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The SIC Church Bulletin & Mass Intentions for week of 29 Mar to 4 Apr 2015 are now available at Bulletin webpage.

Do check out the activities and happenings planned for our parish. 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

We are now into Holy Week – the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent. Beginning with Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday, Holy Week includes Maundy (or Holy) Thursday and Good Friday. This year's Good Friday @ SIC on 3 Apr features Stations of the Cross around the church compound from 1 pm followed by Liturgy of the Word (English) in church. Please note that Good Friday of the Lord's Passion is a universal day of penance for the Catholic Church. Hence, fasting and abstinence are to be observed on Good Friday. 

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Route Illustration: Cassandra Lim

 

Palm Sunday 2015

Waving palm trees blessed by  St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, parishioners of SIC  on the weekend of 28-29 Mar commemorated the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. On Sunday 29 Mar starting at 6 pm, there was a procession  around the church followed by Mass celebrated by Fr Andrew. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord is a day in which the Church enters upon the mystery of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of her Lord. Apart from the triumphal procession of Christ as King, Palm Sunday also proclaims the Passion of Our Lord.

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The narrative of the Passion of the Lord – according to the Gospel of Mark – was read by Fr Andrew in the role of Jesus and lectors for the other parts. Parishioners heard the great drama that led to Jesus' final days on Earth starting with anointment at Bethany, then betrayal by Judas, false accusations by the Sanhedrin and disownment by Peter. In the midst of it all, when asked whether he is the Christ the Son of the Blessed One, Jesus replied that he is, and that they will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven. The narration ended with the corpse of Jesus laid in a tomb hewn out of rock. After Mass, parishioners brought home the palms which were to be kept devoutly in their homes as a reminder of the victory of Christ as celebrated in the day's procession.  

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Photography: John Ragai 

Click on Palm Sunday for more photos.

 

Willing Hands Gather to Wash Palms

by Erwin Ho

On a clear Saturday morning of 28 March 2015, the Altar Servers, Hospitality Ministers, members of the Liturgy Ministry and volunteers from both the Mandarin & English-speaking communities, gathered in church to clean the palms for Palm Sunday. The palms were delivered from Melaka the day before and the quantity ordered this year was more than previous years due to the growing number of parishioners in SIC.

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Up to six production lines were set up with each consisting of personnel brushing off the sand, wiping, cutting and packing – working in that order. Bags of cleaned palms were labelled and stored at the old church office for distribution at the various Masses. Due to the good turnout, the event was carried out at a brisk pace and ended at 10.30 am which was early by usual standards. 

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Photography: Gregory Ho

 

Parish Calendar 2015

The St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Pastoral Council has produced the Parish Calendar for 2015. The 26-page bilingual (English & Mandarin) publication lays out the Pastoral Plan for SIC anchored by the theme: To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community. Apart from elaborating the three main theme elements, the document also detail their goals, rationale & results as well as list the main church-level, ministry and BEC activities for the year.

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

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Official Launch of Parish Pastoral Plan & Parish Theme for 2015-2016

In a short ceremony during the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 1 February 2015, St Ignatius Church (SIC) launched its Parish Pastoral Plan and Theme for the next two years. SIC Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng and Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Erwin Ho jointly unveiled the theme – To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community with the figure of Welcoming Christ reinforcing the message. Earlier during offertory, the Parish Pastoral Plan and elements of worship, welcome & care were offered up together with gifts of bread and wine. The Parish Pastoral Plan will be introduced to parishioners soon.

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Photography: John Ari Ragai

 

Fr Lucas Ng Appointed an Episcopal Vicar of KL Archdiocese

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St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Lucas Ng has been assigned additional duties in serving the Roman Catholic Church. He has been appointed an episcopal vicar of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in charge of religious affairsA vicar (vicarius in Latin) is a representative, deputy or substitute – anyone acting in the person of a superior.

In the Catholic Church, a vicar is the representative of any ecclesiastic entity and vicars have various titles based on what role they are performing. They exercise authority as representatives of the bishop of the diocese. Parishioners of SIC offer their heartiest congratulations to Fr Lucas for his appointment. Click on Canon Law for information on episcopal vicars & vicars general and KL Archdiocese for the full list of appointments.

 

Communion Ministers Commissioning 2014

Six new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMOHC) and two new Home EMOHCs were among 69 EMOHCs who participated in the Rite of Commissioning at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 23 November 2012. Held during the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the EMOHCs made a pledge to perform the sacred duty of distributing Holy Communion to the faithful during Mass, to the sick in hospitals and the home-bound, as well as conducting service for the faithful departed at cemeteries & crematoriums. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong – celebrant at the Mass and presider at the pledge-taking – reminded the ministers to love one another, and to be exemplars of Christian faith and good behaviour

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An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is, under the Code of Canon Law, 'an acolyte or another of Christ's faithful deputed', in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion. The term 'extraordinary' distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest or deacon. Stephen Ho is the Coordinator of this ministry while Edward Sta Maria is the Assistant Coordinator.

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Photography: Daniel Khong & Peter Law

 
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