Friar Oliver Tham ordained a priest

KOTA PADAWAN — On 1 May, the Parish of St Ann celebrated a historical moment with the ordination of Friar Oliver Tham, OFM. This was the first ordination of its kind to be held in the Baruk after many years, while waiting for the new St Ann’s Church to be completed.

The parishioners from the villages and housing estates under St Ann’s Parish took great pride to ensure that the occasion would be an unforgettable experience for those attending the ordination Mass. The event was also broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube by St Ann’s media team.  Continue reading Friar Oliver Tham ordained a priest

Come run for the least at Catholic Services Charity Run!

KUCHING — Catholic Welfare Services Council Sarawak (CWS) is organising a charity run on 9 September to raise funds for the poor and needy. The run is CWS’s fund-raising project for this year.

The Charity Run revolves around the theme “I RUN FOR THE LEAST” based on Matthew 25:34-40, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Continue reading Come run for the least at Catholic Services Charity Run!

Delegates challenged to answer the call to care for Creation

Delegates at a photo call with Bishop Joseph Hii (seated, 3rd from right) and Clare Westwood (seated, centre)

PENANG — Bishop of Sibu, Bishop Joseph Hii led a group of eight laity from the Diocese of Sibu and Father Oniz to attend the 5th Justice and Peace Commission Workshop held at Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Penang.

Seven priests and twelve laity from the dioceses of Brunei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Penang attended the workshop on 20-23 February. It centred on the Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudato Si’”, which reflects Pope Francis’ concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development for our common home.  Continue reading Delegates challenged to answer the call to care for Creation

John Seven Plus One – Reflection 6/8

A series of Lenten (and Easter) Reflections based on the signs in the Gospel of John by Fr Francis Lim, SJ, every Thursday (except Tuesdays during Holy Week and Easter Week).

The Gospel of John is also known as the Book of Signs. John portrays these signs as works of wonder by Jesus in order for believers to deepen their faith in Jesus. Through these reflections, Fr Francis hopes to bring our parishioners to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus.


Reflections on Healing of the Man Born Blind

Jesus heals the man born blind in John 9 (6 April)
What are the things that prevent me from seeing Jesus? What do I need to do to overcome my narrow-mindedness and blindness to other people?

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What do I see in Jesus?
I see Jesus as my dear friend who walks and journeys with me. In Him I find love, peace and joy. I can depend on Him even when things are not going the way I expect them to. He will be there for me. I have to learn to surrender to Him which is easier said than done. But I am trying as the days go by with His grace and mercy.

What do I need to be cleared of blindness or narrow-mindedness in my life?
Learning to detach oneself from possessions in terms of material and relationships (being able to agree to disagree). Nothing in this life will last but to look forward to life everlasting with the Lord.  Continue reading John Seven Plus One – Reflection 6/8

John Seven Plus One – Reflection 5/8

A series of Lenten (and Easter) Reflections based on the signs in the Gospel of John by Fr Francis Lim, SJ, every Thursday (except Tuesdays during Holy Week and Easter Week).

The Gospel of John is also known as the Book of Signs. John portrays these signs as works of wonder by Jesus in order for believers to deepen their faith in Jesus. Through these reflections, Fr Francis hopes to bring our parishioners to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus.


Reflections on Jesus Walking on Water

Jesus Walks on Water in John 6:16-21 (30 March)
In the midst of the dark storm in the sea, Jesus comes walking to the disciples struggling in the boat and says to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Who is the Almighty God to me in challenging times? Do I have faith that Jesus walks with me in those times?

Reflection 1
The reflection is beautiful, punctuated with songs and psalms, food for the soul, and thus making the reflection complete.

Behind the beautiful façade is my share of turmoil of life. Like the apostles in the boat, it causes fears and anxieties. Most of the time, one encounters the hiccups in life by one’s low human intelligence and reasoning. One forgets Jesus’s presence easily.

Jesus seems like a ghost because one is so preoccupied with self-thoughts until He calls out. (Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10) He knows. He calls. By focusing on Him, one’s fears and anxieties are deemed insignificant.

Walking on the impossible but it is possible with God.

Then, in a split of moment, one focuses elsewhere. The waters are raging, fears and anxieties set in again.

Like Peter I sink again.

God is merciful. He helps me immediately.

For this Lent, one hopes that one can learn to trust in God and to learn to know His presence always.  Continue reading John Seven Plus One – Reflection 5/8

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