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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. So drop by to know more.

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Testimonies of Our New Catholics

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It was a calling and a blessing, which would be how I would describe my journey in Christ and in St Ignatius Church RCIA. The initial thought of the nine-month course can be overwhelming, but it just glided away smoothly as we had enjoyable weekly sessions that helped us to grow stronger spiritually. The opportunity to serve the less fortunate with numerous community services was remarkable. Receiving my first communion at the Easter Vigil was an emotional moment for me as I embarked on a new life with God witnessed by my newly extended family in the Catholic faith. The beautiful part of RCIA is that it allows you to learn, bond, laugh and brings you closer to God. There is still a lot to learn and experience in this journey of faith, but I am contented in my heart knowing that Jesus is walking with me! – Alfred Raphael Lim Aik Sunn

 


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I was brought up in a Buddhist/Taoist family but married a Catholic. For a long time I only had a vague understanding of Christianity. Things gradually changed over time after my marriage and especially when I started to accompany my wife and her family to St Michael’s Church in Ipoh. On one occasion, that I vividly recall, we went to Bukit Mertajam to attend the annual festival at St Anne’s Church. Here I witnessed many devotees acting as beggars within the church compound, and handing over anything collected to the church. This was their way of repaying their debts for prayers answered back to the Lord, Mother Mary and Saint Anne. Seeing is believing - and as my wife’s family advised, I prayed for the first time to Lord Jesus, as well as to Mother Mary and Saint Anne for their intercession. We asked for their mercy and prayed to welcome a baby in our family as we were experiencing many challenges at that time. We persevered in our prayers nonetheless and today our beautiful daughter is already 8 years old and this is the most precious gift in our life. Throughout these 16 years the Lord has repeatedly responded to my prayers, and has waited patiently for me to enter his church.  After 8 months of an amazing journey in RCIA followed by my baptism at the Easter Vigil 2017, I can now pat my chest and shout out loud…I am chosen! (“You did not choose me, but I chose you” - John 15:16). I am very thankful to have the Lord in my life. I shall always remember this day for the rest of my life. – Dominic Aw

 


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For the past several years I have attended weekend Masses at SIC with my Catholic employers, and looking after their two young children. Last year, my employers encouraged me to attend the English RCIA at SIC. My English is limited but because of my Protestant Christian background, I was able to follow most of the lessons and discussions. I had the advantage of being able to discuss the lessons with my housemate (also attending the RCIA). I am grateful to my employers who also took the time to explain the faith to both of us and took us along when visiting other churches including St Anne. My parents had no objections to my conversion to the Catholic faith. I enjoyed the various RCIA outings and have helped in several coffee mornings. The community and family aspects of the faith in worship and other activities has given me a tremendous sense of belonging to the family of Jesus Christ. – Doly Marianna Beis

 


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Several members of my family are Catholics while others are Buddhist, and I happened to be brought up as a Buddhist. I had no great desire to become a Catholic all these years. About two years ago however, I had to deal with a difficult health problem, and my godmother advised me to seek comfort in prayer in the church. That eventually brought me to the RCIA last year. I was disappointed that I did not seem to experience the kinds of emotions that affected many others during the RCIA journey. The journey however, has been a very rewarding experience in many ways. Prayer has been a great comfort, and I can sense the Holy Spirit working in my life. I was really happy that I became the ‘last person in my father’s family’ to be baptised! – Elizabeth Wong Leng Yin

 


Way back before RCIA, I had known Christ through a background of Catholic upbringing by my Catholic parents. I was from a Catholic family instilled with Catholic values, but I was not one. It is just that He was present in my life but always at a remote distance. What changed this was one day, I fell into bad health and I wanted to end my life. But as faith had it, I sensed and heard His voice telling me to stop and that life was God given, that I had no right to take my own life away. I felt set free, a new lease of life given to me. Later I recovered from my illness but lost out in my career advancement - my career life was not smooth, facing many challenges at work made me fear and dislike people and I feared my own failure!

