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RCIA Rite of Election

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by Christine Chua

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

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

 

Stations of the Cross @ Riverside

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

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

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RCIA Coffee Morning

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by Shaun On

Catechumens and sponsors of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2016-2017 teamed up to organise and run their coffee morning on Sunday 19 February. About 20 varieties of food were served as a result of their full cooperation and determination to serve the children attending Sunday school as well as parishioners of St Ignatius Church. The planning for this bonding exercise was done in conjunction with some experienced facilitators, but deep within, it helped to uncover the enthusiasm of the catechumens in food preparation, coordination within and between groups in selling, assigning of hospitality duties as well as cleaning up of utensils and the cafeteria floor.  

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As a goodwill gesture, all the food sold was on donation basis. There was a big round of applause which could be heard throughout the cafeteria venue when all the food were completely sold out just before noon. It was an well-participated activity to help foster continued bonding among catechumens, sponsors and facilitators alike.

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Big Turnout for Bible Timeline Scripture Study

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A hundred and five participants have registered for The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation module which started at 8 pm on Monday 13 February in Room 2-6 of the Costantini Community Centre. This 24 session module is being facilitated by 24 members of the SIC Scripture Study (SSS) group. Joining the attendees for the first session was St Ignatius Church (SIC) Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng who sat through the praise & worship, enthronement & video presentation. Despite Monday being his off-day, Fr Lawrence enthusiastically joined one of the eight groups for faith & knowledge sharing which ended just after 10 pm.

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Earlier on when Fr Lawrence addressed the attendees, he advised that Bible studies should be done gradually and continually – akin to taking small bites each time, every day, to digest. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong dropped by at around 9.45 pm to greet participants and facilitators alike at their respective groups. This module is a new presentation by Bible scholar Jeff Cavins of the module of the same name conducted by SSS in 2011 & 2013. A study set with questions & answers, a bookmark and a newly-designed Bible Timeline Chart illustrating the major events, people and places of salvation history are used to augment learning. Also present at the opening session was Catechetical Ministry Coordinator Francis Jong.

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Installation of Mother Mary & St Bernadette Statues

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A new and bigger statue of Mother Mary at the Grotto was unveiled and blessed by St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD after the 6 pm Sunset Mass on Saturday 11 February 2017. Also celebrated today is the optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes which marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous – the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes, France. "I am the Immaculate Conception" was the revelation to Bernadette who in a trance had asked Our Lady repeatedly as to her identity. Canonised by Pope Pius XI in 1933, St Bernadette is the patroness of illness, people ridiculed for their piety, poverty, shepherds, shepherdesses, and Lourdes. A small statue of St Bernadette at the Grotto was also installed and blessed. Fr Andrew hopes that more parishioners will pray at the Grotto which now has 10 new concrete benches for seating at least 20 persons comfortably. 

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World Day for Consecrated Life 2017

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During the General Audience on 1 February 2017, His Holiness Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for all those in religious and consecrated life, those who have been called to profess the evangelical counsels. With this appeal very much in mind, some 300 Catholics from various churches attended a special Mass to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Thursday 9 February starting at 6 pm. They came to pray for and to be in solidarity with about 70 priests, nuns and religious brothers from 10 religious communities who were present.  

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Celebrated in English and Bahasa, the Mass followed the liturgy for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord with His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow as the main celebrant. His Eminence Cardinal Soter Fernandez, His Grace Achhbishop Joseph Marino (Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia), His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam and SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD were the conclebrants. In his homily, Archbishop Julian said on this day, the religious are celebrating the vows they took. He reminded that religious life is a calling, not a career; a way of life, not a job; an identity and not just a role they play. The lives of the religious – their witness & example – puts flesh to all that they preach. After Mass, the religious gathered together for a fellowship dinner.

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Physical Enhancements in SIC

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Today (7 Feb 2017) marks the 220th day that Fr Andrew Wong, CDD and Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD has been shepherding St Ignatius Church (SIC) as parish priests. In this relatively short space of time, many enhancements & changes in many forms have been implemented throughout the biggest church in Petaling Jaya (in terms of the number of parishioners). In the area of physical enhancements, some are obvious to the naked eye but some are not. Perhaps the most obvious – especially at night – are the lighted letterings of the SIC name which are now a floor higher and complements the Welcoming Christ statue. Similarly, the letterings have also been shifted higher at the other end of the Costantini Community Centre facing Paradigm Mall. 

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These initiatives will provide motorists and pedestrians travelling along LDP & surrounding roads and LRT passengers greater awareness of the location of SIC. A metal plate listing the timings of Masses, Novenas, Holy Hour and Sacred Heart Devotion has been put up at the main entrance gate. Within the church, there are now two confessionals at the right wing instead of one, two new LED projectors and another LED TV screening Mass proceedings have been installed. Free wifi (sic30) is now available in most parts of the church compound except the most remote areas. The pigeon hole rack for letters has been shifted across next to where the Communion Ministers & Lectors room is located. New wardrobes to store lectors' vestments have been installed in this room. 

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Five hundred new plastic chairs have been added as well as 10 concrete benches seating at least 20 parishioners at the Grotto. New wallpaper now adorn the funeral parlour and Michelangelo's famous masterpiece Pieta hangs on the Rooftop wall at the new lift landing at Costantini Community Centre. A new traffic system has been implemented to ease the entry and exit of vehicles into and out of the church compound. This entails marking the roads – which are newly resurfaced – as well as putting up signages at strategic locations. Priests, staff and volunteers have and will work hard to continually improve the church in all aspects. It is up to each and every parishioner to make full use of our new facilities and cooperate with each other as a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community.

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Parish Calendar Planner 2017

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of St Ignatius Church (SIC) has produced the Parish Calendar Planner for 2017. It lists the main church-level, ministry and BEC activities for the year guided by the parish theme: We are a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring CommunityClick on Cover and Calendar to download.

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