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Please note that there will be no Mass on 23 Apr (Tue) and no 6.30 am Mass on 24 Apr (Wed). 

The Paschal Triduum

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Some reflections for Holy Week Masses readings are available at Our Sunday Readings (2 pages) and Commentary on Sunday Readings (12 pages). Click here for reflections (5 pages) on Easter Sunday Mass readings.

 

Holy Week @ SIC

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) enthusiastically ushered in this year’s Holy Week as they celebrate Palm Sunday on 13 & 14 April by waving palms as they enter church. A procession through the covered car park area to the church building was held before the 6 pm Mass on 14 April. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD proclaimed the Gospel of Mark on The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, gave a short homily, and blessed the palms together with Jesuit priest Fr Joseph Ng. He then led the procession to church for Mass with Fr Joseph as concelebrant. A procession was also held before the 11.15 am Mandarin Mass on Sunday 14 Apr with Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as the celebrant.

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Earlier in the morning of Saturday 13 April, about 50 volunteers turned up in church to help clean and cut 2,500 palms down to size.

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This year’s Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) which started at 8 pm on 18 April drew one of the biggest turnouts of parishioners in recent years. Marking the end of the Lenten season, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper also inaugurates the Paschal Triduum — from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically a single day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

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After the homily of this multilingual Mass at SIC, Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD washed the feet of 12 representatives from the English, Mandarin & Bahasa Malaysia Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) class of 2018-19. This Mass also commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders (priesthood). Holy Thursday is also called Maundy Thursday with the word 'Maundy' derived from the Latin mandatum or mandate given by Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper to love one another.

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Shortly after holy communion, Frs Andrew & Lawrence led the procession to transfer the Most Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle to the Altar of Repose on the first floor of Costantini Community Centre. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration till 6 am after which it was transferred to the prayer room downstairs where consecrated hosts are kept for holy communion during Good Friday services.

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Despite the hot weather, there was a big turnout up for the multi-lingual Good Friday Way of the Cross @ Riverside on 19 April at 1 pm. Fr Andrew started off proceedings by carrying a wooden cross from the altar to the church entrance after which a group of communion ministers carried a bigger cross to the First Station. Fr Lawrence also participated in the event.

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Apart from the Liturgy of the Word, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion included Veneration of the Cross whereby parishioners come forward one by one to kneel before the crucifix and kiss the feet of Jesus. Spiritual communion within the SIC community was enhanced through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration held from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday.

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More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atgooglephotos


 

Catholic Directory/Ordo & Compendium to CCC

As part of the People of God in this Extraordinary Missionary Year, we are called as individuals and BECs to live out our baptismal role by carrying out the command of our Lord Jesus to go into the world and proclaim the Gospel. As we do so, we have to equip ourselves by knowing & living our faith (studying the Word of God & Catechism of the Catholic Church; regular attendance at Mass & partaking of the sacraments; doing spiritual & corporal works of mercy, etc). Two of the resources to help us in this direction are available at St Ignatius Church (SIC) Office. Firstly, we can donate RM12 to get a copy of the Catholic Directory & Ordo published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei for 2019.

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Apart from information on priests and religious, it is a compehensive publication listing the Mass & devotion times, addresses, contact numbers, office holders of churches, chapels, religious orders & organisations which Catholics will find useful. The Ordo section lists the Catholic liturgical calendar for the daily celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Hence, it is a useful guide for us to know what are the readings for Mass every day, the feasts/memorials for particular days, the liturgical season we are in, and concise information on significant celebrations e.g. Holy Week.

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Also available for a donation of RM9 each are copies of The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Saint John Paul the Great in 1992 which sums up, in book form, the beliefs of the Catholic faithful. Meanwhile, the Compendium is an abbreviated version of the CCC presenting its essentials in question & answer format. This format presents the entirety of Catholic moral teaching and the doctrine of the faith in a manner more accessible to all – compared to the CCC which may be too detailed & voluminous for some.

 

Preparation for Feast of Divine Mercy

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Sunday School Way of the Cross

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St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday school recently organised two Way of the Cross (WOTC) for its students which were well-received. A WOTC for primary children was held on Sunday 17 March whilst another for secondary level was held on Sunday 24 March, both at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre.

