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Parishioners are invited to attend weekly 72-hour Eucharistic Adoration held from Monday to Wednesday (Sunday midnight to Wednesday midnight) in the Prayer Room. Kindly register online to commit your 60-minute time slot.

BEC Mini Pilgrimage & Outreach

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Upon arriving at the 'embarking' point on Monday 16 September 2019, I observed that some BEC Damansara Utama Holy Family members were busy loading into the bus, provisions and recyclables that our BEC was taking to St Theresa Church and the Orang Asli community. And I was impressed with the cooperation displayed. We started the bus journey with the prayer of protection to God, followed by World Mission Rosary prayers (each decade was offered for a different continent) and Novena Prayer to St Therese. The bus journey to St Theresa Church in Nilai was smooth and the timing was perfect because we arrived just as we finished the prayers. Some parishioners of the church welcomed us and ushered us to the canteen where we had our simple, but delicious fried vermicilli for breakfast.

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The parish priest, Fr Eugene Benedict, greeted us and mingled, getting us ready for the St Theresa Walk to reflect on the life of a patron saint of missions. Fast forward, Fr Eugene had posted some enlightening videos on St Therese of Lisieux to prepare us for the mini pilgrimage. Hence, when he explained on the life of St Therese, all of us had some basic knowledge of St Therese also known as the "Little Flower".

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The original church building of St Theresa was in ruins after a fire some years ago. Presently, Masses are celebrated in the building next to the original church building. Fr Eugene explained that he hopes to raise RM5 million to build a bigger church building. He jokingly asked us to inform our parish priest to give generously to the building fund. So far, he has raised RM1.5 million. I pray and trust that our Lord will provide for the glory of His name.

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We left St Theresa Church after adoration and Mass to have lunch before proceeding to St Aloysius Church in Mantin for a short visit and a stopover at durian and fruits stalls. From there, we continued our journey to visit the Orang Asli community from the Temuan tribe at Kampong Belihoi in Mantin. I was pleasantly surprised that the Orang Asli community was very organised. There was a car waiting for our arrival to load the provisions we brought as it was not possible for the bus to be driven into the village.

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We were all prepared to walk for about 2 km to the village and I was impressed when another car was dispatched to fetch some elderly persons. In addition, another five young men on motorbikes came down to carry some of us. What amazed me was Aunty June, the oldest active BEC member at 80 plus years of age, turning down the comfort of the car and sitting on a motorbike handled by the youngest among the bikers! I quickly said a little prayer for her safety. She was so very sporting.

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We spent some time mingling with the Orang Asli families upon our arrival. They were all so friendly and not shy. The children were all so cute and adorable. After mingling, we sang praise and worship songs in the chapel. We had so much fun while praising God. The children out sang us! After singing our hearts out to the Lord, we gave the children a small goodie bag each. The smiles and happiness I saw on their faces brought joy to my heart. Before saying our goodbyes, our BEC formally handed over the provisions of rice, cooking oil, biscuits, instant noodles, vermicilli, Milo, sardines and baby milk powder to be distributed to 30 Catholic families residing in the village.

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We proceeded for shopping and dinner at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA before returning to our homes. Reflecting on the mini pilgrimage and outreach, I see Jesus and angels in our midst. The whole entourage was very cooperative, helpful, caring, tolerant (even tolerating the smell of durians in the bus) and most of all loving, especially when there was a mishap of falling into an earth drain. Vivian told me she was glad it happened to her and not Pat. Don't you think that is love? Which our spiritual journey is all about.

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Thank you Lord for this wonderful experience when You opened our eyes to see You, our ears to hear You and our hearts to know and love You. All praise and glory to God in the highest.

Click on BEC DU Holy Family for more information.

 

Good Response for Introductory Christian Meditation

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Six weekly sessions of Introductory Christian Meditation, conducted under the auspices of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), were held in St Ignatius Church (SIC) from 20 August to 24 September 2019. Held every Tuesday at the Costantini Centre from 8.15 pm to 9.45 pm, the sessions were well-attended with 90 registered participants. The sessions touched on various aspects in understanding meditation and how it enhances the growth of prayer life. Fr Paul Cheong OFMCap highlighted aspects of meditation through integrating Body, Mind & Spirit in the practice of meditation of stillness, silence & simplicity to lose ourselves and to dwell in God’s presence.

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Fr Gerard Theraviam (Parish Priest, Church of Divine Mercy) led participants to understand how to leave themselves behind in meditation to move from thinking about God to simply being with God. Miss Niloufer Herben then took participants through the roots of meditation in our Christian traditions. The general feedback from a high percentage of first-time attendees was that they benefited from understanding that Christian meditation is another form of prayer, which is prayer of our hearts.

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Christian Meditation sessions are held on Tuesdays @ 8.15 pm in Room 3-13, Costantini Centre. Pls contact Nicholas Choong 019 222 7232 for enquiries.

