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|The fallen banyan tree that hit the Chapel|
|The land slip at the hill top next to the Cathedral|
|The damaged outer part of the Chapel|
|The banyan tree hitting direct to the roof of the Chapel|
|The fallen electrical post behind the Parish Hall|
|The snapped dangling electric wire next to the covered walkway|
The non-stop torrential rain, since Friday 28th January which claimed the lives of two victims had brought much damage to the town and its vicinity with mudslides, land slips, flash floods, fallen trees, disruption to power and water supply. Many parts of the roads were covered with thick layer of mud making some stretches impassable to vehicles.
The Parish Property Management and Maintenance Committee (PPMMC) headed by Peter Thien had taken all necessary steps to prevent the situation from worsening. They had laid plastic sheets to cover the land slip and mud slide areas. They had arranged with the local authorities to clear the fallen trees, the clogged drains and to have electricity supply restored.
The flash flood that hit Fr Mulders’ Center
In his homily, Fr Thomas called on the parishioners to take a closer look into the life of St Francis, one of the greatest saints in the history of the Catholic church. He was known as the ‘little poor man of Assisi’ who took the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He invited everyone to walk with St Francis of Assisi in the path of peace, openness,moderation and reverence for nature and love of animals.
|Sr Appolonia fsic extended her appreciation to one and all|
After the mass, the parishioners gathered at the front of the Parish Hall to witness the blessing rite of the statute of St Francis of Assisi by Fr Thomas. The statue donated by Datuk Geoffrey Yee of Tawau is placed amidst a well planned landscape befitting for the Patron Saint of animals and ecology.
|A token of appreciation to Datuk Geoffrey Yee from Fr Thomas|
The landscape setting for the statue of St Francis of Assisi will be further enhanced and the said job has been entrusted to the members of the Cathedral Parish Chinese Pastoral Committee.
|A group photo with Bishop Julius in front of the statue|
The statue, placed at the most strategic location and visible to all who come to the Cathedral will be a reminder to all faithful to be aware and to take care of the environment and the creatures inhabiting the planet with love and concern.
|Cake cutting by Bishop Julius, Fr Thomas and Datuk Geoffrey|
|Album kenangan sempena lawatan umat paroki Penampang dan Tuaran ke Katedral St. Mary Sandakan
dengan Bapa Uskup Julius dan Fr. Thomas Makajil.
Sandakan – Seramai 72 peserta dari Paroki St John Tuaran dan Paroki St. Michael Penampang telah mengadakan kunjungan ke Paroki Katedral St Mary Sandakan pada 28 dan 29 Ogos 2010 yang lalu.
Rombongan tersebut diketuai oleh Winifred dan Rita Makajil di samping mereka mempromosikan Buku Tahun Para Paderi dan CD nyanyian mazmur sahutan pembacaan yang dinyanyikan oleh belia Tuaran.
Keesokan hari, 29 Ogos, para perwakilan mengambil peluang untuk bersiar-siar ke tempat-tempat yang menarik di sekitar Sandakan.
|Bapa Uskup memberkati makanan semasa fellowship|
Lawatan diakhiri dengan kesemua pelawat menghadiri Misa Kudus pagi yang telah diadakan di Kapel St. Mary. Pelawat dari Penampang meneruskan perjalanan ke Gereja Our Lady of Fatima, Beluran, manakala, pelawat dari Tuaran pula meneruskan lawatan mereka ke Paroki St Dominic Lahad Datu dan Paroki Holy Trinity, Tawau.
|Gereja Katedral St. Mary Sandakan|
|Pewartaan INJIL sempena Merdeka|
|Upacara menaikkan bendera dengan lagu Nagara Ku|
|Upacara menaikkan bendera dengan lagu Sabah Tanah Air Ku|
Sandakan: The Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC) commemorated its 26th anniversary with a thanksgiving mass at 7.30pm, Thursday 19th August 2010 in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Chapel. The Community is a group of lay Catholics, whose members bind themselves to one another and to the group, and made the covenant to live a righteous life.
