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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HTC Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Fr. Johnny Raju's Priestly Ordination

BY JULITA, SOCCOM TAWAU
Fr Johnny Raju
Tawau : Some 300 parishioners gathered at Holy Trinity Parish Hall to celebrate the 12th Sacerdotal Ordination Anniversary of  Fr. Johnny Raju on Sunday 20th July 2014. Their presence is an indication of friendship, companionship and support to the priest, committed to serving us in the vineyard of the Lord.  
After his ordination on 20th July 2002, Fr. Raju has served in a few parishes under the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese, including Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. John Tuaran, and St. Edmund Kota Belud before assigned to Holy Trinity Parish in the Sandakan Diocese early January this year.
The PPC Vice-Chairman, Philip Lee in his welcoming speech congratulated Fr. Johnny Raju on his 12th Sacerdotal Ordination Anniversary.  He said, "It is always wonderful to be called to the priesthood. As priests people look up to you as their model of spiritual life. We believe that through your guidance, care and concern - you are an inspiration to all of us, motivating and giving us hope to live our lives as true Children of God."
Msgr Nicholas Ong, the rector in his address shared that proclaiming the Good News is and shall remain the core duty of a priest. He said, "I shall remain a priest because that's what I have been called for. I never regretted a single moment in my life to be called to the priesthood. Indeed, being a priest is always being renewed and remain spiritually young."
Fr. Johnny Raju has served Holy Trinity Parish for the last seven months. He is a firm, young and energetic priest.  He is always outstations serving mass. He expressed his gratitude and thanks to everyone for their support and prayer.
He said, "I thank the Lord for calling me to serve Him through the Neo-Catechumenal Way. As priests we are to live in simplicity and humility. I believe that every word that comes from a priest is a word of blessing . So I take this opportunity to bless you all. Please continue to pray for me in my sacred ministry."
The celebration was filled with a number of presentations from members of the various groups and communities. The event is also a moment of unity among the communities while giving thanks and praise to God for the great gift of priest in the person of Fr Johnny Raju. It is also the duty of the parishioners to give due recognition and appreciation to the priest for his witness and courage. To dear Fr Johnny Raju, we wish you, Ad Multos Annos!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Malaysian Catholic Youth Ministers Committee (MCYMC) Meeting

DS / st
Photos by Kevin Eruthayanathan
Group photo with Archbishop Elect Rev Julian Leow ( seated 3rd left )
Port Dickson : 28 representatives of the Malaysian Catholic Youth Ministers Committee (MCYMC)  from the nine arch / dioceses convened at Champagnat Youth Centre (Marist Brothers) here, for the annual meeting from 7th to 11th July. 

Fr. Ronnie Luni from the Diocese of Keningau presided over the Opening Mass at the Centre's Chapel. In his homily, among others he said, "Out of so many young leaders, you were chosen and appointed to lead the young people through this tough and challenging time in Malaysia. To lead them in their fears and tears, to guide and encourage them to find hope through the guidance and teachings of Christ Jesus. Be their hope" 

The meeting proper began with presentations of reports on program implemented, up-coming program and challenges faced by each arch / diocese. After the reporting sessions, MCYMC discussed on the common trends encountered in their own respective arch / diocese using the see-judge-act approach. The main challenges faced by the Catholic youths in Malaysia are ;
  1. Conversion to other religions
  2. Conversion to other denominations
  3. Lack of youth leaders and full time pastoral worker
  4. Migration and it's problem
  5. Lack of holistic faith formation
From the 5-day and 4-night meeting, MCYMC came out with an action plan to be adopted at the National and Diocesan level. One of the action plans at national level is the Malaysian Catholic Campus Students' Day which will be held in the Archdiocese of Kuching from 14th to 20th July 2015. At the diocesan level, a joint prayer with other denominations and other religions as well as holding talks on conversion to other religions and a series of awareness programs on the issue will be held.
On Thursday afternoon 10th July, MCYMC visited Our Lady of Lourdes' Church in Klang. During the visit, Fr. Michael Chua, the Parish Priest shared and enriched us in the understanding  of other religions in the country. It is an interesting talk and at the same time an eye opener where we were exposed to the background of other religions practiced in the country.

On the last day of the meeting, 11th July we were blessed to have Archbishop Elect Rev Julian Leow to be with us during the Closing Mass. The prelate shared that the Youth and Campus Ministry has been carved out from the Lay Apostolate and he will be in charge of the said Ministry effective 2015.

According to the prelate, the youth ministry is a place where our young people should have a sense of belonging where they can feel safe and can share especially in the world today. It is important to give them this avenue to pour out their problems and concerns. As a youth minister, we play an important role to guide them in today's world. Youth are not the leaders for tomorrow but leaders of today. 

