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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE TRINITY SYMBOLIZES UNITY

By Julita Kantod
Tawau : The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity or Trinity Sunday falls on 15th June. The feast bears much meaning to the local community of Holy Trinity Parish, Tawau as they gathered to celebrate the occasion, symbolizing the mystery of God's love and unity. 
Parishioners of the Holy Trinity Church are always urged to live and sustain the dignity of the divine meaning of the Trinity, to always live as one big community in unity, as the Father, Son and the Holy spirit are one. The Trinity symbolizes the union of love and compassion.
The Holy Trinity Church, Tawau marked the feast day as a moment to be remembered by having a yearly gathering with all parishioners after the Eucharistic celebration. This is also a way to thank and appreciate the parishioners for their contribution and involvement in building up the church. Involvement in church activities promotes solidarity, sustaining the greatest love of God through understanding, tolerance, humility and teamwork.
Msgr. Nicholas Ong, the rector presided over the mass, concelebrated by Fr Johnny Raju, the assistant rector. In his homily, he said, 'The world cannot be saved by hatred and division. The world can only be saved by love and unity. We need to move forward to build Christian communities so that our Church may be a community of love and unity and a sign and sacrament of salvation for the world.'
The Holy Spirit dwells among us, in us and within us. The Holy Spirit is nearer to us than we are to ourselves, loving us more than we love ourselves (St Augustine) and knowing us more than we know ourselves.
Thus, the Holy Spirit will prompt us to carry forth Christ's mission, 'Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in he name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.' (Matthew 28 : 19)
After the Eucharistic celebration, parishioners adjourned to the Parish Hall for a get together with some presentations from the  various groups.
Andrew Kiat, the PPC Chairman in his words of welcome, said 'Coming together as one body symbolized the unity of the Triune God. The love and care extended towards each other help us to live as one community. Having a good relationship with Christ will help us live in communion with one another. Supporting church activities by being present, shows that we  belong to each other.'

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