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Saturday, August 23, 2014

MAJLIS MAKAN MALAM AMAL UNTUK DANA PEMBANGUNAN DEWAN IBADAT ST.DOMINIC, LAHAD DATU

Gambar dan artikel oleh SOCCOM SDC Lahad Datu.
Fr Simon Kontou menyampaikan ucapan alu-aluannya
Lahad Datu : Lebih dari 800 hadirin, terdiri daripada umat Paroki St. Dominic sendiri, Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau dan Paroki Katedral St. Mary Sandakan telah hadir ke Majlis Makan Malam Amal untuk mengumpul dana bagi pembanguan Dewan Ibadat St. Dominic, Lahad Datu pada Sabtu, 9hb Ogos 2014.
Hampir semua stasi luar turut menghantar wakil bagi menyokong Majlis Makan Malam Amal ini. Majlis telah bermula tepat 7.00 malam dan berakhir pada 11.00 malam.
Tetamu Kehormat, Bapa Uskup Julius Dusin Gitom turut hadir ke majlis tersebut. Kehadiran beliau, selain memberi sokongan padu juga telah menyerikan lagi majlis berkenaan. Majlis telah dimulakan dengan tarian “Rampaian” yang disertai oleh penari dari pelbagai kaum dan bangsa yang melambangkan kepelbagaian bangsa dan budaya di Paroki St.Dominic.
Program diteruskan dengan persembahan-persembahan daripada umat sendiri. Father Simon Kontou, Paderi Paroki dan Father Marcelinus, pembantu Paderi Paroki turut membuat persembahan dengan tajaan lagu tidak kurang dari RM 7000 (RM Tujuh Ribu Sahaja) seorang.
Semua persembahan lagu-lagu pada malam tersebut merupakan persembahan yang di taja. Dana yang dikumpul adalah untuk Tabung Pembangunan Dewan Ibadat Paroki St.Dominic, Lahad Datu.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 131st Anniversary of St Mary's Cathedral, Sandakan

BY DALIUS LL, SOCCOM SANDAKAN
Sandakan: The Parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated its 131st anniversary on 17th August 2014 with a 5-day program leading to the commemoration of the founding day.  
The first 2 days, 12th and 13th August were set for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Taize prayers headed by the Franciscan Sisters. The third day, 14th August was catechesis sessions on Mother Mary in 3 languages; English by Fr. Thomal Makajil, Bahasa by Fr. Philip Muji and Chinese by Fr. Sunny Chung.
The fourth day, 15th August, parishioners witnessed the Blessing and Launching of the Rosary Monument and the Marian Rosary Corridor by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom, followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary along the newly opened corridor. On the fifth day, 16th August was a 12-hour non-stop Rosary Rally at the Cathedral, followed by the Assumption Mass.

The Mass was presided over by Bishop Julius, con celebrated by Fr Thomas Makajil, the rector, Fr Philip Muji and Fr Sunnny Chung, the assistant rectors and Fr Antony Savarimuthu of Heilbronn, Germany.
During the Mass, 12 new Parish Pastoral Council members for a two-year term, 2014 - 2016 were commissioned by the presider.
Fr Antony, the Spiritual Director of the 12-member delegation from Heilbronn was on a 3-week biennial Sabah Heilbronn Ecumenical Partnership (SHEP) exchange visit to Sabah. 
The following day, 17th August was the 131st Parish Day celebration. It began with a fun-filled telematch, soon after the BM Mass between the various BECs which lasted till late afternoon. After the English Evening Mass everyone adjourned to the Parish Hall for a pot-luck dinner fellowship.
Beside Bishop Julius as the guest of honour, this year celebration was more meaningful with the presence of 12 Germans guests (6 Catholics and 6 Lutherans) who were here coincidentally for their biennial Sabah Heilbronn Ecumenical Partnership exchange program.
In his welcoming address, the Rector Fr. Thomas Makajil pointed out that for the past few days all activities were meant to bind family ties and to unite all the parishioners under the parish. He added that the program was not merely on social but more towards spiritual development.   
Fr. Thomas also took the opportunity to thank Bishop Julius who mooted the idea of the Marian Rosary Corridor and the blessing of the Rosary monument two days ago. These features have indeed added another milestone to the identity of the Marian Pilgrimage Center for the Parish and for the Diocese of Sandakan.
To date, the Parish has built the Marian Book Center, the Home Stay Center and Garage Shop which is near completion.  He also acknowledged those people who worked diligently behind the scene towards realizing the dream. He hoped and called upon everyone to take the challenge to promote the identity of Mother Mary as the Patron Saint of the Cathedral Parish.
Apart from the sumptuous foods, the evening was filled with a range of entertainments from the various communities of the parish. The celebration concluded at 9.30pm with Fr. Sunny saying the Closing Prayer.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pelancaran Tiket Bertuah Untuk Dana Pusat Pastoral, SMC

