KK Cathedral raises RM51,000 for Ukraine

Sacred Heart Caritas raised RM50,870 to support Caritas Ukraine’s humanitarian relief efforts.

April 16, 2022

Newly created Sacred Heart Caritas Operations Center chaired by Father Paul Lo and parish leaders on March 26, 2022.

By Catherine Engsun
Sacred Heart Caritas raised RM50,870 to support Caritas Ukraine’s humanitarian relief efforts.

For two weeks, from March 21 to April 3, a donation campaign was carried out in the parish. The funds will be forwarded to the Caritas Archdiocese to be transferred to the Caritas Malaysia relief account.

While the donation campaign was underway, an official inauguration and blessing of the new Sacred Heart Caritas operations center within the grounds of the Sacred Heart Complex took place on March 26, 2022.

The parish rector, who is also the spiritual advisor for Sacred Heart Caritas, Father Paul Lo, as well as the chairs of the parish pastoral council and the parish finance and property council, Jason Joenoi and Anthony Lim respectively, celebrated the occasion with an inauguration ceremony. Members of the Caritas Sacred Heart committee witnessed this.

This center will be used to store and distribute donated goods and symbolizes the parish’s mission to continue to serve the poor. The renovation of the Center was financed by the parish.

In his opening address, Fr. Paul thanked God for the timely opportunity to serve the needy with the establishment of the parish charity and development body under the auspices of the new Caritas Malaysia, a member of Caritas Internationalis.

Just a year ago, the bishops of Malaysia created Caritas Malaysia. Subsequently, the Caritas of the Sacred Heart was created. From its inception, the Caritas parish immediately embarked on a mission of mercy by delivering bags of food to the needy during the pandemic.

On the same day, a mass for peace was organized at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Bukit Padang at 11:00 am. The Mass consisted of praying for peace in the war-torn countries of Ukraine and Russia in response to the appeal of the Holy Father.

Before Mass, the Rosary was recited with a particular intention for peace in countries at war. Many parishioners gathered to pray. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was placed at the shrine with lighted candles to accompany the congregation in their intercessions and prayers for peace, just as she historically appeared to the children of Fatima asking them to pray for peace.

In his homily, Father Paul said that we join the call of the Holy Father for peace in order to consecrate these countries at war to Mother Mary. “War happens because of the human heart which is sometimes so full of pride and self-centeredness that it desires to conquer and manipulate at the expense of the innocent, especially children.”

He added that although the consecration to Our Lady is not magic and the war would not stop immediately, we entrusted this peace process by crying out to God in prayer, asking for his mercy to redeem us, and that the war will end and we will live in peace.

Father Paul concluded his homily with a prayer “Lord, we are your creatures. You created us for good, but instead we followed our selfish intentions and brought chaos and violence to the world and to people. So it is our sin that we wish to repent asking for your forgiveness. We know that we do not have the power to change the course of history, that is to say to stop the war immediately, but we know that you will listen to the cry of the poor, the helpless. –Catholic Sabah

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