All of us have baggage(s) and brokenness in ourselves. We are to help them to nurture them and to heal, so they would not propagate the brokenness to others. There is so much to be done in today's world, especially on "the path of no return" - conversion to other religion. Therefore we need to start from our young people, inculcating values, goodness and respect for others. To see all of you here is a sign that the young people are near to our heart. Before he ended his speech, he asked the youth ministers to pray for him in his new journey.

Bengkel Penulisan dan Fotografi oleh DSCC

Oleh AAG, Soccom Sandakan
Sandakan – Komisi Komunikasi Sosial Keuskupan Sandakan telah menganjurkan Bengkel Penulisan dan Fotografi pada 19 hingga 20 Julai di Bilik Mesyuarat Keuskupan yang mana telah dihadiri oleh para peserta dari Paroki St. Martin, Telupid dan Paroki Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan.
Jack Tong Ming Jet
Jack Tong dibantu oleh rakan-rakannya
Saudara Jack Tong Ming Jet, seorang Jurugambar Komersial dan Profesional telah menyampaikan Sesi Fotografi. Beliau telah mengongsikan pengalamannya selama 5 tahun berkenaan jenis-jenis kamera (compact dan DSLR), cara mengendali kamera, mengenali kunci dan panduan jenis kamera yang digunakan serta tip-tip berguna kepada semua peserta.
Sdr. Dalius Lobinjang dari Komisi Sosial Komunikasi, penganjur bengkel
Selesai sesi teori, para peserta didedahkan dengan aktiviti luar dengan mengambil gambar kemudian setiap gambar yang diambil akan diberi komen. Komen-komen tersebut sangat berguna dan dapat membantu setiap peserta untuk mempelajari teknik yang betul dan memperbaiki cara pengambilan gambar untuk hasil yang lebih berkesan.
Francis Tan
Peserta Bengkel
Saudara Francis Tan, Setiausaha Eksekutif telah menyampaikan Sesi Penulisan. Para peserta didedahkan beberapa teknik asas dalam penulisan. Penulisan ini bertujuan melatih peserta untuk menulis berita bagi acara-acara anjuran paroki, komuniti atau kumpulan pelayanan dengan lebih baik agar mesej dapat disampaikan dengan lebih berkesan dan menepati isi berita. Para peserta juga diberi latihan singkat bagaimana untuk menulis pendahuluan berita agar mesej utama dapat disampaikan dengan baik dan jelas. Para peserta juga didedahkan bagaimana cara dan jenis soalan yang perlu disoal ketika menemuramah seseorang.
Selesai sesi, Bapa Uskup Julius Dusin Gitom menyampaikan harapan beliau agar paroki-paroki di Keuskupan Sandakan dapat terus menyumbang berita bagi apa saja yang berlaku di paroki masing-masing kerana melalui aktiviti seperti ini, ianya dapat menyampaikan Khabar Baik kepada semua umat. Dengan menyahut seruan Bapa Suci Fransiskus, beliau menyarankan agar alat-alat telekomunikasi moden dan canggih hendaklah diguna dengan sepenuhnya dalam penyebaran cinta kasih dan mesej penyelamatan kepada semua umat “sampai ke hujung bumi” (Kis 1:8).
Bapa Uskup Julius menyampaikan Sijil Penyertaan kepada setiap peserta dan juga sumbangan dari Keuskupan Sandakan berupa 'voice recorder' kepada perwakilan dari Paroki Telupid dan Sandakan di atas sumbangan berita dan gambar sejak wujudnya Blog 'Newsupdate Sandakan' sejak 2009.
Bengkel diakhiri dengan acara bergambar beramai-ramai bersama Bapa Uskup Julius dan makan tengahari.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

KUIZ ALKITAB SEMPENA MINGGU ALKITAB DAN PERTANDINGAN BOLA TAMPAR

Artikel dan foto oleh SOCCOM Lahad Datu

Lahad Datu : Setiap minggu kedua bulan Julai merupakan Minggu Alkitab bagi rantau Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei dan Singapura. Minggu Alkitab bertujuan mendorong para umat Kristian mendalami Alkitab itu sendiri. 
Terdapat 73 buah buku yang telah digabungkan untuk membentuk Alkitab kita pada hari ini. 46 buku telah dikarang sebelum kelahiran Kristus  (1400-400BC) juga merupakan perjanjian Tuhan kepada umat Israel dan 27 buku lagi dikarang selepas Kristus wafat (48-65AD). Alkitab yang kita agungkan ini telah dijaga agar kita semua dapat melihat kebenaran yang telah berlaku sepanjang kejadian akan keagungan kuasa Tuhan kita.
Pada Ahad, 13 Julai 2014sempena menyambut Hari Minggu Alkitab, Komiti Lektor telah mengadakan kuiz Alkitab terbuka kepada seluruh warga Kristian Katolik. Apa yang menariknya ialah penyertaan kuiz ini juga dibuka kepada KKD; 3 orang ahli bagi setiap kumpulan tanpa mengira peringkat usia.
Program telah selaraskan oleh saudara Teodolfo Rosalia Jr @ Bing2. Acara ini telah disertai oleh 10 kumpulan dengan jumlah 30 orang peserta yang bermula pada 11 pagi dan berakhir kira-kira 2.30 petang. 

