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SIC Parish Assembly 2015

Shortly after 2 pm on Saturday 14 Nov 2015, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Assembly (PA) commenced at the Costantini Community Centre with enthronement of the Bible and an opening prayer. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng gave a short welcome address and introduced Fr Clarence Devadass (Director, Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute) who proceeded to explain the Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention (PMPC) process. He shared that after focusing on reviving or giving new life/direction for our BECs over the past two years, the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese will now focus on PMPC 4 to be held next year. Every 10 years since 1976, the Church in Peninsular Malaysia has come together to meet, pray, discuss and discern its journey. This is an on-going process of renewal that began with the Aggiornamento ("a bringing up to date") in 1976. Fr Clarence shared that the process that the Archdiocese is taking for PMPC 4 is from the Parish PA to the Archdiocesan PA (to be held in May 2016) – ending with PMPC 4 (Oct 2016).



In planning for PMPC 4, the Church will have to take into account many factors which have changed since 1976 including demographics; social environment, institutional/societal/family structures; and development/advancement (e.g. aerogrammes replaced by instant communication). In addition to the 97 collated responses to the Archdiocese Pastoral Questionnaire received from attendees at the Pre-PA held on 17 Oct 2016, those at the assembly who did not attend Pre-PA were encouraged to fill the Questionnaire. To get a better sampling and cross-section of opinions/views, they were also encouraged to approach Catholics whom they knew are not active in church or are even lapsed Catholics to take part in the Questionnaire.


After a short tea break, attendees broke into groups to discuss the greatest concerns within and threats from outside the Church – and what could be done together as Church to respond and be relevant in Peninsular Malaysia. A number of groups then each presented two of the issues which surfaced during their discussions. Those mentioned include the indifference/vulnerability of some Catholics due to a lack of faith formation and poor attendance at Mass especially amongst youths. A worrying statistic, mentioned by Fr Clarence, from a pew census done in 2004 disclosed that only 47% of parishioners in the KL Archdiocese attend weekend Masses regularly.



Kuala Lumpur Archbishop His Grace Julian Leow then addressed the assembly towards its conclusion. He mentioned that our concerns will be brought up to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly and attempts will be made to narrow the gap between the reality and the dream – that is where the strategies need to come in. Eventually, PMPC 4 will try to address the concerns for Peninsular Malaysia as a whole. Archbishop Julian advised that before any action be taken, we have to spend time to ask ourselves: What does God expect of us? What does God expect of the church? The assembly came to an end with Archbishop Julian blessing the 200 parishioners in attendance. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong also attended the assembly which was chaired by Lourdes Abishegam (Parish Pastoral Council) and Frederick Ow (Chairman, Parish Chinese Apostolate).

Click on Parish Pastoral Assembly 2015 to view the slides presented by Fr Clarence.

Photography: Peter Law 


SIC Pre-Parish Assembly 2015

This year's Parish Assembly (PA) at St Ignatius Church scheduled for 14 November was preceded by a Pre-PA held at the Costantini Community Centre on 17 October 2015. As the event next month will be preoccupied mainly by Kuala Lumpur Archbishop His Grace Julian Leow addressing parishioners including presenting the outcome of the Archdiocese Pastoral Questionaire which was done at the Pre-PA, the usual PA agenda was tabled at the Pre-PA. More than 100 parishioners from both the English- and Mandarin-speaking communities representing BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) and parish ministries were in attendance.


Chaired by Lourdes Abishegam, John Ooi (both of Parish Pastoral Council) and Frederick Ow (Chairman, Parish Chinese Apostolate), the event started at 1.15 pm with praise & worship, Bible enthronement and an opening prayer. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng in his welcome address encouraged parishioners to carry out parts of Parish Plan for 2015 which have yet to be completed. Regardless, he appreciated the diligence of church ministries & organisations and BECs in organising and implementing activities throughout the year. 


Fr Lucas mentioned that as SIC looks ahead to implement the Parish Plan for 2016, parishioners should bear in mind that the timing of the 2016 plan coincides with the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by His Holiness Pope Francis. The Jubilee Year starts from 8 Dec 2015 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) and end on 20 Nov 2016 (Feast of Christ the King). After the Mandarin Apostolate moved over to another room to carry out their separate discussion, Erwin Ho (Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council) gave a recap of the Parish Pastoral Plan which he explained was part of a two-year plan which started in 2015. Hence, the theme for SIC parish in 2015 – To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community – is also the theme for 2016. Worship & Community will be the parish focus areas for 2015-2016 and Education & Formation and Services for 2017-2018. 



PPC member Sharma Rajadurai provided an insight into the strategies, events and activities proposed by various ministries and the mechanics of monitoring their implementation, followed by Alphonso Lourdesamy (Chairman, Parish Coordinating Council) and BECCOT Chairman John Gan with progress reports on activities and projects by church ministries & organisations and BECs respectively. Attendees then received guidance in filling the Archdiocese Pastoral Questionnaire. Rounding out presentations for the day, Edward Sta Maria (Chairman, Parish Finance Committee) projected the Parish Finance Report and clarified several queries raised by the audience.  



