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Thursday, January 10, 2019

华文青年庆祝圣诞佳节联系彼此友谊


《斗湖讯》华文青年团于1230日晚上7时在堂区食堂举行一年一度的圣诞派对。大约40位男女青年及华人牧灵委员会几位成员代表出席参与。在还没开始晚餐前,大家利用靓丽及洪亮的歌声詠唱几首圣诞歌曲如“天主圣子”“普天同庆”及“寒夜雪飘扬”来庆祝耶稣诞生的好消息。吃过晚餐后,主办局免不了安排几项有趣的游戏给所有参与者。游戏后,大家彼此交换圣诞礼物。约莫9时,青年们拍了一张大合照来结束2018年的圣诞派对。
图与文:Esther Kong

PARISH SOCCOM ADVENT PROJECT - SOUP KITCHEN

By SOCCOM (Euthalia)

Everyone has a story to tell. Unfortunately for the poor, homeless and the needy that story is “Hunger.” Every day they will look for food, hoping that God will hear their prayer. Not all stories have happy endings. Sometimes sad endings can be lessons that may strengthen and build us up. During the advent season, the SOCCOM members of St Mary’s Cathedral Parish organized a soup kitchen project. The project was headed by Marshall Owen and fully supported by the SOCCOM Coordinator, Leonard and other members, as well as volunteers.

The theme for the project is taken from Matthew 25 : 40 - “You Did It To Me”  (Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me).
Preparation for this advent project began with promoting the event a few weeks before at the church entrance. We received donations not only from parishioners but also from non parishioners such as mineral water from Ms. Elena and cakes from Ms Shirley Yeo. 
This project was held every Friday evening during the season of advent. Members and volunteers assembled at the Parish Hall on 30th November 2018. After the opening prayer by Mr. Francis Tan, a short briefing on safety and locations was conducted by the Coordinator, Mr. Leonard. We were divided into two groups during our first assignment.

After which, we moved out to our designated locations to distribute the packed foods and drinks. The locations selected were the town and hospital areas. Volunteers were touched and moved when they encountered those living in the periphery. After distributing the foods and drinks, we felt blessed that God has used us as in some way to bring relief to those in need.

Testimonies from members

Personally, I felt that the advent project is no longer about the differences of religions. When I handed out the foods and drinks to the needy, a simple ‘Thank You’ from them would make me feel blessed. Most of all, it is a joy that I could share Christ’s love in my own little way. (Euthalia Jihan Soccom Tresurer)
This is my first time joining the soup kitchen. I’ve heard about it and seen it but never experience it myself. So, I decided to participate during the second week of advent and at that time I was still recovering from gastric which occurred a few weeks before. We were divided into two groups and I was assigned to lead the group designated in the town area. When we arrived, we carried the packed foods to the town mosque.
As we went up the stairs we saw a number of the homeless who were taking refuge there. I was really surprised because I pass by the mosque quite often but I never knew that there were people living there. As we handed out the packed meals I could see that even though they do not know who we were and where we came from, they were very willing to accept our little gift. After witnessing that, I felt that the love of humankind still exist though a simple gesture. Thank you all especially to Marshall Owen for the opportunity to serve the poor during the advent season. (Romeo Francis Asst. Coordinator Soccom) 

Our “Soup Kitchen” project ended on 21st December with a closing prayer followed by singing some Christmas songs. This project is so meaningful to us and SOCCOM will continue with this project next year. We would like to say “Thank You” to all our kind parishioners and generous donors who have contributed in one way or another in making this event a success. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

"You are free to write.." ~ Basic Writing Skill

By Rogena Sining
Photo by SOCCOM
SANDAKAN: On 29th December 2018, the Parish Pastoral Council in collaboration with the Parish Social Communication Committee (SOCCOM) and St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Office organized a half-day workshop on Basic Writing Skill at the Parish Conference Room.
15 participants, including Mr. Pilis Malim, Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, attended the event. Ms. Kathlyn D’Souza, a journalist from one of the popular social magazines in Kuala Lumpur facilitated the workshop. She hails from Sandakan but currently is based in Kuala Lumpur.
In the beginning of the workshop, Ms Kathlyn shared about her experience in becoming a journalist and how enjoyable it could be. In her session about writing, she explained the different types of writing which include:
  •          Press Releases,
  •          News Story,
  •         Newspaper and Magazine Feature Story,
  •          Narrative Writing and
  •          Devotional

