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The SIC Church Bulletin & Mass Intentions for week of 21 May 2017 are now available at Bulletin webpage.

Do check out the activities and happenings planned for our parish. 

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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Chinese New Year Mass 2017

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We need to ask for love from our Heavenly Father – the source of all supply  and continue to give to others. This was the main thrust of St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong's homily during this year's Chinese New Year Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) which started at 10 am on Saturday 28 January 2017. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD and Fr Francis Ng, CDD were the concelebrants. The bilingual Mass in Mandarin and English to usher in the Year of the Rooster also included responses in Bahasa during the Prayer of the Faithful. Amongst the gifts brought to the altar were flowers (representing adoration & admiration), red candles (hope & peace), nian gao (Chinese New Year cakes representing unity & fellowship) and fruits (happiness & achievements). After holy communion, a Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors was conducted, beginning with a reading from the Book of Sirach 44:1-15 in remembrance and praise of our forebears for their great contributions & rich heritage; teachings & acts of virtue and piety which deserve our honour & respect; and example for us to imitate. 

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Fr Andrew Wong, CDD also read out the following: The Chinese place great importance on filial piety, so commemoration to the ancestors is an important ritual during the Chinese New Year celebration. Honouring ancestors on the first day of the New Year is a way of fulfilling our filial piety. It is a tradition of our church to offer special prayers to our departed loved ones during Mass. The rite of commemorating the ancestors is in accordance, and not in contradiction, to the teachings of the Church. Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical of 8 December 1939 stated that: “the Liturgical ceremony of bowing in respect to the photographs or the tablets of our ancestors is both reasonable as well as permissible.” Hence, in accordance to this, Christians can honour their ancestors, as long as they do not have the idea of worshipping them as idols, as though the spirits of the dead are dwelling within the tablets. To pay respect to the tablets with the inscription of the names of the ancestors, is a sign of respecting the dead and by honouring our ancestors, we are merely showing that we are not forgetting our roots and our heritage. So, on the first day of Chinese New Year, the Church can arrange a special ceremony to have the rite of commemorating the ancestors after the Mass is over, It is a way of enculturating Chinese culture into the local Church. 

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After Mass, Frs Andrew & Lawrence offered joss sticks (to honour our ancestors), two baskets of flowers (representing love), three cups of wine (remembrance) and two trays of fruits (admiration) on behalf of the congregation. Oranges were blessed and given out together with ang pows (red envelopes containing money as a symbol of good fortune) to attendees. A Lion Dance performance then ensued at the church entrance to round out the celebrations.

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SIC wish all a Blessed and Happy Chinese New Year!

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Photography: John Ragai & Matthew Soo.

 

Rite of Commissioning 2017

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Coordinators, catechists, facilitators and members of 18 ministries pledged their commitment to serve and build up the parish of St Ignatius Church (SIC) at a commissioning ceremony held during the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 22 January 2017. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD, handed commissioning certificates to Francis Jong (Catechetical Coordinator), Shelagh Nunis (Family Life Coordinator), David Lim (Youth Coordinator), Michael Toh (PIHD Coordinator) and Danny Ong (Counsellor, Bethany Counselling Centre) who collected on behalf of component ministries under their purview. They include Catechetical Ministry – SIC Scripture Study (SSS), Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Infant Baptism and Sunday School; Family Life Ministry (FLM) – Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC), Marriage Encounter, Parents' Group, Senior Citizens, Moving On Single Again (MOSA), Cancer Support Group and FLM Singers; and Youth Ministry – Youths and Single Adults. Those commissioned promised to grow in holiness through their service of love & unity and to serve their brothers and sisters in Christ unconditionally through their ministries. 

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Photography: Peter Law

 

Installation of Fr Andrew as Parish Priest

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) attending the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord at 8.45 am on 8 January were able to witness the installation of Fr Andrew Wong, CDD as Parish Priest of SIC. His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow entrusted Fr Andrew with the keys of the parish church and exhorted him to always serve the faithful of SIC with zeal, fidelity and sincere devotion. After the homily by Archbishop Julian, Parish Pastoral Council chairman Lourdes Abishegam read aloud the letter of appointment after which Fr Andrew renewed the promises he made at his priestly ordination. Fr Andrew has been serving as Parish Priest of SIC since 1 July 2016. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD and Fr Francis Ng, CDD were the concelebrants at the Mass.

