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Monday, May 14, 2018

MENGHIDUPKAN NILAI KESATUAN GEREJA PADA HARI FILIPINO DI ST DOMINIC

Berita oleh Mazdollyna Majalin
Gambar oleh SOCCOM St. Dominic Lahad Datu

LAHAD DATU- Komuniti Filipino pada julung kalinya telah bangkit bersama untuk menghidupkan lagi Misi Gereja dengan merayakan Hari Filipino pada 22 April 2018. Perayaan tersebut turut mendapat sambutan yang sangat baik dari umat Katolik St. Dominic dalam usaha untuk mengumpul dana bagi dewan ibadat Gereja. Hampir 800 umat memenuhi Dewan terbuka Gereja dengan memakai pakaian tradisional filipino. Turut mendapat perhatian apabila Hari Filipino ini turut disertai oleh semua umat yang bukan hanya tertumpu dari kalangan umat Filipino sahaja tetapi juga dari umat pelbagai kaum .

Acara dimulakan dengan pengenalan diri peserta-peserta ‘Binibining’ atau ratu cantik dimana para umat dapat memilih siapakah calon yang bakal menjadi pemenang dalam pertandingan tersebut pada makan malam Hari Filipino 2018. 
Majlis Makan malam dimulakan dengan bacaan doa oleh Rev. Fr. Simon Kontou dan diikuti dengan ucapan alu-aluan dari Mr. Garie Enriquez selaku penasihat bagi Majlis makan malam tersebut. Beliau berasa amat  berbesar hati atas segala kerjasama dan bantuan yang telah dihulurkan oleh para ahli jawatankuasa yang terlibat dalam segala persediaan.
Majlis makan malam tersebut turut mempamerkan beberapa umat yang menyumbangkan beberapa lagu Filipino yang cukup nostalgik untuk diperdengarkan. Selain daripada itu, majilis turut dimeriahkan dengan tarian dari Komuniti Filipino. Antara tarian tersebut termasuklah Tarian Subli, ‘Flower Dance’, Tarian Maria Clara, Carinosa, Cha Cha, Tarian ‘Todo-Todo’ dan Tarian ‘Abot Langit’.
Peserta ‘Binibining’ pada malam itu memperagakan pakaian tradisional yang dikenali sebagai ‘Maria Clara’. Selain itu, para peserta juga turut diberi beberapa soalan untuk menguji talenta mereka dalam berkomunikasi dalam bahasa Filipino.
Pemenang pertandingan malam tersebut disandang oleh Cik Jessa Prudente Kinsung, Naib Johan Cik Magnolia Verano, tempat Ketiga Cik Maryanne Yap Fernandez, tempat keempat Cik Airene Almonte dan tempat Kelima Cik Stephanie Hamid.
Majlis tersebut berakhir dengan penyampaian hadiah kepada para pemenang, juri-juri pertandingan dan juga kepada ahli jawatankuasa Hari Filipino 2018.
Hari Filipino yang telah berlangsung di St. Dominic telah memperlihatkan kesungguhan para Umat Gereja dalam menghidupkan semangat kristiani Katolik. Ini dapat ditunjukkan melalui cinta kasih yang menyatukan para umat untuk terus menyebarkan kesaksian akan cintakasih Kristus. Semoga semangat ini akan berterusan dalam menghidupkan lagi kesatuan umat Gereja.

Monday, May 7, 2018

2017-2018届慕道者见证


Jason 刘秋明见证


我自小生活在一个外教家庭,但我自成年以来都秉着“什么神都不信”的想法过生活。婚后,女儿随妻子信奉了天主教。妻子曾经多次劝我信主,我也只是置若罔闻,直到2016 年,一场大病让我的生活有了变化。

曾经的我对教堂的一切活动都不屑一顾,我得病后,妻子每个周日都带着我到教堂参加弥撒, 渐渐地, 每个周日早起去教堂就成了我的习惯。后来,我经人介绍,参加了慕道班,为成为教友做好准备。在慕道班里我学了不少的道理,也尝试把这些道理融入到我的生活中。现在的我无论遇到什么问题都能随遇而安,依赖并相信天主的安排。正如我的家人所说,信奉天主教后,我变得乐观起来,凡事都能往好处想。就在今年的复活节前夕,我顺利地接受洗礼,正式成为一名教友。我只想说:是天主指引了我,并改变了我。感谢天主。



