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RCIA Rite of Acceptance 2017

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by Shaun Chan, RCIA Facilitator 

The start of the Season of Advent in St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 3 December 2017 coincided with the welcoming of the new batch of catechumens into the community. At the 8.45 am Mass, celebrant Fr Lawrence Ng CDD invited the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) enquirers to come into the church after the sounds of "knocking of the church door" were heard. A total of 43 enquirers with their respective sponsors then filed in to attend the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. The Rites included welcoming, signing of the cross on the forehead as well as presentation of crucifixes. All these signified a commitment from the entire church community to accept and share in the growth in faith, and work towards giving these new members love, guidance and prayers.

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Fr Lawrence reiterated that although these catechumens cannot participate fully in the Lord’s Eucharist, they should stay with the community as a sign of hope that all God’s children will eat and drink with the Lord. After Mass, the catechumens, their family members and sponsors were invited to join in a breakfast welcoming tea reception initiated by BECCOT (Basic Ecclesial Communities Coordinating Team) during which the new faces had the opportunity to mingle with the larger church community.

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SSS Completes Another Module

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Forty two participants received certificates for attending at least four out of five sessions of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say & Do in the Liturgy module which ended on 27 November 2017. Conducted by SIC Scripture Study (SSS) over five sessions, the study was also attended by six SSS facilitators and led by 12 other facilitators. During each session, attendees watched a video presentation by theologian, author & scholar Dr Edward Sri followed by group sharing which lasted for slightly over an hour each time.

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There was a good mix of parishioners from the newly-baptised to mature Catholics for this module which is the shortest conducted by SSS. Amongst other aspects, attendees learnt the biblical background to the words, prayers & gestures experienced in the Liturgy and discovered how the Mass is a ‘true re-presentation’ of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross. This marked the second time the module was conducted, the first time was in 2015.

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Want to learn more about the Bible or the Catholic faith? Click on SSS, CCC and Online Resources.

 

Wedding Anniversary Mass

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A Wedding Anniversary Mass was held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Saturday 25 November 2017 at 3 pm for 18 couples who have been married from 11 to 34 years. Four of the couples who were celebrating their 25th or Silver Wedding Anniversary received Apostolic Blessings from His Holiness Pope Francis and were presented certificates to commemorate the milestone. Fr Stephen Ng CDD was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Fr Martin Then CDD as concelebrants. Family members, friends and parishioners were in the congregation to witness the couples renew their wedding vows. Congratulations to all the couples who are living witnesses of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

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RCIA Outreach to Little Sisters of the Poor

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by Jason Yap, Deputy Coordinator, RCIA 

On Sunday 19 November, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2017-18 visited the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Elderly in Cheras. The brief for the enquirers was simple: To bring cheer and love to the elderly folks at the Home. Within two weeks, almost RM6,000 was raised and the enquirers organised amongst themselves to purchase items and provisions needed by the Home. The visit started with Sunday Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez.

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After Mass, the provisions were handed over to Sister Theresa who received the items on behalf of the Home. Sister Theresa proceeded to give a tour of the facilities and explained the mission of the Home. The enquirers then served the residents their chicken & char-siew rice lunch specially packed for this outreach event. Many took the opportunity to mingle with the elderly residents and countless stories and laughter were shared.

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As the season of Advent is round the corner, it was a timely reminder to all to reach out to the less fortunate and lonely. The smiles we brought made it a day well spent. Again, well done the Class of 2017-2018!

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SIC Parish Assembly 2017

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This year's Parish Assembly (PA) held on Saturday 18 Nov, as mentioned by St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD in his welcome speech, will be Archdiocese-led which is a departure from last year. Starting at 1 pm with enthronement and reading of the Bible and an opening prayer, SIC Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Chairman Lourdes Abishegam welcomed Monsignor Mitchel Joseph [Vicar-General, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur; Director, Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute (API) & Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption] to the gathering. Monsignor Mitchel explained that the concerns which will be tabled for discussion were raised by leaders of the diocese who gathered at Holy Family Church, Kajang, before the Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention (PMPC) IV in 2016. Monsignor Mitchel then highlighted the main thrusts of Aggiornamento 1976 and the last three PMPC gatherings. Going forward in the next five years, he encouraged all ministries to be guided by the spirit of Creativity, Inclusivity and Bridge Building which were the desired qualities emanating from PMPC IV.

