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The SIC Church Bulletin & Mass Intentions for week of 19 Nov 2017 are now available at Bulletin webpage.

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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. Baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also welcome to attend. 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 Mass & Procession 2017

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After a break of eight years, St Ignatius Church (SIC) held an outdoor candle light procession on Sunday 18 June 2017 as part of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Processions were held within the church compound during this annual celebration in the interim period. The event started off with Mass at 6 pm with SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as the main celebrant with Fr Albet Arokiasamy (Parish Priest, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Fr Thomas Koo CDD & Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants. In his homily, Fr Lawrence spoke about the merits of the Eucharist which: (1) brings about union with Christ; (2) effects a certain delight in us; (3) forgives venial sins; (4) grants us the Holy Spirit; and (5) is the antidote of death. In addition, he explained that there are three meanings in receiving the Body & Blood of Christ: The signs of Faith, Love & Unity. Then all fathers present were given a special blessing on occasion of Father's Day.

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At 7.30 pm after Mass, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD carried the Eucharistic Exposition and boarded a pick-up vehicle decorated with flowers to begin the procession. Some 700 parishioners joined in the procession around the Taman Mayang neighbourhood which is one of the rare occasions during which Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exited the church and is brought into public view. Along the way, parishioners joined altar servers, communion ministers, flower girls, wardens and other volunteers in proclaiming the presence of Our Lord through Gospel readings, reciting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and singing hymns in English, Mandarin, Bahasa & Tamil. Frs Andrew, Lawrence, Albet and Thomas took turns to hold the Blessed Sacrament during the journey. Fr Francis and Br Joseph Lim CDD also joined the 2.4 km procession.

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As the procession passed by mostly terrace houses and some shops, participants in following the Eucharist could recall Jesus’ public ministry 2,000 years ago when he went about healing and serving...preaching repentance and forgiveness...proclaiming God’s promise of eternal life for the righteous, meek and humble. Turning back towards Lincoln University College after the Taman Megah junction, the procession moved along Jalan SS25/10 and Jalan SS25/12 parallel to Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) towards SIC.

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After a short pause at the church entrance for parishioners to enter first, the Blessed Sacrament re-entered church at 9.10 pm for Benediction. With the theme Jesus’ Presence Among Us, We Are His Witnesses, the Corpus Christi procession was indeed a special occasion as even non-Catholics who may have not seen the Blessed Sacrament before somehow knew in their hearts that someone divine, unique and powerful came by their way accompanied by his disciples.

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My Symbolon Experience (20 Mar - 29 May)

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by Vikram Martin

I did not know what I was getting myself into. What I did know is that the promo video about Symbolon had caught my interest.  After Mass, I was approached by one of the key facilitators of Symbolon. I knew the key facilitator since 2008, during the time when I attended the Catechism of the Catholic Church course in SIC.

What I Expected

In all honesty, I did not know what to expect from the Symbolon course but I knew this particular course would be different from the other previous Catholic faith courses I had attended before. Furthermore, it was only 10 weeks, which fit well into my busy schedule as a teacher. I began asking myself the purpose of attending the course. As I gave the matter much thought, I began to realise that I wanted to know how to explain the Catholic faith (or key parts of the faith) in a manner that is easy to understand – as a Catechism teacher involved in the teaching of the Catholic faith to 14 year olds, disseminating the faith to young minds can be a daunting task. 

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What I Experienced

The hour had come. As I stepped into Room 1-1 at the Costantini Community Centre, I surveyed the participants. We had a good handful of them. Slowly, more people were streaming into the room, some pre-registered, some were walk-in participants. I noticed there was a good mix of young and young-at-heart who were hungry for the faith. I was given the materials (as facilitator, we get the whole set immediately). I flipped thought the pages and my hunger for the faith grew. I could not hide my excitement as I surveyed the contents that we would be ‘served’ throughout the 10 weeks. It was very ‘appetising’. On a weekly basis, we began with the customary praise and worship, something I had anticipated. In my experience with past courses conducted in SIC, praise and worship is the staple ‘appetiser’. I like the Catholic hymns played on YouTube. It helped me focus on heavenly things, a state in which I would call, the ‘holiness mood’.

