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Malaysian Secular Carmelites called to love and to serve

SIBU — Some 51 members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) of Malaysia from the four communities of Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Miri convened at the Sibu Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the 6th OCDS Malaysia National Congress from 29 April – 2 May. Fr Thomas Lim, OCD, General Delegate of Taiwan-Singapore and Fr Kenneth Gopal, OCD, Taiwan-Singapore OCD Provincial Delegate to Malaysia OCDS were in attendance.

“OCDS called to love and to serve” was the theme of this National Congress chosen in response to the evangelisation call to be “Merciful like the Father” in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.  Continue reading Malaysian Secular Carmelites called to love and to serve

Holy Door of Sacred Heart Cathedral opens

SIBU — Over 3,000 Catholics from the Diocese of Sibu joined Catholics around the world made their first pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on the evening of 8 December.

Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu opened the Holy Door at the Cathedral.

As Catholics reflected on the theme of mercy, Bishop Hii said that Catholics are called to bring joy, hope, and forgiveness to the world despite the uncertainties and problems that the world is facing.

“Passing through that door, our sins are forgiven and as we received mercy, we re-discovered the mercy of God and that filled us with joy and gratitude.

“We are all called to show mercy and forgiveness to others,” he pointed out.

The prelate had officially designated 12 parishes (including Sacred Heart Cathedral) in the diocese to be the places of pilgrimage.

The centre of pilgrimage could be identified through the Journey of the Cross and Icon (JCI), where it would make a stop at each parish every month starting 9 December.

JCI made its first stop at St Teresa Church (Sibu), where it would be there for a month.

It is then followed by Mary Immaculate Conception (Kapit), St Herbert (Song), St Mary’s of the Divine Mercy (Sibu), St Francis Xavier (Kanowit), St Charles (Selangau), Sts Peter and Paul (Mukah), St Bernard (Dalat), St Alphonsus (Julau), St Anthony (Sarikei), Sacred Heart Cathedral (Sibu), and Christ the King (Bintangor).

“JCI will go from parish to another parish. As the cross reaches a parish, that parish will be the centre of pilgrimage for the diocese for that month,” the Bishop explained.

Jane Moh


Today’s Catholic Vol.27 No.9 January 2016

The 10th Christian Women Conference

SIBU — About 100 women attended the 10th Christian Women Conference held at Catholic High School, Sibu last 16 September. The conference was organised by the Couples for Christ (CFC) Sibu – ‘Handmaids of the Lord’(HOLD).

Themed “God’s Beloved”, the one-day conference conducted in English and Mandarin was to help women enter into a deeper relationship with God.  Continue reading The 10th Christian Women Conference

In pursuit of better interreligious understanding

SIBU — On 21 October, four members of the Islamic Information Centre (IIC), Kuching paid a courtesy visit to the Diocese of Sibu for the first time.

They were warmly welcomed by the assistant parish priest and the Head of Commission for Ecumenism, Fr Ferdinand Vergeer. A friendly dialogue was held at the conference room at Sacred Heart Cathedral that morning. Continue reading In pursuit of better interreligious understanding

Sibu Ladies Guild celebrates 40th anniversary

SIBU – Bishop Joseph Hii entreated men and women to journey along together with the church for the glory of God, doing so alongside one another and not just supporting from behind.

He was speaking at the Sacred Heart English Ladies’ Guild 40th Anniversary Celebration at a local restaurant on 12 September.

The bishop recognised that there have always been successful women behind a successful church or parish.

Referring to the saying, behind every successful man is a woman, he said the same is true vice versa. But today with the changes coming to the world, it is no more ‘behind’ but ‘beside’.

Therefore, “beside every successful man is a successful woman and vice versa,” he said. Continue reading Sibu Ladies Guild celebrates 40th anniversary