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Parish Feast Day Triduum 2019


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Pesta Kaamatan & Hari Gawai 2019



A Kaamatan and Gawai Festival was held on Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Rooftop of St Ignatius Church (SIC) to introduce Sabahan amd Sarawakian culture to locals in Peninsular Malaysia and also to strengthen the bond between parishioners from various churches. The 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 31st of May. Whereas Gawai Festival is celebrated on 1st June, with colourful rituals, traditional music, cock fighting, feasting and games. During this festival, almost everyone dresses in traditional costumes while the elders perform traditional dance.



Organised by the KUBM (Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia) SIC, about 200 people showed up for the event, including SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Chairman of PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) Lourdes Abishegam, parishioners from various parishes, and also Sabahan & Sarawakian parishioners. The ceremony began with the welcoming of the two SIC priests and Fr Andrew signalled the start of the celebration by hitting a gong. 


Gongs are Sabah’s most iconic indiophones that are found throughout Sabah, particularly among the Kadazan-Dusun and Murut ethnic groups. Made of either brass or bronze, the gong is considered the backbone of the traditional musical instruments found in Sabah. It is usually thick with a broad rim and produces a distinct muffled sound of a deep tone. In the olden days, it was originally traded in from Brunei. The celebration then proceeded with a short speech by Ms Elsie Jane Anthony and blessing of the food by Fr Andrew.


We then proceeded with the best part of the event – food! Yes, thanks to the committees and organisers of KUBM SIC, some of us took the extra effort to bring local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak all the way from the East to West! Among them are bosou ikan, bosou babi, ayam pansuh, tuhau, bambangan, ambuyat, hinava, ikan masin lada putih, rebung ikan masin, sup nangka babi, sinalau bakas pucuk ubi, and serunding


Alongside that, attendees also had the opportunity to savour traditional desserts such as lipat pisang & ubi. Not forgetting the tasty rice wine (tapai) prepared by our very own KUBM youth of SIC – Kane Ariel – and also tuak. Tuak is quite similar to chinese rice wine but differs in the purpose. Chinese rice wine is used in cooking while tuak is used in social and ritual events of the Dayak tribes in Borneo. Tuak is also made in Sabah but known by a different name – lihing. Other rice producing countries in Asia also have their own version of tuak.


Furthermore, the youths of KUBM SIC also teamed up to perform Sabahan and Sarawakian traditional dances during the event. There were also lucky draw sessions and a best dress competition at the end of the event. Last but not least, the most exciting part of the activity we had was the arm wrestling competition (mimpulos), where men from different age groups come together to test not just their strength but also technique & leverage.



The highlight of the event was tarian magunatip. Magunatip, more well-known as “Bamboo Dance”, is considered as one of the most popular traditional dances in Sabah. The name “Magunatip” is derived from the word “apit”, which means “to press between two surfaces.” In the dance, dancers need good timing and agility to put their feet between the clapping bamboo poles, without being trapped. To create more fun, the music tempo and the clapping speed of the bamboo becomes faster and faster and FASTER (so is your heart beat), such that the audience will be super-impressed by the exciting ending.


In the past, Magunatip was a warrior dance to welcome the return of Murut headhunters. Today, bamboo dance is commonly performed in cultural functions and celebrations for entertainment and socialising purposes. At the end of the performance, we invited Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence, and a few from the audience to join in the tarian magunatip and also the “menyumpit” session where they use a traditional pipe to pop the balloons. To sum up, we are glad that everyone had fun and had the opportunity to try the local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak. We hope that this event was a memorable experience for everyone. 


Before the event during the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Mass, parishioners turned up dressed in traditional costumes and Kadazan, Iban & BM were used in the readings and singing of hymns. Thanksgiving gifts comprising fruits of the harvest were brought to the altar during the Offertory. Fr Lawrence was the celebrant at this BM Mass.

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


How to be Good Christian Parents


During last weekend’s Masses celebrated by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at St Ignatius Church (SIC), several slides were projected during his homilies to help parents inculcate good values in their children. Click on wikiHow to view the remaining 18 slides.


Encountering the Lord through BEC Visit



I would like to share my joy as the result of a recent visit to the Taman Megah Handicapped & Disabled Children’s Home organised by seven BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) of St Ignatius Church. What I saw moved and comforted me. I saw how each one of us in a community of communal love gathered together in one body of Christ (each one of us in our little acts of love and generosity) brought so much joy to the children that some of them invited us back.



And they looked forward to our next visit. As we sing and dance, giving praise and thanking the Lord & through hugs and touch, the children felt the Lord’s love and joy in us. We could see this expressed on their faces as they smile and laugh & felt our love and joy in being with them.


One of the ways Catholics evangelise the world is by sharing our lives and love for Christ. We received God’s spirit through baptism and His graces in the sacraments, & we bring Christ to others. As we share the spirit of love, peace & joy that dwells within us, I saw how happy the children were with our presence – the joy in the children’s hearts enamoured Christ’s joy into my heart.


We hope that we can continue to be disciples of Christ by helping children in need, especially those with disabilities, to experience the love of God. Glory to the Holy Trinity. Amen.


