BUNAN GEGA – There was an air of buzzing festivity from 25-26 October around St Jude’s Church compound, as people from 47 kampongs that make up St Jude’s Parish gathered to take part in the closing ceremonies of the Parish’s 40th Anniversary Celebration which began a year ago.
Games and football matches were organised for inter-kampong participation, while business was brisk among the drinks and food stalls, the proceeds of which were in aid of the new Tebedu Church building fund. Months of preparation had been spent by the various committees to finalise the programme, including the production of the Souvenir Magazine with VCD.
Prior to this weekend’s event, a novena to St Jude was made by the parishioners in St Jude’s Church from 16-24 October, in the evening, followed by fellowship. The last evening of the novena began with a candle-light procession from the Balairaya in Kpg Bunan Gega to St Jude’s Church; the rosary was recited.
The Jubilee Mass on Sunday was concelebrated by Msgr William Sabang who represented Archbishop John Ha, Fr Jerome Juleng, the Rector, and four visiting priests.
After the Buffet Dinner on Saturday evening at the Babuk Leopold Memorial Centre, during which Fr Jerome and Alban Bong, the Chairman of St Jude’s Parish Council, both made speeches, the people sat round a stage in the padang to be entertained with music and dance presented by the various kampongs. The proceeding started with a sing-along praise and worship by a group of invited guests on the stage. Then, the Guest of Honour, Msgr William Sabang, addressed the gathering. Msgr William said a parish is established for two reasons: 1. the resident priest is to give pastoral care; 2. the people are ready to run the local Church themselves. Msgr William congratulated the people for having participated in the year-long celebration activities; he congratulated the Parish for having provided three priests and two Sisters for the Archdiocese. Fr Sabang reminded the people that things must not stop here; the people must not sit back in complacency, but must continue to strive for the up-building of the Faith. To this end, it is fitting that everyone should work together to fulfill as soon as possible the new Tebedu Church Project.