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Please note that there will be no Masses (including Funerals) from 16 July (Mon) to 20 July (Fri).

Sunday School Orientation

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The Sunday School orientation held on Saturday 6 January 2018 at Costantini Community Centre was so much more than any of us could have expected. Our speaker for the day, SIC Assistant Parist Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, was truly annointed as each of us returned home with a better understanding and a renewed desire to serve. The two bible verses that resounded with me were Mark 10:45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many and Ephesians 6:7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men.

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The former is a clear indication that the centre of Catholic servanthood is self sacrifice whilst the latter is a much needed reminder that the foundation of ministry is built on Our Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Lawrence ended the day with a quote by American pastor and author Bill Johnson that acted as a summation of all that we had received that day: "Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source." Each of us left feeling appreciated, stirred and enthusiastic for more than just the catechesis ministry which we are called to, but rather the ministry of our lives.

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Coffee Morning by RCIA

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by Christine Chua, RCIA Facilitator

The first coffee morning put together by our highly enthusiastic Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2017-18 enquirers (who will be baptised this coming Easter), their families and RCIA facilitators has taken place at SIC cafeteria on Sunday 4 February 2018! It was indeed a big challenge to cater to and interact with the wider St Ignatius Church (SIC) community ranging from Sunday school children to elderly parishioners. The team effort started the night before, however many continued to stay up late into the night or woke up by dawn to prepare and get ready 18 varieties of food. It was a lively, energetic atmosphere at the cafeteria on that morning filled with "buzzing busy bees" coming together to work as a community.

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Although lots of hard work was involved, the team coordination needed was done with much joy and laughter making every member feeling inspired and happy to be able to contribute towards this noble project – funds raised were not used for their own faith journey but for the next RCIA batch. The commitment to do their best for Christ radiates through the happy team of bakers, cooks, promoters, dish washers, cleaners & servers all bonded so strongly in Christian love & service.

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This joy and success would not be made possible if not for the huge support from parishioners, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD both of whom dropped by to patronise the stalls. As a result, all the food were sold out! Everybody in RCIA were happy and satisfied that they have contributed towards the Greater Glory of God.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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First-Ever Mass for the Deaf @ SIC

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For parishioners who have not attended one before, the first-ever Mass for the Deaf held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Sunday 21 January 2018 at 4 pm was quite likely the quietest Eucharistic celebration they have ever attended in their life. Before start of Mass, main celebrant Fr Michael Chua [Ecclesiastical Assistant for the Catholic Ministry for the Deaf (CMfD); Parish Priest, Church of Jesus Caritas; and Administrator, Chapel of Kristus Aman] briefed about 100 attendees at the cafeteria venue that kneeling and standing were dispensed with to allow the deaf present amongst them to concentrate on the signing done by the celebrant, commentator & reader. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was the concelebrant and Br Joseph Lim CDD was in attendance.

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Fr Michael hoped that more churches are open to the celebration of Masses for the Catholic deaf community and more Catholics will take up learning sign language to better interact and serve their fellow brothers- and sisters-in-Christ. Sign language is a system of communication using visual gestures and signs to convey meaning. Attendees were served light refreshments during fellowship after Mass.

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More photos are available at flickrlogo.

Click on CMfD and Herald for more information on the deaf community and its activities.

 

KUBM Christmas Day Visit to Orang Asli Villages

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by Danny Joe Julian

On the 25th of December 2017, the Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia (KUBM) of St Ignatius Catholic Church (SIC), in conjunction with Christmas Day, made a visit to Orang Asli villages in Negeri Sembilan together SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Brother Joseph Lim CDD and a few more from the Mandarin and English speaking group. Along the journey, we made a stop in Church of St Theresa, Nilai; one of the Catholic churches in Negeri Sembilan and were greeted by the Parish Priest Rev Fr Eugene Benedict and some of the parishioners. We went inside the Church and did a short prayer together followed by a quick fellowship, ice-breaking session and lunch. We were given the opportunity to teach them on how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls using socks, ribbons, cottons, and buttons. We took a group picture together before bidding our farewells thus continuing our journey.

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We continued our journey to the Orang Asli villages. We visited two villages namely, Kg Sebir and Kg Tekir with Kg Sebir as our first stop. Upon arriving in Kg Sebir, we were welcomed with warm greetings and varieties of delicious food. We were blessed with the opportunity to visit many Orang Asli houses as it was Christmas Day and most family are having get-togethers. We had glimpses of their culture through our fellowships and sharing of meals and in return, we taught the villagers on how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls as we did in Church of St Theresa, Nilai.

