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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Program Kesedaran tentang Pembangunan Insan di Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau

Oleh DS/sj
TAWAU: Selepas sahaja Komisi Pembangunan Insan Keuskupan (KPIK) Sandakan dibentuk dengan secara rasminya pada 18hb Januari 2014 lalu, Sr Maria Dipal, RGS selaku Pengerusi yang dilantik untuk sesi 2014-2016 telah mengambil inisiatif untuk mewujudkan kesedaran di kalangan umat awam khasnya di peringkat Komuniti Kristian Dasar (KKD) di seluruh Keuskupan Sandakan mengenai ‘Pembangunan Insan seiring dengan Ajaran Sosial Gereja Katolik’. Beliau dibantu oleh Setiausaha KPIK iaitu saudari Shirley Joseph. Program kesedaran tersebut telah dimulakan di Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau.
Selain mewujudkan kesedaran, objektif utama program kesedaran ini juga untuk mempersiapkan pembentukan semula / pembaharuan komitmen para ahli Komiti Pembangunan Insan Paroki (KPIP). Oleh itu, dengan kerjasama daripada ahli KPIK dari Paroki Tawau dan atas sokongan Paderi Paroki, Msgr. Nicholas Ong, program tersebut telah dapat dijalankan dengan baik pada 24hb hingga 26hb Januari 2014. Seramai lebih kurang 180 umat telah menghadiri program ini yang telah diadakan di beberapa tempat atau KKD dalam Paroki Tawau.
Input yang telah diberikan telah mendapat respon positif daripada umat yang menghadiri di mana dalam sesi tersebut beberapa penekanan telah diberikan oleh Sr Maria. Pada sesi itu, para hadirin mendapat peluang untuk:-
· Mengetahui dan mendalami apakah maksud pembangunan insan yang integral
· Mengetahui tentang perlunya pembangunan insan yang integral
· Membuat renungan mengenai aspek-aspek penting Pembangunan Insan yang seiring dengan dan “diperjuangkan” oleh AJARAN SOSIAL GEREJA dan NILAI-NILAI INJIL.
· Mempelajari dan memahami tentang 3 unsur penting bagi Gereja:-
(i) Alkitab / Sabda - mendengar Berita Baik
(ii) Sakramen - ibadat, kehidupan doa, dan sebagainya
(iii) Misi sosial - tindakan untuk keadilan sosial
· Mengetahui apakah peranan Gereja di dunia moden:-
(i) Menawarkan bantuan kepada orang / individu
(ii) Menawarkan bantuan kepada aktiviti manusia
(iii) Menawarkan bantuan kepada masyarakat sosial
· Mempelajari dan memahami tentang 7 tema penting Ajaran Sosial Gereja Katolik:-
(i) Kehidupan dan Maruah Manusia
(ii) Panggilan kepada Keluarga, Komuniti dan Keterlibatan
(iii) Hak-hak dan Tanggungjawab
(iv) Peluang bagi Mereka yang Miskin dan Lemah
(v) Maruah Pekerjaan dan Hak-hak Asasi para Pekerja
(vi) Solidariti
(vii) Menjaga Ciptaan Tuhan
· Mempelajari dan memahami tentang apakah misi sosial Gereja:-
(i) Kebajikan Sosial - merawat kesan-akibat satu masalah
(ii) Keadilan Sosial - respon / merawat akar-umbi masalah
Berikut merupakan imbasan perjalanan program selama tiga hari dijalankan dalam bentuk gambar:-
HARI PERTAMA: (MALAM) JUMAAT, 24HB JANUARI 2014
TEMPAT: DEWAN GEREJA HOLY TRINITY, TAWAU
PESERTA: PERWAKILAN / UMAT-UMAT DARI KKD KAWASAN BANDAR TAWAU
HARI KEDUA: (MALAM) SABTU, 25HB JANUARI 2014
TEMPAT: GEREJA ST.PAUL, BALUNG
PESERTA: PERWAKILAN / UMAT DARI KKD / BASIS / KAWASAN BALUNG, TAWAU
SESI SUAI KENAL

