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Chinese New Year Mass 2019

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Be grateful to God, surrender everything to Him and be evangelisers – these were the three main points St Ignatius Church (SIC) Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD stressed in his homily at the Chinese New Year Mass on 5 Feb to usher in the Year of the Pig. The 10 am bilingual Mass saw the church filled to the brim as many parishioners came in various shades of red, an auspicious colour befitting the festive spirit. The main celebrant was Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD.

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In his homily, Fr Lawrence told the congregation to thank God and be grateful for the many blessings He has given us over the past year. Also important was to thank the many people who have helped us overcome our many difficulties. He also said we should surrender everything to God and not to worry too much about what life holds for us. “Accept whatever God gives you,” he added, whether blessings, happiness, sufferings or illnesses. “Take whatever God gives as a challenge.”

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On evangelisation, he said as we have been baptised and sent we have a responsibility to share our faith with others, especially this year which has been declared an extraordinary year of mission. He said all of us are called to be missionaries, not just the priests. He suggested that we do small things to bring the message of God’s love, simple gestures like a smile. Besides the bread and wine, also offered as offertory gifts at the Mass were flowers (representing adoration and admiration), red candles (hope and peace), new year cakes (unity and fellowship) and fruits (happiness and achievements).

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The rite of commemoration to ancestors was performed at the end of the Mass, led by Frs Andrew and Lawrence, to remember our ancestors. All bowed three times before the ancestral tablet while gifts of flowers, cups of wine and fruits were offered. Everyone then lined up to wish both priests a Happy Chinese New Year and receive an angpow from them. Oranges were also distributed to all who came. The morning ended with an energetic lion dance at the church entrance.

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