HAVING consulted the College of Consultors, His Grace Most Reverend…
LABUAN – The CCR English Prayer Group of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament here organised a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of Mercy for its members and friends on 24-26 Jun 2016. The group of 40 pilgrims was led by prayer group coordinator Gerard Lean and spiritual director Sr Magdalene Sipanggil FSIC.
Below is an account of their journey experience as reported by Gerard Lean:
On the first day of the pilgrimage, the first stop was a visit to the Holy Family Home in Purak, Papar to hand over goods and money gifts to the inmates as part of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Seeing the joy and smiles on their faces gave us much encouragement. We also spent some time with them. We visited Fr Aloysius Fidelis who was our former assistant parish priest.
We entered our first Door of Mercy at Sacred Heart Cathedral, led by our assistant parish priest Fr Tony Mojiwat, who led the Entrance Rites.
Our second Door of Mercy on the second day was at St Peter Claver at Ranau where Fr Nicholas Stephen gave a thorough explanation on the icons on the Holy Door. Many were touched by God’s Mercy as we reflected on the message the Lord has for each one of us.
We had the privilege of being the first group of pilgrims to renew our baptismal vows at the newly constructed Baptismal Font.
Moving on to the third Holy Door at St Peter Kudat, we had a different experience with the addition of the Stations of the Cross at Bukit Maria. Here we met and had fellowship with the Catholic Women’s League pilgrims of St Michael Penampang, who also went for their pilgrimage there on the same day.
On the third and final day of the pilgrimage, we visited the Tip of Borneo at Simpang Mengayau before proceeding to our final Holy Door at Holy Rosary Limbahau.
During the entire journey while travelling on the bus, we recited the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Prayer, sang spiritual songs and gave personal sharings of being touched and receiving messages from this pilgrimage. The pilgrims shared they were happy to be able to participate in the pilgrimage.