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BEC Reflection Paper

For the month of November, we are encouraged to reflect on the theme Hope: A Call to Sainthood in Christ at our BEC gatherings. Click on Reflection Paper for the information in four languages.

30th Anniversary Family Carnival

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From the moment St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD launched festivities at 9 am up to the lucky draw with an LED TV as the grand prize just after 3 pm, a continuous stream of parishioners, family members and friends moved in and out of the covered car park of the church. Packed with stalls selling various food & drinks, games, arts & craft, handicraft, books (Daughters of St Paul) and even one selling vegetables, this was the venue of the SIC Family Carnival on Saturday 17 November 2018. The event was held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebration of SIC.

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There were song and dance as well as cultural items presented by the English, Mandarin, Tamil and Bahasa Malaysia communities. Dances and a drama skit were performed by a group of Myanmese children under the auspices of the PIHD Migrants Group. Particularly popular with young children were an inflatable castle and arts & craft stalls while the older children, youths and not-so-old adults tried to overcome challenges at the games stalls. There were also pony and bike rides for all ages and a cosplay competition involving biblical characters. Adding their wit and charm as Masters of Ceremony for the carnival were radio personalities Elspeth Dines and Phat Fabes.

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Much laughter and ribbing can be heard at one of the games stall where Fr Andrew, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Br Joseph Lim CDD and other parishioners sportingly volunteered to be dunked into water – for a price and only if challengers are able to hit the target. Towards the end of the event, Frs Andrew & Lawrence and the organising committee cut a cake commemorating this significant milestone in SIC history. Fr Andrew then thanked the organising committee, ministries & BECs and all who helped make the event a success. A beehive of activity for some six hours, the carnival aptly encapsulates SIC as a close-knit yet welcoming community working towards its parish pastoral theme for 2018-2019 – For the Greater Glory of God.

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More photos are available at googlephotos

 

Reflections for 33rd Sunday

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Some reflections for this weekend's Mass Readings are available at Our Sunday Readings (2 pages) and Commentary on Sunday Readings (5 pages).

 

Penitential Services for PJ Churches - Advent 2018

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The Guide for Confession which is projected in St Ignatius Church during Advent and Lent Penitential Services can be viewed and downloaded by clicking onprodigalsonThis guide can also be used in preparation for confession at other times. 

 

Gotong Royong - Christmas 2018

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SIC Parish Assembly 2018

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More than 260 parishioners from both the English and Mandarin-speaking communities representing BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) and parish ministries attended this year’s Parish Assembly (PA) convened by St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Saturday 11 November 2018 at 1 pm. After praise & worship, enthronement and reading of the Bible and reciting of a community opening prayer, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD commenced proceedings with a  welcoming address. Roeshan Gomez (English) and Raymond Hoo (Mandarin) were the co-Masters of Ceremony at the gathering held at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre.

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Richard Lai (Acting Chairman, Parish Coordinating Council) gave a review of activites carried out in 2017-2018 followed by his counterpart Paul Tan doing likewise for the Mandarin community. Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) member Sharma Rajadurai then explained the rationale, background and roll-out of the Parish Plan for SIC for 2018-2019 in line with the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Five Year Plan. A Parish Planning Workshop was held on 13 October 2018 to come up with a draft plan which was later refined by the PPC. The three clusters chosen for focus at SIC are BEC (Basic Ecclesial Communities), Family and Youth. Strengths, Weaknesses & Areas of Concern for these three clusters as well as their action plans & collaborating ministries were projected for viewing.

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PPC Chairman Lourdes Abishegam then took the floor to urge parishioners to support the plan. After two new members were formally elected & two members re-elected into the PPC, Victoria Ho (Parish Finance Committee) presented the Parish Finance Report. The Parish Assembly ended with a closing prayer and a blessing from Fr Andrew. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD also attended the assembly.

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Launch of 30th Anniversary Coffee Table Book

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Starting off with research in October 2017 and much work in between, the editorial team producing the 30th Anniversary coffee table book finally saw the fruit of their labour when the publication was launched at the weekend Masses of St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 3-4 November 2018. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD unveiled the book towards the end of the English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia Mass. In his message in the book, Fr Andrew mentioned that “in our 30th anniversary year...it would be good to showcase our meeting place, SIC itself, as a place of worship. Within these pages, we have tried to depict the initiatives we have taken to put in place the sacramentals and facilities we have developed in our endeavour to enhance worship at this holy place”. Especially invaluable were the insights and details provided by the late Fr Francis Ng CDD – the first CDD Parish Priest of SIC – about the early history and building up of SIC.

