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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

兒童聖道禮儀舉辦兒童彌撒

BY EDWARD KOH AND 
PHOTOS BY JOHN WONG
HTC PARISH SOCCOM, TAWAU
(斗湖訊) 在学校還沒放假之前,儿童圣道礼仪及主日学于119日早上七点举行了一台儿童弥撒。当天弥撒的歌咏团,领经员,读经员,收奉献及奉献礼品都是由学生们负责。这次举办儿童弥撒的目的是让儿童们能更深入的参与弥撒圣祭。同时也藉此培养他们将来在教会服务.在還沒結束前,神父非常高興看到那麼多兒童踴躍參與並鼓吹家長們應多鼓勵自己孩子參與教會團體,堅固他們的信德為主事奉。愛主愛人的心畢竟要從家裡開始和成長.弥撒开始以普天地颂扬天主作为进堂咏,以礼成咏 跟随主 作为结束。

Preparatory Meeting For The Third Bishops' Institute For Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth

By DS / st

Front row 1st left : Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei and 3rd left, Bishop Baylon of Legazpi, Philippines
KOTA KINABALU : A preparatory meeting on the third Bishops' Institute For Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth was held from 11th to 14th November in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu. Two bishops, six priests, three religious sisters and nine full time pastoral workers from across Asia convened for the 4-day meeting.
From left, Holly Mok - Hong Kong, Ahran - Korea Fr. Joseph Park - Korea, Anna Teresa - Diocese of Sandakan, Sr. Dora, Sheerah - Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu and Winnie Su - Taiwan
The first Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate on Youth (BILA on Youth) was held in 1997 in Tagaytay City, Philippines, themed "Youth in the Social Economic Development of Asia: A Challenge to Integrate Faith in Youth Life and Work". Some of the fruits of the first gathering were the Asian Youth Gathering, Asian Youth Day and Asian Youth Ministers' Meeting which became the main event organized by the Youth Desk.

The second BILA on Youth was held on 2007 in Johor, Malaysia, themed "Youth Ministry in Asia: Reliving the Emmaus Story". From this gathering, regular meetings and formations have been organized by the Youth Desk together with the sub-regional representatives. This has enabled them to respond to common realities in a more systematic way.

The third BILA on Youth will be held on 1st to 5th August 2015 in Pace Bene, Papar with the theme "Catholic Youth : Transformed by Christ and His Church; Transforming Asia". The objectives are to empower participants in motivating and shepherding young people as agents of the Gospel in the face of the burning issues today and at the same time to establish networks and resources that will recognize and support pastoral workers in Youth Apostolate in Asian countries. One hundred and twenty participants from all over Asia are targeted to join the program.

Through this fruitful meeting and gathering, a friendship bond has been build among those who serve full time in the youth ministry throughout Asia.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hari Paroki SMC Ke-48

Ditulis oleh Lawrence Matusin
Foto oleh Bertram Lansing dan Javy J. Litak, SOCCOM Paroki
TELUPID-Perayaan Hari Paroki yang ke 48 Paroki Telupid telah berlangsung di Gereja Santo Martin Telupid pada 16 November lalu yang diselebrankan oleh Uskup Datuk Julius Dusin Gitom.
Seluruh stasi luar Paroki Telupid telah diwakili untuk menghadiri perayaan tersebut. Tema perayaan pada tahun ini adalah “Setia Bekerja Di Ladang Tuhan (Mat 25:19-21).”
Uskup dalam homilinya menekankan kepada umat khususnya Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD) untuk terus berusaha bekerja di ‘ladang’ Tuhan yang berperanan menjadi pembangun semangat kekeluargaan, kegerejaan dan kemasyarakatan.
Beliau juga mengucapkan tahniah kepada para penerima sakramen penguatan dan berharap agar mereka akan terus melibatkan diri di dalam pelayanan.

Paderi paroki, Fr. Jasery Gabuk dalam ucapannya berkata semangat bersatu padu, iman yang tumbuh, persekutuan yang erat dan cintakasih jelas ditunjukkan oleh semua pihak terutama sekali KKD di dalam persiapan perayaan ini. Menurut beliau perayaan pada tahun ini berjaya atas bantuan dan kerjasama sepenuhnya daripada KKD.

SELEPAS MISAKUDUS BEBERAPA ACARA MENARIK
Sementara itu, Pengerusi Perayaan Sdra. Roger Sebastian Enty mengucapkan berbanyak terima kasih kepada  Uskup Julius kerana hadir pada perayaan kali ini. Beliau juga turut merakamkan penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada umat yang menghulurkan derma dan sokongan untuk menjayakan perayaan ini.
Selepas Perayaan Kesyukuran, acara pentas telah diadakan di perkarangan Asrama Pride yang turut menyaksikan persembahan dari pelbagai komuniti sekitar paroki.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bishop Julius Celebrates 25 Years As a Priest

BY DS
Sandakan : About 200 parishioners gathered at St Joseph's Church to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bishop Julius and the 36th anniversary of Fr Thomas Makajil's ordination to the priesthood, Wednesday 19th November 2014 at St Joseph's Church.
Con-celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass were Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, seven Diocesan Priests and five other priests, all former classmates of Bishop Julius at St Peter's College, Major Seminary, Kuching. 

