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For the month of August, we are encouraged to reflect on the theme Hope: Eucharist Nourishes Us at our BEC gatherings. Click on Reflection Paper for the information in four languages.

Parish Feast Day Triduum 2017

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This year's Parish Feast Day Triduum anchored by the theme – Be Disciples of Hope (Creative, Inclusive & Bridge Building) – culminated with a multilingual Mass on Monday 31 July 2017 at St Ignatius Church (SIC). The eucharistic celebration held at 8 pm coincided with the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of SIC and founder of the Society of Jesus who passed away 461 years ago. Representatives from both English- and Mandarin-speaking Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) and ministries processed into church with buntings 15 minutes before Mass starts. Fr George Harrison (Parish Priest, Church of Visitation, Seremban) was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD & Fr Francis Ng CDD as concelebrants.

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In his homily, Fr George advised parishioners to not just pray, pay and obey. Don't just be onlookers but serve in church ministries and BECs; reach out to those outside the church such as migrants; visit the home-bound, the suffering & sick in hospitals; build bridges with people of other faiths by visiting their places of worship. Be an active member of the Body of Christ. At the close of Mass, Fr Andrew thanked his fellow priests and organisers who made the event a success. He also remarked that this was the first Mass ever in SIC where the choir sang in English, Mandarin, Bahasa and Tamil – four languages also used by Fr George during the Eucharistic celebration. Parishioners joined priests for a fellowship meal after Mass.

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On the first day of the Triduum on 29 July, Fr VA Michael (Parish Priest, Church of St Paul the Hermit, Bestari Jaya) was the main celebrant at the 6 pm sunset Mass with a focus on healing. Parishioners had the opportunity to be prayed over for healing after the Mass. Concurrently at the Costantini Community Centre, Fr Aloysius Tan (Parish Priest, Church of the Sacred Heart, Kampar, Perak) was the main celebrant at the sunset Mass for Mandarin-speaking parishioners. Fr Aloysius was also the main celebrant during the following day's 6.45 am & 11.15 am (Mandarin) Mass during which he focused on Being Creative.

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During the 8.45 am Mass during which Fr Alberto Irenus SJ (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of St Francis Xavier, Petaling Jaya) shared about the importance of Being Inclusive in his homily. Everyone is welcome to the Kingdom of God. However, in the Church (the Kingdom of God on earth) parishioners serve in ministries geared to their talents and capabilities. Fr Gregory Chan (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption, Petaling Jaya) focused on Bridge Building in his homily at the 6 pm Mass. A new movie titled "Ignacio de Loyola" on the life of SIC's patron saint was screened at 8 pm.

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Other activities organised as part of the Triduum include a nine-day Novena to St Ignatius, Liturgy of the Hours, recitations of the rosary & Litany of St Ignatius, a Blood Donation drive, and a talk in Mandarin of the same title as the triduum theme Be Disciples of Hope by Fr Aloysius on Sunday 30 July 2017.

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A Happy Feast Day to all parishioners of SIC!

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