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SIC Parish Assembly 2016

More than 250 parishioners from both the English and Mandarin-speaking communities representing BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) and parish ministries attended this year’s Parish Assembly (PA) convened by St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1 pm. After praise & worship, enthronement and reading of the Bible and an opening prayer, Father Andrew Wong, CDD commenced proceedings with his first welcoming address as Parish Priest. He revealed that the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese census conducted last year recorded 6,240 parishioners in SIC which is the largest amongst Catholic churches in Petaling Jaya.

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Alphonso Lourdesamy (Chairman, Parish Coordinating Council) gave a review of activites carried out in 2015-2016 anchored by the parish theme – To be a Worshipping, Welcoming & Caring Community – followed by his counterpart Paul Tan doing likewise for the Mandarin community. A flashback video featuring major events & initiatives of the Parish Plan over the last two years was screened; Fr Andrew & SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD cut a celebratory cake; and Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) member Rita Krishnan gave a summary of feedback received from the Archdiocese Pastoral Questionnaire conducted in SIC in 2015. Lourdes Abishegam (Chairman, PPC) then presented a summary of the census undertaken which showed that 92% of our parishioners are locals while the rest comprise Malaysians from East Malaysia & foreigners from countries such as the Philippines, Nigeria & Indonesia. Women make up 57% of the parish population and almost half (49%) of our parishioners are in the 26-60 age group. 

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After a half-hour tea break, Lourdes gave an overview of the deliberations emanating from the Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention Four (PMPC IV) attended by more than 600 clergy and laity last month. As we wait for implementation & direction from the Archdiocese on the PMPC vision, the PPC has decided to continue with the successful strategies implemented in SIC in the past two years. A new parish theme for 2017 will be launched at the 8.45 am Mass on 27 November which is the First Sunday of Advent. After three new members were formally elected into the PPC and four into the Parish Chinese Apostolate (PCA), the PA programme continued with the Parish Finance Report by Edward Sta Maria (Chairman, Parish Finance Committee) and a Question & Answer session where all queries were addressed.

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Fr Andrew presided over the most captivating part of the gathering with a progress update on building works and a slew of upcoming changes in the parish. They include: Shifting of the Tabernacle to the centre of the Sanctuary; a bigger statue of Mother Mary at the Grotto; LED signboard screening Mass times, events & Scripture verses; no collections for the building fund in 2017; setting up of a ministry for evangelisation & a steering committee to study the need for a Social Justice & Peace group; Masses celebrated in Bahasa Malaysia from January 2017 to cater to East Malaysians; and futsal & basketball courts for the benefit of youths.

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Also in the pipeline are exhibitions about Mother Mary during Rosary month & our patron Saint Ignatius of Loyola during Parish Feast Day. Fees have been waived for: (a) Usage of the funeral parlour & aircon during funerals & weddings; and (b) extraction of baptism, confirmation & other certificates. Fr Andrew hope the changes implemented will help improve the spiritual growth, comfort in worship, and fellowship amongst parishioners. He added that both priests welcome ideas and concerns that will meet the needs of all, and asked for their support in return to continue growing the parish. PPC and PCA members were then commissioned and joined attendees in making a pledge to serve the SIC community to the best of their ability. The Parish Assembly ended at 4.30 pm with a closing prayer recited by all and a blessing from Fr Andrew.

Photography: John Ari Ragai & Matthew Soo

 

First Holy Communion for 73

How do you feel? Happy. Why? Because I have received Jesus. These short but sweet responses by nine-year-old Bryan Teoh could well be the same for 71 other children of St Ignatius Church (SIC) Standard 3 First Holy Communion Class of 2016 and a 16 year-old boy from the Church of Divine Mercy who received Christ the Bread of Life for the first time. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng was the celebrant at the Sunset Mass on 5 November 2016 with Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong & Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants. Fr Lawrence during his homily reminded parents to bring their children to attend Mass after Sunday school for untold graces from Jesus the Resurrection and the Life. He also reminded parents to be good role models as they – and not the church – are the first and primary catechists of the Christian faith. 

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Incorporated into the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church through Baptism while infants, receiving Christ in the Eucharist is the third Sacrament received by the children. Apart from bread and wine, the children offered up their First Holy Communion certificates – a symbol of remembrance of the first time they became one in the Body of Christ – and Camp Crafts Prayer Cards during the Offertory Procession. The children also sang a thanksgiving song followed with a pledge by their parents. Each child happily took turns to be photographed with Frs Lawrence, Andrew and Francis after Mass.

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Click on Sunday School  for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. View and download more photos fromFlickr logo

Photography: John Ari Ragai, Daniel Khong & Peter Law

 

Special Baptism & First Holy Communion

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Twenty children received their First Holy Communion at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) 6 pm Mass on Sunday 16 October 2016. Nine of them had been baptised by Fr Albet Arockiasamy, Parish Priest of Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puchong, at a ceremony which started at 4.45 pm and witnessed by their godparents, family members and friends. These are children of parent/s baptised as adults who want to join the Catholic Church or children of Catholic parents who have not had the opportunity to attend Sunday school (e.g. those who accompanied parents posted overseas). Each year, SIC Sunday school's special catechism programme help prepare such children who are within the Standard 3 to Form Four age group for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion. Towards the end of Mass, parents of the children who have received their First Holy Communion and godparents of children who were baptised recited a pledge to be faith role models for the children.

