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Final Profession of Sr Angeline Poh FMM

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"I send you forth to mission Christ in...Malaysia!" With these words of commission from her Provincial Superior Sr Susan Thomas, Sr Angeline Poh of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) finally knew whereto she has been Called by LOVE to Love. This was the theme of the Eucharistic Celebration on occasion of the perpetual profession of Sr Angeline held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 17 September 2017 at 6 pm. Ready to be sent anywhere in the world especially where Christ is least known, Sr Angeline would have been as delighted to be sent elsewhere. His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Alvin Ho SJ (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of St Francis Xavier, Petaling Jaya), Fr Paul Cheong OFM Cap, Fr Christopher Soosaipillai (Parish Priest, Church of the Good Shepherd, Setapak), Fr Norris Seenivasan SJ and Fr Mark Tee (Montfort Boys Town) as concelebrants. 

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SIC parishioners in attendance observed the proceedings in rapt attention as it was a rare occasion – the last perpetual profession took place at SIC more than two decades ago. The Ceremony of Perpetual Profession involved Sr Angeline making her vows of poverty, obedience & chastity; pronouncement of perpetual vows; receiving a candle & ring as a sign of consecration to Christ; solemn blessing by Archbishop Julian; and affirmation of acceptance by FMM Sisters and the church. Sr Angeline then signed the documents of profession with the Archbishop and her Provincial Superior as witnesses. The final profession of a Franciscan Missionary of Mary is a very significant moment in the life of a sister as she is totally consecrated to God for the purpose of building up His Kingdom.

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Towards the end of Mass, Sr Angeline received a lighted candle symbolising the light of Christ and a missionary crucifix to remind her of her promise to follow Christ in his mission of salvation. She then gave a short account of her life journey and thanked the people who have helped her to this momentous milestone in her life. A fellowship dinner was held at the Rooftop of the Costantini Community Centre after Mass to celebrate this joyous occasion attended by priests, religious, parishioners, well-wishers and Sr Angeline's family members & friends. SIC is proud to have hosted this event and wish Sr Angeline every success in her endeavours ahead.

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Photography: John Ragai & Daniel Khong

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Know the Bible Contest Prize Presentation

Winners of the Bible Quiz received their prizes from St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 17 September 2017. Sunday School Coordinator Ivy Wong was present to coordinate the prize presentation. This year's contest was organised by Sunday School and SIC Scripture Study (SSS). Congratulations to all the winners!

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BIBLE QUIZ WINNERS
1
Adelina Tang
12
Elizabeth Tan
23
Juliet Chan
2
Adeline Chan
13
Euphrasia Pang
24
Kevin Ng
3
Adrian Tan
14
Francis Xavier
25
Liza Tang
4
Agnes Low
15
Genny Chan
26
Marina Tan
5
Allan S Valiente
16
Gerard Goh
27
Marlyn Yeap
6
Benildus Shane
17
Jennifer Lee
28
May
7
Bernard Benjamin
18
Jo Lee
29
Nancy Soo
8
Bibiana Ang
19
Jonathan Lim
30
Sally Tan
9
Cheryl Ryan
20
Joyce Low
31
Tan Siew Yen
10
Christopher Chan
21
Juliana Lee
32
Veronica Leong
11
Corinne Fidelis
22
Julie Tan
33
Vincent Chow
 
Here are the answers for the Bible Quiz:  

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Bible Presentation for RCIA Inquirers

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by Shaun On, RCIA Facilitator

Since the began in early July 2017 for the new RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) session intake, the inquirers have been holding hands with the facilitators in faith sharing. And all have been taught to learn Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the person of Jesus. At the evening of the Feast of the Assumption, St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD came to the class and mingled with the inquirers with some Questions and Answers. All were filled with the spirit of participation. Fr Andrew later presented to each and everyone a Bible and advised that sacred scripture will further enable them to deepen their understanding of the faith during their journey.