RCIA begun as a distraction to take away the stress of a failing career but it wasn't hard to find myself getting closer to Christ during this time of my journey. What struck me most at the first RCIA class was a picture of Christ Jesus the Lord knocking on the door asking to be let in - no insistence no bearing, but a polite knock. I felt intensely connected to this picture for unknown reasons. As class by class went by, and the teachings and guidance in Christ and the faith grew, it became natural to continue attending class regularly. It was like He was testing my patience and my belief in His timing to provide me a next career opportunity via trust guidance and support through RCIA. Many people even offered help along the way. Sister Pat, for example, linked me to a part time teaching role teaching an underprivileged boy. This gave me something to do and while it was frustrating to wait it out for the next career chance, it gave me a sense of helping and gratefulness for the time and distraction provided by teaching children. One good moment in RCIA was watching the movie The Fourth Wise Man - it showed what it is like to be living by Christ’s ways and doing His work as a testament to reaching fulfilment. Indeed when He closes a door, somewhere He opens a window!

rciatestimony5One day, I asked my group leader: if a good person believes in Christ but does not become a Catholic, can this person not go to heaven? The reply I got was a very reasonable: "What is the reason for not embracing the Faith?" This got me thinking, I could only think of my fear of making a commitment to God which I cannot fulfil and my fear of failure. The rest is history. Today I am a Catholic and while I do not yet fully understand many things God had put past me and what He has in mind for me, I believe that the journey in RCIA, made meaningful and enriching by the guidance and support of all including facilitators and fellow seekers in Christ, has given me a new life. As a person, I am more calm, less anxious, tranquil and steady in my thoughts and doubts. All because I know the sanctity and sanctuary I recognise in His embrace and love for me. This is also why I want to share this story - that someday someone out there who finds herself fallen, lost and feeling fearful can find hope in this journey of faith. The Lord is truly my shepherd, and I shall not want... for gone is my fear in my failures, guilt, shame and pride. – Melissa Magdalene Khoo Sui Ping 

 

 

SIC Welcomes 84 New Catholics

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Alice Lai and Nancy Soo were former colleagues who are now united spiritually for the rest of their lives as goddaughter and godmother. They last worked together in the same company about two years ago but a new relationship began for them at the Easter Vigil Mass held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 15 April. Alice was with 35 other elects of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2016/17 who were baptised by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD. On hand to witness and support them at the culmination of their one-year journey to learn the essentials of the Catholic faith were their godparents, family members and friends seated amongst a fully-packed congregation.

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Eleven candidates for confirmation joined the newly-baptised to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Frs Andrew and Lawrence who anointed them with the Oil of Chrism to seal them with the gift of the Holy Spirit. This Sacrament provides them greater capability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation. Then came a special, unforgettable moment in the lives of the newly-baptised when they receive their first Holy Communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.

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Our new Catholics are at the very beginning of a spiritual journey that may last for decades until the end of their natural life. Hence, for a start, it may be beneficial to note the Lord’s reminder in the Gospel of John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Christ is the centre of our faith and lives – the central figure of human history and the only Redeemer of mankind. All the graces and opportunities that one need to grow spiritually can be found in Christ and his Church. Catholics whether new or matured need to be nourished by the Word of God and partake of the sacraments – especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

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Whichever Catholic church they choose to attend from now on, it is important that our new brothers-and-sisters in Christ make the effort to integrate into the life of their parish through serving in ministries and BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities). Undertaking Bible & catechetical studies and formation programmes will help deepen their faith & knowledge in order to remain rooted in Christ to bear fruit by making new disciples of all nations and bring healing & hope to the last, least, lost & little. 

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BAPTISM
Alena Joan Ho Mun Yee
Job Fredolin Singan
Alfred Raphael Lim Aik Sunn
Jonathan Lim Teck Kin
Alfred Wong Kok Jeen
Judith Janelle Yuen Yoan Cheng
Alice Lai Lee Kien
Luke Amit Shil
Anne Lim Phui Ann
Melissa Lee Sook Foong
Audrey Ng Inn Whye
Melissa Magdalene Khoo Sui Ping
Catherine Ler Kiat See
Michael Victor Lee Eugene
Daphany Magdalene Lim Bee Heong
Nicholas Chan San Fong
Doly Mariana Beis
Nishen Jeremiah Perapakaran
Dominic Aw Chee Mun
Samuel Chan Man Fai
Dominic Upali Rodrigo
Sarah Rose Chow May Kit
Edmund Soon Beng Teik
Shannyn Gabrielle Liao Sui Lin
Elijah Aldemar Eliwenjywillkennly Mahli
Suzanne Chew Chooi Fong
Elizabeth Wong Leng Yin
Terrance Alexander Thee Kah Hong
Frances Dawn Chen Oie Yen
Vivian Clare Lock Min Xing
Harold Ho Foo Soon
Walter William Phoo Wai Khin
Hemma Hemalatha Selwarajoo
William John Paul Wong Yew Meng
Jeremiah Cheah Eng Seng
Zoe Magdalene Yang Siao Hui
CONFIRMATION
Bernadette Elayne Chong Xiao Wei
Karen Montecerin
Casper Augustine Lehrman Hamson Anak Enggi
Kimberly Montecerin
Claire Elizabeth Tan Chi Lin
Luke Ong Chong Han
Danny Dominic Joe
Lydia Anatolia Chian Xiao Xuen
Jimmy Joseph Ng Soo Wei
Pauline Christine Khoo Suan Sim
Serena Ooi Siew Hoon

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At the Easter Vigil Mass in Mandarin which started at 6.45 pm, 32 elects were baptised and 5 candidates were confirmed together with the elects. SIC wish all Catholics a Blessed Easter!

