St Mary’s Sibu celebrates golden jubilee

The Church of St Mary of the Divine Mercy celebrated her belated Golden Jubilee on September 16.

Sep 23, 2022

The Church of St Mary of the Divine Mercy in Sibu.

The Church of St Mary of the Divine Mercy celebrated her belated Golden Jubilee on September 16.

Originally slated for 2017, the celebration was at first delayed due to Parish Rector Fr Paul Chee’s health condition followed by the movement control order due to the COVID pandemic.

Sept 16 also marked the feast of St Cornelius and St Cyprian, the 59th Malaysia Day and the 55th anniversary of the foundation of the parish.

In his homily, Bishop Joseph Hii Teck Kwong reminded the people of the purpose of the foundation of St Mary’s Church 55 years ago which was to “spread, preach and proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God” (Lk 8:1) and to be witnesses of “the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ which conquered Death and the sin of the world” cf (Cor 15:12-20).

Bishop Joseph said that the community is invited to walk in communion and participate in this grand mission of our Lord Jesus Christ, in synodality with the universal Church.

On this 59th Anniversary of Malaysia Day, the prelate called upon the people to echo the words of the late John F Kennedy, “Do not ask what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country.”

“Our ultimate reward is the eternal life in the Kingdom of God. For this present life, let us not focus on selfish gain.

“Learn from the exemplary women of Jesus’ disciples in today Gospel, Mary of Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and several others who provided for the community out of their own resources. That is the exemplary disposition for us to emulate.

“Ask: What can I contribute for the building up of the Church community?; What can I give for the care of Mother Earth?”

Bishop Joseph urged the community to gather together to earnestly pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth and for the community’s renewal, conversion and the courage to do what the women of Jesus’ time did, “provided for the community out of their own resources”.

The Mass was followed by the Appreciation Service Awards conferred on parishioners who had served in the parish community over the past 55 years. Thereafter, there was a sumptuous buffet lunch as a token of appreciation for the parishioners. — SOCCOM Sibu

The sharings from the PMPTA will be featured in the next week.

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