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SAM Mini Pilgrimage to Holy Door

by Evelyn Toh 

On Saturday 6 May, the Single Adult Ministry (SAM) of St Ignatius Church (SIC) organised a mini pilgrimage to the Holy Door at the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM) – one of five designated pilgrimage churches in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Catholic Student Society from Vision College was also invited, whereby the majority attending were Sabahans. All 21 pilgrims convoyed to CDM by 1.30 pm. Fr Gregory Chan began his session by explaining about the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis and the purpose of pilgrimage. He stated that in the Middle Ages, a pilgrimage was prescribed as penance for a penitent. This was to enable the penitent to undergo the unexpected in their journey, as well as experience inconvenience and hardship so that they may reflect on life’s imponderables. In doing so, one could also understand that life was like a pilgrimage journey to encounter God in prayer, penance and difficulty.  

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Fr Gregory also highlighted the importance of interreligious dialogue amongst Catholic and non-Catholic counterparts, as well as addictions faced by students and working adults.  He challenged the ministry to think up various ways of being merciful and to forgive all previous debts. Lastly, he spoke of having joy, love and peace when carrying out God’s works. After confession, Fr Gregory led the 21 pilgrims in prayer and the walk through the Holy Door. The symbolism of the door was explained as being the pathway to a house, where everyone is called to belong. This is also seen in John 10:9 where Jesus says: I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. The pilgrims were then asked to reflect on Matthew 25:31-45 about The Judgment of the Nations. 

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This was followed by an explanation on the receiving of plenary indulgences, where the conditions were to (a) walk through the Holy Door, (b) receive Eucharistic communion, (c) confess sins, (d) pray for the Pope’s intentions, and (e) refrain from committing the sins again. The event ended with a fellowship and the pilgrims departed by 4.30 pm. Despite being held on a weekend which is generally considered as a recuperation period from work fatigue and stress, several participants described the mini pilgrimage as a calming experience of self-reflection. In the current secular world, it is easy to succumb to temptation and materialistic pleasures. Through this journey to the Holy Door, the pilgrims were challenged to reflect on their life and be involved in more acts of charity. For doing so is a stepping stone towards the journey of following in Jesus’ footsteps and spreading his message of love.

 

108 Youths Confirmed in SIC

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Why are you a Catholic? Why are you still a Catholic? These were the first two questions posed in the homily by His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow to 108 confirmands as well as parishioners attending Sunset Mass on Saturday 23 April 2016 at St Ignatius Church (SIC). Archbishop Julian was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, Fr Johnson from India and Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants. Eighty one Form Five youths from the English Sunday school and 27 counterparts from the Mandarin Sunday school were anointed with the Oil of Chrism to signify receiving the seal of the Holy Spirit  marking their total belonging to Christ and their enrolment in his service for ever. 

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Further on in his homily, Archbishop Julian explained that we are Catholics because we believe the faith founded by Jesus Christ is the true faith and that we cannot find a greater truth outside the Catholic Church. We are convinced that this faith is founded by Jesus, hence we want to remain as Catholics. Towards the end of Mass, Archbishop Julian reminded Catholics to hand on the faith to their children and their children's children – to future generations so that the faith will not die. In addition to bread and wine, confirmands offered up their talents and gifts for which they have been blessed with, and faith experiences encountered through Sunday School lessons, Renewal in the Spirit Seminar, service projects, Confirmation Camp and other activities. Those in the congregation witnessing the confirmation ceremony include parents, godparents, family members and friends. 

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Setting Up of Bereavement Ministry

A group of St Ignatius Church (SIC) parishioners has been attending a series of talks by Sr Mary Kristin FMM in preparation for the setting up of a bereavement ministry in the parish. The aim of this ministry is to provide assistance to the aged and homebound who are lonely and in need of care as well as those who do not know how to handle funeral arrangements for their own family members. Starting off a few weeks ago with a talk on care of the aged, homebound and terminally ill, Sr Mary's latest talk was on Psycho Spiritual Journey of those with Life Threatening Illnesses & Accompaniment held on 12 Apr at SIC.

