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The Parish Pastoral Council has produced the Parish Calendar for 2014. Click here to view or download the latest version.

Sunday School Registration 2014

Sunday School Registration for the 2014 school year begins on 29 September 2013. Registration counters will be opened from 10.15am to 11.45 am at the Training Centre, (Level 1, Room 1-2) on the following days...

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Holy Week @ SIC

Thousands of St Ignatius Church (SIC) parishioners ushered in the start of Holy Week during the Palm Sunday weekend of 12-13 April. The feast of Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem – as the Prince of Peace instead of a political messiah. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong blessed the palms at the church entrance before the start of Masses which they celebrate. The 6 pm Mass on 13 April was preceded by the blessing of palms at the Grotto followed by a procession around the church compound with palms held up high. Selfless parishioners had gathered early the day before to help clean and cut the palms down to size for the benefit of all parishioners. 



The bilingual Mass on Holy Thursday which began at 8 pm was filled to overflowing around the church building. This Mass of the Lord's Supper inaugurates the Easter Triduum and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his Apostles. Twelve Communion Ministers – eight from the English-speaking community and four from the Mandarin-speaking – had their feet washed by Frs Lucas and Andrew to illustrate the service & love of Christ who came not to be served but to serve. Fr Philip Tan (Provincial, CDD priests in Malaysia) was the concelebrant. Shortly after the end of communion, Frs Lucas, Andrew and Philip 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. Open for adoration till midnight, the Altar of Repose was set up by members of the Liturgy Ministry together with other volunteers.




A Way of the Cross around the church compound was held on Good Friday on 18 April. Cross bearers for the Stations of the Cross included representatives from SIC Scripture Study (SSS), Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Sunday School, Parents Group, Senior Citizens, Communion Ministers (2 teams), Parish Integral Human Development (PIHD), Parish Communication Team (PCT), Formation Team, Charismatic Prayer Group, Youths, and Mandarin PCCC (2 teams). Bearers carried a bigger and heavier cross this year compared to the last occasion from one station to another. Fr Lucas carried a smaller cross from the altar to the First Station whilst 2 representatives from PCT carried it to the altar after the final 14th Station. 





Participants and onlookers alike were able to experience and retrace through the Way of the Cross the last stage of the journey that Our Lord walked in his earthly life. Fr Andrew was the celebrant for the Mass that followed. Apart from the Liturgy of the Word, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion also include the Veneration of the Cross. His Holiness Pope Francis has also given us a timely reminder on our living out the life of Christ when he tweeted (on 18 Apr 2014): 'It is not easy to follow Jesus, because the path he chooses is the way of the Cross.' 



'I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.' Eighteen words which 36 elects of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) class of 2013/14 heard as they were baptised at the Easter Vigil Mass on 19 April. Simple yet profound, these 17 words open for them the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Accompanied by their godparents and witnessed by family members and friends seated amongst a fully-packed congregation, they were baptised by SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong. 



The newly-baptised (joined by another five candidates for confirmation) also received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Fr Lucas and Fr Andrew who anointed them with the Oil of Chrism to seal them with the gift of the Holy Spirit. With joy in their hearts, the new members of Christ and his Church then received their first Holy Communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. Newly-baptised Christina Foo and confirmand David Lim found the baptism, confirmation and RCIA journey (which began on 11 June 2013) meaningful. They realised that they have taken only the first steps of a lifetime journey of faith which they will soon take further together in holy matrimony. Kim Ang and Khor Chai Huat shared that they are 'so blessed to be the godparents of Christina and David. Once we were strangers but because of Christ, we are now family.'



We hope our new Catholics will continue to be nourished by the Word of God and the sacraments instituted by Christ out of love for the new chosen people in his Church. To deepen the roots of their their faith, they will have to take up Bible & catechetical studies and formation programmes. It is also important that they integrate into the life of the parish through serving in ministries and BECs. Thence, all Catholics are to go forth to make disciples of all nations and bring hope to the last, least and lost. At the Easter Vigil Mass in Mandarin which started at 6.45 pm, 17 elects were baptised and three candidates were comfirmed together with the elects. SIC wish all Catholics a Blessed Easter!


