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Do so by joining or recommending our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme which will start from Tuesday 4 July 2017.

A copy of the RCIA Application Form is available here. Please click on RCIA for more information.

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SIC to Host Carnival on Dental Health

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by Alphonso Lourdesamy, Parish Coordinating Council (PCC) Chairman

St Ignatius Church (SIC) has been selected to host a carnival on dental health. This event, known as Program Kolaborasi Kesihatan Pergigian dan Badan-badan Agama (Kesihatan Oral dan Agama - KOA), is a Health Ministry national-level event. The objectives are to: Spread oral health through religion, using house of worship to promote oral health related information to promote inter-religious understanding through the promotion of oral health, and Empower religious leaders to help spread and educate the parishioners on matters and importance of oral health. We are in process of confirming the dates of this carnival which will be held over two days at our parish. The first meeting about the above matter was held on Friday 7 July morning. Watch out for more news in the coming weeks.

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Front row (from left): Fr Lawrence Ng CDD (Assistant Parish Priest), Mr Bernard Ng (PCA Chairman), Dr Fazeyanah Sabaran, Dr Nadiah Nadzirah Rostam, Dr Siti Sarah Soraya, Fr Andrew Wong CDD (Parish Priest), Dr Nor Haskins, Dr Effarah Izlin Ab. Jabar & Dr Rima Wati Bt Idros. Back row: Mr Lourdes Abishegam (PPC Chairman), Dr Rohendran A/L K Paskarapathy Rajah, Mr Alphonso Lourdesamy & Dr Muhamad Syafiq Bin Muhamad Isa.

 

Outreach by Sunday School Form 4 Confirmands

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On Saturday 8 July 2017, 89 St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday school Form 4 confirmands filled two bus loads and made their way to cheer up the elderly folks staying at Little Sisters of the Poor in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, and Destiny Home which is an orphanage in in Klang. The combined total number of residents for the two homes is 90. Both visits were highly successful – with the residents of Little Sisters of the Poor already enquiring as to when the boys and girls will be visiting again.

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Great Start for New RCIA Journey

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by Shaun On

RCIA's (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) new journey of 'Come and See' for year 2017-18 experienced a wonderful turnout of inquirers as well as sponsors, friends and newly-baptised. The reception evening was filled to the brim where participants were given an understanding of the faith journey and programmes ahead. There was also a full turnout by facilitators who later mingled with the newcomers during the makan-makan session. St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD who were in attentance gave their full support and assurance that the entire faith-searching journey will be filled with guidance, personal supervision as well as actual experiences along their growth with fellow participants.

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The RCIA team thank all other ministries which have jointly invited friends to come and experience the calling to listen to the Word of God. Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Or are you a baptised Catholic who have yet to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? Complete the application form at rciaformand submit to the church office. More information is available at RCIA

 

Seven Days Behind Handle 'Bars' For The Lord

by Kamala Mary

Bike Touring Pilgrimage - Pedalling trio including a priest completes 476km in 7 days for prayer intentions.

Riding 476 km over 7 days behind the handle bars of his bicycle was not enough to ‘tyre’ out Father Lawrence Ng CDD, assistant parish priest of St Ignatius Church Petaling Jaya. Fr Lawrence and two of his friends Jerome and Terry, who had embarked on a Bike Touring Pilgrimage pedalling through Negeri Sembilan, remained resolute throughout their demanding journey over smooth and rough terrain, low and mountainous roads, light and heavy traffic. Braving scorching sunny days and the occasional downpour, the prayerful pedalling trio cycled an average of 69 to 80 km a day, riding single file. The journey started in Seremban on 5th June and ended there as well at the Church of the Visitation, on 11th June 2017. Along the way, they prayed incessantly, offering Our Fathers and Hail Marys for the intentions they carried with them.

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The idea for the pilgrimage was mooted by Fr Lawrence who used to cycle without luggage for short day trips. But for these 7 days of touring, he had to trust in the Lord’s providence entirely as he had to travel with luggage while depending totally on God to provide for himself and his partners. Fr Lawrence used his leave to go for this pilgrimage, which was also a way for him to challenge himself to get out of his comfort zone. In the past he had visited those places along the pilgrimage route by car but then he wanted to use his own initiative and energy to reach them. “The challenge in a bike tour” he remarked, “is doing all the hard work of pedalling and reaching out to people while relying on God to guide us”. Another obstacle is the fear of the unknown and the real possibility that anything could happen. As they journeyed, further challenges awaited most especially the sweltering heat. Despite these distractions, the pilgrims were able to stay focused on the true objective of their expedition that is to pray for the petitions given to Fr Lawrence and the intentions chosen: vocations, the sick, the poor, families, youth and special intentions of the elderly, lapsed Catholics and the Clergy.