She related, “When writing a report, please don’t be afraid of your imagination, have fun, explore any or all angles possible, and be relatable and open”. She added “In writing there is no right or wrong, you are free to write and try to have fun.” She also shared on how to draw the audience to read an article through a catchy and punchy headline.
Mr. Pilis Malim, in his sharing said that there would be no problem in writing articles on church event for SOCCOM members because they have acquired the basic skills in writing. He thanked the speaker for her time in conducting the talk about basic writing skills. He also thanked all participants for their generous support. He hoped that the just-concluded workshop would produce a few committed writers.
Ms. Kathlyn showing participants the finer points of writing an article
Mdm. Cecelia Polo, one of the participants expressed her appreciation to the speaker. She hoped that church events would be properly covered and posted in the blog so that parishioners could keep up with happenings in the church.
 Mr. Leonard, Chairman of Parish Social Communication Commission presents token of appreciation to Ms. Kathlyn witnessed by Mr. Pilis Malim

Monday, January 7, 2019

DOUBLE SACERDOTAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Article by: GerardCSH
Photo by: GerardCSH and Leonard

Sandakan Parish: On 30th of December 2018, a meaningful night for Rev Fr. David A. Garaman and Rev. Fr. Christopher Ireneus as they celebrated their 8th and 2nd Sacerdotal Anniversary. A joyful and auspicious dinner hosted at a local restaurant joined by priests, religious and parishioners. This dinner was organised by Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).
In his opening speech, the PPC Chairman, Mr Pilis Malim, recalled that Fr. David is the first seminarian in the newly erected Sandakan Diocese ordained as Deacon on March 19, 2010 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan. And that same year, ordained as priest on Friday, 31st December 2010, at St. Dominic Church, Lahad Datu. Whereas, Fr. Christopher’s deaconate ordination was on July 18, 2016 and priesthood ordination on 28th December 2016 at St. Martin’s Church, Telupid. He thanked them for visiting the sick, the poor and the needy of our community.
The help and support of the community, paved the way for the priests to serve devoutly in our parish and our church. They contributed in strengthening their vocation and enlightening their service to serve continuously in and outside the parish, Bishop Julius Gitom said.
In response, Fr. David thanked the community of St. Mary’s Cathedral for giving him their support along the years. The 8 years of priesthood indeed were a blessing. He thanked God for giving him a good family, a good bishop in the diocese, and good parishioners of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan. He commended the cooperation and commitment of every community since they have done better in the past years. With the new Vision and Mission of the diocese, he hopes that the community could continue to work together and do their best to achieve the desired church in the future.
Lastly, Fr. Christopher shared his 2 years priestly service in the church which he welcomed and enjoyed working together with all the communities. He humbly acknowledged that he was not exempted from having to face numerous challenges, either physically or mentally. Fr. Christopher also convince that in the future there will be more new challenges which has never been seen or never been encountered before this. They as priests would like to ask for our support and guidance from us the community so that they can serve us in the will of God and together we all can work in building our parish. Without the help from the community, they wouldn’t be able to make the parish a success. Before he ends his speech, he would also like to give thanks to all for the love and support from the community to all the priests who serve in this cathedral. And he hoped that the priests will be further strengthened in order to continue the service on the God’s field.
The dinner ended at 9.30 pm with a closing prayer led by Rev Fr. David A. Garaman.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Mini Karnival Krismas Penutup Acara Tahunan Umat Di Paroki St. Martin Telupid.