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Holy Week 2016

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) ushered in the start of Holy Week during the Palm Sunday weekend of 19-20 March. Palm Sunday – the final Sunday of Lent & the beginning of Holy Week – commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem days before he was crucified. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, Fr Philip Tan (Provincial of CDD in Malaysia) and Fr Stephen Ng CDD blessed the palms at the church entrance before the start of Masses which they celebrate. 

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The 6 pm Mass on 20 March was preceded by the blessing of palms by Fr Lucas at the covered carpark followed by a short procession. Parishioners were not deterred by the slight drizzle as they wave their palms whilst processing into church. The shouts of the crowd which followed Jesus 2,000 years ago – Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! – resonate once again in the hearts of Christians throughout the world on this wonderful day. 

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Last Saturday, representatives from several BECs and ministries helped clean and cut the palms down to size for the benefit of all parishioners. Some parishioners brought their own palms along. Parishioners brought the palms home after Mass to be hung over crucifixes or holy pictures whilst serving as a reminder of the victory of Christ as celebrated by the procession. 

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An big gathering of parishioners which overflowed around the church building attended the bilingual Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday which began at 8 pm. This Mass inaugurates the Easter Triduum and commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders (priesthood). It is also called Maundy Thursday with the word 'Maundy' derived from the Latin mandatum or mandate given by Jesus to his disciples in the Gospel of John 13:34: Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos [A new commandment I give you, love one another]

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Twelve parishioners had their feet washed by Frs Lucas and Andrew as a reminder of Jesus' example that we are to serve our fellow men even if it means we must do things that we deemed are beneath us. The group comprises six representatives each from the English-speaking (Parish Coordinating Council & communion ministers) and Mandarin-speaking (BECs & ministries) communities. Fr Stephen Ng CDD and Fr Francis Ng CDD were the concelebrants.

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Shortly after the end of communion, Frs Lucas, Andrew and Stephen 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 open for adoration till midnight, after which it was transferred to the prayer room downstairs where it is reserved for communion during Good Friday service. Members of the Liturgy Ministry and other volunteers helped set up the Altar of Repose for this year. 

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Despite the hot sun beating down relentlessly, there was a big turnout of parishioners participating in the Way of the Cross which was held on Good Friday on 25 March at 1 pm. Fr Andrew started off proceedings by carrying the big wooden cross from the altar to the First Station assisted by communion ministers Anthonysamy Soosai and Anthony Francis. Instead of going around the church compound, the Way of the Cross this year went around the church building twice to complete all 14 stations as ongoing building works hampered mobility and access. More experiential than attending any Way of the Cross within the church building in comfort, participants of the event held externally were able to have a more immersive awareness of the last stage of Our Lord's journey in his earthly life. 

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Fr Lucas Ng led proceedings from the First to the Fourteenth Station accompanied by altar servers, communion ministers and other attendees. Cross bearers for the stations include representatives from various church ministries & BECs from both the English- and Mandarin-speaking communities. Fr Andrew was the celebrant for the Mass that followed with Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrant. Apart from the Liturgy of the Word, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion also include Veneration of the Cross where parishioners come forward one by one to kneel before the crucifix and kiss the feet of Jesus. We thus affirm that: We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, because by thy Holy Cross, thou has redeemed the world.

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Forty two elects were fully incorporated into the community of believers at the Easter Vigil Mass held at SIC on 26 March at 10.30 pm. Accompanied by their godparents and witnessed by a packed congregation, they were baptised by Fr Lucas Ng and Fr Andrew Wong. Fr Francis Ng was the concelebrant. The newly-baptised (joined by another eight candidates) also received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the two priests who anointed them with the Oil of Chrism to seal them with the gift of the Holy Spirit. As new members of the Body of Christ which is his Church, they then proceed to receive their first Holy Communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.