Raymond 刘亮彬见证

受了母亲的熏陶以及不断的劝说,我在父亲的陪伴下参加慕道班学习道理。虽然烦闷的课程有时会令不爱上课的我昏昏欲睡,但是也有被老师们的分享勾起兴趣的时候。这些时候,我就会仔细聆听,当中我也受益不浅。就在今年的复活节前夕,我接受了圣洗圣事,成了教友。由于年龄的关系,我还不能领其他的圣事。我要先去主日学上课。我期待去主日学上课的日子,希望能带给我不一样的乐趣。






Ursula Natherlie 黄家宝见证


相信大家对我都有一个疑问:“为什么我想加入教会?”其实答案只有一个---“我想回家!”

在我决定成为基督徒前,我曾与朋友到教堂参加弥撒,但我并不明白为何我们需要宗教信仰?为何每个从教堂走出来的人都显得那么快乐,轻松,和善,慈悲;而我在现实社会中,只看见所谓现代人的可悲。

我们常常被说或说别人没教养,于此同时,我们已经在无意中伤害了别人。但什么是教养呢?教养是来自于家庭教育,社会教育,知识程度等,而这一切的教育都源自于宗教教育。从小我们并不是没被教育,只是随着时光的流逝,我们都忘了,而教会是一个不断提醒我们的地方。

自从我加入了教会后,我学会了关爱,自爱,宽恕及放下。虽然不能做到完美的地步,但教会不断的辅助我,使我成长。圣教会就像我的另外一个家一样,在这里大家不分你我,彼此帮助,互相扶持。这里就是我心灵的避风港。我已找到了回家的路,那你呢?


Quintus 周正君见证


我原来是一个没有什么宗教信仰的人。去年,我的姐姐和舅舅在复活节前夕领了洗,成为了天主教教友。从此,我对他们所信的天主教就充满了好奇。后来,舅舅介绍我来参加慕道班,我就来参加了。一开始我是抱着好奇的心态来看看,来听听的。

参加了慕道班,让我改变了许多。也让我学会了许多我从来没听过的道理。在这里,我学会了如何祈祷,学到了许多圣经上的道理,最重要的是我学会了如何宽恕别人。之前,我已有空闲的时候,就会约朋友去喝酒和唱歌。现在,因为参加了教会的活动,就减少了这些活动。这是我生活上最大的改变。

领洗后,我参加了教会的团体如歌咏团,青年团和圣经分享班。在歌咏团和青年团里, 我体会到服务别人的乐趣。在圣经分享班里,我学会了许多圣经的知识和道理,也学会了许多中文字。我希望我能继续为主服务,也希望把身边的朋友们都带来教会。


Dion Mc Jill郑义辉见证


我是因为我母亲的关系才会来参加慕道班的。我的母亲本身是一位天主教徒。但是却是一位冷淡教友。她自己很少来圣堂,也没有带我和我弟弟来。所以, 从小我就好像其他没有宗教信仰的人一样地生活着。突然,有一天,我的母亲说她要去圣堂,要重新回到主的大家庭---圣教会。我就要求她,也带我去,这样我就每个主日跟随我的母亲来到圣堂。后来,慕道班开课,她就替我报名,让我参加。

我在慕道班听了许多道理还有许多圣经的故事,有一些故事让我印象深刻,如梅瑟带领以色列人过红海,耶稣被钉在十字架等等。我也学会了祈祷。我也知道天主很爱我,我很开心。

现在,我领洗了,成为真正的天主教教徒了,和我的母亲拥有同样的信仰,我也很开心。感谢天主。我很感激那位劝我的母亲回来教会的阿姨。因为这样,我们都得到了这珍贵的信仰。 阿门。