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After Mass, a video on consecrated life in the Catholic Church titled For All My Life was screened at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre attended by Archbishop Julian, Fr Andrew, other religious and some 300 parishioners of whom half comprise the youth of SIC. There was also a Question & Answer forum where a panel which included Archbishop Julian addressed numerous queries.  

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Photography: John Ragai & Matthew Soo

 

CDD Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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Celebration and jubilation were very much the mood of the evening at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 4 January 2017. For it was the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord [Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD) in Latin] in Hebei Province, China, by Celso Costantini (elected Cardinal in 1953) exactly nine decades ago to the day. A thanksgiving Mass was held at 7 pm with Fr Philip Tan, CDD (Provincial for Malaysia) as the main celebrant and concelebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Soter Fernandez, His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow, His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD; SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD; Fr Francis Ng, CDD; Fr Stephen Ng, CDD; Fr Lucas Ng, CDD, Fr Thomas Koo, CDD; Fr Raymond Pereira, Fr Albet Arokiasamy, Fr Justin Jonnanis, SJ and Fr Alvin Ho, SJ. More than 400 parishioners were in attendance.

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After Mass, Archbishop Julian blessed the new lift and rooftop hall at Costantini Community Centre. Then priests joined parishioners for a fellowship dinner at the hall during which a video about the CDD order was screened, cutting of a birthday cake, as well as attendees praying over Archbishop Julian whose birthday was on 3 January. The anniversary with the theme Heart of the Founder, Acts of the Disciples was also concurrently celebrated in Malacca. Happy anniversary CDD and we pray that God Almighty will continue to guide & bless them as they minister to SIC, the wider church community (especially the Mandarin-speaking) and other parishes.

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First Bahasa Mass in SIC

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A milestone event took place at St Ignatius Church (SIC) just hours after ushering in a new year with a countdown and fireworks display at the stroke of midnight – its first-ever Eucharistic celebration conducted in Bahasa Malaysia. Starting at 1.30 pm, about 200 parishioners including our Bahasa-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ from East Malaysia excitedly sang hymns and followed the Order of Mass which were projected on screen. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD was the main celebrant and Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD was the concelebrant. Fr Lawrence hopes that more Bahasa-speaking Catholics will attend and serve as lectors, wardens, choir members & in other capacities at the Masses which will be held every first Sunday of the month at 1.30 pm in SIC. Parishioners are encouraged to attend (even if they have already attended an earlier Mass) to show their support. According to the Code of Canon Law, baptised Catholics may receive holy communion twice on the same day. 

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Sharing Yuletide Joy with Orang Asli

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A visit to the Orang Asli Settlement in Kampung Sebir, Negeri Sembilan, by several parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) led by Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD on the night of Wednesday 28 December turned out to be both an educational and joyous experience. The warm reception given was unexpected for most of the visitors – it was more like a homecoming – but not surprising to Fr Lawrence as he is no stranger to the numerous families (many of whom are Catholics) in this tiny settlement. Once the food rations of rice, oil and other essentials donated by the Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHDM) were handed over, all present settled down to a hearty meal of home cooked food prepared by the Orang Asli.

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Parishioners were given a tour of the newly-built chapel, and later, settled onto the floor comfortably and were made to feel at home by their gracious hosts. Rounding off the evening, several Orang Asli guitarists led the singing of Christmas carols in the spirit of love & joy. It may have been an isolated location far from the bright city lights but the occasion had a wonderful sense of fellowship and warmth centred on Jesus our Emmanuel who was born to bring glad tidings of peace and goodwill to all men.

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Sister Pat to Serve in Kuantan

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Sister Patricia Choong of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) – a familiar face at St Ignatius Church (SIC) – has been transferred to Kuantan, Pahang, to serve the parishioners and people there. Sister Pat (as she is affectionately known) has served SIC for many years especially in providing spiritual guidance to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and many Basic Ecclesial Communities, just to name a few. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD presented Sister with a certificate of appreciation at the 8.45 am Mass on Christmas Day. We thank Sister for her invaluable contributions to our parish and wish her all the best in her endeavour to build up the People of God in Kuantan and beyond. Click on FMM for more information on Sister's religious order.  

Photography: Peter Law

 
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