 

Testimony of Alice Lai

I was a free thinker who was lost in myself because of many problems in my life, career, finances and in personal growth. To give me support, guidance and most importantly to help me resolve and overcome all the obstacles in my life, I searched for solutions. Learning about various religions couldn't make me have faith or make me comfortable and peaceful whenever I prayed. A friend bought me to visit St Peter’s Church in Melaka which was my first experience in entering a Catholic church. I wasn't excited but I felt peaceful. While working in Melaka, a friend managed to resolve various financial problems in the restaurant business by asking the Lord’s help. He advised me to pray for help and guidance, most importantly to ask God to provide wisdom to handle our life problems. He also testified about how the Lord healed his brother of cancer.

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There were other testimonies too. I am convinced that God will help us if we have faith. If we pray to God, He will respond to our prayers. That's the reason I joined RCIA to understand our Lord and to study how to become a Catholic. It was not easy for me to complete the journey in RCIA. I dropped out twice because of work problems but was able to re-join and continue. Super happy after baptism – because of God's love. I gave up God. But God never gave up on me. He gave me strength to complete my journey in RCIA. Now I can understand why God said: "You didn't choose me. I chose you". Now as a new Catholic and in this new life journey with God, we must continue to love God as He loves us. Continue to grow in our knowledge with Bible study and spiritual growth through prayer. Last but not least, I must thank my godmother Nancy for the support, guidance and knowledge that she immersed into me. I believe it was God's plan to send Nancy to me as my angel who will always support me and guide me into God's way. 


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Holy Week 2017

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Instead of the usual route around the church building, this year's Palm Sunday procession before the 6 pm Mass on 9 Apr had to start from the vicinity of Costantini Community Centre's new lift due to rain. Despite the inclement weather, parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) were happy to have their palms blessed during this and other Masses of Palm Sunday which ushered in the start of Holy Week. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD led the procession via the covered car park into church for Mass. Representatives from BECs and ministries helped clean and cut the palms down to size yesterday morning for the benefit of all parishioners. 

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As in previous years, a big gathering of parishioners which overflowed around the church building attended the trilingual Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday which began at 8 pm. This Mass inaugurates the Easter Triduum and commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders (priesthood). It is also called Maundy Thursday with the word 'Maundy' derived from the Latin mandatum or mandate given by Jesus to his disciples in John 13:34 to love one another.

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The Washing of Feet which ensued took on a different tack from previous years when it was primarily male-oriented. Taking the cue from Pope Francis who has washed the feet of females and even non-Christians, Fr Andrew started by washing the feet of SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD in imitation of the Lord 2,000 years ago when he taught his disciples that there is no task that is beneath them and nobody is above serving their neighbour. The 12 representatives who had their feet washed comprise the young & not-so-young, lay & consecrated, local & foreign, male & female – reminiscent of the scene in Revelation 7:9 where "a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." 

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Shortly after holy communion, Frs Andrew, Lawrence and Stephen Ng CDD 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. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed for silent adoration till 6 am after which it was transferred to the prayer room downstairs where it is reserved for communion during Good Friday service. Members of the Liturgy Ministry in particular the Altar Society and other volunteers helped decorate and set up the Altar of Repose for this year which featured a waterfall providing soothing sounds of raindrops complemented by soft Gregorian chants.

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It was hot and humid at 1 pm on 14 April but more that 1,700 parishioners turned up for the Way of the Cross @ Riverbank on Good Friday. Fr Andrew started off proceedings by carrying a wooden cross accompanied by Fr Lawrence from the altar to the church entrance after which a group of communion ministers carried a bigger cross to the First Station. Apart from the Liturgy of the Word, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion also included Veneration of the Cross where parishioners come forward one by one to kneel before the crucifix and kiss the feet of Jesus. Click on Good Friday @ SIC to view a video snippet of the event or Good Friday for the Mandarin version.

