KOTA KINABALU – Youths of Sacred Heart gathered on 9 March 2015 to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD) and also Sacred Heart Youth Day. This would be the final diocesan WYD before the next world gathering of youth in July 2016 in Krakow, Poland. This celebration was attended by approximately 300 youths. The purpose of the event was to introduce the existing youth ministries in Sacred Heart Cathedral to all present.
The newly ordained are not only adjusting to priesthood, celibacy and ministry; they are also adjusting to becoming leaders of parishes, with all the attendant administration, leadership and management challenges.
1. What do you love most about being a priest?
He presided over the first staff Mass at the chapel of Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing. Joining the cathedral staff were the staff of the Archdiocesan Centre Penampang.
Over two thousand people were brought into the Catholic Church locally at this year’s Easter Vigil Apr 4. According to reports, over and above these catechumens who were baptized and confirmed, and received First Communion, there were some who were being received into full communion.
In preaching, the Church’s message must always be spoken with frankness and courage, without fear of announcing the truth.
These were the words of Pope Francis in his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father reflected on Peter and John who continued to preach despite being jailed and threatened by the High Priests. That same courage, the Holy Father noted, is what the Church needs to announce the Good News.
“These two simple men- as the Bible says – with no education, had courage. A word that can be translated as ‘courage,’ ‘straightforwardness,’ ‘freedom to speak,’ ‘not being afraid to say things’ … It’s a word that has many meanings, in its original form. Parrésia, that frankness … and their fear gave way to ‘openness,’ to saying things with freedom.”