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Monday, February 28, 2011

Current and Upcoming Events


7.30 pm
Conference Room
Chinese Pastoral Committee Meeting
(Tues & Wed)
7.30 pm
Vocal Training 2010 participants meeting with Mrs. Simon Chan from Singapore
7.30 pm
First Friday Mass
9.00 am
BEC 2nd Annv. Thanksgiving Mass followed by Lunch Fellowship cum Telematch at SM Holy Football field
7.30 pm
Kg Sri Menanti
BEC (Msgr. Nicholas Ong)
7.30 pm
Tmn Hot Spring Jaya
BEC (Msgr. Nicholas Ong)
7.30 pm
Ash Wednesday Mass followed by distribution of Ashes
7.00 am & 9.00 am
Rites of Election during Chinese and BM Mass
7.30 pm
Kg Muhibbah
BEC (Msgr. Nicholas Ong)
7.30 pm
Conference Room
Catechetical Committee Meeting
7.30 pm
Conference Room
PPC Meeting
7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Parish Hall
Interchurch Unity Prayer

** Bible Sharing (3 languages) every Monday at 7.30 pm
** Prayer Meeting (3 languages) every Friday at 7.30 pm

Salva S. Romacho

DSLR and Compact Camera Photography Workshop in Sandakan

Sandakan : The essential concern of the Second Vatican Council through the Decree on the Means of Social Communication (Inter Mirifica), issued on December 4, 1963 was to enjoin upon all Catholics the importance of using social media responsibly, for the common good, and to enhance the apostolic ministry of the Church.The Pontifical Council of Social Communication seeks to use modern media to communicate the Church's message of salvation and its social teaching.
Terrence welcoming the participants

Coming before God in Praise and Worship

The Diocesan Commission for Social Communication led by Terrence Ngui organized a one-day Digital SLR Camera and Photography Workshop on Saturday, 26th February 2011 at the Diocesan Conference Room attended by 27 participants coming from across the four parishes. 

The objective of the workshop is to expose and equip participants with the right camera setting skills and photography techniques. It is hoped that they will be more competent and confident after the exposure and thus form a pool of volunteers readily available to contribute to further activate and enhance the role of the Parish SOCCOM.

The key speakers for the event were Mr Tan Swee Heng AFIAP, PSA the President of the Sabah Photographic Society and Mr Yap Tshun Fong, a professional studio photographer and an expert in photo shop.

The first session started off with Mr Yap sharing his experiences as a professional photographer and he covered the following topics;
  • Aperture Settings
  • Shutter speed settings
  • ISO
  • Focal length
  • Depth of field
  • White balance settings
  • Landscape photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Night photography
  • Macro and nature photography
  • Photo Shop program

The second session by Mr Tan, who had won numerous merit awards in International Exhibition of Photography and sat as a panel member in various National Exhibition of Photography gave  invaluable sharings on; 
  • Good tips on how to use DSLR cameras
  • Handling and storage of cameras
  • Tips on acquiring a good DSLR camera
  • Lens according to its function
  • Using a tripod
  • Participation in photography competitions - local, national and international levels
Terrence on 'Why SOCCOM'

    The third session in the afternoon moderated by Terrence Ngui touched on the roles of SOCCOM and its contribution to the apostolic ministry in evangelization. He gave an input session followed by group discussions on how as an individual, one could contribute towards enhancing the roles of the parish SOCCOM.
    Timothy from Sandakan 
    Jerome from Tawau
    Norbert from Tawau
    The concluding session for the day  was on tips for news writing, presented by Francis Tan of the Diocesan Pastoral Office.
    Writing a News Story
    A gift to say thank you to Mr Tan
    Thank you Mr Yap - we appreciate your sharing
    Training for people involved in media must not be merely on technical aspect, it must include a complete formation, imbued with the Christian spirit and especially with the Church's social teaching.


    Friday, February 25, 2011

    AMOS Program in Sabah ~ Land below the wind

    Sandakan : During the 2nd annual conference of he Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants in Penang on 23rd - 25th April last year, it was agreed that all dioceses in Malaysia-Singapore- Brunei region would need to seriously look into the issue of ministry to the migrants. The phenomenon of migration is a sign of time which we cannot ignore.

    Some 120 participants coming from across the three arch / dioceses in Sabah converged at Bundu Tuhan Retreat Center for the AMOS program themed 'One Human Family' from 18th - 20th February 2011. 

    AMOS, jointly organized by the Human Development Commission of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, Social Action Commission of Keningau Diocese and the Bishop's Office of Sandakan Diocese was aimed at the following;
    • to provide a forum to discuss and look at the issue of migrants in Sabah as concerned Catholics
    • to understand Church's teaching on migration and other social issues
    • to propose common responses
    The key speakers of the program were Fr Dr Charles Chiew from the Diocese of Keningau and Br Anthony Rogers fsc the Director of the La Salle Brothers in Malaysia. The program adopted the approach on ORR which focused on the processes of 'Observe, Reflect and Respond' the basis for planning and commitment.