 

RCIA 2019-2020 Class Bonding

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2019-2020 inquirers and facilitators gathered at Tadika Villamaria Good Shepherd, Bukit Damansara, on Saturday 21 September 2019 with the objective to know one another better. A few games were organised at the event where all participants are required to have coordinating effort to give originality and synchronising results. On top of this, the goal of Laudato Si or On Care for Our Common Home (title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for the environment) was emphasised.

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During the ice-breaking game, participants shared how they viewed the use of plastic bags and drinking straws be eliminated for the betterment of future environmental growth. However, many admitted that it would be so difficult to leave the mobile phones unattended for a day. Each individual team sketched drawings on the love of God’s creation beautifully. All were able to relate how God’s promotion of creation and relationship with human kind shall continue to shine with Love and Care of Nature.

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Applause and laughter continued when individual teams performed in an ad hoc dance competition and re-enactment of Gospel passages. Two participants from RCIA Bahasa also shared their involvement in the faith journey. The entire group completed the programme with a better understanding of community & unity, and how Jesus has taught everyone to love and serve.

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Click on RCIA for more information.

 

Special Baptism & First Holy Communion 2019

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Fifteen children received their First Holy Communion at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) 6 pm Mass on Sunday 22 September 2019. Eight of the children were baptised by SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD at a ceremony held before Mass with godparents, family members and friends in attendance.

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These are children of parent/s baptised as adults who want to join the Catholic Church or children of Catholic parents who have not had the opportunity to attend Sunday school (e.g. those who accompanied parents posted overseas). Some of the children who were baptised have parents who embraced the Catholic faith recently after baptism at Easter on completion of their Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) journey.

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Each year, SIC Sunday school’s special catechism programme help prepare such children who are within the Standard 3 to Form Four age group for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion. Towards the end of Mass, parents of the children who received their First Holy Communion and godparents of children who were baptised recited a pledge to be faith role models for the children.

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Click on Sunday school for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading (using pc or laptop instead of phone/tablet) at parishlife

 

Snapshot of An Active BEC

Featured below is the front page of The Vineyard which is the quarterly newsletter of BEC Damansara Utama Holy Family. BEC Coordinator Pat Lim’s address to her BEC members highlights events & gatherings organised by an active BEC in St Ignatius Church (SIC). It encapsulates the possibilities that could be achieved by a diverse group of parishioners coming together to build up their ‘home church’ & for the greater glory of God. Amongst the qualities required for a thriving BEC are – give & take attitude; prioritising group above self; leadership; sacrifice (time, effort, resources); forgiveness; compassion; clear communication.

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Click on BEC DU Holy Family for more information. BECs are most welcome to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it articles about events or happenings (hopefully with photos) to share with our parish community via the church website.

 

BEC Trip to Sky Mirror

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A trip to Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor was organised by our BEC Damansara Utama Holy Family on Saturday 29 June 2019. A total of 33 persons, including relatives and friends of BEC members made the trip. Everybody was asked to come dressed in colourful clothes in order to get the best reflections at the Sky Mirror. A contest for the most colourfully dressed persons was organised to put everyone in the mood. On the morning of the trip, everyone gathered at the bus stop in front of Cathryn’s and May’s beauty salon in high spirits, as early as 4.30 am. Unfortunately, the bus arrived more than half an hour late. Anyway, it didn’t take long to reach ‘Jeti Pekan Lama, Kuala Selangor’. We waited for our turn. Then, we put on our life jackets and proceeded to the two boats to take us to our destination. The boat ride into the sea took almost half an hour.

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As we approached the shallow waters, we saw a myriad of colours in the distance as many people were there before us. We got out of our boats and followed our guides to our spots to get ready for the photo shoot. While the guides were busy preparing for the shoot, everyone took photos of their colourful reflections in various poses. The guides then took more group and individual pictures as well. When everyone was satisfied, we got back to our boats and headed back to the main land. On the bus to the next destination, everybody voted for the most colourfully dressed persons. Lana came out 1st, followed by Laura and Winnie.

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Next on the itinerary was mass at the Chapel of Holy Infant Jesus, Kuala Selangor. When we arrived there, the care taker Anthony, briefed us on the history of the chapel. Fr VA Michael kindly consented to celebrate mass for us even though he had a very tight schedule. At the end of mass he recited healing prayers. He revealed that it was his birthday that day and we all sang him the birthday song. By now, everybody was very hungry. We proceeded to the restaurant and were treated to a very sumptuous lunch. After lunch, many of us visited the shops nearby to buy dried fish, prawns, biscuits etc.

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Soon it was time for dinner. We were taken to ’Want to Eat Restaurant’ where we were served the seafood platter. A wide variety of seafood was served on a huge dish. Lastly, a cake was brought out to celebrate Irene’s birthday. Juliana Tan organised the whole trip with the help of Cathryn, May, Pat and others. Many thanks to Juliana for giving us the opportunity to visit Sky Mirror and the other places in Kuala Selangor. Everybody had fun and there was great fellowship among all who went. We arrived back safely in Damansara Utama about 9 pm.

