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Monday, August 29, 2016

POSTMORTEM SABAH YOUTH DAY (SYD) 4

Laporan: Philippa Philip
Gambar - Gambar: Ester Ermelissa Johannes

Bundu Tuhan - Hampir 3 bulan sudah berlalu sejak program Sabah Youth Day 4 (SYD4) diadakan pada 6 sehingga 10 Jun 2016 di Gereja Holy Trinity, Tawau. Namun sehingga ke hari ini, suasana masa itu masih terngiang - ngiang di fikiran dan hati serta ramai belia masih bercerita dan berkongsi pengalaman yang mereka perolehi sepanjang program ini. Ini termasuk juga di kalangan penganjur SYD4 itu sendiri.

Pada tanggal 19-21 Ogos yang lalu, pihak penganjur SYD4 telah mengadakan postmortem untuk melihat dan menilai keberkesanan setiap tim dalam menjayakan penganjuran SYD4 ini serta memberi cadangan penambah-baikan bagi penganjuran SYD akan datang. Para penganjur dibawa untuk mengimbas kembali suasana SYD4 melalui tayangan video pada hari pertama.

Hari kedua telah dimulakan dengan doa pagi iaitu “Lectio Divina” diikuti dengan sarapan pagi. Kemudian pertemuan ini diisi dengan sesi “Passion for Excellence” yang disampaikan oleh Sr. Lilian Unsoh. Dalam sesi ini, Sr. Lilian membawa semua MOT dan Sub MOT untuk melihat kembali semua perkara yang terjadi sepanjang persiapan dan semasa program SYD4. Sesi diteruskan dengan perkongsian beberapa orang penganjur mengenai cabaran dan kejayaan mereka semasa SYD dan diakhiri dengan Misa Harian yang diselebrankan oleh Rev. Fr. Sunny Chung, selaku Penasihat Rohani SYD4.



Pada sebelah petang, postmortem dimulai dengan lagu puji-pujian dan doa. Agenda pertama dalam postmortem adalah laporan dari pihak LOT. Postmortem sudah pun diadakan bersama dengan pihak Majlis Pastoral Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau pada 10 Ogos 2016 yang lalu bersama - sama dengan Paderi Paroki Msgr. Nisholas Ong.  Kesimpulan daripada postmortem itu, kebanyakkan masalah berlaku akibat kurang komunikasi antara satu dengan yang lain. Oleh yang demikian, segala informasi perlu di komunikasikan kepada pihak tuan rumah seawal yang boleh agar segala persediaan dapat dijalankan lebih awal dan lebih baik.

Pihak MPP Tawau sangat memberikan pujian kepada rakan belia, rakan belia 3 khususnya kerana mereka sangat memberikan kerjasama yang baik sepanjang program SYD berlangsung terutamanya dari segi kebersihan dan keselamatan. Semua LOT telah memberikan yang terbaik sebelum, semasa dan selepas SYD, ucapan tahniah dan penghargaan diberikan kepada semua Tim LOT. Postmortem ditangguhkan pada jam 6 petang dan disambung pada keesokan hari.

Postmortem bersama LOT SYD4, MPP Tawau dan Msgr. Nicholas Ong selaku Paderi Paroki pada 10 Ogos 2016 bertempat di Dewan Konferansi Gereja Holy Trinity, Tawau.
Pemberian cenderakenangan berbentuk Tshirt dan gelas khusus buat para penganjur sebagai tanda penghargaan diatas usaha dan sokongan yang telah diberikan sejak awal sehingga selesainya program SYD4.
Sebahagian MPP Tawau yang menerima cenderakenangan dari MOT
Yes! We made it! 



Pada sebelah malam pula, sesi rekonsilasi dan afirmasi diadakan dikalangan MOT dan Sub - MOT yang hadir. Ini sangat penting bagi penganjuran sebesar SYD, pastinya dikala menjalankan tugasan sepanjang SYD4, ada terjadi salah faham malah ada yang tertinggi suara disebabkan oleh keadaan pada masa itu. Maka sesuai sekali diadakan rekonsilasi dan afirmasi ini agar, semua pihak dapat terus diteguhkan iman serta pelayanan mereka.

