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Please note that there will be no 6pm Mass on 20 Nov (Tue) and no Mass on 21 Nov (Wed). 

Weekly Eucharistic Adoration

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Beginning October 2018, parishioners will be able to attend 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration which will be held every Wednesday (Tuesday midnight to Wednesday midnight) in the Prayer Room. All are invited to come and spend an hour in adoration weekly. Kindly register and keep St Ignatius Church posted on your committed hour via sms or whatsapp to Richard Lai 019 333 1002 or register online. On all other days, the Prayer Room will remain open from 7 am to 11 pm.

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RCIA Bonding 2018

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On Saturday 22 September, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2018-19 participated in a bonding event in Villamaria Good Shepherd Kindergarten & Nursery, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. The programme started at 8.30 am with an opening prayer. The lively praise and worship session, warmed up the group. They enjoyed a series of team building games, which enriched them with the acknowledgement of God’s creation, fellowship building and recognition of Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness through the enactment of a few parables.

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Besides, there was a group of past-journey RCIA mates who came along to help promote bottled food and beverage products homemade by the Good Shephard sisters. There is truly a spirit of serving and sharing among all participants. The bonding event ended around 3.30 pm, with great joy and laughter.

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Sunday School Team Bonding

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The training conducted by Neal Patrick Gonzales of Bridge ICD Sdn Bhd on Sunday 19 August 2018 at Costantini Community Centre, St Ignatius Church, was refreshing and invigorating. What I initially thought was the usual team-building session turned out to be a team-bonding session. I was taken up by the facilitator's method of engaging with us, the participants. I personally felt the approach was good as the facilitator allowed us to learn key principles in an active way. To learn these key principles, I was to participate with my team-mates which enabled me to bond with my team.

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I was intrigued with the science of how we learn, and we learn best by combining activities that uses our left-brain and right-brain. Apart from that, I learnt that we should listen to instructions carefully and do not make presumptions. Furthermore, I learnt the need to take time to plan and try and influence my team-mates by focusing on the end goal of the activity.

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Lastly, I learnt to trust and, though having been blindfolded, I could encourage my team-mates with encouraging words. I felt I have gained a lot from the team-bonding session, especially in the need to organise activities that stimulates active learning.

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30th Anniversary Feast Day Celebration

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“We love you like crazy!” These emotive words from a team of Redemptorist priests were directed often to parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) as well as the priests concelebrating Masses during the Redemptorist Mission Month in July 2018 coinciding with the 30th Anniversary Celebration at SIC. As their preaching were interspersed with personal testimonies, accounts of real-life experiences and anecdotes spiced with doses of wit & humour, it can be safely mentioned that the feelings of attendees towards the priests were mutual.

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Focusing on the theme Celebrating Family of Faith, Hope & Love, Fr Patrick Massang (Vice-Provincial, Singapore & Malaysia Redemptorists), Fr Simon Pereira (Novena Church, Singapore) & Fr Terence Wee (Novena Church, Singapore) celebrated daily Masses at homes of BEC members; visited the sick, elderly & home-bound; and held numerous formation talks to help families reconcile, bond & stay connected. They also preached at SIC's weekend Masses during the whole month of July with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as concelebrants.

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As the numbers are much smaller and more cosy compared to Mass in church, there were much more rapport and banter between priests and BEC members at the home Masses. For instance, Fr Simon regaled BEC SS25 St Emmanuel members in sharing his encounters with the supernatural. Fr Simon had jokingly forewarned that those who listen may not be able to sleep but members took up the challenge nevertheless. Great thing is that good will always triumph over evil and God is supreme over all.

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Fr Terence focused mainly on the Mandarin-speaking community where weekday Masses and a formation talk were held at the Roof Top of Costantini Community Centre. Amongst other things, the Redemptorists reminded families about the sacredness of human life; the dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God; the importance of the Eucharist, prayer & forgiveness; and critically the place of God at the centre of family life. Also contributing to the celebration were Fr William Michael (Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur) & his Archdiocese team who gave a talk on the Child Protection Act on 7 July.

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A nine-day Novena with Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration was held from 13 to 22 July to prepare parishioners for this year's celebration. Continuing on, another nine-day Novena was held from 23 to 31 July with rosary prayers, recitations of the Litany of St Ignatius of Loyola followed by Mass. There was Anointing of the Sick after the penultimate Mass on 30 July. In the congregation was a group of catechists from Sabah attired in bright orange T-shirts. At the culmination of the celebration on Tuesday 31 July, SIC was fully-packed for the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola – patron saint of SIC – with a multilingual Mass at 8 pm. A procession comprising representatives of church ministries and BECs had filed into church before the Mass.