 

Family Healing Workshop

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A workshop for the healing of families held for the first time at St Ignatius Church (SIC) attracted a combined total of 500 participants. Held at SIC Costantini Centre from 7 to 9 September 2019, 240 participants attended the English session at the Rooftop whilst 260 participants were at the Mandarin session on the second floor. The sessions were conducted by a service team comprising 30 members of the Emmaus Servant Community (ESC), Blessed Sacrament Church, Kuching, Sarawak, & 11 friends of ESC from the local community. SIC Parish Coordinating Council (PCC) & ESC were the joint organisers.

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As families are beset with problems of various types at different times, participants at the workshop learnt how to be healed of issues ranging from unforgiveness to unhealthy relationships to involvement in the occult. Catholics can pray on their own to overcome some of their problems but the workshop helped them utilise more effectively the tools God blessed them with by virtue of their baptism. As participants found the event beneficial & insightful, they encouraged Emmaus Servant Community to return to SIC to conduct further sessions in the near future.

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More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife

 

Season of Creation 2019

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In conjunction with this year's Season of Creation which will be celebrated from 1 September to 4 October 2019, the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur encourage parishioners to pray & act in unison to protect our planet Earth and common environment. Click on Creation and Love for Creation for more information & ideas to celebrate this initiative themed The Web of Life.  

 

Infant Baptism - July 2019

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Click on Infant Baptism to know more. More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife

 

Parish Feast Day Triduum 2019

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On the first day of the Triduum on 29 July, Fr Kenneth Gopal OCD in his homily gave a brief recap about the Extraordinary Missionary Year theme Baptised and Sent which was also the theme adopted by St Ignatius Church (SIC) for its feast day celebration this year. As members of the Body of Christ through baptism, we partake in the mission of Jesus to lead all men & women to God. Before we lead people to an Encounter With Jesus, we must have encountered Jesus ourselves. At the same time, our relationship with the Lord must be growing.

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Just as important are ways to make our churches more attractive by having a welcoming spirit & a consideration for different situations. Fr Kenneth also encouraged Catholics to spend more time in prayer because that is where we encounter Jesus. And to read the Bible so that the Word of God will transform our lives & equip us to speak to our friends about our faith. Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD as concelebrant at the Mass which started at 8 pm. A movie titled Paul: Apostle of Christ was screened the previous night.

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In line with Testimony of Mission which was the topic for the second day, Fr Kenneth spoke about the great zeal of two great missionaries – St Francis Xavier and St Theresa of the Child Jesus. St Francis led an extensive evangelisation mission into Asia whilst St Theresa was mainly confined to her convent as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Having great zeal for the salvation of souls, St Francis travelled extensively & faced opposition whilst on mission while St Theresa went about her daily life doing work with great love for the repentance of sinners & their turning back to God. Both St Francis & St Theresa are patron saints of missions.

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We ourselves can be witnesses for mission if we have the heart of Jesus who is compassion and love. With the heart of Christ in us, the Holy Spirit will help us in all the other aspects such as to how to share our faith & lead others to God. Citing an issue amongst mixed marriages where the Catholic spouse leave the Church or become lukewarm to the faith, Fr Kenneth cited the remarkable success of such marriages in South Korea where not only spouses are converted but their in-laws & families too. This was due to good Catholics knowledgeable in their faith, practising & devout, firm in their formation, absolutely efficacious in the love that they show for their parents & fearless in their sharing.

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Fr Kenneth, who was the main celebrant at Mass, gave one last piece of advice: Let us be converted first, then there is no stopping our missionary work. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD was the concelebrant. Right after Mass, parishioners made their way to the Rooftop of Costantini Centre to watch a musical titled The Witness. Through song, dance, music, acting, narration & images, key events in the life of Christ were brought to life on stage. At the end of the performance which was watched by a packed hall, Fr Andrew thanked and blessed the performers, who are mostly parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kuala Lumpur.

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This year's Parish Feast Day Triduum culminated with a multilingual Mass on 31 July preceded by a procession into church by church ministries and Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs). Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence, Fr Francis Chong CDD (Superior General of CDD), Fr Lucas Ng CDD (Provincial, CDD Malaysia) Fr John Chia CDD & Fr Gregory Chan (Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption) as concelebrants. In his homily on the topic of Missionary Charity, Fr Francis mentioned examples of the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead & give alms to the poor) undertaken by the Catholic Church in Malaysia and by SIC. It is through acts of charity – when we live out our faith – that we bear witness to Christ.

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Fr Francis was the main celebrant at the Mandarin Masses held concurrently at the Costantini Community Centre on the first two days of the Triduum. On behalf of SIC, Fr Andrew thanked Frs Kenneth and Francis for helping to make the event a success – the church was full for the final day of the event and also drew a substantial number of attendees on the first two days. Parishioners and priests then mingled happily with each other during fellowship after Mass.

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More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife

 
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