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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

HOLY TRINITY PARISH TAWAU HOLDS A THANKSGIVING AND APPRECIATION FELLOWSHIP

By Julita, SOCCOM Tawau
Tawau : Some 800 parishioners participated in a two-in-one celebration, bidding fond farewell to Rev. Fr. Johnny Raju and extending warm welcome to Rev. Fr. Philip A. Muji, Sr. Liza Anggie fsic and Seminarian Raymond Lee. The event took place at the Parish Hall on 13th February 2016 at 7.30 pm after the Sunset Mass.
Rev. Fr. Johnny Raju will be transferred back to the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu after his two year assignment at Holy Trinity Parish from 2013 -2015.
Msgr. Nicholas Ong, the rector expressed his gratitude to Fr. Johnny  Raju for his passionate commitment and concern on pastoral matters in Holy Trinity especially during his medical treatment  for almost a year in Singapore. He shared, "I cannot thank you much by words but God knows my sincere appreciation to you. You have taken care of this parish well, along with the consultative body – the PPC members and also the parishioners. I believe that each priest has his own way and style and so is Fr. Johnny. I and our new priest Fr. Philip Muji will always commit to work for the glory of God. I pray that Fr. Johnny will continue to serve with the same zeal at his new parish of Stella Maris Tg. Aru."
Thank you Fr Johnny Raju for your dedicated service in HTC Tawau
He then concluded his speech by welcoming Rev. Fr. Philip Muji, Sr. Liza Anggie fsic and Seminarian Raymond  Lee who is undergoing a two-year pastoral exposure in Holy Trinity Parish, Tawau.
Top (L-R) : Sr Liza Anggie fsic, Fr Philip Muji and Sem Raymond Lee
Fr. Johnny Raju in his farewell address, extended his thanks to Msgr. Nicholas Ong for giving him the trust and opportunity to serve in Holy Trinity Parish. He also thanked all parishioners for their unceasing support and friendship. "I must say that I have learn a lot from you in the last two years. We have journeyed together through good and difficult times but with God’s grace we are moving towards one direction in building together the kingdom of God. I wish you all the best and God bless you always."
Sr. Liza Anggie fsic from Tambunan has been assigned to Holy Trinity. With the new placement, there are now three fsic sisters together with Sr. Liza Augustine fsic and Sr. Martha fsic serving in the parish.
Seminarian Raymond Lee who has completed his first year in theology at St. Peter's Seminary College, Kuching will be doing his two year pastoral exposure at Holy Trinity Parish.
The fellowship ended at 9.30 pm with a closing prayer led by Fr. Johnny Raju.

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