Rector thanks donors

KOTA KINABALU: The rector of St Simon Catholic Church Likas extended his heartfelt gratitude to individuals who donated voluntarily following the suspension of public Masses and parish activities since March 15.

In his statement (bottom) dated April 19, Fr Cosmas Lee said within the first two weeks of the suspension, “individuals started coming in to pass their donations to the parish without being asked”.

Received in parish office: March 22-April 18, 2020.

“We thank God for their care and thoughts in the absence of our usual Sunday donations. We have made Online Donations possible since April 12,” Fr Cosmas said. “A number of parishioners have responded generously.”

“Even as we begin to give a weekly report of donations received, we urge all parishioners to remember their financial commitment to the parish,” he said, adding that the donations are on a volunteer-basis.

Received through online banking: April 12-18, 2020.

“We are very aware, that many indeed are facing dire financial difficulties. However, as in any good Christian community, we should always contribute each according to his means.

“This financial support should reflect our commitment to our Faith, regular and on-going, in good and bad times.”

Fr Cosmas said such commitment will help the parish to provide continuing services.

“We are thinking particularly of the poor and needy in these most difficult times. Remember, we will never outdo the generosity of God.”

Download Fr Cosmas Lee’s full message below:

Cover Image: Fr Cosmas Lee with seminarian Wilson Francis on Easter Vigil 2020. (pic courtesy of Wilson Francis)

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