MIRI — Bishop Richard Ng, accompanied by Fr. John Chia and Fr. Sylvester Ngau made a Pastoral visit to Holy Cross Parish on 6-7 April 2019.
The journey by road from Miri to Uma Wan Usin, Tubau recorded 321 km one way. They celebrated sunset Mass with some 130 parishioners at the 66-door Kayan longhouse (made up of 50% Catholics).
Datuk Jun Ngau Wan and his son Darryl Jun joined the pastoral visit to Holy Cross Parish Asap.
The pastoral visitors put up for one night at Uma Juman Aor Pelisit, Tubau a 34-door Kayan longhouse (100% Catholics) located 33 km away from Uma Wan Usin.
Holy Cross Parish, Asap serves around 60 longhouses not counting the camps and plantations where there are catholic communities including Timorese migrants.
The Rector for Holy Cross Parish, Asap is Fr. John Chia, assisted by Fr. Sylvester Ngau. There is a need to add another priest considering the number of longhouses, camps and plantations under the parish in Asap.
Next morning 7th April 2019, Bishop Richard Ng and Fr. Sylvester Ngau celebrated Sunday morning Mass with some 350 parishioners at Gereja St Paulus, Tubau.
The church was built by RTP Rural Transformation Project 2018. A Lunch welcome celebration was held outside the church entrance compound after the Mass service.
Dennis Ng/ Ben Chang Diocese of Miri