Friday, May 4, 2018

Doa Taize intensi khusus untuk kejayaan Pilihan Raya Umum 2018

oleh Rayner Marcello

Sandakan: Kerasulan Belia Katolik St. Mark dan St. Peter, Gereja St. Mark telah mengadakan Doa Taize intensi khusus untuk kejayaan Pilihan Raya Umum yang ke 14 julung-julung kalinya di Dewan Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok pada 27.04.2018. Seramai 70 orang telah datang untuk berdoa bersama di dalam doa Taize ini.
Sdra. Alday Alexius
Doa Taize dijalankan di Dewan RDC Sepilok atas permintaan umat KKD St. Francis dari Asisi, Sepilok dengan tujuan untuk mengumpulkan belia-belia di KKD Sepilok dan sekitarnya bagi memberi pendedahan kepada para belia terhadap pelayanan di dalam gereja. Doa Taize dimulakan pada jam 7.30 petang dan telah dipimpin oleh saudara Alday Alexius, yang juga merupakan Ahli Kerasulan Belia Paroki, Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan.
Selesai berdoa Taize, program diteruskan dengan Sesi Pengenalan Kerasulan Belia Keuskupan Sandakan (Diocesan Youth Apostolate) dan Kerasulan Belia Paroki Katedral St. Mary, Sandakan (Parish Youth Apostolate) yang telah disampaikan oleh Ahli DYA dan juga PYA iaitu, saudari Airene A. Gumanas. Di dalam sesi tersebut saudari Airene telah menjelaskan tentang peranan dan tanggungjawab para ahli DYA dan PYA bagi peringkat Keuskupan dan juga Paroki. Di akhir sesi, saudari Airene menggalakkan dan mengingatkan para belia untuk melibatkan diri secara aktif di dalam pelayanan namun perlu seimbang dengan pelayanan utama di rumah iaitu tanggungjawab sebagai anak di dalam keluarga dan juga sebagai pelajar.
Sdri Airene menyampaikan sesi
Selepas itu, saudara Cristopher Aban, Pembantu Kordinator PYA Sandakan, telah memberikan sedikit perkongsian mengenai mesej yang telah disampaikan oleh Bapa Suci Fransiskus pada Hari Belia Sedunia yang ke-33, 2018. Mesej Bapa Suci Franciskus dipetik dari Lukas 1:30: “Jangan takut, hai Maria, sebab engkau beroleh kasih karunia di hadapan Allah”. Melalui mesej tersebut, saudara Cristopher menekankan bahawa “belia tidak seharusnya takut akan segala hal tetapi harus percaya dan yakin kepada Yesus bahawa Yesus akan sentiasa bersama-sama dengan kita”.
Sdra. Christopher 
Dimeh Koyopo selaku Pengerusi Komiti Pastoral St. Mark, dalam ucapannya beliau telah memetik petikan Lukas 23:46: “Ya Bapa, ke dalam tangan-Mu Kuserahkan nyawa-Ku”. Melalui petikan tersebut, beliau mengatakan “kita harus selalu berdoa dan serahkan semuanya ke dalam tangan Tuhan agar apa yang kita doakan itu akan terjadi menurut kehendak-Nya”.
En. Dimeh memberikan ucapan
Pengerusi KKD St. Franscis dari Asisi, Sepilok iaitu saudara Fabian Koret dalam ucapannya beliau berharap agar doa Taize dapat diadakan lagi di Sepilok dan juga harapan berterusan agar belia-belia di KKD Sepilok akan lebih berusaha untuk melayani bersama di dalam pelayanan belia mahu pun gereja.
En. Fabian Koret
Sesi perkongsian telah dikongsikan oleh Quinn (bukan nama sebenar) di mana dalam perkongsiannya, dia tidak pernah mengambil tahu tentang mesej Bapa Suci Fransiskus sebelum ini. Dia juga telah mendapat kekuatan bagi menghadapi segala beban yang dialami dalam pelayanannya dan rasa bersyukur kerana dapat mendengar dan mengerti akan mesej Bapa Suci Fransiskus kepada para belia pada malam tersebut.
Program ditutup dengan sesi bergambar beramai-ramai dan makan malam secara ‘potluck’ bersama umat dan para belia.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

防火醒觉讲座提升人们防火意识及珍惜生命


《斗湖讯》来至吉隆坡的防火协会于422日(星期日)在圣三天主堂举行防火安全醒觉讲座会。此醒觉运动是为了灌输大家防火基本知识及技巧,提升人们防火安全意识,在面对火灾时做出应变。当天讲座会的内容包括:
1.    火灾发生的地点如家里,汽车及办公室
2.    如何逃离火灾现场
3.    如何处理烟霾
4.    在紧急境况下采取的措施
5.    教导如何使用灭火器
6.    如何防范或处理“短路”(Short Circuit
7.    十五分钟的问答环节