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From the Church of the Visitation, Seremban they headed towards the popular tourist destination, Port Dickson where they stopped at the Church of The Immaculate Conception. They also dropped by at the IJ Sisters Centre where they visited the sisters who were there on formation. After a quick meal, they continued riding on to an Orang Asli Village at Bukit Kepong, Pasir Panjang. There they met with two Catholic families who were introduced to them by Fr Terence of the PD Church. They felt heartened when they were warmly welcomed by this small yet vibrant community and they had the opportunity to celebrate mass and share a meal in fellowship with them. They spent the first night of their pilgrimage in one of the Orang Asli homes in Bukit Kepong. Being with the Orang Asli families afforded them an insight into their lifestyle and allowed the pilgrims to understand them better, laying the groundwork for a firm friendship.

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On Day Two, Fr Lawrence and his friends continued their pilgrim journey to Tampin arriving in the afternoon at the Church of St John Vianney. There they set up camp on the church grounds with the tent they brought along. On the third day the pilgrim cyclists pedalled to Gemencheh and stopped at the chapel where they were met by the small community of the chapel. Together with them, the cycling trio spent time in prayer especially for the petitions and intentions they carried. After lunch with the community, they rested a while and proceeded with their journey towards Gemas. In Gemas, they went to the Chapel of Saint Christopher and prayed there. That night they were welcomed by a Catholic family who offered them shelter and food with great hospitality. They interacted with the family and again forged bonds of friendship and brotherhood. Travelling through small towns where residents are all too aware of strangers, Fr Lawrence and his friends often aroused curiosity among the locals wherever they went. Father Lawrence joked that he could almost read their minds which seemed to be asking “What are these guys doing, cycling though our town?” The cycling pilgrims often caught the eye of members of the public who could not help but notice their identical T-shirts which had the words ‘Empowered by Jesus’ emblazoned on them. All walks of people in their paths could see and read the words on their T-shirts which were an indirect way of creating awareness and even evangelising.

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They stayed the night in Gemas and on the next day, the 4th day, they left for Bahau early in the morning. Upon arrival at Bahau they met with some parishioners from the Chapel of Mary, Mother of God, Catholic Centre and prayer for the intentions. After prayer the pilgrims joined the parishioners for breakfast and fellowship. They then headed for Fr Anthony Naden’s Farm in Kuala Klawang. Fr. Naden had settled on this land years before to rear poultry and farm some crops. The income generated from the farm is channelled towards needy Orang Asli villagers. The pilgrims stayed a night on the farm on the gracious invitation of Fr Naden. While at the farm, they also met Fr Paulino who had brought a group of youths from his parish at St Anne’s, Port Klang, for a experiencing the life of Orang Asli. This was an opportunity to meet up with the youths and chat with them while creating awareness of their bike pilgrimage. Together with this group of youths, they had dinner with some members of the Orang Asli community.

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On the fifth day, they left for Titi and visited the Church of St Augustine located beside the Titi town. They met with the parishioners there and prayed in the church with them. Fr Lawrence also took this opportunity to visit Fr John Chia’s mother and sister. From there, the cycling pilgrims headed towards Kampong Belihoi, Seremban, home to a thriving Orang Asli community village. In this village, there are some Catholics who are pastored by Fr Dionysious Matthews. Fr Lawrence celebrated mass there and the trio spent the night in the Kg Berlihoi chapel. The next day, the penultimate day of the pilgrimage, they continued their journey, travelling to Mantin and stopping by at St Aloysius Church which is located on the main road in Mantin. As the church was not open at that time, they could only pray outside and then proceed to their next destination that is the Chapel of St Theresa of the Child Jesus in Nilai. The warm reception from Fr Eugene Benedict, the resident priest there, was a welcome contrast to the chilly weather brought on by heavy rain. Despite the poor weather, their spirits remained high and they decided to make use of the opportunity to spend more time at St Theresa’s chapel, mingling with a group of East Malaysian student youths and once again sharing the intention of their pilgrimage.

