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Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016  15届圣心堂青少年生活营
《慈悲如同天父》

山打根共有17位青少年参加了上述32夜的生活营。领队杨国权带领着圣玛莉主教座堂和圣马尔谷堂区共17位青少年在529日,凌晨4.30,从山打根出发前往本督都汉。
     一行人在早上9.15便抵达目的地。青少年们雀跃万分,因为已经无法掩饰内心的兴奋,他们又可以借助此生活营更加地靠近天主。安顿好住宿后,大伙儿便前往礼堂,开始期待已久的生活营。
     今年的生活营节目精彩万分,包括嗨翻吧(歌唱赞美)、开幕弥撒、各种小游戏、守圣时、早操、寻找慈悲之心(寻宝游戏)以及和好圣事等。讲题方面概括了《破裂的镜子》、《国王的心》和《天父的王子和公主》。这一年的讲题让青少年多认识自己身为天父的孩子是幸福的,因为他们是被爱的、被天主所寻觅的。讲师Serena黄宗莉姐妹也鼓励青少年们要认清自己的责任,要传扬天主的福音,好让更多的人可以“回家”。
 讲师Serena黄宗莉姐妹

经过了32夜的欢乐时光,大家都在依依不舍的情绪下离开了营地。除了认清了自己的非凡身份,青少年们也与来自全沙巴的营员建立了友谊桥梁,更带上了亲手制作的“小小我”和各路兄弟姐妹的“情书”,满满的美好回忆踏上回家的路。
玩游戏--合作揭开谜团

亲手制作“小小我”

值得一提的是,除了青少年,还有十多位来自亚庇的叔叔阿姨们参与了这一次的生活营,他们为营员们准备丰富的三餐以外,连夜宵也照顾周到。他们的参与,让青年团可以安心地策划整个生活营的活动,可谓给青年团浇灌、施肥,让他们茁壮成长。另外,随队的新晋神师Joshua刘志强神父和传道员亦给予他们强而有力的支持。
此生活营是由亚庇圣心堂青少年团举办,吸引了来自全沙巴217人参与,他们分别来自亚庇、孟加达、山打根和古达。希望此类生活营能够继续办下去,好让更加多的青年可以好好地认识天主和认识自己。
 玩游戏--123跳跳跳

晚祷

终极游戏--《寻找慈悲之心》

守圣时

山打根营员的合影
 全体营员的大合照


营员感想

林展希 Edward
对这次的生活营,我感到很欣慰,因为主给了我机会参加,并且让我获益不少,尤其是在这次的讲座‘我是谁’能让我寻找真正的自己。在这次的营我也结交了一些来自外地的朋友,也让我更亲近耶稣。在此我要感谢每一位付出的委员,还让我们有这么好的环境以及美味的食物,使我们每一位营员留下美好的回忆。谢谢!

朱家进
我很开心能参加这生活营,我要感谢主能认识这么多朋友,重要的是讲座都很有意思,让我们能够跟加认识和做回自己,如果有机会,我希望能够再参加这么有正能量的生活营,使我在人生的旅途当中,能够坚持做回自己,无论遇到什么挫折,都交托给主。最后特别感谢主办单位的付出,使这个营会举办得有声有色。

房宣韵 Alverna
这是我第2次参加这青年营。通过这营让我和远方的朋友再次见面。主办单位真的很棒,每年的青年营都越来越好玩。这营的朝拜赞美是我喜欢的一部分,跳舞、唱歌还唱破喉咙,也从中认识了不少的朋友。另外我特别喜欢这次的讲座,这讲座就好像为自己而设的,触动我心。对于心灵治愈的活动让我释放自己,把放在心里的话都说出来,这感觉真的很不错。今年的讲师很棒,让我从中学会了很多的事。如有机会我还是会参加这营。最后要感谢大家的包容和保姆的照顾。

黄以轾 Clementi
为了要参加沙巴青年日,我决定放弃旅行,参加了亚庇圣心堂青少年在Bundu Tuhan所举办的生活营。我到那儿去不是为了要认识新朋友或是让自己玩得高兴。我很踊跃地聆听讲座,也获益不少。在此感谢主为我们准备了那么好的讲座。在这信仰的旅途中,我将会继续地寻找自己,到底我是谁。虽然有时候我不了解我自己,但是我知道唯有天主比我自己更了解我以及更爱我。对于这一次的参与,我没有认识多少的新朋友。在此要向所有的参加者道歉。但是我有认识到的朋友,我是不会忘记你们的。我会天天为你们祈祷。最后,我希望大家一起齐心协力为华文组的圣召祈祷。啊们