Photography by: John Ragai & Daniel Khong


A Helping Hand for the Orang Asli

by Tropicana John Paul II BEC

A plea for assistance for a decent place of worship in 2013 led BEC Tropicana John Paul II from St Ignatius Church (SIC) to heed that call. That call came from the Catholic community of the Semai orang asli group near Temor, Perak. The BEC proceeded to raise funds and used it to renovate and refurbish the orang asli’s chapel. Thanks to the generosity of various people including members of the BEC and parishioners of SIC, the renovation of the chapel could take place. This community now has a permanent and comfortable prayer centre to carry out their daily worship. Bishop Sebastian Francis (Bishop of Penang) was at hand in November 2013 to bless the chapel. The balance of the funds were also used to build bathrooms for several orang asli families.

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The BEC came together once again on 23 March 2014 as part of their Lenten Campaign to provide further assistance to this orang asli community. Food, provisions and financial assistance were provided during the visit. Together with their families, the BEC joined hands in praise and worship with the orang asli community. The Word of God was read and shared by Johanis, the lay leader of the orang asli community. Thereafter the BEC were provided with updates on the achievements of the orang asli community and heard their plight. Amongst others, their grievances include the lack of basic amenities and job opportunities. For instance, one orang asli girl who had just graduated as a nurse found it difficult to gain employment.



Johanis explained that the men folks hardly support or participate in religious activities. Hence, the orang asli women were left to raise their children in the Christian faith alone. Moved by their plight, BEC Coordinator Jennifer Heng explained that education is essential for the children especially in the development of their Christian faith. She said the BEC will assist the orang asli community by providing reading materials for these children. The BEC then spend time interacting with the orang asli community before returning to Petaling Jaya. Let us work together so that everyone will have bread are the words of Blessed John Paul II that has inspired the BEC to continue with its corporal works of mercy.


World Marriage Day

by Shelagh Nunis

Smiling faces were seen around St Ignatius Church as married couples renewed their marriage vows at the 8.45 am Mass on World Marriage Day, Sunday 9 February 2014. The purpose of World Marriage Day is to honour husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. The celebration echoes to married couples the commandment given to us by Jesus: Love one another, as I have loved you (John 15:12). World Marriage Day was given the Apostolic Blessing of the late Pope John Paul II in 1993.

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Photography: Daniel Khong


Called By God




Parish Planner/Calendar 2014

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of St Ignatius Church (SIC) has produced the Parish Planner/Calendar for 2014. It lays out the Pastoral Plan for SIC guided by the theme: Caring & Sharing, United In Christ. Apart from the five main levels of pastoral care and goals, the document also lists in detail the main church-level, ministry and BEC activities for the year.

Click here to view or download the Planner/Calendar onto your PC/tablet/phone for reference.



A Journey into the Word

by Stefenie Choo

Sometime in 2013, numerous painful challenges were inflicted upon me over a short period of time. One day, alone, grieved and feeling extremely down and miserable, I found myself lost in direction in life... Just then, my eyes inadvertently cast upon the Bible on a nearby table in the house. Picking it up, not knowing which part of the Scripture to read on, the Bible opened itself up before me. The Word (Psalm 27) in the Bible came alive and enfolded before me. Its beauty and wisdom permeated into my whole being. Almost instantly, before finishing the third verse, an immense peace overwhelmed me. My spirit was lifted up and revived! The Word of the Lord heals and revitalises, as the Word is Power and Love!

Catholics are privileged to receive both His Word and Holy Communion in each Eucharistic Celebration. In order that our communion with God becomes more complete as we try to live out the Scriptures on a daily basis, we need to know the Lord better through the learning and understanding of His Word. Such soul-searching calls could be accomplished by engaging oneself in a variety of Scripture enrichment sessions. One such Spirit-inspiring scripture study programme is offered by the SIC Scripture Study (SSS) Ministry. 



I embarked on the 24-week The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation in June 2013, after journeying with SSS in their A Quick Journey Through the Bible and Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come modules in 2012 and first half of 2013. My first course with SSS  A Quick Journey Through the Bible – was both the Call and my earnest search for knowing the Lord better. Subsequent enrolment in other modules offered by SSS was the outcome of (i) the tremendous spiritual enrichment gained from earlier modules, (ii) inspiration and enjoyment experienced throughout the learning journey brought forth by the grace of God, the inspiring presenter Jeff Cavins, and the selfless, devoted and caring SSS core-team and facilitators!



