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The SIC Church Bulletin & Mass Intentions for week of 26 Oct to 1 Nov are now available at Bulletin webpage.

Do check out the activities and happenings planned for our parish. 

Sunday School Registration 2014

Sunday School Registration for the 2014 school year begins on 29 September 2013. Registration counters will be opened from 10.15am to 11.45 am at the Training Centre, (Level 1, Room 1-2) on the following days...

Read more here.

62 Children Receive First Holy Communion

What bread do you like to eat? St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng posed this question to 32 girls and 30 boys of SIC's Standard 3 First Holy Communion Class of 2014 during his homily at Sunset Mass on 25 October 2014. Fr Lucas went to to explain that the bread that the children and congregation will receive is truly special. For it is Jesus, the Bread of Life, who will nourish our souls. He also reminded parents to bring their children along to receive the other sacraments especially Confession and not wait years later until their Confirmation. After a year of catechism class and their First Confession, the children were ready to receive the Sacrament of Sacraments – the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Jesus Christ for the very first time witnessed by a fully-packed congregation comprising their godparents, parents, Sunday School catechists and parishioners.

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Incorporated into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church through Baptism while infants, receiving Christ in the Eucharist is the third Sacrament received by the children. Apart from bread and wine, the children also offered up their First Holy Communion certificates – a symbol of remembrance of the first time they became one in the Body of Christ – and Camp Crafts Prayer Cards during the Offertory Procession. The children also sang Jesus, You're My Firm Foundation in thanksgiving to God followed with a pledge by their parents. Each child happily took turns to be photographed with Parish Priest Fr Lucas and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong after Mass.

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Click on Sunday School for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Click here to view more photos.

Photography: John Ari Ragai, Daniel Khong & Matthew Soo

 

Importance of our Catechism

By Edward Sta Maria, CCC facilitator

I was 53 years old when I first attended the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). As I am a 'cradle' Catholic. I thought that my knowledge of Church teachings was good even though I had not kept in touch with the teachings of the Church since my confirmation in 1965. I had also picked up some knowledge from my friends and family. When I attended the CCC lessons, I was surprised to learn that my knowledge level was really bad; I hardly knew about 10% of the teachings. To make things worse, some of the things that I believed in, were actually not in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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We must be justified in order to be saved. Do you know what justified means?
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In the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all God. Are they 3 divine persons or 1 person?
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The doctrine of infallibility (I had not even heard of this, have you?), says that the Pope can do no wrong. Is this true?
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If I am not a Christian and have been a great sinner all my life but then is baptised, I am saved but I will need to go to purgatory before going to heaven. True or false?
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With partial or plenary indulgences (have you heard of the word indulgence, in a Catholic sense?), we can reduce our time in purgatory. Do you know how to obtain a plenary or partial indulgence?
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Do you know the difference between a doctrine and a dogma? How would you explain the dogma of the immaculate conception to someone who asks you?
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Is smoking a sin? What if I smoke just 1 cigarette per month?
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If I gamble every day for 8 hours but play for very small stakes, is it a sin?
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Can a divorcee receive Holy Communion?
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Do you know that we are supposed to meditate while saying the rosary? Do you know what meditation means and how to meditate?

These were some of the questions, of which I had no idea of, before I joined the CCC. There are so many more. After attending the CCC, I am a more complete and confident Catholic who is able to defend my faith and to live a life according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Do you know the answers to the above questions, for sure? If you are not 100% sure, then you have a problem because the truth has to be 100% correct.

Come and join us. The next module on Christian prayer starts on Monday 20 Oct 2014 at 8 pm in room 1-1. If you had attended before but still not 100% sure of the answers, it could be time for a revision.

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Special Baptism & First Holy Communion

A boy and a girl were baptised into the Catholic Church and received their First Holy Communion with nine others on Sunday 5 October 2013 under a special programme conducted by the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday School. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng was the celebrant at the baptism ceremony which began at 4.45 pm witnessed by parents, godparents and friends. The group of eleven boys and girls received their First Holy Communion at the 6 pm Mass which was also celebrated by Fr Lucas

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This special catechism programme is conducted by the SIC Sunday School for:  
children (of parent/s baptised as adults) who want to join the Catholic Church,
children (of Catholic parents) who have not had the opportunity to attend Sunday School (e.g. those who accompanied parents posted overseas), and
children above who are within the Standard 3 to Form Four age group. 

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Click on Sunday School for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Click here to view more photos.