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Parishioners were given Eat, Talk & Connect gift packs to promote conversation and avoid the use of phones during family meals. The purpose is to enable family members to connect more closely and understand each other more as a family. There was fellowship after Mass to celebrate 30 years of spiritual growth, continuing graces upon graces, and innumerable blessings upon the parish and the People of God.

More photos are available atparishlife

 

Kaamatan & Gawai Festival 2018

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The purpose of the event held at the Roof Top of Costantini Community Centre at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 1 July 2018 from 2.30 to 6 pm was to introduce Sabahan and Sarawakian culture to the locals in Peninsular Malaysia and to strengthen the bond between parishioners from various churches. Kaamatan and Gawai Festival is celebrated annually in the state of Sabah and Sarawak. Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for "harvest" and is celebrated for the whole month of May. It is normally celebrated by the ethnic Kadazan-Dusuns, as well as by other related ethnic groups in the state on 31 May. Whereas Gawai Festival was celebrated on 1 June, with colourful rituals, traditional music, cock fighting, feasting and games. During this festival, almost everyone dresses in traditional costumes while the elders perform the traditional dance.

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Organised by Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia (KUBM) of SIC, the event was attended by about 200 people consisting of parishioners from different parishes, which include those from Sabah and Sarawak. The event officially began with the welcoming of SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD. The trio sportingly used a traditional hunting instrument called “sumpit” (which is akin to a blowpipe) to pop a balloon each. The celebration then proceeded with a short speech by Aunty Mary and blessing of the food by Fr Andrew. Also in attendance was Fr Simon Pereira of Novena Church in Singapore who is in SIC for Mission Month by Redemptorist Priests as part of SIC's 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Next item was the best part of the event – food! Yes, thanks to the committees and organisers of KUBM, some of us took the extra effort to bring local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak all the way from the East to West! Some of food include bosou ikan, bosou babi, ayam pansuh, tuhau, bambangan, ambuyat, hinava, ikan masin lada putih, rebung ikan masin, sup nangka babi, sinalau bakas pucuk ubi, tuhau goreng, and bakas kicap. Alongside that were traditional desserts such as kek lapis Sarawak, penjaram, lipat pisang & ubi. Not forgetting the tasty rice wine (tapai) prepared by Rezal Ipit.

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Furthermore, some of them also teamed up to perform Sabahan and Sarawakian traditional dances during the event. There were karaoke sessions which lasted for about 30 minutes, a best costume contest, and musical chairs for adults & children. Last but not least, the most exciting part of the event was the arm wrestling competition, where men from different age groups came together and compete with their strength.

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To sum up, we are glad that everyone had fun and had the opportunity to sample the local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak. We certainly hope that this event was a memorable experience for everyone. Earlier at 1.30 pm, Frs Andrew and Lawrence celebrated the Bahasa Mass with attendees mainly from East Malaysia dressed up in their colourful traditional costumes and several offerings were made during Offertory.

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More photos are available atparishlife

 

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 backgrounds. 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. Baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also welcome to attend. Sponsors are also needed to journey along. So drop by to know more.

Complete the application form at rciaformand submit to the church office. You can also submit via fax to 03-7803 6456 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information is available at RCIA.

 

Corpus Christi Cycling Pilgrimage

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The Corpus Christi Ride on 2 June 2018 was a fantastic experience for me. Visiting six churches and kneeling before six blessed sacraments in a day – is something that I do not think I would able to do on my own if it weren’t for this ride that was initiated by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD from St Ignatius Church (SIC) Petaling Jaya in conjunction with the Petaling District Corpus Christi celebration. We were a team of 20 cyclists supported by six outriders and a van. We started our journey from SIC at 7 am and was flagged off by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD.

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We cycled 13 km to the Church of Assumption. The Church of St Francis Xavier 3 km away was our next stop and thereafter proceeded to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is about 20 km away. The Church of St Thomas More was our fifth destination and we ended our ride at the Church of Divine Mercy at 3 pm where the Petaling District Wide Corpus Christi Mass and Procession was held on that same evening.

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We spent 15 minutes in silent prayer at every Blessed Sacrament. We were warmly welcomed by the parish priest of each church with a brief introduction of their parish and we were served generous portions of snacks and drinks. What’s truly amazing about this ride for me is I never thought I could merge my favourite hobby into my spiritual life and it serves as a potential evangelisation method to non-believers out there.