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After bidding our farewells, we head to the next Orang Asli village: Kg Tekir. We reached our destination around 7 pm. Upon arrival, we visited the oldest church in the village; Gereja Bonda Maria which was built in the year 1901. We had a short prayer in the church before visiting the Orang Asli village house by house. As we did in the previous village, we had some quick fellowships with the Orang Asli and also shared dinner together. We also had the opportunity to integrate culture and entertain them with Sabahan and Christmas songs and the traditional Dusun dance; Sumazau, as well. We also taught them how to make the “Angel of Hope” dolls as we did in our previous visits. We finished the visit around 8 pm and went back to our respective destinations with a joyful heart. It was a great experience for all of us.

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Here are some testimonies from some of us during the visits:

Satu pengalaman yang bererti kerana kita dapat mengetahui dan mengalami suasana di sana walaupun dalam masa yang singkat, lebih-lebih lagi di masa Krismas, di mana walaupun kita berjauhan dengan keluarga tetapi perjalanan ke kampung Orang Asli membuatkan kita merasa suasana di kampung dan secara tidak langsung, kita juga dapat melihat sendiri bagaimana suasana d perkampungan org asli yang selama ini kita hanya dengar di media, kawan-kawan dan yang lain. Yang lebih menariknnya setiap rumah yang kita pergi menyediakan makanan yang sangat enak dan cara mereka melayan tetamu pun sangat baik. Di samping itu, melalui aktiviti ini kita dapat mengeratkan hubungan kita antara satu dengan yang lain. Kita dapat berkongsi cinta kasih, kegembiraan dan dapat meningkatkan persahabatan antara sesama. Secara fizikal, kita jauh dari keluarga kita tetapi di hati kita didekatkan dgn pengalaman suasana perkampungan orang asli. Fredolin Singan

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“Tahun ini, 2017 merupakan tahun yang saya tidak merayakan krismas bersama keluarga, dan tahun ini juga saya merayakan krismas di Kuala Lumpur, bersama kawan-kawan yang lain di kampung orang asli. Perasan yang sedih menjadi begitu indah sekali apabila sampai di kampung tersebut kerana tempat itu merupakan suasana sama seperti di sabah. Apa yang lebih menggembirakan saya ialah dapat bernyanyi bersama kawan untuk orang asli, mengetahui/melihat kehidupan orang asli (perumahan) dan makanan juga sangat sedap sama seperti makanan tradisi sabah. Selepas pelayanan tersebut, perasaan saya masih berkobar-kobar yang tidak pernah saya alami semasa merayakan krimas bersama keluarga saya. Perasaan itu membuatkan saya untuk mahu terus bersemangat melayani orang lain. Melalui pengalaman ini juga, saya melihat rencana Tuhan yang begitu besar untuk saya berada di Kuala Lumpur. Sekian itu sahaja, Tuhan memberkati!” Eva Pauline

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“I personally think that the visits we made are one of the best experiences I've ever had so far. It made me feel like home because the environment is so much alike with my hometown, the foods and everything. God really works tremendously through them. I looked at it as God's message to all of us to appreciate and live a life without all the fancy things in the world. Thanks”. – Danny Joe Julian

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“Melalui aktiviti melawat rumah dan gereja di kampung orang asli, bagi saya ia sangat bernila kerana di setiap lawatan gereja pada pertama kali, kami akan berdoa bersama dan melakukan doa peribadi, dengan ini saya boleh berdoa untuk keluarga dan diri saya. Seterusnya, dengan aktiviti melawat di kampung orang asli, saya dapat merasakan suasana kampung, walaupun saya tidak dapat merayakan christmas bersama keluarga di Sabah, saya berpeluangan merayakanya disini. Selain itu, layanan mereka terhadap kami sangat mesra dan ini membuatkan saya merindui kemesraan kedua ibu bapa saya, di saat mereka tersenyum dan menyanyi saya seakaan berada di rumah sendiri dengan kemeriahan dan nanyian lagu Krismas. Saya juga dapat merasa masakan orang asli di sini, dan ini sebenarya megingatkan saya dengan masakan ibu saya, kerana makanan yang dihidangakan sama seperti masakan ibu saya. Di samping itu, saya merasa sangat sedih apabila tahu kampung yang mereka tinggal akan d robohkan kerana kerajaan akan melaksanakan projek di kawasan tersebut, saya merasa kasihan dan perihatin terhadap masalah yang mereka hadapi.” Elfera Fanny Resu

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New Email Address for SIC

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SIC Celebrates Pongal Festival

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) literally had their first taste of the Pongal Festival after the 6.45 am Mass on Sunday 14 January 2018. Pongal which means ‘overflow’ or ‘boiling over’ also signifies the gradual heating of the earth by the sun. Starting on 14 January this year, festivities typically begin with the boiling of harvested rice with milk, brown sugar, ginger, tumeric stalks or other ingredients. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD blessed a pot of rice being cooked at the entrance of the church building accompanied by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Brother Joseph Lim CDD. Parishioners had the opportunity to taste pre-cooked Pongal rice and watch dance performances at the cafeteria where the event organiser – SIC Tamil Group – had their coffee morning to raise funds for their activities.