The Bible Timeline (BT) comprised a series of 24 weekly sessions of video presentations by Jeff Cavins, an internationally-renowned Bible teacher cum public speaker from USA. This module is a Journey through the Bible that helps participants to learn the “big picture” of God’s plan in Sacred Scripture through 12 biblical periods of salvation history and to understand its meaning for our lives. Each session begins with the Bible Enthronement, followed by Praise & Worship and Gospel reading for the day. The session continues with a one-hour video presentation by Jeff Cavins, followed by another hour of group discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere led by facilitators based on information acquired from the video presentation of the day.



To aid learning, transcribed notes prepared by facilitators and discussion questions are pre-distributed to participants weeks earlier for reading and as reference, and for the preparation of the discussion questions. Discussion questions are designed to take participants into the text, to make the participants think how various parts of the Scriptures are inter-related and are connected to the current world, and how the Word is applicable to their daily lives. Other learning materials carefully sourced and provided in aid of learning include biblical maps, pictures and diagrams, which help to illustrate the study and make it more comprehensible.      

I find the BT a fascinating study, taking the participants on a journey through the entire Bible, going deep into each period of salvation history and discovering the amazing story woven throughout all of Sacred Scripture. The module imparts the participants with knowledge of the major people, places and events of the Bible and shows how these come together to reveal the remarkable story of Catholic faith! I have recently signed up for another module entitled Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom which will commence in March 2014. I would strongly encourage all to partake in Scripture modules offered by SSS: 

·     Modules offered are interesting, well-structured, enriching, enlightening and Spirit-inspiring,

·     Presented by an excellent speaker, who communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way,

·     Under the guidance of a team of lively, caring, friendly and devoted SSS facilitators who often-times go beyond the course requirements to, (a) source for additional Scripture-related materials, (b) research information tirelessly in answering class queries, (c) constantly encourage and remind participants to live out the Scripture by sharing information on community/world concerns and various charity/community activities, (d) sustain and instil spiritual zeal and enhance knowledge by organising Scripture-related activities in-between modules such as video screenings, Seder Meal, graduation ceremony,

·     Meeting and making many new friends as brothers- & sisters-in-Christ from other parishes, and 

·     Joy and fulfilment experienced throughout the Journey into God's Word.




Photography: Matthew Soo & John Ragai 

Click here for more information about SSS.


Closing of 25th Anniversary Celebrations

More than 600 parishioners attended the SIC Family Fiesta held on 10 November 2013 to help bring the curtain down on St Ignatius Church's (SIC) 25th anniversary celebrations. A year-long series of events Feast Day Triduum, Anniversary Dinner, Anniversary Book, Anniversary Logo, souvenir items, formation programmes and other activities were organised to mark this milestone for the church. A bilingual Mass beginning at 8.30 am helped usher in the Family Fiesta which kicked off with a procession into church by BEC leaders.

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After releasing balloons and two pigeons to declare the start of festivities, SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng acknowledged the tireless contributions of parishioners in making SIC's Silver Jubilee celebration a success. Moreover, activities organised over the past 12 months have reinforced the importance of Faith: Know, Live, Share amongst parishioners. Apart from food/craft & games stalls, other Fiesta attractions include a Family Talent Contest, Nativity Dress Up Contest, mini-health checks, artists corner, sand art, face painting, horse rides and BECs & Ministries Banner Contest. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong and Fr Philip Tan (Provincial, CDD Malaysia) also officiated at the event. Several Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) sisters presented an acting/song skit.

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In between were song and dance items performed by the young & not-so-young alike. Many parishoners stayed back till about 3 pm hoping to snag the Raffle Draw grand prize a laptop computer valued at RM2,500. Kudos to the 25th Anniversary Organising Committee and other volunteers for helping to bring not only the Fiesta but all Anniversary events to fruition. SIC looks forward to its next quarter century with much hope and optimism. 

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Click here and here to view more photos of the event.

Photography: John Ari Ragai & Matthew Soo

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