After three new members were elected to the Parish Pastoral Council, Fr Lucas in his closing address stressed the importance of the questionnaire which will be an integral part of preparations towards the 4th Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention (PMPC) scheduled for 2016. The Pre-PA which was also attended by SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong drew to a close with a prayer by Erwin.

Photography: John Ragai


Special Baptism & First Holy Communion

Three boys and four girls were baptised into the Catholic Church and received their First Holy Communion with seven others on Sunday 20 September 2015 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 14 boys and girls received their First Holy Communion at the 6 pm Mass which was also celebrated by Fr Lucas

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. 



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.


Archdiocese Census @ SIC

Thirty-five volunteers, carefully going through more than 6,200 census forms, over six sessions on weekdays and weekends to key in and check data  an intensive effort undertaken by St Ignatius Church (SIC) to obtain a demographic profile of parishioners in SIC & the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. Held at the cafeteria and room 1-1 at the Costantini Community Centre, the project was spearheaded by a team comprising Erwin Ho, Gerry Cacas, Justina Chua, Alphonso Lourdesamy, Shamus Siau and John Gan which also organised the form-filling exercise during Masses of 16-17 Aug 2015. Regardless of whether they are Catholics or not, attendees at the Masses duly wrote down the requisite information in the forms assisted by hospitality ministers, communion ministers and other volunteers. Helpdesks were also set up at the main church entrance on the following two weekends to cater to those who were not around during the exercise.       



BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) also played their part by bringing census forms to the homebound, those warded at hospitals and even lapsed Catholics. This census at SIC is part of a larger census of Catholic parishes undertaken by the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur this year – to assist its pastoral planning for the next decade leading towards the Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention in 2016. It is more comprehensive than the last such census undertaken in 2004 as it includes infants, children and adults instead of just Catholics above the age of 12. 



Click on Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese Census 2015 for more information.


Parish Planning Workshop 2015

By Erwin Ho, PPC Chairman

Thirty five lay leaders comprising ministry 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 the Costantini Community Centre from 28-29 August 2015. The workshop was led by Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong. 


During the workshop, the participants collated and deciphered the Parish Plan Strategies submitted by the various ministries. They also spent some time to pause momentarily and re-evaluate the goals, objectives and strategies to see if these are still relevant to meet the challenges brought about by the rapid changes around us and our parish in particular. Most of all, they were asked to discern if we, as a Parish, are ready to persevere in doing our best under all circumstances. A very special word of thanks to Dr Gabriel Teo, who generously and graciously hosted a sumptuous dinner and fellowship at his home, for the participants and the SS3 BEC.


Parish Feast Day Triduum 2015

Coordinators of both English and Mandarin-speaking church ministries and Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) processed into church 10 minutes before 8 pm on Thursday 30 July 2015 to mark the start of this year's Triduum. The Novena to Saint Ignatius of Loyola was recited followed by Mass with Fr Joe Pereira (Chancellor, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur) as the main celebrant and SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng as concelebrant. This year's Triduum is anchored by the parish pastoral theme for 2015-2016 – To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community – with the first day focusing on SIC as a Worshipping Community.



In his homily, Fr Joe preached that God is Father of all humanity regardless of religion and is ever-present in our churches. This is signified by the ever-burning tabernacle lamp just as He manifested His presence as a pillar of cloud by day and fire at night as recorded in the book of Exodus. God's presence has made the land on which SIC now stands 'golden' and precious, a far cry from the land which was almost worthless before the church was first built.



After the homily, parishioners Ken Cham and Kamala Mary each gave a short sharing on the present state of the worshipping community at SIC and their hopes for the community in future. Church leaders present were blessed by Fr Joe with the Blessing of St Benedict's Medal and each received a Mission Rosary with a daily prayer for the spread of the Gospel. Towards the end of Mass, SIC Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) chairman Erwin Ho brought in a cake to celebrate Fr Lucas' 56th birthday. Priests then joined some 400 parishioners for light refreshments after Mass.



A Welcoming Community was the focus of the second day of the Triduum Mass held on Friday 31 July 2015 at 8 pm with Fr Joe as the main celebrant and SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong as the concelebrant. Parishioners John Gan and Stephen Ho shared personal experiences which make SIC a welcoming community. A parishioner of 25 years who was baptised in SIC a decade ago, John related that he felt welcomed all along despite being a non-Catholic for the first 15 years. He is particularly grateful to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and his BEC of which he later became coordinator and now BECCOT chairman. As for the future, he hopes SIC parishioners will go beyond singing a welcome song during Mass for first-time visitors by reaching out in friendship and invite them to join our activities. 