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RCIA Recollection @ Villa Dominic

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Villa Dominic in Genting Highlands was the venue for the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Class of 2016-2017 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Recollection weekend (8-9 April) before their baptism at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday 16 Apr. Fr Philip Tan CDD celebrated Palm Sunday Mass with attendees and listened the confessions of some confirmands. Martin Jalleh was the recollection master for the event which elicited the responses below:

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I think it was a enlightening weekend having to bond with God, RCIA mates and facilitators. Being back to basics at Villa Dominic serves as a good reminder on things we have taken for granted and appreciate how blessed we are compared to many who had lesser/none. Sincere thanks to all facilitators for their time and love in this journey. – Alfred Raphael Lim. Before this, all I can think of is God as a ‘punisher’. It is because when I keep on falling into the same sins, I always condemn myself, depressed, thinking that I'm not forgiven anymore. But now I got the answers that I'm looking for. As the saying goes: Let Go and Let God. This journey has given me a new perspective. God's love is unconditional. After all, I feel blessed and enlightened especially when dealing with the ‘mind’. It is not easy that's why we have to depend on Him. That's what He wants when we're in the midst of all kinds of difficulties, hardships, confusion and all that. Thanks be to God for this journey and let us rejoice always in Him! – Danny Dominic Joe.

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The speaker was excellent in sharing his experiences with lots of funny stories. Sometimes I got drifted away by his jokes and needed to remind myself what’s the message he wanted to convey. I appreciate the sharing of who is Jesus and what to expect in Holy Week. This was also the first time that I attended Palm Sunday and listened to the Gospel reading of the Last Supper. I like the serene environment, learnt various way to pray and was so touched at the washing of feet. Food was nice, double and triple rounds every meal! Appreciate all the efforts of the facilitators. – Catherine Ler. What can I say...it was truly a very good and beneficial weekend for this old horse. Time just flew by especially with the correct choice of getting Martin Jalleh to be the recollection master for the weekend. The sessions were truly informative and educational, further  strengthening my Roman Catholic faith. He was witty and coupled with his brand of humour made his presentation on the various aspects of the Catholic faith very palatable. I definitely came out from the Recollection weekend very much energised and fully committed to the faith. Thank you hardworking RCIA facilitators. – William John Paul Wong.

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Kudos to all of our RCIA facilitators who organised such a holy retreat with so much of informative & entertaining programmes. It is not an easy job and we were especially touched when we saw them washing our plates and cups. Thank you so much for accepting me into the class and Christianity. I truly appreciate all your guidance throughout my journey here even though I was a late comer. – Hemma Hemalatha. Learnt a lot from the good speaker and his inspirational and motivational talk. It is informative in the way of minor details like getting to know the true meaning behind each word/action we often mention/do. Touched our hearts deeply to know our faith well. – Anne Lim. I've learned a lot through this retreat especially Martin’s presentations and I also felt bonded with members of our group. Thanks to all the RCIA facilitators. – Christine Khoo. Thank you to all RCIA facilitators for being so Christ-like in serving all of us both sacrificially and lovingly into our lives. I had such a great time learning about Jesus and the Catholic Church as well as enjoying the company of all elects. Thanks be to God for all of you. – Jonathan Lim. The two days were wonderful and fruitful especially the healing session. – Alice Lai.

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I've enjoyed and learned a lot during the recollection especially the following activity with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ: (1) Washing of feet - what humility really means. (2) Healing - to remind ourselves that we are imperfect and it’s okay. Learn to ‘let go and let God.’ (3) Guiding and being the blind - to have faith in God and having Him we will be able to go through any challenges we may face. (4) Topics of Holy Week. Last but not least I thank you all facilitators for guiding and bringing us together on this journey. – Judith Yuen. It was such a fun and blessed weekend. Martin Jalleh is such a great speaker. He's really good in giving information and guidance to us. I like all the sessions and am more knowledgeable about Catholic faith. – Karen Montecerin. Such an awesome journey actually and I really had fun, peace of mind, felt spiritual etc. And Martin's talk was so nice. I had tears during the feet walking sessions, nailing the sins on the cross and when Martin started to pray right after the nailing session I started to cry but I had no idea why. It was a great journey for me. – Nishen Perapakaran.

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I feel very happy, blessed and really enjoy the two days and wished it was longer. Martin Jalleh gave us a very good talk. I like the healing session, nailing on the cross, washing of feet...really bring tears...I also cried. This is a great journey so thank you RCIA team. – Daphany Lim. I must say that this is one of most meaningful pre-baptism /motivational preparation for me. Thought the session seems to be ephemeral but the understanding we gained is for our lifetime. A big thank you to all the facilitators, may the Lord bless you all, the devoted and faithful servants. – Steven Aw. It was a wonderful experience for me spiritually. All the sessions and talks that we had were amazing. – Luke Amit Shil. To me it was a wonderful experience especially the washing of the feet. Did not expect that we would experience it too. – Serena Ooi.