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Q: If I already have the SIC 25th anniversary coffee table book, why should I buy the 30th anniversary issue? The 30th anniversary edition contains much information and pictures not available in the previous edition. Furthermore, there were numerous developments which took place in the subsequent five years such as interior church renovations including the sanctuary & confession rooms; Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto; the Murals wall depicting events in the life of Christ; Stations of the Cross at the Riverside; and the conversion of the annexe rooftop into an air-conditioned venue for exhibitions, rallies, seminars etc. There are much more in the book which is available for sale at the special price of RM30 per copy (actual cost = RM60) at the SIC church office during office hours. Do hurry with your purchase as there are limited copies.

 

RCIA Outreach 2018

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As part of their efforts in guiding current journey inquirers, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) team organised an outreach activity to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor St Francis Xavier Home for the Elderly in Cheras on Sunday 28 October. Just a few weeks before the visit, the entire team gathered a donation sum for the home – enabling the purchase of new mattresses & pillows, replenishing of their pantry and presentation of a love offering to the sisters. Inquirers brought along their family members, friends and sponsors to witness the spirit of hospitality demonstrated by the caring sisters.

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Sister Teresa gave a briefing on the various activities organised to ensure the senior residents spend their time well and keep up their hobbies. She then led all visitors to have a tour of the home, allowing everyone to have a first-hand look at the facilities made available. All were amazed on the cleanliness of the upkeep, including rooms, halls, gardens and ponds. Before lunch was served, the RCIA team serenaded the residents with a few hymns while the inquirers participated in serving drinks and food. After lunch, all were invited to visit the souvenir shop to check on the hand-made items done by the residents.!

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Sister Teresa reminded everyone to visit the home's auditorium on 26 December at 2.30 pm to witness their Christmas performance. On the other hand, the inquirers also enjoyed listening to His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez – Malaysia's first and only Cardinal & Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur – who shared his life experiences. Many of the children of inquirers surrounded Cardinal Soter for they enjoyed the gifts of candy and religious stickers presented. Inquirers took home a sense of community life, with sharing and serving taught by the Lord, that will inspire them to continue living in hope and prayer.

Click on RCIA for more information.

 

Forum on Death Penalty

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Close to two hundred members of the public including parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) attended a forum titled Death Penalty - Is it a Deterrent? held at SIC Costantini Centre on Monday 29 October at 8 pm. After a welcome address by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Yang Arif Dato Mah Weng Kwai (retired Court of Appeal Judge), Yang Arif Tuan Jagjit Singh (retired Sessions Court Judge), Prematilaka Serisena (Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardana Society, Buddhist Society) and Rev Fr Michael Chua (Chancellor, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur & Parish Priest, Church of Jesus Caritas) each took the floor to address the audience.

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Yang Berhormat Teresa Kok (Minister of Primary Industries & Member of Parliament for Seputeh) and Yang Berhormat Kasthuri Patto (Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan) also shared their views towards the end of the forum. SIC parishioner Dato Joy Appukuttan played the role of moderator at the forum which was jointly organised by SIC and the Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur.

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Streamed 'live' and watched by viewers as far away as in Brazil, the US and Japan, the event has already garnered more than 600 views on Youtube as of date.

 

First Holy Communion for 58

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After Sunset Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 20 October, nine-year-old Ava Marie Maran Low said she felt happy. Why? Because I have received Jesus. This could very well be the same response of 57 other children from SIC's Standard 3 First Holy Communion Class of 2018 who received Christ the Bread of Life for the first time. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration with Fr Paulino Miranda as concelebrant. Fr Andrew thanked all who helped prepare the boys and girls to receive their first holy communion. He also encouraged parents to live and practise their faith as well as continue to train their children in the Christian faith and its practice.

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Incorporated into the One, Holy, Catholic & 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 offered up their First Holy Communion certificates – a symbol of remembrance of the first time they become one in the Body of Christ – and Camp Crafts Prayer Cards during the Offertory Procession. The children also sang a thanksgiving song titled Every Move I Make followed with a pledge by their parents. Each child happily took turns to be photographed with Frs Andrew and Paulino 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. More photos are being processed and made available atparishlife

 

Special Baptism & First Holy Communion

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Fifteen children received their First Holy Communion at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) 6 pm Mass on Sunday 30 September 2018. Eleven children and an infant who is a sibling of one of the children were baptised by Fr Alberto Irenus SJ at a ceremony held before Mass with godparents, family members and friends in attendance. These are children of parent/s baptised as adults who want to join the Catholic Church or children of Catholic parents who have not had the opportunity to attend Sunday school (e.g. those who accompanied parents posted overseas). Each year, SIC Sunday school's special catechism programme help prepare such children who are within the Standard 3 to Form Four age group for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion.

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Earlier, 18 children from SIC's Mandarin Sunday school received First Holy Communion from SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at the 11.15 am Mandarin 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. More photos are being processed and made available atparishlife

 
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