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PENAMPANG – Three senior parishioners were among the 128 candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 11 Oct 2016 at St Michael Penampang here.
Archbishop John Wong conferred the sacrament on them at a Mass concelebrated with Father Fundes Motiung and Father Wiandigool Runsab.
Patrick Yong Yuk Chan, 78, hails from Matunggong, Kudat. He was baptised there as a child. His wife Annie Tam Ah Khiun @Tam Oi Kion, 71, together with her sister Maria Tam Chiu Moi, 65 were non-Catholics, and went through special classes in order to prepare themselves spiritually to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
Because of their advanced age, Patrick and his wife attended intensive weekly classes at St Joseph Convent, Penampang under the guidance of Sr Imelda Angang, while Maria was guided by catechist Stephen Mingkong.
They received support from their children who provided transport and encouragement throughout their journey.
The couple had their marriage blessed while Annie and Maria were baptised prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
“We praise the Lord for His guidance and for giving us the strength for the entire journey. It has been a wonderful experience and we are very happy to have received this blessing,” said Patrick.
After the Mass, all adjourned to the parish hall for a fellowship meal. A special programme was prepared including sharings and gift presentation from the catechetical teams of Penampang, Kolopis and Minintod Zones. – Penampang SOCCOM