SESI PERBINCANGAN DAN PERKONGSIAN
HARI KETIGA: (SIANG) AHAD, 26HB JANUARI 2014
TEMPAT: GEREJA HOLY TRINITY,TAWAU
PESERTA: UMAT-UMAT DARI PELBAGAI KUMPULAN PELAYANAN / INDIVIDU
SELEPAS MENGHADIRI MISA KUDUS
 HARI KETIGA: (MALAM) AHAD, 26HB JANUARI 2014
TEMPAT: RUMAH KEDIAMAN SAUDARA LORENS PAULUS, APAS
PESERTA: UMAT-UMAT DARI KKD APAS, TAWAU

GAMBAR KENANGAN BERSAMA PARA BAPA, IBU DAN BELIA
Di akhir sesi-sesi tersebut, Sr Maria menyeru, "Sebagai Komuniti Kristian, kita mengambil serius  akan pesanan Bapa Suci Franciskus di mana dalam  Eksortasi Apostolik pertamanya,  Evangelii Gaudium, Bapa Suci  mengundang umat beriman  memberi perhatian khusus kepada kaum yang lemah dan miskin. Sudah sewajarnyalah bahawa tahun 2014 merupakan ‘Tahun Iman melalui Perbuatan’". Maka, Sr Maria berharap agar para umat di Paroki Tawau  mengambil bahagian menghidupi Misi  dan Ajaran Sosial Gereja Katolik dalam kehidupan seharian serta menerapkan apa yang sudah dipelajari dari program kesedaran ini dalam kumpulan pelayananKKD juga keluarga mereka masing-masing. “Jika iman tidak disertai perbuatan, maka iman itu pada hakikatnya adalah mati.” - Yakobus : 2:14-17
Perancangan tahunan KPIK juga telah dibuat dan jika tidak terdapat sebarang halangan, program kesedaran ini seterusnya akan dijalankan di Paroki St Dominic, Lahad Datu dalam bulan Februari 2014. Sr Maria juga merancang untuk bersama-sama umat di Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau bagi merayakan Hari Migran 2014 yang jatuh pada tarikh 28hb September.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FAREWELL TO SR. TAURIA fsic AND SR. RUSIAH fsic

Julita, SOCCOM Tawau
L-R : Fr David, Sr Rusiah fsic, Msgr Nicholas Ong, Sr Tauria fsic and Fr Johnny
Tawau : We, as baptised Catholics are called to holiness through a relationship with God. Some people receive a call to live their baptism through religious life. Consecrated women dedicate their entire lives to God and the Church through the public profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. 
In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34), ~ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata of the Holy Father John Paul ll.

Sr. M. Tauria Taurin fsic
After having served  Holy Trinity Parish for some six years, Sr Tauria fsic has recently been  transferred to the Diocese of Keningau. She is assigned  to St. James, an outstation in Apin Apin, Keningau.
Sr. M. Tauria Taurin fsic, a humble, friendly but firm in her belief and a helpful servant of God was actively involved in quite a number of  spiritual and communal activities. Beside being appointed as the Spiritual Adviser for the Parish Christian Family Life Ministry for Holy Trinity Tawau, she was also involved  in the Catechetical ministry. She also taught in Holy Trinity Kindergarten.
She left Holy Trinity Parish Tawau on 25th January. We wish Sister M.Tauria Taurin fsic, a blessed journey of religious life and continue to serve the people of God  with a big and warm heart.

Sr. M. Rusiah Garuk fsic
She was transferred from St. Dominic's Parish Lahad Datu early 2012. She has served Holy Trinity Parish for some two years.

Sr. M. Rusiah fsic will do a one-year Theological Year in La Foresta, Kiulu in preparation of her final profession.
While in HTC, she journeyed with the Youth, Legion Of Mary, the Catechetical Ministry and she also served the out stations. Sr. M. Rusiah fsic is simple and kind hearted, patient but firm in her words specially in expressing her views.
She left Tawau  on the second week of January. We wish Sr. M. Rusiah fsic, a blessed and fruitful Theological Year and continue to serve with love.
The parishioners of Holy Trinity Tawau would like to thank both sisters for their undivided support and commitment in serving the local community especially on spiritual matters.
More than 300 parishioners attended the farewell fellowship held at the Parish Hall on Sunday, 5th January 2014.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE WITH SEMINARIANS AND RELIGIOUS SISTERS