Also present at the celebration were Sr Grace Deosing fsic, Superior General of FSIC, religious sisters of FSIC, RGS and religious brothers of SG.
The prelate attended St Peter's College, Kuching from April 1982 - May 1988. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Emeritus John Lee on 19th November 1989 at St Pius X Bundu Tuhan. He holds a licentiate in Moral Theology, a master degree in Spiritual Theology and a licentiate on Canon Law. He lectured on spirituality at St Peter's College from 2000-2003. He was elevated as Bishop of Sandakan in July 2007.
In his introductory note , Bishop Julius said, 'The priesthood is the gift of God to the community. It is a sign of God's love, a sign that He cares for us and a sign of His presence among us.'

Bishop Julius' family members
L-R : Fr Simon Poh of Kuching, Fr James Ting of Sibu, Bishop Julius, Fr Justin Dan of Miri, Fr Benedict of Keningau and Fr Boniface of Keningau (Bishop's former classmates)
Bishop Julius with Bishop Cornelius (3rd from left) and all diocesan priests and former classmates at SPC Kuching
In his homily, he shared that each of us has some religious experience where one feels the closeness of God.  He invited parishioners to recall on their personal religious experience, the precious moment encountering God. Those are special moments in life, giving us joy, hope and confidence.
Bishop Julius with Sr Grace fsic (3rd from right) and members of the congregation
As regards to the talents gifted us by God, he said, 'Use them or lose them.' He called on everyone to use all possible opportunities to use their time and talent for the service of others for the glory of God.

Bishop Cornelius (2nd left)
After the celebration, parishioners proceeded to Bishop's Residence, a short distant from the church for the Blessing of the new Home led by Bishop Cornelius of Keningau.
After seven years of its establishment, the Diocese of Sandakan has eventually acquired a permanent home for the Bishop. Bishop Julius was overwhelmed and extended his appreciation to all attendees for being present. 

Diocesan staff
He conveyed a special thank you to the good Samaritan who paid for the house and all renovation work. The diocese is deeply indebted to him for his generosity. He also thanked all those who were involved in ensuring that the house could be put in place according to schedule.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3 in 1 SACERDOTAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Report by Dalius LL
Photos by Bell and Helen
L-R : Pilis Malim, PPC Chairman, Bishop Julius and Fr Thomas Makajil
Sandakan: Around 600 parishioners of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish and sub-parishes joined in solidarity in celebrating the priesthood anniversaries of their shepherds, Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom on his 25th anniversary on 19th November (1989 – 2014), Msgr. Nicholas Ong on his 36th anniversary on 3rd October (1978 – 2014) and  Fr. Thomas Makajil on his 36th anniversary on 11th November (1978 – 2014).
The special occasion was marked with a 3 in 1 Anniversary Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Fellowship, organised by the Parish Pastoral Council on 16th November 2014 at 7.00pm at the Parish Hall with the Chinese, Kadazandusun, Filipino and Timorese communities bringing their traditional dishes to be shared in a family spirit.  
Fr Phillip Muji (green t-shirt) and Fr Sunny (with cap)
The introduction was filled with a joyous atmosphere with the entrance of Bishop Julius and Fr. Thomas accompanied by the beating of the Kadazan gongs, followed by a song entitled “If We Hold on Together”, presented by the two assistant rectors Fr. Phillip Muji and Fr. Sunny Chung with backup singing from the four masters of ceremony.
In his thanksgiving address, Fr. Thomas conveyed his appreciation to all who had taken the trouble to organize and joining the priests in thanking the Lord for the gift of priesthood bestowed upon the three of them. Unfortunately, Msgr. Nicholas Ong was not able to attend the fellowship as he is in Singapore undergoing medical treatment. He called upon the parishioners to uphold him in their prayers always. In his sharing Fr. Thomas said, “As I reflect on my 36 years as a priest, I did not realize the years would past so fast. It was just like yesterday that I was ordained a priest. With your continuous prayer, support and friendship, it has indeed strengthened me in my service”.  
In his address, Bishop Julius conveyed his gratitude to all the parishioners who pray, support, encourage and honour their clergy. He noted that the coming of the parishioners for the fellowship as a big and united family is a reflection of a Christian community without barriers of language, race and custom.  He acknowledged that at times he faced trials and challenges in life however he could overcome them because of God's grace. He encouraged the youth who may have the calling for the priesthood or religious life not to be distracted by worldly things but to rely on God's strength and grace. He advice the young people to be more attentive to the voice of God and to respond positively to follow Him.

A poem dedicated to Bishop Julius, Msgr Nicholas and Fr Thomas
A wide range of entertainment was presented during the occasion; choirs by the combined Basic Ecclesial Communities, dances from Nurses Guild, traditional dance by the Timorese community, sketches from the Youth Apostolate, slide presentation on the ordination of Bishop Julius and Fr. Thomas by the Kadazan Community Committee and songs by talented individuals. Even the children of the Sunday school took part by presenting a poem recitation in appreciation of the three priests, which captivated the attendees.
The thanksgiving fellowship ended slightly at 10.00pm with parishioners taking the opportunity to congratulate Bishop Julius and Fr. Thomas.
“The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – St. John Marie Vianey.

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