Youths in Serian excited for God!

10 09 2010

SERIAN – About 160 youth chose to spend their first day of their mid-term holiday on 4 Sept 2010 to have a closer walk with Him at St Ann’s Church, Kampung Kakai.  A one-day youth camp was organised by the Sarawak Catholic Teachers’ Guild, Serian Branch.  The event was assisted by a team from Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS). Among the topics shared were on Personal  Formation, Social Formation and Action Plan. These topics were meant to bring the students to the awareness of being a leader. Sr Lucina shared on Vocation and how God calls young people to religious life. Mass was celebrated by Fr Paul Herry.


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Vocation Camp 2009

10 12 2009

CMPC, Mt Singai – Seramai 71 orang peserta telah mengikuti Kem Panggilan yang dianjurkan oleh KAYVC dari 4 – 6 Disember 2009. Kem Panggilan tahun ini bertemakan ‘Faith in the Divine Initiative – the Human Response’ yang dipetik dari surat Pope Benedict XVI.

Dalam kem tersebut, setiap individu digalakkan untuk membuka hati mereka kepada Tuhan agar dapat memberi respon terhadap panggilan tersebut serta mempelawa Roh Kudus untuk bekerja dalam hidup setiap individu. Di samping itu, para belia juga dijemput untuk merenungkan dan mengenali panggilan Tuhan dalam hidup mereka masing-masing kerana Tuhan sentiasa berbicara dalam hati kita. Oleh itu, kita harus membuka hati kita kepada. Tuhan agar Dia dapat berbicara dan seterusnya agar kita dapat memberi respon terhadap panggilan tersebut.

Antara kongregasi yang terlibat termasuklah Diocesan Priesthood, SSFS, Good Shepherd, Daughter of St Paul, Carmelite Order dan La salle Brothers.





How Fr Choong found his priestly vocation in Poland

3 08 2009

Fr Choong, new Malaysian priestIPOH: Finding his priestly vocation in Poland was something that Malaysian Fr Choong Chun Yean, never expected, but it quickly became his choice when he experienced the love of Christ through the people he mixed with.

Fr Choong, a former Buddhist, and now a Catholic priest, shared how the Lord found him and saved him thirteen years ago, when he was still studying in the United Kingdom.

A former student of Poi Lam and later Sam Tet in Sixth Form during the 1990s, Fr Choong spoke to parishioners after Mass at St Michael’s Church here before giving them his priestly blessing.

Fr Choong said that as a foreign student, he was at first intrigued, and later won over by the kindness and good works of the Polish community he mixed with. Their simplicity and modesty in lifestyle and their openness and generosity in helping others, especially foreigners, was something that Fr Choong admired and wanted to emulate.

He found friendship in their community and reflected how they were so different from others. “I found it was because of their qualities and virtues such as faithfulness to God, integrity, a welcoming spirit, friendliness, goodness in heart, enthusiasm and joy in daily work and patience. It manifested their deep communion with God and the Catholic Church,” he said.

He soon became a Catholic and joined the seminary in Poland, having picked up the Polish language, developing a fluency in it. Having been ordained recently on June 6, 2009, Fr Choong returned to Poland at the end of July, and will replace a priest who is on leave, whilst awaiting his nomination for a decree by mid- August. After that he will be sent to serve in a parish in the archdiocese of Lodz in Central Poland.

On what his most memorable occasion was, Fr Choong said it was when he met the late Pope John Paul II and was blessed by the Holy Father. “It was during a pilgrimage with the seminary to Rome in 2003. I will never forget how I met him and he gave me his blessing,” Fr Choong said.

The Mass at SMC was celebrated by parish priest Fr Michael Cheah, Fr Choong and Polish priest Fr Richard Zalewski, whom Fr Choong credited as being responsible for his vocation.

Here in Ipoh to experience some time with his family, Fr Choong visited his father and four siblings, who are still Buddhists.

His elder brother, Chun Cheong, was at St Michael’s Church to welcome him. Parishioners also congratulated him and wished him well on his stay in Malaysia and in his pastoral work.