Raymond Lee

The seminarians from the Diocese of Sandakan successfully organized a Weekend Experience programme with the youth at St. Martin's Parish, Telupid on 3rd to 5th of January 2014. The organizing team was glad for the involvement and support of the parish priest, Fr. Jasery and three Franciscan Sisters: Sr. Appollonia fsic from Sandakan, Sr. Lucy fsic from Kota Belud and Sr. Liza fsic from Penampang. Some 30 youths took part in the programme which began with a fellowship dinner with the parishioners on Friday night.
The objective of the three-day event was to convey to the young people the meaning of vocation especially the priestly and religious vocations. The morning session began with the introduction of ‘What is Vocation’ facilitated by Sem. Dafrinn, followed with a vocation sharing by Sem. Raymond. Following which, the parish priest, Fr. Jasery explained the meaning and ministry of the Diocesan Priesthood.
Sr Appolonia fsic, Sr Lucy fsic and Sr Liza fsic
The afternoon session was an insight to the religious vocation and sharing of religious life by the Franciscan Sisters. The religious sisters and the seminarians presented movie clips regarding their daily life and their ministry in convents and St. Peter’s College, Kuching. The programme of the day ended with a Taize prayer session.
During the Sunday mass, Fr. Jasery introduced the seminarians to the parishioners as a motivation to the local youth to discern deeply and courageously in responding to the priestly and religious vocations. 

PROGRAM HUJUNG MINGGU BERSAMA PARA SEMINARIAN DAN RELIGIUS SISTER

Oleh Raymond Lee
Diterjemahkan oleh Walter Milter



Telupid : Baru-baru ini para seminarian dari diosis Sandakan telah menganjurkan program hujung minggu bersama para belia di paroki Santo Martin Telupid. Program ini telah diadakan pada 3 hingga 5 Januari 2014. Pihak penganjur amat gembira dengan penglibatan serta sokongan dari paderi paroki, Fr. Jasery dan tiga orang religious sister yang dijemput khas iaitu Sr. Appolonia fsic yang bertugas di St. Mary’s Cathedral Sandakan, Sr. Lucy fsic yang melayani di Kota Belud dan Sr. Liza fsic yang kini sedang melayani di Penampang. Lebih kurang 30 orang belia telah turut serta dalam memeriahkan program ini, yang mana telah dimulakan dengan jamuan makan malam bersama umat di paroki ini pada malam Jumaat.
Seminarian Dafrinn - 'Apakah itu panggilan.'
Perkongsian 'pangilan' oleh Seminarian Raymond
Objektif program ini adalah untuk memberi pemahaman yang lebih dekat kepada para umat dan belia tentang maksud panggilan terutamanya panggilan kepada kepaderian dan religius sister. Acara pada waktu pagi dimulakan dengan pengenalan melalui ceramah ‘Apakah itu panggilan?’ yang disampaikan oleh seminarian Dafrinn dan diikuti dengan perkongsian panggilan oleh seminarian Raymond. Seterusnya dalam sesi kedua, Paderi paroki, Fr. Jasery juga telah menerangkan maksud dan pelayanan seorang paderi dalam ceramahnya ‘Paderi Keuskupan’
Fr Jasery, rektor St Martin Telupid
Sr Appolonia fsic dari Sandakan
Acara pada tengah hari diteruskan dengan pengenalan tentang religus dan perkongsian yang disampaikan oleh Franciscan Sister. Selepas itu, para sister dan seminarian juga telah menayangkan tayangan pendek yang berkaitan dengan kehidupan mereka seharian dan juga pelayanan mereka di biara dan Kolej St. Peter, Kuching. Acara pada hari tersebut telah diakhiri dengan doa Taize yang dipimpin oleh para seminarian.
Fr. Jasery, semasa misa kudus hari minggu, telah memperkenalkan para seminarian yang hadir kepada para umat. Ini adalah untuk memberi motivasi dan galakan khususnya kepada belia untuk merenung secara mendalam, mempunyai iman kepada Tuhan serta berani dalam menyahut panggilan Tuhan untuk melayaniNya sebagai paderi keuskupan atau religius.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sandakan Diocesan Human Development Commission Formalized