 

FLM Singers Outreach to Orang Asli

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by Shelagh Nunis

On Sunday 26 March 2017, St Ignatius Church (SIC) Family Life Ministry (FLM) Singers and friends from BECs and the SIC Main Choir brought an array of supplies to the Jakun Orang Asli of Kampung Amak in Pahang. For most of us it was the first look at a people caught in a time warp way below the poverty line. Full on, we saw the lives of the little, the lost, the lonely, and the least, in the extreme. Our first stop was a dump site where six families actually live and work amidst smoking piles of raw garbage. Materials reclaimed by these families are sold for a mere RM2 to RM3 a day. We then went on to the larger village of Kampung Amak – home to 27 families – most of whom are rubber tappers. They live in a cluster of dwellings made of branches and attap leaves or boards hammered onto posts.

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The Outreach Team served lunch of fried rice, mee hoon and ikan bilis sambal to the kampung folk. And also distributed precious supplies of rice, flour, milk, sugar, flour, oil, salt, canned food, water and biscuits. In addition, we brought along clothing and play things for the children, and a chainsaw for the community to use. After the provisions were given out, there was an exchange of ideas with the kampung menfolk. This would help in charting a long-term plan of outreach. What was identified as an immediate need was to purchase two water tanks to alleviate the water shortage faced by residents of Kampung Amak. FLM Singers coordinator Francis Chong commented: "The outreach showed me the stark picture of a marginalised community. I hope that our group can continue to help these brothers and sisters of ours to break away from such a vicious cycle."

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Some of the youths in our outreach group were also touched. Esther Marie shared that "after witnessing how the communities are surviving without even the most basic necessities and resources, I realise how much I have to be grateful for at home." As for Ashley Kwan: "I feel I have to give my best to help (the Orang Asli). I feel that the world can be a better place for them. At the same time, I hope I can inspire people to be more thankful for what they have in life and also to work together to help these people." It was also eye-opening for Emily Legada: "As we were walking in the dumpsite, I realised how it never struck me that there still might be people living in this kind of environment without even the most basic necessities, right here in Malaysia. I felt sad to see them among the rubbish and the smoke. Even at the village, I realised that I was not grateful for everything that I had, when there were people who could live with nothing at all."

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We are grateful to John Chin of the Assumption Church Orang Asli Ministry who led us into this initiative and SIC Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHDM) for their support. May God bless our Orang Asli with His grace, love and hope. Let us remember them in our daily prayers: that the Lord will protect them from all unwanted elements and keep them safe.

 

RCIA Rite of Election

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by Christine Chua

On 5 March 2017, about 600 catechumens from the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese participated in the Rite of Election held at the Church of The Holy Family in Kajang. A total of 67 catechumens from both the St Ignatius Church (SIC) English and Mandarin-speaking RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Class of 2016-2017 were there too. This rite is the second to be celebrated in the RCIA process after the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. During the ceremony which was conducted entirely in Bahasa Malaysia, the names of all the catechumens were presented to Kuala Lumpur Archbishop His Grace Julian Leow.  

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In his homily, Archbishop Julian stressed the importance of spiritual preparation before baptism. He pointed out that to be a good Christian, we must trust God, resist worldly temptations and always pray for fortitude and faith. The event ended with light refreshments and fellowship. Now known as elects, many took the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Archbishop. Helping to officiate at the event was Fr Alvin Ho SJ who is the Ecclesiastical Assistant to the Archdiocesan RCIA Facilitating Team. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, RCIA facilitators, godparents, family members and friends also went along in support.

 

Stations of the Cross @ Riverside

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On 3 March which is the Friday after Ash Wednesday, 500 parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) filed out of church after Mass which started at 8 pm to participate in the first-ever Stations of the Cross in the car park along Sungai Kayu Ara. A slight drizzle slowly ceased as SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng led the trilingual devotion together with representatives from the English, Mandarin and Bahasa-speaking communities.

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The event ended at 9.40 pm with prayers & meditation at the 15th Station – The Resurrection of Christ – which is not traditionally part of the 14 stations. Each of the stations (newly-installed and made of wrought iron) depicts in abstract form an event which occurred during Jesus' Passion and Death at Calvary on Good Friday. Fr Andrew urged parishioners to do their own Stations of the Cross at their convenience during this season of Lent.

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