Original article from The Herald, published 30 Jul 2009





St John Vianney, Confessor Par Excellence

24 07 2009

‘The good Lord knows everything. Even before you confess, he already knows that you will sin again, yet he still forgives you. How great is the love of our God: he even forces himself to forget the future, so that he can grant us his forgiveness!’

Cure of Ars…he sought in every way, by his preaching and his powers of persuasion, to help his parishioners to rediscover the meaning and beauty of the sacrament of Penance, presenting it as an inherent demand of the Eucharistic presence

The saintly Curé… said: ‘It is not the sinner who returns to God to beg his forgiveness, but God himself who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him.’ ‘This good Saviour is so filled with love that he seeks us everywhere.’

“The Curé of Ars dealt with different penitents in different ways. Those who came to his confessional drawn by a deep and humble longing for God’s forgiveness found in him the encouragement to plunge into the ‘flood of divine mercy’ which sweeps everything away by its vehemence. If someone was troubled by the thought of his own frailty and inconstancy, and fearful of sinning again, the Curé would unveil the mystery of God’s love in these beautiful and touching words: ‘The good Lord knows everything. Even before you confess, he already knows that you will sin again, yet he still forgives you. How great is the love of our God: he even forces himself to forget the future, so that he can grant us his forgiveness!’

“But to those who made a lukewarm and rather indifferent confession of sin, he clearly demonstrated by his own tears of pain how ‘abominable’ this attitude was: ‘I weep because you don’t weep’, he would say. ‘If only the Lord were not so good! But he is so good! One would have to be a brute to treat so good a Father this way!’

“He awakened repentance in the hearts of the lukewarm by forcing them to see God’s own pain at their sins reflected in the face of the priest who was their confessor. To those who, on the other hand, came to him already desirous of and suited to a deeper spiritual life, he flung open the abyss of God’s love, explaining the untold beauty of living in union with him and dwelling in his presence: ‘Everything in God’s sight, everything with God, everything to please God… How beautiful it is!’ And he taught them to pray: ‘My God, grant me the grace to love you as much as I possibly can.’”

Extracted from Pope’s Benedict’s Letter to Clergy on the Year for Priests, 5 July 2009





The Catholic Priest Today

22 07 2009

Take a look at this video documentary from the Archdiocese of Chicago, produced by the Midwest Theological Forum; The Catholic Priest Today: a man of faith, a man of tradition, a man of God. It is made with the intention of helping those who have interest in the Catholic priesthood to discern. The documentary touches briefly on the scandals that hurt Church in Chicago and how young men are coming forward to give themselves to God in response to the challenges that confront the Catholic Church.

Here are some screen-captures from the documentary:

Catholic Priest Today

Priestly ordination

Seminarians

Eucharist and rosary

Unfortunately I cannot embed the video is this blog. You can visit the website and watch it at: http://www.thecatholicpriesttoday.com/viewDVD.htm





The Joy of Being a Priest

16 07 2009

The church should be a community in which people discover God’s delight in them. This is the ministry of priests. This is my life, writes Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

Published in Catholic News on 10 May 2009

LET ME MAKE a confession. As the time for me to be ordained drew near, I began to have terrible doubts as to whether I was called to be a priest. I had become deeply repelled by any hint of priestly superiority. I dreaded the hypocrisy of it, because I knew that I was no better than anyone else. I only accepted ordination in obedience to my Dominican brethren. I could identify with Saint Augustine who wept when he was ordained a priest. The cynics thought that he was weeping because he had not been made a bishop, but in fact it was because he had no desire to be a priest at all.

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Learn about Carmelite Vocations

2 07 2009

OLMtCarmel

Sounds interesting, eh?! This is part of the Triduum (3-day preparation for the celebration of a feast) of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It will take place at the Carmelite Church, Kuching. Take a look at the programme… Young men and women searching for their vocation, take note of the programme on the 15th:

13th July, Mon (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Biblical Foundation of Marian Devotion in Carmel

14th July, Tue (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Development of Marian Character in Carmel

15th July, Wed (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Vocation to Carmel (Friars/Nuns/OCDS)

16th July, Thu (7.00pm)

  • SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL
  • Mass to be followed by the blessing and distributing of the Brown Scapulars