主讲人Brenda姐妹劝勉大家如果家里四周围的窗安装了铁花的话,他呼吁我们最好把它拆掉。铁花虽然可以防贼可是一旦遇到火灾时,逃生者却因为锁着的铁花而葬身火海,赔上了无辜性命。此外,她也藉着视频上的一些短片或图片告诉我们如何预防和拯救在火灾的受困者。在火患调查报告中,马来西亚平均每天发生153宗火灾,这好比其他国家高出100倍,而且伤亡的人数不断在增加。她呼吁我们听了这讲座之后,把这些资讯和防火知识传达给家人以及朋友,不要让火吞噬我们的生命。

Monday, April 30, 2018

Testimonial from St. Mary's Cathedral Neophytes

Emily Yong Wan Kiun
I am Emily Yong Wan Kiun, born in a Buddhist family and my mother is a Catholic.
I do have bad and scary experiences in my life since 8 years back. One day, eight years ago in February, I fell down from a mountain during my school camp in Kota Belud. I managed to grab hold of the trunk of a tree that prevented me from falling into the river. I was so scared and in pain, thinking I will die there. Luckily my friends and some good people pulled me up safely but I had some injuries and trauma at that moment.
As if not enough of pain, fear and sufferings, two months later, I was hit by a car in the evening after school. How I wish my life would end there due to all the pain and sufferings caused by the accident.
During that most painful and suffering time, my mother brought Jesus Christ into my life. My mom prayed for me days and night, especially when I felt so sick. She taught me how to pray and gave me a Cross. Not knowing anything, I felt protected and relieved with all those prayers and I managed to stay alive and positive. That incident had left a scar on my physical body as well as on my memory. 
Years later, both of my sisters have decided to follow the Catholic faith like mum but I am not ready yet. Somehow, I do not want to be the odd one out there, so I just followed them to attend the RCIA.
I asked myself, 'why and do I want to become a Christian?' No, I am not ready yet but never mind, I just want to follow my sisters.
Today, after going through the RCIA sessions, I totally changed my mind! I want to be a Christian not because I want to follow my sisters but I want to follow Jesus Christ because HE saved my life and HE love me first. I began to realize that HE was with me during all the happenings in my past incidents so that I stay safe and protected. Following my sisters were mere instrument used for me to get to know God. I'm indeed thankful for this. 
There are ups and downs during my journey in the RCIA. There are times when I would like to give up because of the hectic working commitment I’m facing as I’m working on Saturday which is the busiest day. My sisters and I used to yell at each other when we were late because of my work. I felt our Almighty God never give up on me instead HE gave me faith, patience, understanding and courage to be perseverance in this journey in the RCIA process. Time flies and I felt that RCIA is one of my weekly routine where I need to nourish myself in order to build up my faith toward God. 
All the animators are so great which I not able to describe in words but my sincere gratitude for their sacrifices and understanding all these while. They are the one that hold us tight and journeying with us through our baptism on Easter Virgil. That day on my baptism, I died and reborn into a new person after the immersion into the holy water. It was the most precious moment I experienced in my life. The baptism of my sisters and I had brought tears of joy to our mum and it really touched my heart.
I’m so thankful and feel blessed that I'm baptized into this big Catholic family. Today I pray to be a better person. This is just the beginning of my new life and I will keep building up my faith every day in my life and be thankful toward our God. 
I would like to thank all the animators, bishop, the priests and all the church members for helping us, guiding us in this journey. This is the most blessed journey in my life together with my two sisters and three of my new sisters in Christ in the RCIA. I love you all much! Peace be with all of you and God bless, Alleluia!!