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Once the weather improved, they set off for an Orang Asli village in Kg Sebir, Labu. The families there had been anxiously awaiting their arrival and in true Orang Asli hospitality they had delayed their meal to accommodate their guests. Fr Lawrence who had visited this community of mostly rubber tappers before, was greeted enthusiastically and warmly. Not long after that, they left for another Orang Asli village, Kg Tekir, Labu, where Fr Lawrence celebrated Sunset mass. After mass the pilgrim cyclists had a campfire dinner with the community, chatting and singing hymns together. They stayed there for the night and left the next morning. It was a glorious Sunday morning, that 7th and final day of the pilgrimage when they headed back to their starting point, the Church of the Visitation, Seremban. They ended their Bike Touring Pilgrimage with blessings from the Parish Priest, Fr George Harrison who gave thanks to God for the safe completion of their pilgrimage.

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Reflecting on this journey, Terry said: “We pilgrim represent 2 of the 4 ethnic groups on our journey (Chinese, India, Asli and others) where God was our centre for love, hope, trust, respect and peace which changed my life forever, it changed my outlook on my faith, I feel that I can adapt easily in situations when it involves in professing my faith, earlier I kept holding back but now I'm more into showing and professing God's love towards the people I meet daily.” Fr Lawrence remarked that the pilgrimage had been truly more than just a physical journey. He believed that the spirit of the Lord had led them to share the Good News through the offering of love and friendship to all the communities they had met along the journey. And this is the first historical time for them in their lives time. Praying that the Lord God would answer the petitions he had offered for the trip, Fr Lawrence expressed hope that he would be able to perform other pilgrimages on two wheels sometime in the future.

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New RCIA Journey

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Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church is the largest church in the world encompassing people of all nations, races and languages. All the means and graces one need to grow spiritually and for one's salvation are there in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also welcome to attend. So drop by to know more.

Complete the application form at rciaformand submit to the church office. You can also submit via fax to 03-7803 6456 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information is available at RCIA.

 

Corpus Christi Mass & Procession 2017

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After a break of eight years, St Ignatius Church (SIC) held an outdoor candle light procession on Sunday 18 June 2017 as part of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Processions were held within the church compound during this annual celebration in the interim period. The event started off with Mass at 6 pm with SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as the main celebrant with Fr Albet Arokiasamy (Parish Priest, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Fr Thomas Koo CDD & Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants. In his homily, Fr Lawrence spoke about the merits of the Eucharist which: (1) brings about union with Christ; (2) effects a certain delight in us; (3) forgives venial sins; (4) grants us the Holy Spirit; and (5) is the antidote of death. In addition, he explained that there are three meanings in receiving the Body & Blood of Christ: The signs of Faith, Love & Unity. Then all fathers present were given a special blessing on occasion of Father's Day.

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At 7.30 pm after Mass, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD carried the Eucharistic Exposition and boarded a pick-up vehicle decorated with flowers to begin the procession. Some 700 parishioners joined in the procession around the Taman Mayang neighbourhood which is one of the rare occasions during which Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exited the church and is brought into public view. Along the way, parishioners joined altar servers, communion ministers, flower girls, wardens and other volunteers in proclaiming the presence of Our Lord through Gospel readings, reciting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and singing hymns in English, Mandarin, Bahasa & Tamil. Frs Andrew, Lawrence, Albet and Thomas took turns to hold the Blessed Sacrament during the journey. Fr Francis and Br Joseph Lim CDD also joined the 2.4 km procession.

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As the procession passed by mostly terrace houses and some shops, participants in following the Eucharist could recall Jesus’ public ministry 2,000 years ago when he went about healing and serving...preaching repentance and forgiveness...proclaiming God’s promise of eternal life for the righteous, meek and humble. Turning back towards Lincoln University College after the Taman Megah junction, the procession moved along Jalan SS25/10 and Jalan SS25/12 parallel to Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) towards SIC.

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After a short pause at the church entrance for parishioners to enter first, the Blessed Sacrament re-entered church at 9.10 pm for Benediction. With the theme Jesus’ Presence Among Us, We Are His Witnesses, the Corpus Christi procession was indeed a special occasion as even non-Catholics who may have not seen the Blessed Sacrament before somehow knew in their hearts that someone divine, unique and powerful came by their way accompanied by his disciples.

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