Sister Mary Ong is a Khmer sister. she worked in welcome center for the sick in Battambang parish for 1 and heft year. She took care of all the patients that came and need help from our health center. In the name of the parish we would like to say thanks to sister Mary Ong that send her time to help us for 1 and haft year. May God Bless you and your new missionary in Phnom Penh for the new year time.
Br. Soo Young is a Jesuit Brother. He comes from Korea. He spends his time in Battambang parish for his mission for 2 year. He work with the youths and children. Especially he takes care for music classes and football program. He teaches the music to the youth and leads them to try hard in their study. So we would like to say thanks to Br. Soo Young that he helps us. May God Bless you and your new Missionary in Korea.
On 26 and 27 January 2013, There is a 250 anniversary of sister providence in world. All sister of providence came to Battambang and celebrate this anniversary. They came and collect some Catholic around the church to meet and meditation together and let them to think about their life.
In the Mass Bishop Kike said The Lord give us mercy and lead s to serve the poor people around us. As sister providence do today. They serve the people around the world for 250 years with the people so today is the day that we remind our sisters was create this group for 250 years. We already know that they do it in the faith. they do not need the reward or honor but they do it in the faith and love, give the hope and happiness to the people.
Sister Aghas said in after the mass: We are very very happy to be here with all of you. i would like to say thanks to bishop that always support and encourage us in way we work. We always pray for the youth in Cambodia to be brave and respond to the Lord to serve the people and join with our missionary. We open and welcome all of youths that wanted to learn and know about us.
After the there is a small party at providence sister center. they invite some catholic to join with them to congratulate for 250 years anniversary of sister providence.
Battambang: Our friends from England came to visit us in Battambang parish. They arrived in battambang parish on Saturday 19 January. After they arrive the stuffs of pastoral with Fr. Totet welcome them by joy and love and brought them around to visit our catholic around the church. On Sunday they are all join in to the holy mass with Fr. Totet and Catholics. before the Mass we also showed on the slide about the activities that we did together between the church in England and Battambang, Cambodia. When Bishop Micheal staying a live. In the end of the mass Father totet introduce to the catholic about the Communicate between both communities. And there also exchange the gift to each other including Khmer transitional dance performance.
Fr. Mark said After Bishop Micheal died. Fr. Franco from Cambodia invited me to visit the Catholic in Cambodia. Before i came here i wondered why Bishop Micheal want to visit and like Cambodia?. After i arrived here i really really know that the people in Cambodia is very very smiling and lovely especially here in Battambang. I would like to say thank to the Catholic in Cambodia that teach us and give us the love, experiences and firm in the faith. I hope the gift that we gave to you will be bring us with strong communication to each other between both communities.
Ms. Dam Branha said: We are really happy with your gift that you gave us. and good to see you here also. WE are sad too when we remind to Bishop Micheal. and we will pray for the Bishop Micheal in our Catholic Battambang church.
Battambng Parish: On 14-15 January__ All the staffs in the Pastoral Center with Fr, Totet and Br. Francis met to each other to discuss about the Leadership Development Strategy for the prefecture work in more 3 years.
We seek to hone skills that will allow the youths to work together as agents of social change and development in their communities and in Cambodian society. We believe that the next generation of community leaders should be empowered, courageous, freedom-loving, and liberating influences in their communities.
In this meeting we found out the three main points. There are Education, Modal, and Opportunity. We hope that strategy will help the youth to be a leadership, and to be brave.
Fr. Totet Said: This strategy is going to announce to the other communities in the prefecture to know about it.
We already knew that this parish was an old community in Cambodia. Many were killed. In Battambang, the original church structure was destroyed; the compound and surrounding lands were confiscated for different use.Because of Pol Pot regime everything in this parish was destroyed but the faith of the Catholics is still a living and continuing in the difficult ways. they met each other by 4 or 5 people in one place and started their pray to the Lord.
On 4th January 2013, In Battambang parish was celebrated the anniversary 223th for the parish. there are joined from some of the commnunities in Battambang prefecture as Chomnom, Svay Sisophon, Tahen, Chrab Veil, Tapong, Nikom, Knachromeas, Snerng, and Battambang. Totally around 500 people came to this celebration. Before the Mass there is a Mary procession from the Bishop house to the Church. Why we have to have a Mary Procession? Because this parish was named Our Lady of the Assumption parish,
After the Mass there are performance from the difference communities as dancing, singing, comedy.... etc. to congratulate to the 223th of the Battambang parish.