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Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated by Indians all over the world but especially in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It begins from the first day of the Tamil calendar in the month of Thai when crops such as rice are harvested and to show gratitude to the almighty and the generosity of the land. Pongal resonates with us Catholics who are grateful to God for the bountiful harvest of the land and life-giving sunshine & rain – it also gives us an opportunity to show our solidarity & unity with like-minded people who value the natural habitat.

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More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

Appreciation Fellowship & Video

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A hundred more than the expected 500 parishioners who had registered turned up at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Appreciation Fellowship on Saturday 30 December 2017 which started at 7.30 pm. Instead of the practice of ministries and BECs organising their own year-end gatherings, SIC as a parish this year organised a single dinner to show its appreciation for the efforts and dedication of its diverse communities united as the People of God – of one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

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SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD kicked off the event with a recap of major events & developments which took place at the church over the past 12 months. Fr Andrew reiterated that, together with Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, they will work with parishioners towards achieving the 2018-2019 parish pastoral theme – For the Greater Glory of God – and work, pray & lead as one team and one church. Also present were Fr Lucas Ng (Provincial, CDD priests in Malaysia), Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Stephen Ng CDD, Brother Joseph Lim CDD and a few nuns.

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Parishioners put up various song and dance items, erhu and unicycle performances, and a Biblical play. There were also lucky draws in between. What brought the house down was a special song & dance performance by PPAPB (Parish Priest, Assistant Priest, Brother & Bahasa Malaysia group). Shortly after 10 pm, attendees were invited to the front floor to demonstrate their dance moves after which the event came to an end.

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Click on Youtube to view a dedication video which was unable to be screened at the event due to time constraints. Click on SIC Flashback Video to view the events and happenings at St Ignatius Church (SIC) over the past 12 months.

More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

Solstice & Christmas Party

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A heavy downpour in the evening did not dampen the spirit of some 1,000 residents of Kampung Cempaka and parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) at the Solstice & Christmas Party on Friday 22 December 2017. Held at the Kampung Cempaka covered basketball court, this was the first-ever big-scale party organised by SIC in one of its closest neighbourhoods. The date is not just days away from Christmas but also coincided with the Winter Solstice Festival celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians.

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A group from SIC's Bahasa Malaysia-speaking community kicked off the double celebration at 7 pm with some popular Christmas hymns. They were followed by various song and dance items performed by ministries & groups from SIC's English- and Mandarin-speaking communities as well as other groups. Representatives from the Tamil-speaking community performed a play on the Christmas story. Amongst the delicacies served were six roasted pigs and tang yuen (glutinous rice balls in sweet ginger syrup) which attendees participated by rolling into round shapes for volunteers to cook and serve.

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A particularly meaningful activity took place when cotton wool was passed around for all present to make toys which will be given to poor children in countries overseas as Christmas gifts or sold to raise funds for them. Attendees were also given the opportunity to bring the toys home if they wanted to. The event ended at 10.30 pm with attendees bringing home door gifts and hopefully the joy & spirit of Christmas. Besides SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD, the VIPs in attendance included Yeo Bee Yin (Member of the Selangor State Assembly for Damansara Utama), Daniel Lee [Councillor, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)], Theresa Lim (Kampung Cempaka Village Head) and Pastor Gilbert Wee (Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur). 

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More photos are available at flickrlogo.

 

RCIA Prepares for Christmas

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by Agnes Loh, RCIA Coordinator 

St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) catechumens ended the year with a blast on their last session for the year. They were treated to the antics of 'Hollywood wannabes' (i.e. facilitators playing biblical characters) doing a sketch on the true meaning of Christmas. The intention of the play was to remind all to prepare in their hearts for the coming of Jesus our Emmanuel.

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This year was special indeed as a team of catechumens took charge in decorating the venue with Christmas trees and lights as a giving and loving gesture to reciprocate their facilitators’ caring & sharing during the past months of their journey. Sweets were neatly wrapped for exchange among themselves as they wish each other a very 'sweet' year ahead. All who were there for the occasion also had much fun with games such as stacking paper cups – such a joy to witness & participate in.

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