St. Monfort Parish, Poco
St. Montfort Parish, Poco was inaugurated by the late Mgr. Eduardus Sangsun, SVD on December 31, 1999. The parish is located approximately 11 KM from Ruteng, the capital city of Manggarai Regency. St. Montfort Parish, Poco includes four stations and two territories. Services can use motorized vehicles (bicycles and cars). The people's livelihood is generally farmers. The confreres who work in this parish are:
- Father Yakobus Rua Bai, SMM (Parish Father),
- Father Blasius Lion, SMM (Father Partner until 2016),
- 3. Brother Yohanes Jehadun, SMM (Pastoral Orientation in 2015 and resigned the same year.
- Diacon Martin Tamur, SMM
- Brother Robertus Ludok Kelore, SMM (Agustus 2017-…)
- Brother Rio Sudirman, SMM (TOP I, Agustus 2017-….)
Poco Prayer Garden
The Parish of Saint Montfort Poco is 16 years old, but this parish does not yet have a Mary's Cave to increase the devotional spirit of the people to Our Lady, according to the spirit of the Patron of the Parish – the good Father of Montfort – namely St. Montfort. So, there are several considerations for the early establishment of the Cave of Mary: first, we are reminded of the story of Saint Montfort who as a teenager loved prayer and devotion to Our Lady. After every mass, he always prays in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary which is next to the church. Second, we remember the story of Saint Montfort's writings “Through the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ has come into the world. It is through Mary that He must reign in the world” (BS No. 1). Third, there was encouragement from the confreres who warned that there was a uniqueness for the parish served by the Society of Maria Montfort. Fourth, the condition and situation of the banyan tree that has grown so big that its roots damage the parish church floor. So, this tree must be cut down and then turned into a prayer garden, which is on the right side of the church from the direction of the entrance to the Church of St. Montfort Poco. The plan to cut and build the prayer garden appeared on September 21, 2016, when I was in personal anxiety that couldn't take a nap, and was immediately executed on September 22, 2016 (the banyan tree and candlenut were cut). namely on the right side of the church from the entrance of the Church of St. Montfort Poco. The plan to cut and build the prayer garden appeared on September 21, 2016, when I was in personal anxiety that couldn't take a nap, and was immediately executed on September 22, 2016 (the banyan tree and candlenut were cut). namely on the right side of the church from the entrance of the Church of St. Montfort Poco. The plan to cut and build the prayer garden appeared on September 21, 2016, when I was in personal anxiety that couldn't take a nap, and was immediately executed on September 22, 2016 (the banyan tree and candlenut were cut).
Between the grotto and the Prayer Garden
Tensions occurred when we were about to start construction. Between choosing to build a Cave of Mary or build a Prayer Garden with a thatched roof. Building the Cave of Mary was difficult because of insufficient funds and no shelter when praying when it rained. Finally, the choice fell on the second one, namely to build a Prayer Garden with a thatched roof. Why the palm fiber roof? Because the parishioners of St. Montfort Poco have palm/palm trees. But the fact is, it's really hard for us to get palm fiber, after all, it's expensive. Given that the parish's financial capital is small, we chose to build a Prayer Garden with a tin roof.
What can be done to renew the spirit of God's people
As Parish Priest of Santo Montfort Poco, I always ask myself “what can the three of us (Father Jack, Deacon Martin, SMM, and Brother Salves, SMM) do to bring people to a new life? Is it just a routine service?” With full confidence, we will answer "No". A renewal of life is certainly more important than routine service. Renewal of life certainly has two important meanings, namely: 1) renewal in a better direction by God's will and 2) on the contrary, in a bad direction if only relying on one's own will. Therefore, it is necessary to listen to God who is present in others, both confreres and administrators and God's people. By opening up through mutual communication with young people, especially Jerry and Evan, we made a plan to make a prayer garden and Jery made a picture of a prayer garden with a length of 8 meters and a width of 4 meters. With the existing pictures and sizes, we ventured to convey to the craftsman who will be working on it, namely Mr. Ignatius, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Lius, and Yul. These four people started the construction of the Prayer Garden. We ordered sandstone, cement, and iron materials through the people in Tengkuk Tok 1, namely Mr. Maxi. The initial capital or fund of 7,000,000 seems to be insufficient, especially at the beginning of construction (1st month, in September). As a solution, in early October we blessed candles and distributed candles to 18 KBGs in areas 1-4 (Parish Center) and they had to pay. So, in early November the candle money during the Rosary was collected for 6 million. Besides that, the people personally donated money and materials, including sand. In addition, we also received assistance from several people in Jakarta. Armed with good cooperation from the craftsmen and also the people who work on the construction of the Prayer Garden and the work on the stairs, it can be completed after Christmas. There is joy when seeing the development progress, the people are involved in taking part in physically completing the construction of the Prayer Garden, inviting the people, AMQAH, the “Ca Nai: Sehati” group (a collection of parents whose children are in the Middle Seminary, Aspirants, Postulant, Novitiate, Higher Seminary), Sisters, Brothers, Brothers and Priests from Poco Parish to pray together so that the construction of the prayer garden can be completed properly. However, there is also sadness that so much money has been spent on craftsmen, materials, etc. Be grateful that on December 31, 2016, coinciding with the parish's 17th anniversary, we blessed the Garden of Prayer of Mary the Mediator of All Graces, which was preceded by the Manggarai traditional event “Kebeng” on December 30, 2016. We received a donation of a statue of the Virgin Mary of Divine Mercy, from a father in Jakarta, and the statue was made in Yogyakarta. On January 23, 2017, the statue arrived at Poco. On January 29, 2017, the Statue of Our Lady was blessed in the Church. The construction of this Prayer Garden cost 76,000,000. Now the prayer garden can be used to increase people's devotion to Mother Mary. The Poco KSM group uses it as a meeting place every 3rd week of the month. The construction of the Prayer Garden has been completed and is being used, but the people continue to provide input for further arrangements, namely providing a place for collections, a place to inaugurate candles, and also make a fence so that it makes people safer and calmer to pray in the Prayer Garden. The best way to make oneself a bearer of renewal is to believe in God the Most Holy Trinity and walk with Mary and build good cooperation with others, God's people, firm, honest and open.
Relying on God alone through Mary in the hands of neighborly love
The planning for the construction of the Prayer Garden, it can be said, is only reckless. Do not have the capital or large funds only a little. Only with God's gift through others, who give sincerely. While it is impossible to be done well, for Allah nothing is impossible. If you rely on God and surrender yourself into the loving hands of the Virgin Mary, you will surely and confidently produce happy results. So remember the words of Our Lady, “Whatever is said to you, do it” (John 2:6). This was the first sign at Cana, which led the disciples to believe. Believe that God's will be done in every work of ministry if you always listen to God: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps 119:105).
“Rejoice in the Lord, rejoice. Because He is the One who makes all our human plans can be completed properly and everything is beautiful in its time. Always be grateful in every step of life, work, and service and accept every blessing and opportunity that God has given, and always pray for those who have made any contribution to our lives.” That is an expression of prayer, gratitude, and praise that the parishioners of St. Montfort thank God for His blessings and love for us in the Year of Divine Mercy and the Year of the Liturgy for us People of God Ruteng Diocese. Now we are starting to enter 2017 as the Year of Preaching. People of God Parish of St. Montfort Poco began to rise and renew life by being involved in taking part in the Eucharist, worship, prayer, and joint activities at the KBG, Stasi, Territory, Parish, and Diocese. The blessing of God and the prayer of Mary the Mediator of all Graces be with us the parishioners of St. Montfort Poco.