Masing - masing memberi afirmasi antara satu dengan yang lain dengan menulis kata-kata galakkan di sekeping kad yang digantung pada leher dan diletakkan dibelakang badan



Sama seperti para LOT SYD 4 dan MPP Holy Trinity Tawau, para penganjur MOT dan Sub - MOT yang hadir juga diberikan cenderakenangan khas sebagai tanda penghargaan kepada setiap penganjur.

Sebahagian MOT dan Sub -MOT

Semua yang menerima 'Gift' tersebut bersukacita!

Malam rekonsilasi dan afirmasi diakhiri dengan saat teduh adorasi yang dipimpin oleh Diakon Christopher Irenus.



Pada hari berikutnya, pertemuan dimulakan dengan Misa pagi yang diselebrankan oleh Fr. Roney Mailap yang juga merupakan Penasihat Rohani bagi SYD4. Postmortem diteruskan selepas sarapan pagi. 
Be a joyful Missionary!

Misa merupakan puncak utama iman seorang Katolik. Misa adalah masa untuk kita mengucap syukur dan berterima kasih diatas berkat yang Tuhan telah berikan baik yang bagus dan juga perkara yang tidak baik.
Pada laporan kali ini, daripada Tim MOT itu sendiri sama seperti LOT SYD4 menyatakan bahawa masalah utama yang dihadapi adalah komunikasi. Penganjuran SYD adalah unik dan istimewa kerana penganjurnya datang daripada ketiga - tiga keuskupan di Sabah dan jarak antara satu dengan yang lain sangat jauh. Inilah cabaran yang dihadapi setiap kali mesyuarat SYD4 diadakan. Namun, dapat ditangani dengan sebaik mungkin kerana berkat persahabatan yang ikhlas terjalin dikalangan penganjur. Ini adalah kekuatan penganjur itu sendiri - persahabatan!

Postmortem SYD4
Sekali lagi, rakan belia mendapat pujian, rakan belia sangat memberikan kerjasama yang baik terutamanya dalam program-program yang dijalankan. Postmortem kali ini banyak berbincang mengenai kejayaan dan kegagalan semasa SYD serta memberikan cadangan - cadangan untuk memperbaiki penganjuran SYD akan datang. 

Wajarlah jika sebuah penganjuran program ada baik dan ada buruk, ada suka dan ada duka kerana semuanya terjadi mengikut rencana dan kehendak Tuhan. Apa yang baik kita syukuri dan apa yang lemah itu dijadikan sebagai pengajaran dan diperbaiki. Tetapi apa pun yang terjadi pasti ada sebab disebaliknya dan apa pun yang terjadi seperti yang sering dikatakan oleh Koordinator SYD4 iaitu saudari Anna “sama-sama mula, sama-sama habis.” 

Semua perkara yang dibincang akan difailkan bersama untuk rujukan SYD pada masa hadapan. Postmortem berakhir kira-kira pukul 2 petang dan diakhiri dengan pembubaran rasmi Tim Penganjur SYD4 oleh saudari Anna. Sehingga berjumpa lagi di SYD 5.

"Pada hari ini, 21 haribulan lapan 2016, pada jam 2, 27 minit, 18 saat, saya Koordinator SYD4 dengan rasminya pembubarkan penganjur SYD4 2016!"

Antara wajah- wajah MOT dan SUb - MOT SYD4 yang hadir

Yes!!!! We Made it!! Until Next Time... see you in SYD5!