As for Stephen, he mentioned that SIC which has a dress code has not denied entry or communion to anyone who were improperly attired – just as Jesus has never turned away anyone. He cited in particular the efforts of the Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHD) in giving assistance to migrants and the needy. Another example of inclusiveness mentioned was a joint initiative by Parish Coordinating Council chairman Alphonso Lourdesamy and SIC Scripture Study (SSS) to conduct Bible study modules in English & Bahasa for our brothers and sisters in Christ from East Malaysia. Fr Joe then accorded a special blessing on the sick and elderly and highlighted Romans 15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God – on the significance of being a welcoming community. About 350 parishioners joined the priests for fellowship and light refreshments after Mass. 


On the final day of the Triduum, Fr Joe was the main celebrant and Fr Alberto Irenus (Church of St Francis Xavier), Fr Lucas, Fr Andrew, Fr Francis Chong CDD and Fr Pedro Chia (Society of Jesus) were the concelebrants at the bilingual High Mass which started at 6 pm. Fr Alberto, who was the celebrant at the Triduum Mass for the Mandarin-speaking community at Costantini Community Centre on the first two days, gave the homily in Mandarin followed by Fr Joe in English. Elaborating on the theme of A Caring Community, Erwin shared that ministries such as PIHD as well as parishioners have reached out to the poor both within and around the parish. To a certain extent, SIC has reached out to the Last, Lost, Least and Little mentioned by Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Julian Leow but the parish can be more worshipping, more welcoming and more caring. 



In closing, Fr Joe asked all to commit Ephesians 22 that you should put away the old self; Ephesians 23 be renewed in the spirit; Ephesians 24 and put on the new self – to our hearts and to use it for God's plan and dream for SIC. Fr Joe then invoked a blessing on all families present to become a more worshipping, more welcoming and caring community. Fr Lucas presented Frs Joe and Alberto with love offerings in appreciation for making the Triduum a success and priests joined parishioners for a fellowship dinner after Mass.




Click here to view more photos of our Triduum. 

Photography: John Ari Ragai, Matthew Soo & Peter Law 


Catechists Told to Get the Signs Right

by Sulochini Anne Nair

Signs and symbols, which the Catholic Church is so rich in, must be understood clearly and interpreted correctly to be passed on to the young. Otherwise catechists risk getting the message garbled and the young risk getting it wrong and losing their faith. This was the thrust of the talks and sharing by Fr Gregory Chan at the 12-14 June Annual Outstation Retreat attended by 40 St Ignatius Church Sunday School Catechists and Administrative staff. The retreat at the Barre I J Centre in Cameron Highlands was themed Catechesis: Indispensable Ministry of the Church.  


“As catechists do we punish or pretend we don’t see when something is not right, or do we try and understand Catholic signs and symbols (and teachings) so as to impart them correctly. Otherwise you risk causing misunderstandings,” Fr Gregory cautioned. For example, he said, priests come across all manner of posturing when members of the congregation come up to receive the Eucharist when the correct way is to say Amen before receiving the host. He told catechists that their lives too must be consistent and consummate with the Church. “Your lives must be a sign and symbol of the authentic (Catholic) life. Don’t become a counter-sign.”

Fr Gregory reminded us that catechesis means proclamation or reverberation of the faith to all and is not restricted to Sunday School, RCIA or RCIY – just as Jesus exhorted his disciples to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News. And catechesis is not new, he said, tracing its existence to the time of the Gospel writers. “We have to proclaim to the world and to do that we have to use the correct language of (inter-faith) dialogue.”


This dialogue comprises four important elements: 1) LIFE – as in dialogue with one another; 2) ACTION  caring for one another, for instance, in a disaster; 3) THEOLOGICAL DISCOURSE – talking about the similarities rather than differences of faiths; and 4) DISCUSSION & FAITH SHARING – we need to understand that all religions have a reflection of the truth of God but the Catholic faith has the fullness of the truth because of the Incarnation when God chose to enter humanity. Due to the problems of Islamisation and proselytising especially of our youths, Fr Gregory went on to enlighten the participants with an introduction to the Quran, saying nowhere in the Quran are Christians described as non-believers. On the other hand, they are accepted as people of The Book.

Fr Gregory also touched on demonology and shared his experiences in the Deliverance Ministry he was placed in charge of as a priest in Seremban. He urged catechists to be alert against games invoking demons that our children are being exposed to especially via the Internet. He said those who invite the spirits consciously are willingly asking the devil to take control of them. “The presence of evil is very real. Demons work for the systematic destruction of the Church.”


Earlier, he explained the timeline of Salvation History right up to the Gospels. Participants also had the opportunity to watch two documentaries: Miracles of the Eucharist and Nine Days That Changed the World on Pope St John Paul II’s historic pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979 where he moved the Polish people to reclaim their courage and free themselves from communism. Besides being an educational two days with Fr Gregory patiently answering the many questions he was asked, participants (half of whom were youths) also bonded together over meals and the bus rides up and down the hill while refreshing themselves for their ministry work ahead. 

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