Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kpg Sta’ang hosts Family Games Day

The Catholic Community in Kampung Sta’ang under Penrissen Zone, St Ann’s parish, had successfully hosted the annual family games day on May 9, 2009.
About 250 people from eight villages namely; Bangau, Batung, Bratan, Bunuk, Petag, Punau, Sikog and Sta’ang took part in the fun filled sport activities. On hand to witness the event were the Rector of St. Ann’s Parish, Friar Gerard Victor OFM, Friar Joseph Lee OFM and Mr. Robert Josem, chairman of the parish council.

Kampung Batung emerged the overall winner, Kampung Punau the runner-up, and Kampung Sta’ang clinched the third place. The event concluded with fellowship and prize presentation.

Earlier, Mr. Paul Noing, the organising chairman, in his welcoming speech reckoned that the event was a success. He attributed this to the full support of the host village, members of the Youth Ministry, Ladies’ Guild and village church committees under Penrissen Zone.

Friar Gerard Victor OFM expressed his joy witnessing the umat sharing their gifts and enjoying wholesome family activities. He also announced that next year Kampong Batung would host the zone level event.

In St. Ann’s Parish, the family games day is organised annually at the zone level, namely; Semeba, Penrissen, Siburan, Simpok and Padawan, as a community programme to promote kinship among the family members and community in general. This is in line with the broad objectives of the pastoral focus of the family. To encourage participation and leadership, villages under each zone take turn to host the event.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


One historical moment for the community in Kg Sampun was 25th April 2009, when 22 RCIA candidates were baptized and 5 Anglicans were received into the Catholic Church. There was an air of festivity for the 27 new members as they were accompanied during the ceremony by choir members from the Carmelite Chapel and members of the Iban Apostolate from St Ann Parish. The congregation sang their hearts out and showed our unity as one Body of Christ.

After the celebration, there was sumptuous meal prepared by some of the parishioners and everyone ate to their hearts’ content. This celebration truly showed the spirit of being one and supporting each other as Church. Our new Catholics would have benefited from the presence and witness shown by the veteran members of the Catholic Church.

However the celebrations did not end with the meal but continued with another historical moment which was the blessing of the site for the new Chapel named after “Our Lady of the Assumption.”

May our Lady as patroness continue to guide and be with the people in Kg Sampun.

Monday, May 11, 2009

St. Ann's Youth Blog

A new blog have been created for all the youth in St.Ann's Catholic Church in support to promote any activities involving the youth in the parish. The Author is looking forward to build a special team in order to keep the blog up to date. Any suggestion regarding this,do email to the author himself at

Do visit us at and be part of us.

God Bless


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Charity Golf Tournament- early information

Remember the golf tournament that was held at the Sarawak Golf Club on 19th May, 2007 in aid of St Ann’s building project?

Well, this year the organizing committee headed by Mr. Dominic Josip will organize the tournament for the same reason on July 25, 2009 at Damai Golf Course. Overseas friends who have planned to come to Sarawak to join us celebrating the Feast of St Ann on July 26, 2009 can consider joining the tournament if they are golfers as well.

Followers of this blog will be updated with more information when they are made available by the organizing committee. However, feel free to contact Mr. Dominic Josip, h/p No. 013-8019392 for immediate information on participation rules and conditions.

For a start, here is the link to Damai Golf & Country Club.

Project Gift Coupon comes to a successful conclusion.

Project Gift Coupon, launched on July 27 last year during the Feast Day of St Ann, was officially closed on April 26, 2008. The Building Committee is pleased to announce that the project which had achieved its target was the result of the cumulative contributions from all of you, whoever and wherever you are.

Below are some of the pictures highlighting the events from the beginning to the end during the 8 months the project run.

This is the Gift Coupon that will help us to raise fund for building the new St Ann Complex.

Two young girls in Bidayuh Costumes who are members of the PYM from Kpg Bumbok, bring in the mock Gift Coupon to start the launching.

Fr Gerard Victor OFM, the Rector of St Ann, receives the mock Gift Coupon and thereafter hands it over to Archbishop John Ha for the official launching.

Archbishop John Ha hands over the mock Gift Coupon to the Chairman of the Parish Council, Mr. Robert Josem, to symbolise the responsibility of the parishioners to make the project a success.

Showing the mock Gift Coupon to the congregation.

Project Gift Coupon comes to a successful conclusion- part 2.

Fr Gerard Victor,OFM receiving monetary donations from Mr. Franky Heng.

A section of a large crowd coming to witness the draw during the closing ceremony- outside the Hall.

A section of the large crowd withnessing the draw- inside the Hall.

The organising Chairman, Mr. Sebastian Ramek, takes the mic at the closing ceremony.

The first group of PYM members from Kpg Semeba picking the lucky numbers.

Project Gift Coupon comes to a successful conclusion- part 3.

The members of the Parish Youth Ministry working hard to pick the lucky numbers.

The first prize, a Perodua VIVA Car, goes to.... Mr. Su-ut anak Seim!!!

Mdm Felicia Toh, wins the second prize, a Samsung 40" LCD Television set.

Mr. Alvin anak Dominic Josip, the third prize winner, receives the key of Modenas Kriss 100 from Fr. Gerard Victor, OFM.

Fr. Gerard Victor, OFM giving certificate of appreciation to Mr. Philip Siaw of Messrs Sin Thai Hin who donates the third prize, Modenas Kriss 100. Looking on is Fr Joseph Lee, OFM

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Courtesy Visit to Honourable Datuk Michael Manyin

Recently, Friar Joseph Lee OFM led a five-member team to visit the Honourable Minister of Urban Development and Tourism, Datuk Michael Manyin at his office at 7th Floor, Baitulmakmur Building, Petra Jaya, Kuching. The other members of the team were the Deputy Chairman of St Ann’s New Complex Building Fund, Mr. Patrick Kiyok; Chairman of St Ann’s Parish Council, Mr. Robert Josem; Chairman of the Annual Community Dinner ‘09, Mr. Patrick Romas and Assistant Treasurer of St Ann’s Building Fund, Mr. Francis Satim.

The purpose of the visit was to express gratitude for the support and contribution of the Honourable Minister towards St Ann Church. We also took the opportunity to brief him on the progress of the fund-raising for the new St Ann’s Complex and to invite him to be the patron for St Ann’s Annual Community Dinner to be held on August 1, 2009 at Siburan Community Hall, Siburan.

Front row from left to right: Fr Joseph Lee OFM, YB Datuk Michael Manyin, Mr. Robert Josem
Back row from left to right: Mr. Francis Satim, Mr. Patrick Lomas and Mr. Patrick Kiyok