Penampang…’Peace Be With You’…..was the famous greeting spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ after the most important ministry events from His journey of death to the glory of resurrection revealed first to the disciples in which is enshrined for this feast celebration promulgated in the Divine Mercy Week, inviting us towards evangelization for all and not referring for devotees only. He said during the Eucharistic celebration at St. Michael’s Church Penampang, April 24,2022.
Parish priest Rev. Fr. Wilfred Atin in his homily on this 2nd week of Easter where during the most challenging time from the chronology of events articulated during the holy week celebration ranging from denials and desertion by his followers in witnessing the shameful journey towards the death of the supposedly seen prior during the Palm Sunday as the saviour of mankind in a fashionable ways.
The resurrection of Jesus on the third day was somehow a mixture of confusion between total joy and burden by a sense of failure among the disciples. The betrayal of Judas Iscariot led to his terrible death, Thomas who was then disbelief while Peter in remorse for his denials also dubbed as the ‘Rock’ of the universal church as Jesus named him has led the historical highest authority of the hierarchy being the first of Papacy reign generated until today with the current head of the church, His Holiness Pope Francis as the 266th legacy after more than 2ooo years.
Fr. Atin on the reflection of the Pentecost to commemorate the beginning of Christian church when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples in a meeting was indeed the great empowerment as Peter preached boldly about Jesus Christ and God’s plan of salvation to all mankind.
Meanwhile at the peak of the parish level celebration of the feast of the Divine Mercy Week being centralized annually at the Divine Mercy Church, Kg. Maang, where several activities was organized starting from the novena prayers mysteries of the Divine Mercy chaplet since the Good Friday celebration towards the Eucharistic Celebration at 5.00pm presided by assistant parish Priest Rev. Fr. Gilbert Marcus later which after his homily proceeded the blessing of sizable images of Divine Mercy and Mother of Mercy for the church patronage iconic reverences. Penampang Parish Divine Mercy Apostolate Coordinator Liza Stephen in her speech during the fellowship at the adjacent church hall thank all the zones namely Maang, Kinarut, Limbanak, Penampang, Kolopis, Sukang-Mabpai, Minintod & Labak for their generous contribution in enabling the Divine Mercy & Mother of Mercy images to be beautifully installed at the church has come into reality….JJ/SoccomPenampang.