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Sunday School Brings Bible to Life

by Francis Goon, Sunday School Teacher

The day had finally arrived. Bible Sunday. I wonder how often we Catholics read the Bible. Some more than their neighbour, I suppose. But the burning question remains within me. Do young Catholics know the Bible. A quick quiz in earlier class session revealed a more dismal and negative outlook on bible knowledge. Alright, so we are not bible scholars. The task at hand was to do a play for our audience, Form 2 Peter. That kind of put the kids in my Form 2 Paul at ease. Better them than in front of the whole congregation was the collective thoughts of these young souls. A thought quickly developed in my mind inspired no doubt by the Holy Spirit. A script for the play soon after developed. The premise was quite straight forward. Set in modern times, the character mirrors three (3) biblical characters: The Centurion, Zacchaeus, and Jairus.

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The Centurion portrayed a rather unique character. Despite practicing a different religion altogether (Roman pagan gods), he was fascinated by Judaism. This fascination led to deep respect for the Jewish community, evidenced by his willingness to build for the community Jewish temples. Furthermore, his fascination for Judaism had enable him to readily believe and thus, be given the faith to receive (for his servant) the healing power of God. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored the Centurion operated on. Zacchaeus as well portrayed a character that was relatable. The more I ponder over Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree incident, it dawned upon me that Zacchaeus curiosity for Jesus had pushed him into action: He climbed the sycamore tree. But why the sycamore tree other than the obvious fact that such a tree was near him and was at his disposal? He was aware of his physical limitation. He was a short man. But rather than wallowing in self-pity over matters beyond his control, he sought any means possible to overcome his limitations and seek what his heart wanted: A glimpse of Jesus. The evidence of this hearts desire can be seen fully in the act of Zacchaeus going through the trouble of climbing a sycamore tree. He was rewarded for his act when Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus home. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored Zacchaeus operated on.

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The last character in the Bible Sunday play mirrored Jairus. Jairus was an important man in the Jewish community during the time Jesus was preaching the Good News. His was a story of desperation and hopefulness. Jairus daughter was at the brink of death. When Jesus did arrive, Jairus was informed of the death of his daughter. Furthermore, he was advised not to trouble the Master. At this juncture, Jairus showed an admirable quality: faith, obedience, and patience. He had faith in Jesus when Jesus assured him and the others that his daughter was merely sleeping. He showed restrained in the midst of intense sorrow (after hearing the news of his daughters death) by listening to Jesus and obeying Him. He did not succumb to despair and anguish. He was in the presence of the Master and His words comforted him. He obeyed the voice of Jesus and remained where he was, as Jesus went to the girls room and soon after, the little girl was seen by all, alive. But I often wondered what would have been the emotion of Jairus after Jesus entered his dead daughters room. What did he expect from a healer? His faith in Jesus led him to obey the voice of Jesus and therefore wait patiently for Jesus to fulfil a fathers petition. He did not waver. He did not fret. He did not demand. The reward for his faith, obedience and patience was the joy of seeing his daughter alive again. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored Jairus operated on.

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Three (3) characters from the bible with one message: We grow into an intimate relationship with God when we are fascinated by Him, which leads to curiosity to see and end up experiencing God in an intimate way, which calls us to have faith in Him, to act in obedience to His Words, and wait patiently for God to work in our lives for His glory. That was the motive of our Form 2 Pauls play for Bible Sunday. The storyline was hammered out and copies of the script was electronically distributed using WhatsApp. The kids in class practiced and laughter mixed with moments of seriousness filled the classroom a week before Bible Sunday. On the red-letter day, as students from Form 2 Peter took their seats, curious to know what our play was about and hoping to guess them, students of Form 2 Paul took their position. At the appointed time, the students played their part as if they were on Broadway and the rest, as the expression goes, was history.