Photography: Peter Law

 

Parish Planning Workshop

by Erwin Ho, PPC Chairman 

Thirty-three lay leaders comprising Ministry Chief Coordinators, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and Parish Chinese Apostolate (PCA) members, the Chairperson and Assistant Chairpersons of the BEC Coordinating Team (English & Mandarin BECCOT) and Parish Coordinating Councils (PCC & PCCC), participated in a two-day Parish Planning Workshop in Oriental Crystal Hotel Kajang from 29-30 Aug 2014. The workshop is led by SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong. With feedback on previous parish plans and input from lay leaders having been obtained and deciphered during and after the Parish Analysis Evening in early August, the workshop this year took on a slightly different format, wherein emphasis was placed on discernment and discussion along with reviewing the feedback obtained. The proposed Objectives, Rationale and Parish Theme for 2015 will be unveiled at the next PCC and PCCC meetings at the end of September, at which time all Ministries will be requested to draw up their strategies by end October in time to prepare for the roll out of the Parish Plan at the Parish Assembly on 15 Nov 2014.

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Altar Servers Emerge Football Champions of PJ

By Erwin Ho, Altar Servers Parents Representative

After a long day of running, dribbling, tackling and scoring on 1 Sep 2014, the SIC Altar Servers were crowned champions of the 2014 Petaling District Inter Parish Altar Servers Football Tournament. In a pulsating final, our boys defeated the Altar Servers of St Thomas Moore 4-3 on penalties after both the full and extra time ended goalless. En-route to the final, the boys played four matches on the not so conducive pitch at the Section 17 Shah Alam Mini Stadium. Nevertheless, the boys gave their all and emerged triumphant. 

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The preparations for the tournament were thorough and rigorous with friendly matches organised in between training sessions, notably the rain-soaked match with intermittent thunder and lightning at the SS5 field against their dads which ended with a 3-1 score, favouring the champions but subject to a rematch. Our friends at the Church of the Assumption, Petaling Jaya, won the Fair Play trophy and best player award and we extend our heartiest congratulations to them as well. As champions, SIC is tasked with organising the next tournament in four years’ time, which we shall gladly accept, although a few of our stars will by then be over the age limit of 23 years, come 2018.

Photography: Peter Law

 

Acts - The Spread of the Kingdom

By Stefenie Choo

Several years ago, I attended a spiritual seminar. The foreign speaker prayed over me at the end of the session. During the praying over, one prominent verse in her prayer struck and resonated in me through the session. After the seminar, I asked the speaker to elaborate on the verse uttered: I will be made known throughout the world. The speaker paused, pondered for a few seconds, and said, “I did not speak of those words. It must be the Holy Spirit speaking through me for you to listen”. Those words resonated within me that the Lord so loved the world that he will reach out to all His children worldwide to fulfil His Promise of Worldwide Blessings. When I later learned that the St Ignatius Scripture Study (SSS) group will be conducting a module on Acts – The Spread of the Kingdom, I signed up for it without any second thoughts with the intention to gain some insights into how one can play a role in fulfilling the Divine Will.

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Acts is a rich 20-session study based on The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Learning System created by Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. Each session comprise praise and worship, Bible enthronement, reading of the Gospel and a video-lecture presented by Jeff. This is followed by group sharing where facilitators discuss questions from structured study sets with participants to reinforce the corresponding lesson. Suggested responses provided in the study set furnish additional insights and explanations to the lesson. Acts is a narrative of:

• How the Church was born with the descent of the Holy Spirit
• How the Church carries on the work of Christ throughout the world
• The re-living of the life of Christ by his apostles & early disciples after his Ascension
• The spread of the Word of God first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles, & finally to the outermost parts of the Earth.

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This study has presented the Scriptures in different perspectives whilst parallels are simultaneously drawn to make the study better understood and interesting. Having journeyed through Acts with Jeff Cavins, SSS facilitators and fellow participants from SIC and other parishes, the participants unanimously agreed this has been a Spirit-inspiring, enlightening, enriching, and enjoyable spiritual journey. The journey is encapsulated in a concluding remark by the participants: “A privilege to partake in this module of scripture study!” Participants are spiritually inspired by the strength of the church, apostles and early disciples to persevere with the work of Christ amidst great difficulties and persecution; touched by the growth of the church after each persecution; amazed by the Wisdom of God in His choice of apostles with different attributes; and strengthened by the Faithfulness of God in leading His flock to carry on His mission. And above all they are moved by the Love of God for His unfailing Love to bestow upon all His worldwide blessings!

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Privileged to receive the knowledge of Acts and the baton to Spread the Kingdom of God, participants are now moving on with a renewed apostolic zeal – to be strong to persevere in time of difficulties, wise in strategising evangelisation, inspired by the acts of apostles and saints, equipped with knowledge of His Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and be a faithful witnesses of God and church! With this humble sharing, it is the first step of my (our) taking on the baton – to spread the Kingdom of God. Would you too like to accept the baton from our loving Lord to spread His Kingdom? 

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Click here to view more photos of SIC Scripture Study (SSS) Acts Certificate Presentation Dinner held at King Crab Restaurant.