Article by DS and photos by Shirley J
Sandakan : The inaugural meeting of the Diocesan Human Development Commission was held on Saturday, 18th January 2014 at the Diocesan Retreat Centre, Ulu Dusun. In his welcoming speech, Bishop Julius extended his warm welcome and appreciation to all members of the commission for their presence.  The prelate was grateful that after the third attempt, the commission was finally formalized.
The prelate added that the commission is relatively less known as it is something new in the Diocese. He hoped that the efforts of Sr. Maria Dipal, RGS, the Chairperson of the commission, through her proposed introduction and awareness programs on human development will enlighten commission members  to better understand their roles. He believed that the collaboration between all the existing commissions will further enhance the process of  integral human development of the local community.
Front row (L-R) : Nicholas, Petrus, Beatrice, Shirley, Bishop Julius, Sr Maria rgs, Rachel, Rayner, Christianus
Back row (L-R) : Hildi, Francis, Kletus and Gabriel
Among its key roles, the Commission will endeavor;
  • to promote the Catholic Social Teaching of the Church
  • to promote and implement work of the Catholic campaign for human development in fulfilling the church social mission for the benefit of the broader community
  • to liaise and enhance the function of all Parish Integral Human Development Ministries in matters related to human development / social mission of the church
The commission line-up for the two-year term (2014 - 2016);

01
Sr Maria Dipal RGS
Good Shepherd Welfare Centre
Chairperson
02
Shirley Joseph
Diocesan Pastoral Centre
Secretary
03
Francis Tan
Diocesan Pastoral Centre
Ex-officio
04
Francis Kamuntah
Holy Trinity Church, Tawau
Committee
05
Gabriel Nunang
Holy Trinity Church, Tawau
Committee
06
Petrus Tolok
Holy Trinity Church, Tawau
Committee
07
Hildi Poili
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan
Committee
08
Beatrice Jautin
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan
Committee
09
Kletus Muyuk
St Dominic Church, Lahad Datu
Committee
10
Rachel Antak
St Dominic Church, Lahad Datu
Committee
11
Rayner Guntingan
St Dominic Church, Lahad Datu
Committee
12
Christianus Antit
St Martin’s Church, Telupid
Committee
13
Nicholas Ponilau
St Martin’s Church, Telupid
Committee


The formation session was held in the evening with Sr Maria rgs facilitating the sessions on Theological Reflection ~ 'The journey to Emmaus', 'Mission Spirituality,' 'What and Why Integral Human Development.'
Francis Tan from the Diocesan Pastoral Office facilitated the session on the vision of the Diocesan Human Development Commission and the Social Mission of the Church.
The following morning, 19th January 2014, the formation program continued with the session on, 'The Way Forward', 'Team Building and Leadership Skills' facilitated by Sr Maria rgs.
Commission members were commissioned by Bishop Julius during the Sunday Eucharistic celebration on 19th January 2014 at St Paul's Church, Ulu Dusun. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. (Pope Benedict 24th April 2005) We are called to mission, serving in various ways. We are to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery to the blind and to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4 : 18)

Each member was given the light as a sign of faithfulness of God, sealed with the Spirit of holiness that we may be blessed with wisdom and perseverance in the mission.
Members made their pledge before the prelate witnessed by local parishioners of St Paul's Church. They pledged to perform the task of faithful service, to their utmost best as willed by God. They are to serve with love and compassion, bringing light and hope to those in need, especially the poor, the oppressed and those bound in darkness. 
Group photo in front of St Paul's Church, Ulu Dusun right after commissioning
We are called to find Christ in them (the poor and vulnerable), to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them. This is why I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. (Evangelii Gaudium 198)

HTC TAWAU CELEBRATES FEAST OF STO. NINO ( THE HOLY INFANT OF JESUS )

Julita, SOCCOM, Tawau
Holy Trinity Parish, Tawau - 19th January 2014, the Second Sunday of Ordinary time in the Liturgical year was also the Feast of Sto. Nino, the Holy Infant of Jesus. This Feast has become a yearly event for the Filipino Community in Holy Trinity Parish Tawau in remembrance of the history of faith and salvation.
The 11.00 am Thanksgiving Mass was  presided over by Msgr. Nicholas Ong and con celebrated by Fr. David A. Garaman and Fr.Johnny Raju. Some 500 Filipino parishioners attended the Holy Mass. 14 members of  the Filipino Pastoral Community from St. Mary's Cathedral Parish, Sandakan participated in the celebration.
 
