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Monday, February 18, 2013

BEGIN THE NEW YEAR WITH A CONTRITE HEART

By Julita, SOCCOM Tawau

Tawau : The Chinese Community of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau commenced the Chinese New Year with a thanks giving Mass on Sunday, 10th February 2013 at 11.00 am. The Mass attended by some 400 Chinese parishioners, was presided over by Msgr. Nicholas Ong and con celebrated by Fr. David Garaman.
Msgr. Nicholas began his homily by extending warm greetings and CNY wishes to the parishioners. He said, 'Your attendance today at this Thanks Giving Mass showed that you have a priority in your life journey. May this prosperous New Year bring you closer to the Lord our God, our provider.' 
He continued, 'let us be thankful to all the blessings granted to us for the past year and let us begin this year with a contrite heart to built a deeper relationship with the Lord by putting our effort to spread the Good News among our family members and friends.'
He went on to relate the reading of the Gospel taken from Luke 5:1 -11, 'do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch. 'He urged all parishioners to take the challenges of today's situation by committing themselves to the call of the Church to live the Year of Faith with courage and hope. Continue to be the instrument of the Lord in reaching out to those lapsed who have turned away from the Catholic Church.'
He concluded by saying, 'May God's blessing be upon us always not only this year but till the day of the Lord's coming. Wishing all a blessed, happy and prosperous new year.  Amen!
After the Eucharistic celebration, Msgr Nicholas and Fr David blessed the mandarin oranges and distributed them to all parishioners together with ang pows.
Lion dance held at the Church entrance
The rector, accompanied by the religious, PPC and the Chinese Pastoral Community ( CPC ) Chairmen visited a few Chinese families, spending time and joining in the joy of the occasion. 

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