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Thursday, November 26, 2015

CONFIRMANDS ARE URGED TO CONTINUE THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IN SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS

Article by Julita and photos by
Jerome Lim, John W and Julita
Tawau : Holy Trinity Church, Tawau celebrated the Eucharistic celebration of the Feast of Christ The King with 117 candidates receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on 22nd November 2015. The confirmands are from the three main language community of the main parish and also from  out-station chapels.
The Eucharistic celebration, attended by some 2,000 parishioners was presided over by Rt. Rev. Julius Dusin Gitom, the Bishop of Sandakan, con celebrated by Msgr. Nicholas Ong the rector of Holy Trinity Church and Rev. Fr. Johnny Raju, the assistant rector at the 9.00 am Bahasa Malaysia Mass.
In his homily, the prelate said, "the Solemnity of Christ the King celebrated at the close of each liturgical year, address that Christ is the Universal King, a king of love and mercy. The forgiving king lowered himself to suffer for the good of his chosen people with the hope that all believers will acknowledge Him as their King."

The prelate continue to say, 'We are the heirs of His kingdom, the heirs of His truth. As believers, we are called to participate in spreading his church through personal, family, community commitment, and the whole world. We are entrusted by God to be His witnesses to continue the mission of the church as to reveal his salvation to all human races.'
Addressing all the confirmands, he said, 'you have decided to strengthen your belief through this Sacrament of Confirmation. Live it and exercise your faith by participating in church activities. Take part in the groups or ministries. Develop your faith and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in you by serving the church, community or even in your own family.'
The prelate ended his homily with words of encouragement to all, especially to the confirmands, their parents and facilitators for making the day's celebration a memorable event.
After Mass all confirmands, together with their parents, godparents and facilitators adjourned for lunch at the Parish Hall.

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