During quiz-time, students in Form 2 Peter began to guess the three (3) biblical characters and tried finding the story depicting these three (3) characters in the bible. The atmosphere was festive and we wrapped up the quiz session with a short lecture on the significance of the stories depicted in the skit. Thereafter, Form 2 Peter gave their skit and we in Form 2 Paul began to slowly understand, thanks to the students of Form 2 Peters brilliant performance of the woman caught in the act of adultery. The session ended with quiz and a short lecture by the teacher of Form 2 Peter. Overall, the Bible Sunday play presented by both classes (Form 2 Paul and Peter) were entertaining and meaningful. As we learned more about the stories in the Gospel, we come to experience our Heavenly Father in a real and intimate way through the lives of the characters who personally encountered Emmanuel.

 

Oath of Pre-Confirmands by Form 3 students

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by Pamela Hendroff

Seventy three St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday school Form 3 students took an Oath of Pre-Confirmands at the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 13 August 2017. A contemplation hour to prepare the students for their oath-taking was held the night before. The event started with praise & worship, meditation, placing of candles at the cross and benediction. Some parents participated by joining their children as well as help prepare dinner at the cafeteria for fellowship.

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Parish Feast Day Triduum 2017

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This year's Parish Feast Day Triduum anchored by the theme – Be Disciples of Hope (Creative, Inclusive & Bridge Building) – culminated with a multilingual Mass on Monday 31 July 2017 at St Ignatius Church (SIC). The eucharistic celebration held at 8 pm coincided with the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of SIC and founder of the Society of Jesus who passed away 461 years ago. Representatives from both English- and Mandarin-speaking Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) and ministries processed into church with buntings 15 minutes before Mass starts. Fr George Harrison (Parish Priest, Church of Visitation, Seremban) was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD & Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants.

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In his homily, Fr George advised parishioners to not just pray, pay and obey. Don't just be onlookers but serve in church ministries and BECs; reach out to those outside the church such as migrants; visit the home-bound, the suffering & sick in hospitals; build bridges with people of other faiths by visiting their places of worship. Be an active member of the Body of Christ. At the close of Mass, Fr Andrew thanked his fellow priests and organisers who made the event a success. He also remarked that this was the first Mass ever in SIC where the choir sang in English, Mandarin, Bahasa and Tamil – four languages also used by Fr George during the Eucharistic celebration. Parishioners joined priests for a fellowship meal after Mass.

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On the first day of the Triduum on 29 July, Fr VA Michael (Parish Priest, Church of St Paul the Hermit, Bestari Jaya) was the main celebrant at the 6 pm sunset Mass with a focus on healing. Parishioners had the opportunity to be prayed over for healing after the Mass. Concurrently at the Costantini Community Centre, Fr Aloysius Tan (Parish Priest, Church of the Sacred Heart, Kampar, Perak) was the main celebrant at the sunset Mass for Mandarin-speaking parishioners. Fr Aloysius was also the main celebrant during the following day's 6.45 am & 11.15 am (Mandarin) Mass during which he focused on Being Creative.

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During the 8.45 am Mass during which Fr Alberto Irenus SJ (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of St Francis Xavier, Petaling Jaya) shared about the importance of Being Inclusive in his homily. Everyone is welcome to the Kingdom of God. However, in the Church (the Kingdom of God on earth) parishioners serve in ministries geared to their talents and capabilities. Fr Gregory Chan (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption, Petaling Jaya) focused on Bridge Building in his homily at the 6 pm Mass. A new movie titled "Ignacio de Loyola" on the life of SIC's patron saint was screened at 8 pm.

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Other activities organised as part of the Triduum include a nine-day Novena to St Ignatius, Liturgy of the Hours, recitations of the rosary & Litany of St Ignatius, a Blood Donation drive, and a talk in Mandarin of the same title as the triduum theme Be Disciples of Hope by Fr Aloysius on Sunday 30 July 2017.

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A Happy Feast Day to all parishioners of SIC!

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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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