Teks dan foto: SOCCOM Telupid
TELUPID–Paroki St. Martin secara rasminya melancarkan cabutan tiket bertuah bagi menampung dana buat pembinaan Pusat Pastoral yang dianggarkan berjumlah RM 1.1juta, Ahad 17hb Ogos 2014.
AJK Dana Pembinaan yang dipengerusikan oleh Sdra Albert Andau, telah menggariskan beberapa usaha untuk menggumpul dana sebanyak RM500 ribu antara lain adalah acara cabutan tiket bertuah selain derma perseorangan serta beberapa aktiviti yang lain.
Ketika pelancaran, Paderi Paroki Fr. Jasery menjelaskan bahawa hadiah yang bakal dimenangi berjumlah lebih kurang RM30 ribu akan dibawa pulang bagi mereka yang bertuah.
Fr Jasery bersama Toyota Corolla dan AJK Dana Pembinaan Pusat Pastoral
Hadiah utama merupakan sebuah kereta Toyota Corolla 1.3 Model AE80 yang didermakan sendiri oleh Fr. Jasery. Manakala hadiah kedua merupakan sebuah Motorsikal Modenas 100cc, ketiga sebuah Komputer riba jenis Acer 14”, keempat sebuah TV Sony 29” dan 40 hadiah saguhati berupa hamper bernilai RM100 dan barangan letrik.
Fr. Jasery mengharapkan agarnya umat terus menyokong usaha ini dan ia akan berlegar di seluruh diosis termasuk Sandakan, Lahad Datu dan Tawau.
"Marilah kita bersatu untuk mencapai sasaran ini dengan sokongan yang mantap demi untuk kemudahan umat setempat dan kemajuan fizikal di diosis amya," jelas  Fr. Jasery.

Monday, August 18, 2014

为配合堂庆,山打根圣玛莉主教座堂在同一天,也就是814日晚上8时正,三个不同的语文组同一时候举办以圣母以及玫瑰经为主题的讲座,而华文组的是有钟胜利神父主讲。当晚大约60多位教友把慕道班课室挤得满满的,神父还特别开了个玩笑说感谢大家对神父他的支持。
神父以解析信仰是根据圣经、教会传统以及教会教导而 存在的来开始讲座。
通过圣经,我们清楚知道玛丽亚是一位来自加里肋亚的小镇-纳匝肋的一位犹太女子,在新约里玛丽亚更被称为耶稣的母亲。神父在讲解中更准备了好一些的圣经章节,让教友们能够翻阅这些章节,更深一层地了解圣母的背景。
圣母在领受天使加百列预报耶稣的诞生并且将要成为天主 的母亲就开始参与了耶稣的救赎工程。圣母也可以说是耶稣的第一个门徒,因为从出世开始到被钉死在十字架上,圣母都不离不弃地陪同耶稣身边。
圣经没记载玛丽亚的死亡,但是教会传统相信圣母是肉体及灵魂一齐直接被接升天的。神父强调我们教会特别尊敬圣母,但这与崇拜是完全不同的。
在讲座里,神父更为教友逐一的解释关于教会深信圣母玛丽亚的五端信理:
1.          天主之母-玛丽亚是耶稣的母亲
2.          终身童贞 圣母因圣神受孕
3.          蒙召升天-圣母的肉身与灵魂一同被提升到天国
4.          无染原罪-天主赐予圣母无原罪的特恩
5.          圣母是耶稣救世工程里的一分子,积极参与了救赎工作

