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TAWAU – Holy Trinity Parish here celebrated feast day on 24 June 2018, Nativity of St John the Baptist with bazaar and family day celebration.
Eight hundred parishioners turned up for the Mass presided by Msgr Nicholas Ong, concelebrated with Father Sunny Chung.
In his homily, Msgr Nicholas touched on the role of being the witnesses of Good News like John the Baptist: “… we are expected to become the instrument of Christ, to bring others to Him that we may all share His salvation.”
He also emphasised on the importance of unity regardless of status, race, language and culture: “For us to be part of the salvation, we must live in communion with others. Be united, and become the light of the world, the bearer of peace, shown in readily forgiving, accepting, supporting one another, and having a genuine concern for each other. This way Christ will live in our midst.”
After Mass, all parishioners proceeded to the parish canteen for food bazaar and the Family Day celebration at the parish hall. A traditional dance from the Indonesian community of St Thomas Bombalai welcomed the people to the venue.
Among the activities were a 13-minute video presentation on the parish history, cultural stage performances, and games for all.
The event closed with a prayer by Fr Chung and cleaning of the hall by all. – Julita Kantod, Sandakan Diocesan Blog