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Friday, April 18, 2014

HTC Tawau Celebrates Palm Sunday

Article by Julita and photos
by courtesy of SOCCOM Tawau

Tawau : Some 2000 faithful attended Palm Sunday celebration on the 13th April 2014.  The event began at 8 am at the frontage of the Parish Hall. The blessing of palm leaves preceded the proclamation of the word commemorating the history of Jesus victorious entry into Jerusalem. After a brief reflection on the reading, the faithful walked in procession into the church. The celebration in Bahasa Malaysia was presided over by Msgr Nicholas Ong, the rector.
The sunset mass for Palm Sunday in English on 12th April was presided over by Fr. David Garaman. In   his homily he shared on the history of God’s salvation for humankind by freeing them from the slavery of sin through his sacrifice on the wooden Cross, his life, his body, his blood.and his love The faithful were then invited to reflect on the deeper meaning of the Gospel narrated during the mass.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

RETRET UNTUK PARA PILIHAN (IKD) KATEDRAL ST MARY SANDAKAN

Oleh Sdri Lena Petrus, Komiti Pembimbing IKD, Katedral St Mary dan
Sr. Veronica Kandaung fsic, Komisi Kateketikal Keuskupan Sandakan
Sandakan : Satu retret selama dua hari, 4hb dan 5hb April 2014 bertemakan 'Kamu Adalah Garam Dan Dunia' telah diadakan untuk para pilihan (calon baptis) di Pusat Retret Keuskupan Sandakan, Ulu Dusun. Retret tersebut yang dihadiri seramai 22 calon, merupakan suatu aktiviti / program kateketikal yang disediakan dan dilaksanakan setiap tahun untuk para calon baptis sebelum mereka dibaptis menjadi Kristian Katolik.
Program ini dilaksanakan dengan harapan dapat membantu setiap peserta dalam perjalanan iman mereka untuk dibaptis pada Paskah nanti. Beberapa sesi telah diatur dan dikendalikan sendiri oleh Fr Thomas Makajil, rektor Katedral St Mary, Sister Veronica Kandaung fsic, Koordinator Komisi Kateketikal Keuskupan dan Sdra George Bell Lawadin dari Pejabat Pastoral Keuskupan Sandakan.  
Objektif retret tersebut adalah;
● Membantu setiap peserta untuk membuat persiapan rohani / iman sebelum pembaptisan. 
●  Agar mereka juga dapat belajar mendengar sabda Tuhan melalui setiap sesi yang disampaikan, merenung dan berdoa dalam hati masing-masing.
Retret bermula dengan acara Jalan Salib yang dipimpin oleh Sr Veronica fsic. Ianya disusuli dengan sesi pertama bertajuk 'Doa' yang disampaikan oleh Fr Thomas. Doa bererti mengarahkan hati kepada Allah. Ketika seseorang berdoa, ia masuk dalam hubungan yang hidup dengan Allah. (Youcat # 469)

Hari kedua, 5hb April dimulakan dengan doa pagi dipimpin oleh sdri Lena Petrus. Sr Veronica fsic dalam sesi kedua, menyampaikan tajuk 'Pengertian Pra-Paskah' fokus kepada tiga tunggak utama iaitu berdoa, berpuasa juga beramal. Masa pra paskah adalah masa pertumbuhan jiwa dan iman kita. Segala perubahan hidup berpaksikan kepada niat dan usaha.

Sesi ketiga juga dikendalikan oleh Sr Veronica fsic berhubung dengan renungan dan masa berdoa. Sdra George Bell Lawadin menyampaikan sesi keempat berkaitan dengan 'Peringkat Kehidupan Manusia' Kisah pertobatan dan hidup Santo Ignatius Loyola memberi inspirasi bahawa tujuan hidup manusia memampukan kita untuk lebih memahami hidup kerana Tuhan sentiasa berada disisi kita. 
Sesi terakhir, disampaikan oleh Sr Veronica fsic ialah pelbagai pelayanan yang tersedia ada di Paroki Katedral St Mary, Sandakan. Peserta dipelawa untuk menyertai mana-mana pelayanan sesuai dengan karunia masing-masing, pemberian Tuhan. Kita hendaklah bersatu membangunkan tubuh Kristus dengan berpartisipasi dalam rumahNya.