胡贝怡 Rachel
在这三天两夜的青年生活营里,我更加地认识主也认识了些朋友。这个生活营让我和主更加接近,也让我感受到主对我的爱与关心。时间短暂,却是满满的回忆。我希望在接下来的日子能够带着所学的知识,开心地生活下去,希望我能再有机会参与。

黎巧怡 Jess
时隔4年再参加这青年营,我犹记得那年的主题是“信德”,而今年的是“慈悲如同天父”。通过参加这青年营,我重遇很久不见或一年只见一次的朋友。当年我还是“小妹妹”,如今却成了“大姐姐”,从被照顾到照顾别人,是一种不同的体验。其次,在长大后,思想变得更加成熟了,对于心灵治愈的活动我获益良多,这种活动对于以前的我是无法理解的。此外,还要感谢天父赐予我恩宠,使我在生活营期间,身体安然无恙,能顺利进行所有的活动。

翟雪伊 Daphne
感谢主让我们聚集在这32夜的生活营来赞美你...一个让我非常难忘的生活营...懂得了主是爱我们的...祂永远都在...我愿用我一辈子的时间来赞美祂..我的救主,耶稣基督!

黄学憼 Julia
这是我第二次参加本督都汉青少年生活营,当年的主题是“信德”,那时的我还小,还不懂得什么是信德。现在我长大了,我明白了“慈悲如同天父”青少年营带给了我许多的温暖和爱!在这营里,我学到也明白到天主是宽仁的、是主动寻觅的、是爱我的!我知道无论我遇到顺境或逆境都有主陪伴着我!感谢主在这16年来带领着我!希望明年能够再相遇!

陈锦荣 Desmond
这是我第一次参加在本督都汉的生活营。本督都汉是一个很冷的地方。生活营的主题是“慈悲如同天父”。我在营里认识了很多新朋友、认知了《破裂的镜子》、歌唱赞美、玫瑰花园、了解了《国王的心》、玩了很多小游戏等,还有学到了耶稣常与我同在。我非常很开心,因为有机会参加这一次的生活营,希望明年可以再见。

曾尤倩 Germaine

我很高兴能够参加这次“慈悲如同天父”青少年生活营。在这次营里,我认识到了几个来自亚庇的新朋友,也学到了如何和组员合作。另外,经过第二晚的心灵医治,我觉得我自己更靠近天主了。我和朋友们都非常享受这次的生活营。很谢谢各位委员那么努力举办一个那么棒的生活营。期待明年!主佑!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BILLING OVULATION METHOD (BOM) TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

Article by Julita Kantod
photos by Rogena and Julita
Sandakan : The Family Life Office of the Sandakan Diocese organized the first ever Teacher Training Program (TTP) on the Billing Ovulation Method (BOM) from 24th to 26th June at the Sandakan Diocesan Meeting Room. 
 
The 3-day training program was conducted and facilitated by Mr. Chan Lek Lim a prominent speaker both at National and International  level on the Billing Ovulation Method who is also the President of the National Fertility Awareness Service of Malaysia ( NFASM ).

Rt. Rev. Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan in his welcoming address took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the honourable speaker  Mr. Chan for his generosity in accepting the invitation to share his experience with the people of Sandakan. He said, "It is in deed a golden opportunity to be exposed and learn  new things especially when it’s related to your service and to the church. I believe you will gain much from this training. Enjoy yourselves and get as much as you can so that you may benefit from it not only for yourself but to others as well."

27 participants from  the 4 Parish Family Life Ministry across the diocese and Commission members, two FSIC Religious Sisters  and five couples participated in the training.
Mr. Chan conducted private consultations to 5 childless couples a night before the training program proper on 23rd June. The 3-day session began with an introduction  on fertility and updates on issues related to fertility followed by in-depth study of BOM and ended with an assessment.

