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30th Anniversary Feast Day Celebration

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“We love you like crazy!” These emotive words from a team of Redemptorist priests were directed often to parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) as well as the priests concelebrating Masses during the Redemptorist Mission Month in July 2018 coinciding with the 30th Anniversary Celebration at SIC. As their preaching were interspersed with personal testimonies, accounts of real-life experiences and anecdotes spiced with doses of wit & humour, it can be safely mentioned that the feelings of attendees towards the priests were mutual.

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Focusing on the theme Celebrating Family of Faith, Hope & Love, Fr Patrick Massang (Vice-Provincial, Singapore & Malaysia Redemptorists), Fr Simon Pereira (Novena Church, Singapore) & Fr Terence Wee (Novena Church, Singapore) celebrated daily Masses at homes of BEC members; visited the sick, elderly & home-bound; and held numerous formation talks to help families reconcile, bond & stay connected. They also preached at SIC's weekend Masses during the whole month of July with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as concelebrants.

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As the numbers are much smaller and more cosy compared to Mass in church, there were much more rapport and banter between priests and BEC members at the home Masses. For instance, Fr Simon regaled BEC SS25 St Emmanuel members in sharing his encounters with the supernatural. Fr Simon had jokingly forewarned that those who listen may not be able to sleep but members took up the challenge nevertheless. Great thing is that good will always triumph over evil and God is supreme over all.

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Fr Terence focused mainly on the Mandarin-speaking community where weekday Masses and a formation talk were held at the Roof Top of Costantini Community Centre. Amongst other things, the Redemptorists reminded families about the sacredness of human life; the dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God; the importance of the Eucharist, prayer & forgiveness; and critically the place of God at the centre of family life. Also contributing to the celebration were Fr William Michael (Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur) & his Archdiocese team who gave a talk on the Child Protection Act on 7 July.

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A nine-day Novena with Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration was held from 13 to 22 July to prepare parishioners for this year's celebration. Continuing on, another nine-day Novena was held from 23 to 31 July with rosary prayers, recitations of the Litany of St Ignatius of Loyola followed by Mass. There was Anointing of the Sick after the penultimate Mass on 30 July. In the congregation was a group of catechists from Sabah attired in bright orange T-shirts. At the culmination of the celebration on Tuesday 31 July, SIC was fully-packed for the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola – patron saint of SIC – with a multilingual Mass at 8 pm. A procession comprising representatives of church ministries and BECs had filed into church before the Mass.

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Parishioners were given Eat, Talk & Connect gift packs to promote conversation and avoid the use of phones during family meals. The purpose is to enable family members to connect more closely and understand each other more as a family. There was fellowship after Mass to celebrate 30 years of spiritual growth, continuing graces upon graces, and innumerable blessings upon the parish and the People of God.

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