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Parish Feast Day Triduum 2019

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On the first day of the Triduum on 29 July, Fr Kenneth Gopal OCD in his homily gave a brief recap about the Extraordinary Missionary Year theme Baptised and Sent which was also the theme adopted by St Ignatius Church (SIC) for its feast day celebration this year. As members of the Body of Christ through baptism, we partake in the mission of Jesus to lead all men & women to God. Before we lead people to an Encounter With Jesus, we must have encountered Jesus ourselves. At the same time, our relationship with the Lord must be growing.

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Just as important are ways to make our churches more attractive by having a welcoming spirit & a consideration for different situations. Fr Kenneth also encouraged Catholics to spend more time in prayer because that is where we encounter Jesus. And to read the Bible so that the Word of God will transform our lives & equip us to speak to our friends about our faith. Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD as concelebrant at the Mass which started at 8 pm. A movie titled Paul: Apostle of Christ was screened the previous night.

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In line with Testimony of Mission which was the topic for the second day, Fr Kenneth spoke about the great zeal of two great missionaries – St Francis Xavier and St Theresa of the Child Jesus. St Francis led an extensive evangelisation mission into Asia whilst St Theresa was mainly confined to her convent as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Having great zeal for the salvation of souls, St Francis travelled extensively & faced opposition whilst on mission while St Theresa went about her daily life doing work with great love for the repentance of sinners & their turning back to God. Both St Francis & St Theresa are patron saints of missions.

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We ourselves can be witnesses for mission if we have the heart of Jesus who is compassion and love. With the heart of Christ in us, the Holy Spirit will help us in all the other aspects such as to how to share our faith & lead others to God. Citing an issue amongst mixed marriages where the Catholic spouse leave the Church or become lukewarm to the faith, Fr Kenneth cited the remarkable success of such marriages in South Korea where not only spouses are converted but their in-laws & families too. This was due to good Catholics knowledgeable in their faith, practising & devout, firm in their formation, absolutely efficacious in the love that they show for their parents & fearless in their sharing.

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Fr Kenneth, who was the main celebrant at Mass, gave one last piece of advice: Let us be converted first, then there is no stopping our missionary work. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD was the concelebrant. Right after Mass, parishioners made their way to the Rooftop of Costantini Centre to watch a musical titled The Witness. Through song, dance, music, acting, narration & images, key events in the life of Christ were brought to life on stage. At the end of the performance which was watched by a packed hall, Fr Andrew thanked and blessed the performers, who are mostly parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kuala Lumpur.

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This year's Parish Feast Day Triduum culminated with a multilingual Mass on 31 July preceded by a procession into church by church ministries and Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs). Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence, Fr Francis Chong CDD (Superior General of CDD), Fr Lucas Ng CDD (Provincial, CDD Malaysia) Fr John Chia CDD & Fr Gregory Chan (Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption) as concelebrants. In his homily on the topic of Missionary Charity, Fr Francis mentioned examples of the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead & give alms to the poor) undertaken by the Catholic Church in Malaysia and by SIC. It is through acts of charity – when we live out our faith – that we bear witness to Christ.

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Fr Francis was the main celebrant at the Mandarin Masses held concurrently at the Costantini Community Centre on the first two days of the Triduum. On behalf of SIC, Fr Andrew thanked Frs Kenneth and Francis for helping to make the event a success – the church was full for the final day of the event and also drew a substantial number of attendees on the first two days. Parishioners and priests then mingled happily with each other during fellowship after Mass.

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More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife

 
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