Some points presented on the requirement of fertility or contributing facts for human fertility:
1.            Satisfactory Ovulation with normal hormone level
2.            Health and good quality of sperm
3.            Adequate mucus  and healthy cervix
4.            Healthy and patent Fallopian tube
5.            Healthy endometrium and
6.            Harmonious relationship between husband and wife
Mr. Chan also mentioned on the possibility of infertility and difficulty in conceiving :
1. Insulin resistant
2. Lack of Vitamin D
3. Disturbance or Pituitary Disorder (Hyperthyroidism  or Hypothyroidism)
4. Other Endocrine related problem
One of the participants shared that the knowledge he gained from the progam is an eye opener for him especially on the issues of immorality of the contraceptives and the wonders of the natural method.
Eva Siruno, the Director of the Family Life Office of Sandakan reminded all participants to be good servants of the Lord. She said, "As authentic servants of the Lord we need to be passionate and be  patient. Dealing with people could be very challenging but then God’s has gifted us with a humble heart, granted through our prayers. I believe that keeping others privacy is also our priority as we share and exchange knowledge with them."

God has given men and women a complete structure with parts called body and its wonderful natural functions beyond the understanding of human being. Learning and experiencing knowledge through fertility is one way of  promoting the value of God’s gift in each marriage. The union between husband and wife calls for joint responsibility. Respecting others fertility leads to mutual trust, growth in love and care, promoting a harmonious and happy life as a family.

 Participants from Lahad Datu
 Participants from Sandakan
 Participants from Tawau
 Participants from Telupid
Eva Siruno, on behalif of the Diocese presented a souvenir to Mr. Chan who has facilitated and presented a very informative and important input to the participants.

Monday, June 27, 2016

WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE HERE

Article by Susanna Cordova
Sandakan : The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) of St. Mary’s Cathedral held a fellowship for the MRSM and Sekolah Seni students of SMK Elopura Sandakan on Sunday 19thJune 2016. SYCC is responding to the call of Christian hospitality, always extending a hand to welcome others into the fold.
This time around, SYCC shared about ‘The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy,” the message of which has a great impact on the students. The talk was facilitated by Bro. Michael Lai, an elder of the community. He emphasized on the importance of the word ‘Mercy.’ 
Pope Francis stressed that the Holy Year of Mercy is to respond to the world’s need for a ‘revolution of tenderness’ from which ‘justice and all the rest derives.’ We are used to hearing bad news, cruel news filled with violence and to even horrifying atrocities which offend the name and life of God as it contradicts with the teaching of the faith. 
Bro. Michael also explained the three themes in the document; First, The Understanding of God’s Mercy, second is To perform Pilgrimage as an ‘impetus conversion’ and third is Justice and Conversion.

STAY (Star of Yahweh Covenant Community Youth) conducted a very touching and moving activity. First, it was about the conversation with Jesus entitled “Jesus’ online.” Each student was given paper notes as if Jesus was texting to them through whatsapp  and they had to respond to every question given by Jesus personally. Many were touched and moved to tears by the short movie shown as they reflected on their own personal experiences. 
The activity was adapted from the SYD-4 (4th Sabah Youth Day) program in Tawau from 6th to 10th June 2016 where the STAY members participated in the event.  Indeed, the sharings from the students were very encouraging and taught them a lot about being merciful to others especially to their own family members. 

There were also games for students to strengthen their relationship bond and a praise and worship session to uplift their spiritual growth.
The Kitchen Team
Prior to the activity proper, lunch was served for the students and members of the community. This get together connects people, the students and SYCC members. The community is committed to share God's love and mercy and reaching out to the students who are away from home has always been the commitment of the community.

The Year of Mercy is an invitation - an invitation to love, kindness and unbounded generosity. "Encountering mercy means encountering God which can transform your life, your relationships, your work, and your ability to embrace and experience all of life." (Pope Francis)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bapa Uskup Julius Menyempurnakan Upacara Pengutusan AJK KKD Induk Paroki Katedral St Mary

Artikel oleh DS dan
Gambar oleh Helda
Sandakan : Komuniti Kristian Dasar merupakan teras pastoral Keuskupan Sandakan. Sejak wujudnya Keuskupan Sandakan pada 2007, pelbagai usaha telah dilaksanakan untuk membangunkan keuskupan dengan proses pembinaan komuniti melalui KKD.
Kini terdapat 157 buah KKD di seluruh keuskupan. Paroki Katedral St Mary mempunyai 33 buah KKD, meliputi sub paroki OLOF Beluran, St Paul Ulu Dusun, St Anthony, Bukit Garam dan St Mark, Batu 12 Sandakan.
KKD memainkan peranan penting dalam proses memperbaharui paroki. Umat awam akan lebih berpartisipasi dalam komuniti yang kecil yang akan membawa mereka terus melibatkan diri dalam kegiatan serta menyertai pelayanan-pelayanan dalam gereja. 
 
