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First training programme for the laity

SIBU — The first training programme of the Missionary Community of Corpus Christi (MCCC) Sibu Unit will begin on 23 February at the new MCCC training centre in Sibu.

Director of the Training Centre, Fr Ivan Fang, said it would be a four-month programme for all those interested.

“I’ve received many applications from Kuala Lumpur, Sibu, the Philippines and many other places. The training will focus on various practical skills that are useful for those going on mission abroad,” he explained.

Fr Ivan, who is also a Mill Hill Missionary priest, said missionaries would be sent to work abroad such as to Cambodia, China, and the Philippines.

He said he was very thankful to have the support from Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu. “The Bishop sees the importance of training lay people for missionary work,” he said, adding that the Bishop also wished Catholics in Sibu to go abroad and be part of the missionary team.

Meanwhile, the construction of the living quarters at the MCCC training centre in Sentosa has already started.

In December 2013, Fr Ivan, in the presence of some committee members, blessed the ground where the building would stand.
“It will incorporate the main office and living area for the participants of the training programme. The existing building in the compound has three rooms which will be used as classrooms,” he said.

He hoped that the establishment of the training centre would inspire many lay Catholics to take up the call to carry out mission work overseas.


ALMOST THERE … Fr Ivan Fang blessing the construction site of the MCCC living quarters

Sandakan hosts the 43rd Annual Regional Biblical Commission Meeting

SANDAKAN — 10 members of the Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Regional Biblical Commission convened at the Sandakan Diocesan Pastoral Centre for their 43rd annual meeting. The 3-day event was held from 11 – 13 February 2014. Archbishop John Ha of Kuching and the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, who is also the President of the Regional Biblical Commission, presided over the meeting.

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Catholic Bible study course a great success

Some participants jubilantly showing off their certificates

KUCHING — 15 December saw more than 110 participants from different parishes in the Archdiocese of Kuching celebrating their successful completion of “The Great Adventure: Bible timeline (History of Salvation) Catholic Bible Study Course” with a Thanksgiving Mass and potluck fellowship at Holy Trinity Church, Kenyalang. Rev Fr Augustine Jepy who celebrated the Mass reminded the participants that living and putting the Word of God into action in their daily lives is as important as reading and learning it.

“The Great Adventure: Bible Timeline (History of Salvation) Catholic Bible Study Course” is a 24-session Bible course for Catholics, one of the series of “The Great Adventure: Bible Timeline”. The course was conducted from 7 July – 15 December. Reading assignments, homework, group discussion and lessons given by Jeff Cavins through DVD made up the course.

Most participants found the course a great adventure because they could understand the link between the Old Testament and the New Testament better. They now know the whole story of salvation and God’s plan and love for mankind. They now see Jesus, as the “seed of the woman” sent to crush the head of the “seed of the serpent” (Gen 3), as the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, the new Moses, the true Manna, the new Temple and learned what that means for us today. They also learned how Jesus reconstituted the struggling kingdom of Israel around himself and opened the Kingdom of God to all people. Many discovered the story line in the Bible and the period where each Book in the Bible fits and thus making Bible reading a lot easier and more interesting. To others, attending Mass has become a lot more meaningful and the readings have become alive. Many too discovered their own personal story in the History of Salvation.

About 80 percent of the course participants have signed up for the next series of the Bible Course, which is on the “Gospel of St Matthew: The King and His Kingdom”, to be conducted from 9 February – 2 August this year.

Perpetua Phang

Published on 20 March 2012 @ 1:00 pm