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It was awesome to see individuals from diverse backgrounds come together as a team, completing this 50 km ride under tough conditions including heavy traffic and the gruelling afternoon heat. By the grace of God, everyone was “Powered By Jesus” to overcome these obstacles, and just like a race, we did this with One Goal in mind – Jesus Our Lord!

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More photos are available atparishlife

A video of the event can be viewed at Youtube

 

Rosary Procession Blessed with Rain

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Showers of blessing literally rained down on parishioners as they made their way around the church for the rosary procession on Thursday 31 May – the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Umbrellas sprouted among the crowd of about 500 people as the steady drizzle did not deter their bid to show their love and faith in Mother Mary. The candle-lit procession began in front of the grotto, soon after the 7 pm Mass. It marked the culmination of the May month of the rosary where individual BECs had rosary gatherings in homes in their areas to praise and honour Mary. The beautifully-decorated carriage bearing the statue of Mary, standing in a bed of pink, white and red roses, was carried by members of the various church groups. The decades of the rosary were recited in English, Bahasa, Mandarin and Tamil.

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SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD led the procession in joyfully reciting the rosary despite the wet conditions. Also joining in were former parish priests Fr Francis Ng CDD and Fr Lucas Ng CDD. In his homily at the Mass, Fr Lawrence challenged us to develop a keen sense of God in our lives, just like Mary, who went on an arduous journey to visit her pregnant cousin Elizabeth. He said we should try to follow Mary’s example to serve God humbly and with love. Instead many of us, he said, would come up with all sorts of reasons and excuses to avoid serving God and the community. He called for a change in attitude among parishioners, and to have love in our hearts.

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More photos are available atparishlife

 

103 Youths Confirmed

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Red and white were the predominant colours at the Pentecost Sunday Mass held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 19 May 2018 where His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow presided over the Sacrament of Confirmation for 103 youths. Also palpable was the upbeat and hopeful mood of not just the youths but those older as the historic yet unexpected change of federal government just days ago has brought about an opportunity to re-chart the course of our beloved country for the betterment of all regardless of language, race or religion.

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Eighty one students from the English Sunday school and 22 students from the Mandarin Sunday school were anointed with the Oil of Chrism signifying their receiving the seal of the Holy Spirit to mark their total belonging to Christ and their enrolment in his service forever. With Confirmation – the completion of Baptism – the baptised are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

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In his homily, Archbishop Julian hopes that the confirmands will cultivate the spiritual gifts that they will receive and ensure that the gifts will take root and bear fruit in their lives. He hopes that the Holy Spirit will fill them with wisdom, love, joy, patience, kindness, trustworthiness, gentleness, self-control and peace that will make a difference in society today. Archbishop Julian also reminded that we have been given a chance, a new beginning, for our nation. Let us seize the day, the opportunity, to pray and to have a country that everyone is able to grow in their own faith to the fullness that the Spirit gives us. That we will be caring of one another and live as one human family, that all will speak the language of love. 

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In addition to bread and wine, confirmands offered up their talents and gifts for which they have been blessed with, and faith experiences encountered through Sunday school lessons, Renewal in the Spirit Seminar, service projects, Confirmation Camp and other activities. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Fr Francis Ng CDD and Fr Emmanuel Asi from Pakistan were the concelebrants. Despite the rainy weather, the Mass was well-attended with godparents, family, friends, Sunday school teachers and fellow Catholics in the congregation.

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More photos are available atparishlife

 

Simple Yet Joyous Fellowship

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It was like one big family getting together when 37 members and friends gathered on Saturday 14 April, for our BEC SS3 St Catherine fellowship to celebrate Easter at the home of Regina and Manuel Pillay. Families started arriving from 6 pm to help the host family set up the place and the registration desk was kept busy from 6.30 pm. The event proper started at 7.15 pm with an opening prayer by Manuel. Our youth emcee Sean Pillay got things started with an ice-breaker, followed by a few Easter songs and then the potluck dinner.

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Everyone got to enjoy a wide variety of delicious home-cooked dishes contributed by members, and there were even leftovers. After dinner the gathering was entertained to two more games. There were also three sessions of a lucky draw, and everyone went home with a gift. The evening ended with a group photo session before members prayed the “Prayer for our nation”. Overall, it was an evening well spent, with members getting together to celebrate the Risen Lord and to enjoy each other’s company.

 
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