Secara keseluruhannya retret berjalan dengan baik mengikut aturcara yang telah disediakan. Semua peserta menunjukkan komitment yang baik semasa retret berjalan. Setiap topik yang disampaikan dalam setiap sesi dapat diterima oleh peserta dengan baik. Ini dapat dilihat dari respon positif yang ditunjukkan oleh mereka semua.

Retret diakhiri dengan doa dan lagu penutup yang juga dipimpin oleh Sr. Veronica fsic. Para peserta kemudiannya bergotong royong mengemas dan membersihkan tempat retret sebelum jamuan petang. Semoga peserta dapat mengalami hidup kekudusan dan semakin menyerupai Kristus serta mampu menghasilkan buah, buah yang banyak.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

世界青年日

山打根堂区201429届世界青年日庆祝活动
《神贫的人是有福的,因为天国是他们的》

(山打根讯)前教宗约翰保禄二世所定下的世界青年日,同时也落在每年的圣枝主日。今年的庆祝活动定在圣玛丽主教座堂的堂区活动中心,早上11点开始,可是由于巫语弥撒庆典稍微迟了,所以世界青年日活动在中午12点才开始。当天,有18位华文组的青年出席这项庆典。
    吃过了丰富的午餐之后,活动开始了。首先大家先来唱歌赞美主耶稣,并配合逗趣的动作,令大家破除冰墙,也可以顺便消化午餐。接着,便来个大合照。大家都使出浑身解数,誓要摆出各自最的好看的姿势拍照。
    接着便是Sunny钟胜利神父的小讲座,给大家稍微讲解世界青年日的由来与点滴。2010年第28届的世界青年日是在巴西的里约热内卢庆祝。现任教宗方济格的宣言鼓励现代的青年要敢敢追随耶稣,因为只有耶稣才是真理、生命和道路,只有祂才能领我们到天国里去。经过了一番双语的讲解之后,青年们也了解了世界青年日的由来和意义。
    之后,则是大家一起玩游戏的时间。无论是少年或是青年都玩得不亦乐乎。大家都合理的完成任务,势必要得到最终的胜利。就好比如我们大家都要效法耶稣的楷模,做到最好一样,让别人认出我们是基督的子民。
  时光飞逝,各项活动在下午330分结束了。青年们也依依不舍地回家。通过这一次的活动,华文组的青年有机会认识其他组的青年,大家彼此有个接触的机会,让自己的视野更加广阔,重新认识自己和身边的朋友,当然还有最重要的主耶稣。如何让自己能够更加接近天主,是每位教友必修的功课,特别是青年,因为他们更加容易受到诱惑,而迷失了自己。所以,通过类似世界青年日的活动,可以让青年更加接近天主。希望接下来每一年的世界青年日的活动,能够有更加多的青年参与,并从中获益。