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WOTC is held every Friday of Lent at SIC but having Sunday school children & youths themselves act out Jesus' final journey on earth (via 14 stations or scenes on the way to Calvary) makes it more immersive & meaningful for their peers watching. After its completion, several principal characters shared their feelings whilst acting out their roles and all were touched by the significance of Christ's sacrifice for all humanity.

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The WOTC for primary children was organised by the Sunday school Support Team whilst the event for secondary students was planned by the class catechists of Forms 3 & 4 with youths providing support in operating the sound system. Costumes for the secondary WOTC especially the Roman soldier helmets & their attire were made by Form 4 catechist Marcia Yap and were used by the primary WOTC actors & actresses.

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According to Sunday school coordinator Ivy Wong, it was heartening to see many parents joining both sessions as well as many children who were experiencing the WOTC for the first time. There were also positive feedback from parents. Ivy invites more parents to join the Sunday school support team as it consist of parents of students, and is thankful to have parents supporting the ministry & making it a fun, faith-learning place.

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Click on Youtube to view a video of the WOTC for primary children. More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atgooglephotos


 

Catechist Retreat 2019

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The central theme that is echoing in my mind for this year’s Lent is Repentance, Renewal and Expectation. As I journeyed to the Methodist Centennial Chefoo Centre in Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, my hope was that I would be able to live out the central theme of Lent. I was not disappointed. During the retreat which was held from 8-10 March, I listened to Fr Simon Pereira (Novena Church, Singapore) as he shared his experiences and key points on rediscovering our calling as catechists. I began to ponder on the four key points, namely encounter, response, transformation and mission.

I reflected on my six years as a catechist. Have I encountered Jesus in my lessons, in my students, and in my colleagues? How can I have this encounter? As Fr Simon illustrated in his talk, we meet Jesus in the Eucharist, who alone empowers us to do His mission. Still, the burning question remains: How should I respond to Christ's invitation to encounter Him? As a catechist, I know the answer. As a disciple of Christ, I still lack the courage and will to live the answer. I realise I still have a long way to go. This is my repentance stage. In humility, I know who I am and I know where I was. This is what my 2019 Lent is shaping up to be. I need to pray for the grace to accept God’s will in my life. I spent the rest of my available free time at the retreat centre praying the Rosary and other chaplets. This practice helps enlighten me as I seek to empty myself and cast myself at the foot of the Cross.

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Through God’s love and mercy, I hope I can be transformed into being in the image and likeness of God – renewed. Renewed to undertake the mission of spreading the Good News to little “lambs” entrusted to my care in my Catechism class, with the expectation that He would make all things new in our life as a caring and welcoming community. As I relive the moments at the retreat centre, I cannot help but feeling blessed having attended the Catechist retreat. I made it a personal journey of repentance, renewal and expectation. I have gained some insight that would make my spiritual journey enriching this Lent and beyond as I encounter our Lord’s grace, mercy and love, guiding me to respond to His calling to be a faithful and vibrant catechist. by Vikram Pio Martin

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It was an eye opener for me, a member of the Sunday school support team which was invited along, because church retreats usually are supposed to be quiet. But not this one. Fr Simon Pereira's sermons were interesting and meaningful. He understands what the youths are facing today and he guided us as educators to be at their level, to understand them, to love them and to know more about God. I already look forward to next year's retreat. by Josephine Tan

My first time attending the retreat was an experience I’ll never forget. During the three days, I was given the opportunity to meet new people, and forge friendships through sharing, song, and growing in faith and love. by Angela Chan

The location was beautiful and it was a very nice retreat. Fr Simon helped us grow spirtually and I was given the opportunity to lead praise and worship. by Adrien Rahul

My first experience definitely impacted me in various aspects of my life, both spiritually and mentally. The support given by all the catechists and Fr Simon were truly inspiring and a major blessing to me. Each one of them managed to touch my heart and make me a better person. by Isabella Wong

As for my first experience in this cathechist retreat, I honestly thought I would feel out of place with the older cathechists around. But getting to know them all and spending time with them was completely fulfilling and amazing. The testimonies of some of the cathechists and Fr Simon's talk really had a great impact on me, especially on ways to connect with students. I thank Fr Simon for coming all the way to Cameron Highlands and being there with us and most importantly to the teachers who helped make this retreat possible. The best thing in the retreat was when we sat down together in the hall and talked to one another about the things we like about each other. by Tiffeny Joy Jankins

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