oleh Girald Palipus

Telupid – Mengambil tema dari perayaan Misa Kudus pada hari tersebut iaitu Pesta Keluarga Kudus, Kerasulan Belia Paroki St. Martin, dengan usaha sama dari pihak Majlis Pastoral Paroki telah berjaya menganjurkan Mini Karnival sempena dengan hari Natal yang telah lalu. Mini Karnival yang diadakan pada 30 Disember 2018 bertujuan untuk mengumpul dana bagi menampung serba sedikit perbelanjaan program Youth Preplink kali ke-9 yang akan bermula pada 2 Januari 2019 sekaligus  menjangkau keluarga katolik yang berada di sekitar kawasan Paroki St. Martin Telupid.
Terdapat ramai belia beserta umat yang datang dengan keluarga masing-masing  memeriahkan lagi mini karnival tersebut walaupun masing-masing masih mempunyai komitmen yang berlainan. Acara mini karnival tersebut bermula sekitar jam 2 petang dengan pendaftaran dan taklimat para peserta. Sejurus selepas itu acara sukaneka seperti boling kelapa, tiup tepung, tiup belon dan isi air dalam botol telah dijalankan. Pertandingan permainan elektronik iaitu Mobile Legend turut dijalankan.
Rev. Fr. Stanley
Acara mini karnival bersambung semula pada sebelah malam bermula dari jam 7.30 malam dengan ucapan pengerusi penganjur mini karnival iaitu saudara Jornelius Francis Sales dan juga ucapan daripada Pengerusi Majlis Pastoral Paroki, Telupid iaitu saudara Roger Sebastian Enti. Seterusnya acara jamuan makan malam secara pot luck yang  didahului doa makan oleh Rev. Fr. Stanley.
Pertandingan karaoke daripada peserta memeriahkan dan menghangatkan lagi suasana mini karnival ini. Selain itu, para umat yang hadir turut dihiburkan dengan persembahan akustik dari kumpulan De’ Trips Band yang dianggotai oleh belia daripada St. Martin, Telupid. Selepas itu, penyampaian hadiah bagi para pemenang acara sukaneka.  Mini karnival ini menutup tirai tepat jam 10 malam dengan doa dari Romo Anthonius. Pihak penganjur berterima kasih atas sokongan yang diberikan dan berjanji akan memberikan yang terbaik pada masa yang akan datang jika diberikan peluang lagi untuk menganjurkan mini karnival seperti ini.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Kasih dalam Kristus pada musim Adven

oleh Romeo Barintang

Sandakan: Telah menjadi satu amalan bagi KKD St. Teresa of Calcutta, Indah Jaya membawa kegembiraan dan semangat Natal kepada sekurang-kurangnya satu keluarga yang memerlukan dalam masyarakat semasa musim adven. Mesej Adven telah mengajak kita untuk membuka hati kita, mempedulikan orang lain, menggalakkan satu sama lain untuk melakukan amal dan kerja yang baik.
Gambar bersama keluarga Puan Winnie 
Pada tahun ini, warga KKD St. Teresa of Calcutta, Indah Jaya telah menziarahi seorang ibu tunggal yang tinggal di kawasan Taman Indah Jaya pada 8hb Disember 2018. Puan Winnie Tay, seorang ibu tunggal yang mempunyai lima orang anak kini tinggal bersama dua orang anak yang masih bersekolah. Manakala yang lain menetap di Kota Kinabalu.
Membaiki lampu di dalam tandas 
Ahli menyusun dan membuang sampah
Hasil dari lawatan tersebut, warga KKD St. Teresa of Calcutta telah mengambil inisiatif untuk sama-sama bergotong-royong membersihkan kawasan rumah serta kerja-kerja pembaikan seperti masalah paip serta beberapa lampu yang tidak menyala di rumah tersebut. 
Kerja membaiki lampu di luar rumah
Harapan mereka agar amalan ini dapat dijalankan lagi pada tahun-tahun seterusnya agar dapat menjangkau lebih banyak keluarga yang serba kekurangan serta memerlukan.
Kerja memasang paip sedang dilakukan
Ahli membersihkan perkarangan rumah

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