DYA First Recollection and Meeting for the Year 2014

DS / st

LAHAD DATU : Members of the Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) team converged for their recollection and meeting, held once every three months. The recollection and meeting was held from 4th to 6th April 2014 at Bukit Silam, Lahad Datu. Out of the 18 members, 15 made it to the gathering.  It's time to take stock of our achievements and setbacks. It is also a time for us to be refreshed, recharged and renewed as a child of God. Building up relationship bond among members is an integral part of the gathering.
On the 2nd day, 5th April, during the recollection, members were asked to reflect on the last three months and to list out the ups and downs in life in a  creative way. We were asked to reflect not only on our spiritual life but also on our personal life as a child in the family, community, friend, co-worker, and team player. Beside that, we were also given a time to think of six (3 positive and 3 negative) epitaphs over our tomb. Epitaph is a short, concise sentence to be engraved on a person's tomb, which summarizes a salient trait of that person's life and character. Not only that, we were asked to count our blessings and write a thanksgiving letter to God.  It was a wonderful time for us to reflect and to have our time alone with God. Last but not least, we ended our recollection with affirmation and reconciliation among the team members. In the evening, we had our thanksgiving celebration. 
On the third day, 6th April, Fr. David Garaman, the Spiritual Advisor for DYA celebrated the mass together with us. It would be the last mass presided by Fr. David for the team as he would be leaving for studies in Rome this coming June. It was a touching moment for all of us.
In the 16th meeting, we talked about the second Catholic Campus Student Gathering which will be held on 6th - 8th June 2014 in Tawau and will be coordinated by Esther Albert. Apart from that, we also dwelled on Sabah Youth Day 4 (SYD4) which will be held in the Diocese of Sandakan in 2016. Anna, the coordinator for DYA and SYD4 invited all team members to be part of the Main Organizing Team (MOT) for SYD4.
It was a great time for all the team members and it was also a time to remind ourselves that we are not alone in this mission. May God bless us all and grant us the wisdom and strength in our mission. 

"Do not abandon old friends, for new ones cannot equal them. A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged, you can drink it with pleasure" - Sirach 9:10

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Courtesy Call On Bishop Julius

BY DS
L-R : Francis Tan, Adam Jordan, Bishop Julius, Romo Nikolaus and Sr Lidwina rgs
Sandakan : A visiting priest, Romo Nikolaus Lawe Saban Pr from the Diocese of Larantuka, Flores Timur, Indonesia made a courtesy call on Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan at the Diocesan Meeting Room this morning, 15th April 2014. Accompanying Romo Nikolaus were Sr Lidwina Alyandu rgs of Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd and Adam Jordan, the secretary of the Indonesian Catholic Pastoral Committee.

This is his first visit to the Diocese and he is on a pastoral mission. Romo Nikolaus arrived two days ago, 13th April. He has visited the Indonesian migrant community in Bukit Garam and Segaliud. He will visit the community in Sakilan Desa later tonight. He is expected to stay till after Easter Triduum. During his short stay here, he expects to explore more of the situation of the community as regards to their faith life.

PALM SUNDAY MASS AT ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL

BY DALIUS LL
PHOTOS ~ EDON MUJIM
Sandakan: On this day 13th April 2014, around 1,000 faithful of St. Mary's Cathedral celebrated Palm Sunday as a remembrance of Jesus Christ’s victorious entry into the city of Jerusalem. The faithful assembled at the frontage of the Parish Hall compound at 6.00 pm holding palm branches and palm fronds to commemorate the said event. After the blessing of the palm branches and fronds, Fr Philip Muji proceeded to proclaim the Gospel reading. His homily touched on the victorious Passion of the Lord. Thereafter the faithful walked towards the Cathedral in procession singing 'Hosana..Hosana..in the Highest.'
The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Thomas Makajil with Fr. Philip Muji as co celebrant.  In his homily, Fr. Thomas related how we and the whole nation are deeply saddened by the MH370 tragedy. At one point, everyone’s attention was focused on the last word uttered in the cockpit before it went missing. Without the black box, the investigators will not be able to verify what happened to the final moment of the flight.
The final / parting words uttered by a person before he expires encapsulates his life. Fr. Thomas drew the attention of the faithful to reflect on the final few words uttered by Jesus, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”.  Normally, when we suffered, especially when the suffering was caused by others definitely we will response in a kind of revengeful action, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth but Jesus response is surprisingly the opposite way and he preaches even to love our enemies.  
Fr. Thomas concluded, that the last testament of Jesus before He dies on the cross continues to remind us of God’s forgiveness. Let us pray for the courage to be able to forgive as what Jesus has taught us in the Lord’s Prayer “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. 
The celebration of Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week for all Catholics which will climax in the Easter Triduum.

