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Pre-Confirmation Camp


Three participants who attended the camp shared their experiences and what they have learnt:

A total of 59 students and six Sunday school teachers from the Pre-Confirmation Class of St Ignatius Church (SIC) participated in this camp, which was themed “EMPOWER ME”. The camp was held at the Marist Brothers Champagnat Youth Centre, Port Dickson, from 9 to 11 November 2018. The journey begun with the students and teachers being split into two buses which took about two hours to reach the venue. This gave students time to relax and calm down, as it was overwhelming for some because it was their first time attending a church camp.

Upon arrival the students were split into two dorms based on gender before their first session began. The camp was facilitated by renowned speaker Martin Jalleh. Although there was an age gap between him and the students, Martin was able to quickly grasp the students’ attention and convince them to pay attention to him by having them participate in the activities he organised, and getting the students to invest in what he had to say emotionally and spiritually. Martin hosted a total of eight sessions throughout the entirety of the camp, which covered relationships, handling pressure and inner healing.


A session that particularly stands out was the Inner Healing Session. Inner healing was different compared to the rest of the sessions as it was a more serious session where students asked God for strength to help them to forgive those who had hurt them, while also asking for forgiveness for the sins and pain that they had inflicted onto others. Many students broke down in tears that night, but all were rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit, with both teachers and students alike staying up till the wee hours of the night laughing, conversing, and building greater rapport between friends, as well as bonding together to form a strong Catholic community. The students were also extremely fortunate this year as they were able to be present at the sunset mass celebrated by Fr Paul Sia, who was newly ordained on 6 November 2018.


Besides participating in the activities and games organised by Martin, some of the students also had the opportunity to plan their own set of games for the rest of the students to take part in. There was an array of games planned by the games team, which included charades, coin finding and finding the ball. All the games were purposefully designed to get the students out of their comfort zone and help them build their communication skills as they were forced to cooperate with the other teammates to finish the game.


Some of the students, particularly the more shy ones and those who preferred working alone, found it very difficult to break out of their shell and cooperate with their team members. Fortunately the other members were very supportive and helped motivate the more shy ones to break out of their shells, to get out of their comfort zones and to acquire a stronger voice. Throughout the entire camp, many students learned a variety of new things and skills that can and will help them as they grow older and face more challenges emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Some learned how to break out of their shells to socialise with people. Some learned to put their mobile devices aside and have face-to-face conversations. Others learned that God is humorous. Some even learned how to face their fears. At the end of the day it was truly an unforgettable camp because everyone had made new friends. The class had grown closer and was more like a family. It had been one rollercoaster of a camp, with many ups and downs (but mostly ups). What a blast it was! by Alexander Thomas & Ashley Chooi


After our arrival at the confirmation camp, the students gathered themselves in an open hall to be ushered up into our dorms to settle down. Our sleeping place had been tight in space, but the narrow walkways from the neatly cluttered bunk beds made me feel a sense of comradeship to have had to be so close to my classmates. We were then introduced to Martin Jalleh who was the designated speaker of our batch. He was a man of many words and impactful lessons. I believe that because of him, many of us learnt many new things about ourselves throughout those few days.

The food was great with its wide array of choices and sizeable portions of chicken and fish. Personally, I felt that the break times were too short as we were expected to have our showers within a 30-minute time span with only five stalls among so many of us of one gender. We made it work, somehow, and thankfully, some of us girls didn’t mind the lateness in finishing up before dinner. Separated into teams, the students from the Praise & Worship group did beautifully with their talented singing and musical accompaniment.


The games team made great use of the wide expanse of field ground we were allowed. Flour and water became the main sources of fun and exasperation, but anyone could tell that we had fun with contagious laughter all around that evening. The administrative team shouldn’t be left out either. Due to their efforts, a fun skit of Angels and Mortals ran smoothly. Many learnt that even a single act of kindness with the Lord’s guiding hand could make someone’s day. – by Nicole Wen


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Hot & Cold Drinks at Your Convenience


Where can you get a cup of cappuccino or latte for just RM1? Or a can of chilled drink for the same price? Those who are not already aware may be surprised to know that they are available right here in St Ignatius Church (SIC). Two vending machines have been installed at the ground floor of the new building close to the prayer room & toilets. Besides hot & cold coffee, lemon tea & Milo, there are various flavours of cold drinks from well-known brands such as Pepsi, 7up, Lipton, Mirinda & Revive, as well as Bleu mineral water.