Referring to the Gospel reading from John 1: 29 - 34, Msgr Nicholas in his homily urged parishioners to value the free gift that God gives to all humankind which is salvation itself. Christ is the suffering servant of God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world with one purpose and that is to save us all.
He said, "God gives us salvation freely, the only thing we must do is to come to Mass every Sunday, receive the body and blood of Christ with faith for our salvation. Receiving communion with faith and responding 'AMEN' shows that we believe and our faith will lead us to salvation. Receiving communion without  acknowledging our faith, will not lead us to salvation."

With this strong and clear message once again all parents and Godparents are reminded to pursue, to encourage and bring their children to Mass that they will be enriched in their faith and knowledge in Christ. This will empower them to have the ability to overcome challenges of the world and to be saved.
He added that Sto Nino or the Holy infant of Jesus symbolizes total dependency of the Father. By  putting  ourselves in the hand of God the Father, with hope and faithfulness, the compassion of God will be revealed through the Holy Spirit. Be like children, innocent and fully trusting the Father.
In conjunction with World Day of Migrants and Refugees, themed Migrants and Refugees: Towards a better world, Msgr Nicholas said that we are only passing through this world, let us move along together, growing in mutual respect, caring and upholding tolerance for a better world for all.
After the Thanksgiving Mass, parishioners adjourned to the Parish Hall for a luncheon fellowship.
 
The celebration themed "Jesus is the source of light and hope" was filled with presentations by the various groups of the Filipino community.

Monday, January 20, 2014

YOUTH LEADER'S CAMP 2014 IS NOW ACTIVATED!



St. Dominic Lahad Datu – Youth Leader’s Camp atau lebih dikenali sebagai YLC merupakan satu ruangan bagi pemimpin belia muda dari seluruh Keuskupan Sandakan datang dan berkumpul bagi menemui semula, memperbaharui dan berhubung semula sekali lagi dengan Tuhan, orang lain dan diri mereka sendiri. Ia juga adalah tempat bagi mereka untuk berkongsi kegembiraan dan cabaran mereka dalam pelayanan, bersama-sama belajar perkara-perkara yang baru, disegarkan semula dan akhir sekali mengukuhkan ikatan persahabatan di kalangan mereka.

Paroki St.Dominic Lahad Datu merupakan tuan rumah bagi penganjuran kem pada tahun ini, dan mensasarkan penyertaan seramai 100 orang dari semua Kerasulan belia, pemimpin dari luar stasi dan pemimpin belia yang berpotensi dari keempat-empat paroki di Keuskupan Sandakan. Kem ini akan bermula pada 5 sehingga 9 Februari 2014 dengan bertemakan "Pergilah, jadikanlah semua bangsa murid-ku!" Mt 28:19.


Seluruh pembentukan dan penyusunan program telah diinspirasikan daripada mesej Bapa Suci Benedict XVI semasa Hari Dunia Belia di Rio. Objektif bagi kem tahun ini tidak jauh daripada dua penganjuran YLC yang lalu iaitu:
  1. Untuk berkumpul dan menguatkan hubungan melalui persahabatan, perkongsian dan menimba ilmu diantara semua pemimpin belia di keempat-empat paroki.
  2. Untuk mencari, belajar, memperbaharui semula iman sebagai seorang individu / pemimpin.  
  3. Untuk membangkitkan/mencetuskan didalam peribadi pemimpin belia hati seorang Misionari.
Tim penganjur kem tahun ini terdiri daripada gabungan tenaga dua pelayan sepenuh masa pejabat belia Keuskupan Sandakan dan tim Kerasulan Belia Paroki St Dominic, Lahad Datu. Mesyuarat bagi persiapan kem ini telah diadakan sebanyak empat kali dan tetap diteruskan sehingga hari YLC diadakan. 

Semoga dengan campur tangan dan berkat Tuhan dalam penganjuran YLC tahun ini dapat membentuk serta mencetuskan hati seorang misionari dikalangan peribadi-peribadi pemimpin belia yang hadir kerana seperti kata Bapa Paus Benedict XVI dalam mesej beliau untuk Hari Belia Sedunia , Rio "Kamulah misionari yang pertama dikalangan rakan-rakan sezaman anda!"

.... To be continued!
 
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