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TANJUNG ARU – Over the weekend of 13-14 May 2017, Stella Maris Parish (SMP) here remembered God’s blessings with a simple thanksgiving celebration.
SMP celebrated a 4-in-1: the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima, Mother’s day, Msgr Primus Jouil’s 37th priestly anniversary, and Kaamatan Festival.
To commemorate the centenary feast, assistant pastor Father Peter Abas gave a talk on Mary, before celebrating the sunset Eucharist May 13. The statue of Our Lady was carried in procession into the Church before Mass, and blessed by Fr Abas after the crowning, which was done by a little girl after the homily.
Parish priest Msgr Primus Jouil blessed all mothers at the Sunday BM Mass in conjunction with Mother’s Day May 14.
He paid tribute to all mothers who have been graced to balance their life as a working mother and at the same time contributing positively to family, church, and society. He acknowledged, “Women play an important role in any community and contribute positively and extensively.”
In his sharing during the opening of the parish Kaamatan, Msgr Primus extended his gratitude to the organisers and parishioners for celebrating his 37th priestly anniversary.
He shared that life is fragile and called on the people to treasure the gift of life each day.
Msgr Jouil then cut the padi stalks to launch the festivities symbolically. Most parishioners came in their traditional attire.
The families came together bringing a dish each, which included the traditional tuhau, hinava and other local delicacies. – Jeremy Chin/Teresa Alberto