在讲座的最后,神父提醒教友圣母玛丽亚不但是我们的模范,更是我们的中保。圣母就像母亲一般地爱我们,领我们走向耶稣,所以敬礼圣母是做教友应尽 的本分。






文:陈义鸣
图:戴伟邦


Saturday, August 16, 2014

OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE MARIAN ROSARY CORRIDOR

DALIUS LL, SOCCOM Sandakan
Sandakan: Around 400 parishioners gathered at St. Mary's Parish Hall yesterday morning, 15th August 2014 to witness the official launching of the Marian Rosary Corridor of some 700 meters at the Marian Mount, graced by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom.
Exactly a year ago, during the Feast of Assumption, on 15th August 2013, Bishop Julius declared St Mary's Cathedral as the Diocesan Pilgrimage Center. The clergy and the lay leaders responded positively and worked tirelessly towards putting in place the Rosary Corridor in time for the annual Rosary Rally.
The occasion marked another historical event for the Cathedral. The Rosary Corridor is another added landmark in promoting St. Mary as a pilgrimage center. The Cathedral situated on some 5 acres of a little hilly slope, at the edge of the town center has the following to offer to visitors; the more than 50-year old Cathedral Building, St Mary's School, the first school in the then British North Borneo, the four tombs of the Foreign Missionaries, the 3-storey Diocesan Pastoral and Worship Centre, the lush greenery and the scenic view of the town and the Sulu sea. 
Pilis Malim, the PPC Chairman and the prime mover of the Rosary Corridor welcomed all who had made it to the occasion, lending support to the auspicious event in spite of the working day. 
The event started with the Proclamation of the Gospel according to Luke followed by a reflection by Fr. Thomas Makajil, the Rector.  He related that Mary's visitation reminds us of the element of visitation, not merely restricted to members of the community but also to holy places. He called on everyone to continue to pray and with the intercession of Mother Mary as the Patron Saint of the Parish, will eventually make St. Mary 's Cathedral a popular pilgrimage center.
In his opening remark, Bishop Julius invited everyone to pray for the victims and family members of MH17, to pray for the conflict in the Middle East and to pray for the Christian persecution in Syria and Iraq. He expressed his gratitude to all individuals and groups who had been working hard in promoting the parish as a pilgrimage center. The set-up of the Rosary Corridor marks the starting point towards the next challenge of building a chapel on top of Marian Mount  The prelate said that the dream would come true as long as we have faith - stay positive and remain hopeful and surrender in prayers. The reality will definitely please Mother Mary and would bring people closer to God. 

He called upon the parishioners to make use of the Marian Rosary Corridor and he hoped that they will experience God’s love, God’s graces and blessings while praying the rosary at this corridor.  He encouraged all groups and BECs to fully utilize the corridor to build up one's spiritual life as well as maintaining the natural outlook of the corridor. 
After having graced the launching of the rosary corridor, a procession of the crucifix was made to the rosary monument at the foot of Marian Mount right in front of St Mary's Convent, where the prelate, accompanied by the Rector and his assistants hung the crucifix to a 25-foot bright yellow colored giant rosary. Right after the blessing of the rosary, parishioners walked along the Rosary Corridor trail, stopping and reciting the mysteries at all the five stations. 
The event concluded with light refreshment at the Parish Canteen.

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