After the praise and worship, the lead facilitator of the week would guide us through the lecture period with some commentaries, and video lectures. The commentaries helped put things into perspective. We were informed of the key questions that were needed for us to find the answer to and reflect upon as we progress through the lecture period. This was where I began to stay glued to the video. It was presented by various American Catholic academics whose lives are dedicated to teaching the faith. I found the structure and method of the presentation of the faith matters clear and simple to understand. As a teacher, I appreciated this a lot. It made me reflect my own teaching style.

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Once we had completed the video lecture, we were divided into three groups. I found myself in Group 2 and I found a number of fellow catechism teachers and communion ministers in my group, among others. This session allows us to discuss what we had learned from the video, guided by our capable and humble facilitators. It was a lively session and we got to learn and share many things relating to the topic of the sessions. I found the environment lively and safe, as we share our thoughts and experiences in relation to the question asked by our group facilitator. At the end of the group discussion session, we closed with prayer and we adjourned. 

Why Symbolon

One thing I noticed about Symbolon is that the course is ‘easy to understand’ and ‘clear and well-structured’ complemented by lively discussions with fellow group members, which allows us to learn our faith better and in a conducive environment suited for learning. Oh yes, the most attractive feature of the course (for busy-bees like me) is that the course is merely 10 weeks, something I found very do-able. 

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Who Should Attend 

I would highly recommend the Symbolon course for all catechists, even the first catechist (parents) and godparents, and anyone who is ‘hungry for the Faith’. 

Feedback From Participants

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Juliet Chan – Very informative refresher. I especially enjoyed our sharing sessions. Geri Pereira – More in-depth knowledge of our faith. Very good for cradle Catholics who only received their faith knowledge from their parents. Clara Francis – A good simple basic understanding of the Catholic faith. Just loved the video presentations which explain things in a simplified manner.

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Rosary at the Grotto 2017

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True to St Ignatius Church (SIC) being a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community, a group of neophytes from the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Class of 2016-17 carried a statue of Our Lady to the Grotto area to kick-start this year's procession. It marks the first occasion that our newly-baptised were given the opportunity to contribute time & effort towards a church-level event at SIC which hopefully will whet their appetite to participate further in a great variety of activities available at ministry and BEC (Basic Ecclesial Community) levels. The procession around the church compound began after the 7 pm Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday 31 May 2017. Representatives from the Mandarin Legion of Mary; Bahasa-, Tamil- & Mandarin-speaking communities; and Centering Prayer group took turns to carry the statue. 

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A spiritual bouquet comprising petitions and Mass intentions was offered up during the Mass which was celebrated by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and concelebrated by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD & Fr Francis Ng CDD. Fr Lucas Ng CDD (Provincial of CDD in Malaysia) also joined the procession to recite the Glorious Mysteries of the holy rosary and sang hymns in English, Mandarin, Bahasa and Tamil in honour of our Blessed Mother. Parishioners, participants and priests came together for fellowship after the procession. 

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Commissioning of Neophytes & Fellowship

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by Shaun On

Just over a month after their baptism at the Easter Vigil Mass, the newly-baptised (now called neophytes) were commissioned at the 6 pm sunset Mass on 20 May 2017 at St Ignatius Church (SIC). Boldly stepping out from their regular RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes on Tuesdays, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD officially sent them out to evangelise the world with the Gospel. The entire congregation as a family, led by Fr Andrew, then prayed for the neophytes to strengten them in the new task entrusted to them. Baptism certificates were then presented individually to each. 

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At the farewell party which ensued after Mass, Fr Andrew and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD joined facilitators, confirmands & neophytes who brought along their family members and godparents. A good spread of Western cuisine was served and a creative team entertained those present with hymns, songs, music & games. To their amazement, the facilitators were asked later to play a game of musical chairs! 