Michael Lee, the presiding elder of SYCC in his sharing said that the day was special not just an occasion for celebrating the SYCC anniversary but also to witness members pledging their re-commitment to start anew and become a shining star that God intends them to be.
|Mary Lee reading the letter from Alice Chew|
Alice Chew, a single mother of eight, who is currently working in Singapore, recommitted herself to the community through her letter to the presiding elder. She wrote that the Covenant Community through its ladies cell group and formation talks, were her actual training ground for her spiritual life. She acknowledged that in difficult times, the brothers and sisters were there to support her. Indeed, she added that they are her family in Christ and will rejoin the Covenant Community on her return to Sandakan.
|Fr. Thomas Makajil|
Sandakan : Ecclesiates 3:1 – ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven’. Truly, the six German participants from Heilbron, who were here in Sandakan on 14th August 2010 were hosted to a farewell dinner reception, on Tuesday evening, 17th August 2010 at Wisma Basel.
All six German guests, putting up with host families had the opportunity to be exposed to the local cultures. Their stay, which was over a weekend, allowed them to experience the Eucharistic celebration in the Roman Catholic Church and the worship service of the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia.
The delegates were taken to a tour of the town, which among others, included the famous ‘Orang Hutan Rehabilitation Centre, the Rainforest Discovery Centre and the Central Wet Market.
The Chairman of the Church Council of BCCM Sandakan, Vun Soon Chong and the Chairman of the St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council, John Baptis in their addresses, touched on the importance of ecumenism. The Sabah-Heilbron Ecumenical Partnership program, with the regular exchange of ecumenical visits from both sides had not only strengthened the partnership itself but paved the way for a closer working relationship within the Churches in Sabah.
The participants, with Eva and Catherine both Catholics, playing the flute and the guitar respectively, presented two beautiful songs in German and one farewell song in Latin. Part of the farewell song, translated, sound as follows;
I hope that the Lord will be with you,
and hold you in His hands,
Would the road lead us together,
Till we meet again, someday, somewhere
Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom, presented souvenirs to the Roman Catholic delegates while Vun Soon Chong presented the same to the Evangelican-Lutheran delegates.
Eva Anding, one of the delegates, a teacher by profession has this to say, ‘I am indeed very grateful to have come to Sabah. The people are very hospitable. Though, from a far away foreign land, I feel very much at home. I am really amazed on how the Catholic faithful of St Mary’s Cathedral come together to put up such a tremendous fund raising bazaar. It is an eye opener to me.’
Catherine has this to share, ‘I suppose we came at the right moment. We joined the local people in the celebration of the Parish Feast Day. We attended the Outdoor mass of the Feast of Assumption.We enjoyed the Parish Bazaar and the Choral Festival. It’s just marvelous!’.
They left for Bundu Tuhan, yesterday morning, 18th August 2010 where they will meet the other members from Kudat for an evaluation of their exposure.
Sandakan : Some 150 neophytes and their family members gathered at the St Mary’s Parish Hall to celebrate the Neophyte’s Night on Sunday, April 18th 2010. Also in attendance were the rector, Fr Thomas Makajil, his assistant, Fr Paul Lo, Deacon David Garaman and religious sisters.
This year, a total of 129 catechumens were baptized in the Cathedral Parish, during Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday on April 3rd and 4th respectively. The newly baptized are now the Neophytes, priestly persons among priestly people, going through a period of deepening of the understandings in the mysteries of the faith. Traditionally, this period is called the mystagogia, the final stage for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults which will last till Pentecost.
Caroline Bryant Hernaez shared, ‘Emptiness in life led me to the RCIA process. His Words has uplifted me. I am now more forgiving. I hope the teachings will make me a better person.’
Selviana Pius in her sharing said, ‘I have never regretted for a moment to be with the RCIA process. Each RCIA lesson brought me closer to God.’
Alleluia !!! Alleluia !!! God bless all of us.
Sandakan : ‘If you want to cultivate peace. protect creation’ - the theme of Pope’s message on World Day of Peace released on 1st January 2010 which also focused on Integral human development, closely linked to the obligations which flow from man’s relationship with the natural environment (Encyclical Caritas in Veritate)
We are all invited to have an attitude of respecting and honoring God’s creation. We need to play our roles as faithful stewards of the creation. Thus, we need to make fruitful use of the physical environment that God has given us.
They spend more than three hours cleaning up the Grotto and its surrounding, the waterfall, the baptismal font as well as the frontage of the Cathedral.
The PPC Chairman, John Baptis and his fellow Committee members Patrick Seah and Richard Atilano were present during the occasion.