Pada pusingan pertama, para peserta diberi beberapa paparan berkaitan ilmu Alkitab. Pihak penganjur telah mengambil langkah untuk memastikan agar kuiz tersebut dilaksanakan tanpa sebarang masalah teknikal.
Soalan-soalan yang digubal, diinspirasikan dari kejadian dalam Alkitab bagi menguji sejauh manakah peserta-peserta ini mengetahui intipati di dalam Alkitab. Cara pengendalian kuiz berpandukan ‘slide’ dan para peserta diberikan peluang untuk memilih nombor soalan yang mereka ingin jawab.

Berikut merupakan pemenang bagi kuiz Alkitab:

  • Tempat Pertama :  Stasi luar St. Petrus, Sandau
  • Tempat Kedua    :  KKD Taman Pertama 1
  • Tempat Ketiga    : KKD Kg. Kenangan
Apa yang telah tertulis di dalam Alkitab merupakan pedoman bagi setiap umat Katolik. Sesungguhnya Tuhan Yesus menyanyangi setiap peribadi kita. Apa yang perlu kita lakukan? Mudah saja, carilah dulu Kerajaan Allah dan kebenarannya, maka semua itu akan ditambahkan kepada-mu (Mat 6:35).
Pada hari yang sama, kira-kira 4 petang, Komiti Pastoral Indonesia (KPI) telah menganjurkan Pertandingan Bola Tampar. Penyertaan adalahlah melalui KKD masing-masing dan terdapat dua kategori iaitu lelaki dan perempuan.
Pertandingan ini berlangsung sehingga 9 malam dan akan bersambung semula pada hari Sabtu dan Ahad yang akan datang.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

《勇敢的小麦子》

《勇敢的小麦子》
圣玛莉主教座堂华文主日学圣召日

       2014713日是圣教会的圣经主日,圣玛莉主教座堂华文主日学适逢圣经主日举办了圣经比赛及圣召日。所有四年级至坚振班的学生受邀参加。学生们于当天早上八时三十分在主日学楼进行分组及破冰游戏。

            破冰游戏后,学生们移步到活动中心继续圣召日的节目。在歌唱赞美之后,便是大班的圣经比赛。学生们必须在45分钟内争取时间翻阅圣经以便能够回答试卷上的问题。圣经比赛后,几位圣母军的同学带领大家诵念一串玫瑰经,这让一些未曾念过玫瑰经的同学认识并学习如何念玫瑰经。接着,主日学邀请黄敬福兄弟为讲座会的主讲人,通过这场讲座,学生们对于圣经以及玫瑰经有了更深一层的了解,获益良多。

            午餐后,为了“消灭” 学生们的睡意,老师们带领学生们以歌唱赞美热身。紧接着就是大地游戏,学生们在各自的组别内彼此合作,使用经曲破解谜题,也必须使用有限的工具和材料过关斩将,颇具挑战性。一轮游戏后,疲惫的学生们汗流浃背,在食堂内集合。老师们也准备了下午茶来补充学生们的体力。

            休息后,就是信任游戏。学生们必须蒙上眼睛,一个接一个由老师们带领进入“森林”。学生们在老师的带领下,顺利地完成了指定路线,又是爬、又是蹲,也不知道脚下踩的是什么东西,但是因着学生与学生之间以及学生与老师之间的彼此信任,这项游戏得以顺利进行。学生们更是成为了勇敢的小麦子!

            圣召营接近尾声,却是学生们期待的颁奖仪式。奖品分别颁发给圣经比赛的得奖同学、最佳组别以及最佳营员。圣召营于下午五时结束,勇敢的小麦子们互相道别,期待下一次的圣召营。








文:陈乐怡

图:黄以轩、黄以轾

圣经常识比赛

  圣玛莉主教座堂华协属下主日学圣经常识比赛

      2014713日是圣教会的圣经主日。因此,圣玛莉主教座堂华协属下主日学于圣经主日当天举办了圣经比赛。
       
     圣经常识比赛在八时半在活动中心进行。幼儿班到三年级分别进行填色比赛及念圣咏比赛;四年级至坚振班的学生则是翻阅圣经比赛,学生们必须在45分钟内争取时间翻阅圣经以便能够回答试卷上的问题。
     
      圣经常识比赛为时一小时,在颁奖予各组的优胜者后便圆满结束。
  







         
文:陈乐怡
图:黄以轩、黄以轾

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