BELATIK, Papar – The Marian grotto outside St Peter Belatik here was blessed by Father Thomas Yip on 9 Mar 2018.
The blessing took place after the Way of the Cross around the compound outside the chapel with the some of the people carrying the statue of Our Lady.
The statue was then affixed inside the grotto followed by the rite of blessing.
After the rite of blessing, the Eucharist was celebrated. In his homily, the priest said that commitment towards one’s family and community must be prioritised and based on God’s guidance who has given us life through Christ.
After Mass, all adjourned to the community hall (former chapel) for dinner fellowship.
In his speech, Clarence Ponsoi, the community chairperson, thanked everyone involved in realising the construction of the grotto with the hope that it will be helpful in their faith formation.
The grotto was built on top of a large boulder located at the right side of the chapel through the initiative and help of the local people. The project under John Jinal Hussin started on 29 Sept 2017 and completed on 9 Mar 2018.
Both the chapel and statue were sponsored by Datuk Victor Paul.
The chapel was blessed by Archbishop John Wong on 30 Dec 2014. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)