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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CHINESE NEW YEAR THANKSGIVING MASS ~ RESTFUL AND BE CONTENTED : THE YEAR OF THE GOAT

BY JULITA, SOCCOM TAWAU
Tawau : The Chinese community of  Holy Trinity Parish Tawau gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass on 19th February 2015, the first day of Chinese New Year at 8.30 am. Some 600 Chinese parishioners together with other communities attended this occasion in thanking God for the many blessings beside to stay in communion with others.
It was indeed a privilege for the parish, especially the Chinese community to have His Lordship Rt. Rev. Datuk Julius Dusin Gitom, the  Bishop of the Diocese  of Sandakan presiding over both the English and Mandarin language CNY thanksgiving masses. Fr. Johnny Raju, the assistant rector con celebrated both the masses. 
In his homily, the Bishop said, “As we observe the characteristic of the goats which is restful and contented, let us look at ourselves. At times we are trapped with worldly needs. This leads us to seek more thus making us moving forward to simply accumulate. In our greed, we are always kept busy leaving us limited time for rest.'

Unless you learn to be contented with what you have at present, you will then realize that God always provide in all circumstances. As we observe the characteristic of the goat, once they get enough of eating they will rest for a while. You will regain your energy, refresh from your physical tiredness and strengthen your spiritual zeal once you get enough rest.
As we enter this Season of Lent, let us be generous to our own body. Give ourselves a break, spent time with your loves one and most of all be contented with what you have. Let us share the blessings of God with the unfortunate within your family members, friends, neighbour or community.
In conclusion, the prelate called upon parishioners that through the meaningful occasion, with good meals and fellowship, family reunion will be strengthened. Make it the moment to express our love and care, forgiveness and acceptance among family members. He wished everyone a Blessed and Happy Chinese New Year.
Edward Koh of the Chinese Pastoral Community shared the Chinese translated version of the homily.
Bishop Julius and Fr Johnny Raju gave away the blessed mandarin oranges to all parishioners as a sign of much blessings to come for the year. This was followed by Lion Dance performance at the front of the church witnessed by parishioners and the clergy.

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