    Day 1 - 18th February 2011
    Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom DD
    The program began with an Opening Mass in St Pius X Church Bundu Tuhan on Friday evening 18th Feb 2011 presided over by Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of the Diocese of Sandakan con celebrated by Fr Dr Charles Chiew,  Fr Benedict Daulis, both of the Diocese of Keningau and Fr Ambrose Atang, rector of the said Church.

    The prelate in his opening address reminded the participants that the AMOS program offered an opportunity for all to reflect on Christian hospitality and welcome, for, in migrants the Church has always contemplated the image of Christ who said, 'I was a stranger and you made me welcome.' (Mt. 25 : 35)

    He went on to share that in the Church, no one is a stranger and the Church is not foreign to anyone, anywhere ... the Church is the place where all, migrants as well are recognized and accepted as brothers and sisters.
    Dominic Lim
    Sr. JosieRGS

    The first session in the evening began with Dominic Lim, the Executive Secretary of KK Archdiocese  giving an overview of the current situation of the global issues on migration  and in particular  Sabah as a receiving and sending state moderated by Sr Jossie RGS.   The session concluded with group dynamics discussing on the three most disturbing  global happenings confronting the people.

    Day 2 - 19th February 2011 
    Rev.  Dr. Charles Chiew and Martin Idang
    The first session of the day kicked off with Fr Dr Charles Chiew presenting an input session on understanding migration and the current global migration phenomenon moderated by Martin Idang followed by parish group discussion on the political, social and economic impact of migration in Sabah.

    The Eucharistic celebration on the second day was presided by Rt Rev Datuk Cornelius Piong, Bishop of the Diocese of Keningau con celebrated by Fr Dr Charles Chiew and Fr Benedict. He called on the people to reach out to the migrants and refugees in giving them hope, love and compassion as in Mt 25 : 40  'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.'
    Yohanes, Josephine and Simon
    Rev. Benedict
    The second session in the afternoon, moderated by Fr Benedict was on reflections by three migrants, Simon and Yohanes Solo both Indonesians of the Diocese of Keningau and Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu respectively and Josephine Rosario, a Filipina from the Diocese of Sandakan.They shared on the reasons of uprooting themselves from their country of origin, their plight as migrants, adapting to life in a foreign country, their joys and hopes and the support they received from the local Church.

    Peter Zeter

    The third session for the day moderated by Peter Zeter was on the theme of the program 'One Human Family' presented by Br Anthony Rogers fsc.

     Br Anthony Rogers fsc
    He started the session on the implication of migration and the process for globalising solidarity which has to begin with a process of renewal of the Church.  He cited  (No. 5) of 'Ecclesia in Asia' which points out that there is an intimate relationship between a greater awareness of the complex and diverse realities  of Asia and our self - understanding of Church. It has to move us to discern the insights into life that can only come from experiencing God in the context of our lives. He also deliberated on the call to be Good Samaritans in a globalized world especially to the vulnerable and that includes migrants.The Church is called to exercise the mission of the 'Good Samaritan' extending its arms to aid the immigrants  and families who have to face the difficulties of survival.

    Group discussions and presentation of report
    Francis Tan addressing the participants - 'you are the light, salt and yeast of the world'
    Sr. Maria Dipal RGS - Diocese of Sandakan
    The fourth and final session held in the evening on responses of the the three dioceses towards the migrants was moderated by Francis Tan, the Executive Secretary of the Diocese of Sandakan. Sr Maria Dipal RGS of the Diocese of Sandakan, Fr Benedict of the Diocese of Keningau and Peter Zeter and Dominic Lim of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu presented their reports respectively.

    Day 3 - 20th February 2011

    Anne Lasimbang

    Ann Lasimbang, a member of the Archdiocesan Human Development Commission of Kota Kinabalu moderated the session on the final day on responses towards migrants, those coming into Sabah and those moving out of Sabah to Peninsular Malaysia and those moving away from the rural districts to the city and major towns within Sabah in search of a better tomorrow. Participants were grouped according to parishes and had a lively exchange of views and proposals as individuals and as communities.

    Most. Rev. Datuk John Lee, Archbishop of K.K.
    In the Concluding Mass, presided over by Most Rev Datuk John Lee, the Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu, con celebrated by Fr Dr Charles and Fr Benedict, he congratulated the three dioceses for coming together in organizing the said program and all participants for responding to the apostolic ministry to the migrants .He quoted 'Therefore love the strangers, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.' Exodus 23 : 9 and 'Love one another as I have loved you.' John 13 : 34. Based on that he called on the people to extend a welcoming embrace to those on the move especially those who crossed the border seeking for greener pastures. Make them feel at home, welcome them into the community and integrate them into the parish life moving forward together to build up the Church.



    (山打根訊) 2011年新春彌撒於23日,早上8時正山打根聖瑪莉主教座堂舉行。由山打根教區JULIUS GITOM主教主祭,本堂兩位司鐸Fr. Thomas Makajil以及Fr. David共祭。






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