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Please note that there will be no Masses from 22 Jan (Mon) to 24 Jan (Wed) and no 6.30 am Mass on 25 Jan (Thu).

KUBM Christmas Day Visit to Orang Asli Villages

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by Danny Joe Julian

On the 25th of December 2017, the Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia (KUBM) of St Ignatius Catholic Church (SIC), in conjunction with Christmas Day, made a visit to Orang Asli villages in Negeri Sembilan together SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Brother Joseph Lim CDD and a few more from the Mandarin and English speaking group. Along the journey, we made a stop in Church of St Theresa, Nilai; one of the Catholic churches in Negeri Sembilan and were greeted by the Parish Priest Rev Fr Eugene Benedict and some of the parishioners. We went inside the Church and did a short prayer together followed by a quick fellowship, ice-breaking session and lunch. We were given the opportunity to teach them on how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls using socks, ribbons, cottons, and buttons. We took a group picture together before bidding our farewells thus continuing our journey.

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We continued our journey to the Orang Asli villages. We visited two villages namely, Kg Sebir and Kg Tekir with Kg Sebir as our first stop. Upon arriving in Kg Sebir, we were welcomed with warm greetings and varieties of delicious food. We were blessed with the opportunity to visit many Orang Asli houses as it was Christmas Day and most family are having get-togethers. We had glimpses of their culture through our fellowships and sharing of meals and in return, we taught the villagers on how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls as we did in Church of St Theresa, Nilai.

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After bidding our farewells, we head to the next Orang Asli village: Kg Tekir. We reached our destination around 7 pm. Upon arrival, we visited the oldest church in the village; Gereja Bonda Maria which was built in the year 1901. We had a short prayer in the church before visiting the Orang Asli village house by house. As we did in the previous village, we had some quick fellowships with the Orang Asli and also shared dinner together. We also had the opportunity to integrate culture and entertain them with Sabahan and Christmas songs and the traditional Dusun dance; Sumazau, as well. We also taught them how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls as we did in our previous visits. We finished the visit around 8 pm and went back to our respective destinations with a joyful heart. It was a great experience for all of us.

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Here are some testimonies from some of us during the visits:

Satu pengalaman yang bererti kerana kita dapat mengetahui dan mengalami suasana di sana walaupun dalam masa yang singkat, lebih-lebih lagi di masa Krismas, di mana walaupun kita berjauhan dengan keluarga tetapi perjalanan ke kampung Orang Asli membuatkan kita merasa suasana di kampung dan secara tidak langsung, kita juga dapat melihat sendiri bagaimana suasana d perkampungan org asli yang selama ini kita hanya dengar di media, kawan-kawan dan yang lain. Yang lebih menariknnya setiap rumah yang kita pergi menyediakan makanan yang sangat enak dan cara mereka melayan tetamu pun sangat baik. Di samping itu, melalui aktiviti ini kita dapat mengeratkan hubungan kita antara satu dengan yang lain. Kita dapat berkongsi cinta kasih, kegembiraan dan dapat meningkatkan persahabatan antara sesama. Secara fizikal, kita jauh dari keluarga kita tetapi di hati kita didekatkan dgn pengalaman suasana perkampungan orang asli. Fredolin Singan

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“Tahun ini, 2017 merupakan tahun yang saya tidak merayakan krismas bersama keluarga, dan tahun ini juga saya merayakan krismas di Kuala Lumpur, bersama kawan-kawan yang lain di kampung orang asli. Perasan yang sedih menjadi begitu indah sekali apabila sampai di kampung tersebut kerana tempat itu merupakan suasana sama seperti di sabah. Apa yang lebih menggembirakan saya ialah dapat bernyanyi bersama kawan untuk orang asli, mengetahui/melihat kehidupan orang asli (perumahan) dan makanan juga sangat sedap sama seperti makanan tradisi sabah. Selepas pelayanan tersebut, perasaan saya masih berkobar-kobar yang tidak pernah saya alami semasa merayakan krimas bersama keluarga saya. Perasaan itu membuatkan saya untuk mahu terus bersemangat melayani orang lain. Melalui pengalaman ini juga, saya melihat rencana Tuhan yang begitu besar untuk saya berada di Kuala Lumpur. Sekian itu sahaja, Tuhan memberkati!” Eva Pauline

