JCK – SOCCOM Tawau.
|The celebrant, Msgr Nicholas Ong|
Some 500 Chinese parishioners of Holy Trinity Church ushered in the Lunar New Year, which is the Year of the Dragon on Monday 23rd January 2012 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 9.00 am, presided over by Msgr Nicholas Ong, the rector, con celebrated by Fr. David A. Garaman, the assistant rector and Fr. Martin Wong.
In his homily, Msgr. Nicholas Ong called on the parishioners to sincerely give thanks to God Almighty for the many graces and gifts that He had poured into their lives especially the happiness, joy and their health. Reflecting on the readings and psalm, he again mentioned that man created in His image and likeness must seek the Lord's righteousness. He reminded the congregation to pray and ask God for His continuous blessing and protection.
|L-R : Peter Wong and Francis Chong of the Chinese Pastoral Community|
In conclusion, he wished all parishioners a 'blessed, happy and prosperous Chinese New Year'.
After the celebration Msgr. Nicholas Ong and the two con celebrants gave away mandarin oranges and 'ang pows', symbols of good luck and fortune to all parishioners.