committed to spend an hour a week to adore the Lord, but some are committed to more than an hour a week.  Some have been coming for 20 years.

For those who wish to commit themselves,  please contact Elizabeth Chia @ 012-828 0409 and Cindy Tsen @ 016-817 5169 for further details. – EAM Stella Maris

Tg Aru celebrates Pentecost with a difference

Fr Abas (R) poses with the members of the Eucharistic Adoration Ministry at their booth, 4 June 2017, Tg Aru.

TANJUNG ARU – Stella Maris Parish here celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost with a difference on 3-4 June 2017.

Through the initiative of Father Peter Abas, assistant pastor, the various parish groups and ministries took part in a procession, followed by setting up of booths to showcase their diverse ministries and charisms.

In his homily, Fr Abas pointed out that the various talents and skills possessed by individuals are meant for the building up of the Body of Christ.  He urged the parishioners to make an effort to contribute positively: “Be a gift to God.” – Teresa Alberto

Legal fraternity celebrates 6th Red Mass

The legal practitioners pose with the concelebrants after Mass, 11 Mar 2017, Stella Maris Tg Aru.

TANJUNG ARU – The legal fraternity celebrated its sixth Red Mass at the Stella Maris Church here on 11 March 2017.

Archbishop John Wong presided at the Mass concelebrated with Msgr Primus Jouil.

Some 60 legal practitioners – mostly lawyers and a judge – attended the event, including some family members and others.

In his homily, Abp Wong dwelt on the liturgical readings (Mosaic Law and the greatest commandments) and called on those present to work for peace and justice and to do their work with compassion.

In her speech after the Mass, Mdm Ruth Marcus, coordinator of the Sabah Catholic Lawyers Association (SCLA), pointed out that the association has done its bit to tackle the three challenges faced by the Church today: Islamisation, secularisation and apathy.

She said that the threat to freedom of worship is real; and unless the country sets up a constitutional court the problem will never be solved.

SCLA has continued to offer its assistance by providing free legal advice on the “Law of Apostasy in Malaysia and its effect on family law” on weekends in a designated location.  It has also conducted talks on it and on the freedom of worship in parishes by invitation, as far as Kg Mansiat near Mount Trusmadi.

Regarding the ongoing issue of wrong or no issuance of birth certificates and identity cards, she said it is a complex issue.

SCLA does its best to help prepare a statutory declaration so that those concerned may be able to join RCIA classes and receive the sacraments of initiation.

Marcus also explained that the colour red signifies martyrdom, readiness to lay down one’s life.

She also took the opportunity to promote three titles for the members’ reading pleasure: Vatican Council II’s decree on the apostolate of the laity, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) and Laudato Si (Care for Mother Earth).

The event ended with a fellowship meal at the parish hall.


Tg Aru Parish bids farewell to Fr Aloysius

fr aloy

TANJUNG ARU – “You are never alone!” as a comforting thought, was especially dedicated to Fr Aloysius Fidelis (Fr Aloy as he is fondly known) during a thanksgiving dinner organised for him by the Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council at the Stella Maris Parish Hall here on 21 Nov 2015 prior to his transfer to Holy Family Residence Purak Papar on Dec 1.

Fr Aloy wanted just a small thanksgiving and not a farewell because he said he would be only “next door.”

Fr Aloy served in Stella Maris for a year and two months.  The parishioners were just getting used to him and enjoying his “singing” Mass when he was called to transfer.  As an obedient servant of God he continues his journey, but he is never alone as he has indeed won the hearts of Stella Maris parishioners.

The dinner would not be complete without Fr Aloy singing a song or two.  He obliged and did a duet with Angela Lee with a song Falling in Love with You and a solo entitled One Day at a Time.

“Thank you Fr Aloy for sharing your wisdom with Stella Maris Parish.  Keep singing for the Lord.” – Teresa Alberto.


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