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Click on Sunday school for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 

Photography: John Ragai & Daniel Khong

 

First Cardinal for Malaysia

soterfernandezNineteen November 2016 will be a historic milestone for the Catholic Church in Malaysia as it marks the appointment of the Most Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez to the College of Cardinals by His Holiness Pope Francis. A cardinal (Latin: sanctae romanae ecclesiae cardinalis – literally cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church) is a senior ecclesiastical leader. Cardinals are considered princes of the Church who were chosen to be close advisors to the Pope. Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Emeritus Fernandez was appointed the second Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur in 1983 and retired 20 years later. He was ordained a priest in 1966 and served as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei from 1987-1990 and 2000-2003. More information are available as follows: Media Statement by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei and Vatican for the duties of cardinals.

 

RCIA Bonding Session

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by Shaun Chan 

RCIA 2016-2017 team and inquirers held a bonding session in Rumah Kebajikan Good Shepherd, Ulu Klang, on Saturday 26 September 2016. The gathering was a huge success with inquirers and some of their sponsors participating in various events - quizes, coordination activities, creative sketches on God’s creation, dance choreographies and enactments of parables. Many hidden talents were uncovered which is testament to the manifold gifts of God and much love emanated from one another during this period of interaction and fellowship. Participants also took time to check out handicraft and goodies prepared for sale. All who participated thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next event.     

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SIC @ WYD Krakow

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by Christiansen Ng

In Poland, the majority of people there are Catholics. From the first day I reached, the people there have been giving me great hospitality, especially my foster family. They gave my friends and I a big warm hug when we first met up in the parish church where we attended our daily masses. They also treated us like their own children, cooking for us great Polish cuisine, and even washing our dirty clothes even when we didn't ask them to. They also brought us around for some sight seeing, took us to some churches and even a theme park for us to play for some time.  

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The most unforgettable food I had in my foster family was during the barbecue day. That evening, after we came back from a long hike near the hills, my foster family set up a barbecue pit in the garden where we dined while sitting on the seesaw. We talked, laughed, took photos, enjoyed the food and the moments we had together. I feel very grateful that God has allowed me to experience this event in my life, which will be a special part of my memories. God loves us so much and it is because of Him that all this was possible. In the future I will be as generous as my foster family and open up my house for other pilgrims to stay in and give them good hospitality just as they have given me. Click on wydicon3 for a compilation by World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrims Jonathan Gan, Shamus Siau & Bernard Ow of other recollections and pictures.

 

Talks on Eucharistic Adoration

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Professor Anthony Chan who is a lay leader from the Dallas parish in the United States gave two talks on Eucharistic Adoration at the Costantini Community Centre on Sat 1 Oct. He shared his experiences relating to the Eucharist to the English-speaking community which was attended by 130 parishioners of SIC as well as from other Catholic churches in the Petaling Jaya district. An even bigger crowd of 300 attended his talk in Cantonese to the Mandarin-speaking community. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng and Fr Philip Tan (Provincial CDD Malaysia) also attended the talks.   

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Ten volunteers (in above photo) who attended the session in English will help kick-start Eucharistic Adoration in SIC and their respective churches. A similar number (in photo below) who attended the session in Cantonese will do likewise.    

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Season of Creation

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First of September 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the call by Pope Francis for Catholics to observe the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. All the faithful are invited to join the Pope to pray for the care of creation, united with our Orthodox and Christian sisters and brothers of other denominations who already celebrate this day. Pope Francis has further designated the observance of the Season of Creation for 2016 i.e. between 1 September and 4 October (Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi  patron saint of animals and ecology). St Ignatius Church (SIC) is participating in the Season of Creation this year commencing with offer of prayers on 1 September. Over the next four weeks, specific prayers of the Faithful for Creation shall be offered during Masses.

SEASON OF CREATION

Corresponding Week

Theme

Week 1

23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Humbly Take Our Place

Week 2

24th Week in Ordinary Time

Reconcile the World

Week 3

25th Week in Ordinary Time

Loving Embrace

Week 4

26th Week in Ordinary Time

Respect

Incorporating a Season of Creation into our Liturgical Calendar during September is one way to structurally help implement the vision of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). As a pastoral initiative, the four-week long liturgical season would help believers become aware of and address the ecological challenges of the 21st century. Click on Creation to read the Pope's letter on the establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. More information are available at Season of Creation and Resource. Click on Laudato Si'  to watch the video screened at SIC over the weekend of 3-4 September. Click onseasonofcreationprayerto read the Christian Prayer in Union with Creation by Pope Francis. 

 
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