苦難聖枝

(山打根訊山打根聖瑪莉主教座堂今天舉行苦難聖枝,慶祝救主耶穌榮進耶路撒冷城,拉開聖周的序幕。
教友們一早聚集於堂區活動中心,等待神父祝聖聖枝,再依序排列跟隨大隊遊行進入聖堂。教友們手持聖枝揮動,彷如昔日耶穌進入聖城一般, 民眾皆站立於兩旁熱烈歡迎。










Saturday, April 12, 2014

Misa Kudus Hari Minggu Palma/Sambutan Hari Belia Sedunia Ke-29 Peringkat Paroki Sandakan

Oleh CHRISTINA LASIUS
SANDAKAN: Kerasulan Belia Paroki Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan akan mengadakan sambutan Hari Belia Sedunia yang ke-29 Peringkat Paroki (World Youth Day) yang bertemakan "Orang Yang Miskin Dihadapan Allah, Kerana Merekalah Empunya Kerajaan Syurga" (Mat 5:3). Hari yang sama juga upacara Pengutusan dijalankan bagi sekumpulan belia yang melayani dalam Kerasulan Belia Paroki.
Hari Belia ini diadakan pada setiap tahun yang mana kiranya sudah 2 tahun Kerasulan Belia Paroki Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan tidak merayakannya dan pada tahun ini hasil daripada perbincangan Kerasulan Belia Paroki, Fr. Sunny Chung serta Sr. Lilian Unsoh, FSIC, Hari Belia Sedunia yang ke-29 ini akan dirayakan bersamaan dengan Minggu Palma iaitu pada 13 April 2014. Sambutan Hari Belia Sedunia pada tahun ini juga merupakan sesuatu yang lebih menarik yang mana Kumpulan Belia CCC (Chinese Coordinating Committee) turut menyertai dalam sambutan ini. 
Misa Kudus Hari Minggu Palma/Sambutan Hari Belia Sedunia Peringkat Paroki akan diadakan pada 13 April 2014, jam 9:30 pagi bertempat di Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan
Terdapat pelbagai persiapan serta pengaturan program yang telah dilakukan untuk sambutan Hari Belia Sedunia yang ke-29 dan pengutusan KBP serta Minggu Palma. Antara persiapan berikut adalah:
 29 Mac 2014, Sabtu
Rekoleksi yang bertujuan untuk persiapan setiap individu dalam pelayanan seterusnya penubuhan KBP Sandakan

7 – 9 April 2014, Isnin - Rabu
Triduum - Persiapan Rohani bagi kejayaan penganjuran Hari Belia Sedunia yang ke-29 Peringkat Paroki

13 April 2014, Ahad
8:00 am Para Belia/semua umat berkumpul di Dewan Paroki
9:30 am > Pemberkatan Daun Palma bertempat di Dewan Paroki/Perarakan menuju ke Katedral
                > Misa Kudus/Perutusan Tim Belia
11:00 am Para belia berkumpul di Dewan Paroki
11:30 am > Time of Life
                  > Ice Breaking/Team Building
12:00 pm Makan tengahari
12:30 pm Time of Life
12:45 pm > Sesi Input: Mesej WYD oleh Fr. Sunny Chung
                  > Group Discussion (Small Group)
                  > Group Discussion (Big Group)
2:30 pm   > Nyanyian Lagu-lagu Rohani
                  > Para Liturgi/Doa Penutup
                  > Bergambar beramai-ramai
                  > Gotong-royong
                  > Sampai berjumpa lagi!