Wendy Yong
Shalom, I am Wendy Yong. I was born in a Buddhist-Christian family where my mom is a Catholic and my dad is a Buddhist. My dad is still a Buddhist today in spite of our conversion to join mum in the Catholic faith.
I heard about Jesus Christ when I was 14 years old from my mum. She always talk about Jesus and taught me to pray and make Sign of The Cross. Every morning I will recite “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Hail Mary”, “Glory Be To The Father”, “Angel of God” and “Apostle’s Creed” before I go to school.
When I was 17 years old, my mom gave me a small booklet known as “Lord of Pardon”. I was told to bring it along with me wherever I go and if whenever I encountered any problems, I will need to pray for pardon. 
As the years passed by, I had a strong feeling and wanted to know more about God so I told my mom I wanted to be a Catholic, like her. She was so happy and quickly enquired from her friends how to be baptized in the catholic faith. A lady friend, who is now my God mother told my mom that I need to enroll and attend RCIA before I can be baptized. 
Together with my two sisters, we enrolled and started our Rcia in June 2017 at St Jerome room. Mum accompanied us on the first day. I was so nervous and excited at the same time and do not know what to expect. Thanks God, we fit in and adapted very well in the RCIA sessions as all the facilitators were very friendly, kind and helpful. They shared the experiences and God’s faith with us, guiding us all the way.
I was baptized on 31st March 2018 and officially become a new creation in Christ, joined in the big catholic family. I feel good, happy and great that I am the new light of Christ. I am looking forward to be a good Christian and be able to bring the Good News of God to share with others. I thank God for having chosen me. Alleluia alleluia..


Sheila
Hi, my name is Sheila and I'm 20 this year. I was baptized on 31st of March 2018 and it was one of the most important and memorable days in my life. Being baptised on this great day really means a lot to me. I am now the new member in Christ Catholic family. This was the best decision I made throughout my life and I want to thank God, bishop, the priests, all the facilitators, my lovely family and all the church members for making my dream came true.
In June, I joined the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults which is also known as RCIA, where a sharing session was held every Saturday between facilitators and those of us who are interested to becoming Christians together with my two sisters.
Before joining the RCIA, I was an impatience person and easily get annoyed or angry by very small issues. It was hard for me to forgive any one who hurts me and I hold grudges. I guessed that was normally what we human beings are.
In the RCIA, we were taught to be patience, to help, to love and forgive one another and that anger and pride are among the 7 biggest sins as a Christian. Gradually, I began to realize my own sins and mistakes committed all these years. I became conscious of my behavior and actions. My biggest transformation was during this later half year where I've learned to be allowed to be challenged in my faith and obedience through the temptations and trials that I have had no control over, knowing God is beside me, allowing the suffering & challenges to bring me closer to HIM, nurturing me to be a more mature Christian.
I hold close to John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. 
I reflected on; God gave his one and only son and it is through Jesus Christ and his death on the cross that my sins are forgiven. Indeed, this phase has given me much strength and courage in my spiritual life in following God's way . 
I will continue to be a good Christian. I will try my best to reach out to those in need. I will try to do God's will as it says; FOR HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO OBEY THE LORD, WHO LIVE BY HIS COMMANDS
God's blessing be upon all of us. Alleluia Alleluia!!!

Ulang Tahun Gereja St. Mark ke-26 dan KBKI ke-9

oleh Rogena R. Sining


Sandakan: Bersempena dengan Perayaan St. Mark, 25 April 2018, Gereja St. Mark, sub-paroki Katedral St. Mary telah merayakan ulang tahun ke-26. Selain itu, ia juga merupakan ulang tahun ke-9 penubuhan Keluarga Besar Katolik Indonesia (KBKI).
Perayaan bermula dengan misa kudus kesyukuran pada jam 7.30 malam yang diselebrankan oleh Fr. David A. Garaman, Paderi Paroki Katedral St. Mary. Kira-kira seramai 600 umat telah memenuhi ruang dalam gereja. Fr. David dalam homilinya mengatakan Santo Markus dikenali kerana penulisannya. "Tanpa Santo Markus sebagai pengarang injil, mungkin kita tidak akan mengenali siapakah Yesus? Kita sebagai umat Tuhan dipilih menjadi alat dimana orang lain boleh mendengar pesanan misteri penyelamatan Yesus”.
Beliau turut menegaskan kepada umat yang terlibat dalam pelayanan gereja, "ini merupakan panggilan kamu dan lakukanlah dengan baik, penuh dedikasi dan jujur dalam pelayanan gereja. Kewujudan pelbagai komuniti di gereja ini bertujuan mewartakan kabar gembira kewujudan Kristus. Marilah kita mengambil iktibar agar kita sentiasa sedar bahawa Yesus harus didahulukan dalam hidup kita. Tanpa Yesus dalam diri kita, kita tidak mempunyai apa-apa. Namun, jika kita tidak mempunyai apa-apa tetapi ada Yesus dalam diri kita maka kita ada semua".
Sejurus selepas misa, semua umat dijemput ke Dewan Serbaguna Gereja untuk acara makan malam secara ‘pot luck’, diikuti dengan persembahan dari kumpulan KBKI, dan Belia.
Dimeh Koyopo selaku Pengerusi, Komiti Pastoral St. Mark, dalam ucapannya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua yang terlibat dalam menjayakan perayaan hari ulang tahun. Beliau berharap agar para belia dapat meneruskan kesatuan komuniti-komuniti yang terdapat di Gereja St. Mark. Beliau turut menambah "kita sebagai satu komuniti yang berpusatkan kepada Yesus untuk melayani dan mengasihi sesama kita. Tanpa kasih, kesatuan tidak akan wujud dalam diri kita".
Fr. David yang menghadiri perayaan tersebut mengucapkan tahniah kepada komiti penganjur kerana telah berjaya menganjurkan perayaan tersebut. Beliau juga berharap agar perayaan seperti itu dapat diteruskan untuk generasi akan datang terutama sekali para belia. Fr. David juga menegaskan kepada kaum ibu bapa agar dapat memberi sokongan dan dorongan kepada para belia yang merupakan pelapis pemimpin gereja untuk terus melibatkan diri secara aktif dalam pelayanan di gereja.
Persembahan belia "The Sin Chair"
Persembahan KBKI~ Tarian Jahe

