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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Article : Airene Anne A. Gumanas | 
Photos : Arthur Ambrose, Leonard Sabinus, Alex Tai, 
Albinus @ Fojintius John Rabi and Helda Joanna

Sandakan : Some 1,200 parishioners from across the Diocese of Sandakan converged at St Mary's Cathedral to witness the Diaconate Ordination of Christopher Ireneus on Monday, 18th July 2016 by Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom, the Bishop of Sandakan. The ordination marks a historical milestone in the Diocese of Sandakan as Christopher is the third candidate to be elevated to the Holy Orders as a Deacon since the inception of the Diocese in 2007.
The Eucharistic Celebration was con celebrated by 11 other priests from the Dioceses of Sandakan and Keningau. Also present was Fr. Terry Burke, MHM, a Professor from St. Peter’s College, Sarawak.
Deacon Christopher Ireneus with his parents
Presentation of the Candidate by Fr. Thomas Makajil
The prelate in the rite of acceptance addressed the candidate, “as deacon you are to help the priests and the bishop in the ministry of the word, of the altar and charity showing yourself to be servant of all. With the help of God, you are to go about all these duties in such a way that you will be recognized as a disciple of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve. You are a minister of Jesus Christ and you are to serve like the disciples and to do the will of God. Serve the people with love and joy.”
Promise of Obedience
Litany of the Saints
Laying of hands
Investiture with Stole and Dalmatic
Presentation of the Book of Gospels
Kiss of Peace - Peace Be With You
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
In his address to the people, the prelate said, "I am glad that you are here to witness this rare occasion, a cause of great rejoicing. We thank the Lord for his blessings for the gift of Deacon Christopher Ireneus to help ensure that the saving work of His son Jesus Christ will continue in his Church. Do journey with him, pray for him and don’t spoil him.”
Bishop Julius delivering his speech
The prelate extended his appreciation to the parents and family for giving one of their child to answer the Lord’s calling. He also thanked Deacon Christopher for responding to God's call and for his generosity, the formators of St. Peter’s College (Major Seminary) Kuching, Sarawak for their guidance, to his assistants, Fr. Sunny Chung and Fr. Stanley William Matakim and the Organizing Committee of this event and all those involved in one way or the other in making this day a momentous occasion.
Deacon Christopher with his parents and siblings
Deacon Christopher with his brother/sister-in-laws
Family and Relatives
In his speech, the newly ordained Deacon took the opportunity to thank the Bishop, his parents, teachers, clergy, religious sisters, spiritual director, rector, formators and professors at St. Peter's College Kuching, Sarawak for their prayers, support, advice, guidance and encouragement throughout his formation process to become a servant in Christ’s vineyard – sharing in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way.

“I have heard this call within my heart, despite my multiple sins and shortcomings, the call remains. Today I pledge to continue answering this call to the best of my ability, knowing that nothing is possible without God. Today is a day to celebrate – to celebrate the grace that God has given to us. I thank those who have journeyed with me throughout the years–supported me in prayer as well as through your friendship and love. Each person here represents a family, a faith community. I urge everyone of you to continue to promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood and religious life. Let those at home know that today you witness the glory of God’s abundant blessing. He has given us life to serve one another, and life in us is the glory of God (St. Irenaeus). As a human being, there will be a time of dryness, sinfulness and weaknesses. But I take courage from St. Paul, as he says, “For it is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Cor. 12 9-12).
But I take courage from St. Paul, as he says, “For it is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Cor. 12 9-12)
Deacon Christopher Ireneus became the 3rd candidate from the Diocese to be ordained deacon in the history of the diocese. Please continue to pray for him for his preparation to the priesthood. May God accompany our new deacon as he begins his diaconate service with the Diocese of Sandakan. God has granted us our prayer for more vocations. Continue to pray; ask, seek and knock as in Matthew 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Deacon Christopher Ireneus with Bishop Julius and the Clergy
With Bishop Julius and Sisters from the congregations of RGS and FSIC
St. Mary's Cathedral Altar Servers and the Choirs
Deacon Christopher with the Organizing Committee and friends
Deacon Christopher and Seminarians
After the Eucharistic Celebration, the faithful adjourned to the Parish Hall for a dinner fellowship.
Cake cutting ceremony
Fellowship at SMPC Hall
Our Newly-Ordained Deacon Christopher Ireneus
Christopher Ireneus, a 35-year old Dusun Labuk, hails from Kg. Kiabau, Telupid. He was born to Ireneus Anun and Rosinah Saleh. He attended primary school at SK Kiabau, Telupid, secondary school at SMK Telupid and transferred to SMK Sandakan. He continued his study in Uitm Shah Alam and worked briefly as a teacher before entering the Initiation Year in Kota Kinabalu.
Deacon Christopher Ireneus
He started his seminary life in 2008, at the Catholic Diocesan Center Kota Kinabalu, and thereafter to St. Peter's College, Major Seminary, Kuching. He was appointed Lector in 2012, Acolyte in 2013 and completed his pastoral immersion as a seminarian in 2015. He started his pastoral exposure in Holy Trinity Church, Tawau 2012, St. Dominic’s Church, Lahad Datu, 2014, St. Martin’s Church, Telupid 2015. After having completed his faith formation, he was assigned to St. Mary's Cathedral.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


