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Chinese New Year Mass 2020

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In spite of fears of a slowing world economy and the uncomfortable hot weather, this year's Chinese New Year Mass held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Saturday 25 January 2020 was as joyous and well-attended as in previous years. Both inside and outside the church, the young and not-so-young dressed predominantly in red came together as a worshipping community to usher in the Year of the Rat and pray for the blessings & abundance of Almighty God in the year ahead.

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In his homily at this combined English & Mandarin Mass, Fr Francis Chong CDD (Superior General, CDD) advised that we must not neglect our spiritual life even as we aspire to excel in education, attain greater material wealth & hope for good health. Referring to the Beatitudes in the Gospel Reading, Fr Francis reminded that as children of God, our goal is eternal life. We need to let God be the centre of our lives & balance our spiritual life with physical life – for real hope & real joy and the blessings of God.

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SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was the main celebrant with Fr Francis, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Fr John Heng from Taiwan as concelebrants. Among the gifts brought to the altar were flowers (representing adoration & admiration), red candles (hope & peace), nian gao (Chinese New Year cakes representing unity & fellowship) and fruits (happiness & achievements).

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A Rite of Commemoration of Ancestors was conducted after the final blessing, beginning with a reading from the Book of Sirach 44:1-15 in remembrance and praise of our forebears for their great contributions & rich heritage; teachings & acts of virtue and piety which deserve our honour & respect; and example for us to imitate. 

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On behalf of the congregation, Fr Andrew offered joss sticks (to honour our ancestors), two baskets of flowers (representing love), three cups of wine (remembrance) and two trays of fruits (admiration). Frs Andrew & Lawrence then blessed oranges which were given out together with ang pows (red envelopes containing money as a symbol of good fortune) to attendees. A lion dance performance then ensued at the church entrance to round out the celebrations.  

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SIC wish all a Blessed and Happy Chinese New Year!

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Infant Baptism - Jan 2020

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Pongal Festival

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SIC Says 'NO' to Single-Use Items

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by Sharon Woo & Pollyanna George Joseph (PIHDM Green Team)

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.” - Genesis 2:15

Answering this Christian call and Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment titled “Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home”, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHDM) Green Team was inspired to build an “Upcycled Christmas Tree”. With a month to Christmas, the team took on a mammoth task to put together a Christmas tree made from 100% recycled materials.

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This included first obtaining the blessings of SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, collecting recyclable materials from SIC parishioners, designing and crafting the tree’s decorations and garnering other support needed. After many tireless days and nights, the strong support of key ministries and volunteer parishioners, we successfully managed to build a beautiful upcycled Christmas tree and a mixed-media Nativity scene positioned at the church entrance.

A video on the “Upcycled Christmas Tree” project and its objective was played during weekend Masses (English and Mandarin) and continuous efforts will be made to strengthen the spirit of “Caring for Our Common Home” amongst the SIC family. Special thanks to the Green Team members; Vincent Raj (who is also PIHDM Coordinator) and Jenny Seow who were instrumental in making the project a reality & getting the tree ready on time!

 

Appreciation Fellowship 2019

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Parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) packed the Rooftop of Costantini Centre for its Appreciation Fellowship held from 7.30 pm on Saturday 28 December 2019. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD thanked parishioners who gave their time and effort in serving in ministries & BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) for the greater glory of God.

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Fr Andrew stressed the importance of serving with love, as serving without love is meaningless in the eyes of God. As disciples of the Lord, parishioners were reminded to always be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience – serving with selfless love, sacrifice & obedience.

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Appreciation certificates were presented to pastoral & coordinating councils, ministries & BECs of English- & Mandarin-speaking communities, as well as the Bahasa Malaysia- & Tamil-speaking groups for their roles in building up the Body of Christ in the Church of St Ignatius.

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Parishioners of various ages put up various song and dance items to entertain the audience. In line with the theme of Wild Wild West, many come dressed up their cowboy, cowgirl & native American Indian outfits with the best dressed getting rewarded for their efforts.

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Quite a number of parishioners had Lady Luck smiling on them as they went home with lucky draw prizes. An extremely lucky parishioner won the grand prize of a 49-inch Full HD Colour TV. Also present at the event were Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD & Fr Lucas Ng CDD (Provincial, CDD priests in Malaysia).

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