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sharing The Gift Of Easter With love

By Romeo Barintang

Sandakan: Members of the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) reached out to 19 families living in the periphery to share with them the joy of Easter on 7th April 2018.
This mission team was led by Susanna Cordova and Phillip Mosinoh from SYCC while John Tan and Leonnie Degullacion from the BEC. Together with their members, they handed baskets of love to each family consisting of daily necessity, such as cooking oil, rice, salt, sugar, biscuits, noodles and etc.  The children were given each a gift as an Easter present.
Prior to the outreach mission, a discussion on preparatory work was held at the residence of Susanna Cordova on 12th March 2018. Accordingly, this community consists of 19 families who were evicted from their houses cum workplace because the owner had sold the land. They have moved to a new location, a little further and more secluded.
These families rebuild their houses, mostly of a one-room space, cramped with ten or twelve members per family. It’s heart-breaking to learn of their miserable living condition, thus the idea of visiting these families was mooted. In less than a month, both communities solicited enough provisions for the affected families
The outreach mission project was quite challenging and to reach the community you need to walk through difficult terrain. The project has cemented strong relationship bond among members from the BEC of St Teresa of Calcutta Indah Jaya and The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC). Such cooperation is also a way forward in realizing our vision as a “Christ-centred community, serving one another with love”.
The Easter season is a call for charity that the poor shall always be in our hearts and there is no service to God without service to humanity. Psalm 9:18 “For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.”

Friday, April 27, 2018

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation - Parents play a vital role in the faith formation of their children

Reported by Evelyn Jock-Lagan
Catechist, Sunday School (English)

Recognising the role and influence of the parents in their children’s spiritual upbringing and to ensure that adequate preparation is done for the Sacrament of Confirmation, a briefing was held on 22 April 2018 by the Parish Priest of St Mary’s Cathedral, Fr. David Garaman, at the Fr. Mulders Catechetical Centre, for parents of students from the Sunday School (English) who will be undertaking their Sacrament of Confirmation. 19 students from the English language group will be confirmed in 2018 and 30 more, now in the Pre-Confirmation class, will be confirmed in 2019.
Fr David A. Garaman, Parish Priest for St Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan, briefing parents of student for Confirmation and Pre-Confirmation class from the Sunday School (English) at Fr. Mulders Centre on 22 April 2018.
Fr David touched on 2 main clauses from the Catechism of the Catholic Church with regards to the family:- (i) Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues (CCC 2223); and (ii) Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith (CCC 2226).
In today’s society, a parent has to deal with many challenges such as: work, school, rising cost of living, the media and many other issues. Fr David explained that parents have a responsibility to give good example to their children and they are the first person to influence the moral and faith formation of their children. Parents may feel that they are inadequate in catechizing their children of the faith, and therefore relinquish their responsibility to the catechists who instruct their children on basic doctrine, however, he expressed that the formation of children in their faith, begins at home. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray as a family and to discover their vocation as children of God. It is a way of living. By taking the time to pray, parents show their children the importance of being a holy family which is the vision and mission that the Diocese of Sandakan is striving to portray, ‘to be a Christ centred community, serving one another with love’.
Parents of Confirmand and Pre-Confirmand who have availed themselves to attend the briefing by Fr David, on a Sunday morning at the Catechetical Centre.
He encouraged parents to be a role model for their children by attending Holy Mass with their children and to frequent the Sacrament of Confession as well as the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. He also stressed that by showing good examples from the beginning, aids and encourages the formation of their children’s spiritual growth from an early age. Nothing and no one can replace the influence of a parent and the impact on the spiritual life of a child.
Fr. David encouraged the parents to render their support to the church and the Sunday School activities which is facilitated by lay persons who have availed themselves in the transfer of faith to the children. At the same time, he also invited more parents to assist in the Sunday School as facilitators themselves.
He also explained to parents, the importance of attending retreats prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. A religious youth retreat provides an opportunity for teens to get away from the day-to-day distractions and focus on spiritual matters. The teenage years are the most spiritually active period in a young person’s life and helping Catholic teenagers connect to God at a retreat might help them remain in the Church throughout their adult life.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Misa Kudus Khas Hari Polis ke-211