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“I personally think that the visits we made are one of the best experiences I've ever had so far. It made me feel like home because the environment is so much alike with my hometown, the foods and everything. God really works tremendously through them. I looked at it as God's message to all of us to appreciate and live a life without all the fancy things in the world. Thanks”. – Danny Joe Julian

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“Melalui aktiviti melawat rumah dan gereja di kampung orang asli, bagi saya ia sangat bernila kerana di setiap lawatan gereja pada pertama kali, kami akan berdoa bersama dan melakukan doa peribadi, dengan ini saya boleh berdoa untuk keluarga dan diri saya. Seterusnya, dengan aktiviti melawat di kampung orang asli, saya dapat merasakan suasana kampung, walaupun saya tidak dapat merayakan christmas bersama keluarga di Sabah, saya berpeluangan merayakanya disini. Selain itu, layanan mereka terhadap kami sangat mesra dan ini membuatkan saya merindui kemesraan kedua ibu bapa saya, di saat mereka tersenyum dan menyanyi saya seakaan berada di rumah sendiri dengan kemeriahan dan nanyian lagu Krismas. Saya juga dapat merasa masakan orang asli di sini, dan ini sebenarya megingatkan saya dengan masakan ibu saya, kerana makanan yang dihidangakan sama seperti masakan ibu saya. Di samping itu, saya merasa sangat sedih apabila tahu kampung yang mereka tinggal akan d robohkan kerana kerajaan akan melaksanakan projek di kawasan tersebut, saya merasa kasihan dan perihatin terhadap masalah yang mereka hadapi.” Elfera Fanny Resu

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New Email Address for SIC

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Mass for the Deaf Community

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On Sunday 21 January 2018 starting at 4 pm, St Ignatius Church (SIC) will celebrate its first-ever Mass for the deaf community. The celebrant will be Fr Michael Chua, Ecclesiastical Assistant for the Catholic Ministry for the Deaf (CMfD) under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. SIC cafeteria is the venue of the Mass. CMfD was launched on 29 October 2017 which is the International Day for the Deaf. Let us attend together to show that there are no barriers to love, compassion and understanding in the Kingdom of God on earth. Click on CMfD and Herald for more information.

 

SIC Celebrates Pongal Festival

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) literally had their first taste of the Pongal Festival after the 6.45 am Mass on Sunday 14 January 2018. Pongal which means ‘overflow’ or ‘boiling over’ also signifies the gradual heating of the earth by the sun. Starting on 14 January this year, festivities typically begin with the boiling of harvested rice with milk, brown sugar, ginger, tumeric stalks or other ingredients. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD blessed a pot of rice being cooked at the entrance of the church building accompanied by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Brother Joseph Lim CDD. Parishioners had the opportunity to taste pre-cooked Pongal rice and watch dance performances at the cafeteria where the event organiser – SIC Tamil Group – had their coffee morning to raise funds for their activities.

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Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated by Indians all over the world but especially in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It begins from the first day of the Tamil calendar in the month of Thai when crops such as rice are harvested and to show gratitude to the almighty and the generosity of the land. Pongal resonates with us Catholics who are grateful to God for the bountiful harvest of the land and life-giving sunshine & rain – it also gives us an opportunity to show our solidarity & unity with like-minded people who value the natural habitat.

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More photos are being processed and made available at flickrlogo.

 

Appreciation Fellowship & Video

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A hundred more than the expected 500 parishioners who had registered turned up at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Appreciation Fellowship on Saturday 30 December 2017 which started at 7.30 pm. Instead of the practice of ministries and BECs organising their own year-end gatherings, SIC as a parish this year organised a single dinner to show its appreciation for the efforts and dedication of its diverse communities united as the People of God – of one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

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SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD kicked off the event with a recap of major events & developments which took place at the church over the past 12 months. Fr Andrew reiterated that, together with Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, they will work with parishioners towards achieving the 2018-2019 parish pastoral theme – For the Greater Glory of God – and work, pray & lead as one team and one church. Also present were Fr Lucas Ng (Provincial, CDD priests in Malaysia), Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Stephen Ng CDD, Brother Joseph Lim CDD and a few nuns.