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From the Blessing of the Fire & Preparation of the Paschal Candle to the liturgies of the Word, Baptism and Eucharist, the Easter celebration in anticipation of Christ’s resurrection will always be amongst the most significant occasions of one's life. More so for newly-baptised Joy Lim who shed tears of joy as she was formally embraced into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church after an 11-month journey of faith with RCIA Class of 2015/2016. A bubbly lass from Sarawak who is an assistant manager working in Petaling Jaya, she happily shared that her parents had been baptised also at SIC just last November after being Protestants for 16 years. As befitting her name, she is in such exuberant mood that she is willing to serve Christ and his Church in any capacity she can  even sweeping floors! 

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In the Gospel of John 15:4, Jesus asked his disciples to Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. As such, we hope our new Catholics will continue to remain faithful to the teachings of Christ and his Church. They need to be continually nourished by the Word of God and receive graces which flow from the sacraments instituted by Christ. But doing so by atttending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation are only the very minimum. To remain rooted to the faith and grow as disciples, the newly-baptised also have to keep studying the Bible & the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as well as attend faith-formation programmes. Just as critical is integration into the life of the parish through serving in ministries and BECs to be close to the heart of the Church and feel its pulse. Only then will they know the needs, situation and aspirations of their brothers and sisters in Christ and respond by giving, sharing & caring for their neighbours.  

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BAPTISM
Alice Rebecca Wang Bee Geok
Kristal Elisabeth Anak Johnny
Amanda Lee Sook Yen
Kristine Krishnaveni A/P Rajagopal
Angelina Evlyn Anak Johnny
Mary Carol Lentu Anak Punyut
Ashley Loh Pui Yee
Mary Lailan Guarin Bautista
Aurea Joanne Wai Jean Li
Matilda Ho Fong Yen
Beatrice Joan Wong Kit May
Melissa Valentine Ng Ming Fern
Daniel Gholami
Moiselle Natalie Netty Binti Naneh
Derek Wee Chee Kiong
Patrick Lim Thiam Hock
Edward Loh Poh Kam
Peter Lee Chit Hean
Esther Eugenia Chan Wai Kheng
Phyllis Lee Huey Teng
Gary Joseph Liu Thiam Sze
Rachel Anne Ramaka Ratha
Isabelle Serene Oon Kwee Teng
Ryan Goh Kong Cheong
Jesslynn Claire Chin Wai Sun
Sabrina Alexandrea Cheong Wei Leng
Joanne Elizabeth Lim Hsioa Yuen
Samson Soo Chee How
Joanne Yin Thin Hwa
Sandra Ho Yoke Lan
Johnson Bong Yeu Shiuan
Simon Heong Mun Heng
Joseph Chik Thim Leong
Simon Soo Wai Cheung
Joy Jerusha Lim Ying Ying
Teresa Chieng Ngit Yeun
Justin Jeremiah Yuen Kok Liong
Theresa Abigail Lo Set Yee
Karen Chong Fui Pin
Victoria Choo Phoi Yan
Kelvin Raphael Chiam Bock Chuan
Vivian Tan Qiang Ping
CONFIRMATION
Allan Aloysius Lui Weng Sang
Peter Masanawo Sidney Len De Alwis
Hazel Wong Xun Li
Puvan Raj A/L Iridianathan
Michael Chai Yiin Kiong
Sharon Joanna Chang Hui Leng
Michael Felix Anak Atau
Terry Dominic Chen Heng Kit

At an earlier Easter Vigil Mass in Mandarin which started at 6.45 pm, 22 elects from SIC’s Mandarin RCIA Class of 2015/2016 were baptised by Fr Lucas and Fr Andrew. They were joined by six candidates to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Fr Stephen Ng was the concelebrant.

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Parish Planner/Calendar 2016

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of St Ignatius Church (SIC) has produced the Parish Planner/Calendar for 2016. It lays out the Pastoral Plan for SIC guided by the theme: To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community. Apart from listing the main church-level, ministry and BEC activities for the year, the bilingual (English and Mandarin) document also lay out in detail the pastoral goals, rationale and outcomes of activities planned specifically in line with the theme.