By Mazdollyna Majalin 
Lahad Datu : 98 participants gathered at St Dominic's Open Hall on 11th July 2016 for a thanksgiving fellowship for the successful participation from the contingent of St Dominic's Parish at the 4th Sabah Youth Day held on 6th - 10th June at Holy Trinity Church, Tawau.  It was also an occasion to celebrate the great and wonderful relationship bond established among the participants during the preparation process and along the journey of SYD-4.
Also in attendance were the rector of the parish, Rev Fr Simon Kontou, the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, Patrick Chong, Willie Binati and Teodolfo Rosalia. 
Fr Simon Kontou mentioned that SYD4 is an excellent platform for the young people to be uplifted in keeping steadfastly and living out the Catholic faith. He urged the participants to never stop sharing and spreading the love of God among themselves and to others. Continue to be the light of Christ and be bearers of Christ's love.
Patrick Chong also believed that, the journey probably was not an easy one and could be tough at times but he called on the young people to keep praying the Holy Rosary prayer in order to be guided along the way.
Willie Binati, an anchor for Rakan Belia of St Dominic also expressed his gratitude to the members for their commitment, involvement and cooperation. With all the experience gained from SYD-4 and the blessings from God Almighty, he hoped that the youth would keep on living the Catholic faith and remain as the pride of the Church.
The day was filled with laughter and joy. All youth had a great time together sharing their joy through action songs. They also shared on their journey throughout SYD4, from the preparation stage till the event proper. Most importantly, it was the love of Christ that had sealed the strong bond of relationship among them.
The 4th Sabah Youth Day had set the momentum for the Lahad Datu Youth to spread the love of Christ. They shall be the catalyst of our Catholic faith and be sowers of love. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13 : 35)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016









Friday, July 8, 2016


Article by Cristine Liew
and photos by Stuart Lai
Tawau : A group of 30 Sunday school students aged 11 and 12 years together with their teachers visited St. Clare's Convent of Holy Trinity Parish for the first time. Weeks before, students were given a lesson on the life of Saint Clare. It was indeed most appropriate as a reinforcement to the lesson by making a field trip to the Convent named after the Saint.

The activity, a methodology involving art and environment, a part of creative catechesis was initiated by the Sunday School teachers led by Cristine Liew on 3rd July. A few parents were present to lend support to the students and teachers.
The tour began at 10.00 am where Sr Liza Augustine fsic who is the local animator of the convent welcomed and greeted the group with much joy. She shared on the calling and religious life. She hoped that some of them would be chosen to serve the Lord and the Church.
She said, "I hope that someday when you are grown up, you will consider and learn to listen what our loving Father, our God wants you to be and perhaps there will be among you who may want to join the religious order or becoming a priest. The need of Chinese religious and priests is crucial  to cater to the needs of the Chinese community."