SIC parishioners Christina Loh and Dato Joy Appukuttan who were in the vicinity were pleasantly surprised when told about their availability and pricing. So the next time you are thirsty or need a drink to go with your food in church, the vending machines are just a hop, skip & a jump away.


30th Anniversary Family Carnival


From the moment St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD launched festivities at 9 am up to the lucky draw with an LED TV as the grand prize just after 3 pm, a continuous stream of parishioners, family members and friends moved in and out of the covered car park of the church. Packed with stalls selling various food & drinks, games, arts & craft, handicraft, books (Daughters of St Paul) and even one selling vegetables, this was the venue of the SIC Family Carnival on Saturday 17 November 2018. The event was held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebration of SIC.




There were song and dance as well as cultural items presented by the English, Mandarin, Tamil and Bahasa Malaysia communities. Performances on stage included a display of Chinese martial arts, songs by SIC children's choir, a drama skit & dances by a group of Myanmese children under the auspices of the PIHD Migrants Group. Particularly popular with young children were an inflatable castle and arts & craft stalls while the older children, youths and not-so-old adults tried to overcome challenges at the games stalls. There were also horse & pony and super-bike rides for all ages and a cosplay competition involving biblical characters. Adding their wit and charm as Masters of Ceremony for the carnival were radio personalities Elspeth Dines and Phat Fabes.




Much laughter and ribbing can be heard at one of the games stall where Fr Andrew, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Br Joseph Lim CDD and other parishioners sportingly volunteered to be dunked into water – for a price and only if challengers are able to hit the target. Towards the end of the event, Frs Andrew & Lawrence and the organising committee cut a cake commemorating this significant milestone in SIC history. Fr Andrew then thanked the organising committee, ministries & BECs and all who helped make the event a success. A beehive of activity for some six hours, the carnival aptly encapsulates SIC as a close-knit yet welcoming community working towards its parish pastoral theme for 2018-2019 – For the Greater Glory of God.




More photos and videos are available at Youtube andparishlife


SIC Parish Assembly 2018


More than 260 parishioners from both the English and Mandarin-speaking communities representing BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) and parish ministries attended this year’s Parish Assembly (PA) convened by St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Saturday 11 November 2018 at 1 pm. After praise & worship, enthronement and reading of the Bible and reciting of a community opening prayer, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD commenced proceedings with a  welcoming address. Roeshan Gomez (English) and Raymond Hoo (Mandarin) were the co-Masters of Ceremony at the gathering held at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre.



Richard Lai (Acting Chairman, Parish Coordinating Council) gave a review of activites carried out in 2017-2018 followed by his counterpart Paul Tan doing likewise for the Mandarin community. Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) member Sharma Rajadurai then explained the rationale, background and roll-out of the Parish Plan for SIC for 2018-2019 in line with the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Five Year Plan. A Parish Planning Workshop was held on 13 October 2018 to come up with a draft plan which was later refined by the PPC. The three clusters chosen for focus at SIC are BEC (Basic Ecclesial Communities), Family and Youth. Strengths, Weaknesses & Areas of Concern for these three clusters as well as their action plans & collaborating ministries were projected for viewing.


PPC Chairman Lourdes Abishegam then took the floor to urge parishioners to support the plan. After two new members were formally elected & two members re-elected into the PPC, Victoria Ho (Parish Finance Committee) presented the Parish Finance Report. The Parish Assembly ended with a closing prayer and a blessing from Fr Andrew. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD also attended the assembly.


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Launch of 30th Anniversary Coffee Table Book


Starting off with research in October 2017 and much work in between, the editorial team producing the 30th Anniversary coffee table book finally saw the fruit of their labour when the publication was launched at the weekend Masses of St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 3-4 November 2018. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD unveiled the book towards the end of the English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia Mass. In his message in the book, Fr Andrew mentioned that “in our 30th anniversary would be good to showcase our meeting place, SIC itself, as a place of worship. Within these pages, we have tried to depict the initiatives we have taken to put in place the sacramentals and facilities we have developed in our endeavour to enhance worship at this holy place”. Especially invaluable were the insights and details provided by the late Fr Francis Ng CDD – the first CDD Parish Priest of SIC – about the early history and building up of SIC.


Q: If I already have the SIC 25th anniversary coffee table book, why should I buy the 30th anniversary issue? The 30th anniversary edition contains much information and pictures not available in the previous edition. Furthermore, there were numerous developments which took place in the subsequent five years such as interior church renovations including the sanctuary & confession rooms; Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto; the Murals wall depicting events in the life of Christ; Stations of the Cross at the Riverside; and the conversion of the annexe rooftop into an air-conditioned venue for exhibitions, rallies, seminars etc. There are much more in the book which is available for sale at the special price of RM30 per copy (actual cost = RM60) at the SIC church office during office hours. Do hurry with your purchase as there are limited copies.