Secara kesimpulannya, objektif program ini dilakukan adalah untuk:
i) Mengumpulkan semua Kerasulan Belia Paroki dan merayakan Hari Belia Sedunia tahun 2014
ii) Persiapan untuk Minggu Suci di samping memahami erti sebenar Salib
iii) Bersatu teguh, saling menyokong dan sentiasa mendoakan semua belia dalam Kerasulan Belia Paroki

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT IN MARRIAGE

By Julita, SOCCOM Tawau
Telupid : Married life appears ordinary but has many challenges experienced by all married couples. Denying the needs of spiritual enrichment in their journey as husband and wife or as a family will surely lead to confusion and frustration. This will lead to strained relationship within family members.
There are many ways to reach those in need of the opportunity for healing and reconciliation. One such activity is the 'Spiritual Enrichment in Marriage' - a seminar that focus on issues of marriage and the responses with spouses.
The Diocesan Family Life Commission (DFLC) team led by Julita Kantod, the Commission chairperson conducted a two-day 'Spiritual Enrichment in Marriage' seminar on the 4th and 5th April 2014 at St. Martin's Church, Telupid.
56 participants ( 27 married couples and 2 single mothers ) attended the seminar. The sessions aim to provide awareness to the couples in discovering their  level of relationship and spiritual needs in their journey as a family. Participants would be enlightened on their obligation as a 'domestic church' and their calling to serve freely and joyfully for the church.
The Seminar began  with the Bible Enthronement on Friday evening, 4th April followed by an overview on the seminar by Julita. The first input session was facilitated by Teodolfo from St. Dominic's Church Lahad Datu on 'God’s plan on the vocation of marriage'.
Rev. Fr. Jasery Gabuk,  the  rector of St. Martin's Church Telupid facilitated the second session on the Church Teaching on Family. 'God is love and his love is live' and that's what a family is called for to share the love of God. The family must be protected, to be continually and spiritually enriched', he said. The Church taught us that the family must take heed in treasuring and respecting lives,  reject abortion and euthanasia, living in communion with others peacefully, participating in sustaining solidarity. Such values if practiced will bring forth 'New Life' where there will be no more pain, suffering, grieve, hatred, revenge but unity and love. He also stressed on the importance of caring and respecting  all living things, God's creation.

Other topics covered during the seminar included the following;

Responsibility of the Husband and Wife ~ Jocelyn  
The responsibilities of both husband and wife are most needed not only to discover their priority and focus in life but in opening ways for their generation ( children ). This aspect seems to be neglected and taken for granted by most parents.
Challenges in Marriage ~ Julita
 Facing challenges in marriage without the strength from God is like facing the opposite flows of a river without the skill of swimming. Challenges never end but problem will disappear once its settle. We have to face challenges in order to make sure it will not shift to a problem.
The Global Impact on Family ~ Adaris
Globalization has a strong impact on today’s family environment. It involves culture, tradition, economy, education and many more. If allowed to take root it will illiminate the original culture and social life both adult and children. A prayerful life and sustaining our faith is the key to overcome all these influences. Having good knowledge and control in handling the usage of social communication could be one way of our self resilience specially to help the young.

Communication in Marriage ~ Melvin Lajanti
Studies and testimonies prove that marriage without communication ends up in separation. Communication is the “ bridge” between two different peoples to reach and to meet each other's  needs. Neglecting this important skill will destroy the relationship between husband and wife, between children and other members of the family.
Sacredness of Sex in Marriage ~ Mario Domingo
The beauties of sex in marriage seem to be deviated from its main purpose. Marriage concerns sex , though true but how do we live our life of it. Another important matter that both parents need to understand well is the intimacy / sex in marriage which mean a pure and the highest communion between husband and wife in order to create another life ( pro creation ). It should be respected and honoured by both with faithfulness. Sex before and having another sex outside marriage is sinful and breaks the communion between husband and wife.
 

The reconciliation session took place in the afternoon led by John and Jocelyn. The prayer of forgiveness in the reconciliation moment showed that couples are really in need of renewal in their spiritual life.  The personal reflection on their attitude towards each other brought them to a beautiful reconciliation at the end of the session.
In winding up the seminar, Julita shared on the wonders of marriage through the blessings of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. God is present in each marriage. 
The seminar ended with a thanksgiving mass presided over by Fr. Jasery followed with an agape dinner hosted by the PFLM of St Martin, Telupid.

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