Photography: Matthew Soo, John Ari Ragai & Cassandra Lim 

 

Parish Feast Day Triduum 2014

After recitation of the rosary together as a church community, BEC core team members gathered at the Costantini Commnity Centre car park and processed into church to signal the start of this year's Parish Feast Triduum on Thursday 31 July. The Novena to Saint Ignatius of Loyola was recited followed by High Mass with Fr Edwin Paul (Parish Priest, Church of St Paul The Hermit) as the main celebrant and SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng as concelebrant. As the parish pastoral theme for this year is Caring & Sharing, United in ChristFr Edwin preached the Caring aspect during his homily. He pointed out that In the information age we live in today with so much bad news, we have become insensitive. To be caring is to be sensitive to the needs of others and what is happening elsewhere. We can also become so self-centred and comfortable that we cannot go out of ourselves. Even worse is self-absorption – to eat (kill) oneself – akin to a cancer. A lot of self-absorption is present in families and BECs, which makes BECs almost impossible.

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Fr Edwin used the Parable of the Good Samaritan to emphasise that pains and prejudices can also stop us from caring. An example of our prejudice is our lack of care towards migrants or those belonging to a different religion. The world needs us as followers of Christ to start to care by moving out of self-absorption, to be aware of what is happening around us. We have to start thinking of the people we need to love or care. In concluding, Fr Edwin urged parishioners to Dare to Care. Care will make the world, parish, BEC, family and neighbourhood a better place.

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On the following night, it was the turn of representatives from church ministries to form the procession into church after reciting the rosary. As was done on the day before, the Novena to Saint Ignatius of Loyola was recited followed by Mass with Fr Edwin as the main celebrant and SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong as concelebrant. In his preaching on the Sharing aspect of the Triduum theme, Fr Edwin said sharing is the other side of caring – there is no caring without sharing and vice versa. As God's people, every Christian is a sharer in God's divine life and what He gives. At every Eucharistic celebration, we listen to and share in His Word.

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Fr Edwin opined that the teaching and nursing professions are amongst the least desired nowadays as, apart from work pressure and dealing with difficult students and patients, teachers and nurses have to serve and care in the most vulnerable situations. Teachers are present in the sunrise of our life whilst nurses are there in the sunset. These two professions have a lot of elements of service in them. Another example of a less-desired profession is that of care-givers in nursing homes taking care of the aged. There are many nursing homes nowadays because we ourselves are not ready to care, so we outsource the caring to others. Fr Edwin also gave several examples of the dimension of sharing by the Catholic Church. They include collections for Peter's Pence, upkeep of the Holy Land, Lenten campaign, migrants, and outreach activities by BECs and ministries.    

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Fr Edwin encourage parents and grandparents to continue teaching their children and grandchildren to share. He gave the example of children handing over money during collections in church as one aspect of learning to share. The social dimension of sharing is very strong in the Catholic Church, with parishioners willingly donating money for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts, for instance. Fr Edwin encourage all to continue uplifting humanity which is created by God, whether the poor, destitute, migrants or abused – because we are working, sharing. To make his point further, he pointed out SIC patron saint's wise words: Love is shown more in deeds than in words. Another type of sharing is to share in the pain of our family, friends and those closest to us. We do this by listening to their burdens and struggles in order to uplift them. Concurrently on the first two days, Fr Simon Ee CDD was the celebrant at the Triduum Mass for the Mandarin-speaking community at Costantini Community Centre.

On the final day of the Triduum, the bilingual High Mass was celebrated by Fr Edwin and CDD Frs Simon, Lucas and Andrew were the concelebrants. Explaining the final part of the theme - United in Christ - being United is to be gathered together light at Mass. To be united is something very fundamental to any group. There is, however, much disunity in the world today with one country against another, one social group against another, and so on. Unity is also important in the Church. It is relational, not just doing things together. Faith is the relationship that we have with God. This faith is brought up at different levels – love God and love our neighbour as ourselves. Be in harmony with God, with others and ourselves. 

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In Jesus, strangers become friends. And this group of friends is the Church, the Body of Christ, a life-giving community. For unity to be sustained in this Body of Christ, there must be mutual respect, trust, love, understanding and forgiveness. Jesus prayed that we as Church have this unity, as he has prayed to the Father that we may be one as the Father and him are one. God wants us to be united – no unity, no Christianity. Unity makes us a caring person, vice versa a caring person makes us united. Same for sharing.

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In closing, Fr Lucas thanked Frs Edwin and Simon for helping to make the Triduum a success. Fr Lucas was presented with a surprise birthday cake and song after Dismissal. Priests joined parishioners for a fellowship meal after Mass.

Click here to view more photos of our Triduum. 

Photography: John Ari Ragai & Peter Law 

 
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