oleh Eddie Embau

Misa Kudus Khas Hari Polis ke 211 bagi anggota polis yang beragama Kristian telah diadakan di Gereja St Mark, Batu 12, Sandakan pada 14.04.2018 jam 10.00 pagi. Misa yang dikendalikan oleh Badan Kebajikan Kristian BN 15 PGA Sandakan dan juga KKD St. Ignasius Batu 10, Sandakan telah diselebrankan oleh Fr. David A. Garaman dan dibantu oleh Fr. Christopher Ireneus dan Fr. Sunny Chung.
Misa kudus ini melibatkan pegawai / anggota BN 15 PGA Sandakan dan turut serta daripada pegawai / anggota daripada IPD Sandakan / Marin Sandakan / BN 20 PGA Beluran bersama ahli keluarga untuk menjayakan aktiviti Misa Kudus khas kepada semua warga anggota polis yang beragama Kristian tidak kira denominasi. 
Para petugas Liturgi dalam Misa Kudus dibarisi oleh Komentator, Kpl Narius Onong, Koir daripada KKD St Ignasius Batu 10, Sandakan, Lektor 1 oleh ASP Daniel Bansatan, Pemazmur oleh Cik Cherry Henry, persembahan terdiri seperti berikut: ASP Clarence Philip , ASP Kevin ak Nayau, Insp Cladius Justinus Madius, Sm George, Kpl Henry, Kpl Rayner dan L/Kpl Nicklas. Ketua warden oleh Sjn Aloysius Silang dan Kpl Hilary Henry Ugis dengan dibantu oleh 10 anggota yang melibatkan anggota Marin, Balai Polis Sandakan dan PGA. 
Selepas misa, semua umat dan anggota polis bersama para paderi mengambil gambar kenangan di hadapan Gereja St. Mark. Seterusnya jamuan makan tengahari secara “potluck” diadakan di dewan St Mark pada jam 12.00 tengahari. Hidangan secara “Pansu” juga turut disediakan. Fr. Christopher Ireneus telah dijemput untuk memimpin doa pembukaan seterusnya doa makan. 
ASP Clarence Philip selaku Pengerusi Badan Kebajikan Kristian, BN 15 PGA Sandakan memberi ucapan selamat datang dan terima kasih kepada semua yang hadir bagi menjayakan aktiviti ini. 
Fr. David A. Garaman telah menyampaikan ucapan kepada semua umat yang telah menjayakan acara ini serta beliau amat gembira kerana sambutan daripada pegawai dan anggota polis beserta keluarga mereka amat memberansangkan dan terdapat di kalangan mereka aktif melayani di gereja. 
ASP Daniel Bansatan menyampaikan cenderahati penghargaan kepada Rev. Fr. David A. Garaman
Upacara pemotongan kek diadakan di kalangan pegawai dan anggota Polis bersama dengan Paderi. 
Progam ini diadakan bagi memperingati sambutan Hari Polis ke 211 tahun 2018. Selain itu, ia juga bertujuan untuk mengeratkan lagi hubungan persaudaraan di kalangan keluarga Pegawai dan Anggota polis beserta umat Gereja.

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