Tawau : About 30 members of the Parish Youth Apostolate and a few parish leaders of
continued with the Sabah Youth Cross's journey, bringing the Cross to St. Jude's Church Semporna, some 108 km away from Tawau on 29th May 2011. Holy Trinity Church
|The Youth Cross arrives at St Jude|
|Felsa May of HTC handing over the Youth Cross to the representative of St Jude's youth|
|Welcoming the Youth Cross at the main gate|
|The procession into the Church|
The Cross of Christ, entrusted to the youth of the world by the late Pope John Paul II at the closing of the Holy Year of the Redemption (1983-1984), the late Holy Father urged them to:
"Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ's love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption"
"The Cross, the sign of God's ineffable love, a sign that reveals that 'God is love."
"Follow the pilgrim Cross; go in search of God, and you will see that he is also to be found in the heart of a modern city" (Rome, 22nd April 1984).
Noticing the absence of the Cross during that weekend's masses at Holy Trinity Church, the rector Msgr. Nicholas Ong, in his homily, said:" Unfortunately the cross has to travel to Semporna for the weekend. Otherwise it could have been placed near the altar to be seen by everyone as it is both a symbol of our faith as well as a symbol of our communion with the Pope."
|Deep in adoration|
True enough the Cross returned to
for the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord on the 7th week of Easter, where it was placed near the main altar till it leaves for St. Dominic's Church Lahad Datu some 150 km away on 11th June 2011. Holy Trinity Church