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Blessing ceremony of St John Chrysostom Church

A NEW CHURCH … On 28 November, faithful from St Anthony Padua, Kpg Melanjok and Kpg Sekandu, St Francis Xavier, Kpg Sg Lingkau, Simunjan, various outstation churches of St Theresa’s Parish Serian, Kuching and all well wishers from far and near came to witness the blessing of the new St John Chrysostom Church, Simunjan. The event began at 10 am with a Mass presided over by His Grace Archbishop John Ha and concelebrated by four priests. After Mass, St John’s Church chairman briefed the congregation on the history of St John’s Church. Thereafter, all present were invited for the lunch fellowship.

GEREJA BAHARU… Pada 28 November, jemaat St Anthony Padua, Kpg Melanjok dan Kpg Sekandu, St Francis Xavier, Kpg Sg Lingkau, Simunjan, beberapa gereja luar bandar dalam Paroki St Theresa Serian, Kuching dan hadirin dari jauh dan dekat menyaksikan pemberkatan bangunan baharu Gereja St John Chrysostom, Simunjan. Acara itu bermula jam 10.00 pagi dengan Misa Kudus yang dirayakan oleh Uskup Agung John Ha bersama empat paderi. Selepas Misa, Pengerusi Gereja St John bercakap mengenai sejarah Gereja St John kepada jemaat. Ia disusuli dengan jamuan tengah hari bagi mengeratkan silaturahim.

The much awaited church completed

SERIAN — After years of collecting donations from well wishers, St Theresa’s Parish Council finally fulfilled the wish of the Catholic community in the completion of the St John’s Church building at Melanjok, Simunjan.

The Church Building Committee comprising members from Serian and Simunjan formed on 4 August 2005 announced the completion of the church building including the parking area. It will be officially opened and blessed by Archbishop John Ha at 10 am on Monday, 28 November and named St John Chrysostom’s Catholic Church.

A Celebration Committee under the leadership of Julius Anot was formed for the function while Maximus Guan and Patrick Phua is the Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Other members of the Committee are William Lim Thai Jok, Edward Buda, Olbert Jugah, Thomas Ehol, Thomas Semawi, Richard Putih, Joseph Liam, Anthony Bong, Willhema Ho, Juan Joel and Benard.

The community thanks all donors and well wishers for their unfailing support towards the completion of the church. They cordially welcome them to attend the opening and blessing of the church. Those who wish to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner at Dewan Mesra Simunjan are requested to contact Chairman of the Celebration Committee Julius Anot (019-8942256), Secretary Maximus Guan (019-4687243), Treasurer Patrick Phua (019-8487566) or Chairman of the Church Building Committee (Simunjan) William Lim (019-8467790) for details.

The Chairman of the St Theresa’s Parish Council cum Chairman of the Church Building Committee (Serian) Dennis Sung said that the official handing over ceremony will be sometime in January 2012 when the construction liability period expires on 1 January 2012.

Joseph Then

Published on 20 December 2011 @ 1:30 pm