Terawi Celebrates 3-in-1 Event
TERAWI(CS).- February 2 was a red-letter day for Terawi parishioners as they celebrated a three-in-one event.
In conjunction with its parish priest's silver jubilee of priestly ordination the parish marked it with the crowning of the statue of Mary Mother of Hope as Mary Queen of Hope and the launching of the priest's fourth musical album.
Father Peter Abas built the first grotto to Mary Mother of Hope at St Joseph Kiulu 25 years ago when he was assigned there after his priestly ordination at St Michael Penampang.
However, the statue was replaced by another statue since then so when he was assigned to Terawi as its first resident priest last year, he was determined to restructure a simple shrine for her on the parish sacred ground where the parishioners can pray to her daily.
The statue wears a cloak resembling the Kadazandusun traditional attire to symbolise her presence in the midst of the Kadazandusun people.
The launching of the priest's fourth album Iziau noh Pinihi took place after Communion.
His last album Kotohuadan Oi Tuhan was released in 1992.
In his homily Fr Abas urged all parents to nurture their children with confining and subjecting them to high expectations.
He also stressed on the need to be alert against child sexual abuse and to help the children to learn how to pray and know Mary as the Mother of Hope.
In knowing Mother Mary, the children will be nurtured to become lovers of the Eucharist and the Word of God.
He said that more and more children have come to pray at the grotto of the Immaculate Conception and of Mary Mother of Hope.