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Free Traditional Catholic Books Online

A new link to hundreds of free Catholic books including classics such as The Imitation of Christ (by Thomas A  Kempis) and Life of Christ (Fulton Sheen) are available at Online Resources

Reflections for Masses, Live Broadcasts & Herald Online

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Some reflections are available at Our Sunday Readings (2 pages) and Commentary on Sunday Readings (4 pages). And do listen to Bible scholar Dr Brant Pitre's reflection on the Gospel Reading.

Click on TvArchKL for the live broadcasts (schedule listed below) and Readings & Reflection for Wednesday, Fifth Week of Lent. Pls note that the Herald publication will not be printed from 22 March issue onwards until further notice but it is available online.

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What is spiritual communion? St Thomas Aquinas defined spiritual communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.” The basis of this practice was explained by St John Paul the Great in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia. A summary of this encyclical is available here. Click on Archdiocese to find out how to make an act of spiritual communion.

 

SIC Notices & Archdiocese Pastoral Letters - Movement Control Order

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Please be informed that the Church and Parish Office will be closed effective 18 March to 31 March 2020 as per Prime Minister's announcement on the implementation of the Movement Control Order. For emergencies, you may contact the following persons during office hours:

Mondays to Fridays: 8 am - 6 pm; Saturdays: 9 am - 1 pm; Sundays: 8 am - 1 pm

1) Monica Lee @ 017 462 7405 (English)

2) Anna Tee @ 013 383 6309 (Mandarin)

 
Rev Fr Andrew Wong, CDD
Parish Priest
17/3/2020
 
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In compliance with the Movement Control Order issued by the Malaysian Government, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur has issued a Pastoral Letter dated 17 March 2020 on further directives:

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Click here for the Mandarin version of the Pastoral Letter.

 

Notices in Response to Covid-19 Outbreak - Second SIC Parish Priest Notice

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur & St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD have issued the following notices:

Chancery Notice 1 on the immediate suspension of Penitential Services in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur & other precautions.

Chancery Notice 2 on precautions for catechism classes, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes & catechetical activities.

Chancery Notice 3 about a confirmed Covid-19 case in our Catholic community & the continuation of Masses.

Chancery Notice 4 about two more confirmed Covid-19 cases in our Catholic community.

Chancery Notice 5 on the suspension of all weekend & weekday Masses (14-29 Mar 2020) and other public gatherings.

SIC Parish Priest Notice on precautions more specifically for programmes & activities in SIC parish.

SIC Parish Priest Notice 2 and SIC Parish Priest Notice 2 (Mandarin version) on the implementation of precautionary measures to safeguard the wellbeing of all parishioners and visitors to SIC:

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The Archdioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Malacca-Johore have earlier issued some recommendations for parishioners to follow. Pls note in particular that "those who wish to receive Holy Communion, should only receive on the hand."

Their advisory reiterated that "persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms are exempted from Mass and should avoid other gatherings involving crowds or groups."

Click on Archdiocese to read the full joint statements.

Those who exhibit flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, cold) and are thereby exempted from Sunday obligation can be in spiritual communion by watching weekend Mass 'live' at Tv.ArchKL.org. This broadcast by the Archdiocesan Social Communications Ministry will be conducted every Saturday at 6 pm from 15 February 2020 onwards.

 

Retreating to Become Stronger

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Over 40 catechists from both the primary and secondary levels of St Ignatius Church’s Sunday school left their daily routines and homes behind to attend their annual retreat from 28 February to 1 March 2020 at the Methodist Chefoo Centre in Cameron Highlands. Conducted by Fr Paul Cheong OFM Cap, the retreat centred on the process of renewal and growth in holiness.

While acknowledging the prayer life of the catechists, the retreat master noted that very often the laity depended mostly on forms of discursive prayer and Lectio Divina, which were prayers of the mind; where supplicants think, talk and ask God for needs. Fr Paul, however, gently pointed participants to more contemplative prayer, which he called the prayer of the heart.

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Contemplative prayer suspends ‘thought-talk’ and focuses solely on being with God, being still, and resting in His presence. To this end, he educated retreatants on breathing techniques and how to focus on breath and the use of one word to centre and still the mind, body and senses. Each session began with a period of mindful breathing and meditation, ensuring the practice of what was learnt.

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Fr Paul also conducted 30-minute sessions of Body Prayer each morning at 6.30 am, using qi qong as a basis of this breathing, movement and contemplation exercise. To complement this, he spoke of the need for self-care for catechists and outlined health strategies to deal with stress, poor dietary habits and lack of proper sleep. When welcoming the retreat participants, Fr Paul said, “I am not here to teach you to become better catechists. My role is to guide you to form strong inward habits of faith, so that you will be able to face the challenge of catechesis.” 

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To ensure the balance of the internal and external, veteran faith educator Sharma Rajadurai – who recently completed the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese Catechist Trainer Certification Course – presented a rollicking, well-articulated and enthusiastically demonstrated session on the Vocation and Qualities of A Catechist. As a facilitator, Sharma deftly turned games of skill and coordination into examples of the mental dexterity, juggling ability, and partnership and communication a catechist requires in order to enjoy serving, engaging students, building rapport, reading students’ characters, and juggling between work and serving in church. This engaging, laughter-inducing session was a welcome break from the quiet solemnity of contemplation, allowing participants to get to know each other better, and providing many avenues for good-natured teasing and banter.

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During the celebration of Sunday Mass, Fr Paul’s insightful homily touched on the importance of the right motivation behind right actions. Using St Thomas Becket as example, Fr Paul preached, “Thomas Becket was unafraid of martyrdom. However, his sole fear was that he would go to his martyrdom for the wrong reason.” (The saint was to die defending the rights of the Church against an aggressive State).

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“When we are young in the faith, our sins are visibly before us; it is easy to spot and confess the sins of gluttony, avarice, jealousy. But when we grown older, the sins we commit are more internal: they are sins like a lack of humility, or actions we take which look honourable to the world, but whose motives are less than pure. It is only in quiet meditation can these sins be revealed, and perhaps that is why many people prefer not to sit in quiet, saying nothing to God.”

Click on Sunday School for more information.

 
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