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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bishop Julius Commits Assistance to Chapels


Bundu Tuhan : Some two months ago, 5th June 2015 a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked the  State of Sabah at and around Mount Kinabalu. The calamity claimed many lives and caused damages to roads and properties. Subsequent tremors aggravated the situation. The event saddened all of us.
When news got round that there was insufficient of drinking water and daily provisions to go around through an appeal from the Parish Priest of St Claver's Church, Ranau, Fr Nicholas Stephen, Catholic faithful all over responded positively and above all  overwhelmingly. People were moved to contribute. All the four parishes in the Diocese of Sandakan mobilized themselves, collected and send loads of bottled drinking water and provisions to the Church for those in need.
Bishop Julius (left) handing over the letter of commitment to catechist  Leo Yasoi of Holy Spirit Chapel Tomis Jaya witnessed by Fr Michael Modoit
A month later, the Diocesan Human Development Commission led by Sr Maria Dipal RGS organized a month-long Earthquake Relief Fund. A sum of RM39,350 was collected through kind parishioners from St Mary's Cathedral Parish Sandakan, St Dominic'c Parish Lahad Datu, Holy Trinity Parish Tawau and St Martin's Parish Telupid.
Bishop Julius (centre front row) with William Ginting, Chairman of the Pastoral Committee St Anthony, Kiau Bersatu (3rd right) and Fr Michael Modoit (3rd left) 
On 5th August, Bishop Julius visited and inspected three chapels at St Pius X Parish of Bindu Tuhan; Holy Spirit Chapel of Tomis Joya, St Ireneus Chapel, Kiau Nulu and St Anthony Chapel, Kiau Bersatu. Accompanying Bishop Julius was Fr Michael Modoit, the Rector of the Parish. The three chapels are badly affected by the quake and tremors. They need to be repaired and restored urgently.
Bishop Julius handing over the letter of commitment to George Sulidan
Chairman of the Pastoral Committee of St Ireneus witnessed by Fr Michael Modoit
The money has been forwarded to the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu for onward distribution to the three affected chapels. through St Pius X Parish of Bundu Tuhan. This gesture connects us to others with broader needs. It opens the door in building solidarity beyond our diocesan boundaries.
The Diocesan Human Development Commission would like to thank all generous parishioners for their kind donations.

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