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The final message given by the facilitating team to the neophytes was to always have the Word of God in their hearts and to know & love their neighbour. In this regard, they were encouraged to participate in any of the many programmes on offer in SIC parish for them to continue to strengthen their faith journey and use the gifts which God had given them to serve one another. 

rcianeophytes8Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Complete the application form at rciaformand submit to the church office. More information is available at RCIA

 

Catechist Retreat (6-8 May 2017)

by Vikram Martin

When I stepped into the hall of Villa Dominic on a cool Friday evening, eyeing all the arranged chairs, and having seated somewhere in the middle of the hall, the theme ‘Serve with Passion’ began to invade my thoughts. The two (2) questions that kept churning in my mind was, “What does it mean to serve with passion?” and “How to serve with passion in a sustainable manner?” At this point, it is important for me to disclose the reason I was there. By doing this, perhaps one might understand the motivation for me to hear the gentle voice of God and be led by the Spirit, in a three-day journey towards, what I would personally call, ‘Reigniting a lost passion for teaching’. 

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As a teacher, I have had my darkest moments. The thought of quitting and seeking ‘greener pastures’ in other industries had crossed my mind more than once before. Such is the curse of a doubting mind. I began to recall my years serving in various industries, at different capacities. Currently, as a history teacher in school as well as a catechist in church, I have become more aware of my intense desire to teach. I find fulfilment in shaping the hearts and minds of children. But I am also keenly aware that desires are as fleeting as my emotions. I need something to sustain my desire in teaching. That something is called ‘Passion’. There were burning questions that needed to be satisfied: 

• “Where does this passion come from?” 

• “Why is this passion important?”, and 

• “How can I ensure I do not lose this passion?” 

It dawned upon me that, despite my initial reluctance to attend this retreat, God had made it possible for me to be planted in Villa Dominic in order to answer these three fundamental questions. The next two  days, I attentively listened to Fr Michael Raymond expound on the topic of ‘Serving with Passion’. Through the entire session, my mind constantly reverted to the above-mentioned three questions. In a way, I had personalised the experience of the retreat to suit my objective: ‘Reigniting a lost passion for teaching’. 

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Where does this passion come from?

During the three-day retreat, I became aware of the origin of my passion for teaching. It stems from a ‘Purpose’. As I pondered on the word, I soon came to realise that the purpose of me having a vocation for teaching, is to ‘guide children to be responsible citizens, thereby building the Kingdom of God’. It was in this retreat that it became crystal clear to me: By focusing on ‘wanting to build a loving and sustainable community’, and not, ‘wanting to get a good job in the future’, the vision for teaching (and learning) shifted from ‘Scoring As’ to ‘Touching Lives’. In a nutshell, the passion within me originates, not in selfishness, but in selflessness. I just have to look at the crucifix for affirmation. 

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Why is this passion important?

We cannot give what we do not have. Children of the 21st century are very sensitive to their environment. They can ‘sense’ if a teacher has passion. Passion not just for the subject matter, but more importantly, passion for them. Preparing lessons and delivering them can be done, but without passion... the lesson is just a lesson with zero impact on the children. Throughout the retreat, during those quiet ‘reflection walks’, I reflected on this question. I became aware that I needed to infuse passion into my lessons, as often as possible. The reason was clear. Passion transforms a topic into life lessons. Passion animates what is printed on paper into “life”, through a child’s imagination. Passion directs a teacher and catechist into bringing the ‘culture of life’ into a world that promotes the ‘culture of death’. 

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How can I ensure I do not lose this passion?

During the retreat, I realised that I will need to have a sustainable source of passion in order to travel on this long journey as a teacher and catechist. This was where the sessions given by Fr Michael became relevant to me. To ensure I do not lose this passion within me, I have to be aware of my strengths and limitations, and how to manage them. 