Landskap komuniti di dasar akan perlahan-lahan berubah; kita lebih mengenali jiran kita, saling bantu membantu, saling mengambil tahu, mempedulikan dan mengasihi. Kita perlukan sesama dalam kehidupan kita.
AJK KKD Induk dibentuk untuk menyelaraskan dan membantu kesemua KKD yang berada di Paroki Katedral St Mary. Mereka akan berusaha mempromosikan dan bantu membentuk KKD yang baru agar lebih ramai akan mengambil bahagian dalam misi Kristus. Ini merupakan cara baru menggereja, membangun dan menghidupkan Tubuh Kristus dalam setiap komuniti.
 
Pada Ahad, 19hb Jun 2016, upacara pengutusan 12 AJK KKD Induk Paroki bagi sesi 2016 - 2018 telah disempurnakan oleh Bapa Uskup Julius dalam Misa Bahasa Malaysia Hari Minggu Biasa Ke-12. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

SYD4 INTO ITS FINAL DAY

Article by Julita Kantod
Photos by SOCCOM Tawau
Tawau : The 5th and final day, 10th June 2016 began with Morning Prayer followed by group sharing. Each member in the group was requested to draw their 'Mission' focused on mercy and share the meaning of their drawing within their groups.

Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu presided over the Closing Eucharistic Celebration, con celebrated by  Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom of Sandakan and Msgr. Nicholas Ong, the rector of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau.
Archbishop John Wong in his homily related how Elijah was commanded by God to return from where he came from. He urged the young people to go back to their places and set forth their mission, remember always to shine in the Lord by holding on to His word of life.
The prelate said, 'Dear young people of God, bring back all the experiences you have gained to your own parish and be the light and salt to others. Serve the Lord with the talent that He has granted you. Share that precious gift with others.'
He advised the young people to learn to listen to God even in the midst of their busyness. He asked them to follow the right path that the Lord has set forth for them and continue to seek the face of God.
In conclusion, he reminded them not to forget to read the Word of God, partake in the Eucharistic Celebration and obey His commandments and go forth to share the Good News.
After the Mass, Fr. Sunny Chung, the Spiritual Advisor of  SYD4 expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all involved in the preparation and implementation of the event. He said, 'without your support and teamwork, there will be no SYD4.  You have indeed contributed tremendously; your time, energy and talent in ensuring that the event take off as planned.  On behalf of our team, we sincerely thank you for your full commitment. I cannot mention each one of you here but let God reward you for your generous contribution.'
Bishop Julius then  expressed his gratitude to Msgr. Nicholas Ong who had so willingly accepted the challenge as the host for the event. Had Msgr. Nicholas declined in the first place then we would not assemble here in Holy Trinity Tawau. He thanked all involved for a job well done.
The prelate said, 'I should say that the event as a whole was a success. However, there are areas that can be improved. It is a blessing for Holy Trinity to host this event. There are  some physical development carried out to cater to the needs of the event. The structure shall remain here for the benefits of the local parishioners.' 
Another memorable moment was when some 200 young people responded to the call to serve in the church in the priestly and religious life. They received the blessing from Archbishop John Wong witnessed by the whole congregation.
Before announcing the next host, tokens of appreciation were presented to the rector of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau, the Bishop of the Diocese of Sandakan and to the Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu from the Main Organizing Team.

It was announced that SYD5 will be jointly hosted by Papar and Limbahau Parishes in 2020. Bishop Julius handed the banner over to Archbishop John Wong.
The 5-day event has indeed in its own way touched the hearts of the young people to be more open to others, accepting each another  as what they are, caring and sharing and above all journeying together in faith.
There was a mixture of joy and sadness among the participants at the closing of the event. May the transformation gained by each of them bear fruits and make them the bearers of Christ's light and hope for others. 

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