RCIA Outreach 2018



As part of their efforts in guiding current journey inquirers, the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) team organised an outreach activity to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor St Francis Xavier Home for the Elderly in Cheras on Sunday 28 October. Just a few weeks before the visit, the entire team gathered a donation sum for the home – enabling the purchase of new mattresses & pillows, replenishing of their pantry and presentation of a love offering to the sisters. Inquirers brought along their family members, friends and sponsors to witness the spirit of hospitality demonstrated by the caring sisters.


Sister Teresa gave a briefing on the various activities organised to ensure the senior residents spend their time well and keep up their hobbies. She then led all visitors to have a tour of the home, allowing everyone to have a first-hand look at the facilities made available. All were amazed on the cleanliness of the upkeep, including rooms, halls, gardens and ponds. Before lunch was served, the RCIA team serenaded the residents with a few hymns while the inquirers participated in serving drinks and food. After lunch, all were invited to visit the souvenir shop to check on the hand-made items done by the residents.!


Sister Teresa reminded everyone to visit the home's auditorium on 26 December at 2.30 pm to witness their Christmas performance. On the other hand, the inquirers also enjoyed listening to His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez – Malaysia's first and only Cardinal & Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur – who shared his life experiences. Many of the children of inquirers surrounded Cardinal Soter for they enjoyed the gifts of candy and religious stickers presented. Inquirers took home a sense of community life, with sharing and serving taught by the Lord, that will inspire them to continue living in hope and prayer.

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Forum on Death Penalty


Close to two hundred members of the public including parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) attended a forum titled Death Penalty - Is it a Deterrent? held at SIC Costantini Centre on Monday 29 October at 8 pm. After a welcome address by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Yang Arif Dato Mah Weng Kwai (retired Court of Appeal Judge), Yang Arif Tuan Jagjit Singh (retired Sessions Court Judge), Prematilaka Serisena (Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardana Society, Buddhist Society) and Rev Fr Michael Chua (Chancellor, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur & Parish Priest, Church of Jesus Caritas) each took the floor to address the audience.


Yang Berhormat Teresa Kok (Minister of Primary Industries & Member of Parliament for Seputeh) and Yang Berhormat Kasthuri Patto (Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan) also shared their views towards the end of the forum. SIC parishioner Dato Joy Appukuttan played the role of moderator at the forum which was jointly organised by SIC and the Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur.


Streamed 'live' and watched by viewers as far away as in Brazil, the US and Japan, the event has already garnered more than 600 views on Youtube as of date.


First Holy Communion for 58


After Sunset Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 20 October, nine-year-old Ava Marie Maran Low said she felt happy. Why? Because I have received Jesus. This could very well be the same response of 57 other children from SIC's Standard 3 First Holy Communion Class of 2018 who received Christ the Bread of Life for the first time. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration with Fr Paulino Miranda as concelebrant. Fr Andrew thanked all who helped prepare the boys and girls to receive their first holy communion. He also encouraged parents to live and practise their faith as well as continue to train their children in the Christian faith and its practice.




Incorporated into the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church through Baptism while infants, receiving Christ in the Eucharist is the third Sacrament received by the children. Apart from bread and wine, the children offered up their First Holy Communion certificates – a symbol of remembrance of the first time they become one in the Body of Christ – and Camp Crafts Prayer Cards during the Offertory Procession. The children also sang a thanksgiving song titled Every Move I Make followed with a pledge by their parents. Each child happily took turns to be photographed with Frs Andrew and Paulino after Mass.





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Special Baptism & First Holy Communion


Fifteen children received their First Holy Communion at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) 6 pm Mass on Sunday 30 September 2018. Eleven children and an infant who is a sibling of one of the children were baptised by Fr Alberto Irenus SJ at a ceremony held before Mass with godparents, family members and friends in attendance. These are children of parent/s baptised as adults who want to join the Catholic Church or children of Catholic parents who have not had the opportunity to attend Sunday school (e.g. those who accompanied parents posted overseas). Each year, SIC Sunday school's special catechism programme help prepare such children who are within the Standard 3 to Form Four age group for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion.




Earlier, 18 children from SIC's Mandarin Sunday school received First Holy Communion from SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at the 11.15 am Mandarin Mass.


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