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Sandakan campus students gathering focuses on church social teachings

1LAHAD DATU – The Catholic Campus Student Gathering (CCSGS) is an annual program organised by the Sandakan Diocesan Youth Apostolate, Campus Ministry team. This year, the 3rd CCSG focussed on the Catholic Social Teachings (CST), held at St Dominic Church, Lahad Datu, June 5-7. Dominic Lim from the KK Archdiocesan Human Development Commission (AHDC) shared the teaching to 18 young people who are still studying in the University and colleges as well as some graduates from YouthPrepLink.

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SYCC shares the love of Christ with MRSM students

berita Katolik Malaysia (2)SANDAKAN: The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) of St Mary’s Cathedral organized a program with the intention of reaching out to the students of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sandakan on Sunday afternoon 28 June, 2015. The session was held at the Parish Conference Room. It was a simple easy going informal session of 4 hours and the outcome was positive. 

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Marian Hill DevCom realises the impossible

SANDAKAN – The Marian Hill Development Committee (MHDC) met up for an informal get-together Jul 5 at the parish canteen. Turning up for the occasion were about 80 people comprising of members and their family, and chairpersons of other ministry and community groups. Also present to lend support were Bishop Julius Gitom, Fr Thomas Makajil, and Fr Sunny Chung.

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Seminarian Stanley Mataking ordained deacon in Sandakan

Malaysia Gereja Diakon Stanley William Matakim (27)SANDAKAN – Stanley William Mataking, 29, was accepted and ordained a deacon before hundreds who came to witness this joyous occasion at St Mary’s Cathedral on 24 Jun 2015.

“As deacon you are to help the priests and the bishop in the ministry of the word, of the altar and in charity showing yourself to be servant of all. With the help of God, you are to go about all these duties in such a way that you will be recognized as a disciple of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve. You are a minister of Jesus Christ and you are to serve like the disciples and to do the will of God. Serve the people with love and joy.”

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Statue of Mary installed at Rosary Corridor

11039809_350392025144691_530889685925532798_oSANDAKAN – About 60 parishioners witnessed the installation of the statue of Mary Mar 7 at the Rosary Corridor of St Mary’s Cathedral.

The life-size solid concrete statue of about half a ton in weight was carried from the Rosary Monument at the base of the Mount and installed on a site near a spring water source. 

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HTC bids fond farewell to Sr Aquinas Voon

farewell song for Sr. AuinasTAWAU – Some 300 parishioners gathered at Holy Trinity Parish Hall Feb 15 to bid Sr Aquinas Voon fsic a fond farewell and at the same time to extend a warm welcome to Sr Martha Jonik fsic and seminarian Walter Milter Mario.

Andrew Kiat, the PPC Chairman. in his welcoming speech, thanked God for the gift of Sr Aquinas  and for her wonderful service extended to the community especially on spiritual guidance and accompaniment. 

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Sandakan Family Life studies Relatio Synodi document

grup fotoSANDAKAN – The Sandakan Diocesan Family Life Commission for the new term of 2015-17 held its first meeting cum Study Session on the Relatio Synodi document at the Diocesan Retreat Center, Ulu Dusun Feb 6-7.

13 members coming from across the diocese attended the meeting. Bishop Julius Gitom, who is also the Spiritual Director for Family Life Commission, was present to guide them through the document.

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Society of St Vincent de Paul updates on activities

Bishop Julius pembangunan insan TawauSANDAKAN – The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) of Holy Trinity Church, Tawau paid a courtesy call on Bishop Julius Gitom Feb 5 at the Diocesan Pastoral Office to brief him on the Society’s activities in the parish since its inception February last year.

Angela Teo, who heads the Society in Tawau, briefed Bishop Julius that it has 25 active members, who are diligently working to serve people in need. Members live out the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed with compassion and respect.

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