KOTA KINABALU – Ten staff members of the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang – Group 4 – carried out their Advent visit to a migrant community on 11 Dec 2017.
They visited the Indonesian migrant community at Kg Sinulihan Inanam, around 30-minute drive from the state capital.
The staff were divided into three squads: one to conduct activities for the children, and the other two to visit the families around the village, particularly the sick and the homebound.
Many of the families come from Kg Larantuka Flores and Toraja Sumatra. Some of them found work in the factories in the vicinity. Most of them live in rented wooden houses in the village, with rentals ranging from RM170.00 to RM200.00 per month.
The Catholics in the village are under the pastoral care of Peter Boli, a catechist serving at Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing.
The staff distributed gifts and foodstuff to the children and families and enjoyed a fellowship lunch with those present at Boli’s house.
The other three groups will make their visits in other areas on the following dates: Group 1 to visit Kg Kolopis & Kg Babagon on Dec 19; Group 2 to visit the palliative care patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the sister of Abp Emeritus John Lee in Manggatal on Dec 12; and Group 3 to visit four families in Kg Sugud Penampang on Dec 12.
The staff have decided to make this an annual programme during the Year of Mercy in 2016.