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
KUCHING — During the launching of the Society for Kuching Urban Poor (SKUP) at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, by Datuk Lily Yong, she reminded that the well-to-do and other fortunate members of the society should have the spirit of caring and sharing to help the needy who struggled hard just to survive. “The fast pace of development and urbanization had made the poor lag behind in many areas”, she added.
SKUP Chairman, Kapitan Peter Wong Hung Huang during the launching assured that the society would assist the poor based on the urgency and needs. “We are embarking on a mobile soup kitchen for a start”, he stated.
A few types of food are being catered to be distributed by Chief Co-Ordinator, Mary Chok and other volunteers at six Distribution Points in Kuching city: Taman Desa Wira Market, Poh Kwong Park Roundabout Shed, Unaco, Rubber Road West, Padungan, Song Kheng Hai Ground Food & Recreation Centre, Padungan, Petanak Wet Market and Pasar Sg Apong from Monday to Saturday. On Saturdays, additional dry foods are also distributed to the needy for their Sunday rations.
On the first day of the launching on 20 September, Mary Chok together with some volunteers distributed 100 packets of food during lunch hours. On the second day, 100 packet of food and some Vitamins were distributed.
At present, SKUP had 12 volunteers coming forward to help. They hope to get 100 volunteers and supporters to assist on a rotation basis, please contact Mary Chok at 016-8904856 or Cindy at 013-8066633 if you want to offer your service for the needy.