After the session, the students made a tour of the Convent led by Sr Liza fsic who gave a briefing of the Convent, its background and development. Next, all students were invited to pray at the Chapel of the Convent. She encouraged them to make three wishes followed  by reciting three times the Hail Mary.
The students ended their visit by saying the Rosary prayer for the intention of the Pope at the Grotto of the Convent.
The spiritual tour had helped to enhance their knowledge of St Clare and religious life. The exposure is an opportunity for them to remember the religious Sisters who live among them in the community.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Artikel oleh Sr Liza Augustine fsic

TAWAU – Sempena dengan Tahun Jubli Luar Biasa Belas Kasihan dan Perayaan Ulang Tahun ke-80 kewujudan Kongregasi Franciscan Sisters Of The Immaculate Conception (FSIC) di Sabah, seramai 31 orang Franciscan Sisters telah mengadakan lawatan serentak ke tiga tempat iaitu di St. Stephen Tass, St. Jude Semporna di bawah naungan Paroki Holy Trinity Tawau dan St. Peter Kunak di bawah naungan Paroki St Dominic Lahad Datu. Lawatan ini diadakan selama dua hari, 11hb dan12hb Jun 2016.
Program ini dianjurkan oleh Franciscan Sisters dengan kerjasama Komiti Pastoral  St. Jude, Semporna pada 11hb Jun bermula 9.00 pagi dan berakhir dengan misa kudus 6.00 petang yang diupacarakan oleh Rev. Fr. Philip.   Seramai 60 orang umat, yang terdiri daripada belia dan ibu bapa telah menghadiri program ini.  
Pengisian hari pertama meliputi pelbagai acara seperti ceramah, tayangan video, perkongsian, soal-jawab serta riadah. Program ini bertujuan memberi pendedahan dan kesedaran kepada umat tentang keistimewaan melayani dalam pelayanan sebagai Kongregasi Franciscan Sister di samping menggalakkan golongan muda untuk lebih memahami akan panggilan hidup mereka. 
Acara  dimulai   dengan   para liturgi yang dikendalikan oleh para Sister FSIC, disusuli  dengan ceramah  pertama iaitu 'Panggilan Pelayanan sebagai Franciscan,' seterusnya ceramah kedua bertemakan 'Tahun Jubli Luar Biasa Belas Kasihan dan ceramah ketiga adalah tentang 'Cabaran Iman Katolik.' Ceramah ini diakhiri dengan perkongsian kumpulan serta sesi soal-jawab.
Perayaan  Misa Kudus diupacarakan oleh Rev. Fr. Philip. Aktiviti bersambung dengan makan malam bersama umat di St. Jude Semporna di mana kehadiran Rev. Fr. Philip, Sister Mary Grace Deosing,  Mother General Of the Franciscan Sisters, Pengerusi MPP Holy Trinity Tawau Sdra. Andrew Kiat, Pengerusi Komiti Pastoral  St. Jude Semporna Sdra. Michael Chok dan Timbalannya, Sdra. Denis Ong telah memeriahkan lagi suasana lawatan ini.
Hari kedua, 12hb Jun dimulai dengan misa kudus oleh Rev. Fr. Philip sebelum beliau bertolak ke stasiluar. Pada hari ini, para Sisters bersama dengan Pengerusi Komiti Pastoral Sdra. Michael Chok dan timbalannya, Sdra. Denis Ong serta umat St. Jude Semporna telah membuat kunjungan ke beberapa buah keluarga yang memerlukan.

Keluarga yang pertama adalah keluarga yang baru saja mengalami trajedi kebakaran rumah. Kehadiran para sisters dan umat St. Jude Semporna serba sedikit telah menghiburkan keluarga ini. Keluarga ini kemudiannya dirujuk kepada Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) untuk bantuan makanan dan pakaian.
Keluarga yang kedua pula adalah seorang yang sakit. Kehadiran para sisters, Komiti Pastoral dan umat St. Jude Semporna, benar-benar menyentuh perasaan umat tersebut kerana lawatan ini sungguh memberikan sokongan rohani dan mental baginya. Selepas berkongsi dan bertukar-tukar pengalaman, lawatan ini diakhiri dengan doa istimewa mengikut keperluan keluarga tersebut.
Keluarga yang ketiga adalah pasangan suami isteri yang sudah lanjut usia  mereka. Walaupun pasangan ini sudah uzur dan lanjut usia, namun mereka ini kelihatan begitu saling mengasihi. Selepas bertukar-tukar pengalaman, rombongan pengunjung mengakhiri pertemuan ini dengan doa khas yang telah disediakan. Pasangan ini kelihatan begitu gembira menerima kunjungan ini.
Memandangkan masa yang begitu singkat maka lawatan 2 hari ini berakhir dengan salam damai di antara umat St. Jude dan rombongan Kongregasi tersebut dan selepas makan tengahari  para Sister FSIC kembali ke paroki masing-masing.

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