Corpus Christi Mass & Procession 2019


St Ignatius Church (SIC) held an outdoor candle light procession on Sunday 23 June 2019 as part of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. The event started off with Mass at 6 pm with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD as the main celebrant and Fr Albet Arockiasamy (Parish Priest, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe) as concelebrant. After Mass, Fr Andrew carried the Eucharistic Exposition and boarded a pick-up vehicle decorated with flowers to begin the procession. Some 650 parishioners joined in the procession around the Taman Mayang neighbourhood which is a rare occasion when 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, recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and singing hymns in English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia & Tamil. Fr Andrew, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD & Fr Albet took turns to hold the Blessed Sacrament during the journey.


With the theme Encountering Christ, the 2.37 km procession stopped at four locations signifying the four corners of the world. Apart from terrace houses, the procession passed by Oasis Food Court, Plaza Mayang and some shops before turning back towards SIC. Shortly after 9 pm, parishioners followed the Blessed Sacrament to re-enter the church building for Benediction. A fellowship dinner was held after its completion.


More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlifeClick on Corpus Christi Procession 2019 to watch a video of the event.


96 Youths Confirmed in SIC


Are you going to share the gifts of the Holy Spirit by helping those in need or are you going to keep them for yourselves? His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow addressed this probing question to 69 confirmands from the St Ignatius Church (SIC) English Sunday school and 27 confirmands from the Mandarin Sunday school during his homily whilst presiding over the Sacrament of Confirmation at SIC on Saturday 22 June 2019. He urged the confirmands to respond to the needs of those around them and to follow the example of Jesus who always gives in abundance exemplified by the Feeding of the Five Thousand recorded in all four Gospels. This weekend's Masses celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of the Lord or Corpus Christi.



Archbishop Julian was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD & Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as concelebrants. Probably for the first time in SIC, each sentence of Archbishop Julian's homily in English was immediately translated into Mandarin by Fr Andrew. Accompanied by their godparents, the confirmands were anointed with the Oil of Chrism which signifies reception of 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.



In addition to bread and wine, confirmands offered up their talents and gifts for which they have been blessed with (music, songs, sports, love, sincerity, kindness & joy in serving others), and faith experiences encountered through Sunday school lessons, Renewal in the Spirit Seminar, service projects, Confirmation Camp and other activities. The Mass was very well attended with parishioners taking up space even on the roads surrounding the church building. A fellowship dinner then ensued after Mass for the confirmands, godparents, family members & catechists as well as the celebrants.


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


Bike Touring Pilgrimage 5-8 June 2019


by Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD & Ken Cham

It started off with just three cycling pilgrims travelling only to Negeri Sembilan back in 2017. This year’s bike touring pilgrimage has grown to 18 pilgrims travelling to not just Seremban but to as far as Malacca, Tangkak, Tampin and back to Seremban with the intention to proclaim the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ through their actions & charity. The cycling pilgrims also carried parishioners’ prayer intentions which they offered up for prayer at every church and chapel they stopped at. The pilgrims ranging in age from 23 to 64 were led by St Ignatius Church (SIC) Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD who acted as the spiritual director.


This year's event particularly is more meaningful as it is in line with Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 initiated by some dioceses in Malaysia culminating with the celebration of the Extraordinary Mission Month convoked by Pope Francis for October 2019 with the theme Baptised & Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. We are being reminded to “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News” (Mark 16:15). Along the 350 km route, they make their presence felt at a Catholic Orang Asli Kampung Bekoh in Tangkak & the Infant Jesus Sisters Home in Taman Bakti, Malacca. They also visited a church ruin of more than 400 years old beside the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Krubong, Malacca.


One of the cycling pilgrims from Seremban Church of Visitation, Spencer Sequerah said: “Most pilgrimages I have been to are in the comfort of a bus. Once at the church we usually pray but there is not much effort being put in. This Cycling Pilgrimage brought us to so many churches & chapels that I may never visit on my own. The effort of cycling against the elements gave us a sense of accomplishment.” He continued that “becoming a true missionary is difficult but our group tried very hard to upkeep & be proud of what our jerseys stated: Powered by Jesus & Empowered by Jesus.”


Another cycling pilgrim from SIC, Bernard Tan shared: “During pilgrimage, I was able to break away from my daily life or comfort zone to be with God. I was able to be affirmed by and felt the presence of God in my experience (cycling pilgrimage) despite the suffering.” He added: “I think to me it’s not a matter of whether it is easy or not to be missionary. It is more of whether we are willing or not. Through my experience of this pilgrimage, I learnt that I am able in a small way to become a missionary! I can use my life as a light and salt to people around me. Through my actions and words, people will feel a difference – The Love of Christ!”


Fr Lawrence shared that, “to lead this group comprising people of different ages and attitudes is not easy. But with strong faith and trust in God, with daily spiritual input and reminders that ‘We are Missionary’, I was able to help them grow in spirituality through cycling. By the way cycling is just a kind of method of evangelisation. There are many kinds of it, but we found this method can be a good destress method to help all of them to get away from their busy lifestyle, and build the good relationship in Christian brotherhood and sisterhood.” He added: “In all we do, trust in God is very important.” For instance, three spokes of his bicycle wheel were broken but thankfully there was someone available to help replace them.


