KUCHING — 1 October saw the celebration of the Feast of St Theresa of Lisieux and the start of the Rosary month. Some 100 families and children gathered before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament Church as children the world over to commemorate the call of Our Lady to the little shepherds of Fatima 93 years ago.
With her small angelic voice Bethany, 10 years old called out to everyone, “we are gathered here today because of what our late beloved Holy Father Pope John Paul II told thousands of children gathered in Fatima, Portugal. He said Our Lady needs you to be like the little shepherds of Fatima. She needs you to console Jesus, who is sad. He needs your prayers and your sacrifices to help change the world”. Walter Law, 9 years old added, “We need to begin to make sacrifices just like the Angel of Peace taught the little shepherds, to entrust our lives to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray the rosary, and to visit Jesus often in the Most Blessed Sacrament”. He exclaimed enthusiastically, “We can do this! The Immaculate Heart of Mary is counting on us to help her to lead the world back to Jesus, so let’s begin! Right here, right now!” The adults spontaneously joined the children of 4 to 12 leading the hour and in prayer.
The first event started last year in Blessed Sacrament Church in response to the call of Children of the Eucharist of the World Apostolate to Fatima to gather children in Eucharistic adoration. Fr Antoine Thomas, the author of realpresence.org wrote: “after many years of leading Holy Hours for children, I can tell you the benefits are numerous for both children and their families: Children who previously had only the weekly experience of Mass, discover that the Host is actually the person of Jesus, mysteriously hidden. They develop a greater interest in the mysteries of our Faith and the liturgy of the Mass. They understand – more than other children of their age who have not experienced Eucharistic Adoration – the relationship between the gift of the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus and His sacrifice on the Cross out of love for mankind. They become much more aware of the various degrees of sin and seem very eager to receive the sacrament of Confession often. Families accompanying their children witness a growing desire for peace and forgiveness within the family. And so dear people, please learn to encourage children to live in this spirit of adoration at all times, both in the presence of Our Eucharistic Lord and in the everyday activities of life, living in the spirit of Nazareth with Mary”.
It is hoped that this little event will be spread to all corners of the Archdiocese of Kuching in years to come.
KOTA PADAWAN — On 10 October, St Faustina’s community of Taman Landeh, Modern Home and Penrissen Estate planted trees at the Home of Peace (HOPE) centre. The occasion was officiated by the Rector of St Ann, Rev Friar Gerard Victor and attended by the community from Taman Landeh, Taman Modern Home and Penrissen Estate, witnessed by Friar William Lee.
In his message, Friar Gerard congratulated St Faustina community for taking the initiative to organise such an event. “It is important for the community to have a close relationship with the residents to create a sense of belonging among the community,” he added. Friar Gerard also encouraged the community to visit the residents frequently.
Manggo, mangosteen, rambutan and soursop were planted and more fruit trees will be planted in the future. The community hoped that the trees will not only bear fruit one day but also provide shed and beautify the landscape which is bare and deserted.
Buln Patrick Ribos
The Home of Peace is a project by the Catholic Welfare Services Sarawak located at Lot 183, Jalan Landeh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak providing services in taking care of the elderly. Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 9.30 am (except for second Saturday of the month). Parishioners living nearby are encouraged to attend the Mass. For more information call Alvin Chen at 082-381262.
KUCHING — The construction of the New Long House at CMPC Mt Singai, Bau that started on 16 July 2007 is now fully completed and will be opened and blessed by Fr Nicholas Ng on 21 November to coincide with the Feast of Christ the King.
The St Stephen’s Parish Council wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to all readers of Today’s Catholic and other well wishers who had responded generously towards their fund raising effort, most recently towards the repair and replacement of the amphitheatre and plank walks.
The Parish Council extends its invitation to everyone who is interested to participate in this joyful occasion.
KUCHING — Over eighty priests and lay leaders of the Archdiocese reflected jointly on “Love One Another As I Have Loved You” (Jn 13:34) at the AVA room of St Peter’s Church, Padungan on 25 September.
The re-collection began with a Holy Eucharist concelebrated by His Grace Archbishop John Ha with six parish priests. In his sermon reflecting on the readings of the day, he said, “there are basically two phases in life, the young black hair days and the old grey hair days”. He added, “Remember the youthful days when we have all to account for our deeds and do not despair when we are old. We must understand the meaning of our Saviour Jesus Christ crucified and the love he has for us and he gives us the joy of eternal life.”
The lay leaders at the Re-collection consisted of Archdiocese Pastoral Councillors, Parish Councillors, religious and youth representatives.
The video “St John of Ephesus – in exile” appropriately reflected the theme of day. Under persecution and very harsh conditions and in his old age, the octagonian lived a true life of a disciple. In his sufferings, he still continued living a holy life evangelising, writing his Gospel and probably also the Apocalypse, and showing his tremendous love for all those who came in contact with him.
The Parish Priest of St Peter’s Church, Rev Fr Vincent Chin conducted the Benediction in the Church to end the re-collection day.
KUCHING — St Peter’s College held a Thanksgiving Mass and Fellowship on 3 November as a gesture of thanks to its benefactors. About 500 friends and benefactors attended the Mass presided by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu at St Joseph’s Cathedral. Bishop Hii in his homily thanked the faithful for their prayers and financial support for the seminary. He also urged the faithful to continue give their best to God and his Church. The Thanksgiving Mass was followed by a dinner fellowship at the College Hall. This fellowship gave the staff and seminarians of the College the opportunity to meet and thank the benefactors personally.
Fr Richard Ng