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Parishioners put up various song and dance items, erhu and unicycle performances, and a Biblical play. There were also lucky draws in between. What brought the house down was a special song & dance performance by PPAPB (Parish Priest, Assistant Priest, Brother & Bahasa Malaysia group). Shortly after 10 pm, attendees were invited to the front floor to demonstrate their dance moves after which the event came to an end.

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Click on Youtube to view a dedication video which was unable to be screened at the event due to time constraints. Click on SIC Flashback Video to view the events and happenings at St Ignatius Church (SIC) over the past 12 months.

More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

Solstice & Christmas Party

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A heavy downpour in the evening did not dampen the spirit of some 1,000 residents of Kampung Cempaka and parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) at the Solstice & Christmas Party on Friday 22 December 2017. Held at the Kampung Cempaka covered basketball court, this was the first-ever big-scale party organised by SIC in one of its closest neighbourhoods. The date is not just days away from Christmas but also coincided with the Winter Solstice Festival celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians.

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A group from SIC's Bahasa Malaysia-speaking community kicked off the double celebration at 7 pm with some popular Christmas hymns. They were followed by various song and dance items performed by ministries & groups from SIC's English- and Mandarin-speaking communities as well as other groups. Representatives from the Tamil-speaking community performed a play on the Christmas story. Amongst the delicacies served were six roasted pigs and tang yuen (glutinous rice balls in sweet ginger syrup) which attendees participated by rolling into round shapes for volunteers to cook and serve.

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A particularly meaningful activity took place when cotton wool was passed around for all present to make toys which will be given to poor children in countries overseas as Christmas gifts or sold to raise funds for them. Attendees were also given the opportunity to bring the toys home if they wanted to. The event ended at 10.30 pm with attendees bringing home door gifts and hopefully the joy & spirit of Christmas. Besides SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD, the VIPs in attendance included Yeo Bee Yin (Member of the Selangor State Assembly for Damansara Utama), Daniel Lee [Councillor, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)], Theresa Lim (Kampung Cempaka Village Head) and Pastor Gilbert Wee (Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur). 

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More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

RCIA Prepares for Christmas

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by Agnes Loh, RCIA Coordinator 

St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) catechumens ended the year with a blast on their last session for the year. They were treated to the antics of 'Hollywood wannabes' (i.e. facilitators playing biblical characters) doing a sketch on the true meaning of Christmas. The intention of the play was to remind all to prepare in their hearts for the coming of Jesus our Emmanuel.

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This year was special indeed as a team of catechumens took charge in decorating the venue with Christmas trees and lights as a giving and loving gesture to reciprocate their facilitators’ caring & sharing during the past months of their journey. Sweets were neatly wrapped for exchange among themselves as they wish each other a very 'sweet' year ahead. All who were there for the occasion also had much fun with games such as stacking paper cups – such a joy to witness & participate in.

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New Bible Study - Open for Registration

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Click on Prophets to view introductory video and SSS for information on SIC Scripture Study.

 

Gotong Royong for Christmas

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Volunteers came even before the official start time of 7.30 am on Monday 11 December 2017 to help clean St Ignatius Church (SIC) in preparation for Christmas. This year's cleaning was done mostly outside of the church building as the building interior is spick & span after several weekly cleanings during and right after completion of renovations recently.

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SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Brother Joseph Lim CDD joined parishioners to clear clogged drains, sweep away leaves, pull down branches – and clear rubbish & other unsightly materials. Fr Francis Ng CDD also dropped by to chat with parishioners & lend moral support. With the good turnout comprising senior citizens, middle-aged, youths as well as a few children, the exercise was completed by 12.30 pm.

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More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

Launch of Parish Pastoral Theme for 2018-2019

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After the 8.45 am Mass on the First Sunday of Advent on 3 December 2017, St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD unveiled the SIC Parish Pastoral Theme for the next two years. Displayed in five languages, the theme in English is For the Greater Glory of God which is the translation of ad majorem Dei gloriam – the Latin motto of the Society of Jesus founded by St Ignatius of Loyola who is the patron saint of SIC.

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Photography: Peter Law

 
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