All who participated were thankful to the Lord for giving them strength, endurance, good weather & protection throughout the pilgrimage. Throughout this Bike Touring Pilgrimage, all pilgrims live out the teaching of Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD) founder Cardinal Celso Costantini’s words: “I am with the spirit in your midst and I pray that God assist and bless you. Just like the star that lead the Three Wise Kings to Christ, so you have to be shining stars, which light up the way for many pagans to arrive at Christ.” (Put God’s Armour On, Chapter 24, verse 1).


Click on Bike Touring Pilgrimage 2019 to view a video.


Rosary at the Grotto 2019


Due to heavy rain, this year's Rosary @ the Grotto procession at St Ignatius Church (SIC) after the 7 pm Mass had to shorten its usual circular route within the church compound. Held in conjunction with the Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary & to mark the end of the rosary month in May, the wet conditions did not deter organisers from going ahead with the event which had taken time-consuming planning & coordination. The procession started from within the church building with the carrying of a statue of Mother Mary to three locations which are sheltered from the rain.



Representatives from the English, Mandarin, Bahasa & Tamil-speaking communities took turns to carry the statue & recite a decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Parishioners joined in the recitation of the holy rosary and sang hymns in four languages. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD also took part in the procession.



Special bouquets comprising written deeds & petitions handed in by parishioners were offered up during the Mass which was celebrated by Fr Andrew. Parishioners, participants and priests then mingled with each other during fellowship after the procession. 


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


Catholic Directory/Ordo & Compendium to CCC

As part of the People of God in this Extraordinary Missionary Year, we are called as individuals and BECs to live out our baptismal role by carrying out the command of our Lord Jesus to go into the world and proclaim the Gospel. As we do so, we have to equip ourselves by knowing & living our faith (studying the Word of God & Catechism of the Catholic Church; regular attendance at Mass & partaking of the sacraments; doing spiritual & corporal works of mercy, etc). Two of the resources to help us in this direction are available at St Ignatius Church (SIC) Office. Firstly, we can donate RM12 to get a copy of the Catholic Directory & Ordo published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei for 2019.


Apart from information on priests and religious, it is a compehensive publication listing the Mass & devotion times, addresses, contact numbers, office holders of churches, chapels, religious orders & organisations which Catholics will find useful. The Ordo section lists the Catholic liturgical calendar for the daily celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Hence, it is a useful guide for us to know what are the readings for Mass every day, the feasts/memorials for particular days, the liturgical season we are in, and concise information on significant celebrations e.g. Holy Week.


Also available for a donation of RM9 each are copies of The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Saint John Paul the Great in 1992 which sums up, in book form, the beliefs of the Catholic faithful. Meanwhile, the Compendium is an abbreviated version of the CCC presenting its essentials in question & answer format. This format presents the entirety of Catholic moral teaching and the doctrine of the faith in a manner more accessible to all – compared to the CCC which may be too detailed & voluminous for some.


SIC Welcomes 84 New Catholics


Newly-baptised Elaine Annabelle Lum studied in a school run by Anglicans as a child, grew up mixing with people of different religions, and married hockey great Brian Sta Maria who represented Malaysia at the Munich Olympics in 1972. A mother of three who are Catholics, she reads the Bible and even attended Protestant church services but refrained from being baptised all these years out of respect for her late mother-in-law. According to Elaine, she finally decided to become a Catholic due to the prayers of her mother-in-law, the charity of her husband’s cousin-sister, and the witness & care of her BEC St Emmanuel members whose prayer gatherings she attend occasionally. Her family is now completely Catholic.



Elaine together with 33 other elects (29 from English RCIA & 5 from Bahasa Malaysia RCIA Classes of 2018-19) were baptised by St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD at the Easter Vigil Mass on 20 April which started at 10.30 pm. In addition to the English RCIA, SIC conducted an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) class in Bahasa Malaysia for the first time. Fourteen candidates for confirmation (10 from English RCIA & 4 from Bahasa Malaysia RCIA) 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 a very special, unforgettable moment in the lives of the newly-baptised ensued when they received their first Holy Communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.



Every baptised person, according to St Vincent Ferrer, should consider that it is in the womb of the Church where he or she is transformed from a child of Adam to a child of God. As an infant child of God, our new Catholics are at the very beginning of a spiritual journey that may last for decades until the end of their natural life. Continual conversion (metanoia) to not just imitate but also to become like Christ is an important part of the Christian life. 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.



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. Last but not least, Christians need to obey the mandate given by Christ at the end of his earthly life for us to love one another and to make disciples of all nations. 


At the Easter Vigil Mass in Mandarin which started at 6.45 pm, 31 elects were baptised and five candidates were confirmed together with the elects. 





SIC wish all Catholics a Blessed Easter!

More photos are available atparishlife

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