Thursday, May 8, 2008

ST. MARY'S PILGRIMAGE SITE IN BINTAN ISLAND

Some 7,000 Catholics in Bintan Island has one popular place to pay pilgrimage to St. Mary especially during the devotion month in May. The site located in Malangrapat village around 65 Km to northeast of Tanjungpinang. The site was build at the compound of the village St. Peter catholic chapel. Around 300 Catholics live in harmony with their majority Malay and Chinese neighbors in the village.





The faithful gathered in front of the grotto after the mass. They take turn to light the candle underneath St. Mary statue and pay their devotion to her.


I let my son Patricius walk up to the pilgrimage site by himself.


Lenni says her devoition to mother Mary.


Posing infront of the grotto with my son Patricius.


Lenni met with her old friends, Sophia Hutajulu (left) and Aurelia Sawu (in yellow Tshirt).


The site has a beautiful St. Mary grotto build underneath the banyan trees and causarina tress which give natural shade to the grotto and pilgrimage paying devotion to her. The site officially blessed as pilgrimage site for the Catholics few years ago by the Bishop of Pangkalpinang Mgr. Hilarius Moa Nurak, SVD.

Sunday, 4 May 2008, around 700 Catholics gathered at the site for the opening of the devotion month of St. Mary. Father Marianus Manse, the parish priest celebrated the mass together with Father Poldo Situmorang. I bring along my wife Lenni and my son Patricius together to pay our devotion to mother Mary.

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and the end of hour of our death. Amen".


6 comments:

Nafry Marmata said...

AMIN

Night Brada, Thanks anyway for sharing this articles, this is the first time for me knowing that there are lots of Catholics in Bintan, especially St.Mary's Pilgrimage site in Bintan Island.. May God Bless all of U and Fam' now and forever.. Thanks..

Sitohang Par Bintan said...

@ Nafry Marmata

Thanks brother.

Catholics and Protestants make up al least 9% of the total population of Bintan Island. And they live and work together with the faithful of other religions very weel and in harmony.

While the numbers are indeed important, but I think more importantly is what the Christians contribute to the public and the society at large.

lucky said...

If im in the situation of the owner of this blog. I dont know how to post this kind of topic. he has a nice idea.

Par Bintan said...

@ lucky,

Thank you for the compliment.
Best regards,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post! I'm visiting Bintan this weekend, thinking to stop by at this pilgrimage site for a while as well. Can't wait to pray at the grotto and see the miracle happens... Please also visit my page; www.catholico.wordpress.com God bless!

Sheila Rocamora said...

Hi!
Thank you for this informative blog. My family & I will be in Bintan this weekend. Can you please help us how to get to the church and pilgrimage site if we are coming from Bintan Lagoon Resort? Or the complete address, if you have. Thanks so much in advance. :)