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Strengths

I have my unique set of skills, which over time, have become my strength. This is good, and yet dangerous at the same time, because I can easily succumb to ‘Pride’. With such realisation, the retreat had taught me to be constantly aware that I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This requires me to pray often, especially before beginning my lectures. By ‘tuning into God’s frequency’, I would be able to deliver my lessons with zeal and communicate and build a relationship with the children through the ‘eyes of Jesus’, filled with compassion and mercy.

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Weaknesses

Saying that, I do have my fears and doubts as a teacher and catechist. Those pesky inner voices of doubt, which surface from time to time, questioning my ability to be a “soldier of Christ”. Knowing that I am weak reminds me that I have a God who strengthens me. I am made aware to work on my weaknesses by trusting in God. This is where humility comes in. It makes me more human, thereby allowing myself to be more accessible to the children.

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What have I gained?

What I have gained from the retreat cannot be fully expressed in words. It is an experience. I have experienced the ‘goodness of the Lord’, and the ‘goodness of the Lord’ is something, for each of us to feel, touch, and taste. I am now aware of the importance of having passion in my teaching. Despite obstacles that I face in my teaching vocation, and though the journey is long and tiresome, I know that, when I focus on the child rather than on the child’s grades, or even on how well I perform as a teacher, I bring Christ to that child. Humility teaches me that God is in control and that I need to remind myself of “Who I am and where I am” – I am a teacher and I am in a school or in Sunday school. This realisation often allows me to focus on the well-being of the children and conduct myself appropriately in class, thus giving birth to the passion within my soul, sparked by the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, by being Christ-centred, passion emergence when I become aware of my vision, namely to lead the children to be builders of the Kingdom of God.

I would highly recommend that catechists go for this retreat which held on an annual basis. The experience would help you ‘Serve with Passion’.

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Mother's Day Gift from Sunday School

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Sunday school students of St Ignatius Church had a pleasant surprise for mothers who attended English Masses during the weekend of 13-14 May 2017. For they were presented a candle each – decorated by the students in conjunction with Mother's Day which falls on 14 May. A total of 800 candles were given out. Mothers were also blessed by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD.

Fr Lawrence mentioned that mothers can use the light of the candles to shine out to their beloved family members and people around them. Apart from honouring the mother of the family, Mother's Day is an annual celebration of motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. May all mothers be the light to others. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers.

 

102 Youths Confirmed in SIC

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On the fourth Sunday of Easter on 6 May at the 6 pm Mass, His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with one of the largest groups of confirmands ever in the history of St Ignatius Church. Seventy four students from the English Sunday school and 28 students from the Mandarin Sunday school were anointed with the Oil of Chrism. It signifies their receiving the seal of the Holy Spirit to mark their total belonging to Christ and their enrollment 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 are able to recognise the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd after 11 years of catechism. In the real world, they have to face all the challenges, pitfalls and cliffs that they may fall over if they wander too far from the Shepherd. They must also share the faith, to bring others who are in darkness into the light, those in ignorance to undestanding. As it is also Vocation Sunday, Archbishop Julian shared that the call for each one of us is to discover what is God's will for us – what has God called us to. Are we living out that vocation that God has planned for each one of us? The basic vocation that each disciple of Christ is called to is to love as Jesus loves.

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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. At the end of Mass, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD congratulated the confirmands who are now adult Catholics responsible for their own faith and spreading the Good News to others through words and actions. As they are now on a new journey of faith, he advised them to attend faith-formation programmes and serve in church ministries to strengthen their faith and be witnesses of God.

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Fr Andrew also reminded that: Faith is a life-long learning process and a special encounter with the Lord. The more you seek the more you will find. The more you find the more you will understand. The more you understand the more you will explore. And the more you explore, the more you will act in love through and with the Holy Spirit to give glory to God. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD was the concelebrant at the Mass with godparents, family, friends, Sunday school teachers and fellow Catholics in attendance.

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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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