Click here to view or download the Planner/Calendar for reference.

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24 Hours for the Lord @ SIC

Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! – His Holiness Pope Francis. Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) joined their counterparts throughout the world as one united People of God for a day-long Eucharistic adoration starting on Friday 4 March 2016 at 6 pm. The first event – Stations of the Cross which recalls Christ's ultimate portrayal of sacrificial love & forgiveness – sets the tone for the rest of the activities which are mainly reverential and meditative. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed throughout for silent adoration accompanied by prayers (Charismatic, Taize, Divine Mercy, Rosary, Novena) and a talk on Mercy & Reconciliation by Sr Mary Kristin Ng FMM. Spearheaded by the Liturgy Ministry with the assistance of various other ministries, BECs & the Mandarin, Bahasa & Tamil-speaking communities, the event concluded with Sunset Mass on Saturday 5 March.

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The 24 Hours for the Lord event with the theme "God Rich in Mercy" (Ephesians 2:4) is one of 12 prominent events scheduled for the Catholic Church in the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. This initiative was received with great enthusiasm when first introduced in 2014 and was celebrated again in 2015. Its intent was to help provide Catholics with special opportunities for prayer and partaking of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Apart from the critical role of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Jubilee Year, it was also the intention of Pope Francis to place this sacrament at the core of the Church’s mission for the new evangelisation.

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Click here for the full text of Pope Francis' homily at the opening of the 24 Hours for the Lord at St Peter’s Basilica on 4 March. Click here for the Pastoral Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation prepared in conjunction with 24 Hours for the Lord.

 

Chinese New Year Mass 2016

Despite the hot weather and a slowing economy, this year's Chinese New Year Mass held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Monday 8 February 2016 was as joyous and well-attended as in previous years. Both inside and outside the church, one cannot help but notice that the predominant colour is red – auspicious for good luck in Chinese culture  from the vestments worn by priests & altar servers to overhanging decorations in various forms & shapes. Young and old from both the Chinese- and English-speaking communities with some dressed in traditional costumes such as cheongsam came together to give thanks and receive the blessings of almighty God as they ushered in the Year of the Monkey. The bilingual Mass in Mandarin and English was celebrated by SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and concelebrated by SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong and Fr Francis Ng CDD.

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Amongst the gifts brought to the altar were flowers (representing adoration & admiration), red candles (hope & peace), nian gao (Chinese New Year cakes representing unity & fellowship) and fruits (happiness & achievements). After holy communion, a Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors was conducted, beginning with a reading from the Book of Sirach in remembrance and praise of our forebears for their great contributions & rich heritage; teachings & acts of virtue and piety which deserve our honour & respect; and example for us to imitate. 

Sirach 44:1-15 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. The Lord apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and were men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and proclaiming prophecies; leaders of the people in their deliberations and in understanding of learning for the people, wise in their words of instruction; those who composed musical tunes, and set forth verses in writing; rich men furnished with resources, living peaceably in their habitations – all these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.

There are some of them who have left a name, so that men declare their praise. And there are some who have no memorial, who have perished as though they had not lived; they have become as though they had not been born, and so have their children after them. But these were men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; their prosperity will remain with their descendants, and their inheritance to their children's children. Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake. Their posterity will continue for ever, and their glory will not be blotted out. Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations. Peoples will declare their wisdom, and the congregation proclaims their praise.

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On behalf of the congregation, Frs Lucas & Andrew offered joss sticks (to honour our ancestors), two baskets of flowers (representing love), three cups of wine (remembrance) and two trays of fruits (admiration).  Towards the end of the Mass, Fr Lucas blessed oranges which were given out together with ang pows (red envelopes containing money as a symbol of good fortune) to attendees. A Lion Dance performance then ensued at the church entrance to round out the celebrations.

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SIC wish all a Blessed and Happy Chinese New Year!

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