Moving The Whole Church For A Common Cause

Article by GS and
Photos by Airene and Rogena
Sandakan : Sometime in November last year, Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom, the Bishop of Sandakan  issued a pastoral letter to all parishes to support Paitan Mission financially. Thus, it is the responsibility of all parishes to contribute to the Paitan Mission Fund. Each parish may in its own way organize any fund raiser towards the cause. Half of the proceeds will be for the parish development fund while the other half is for the said mission fund.
Early February this year, when the prelate assumed the role as the rector of St Mary’s Cathedral, it was decided to hold a fund raiser in the form of a food and sale bazaar in conjunction with the 133rd anniversary of the Cathedral Parish. John Pang was appointed to spearhead the event.
Working papers, organization chart, road map and check lists were put in place. It took the Main Organizing Team some six months to lay the ground and preparation work. Announcement of the fund raiser was published in the bulletin each week till the bazaar proper on 14th August 2016 to drum up the event.
Almost all Church groups and sub parishes responded and participated in the bazaar. 75 stalls filled up the whole Parish Hall, the Canteen Area and the adjacent compound. The whole day event was filled with festive joy. The whole church was full of life ad mist a vibrant setting of much interaction. The event was an excellent platform to bring the people together putting above all, for the betterment and advancement of the Church.
Set to raise some RM200,000 at the onset but by the grace of God, the team managed to rope in RM242,094 instead.
In the post mortem meeting on 25th August, Bishop Julius thanked God Almighty for the great success of the event. He appreciated all members of the MOT for their commitment, team spirit and hard work. He was a little sceptical at the beginning but with the intervention of the Holy Spirit, all things unfolded beautifully. Nothing is impossible with God. Beyond that, the event and the process have brought the people closer to one another. Everyone came forth to chip in. It was indeed a respond to Jesus’ prayer for unity – ‘That they may be one.’
John Pang, the Chairman of the fund raiser expressed his appreciation to Bishop Julius for the trust in appointing him to spearhead the event. He thanked his committee for the support and commitment throughout the tedious but fruitful and meaningful journey. He also thanked all sponsors, all groups and faithful who have contributed to the success of the event.
John Pang then handed over a mock check of RM242,094 and the project file to Bishop Julius. In announcing the dissolution of the MOT, he hoped a similar fund raiser could be organized in 2020.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL CELEBRATES ITS 133RD PARISH FEAST DAY

Article by Dalius LL
Photo by Helda, Rogena and Leonard

Sandakan: The parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated its 133rd anniversary on Sunday, 14th August 2016, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A nine-day, devotional novenas were held leading to the commemoration of the founding day.
The novenas’ petitions were said in the prayer of the faithful in the daily mass and the turn-up of the parishioners was very encouraging. Each day of novena was dedicated for special intentions which definitely attracted many to come together as a united community to pray together for a common purpose.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated on Saturday 13th August with a whole day event. The day started with an Opening Mass at 6.00 am at the Chapel of St Mary’s Convent. It marked the beginning of the Rosary Rally, a spiritual preparation of the Parish-day anniversary.
The Rosary Rally, a 12-hour recitation of the Holy Rosary by the various groups, communities and ministries in the parish, has been organised for 4 consecutive years. For this year, the non-stop recitation is conducted outdoor at the Rosary Corridor in the Marian mount. For the benefit of seniors and the not so fit parishioners, they recited the rosary at the rosary tower or at the chapel of St Mary’s Convent which is just a few steps away from the said tower.
The concluding rosary rally was recited at 5.00 pm at the compound of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre and ended with the blessing of the statue of Mother Mary by Rt Rev Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan. Right after the blessing, the Solemnity of the Assumption commenced with the crowning of Mother Mary and thereafter followed by a solemn procession to the Cathedral where mass was celebrated outdoor at 6.00 pm. 
In his homily, Bishop Julius expressed his delight on seeing the attendance and support from the faithful towards the much anticipated Parish Feast Day. He remarked that the attendance for the 9-day novenas was very encouraging and felt that the common petition has brought unity, solidarity and communion among members of the parish community. He encouraged all to seek the Patron Saint’s intercession for a spiritual and physical development of the entire parish.
The release of birds as to officiate the Parish Bazaar 2016
This year, in conjunction with the Parish Feast Day a grand food and sale bazaar was held on Sunday, 14th August. 70 stalls ranging from games to food were put up by the various church groups, communities and ministries. The bazaar was jointly graced by Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom, Pilis Malim, the PPC Chairman and John Pang, the Parish Bazaar Chairman at 10.00 am after the morning bi-lingual (BM and Chinese) mass.
Bishop Julius, accompanied by John Pang, Pilis Malim and other members of the Main Organizing Team visited all the stalls. It was a whole day event, whereby coupons were used to purchase food items, agricultural products or games during the bazaar.
Dress like Mother Mary competition
Lucky Draw winners
The proceed of the more than RM200,000 will be channelled equally towards the funding of physical development of the parish and the Paitan Mission Fund. The bazaar is a great opportunity to see the entire church working closely together and enjoying the companionship of each other. The event has provided a favourable platform to strengthen the relationship bond among the faithful which ended at 4.00 pm.

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