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API member David Nathan took the floor to provide further insights into PMPC IV by revealing details on participation, feedback received and the eight clusters (each with three areas of concern) formulated into the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Five Year Plan (2017-2022). Attendees comprising the English-, Mandarin- & Bahasa Malaysia-speaking communities broke into groups to discuss the concerns and suggested action plans for SIC. Various suggestions were presented to resolve concerns in the areas of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), Family Life, Formation, Integral Human Development, Inter Religious Dialogue, Social Communication, Unity and Youth. Monsignor Mitchel suggested that instead of tackling all 24 areas of concern in a five-year period, it would be more practical to address two per year in light of many other church events & activities which need to be organised.

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The PA programme continued with an address by His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow who asked parishioners to discern what God is asking each of them to do for SIC individually and as a church community. Despite the big enrolment in SIC's RCIA programme this year, he encouraged parishioners to look after each other as there are also those who are leaving or have left the church. He also appealed to each person present to play their role in their work places, BECs & neighbourhoods and the younger generation to consider a teaching career in mission schools so that they will continue to be relevant by having Christian headmasters & other senior appointments. SIC has booked 100 copies of a booklet titled Called To Teach for those interested in this noble profession.

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The Parish Finance Report by Edward Sta Maria (Chairman, Parish Finance Committee) was projected and a Question & Answer session ensued where all queries were addressed. The Parish Assembly ended at 4.30 pm with a closing prayer by Sharma Rajadurai (Vice-Chairman, PPC) and a blessing from Archbishop Julian. Also in attendance were Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD. Raymond Hoo translated seamlessly into Mandarin while Rita Krishnan (Secretary, PPC) acted as Master of Ceremony at the event attended by 250 parishioners and held for the first time at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre.

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Marian Exhibition Draws 7,000 Visitors

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Just in the first hour alone, more than a hundred parishioners had already streamed into the Marian Exhibition held at the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre in St Ignatius Church (SIC). The event was opened by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD at 10 am on Sunday 8 Oct 2017. Also in attendance at the opening were Fr Martin Then CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD together with event organisers comprising ministries and BECs. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in a mountainous region in the middle of Portugal known as Fatima where the Mother of God appeared six times to three young children. 

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Anchored by the theme Mother Mary is in the Heart of Every Disciple, the event showcased the four Marian Dogmas (Perpetual Virginity, Mother of God, Immaculate Conception & Assumption) and 12 apparitions of which nine have been approved by the Catholic Church. Visitors were able to attend talks on various Marian topics, view video screenings & movies, hand in prayer petitions, pray the rosary as a community and take in the beautiful decorations, artwork & figurines.

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Various groups started to visit the exhibition including a delegation of 40 from the Chinese Apostolate of St Joseph Church in Plentong, Johor, on Sunday 15 Oct, a group of 20 (including six priests) from Hualien Diocese, Taiwan, whom Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Stephen Ng CDD and Fr Augustine Lee (Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Bentong, Pahang) mingled happily with; more than 40 residents & caregivers from the Little Sisters of the Poor; more than 20 residents from Sri Seronok Retirement Village; and parishioners of Church of the Holy Rosary, Kuala Lumpur.

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Visits from groups continued on Thursday 19 Oct with 25 parishioners from Church of Jesus Caritas (JCC), Kepong, & eight from Church of St Aloysius, Mantin, Negeri Sembilan. Another group from JCC who visited on Saturday 21 Oct got a bonus as they were able to catch up with Fr Lucas Ng CDD who was their Assistant Parish Priest for a short while recently. Fr Lucas had just returned from the Vatican as part of a delegation of Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD) priests who met His Holiness Pope Francis on occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of CDD by Cardinal Celso Costantini in 1927 and the start of the process for his beatification. On the same day, the SIC Single Adult Ministry (SAM), Family Life Ministry (FLM) and a Bahasa Malaysia group led rosary prayers. FLM Singers also added a musical touch with renditions of various Marian hymns.

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Several priests enhanced the exhibition by giving talks. They include Fr Michael Chua (Acting Chancellor, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur; Parish Priest, Church of Jesus Caritas; Administrator, Chapel of Kristus Aman) who spoke about the Role of Mary in the Life of the Church & as First Disciple; Fr VA Michael (Parish Priest, Church of St Paul the Hermit, Bestari Jaya) who shared about Mother Mary and celebrated the 6 pm Mass on 15 Oct; Fr Martin and Fr Stephen who each gave a talk in Mandarin titled Mother Mary Navigates Us to Jesus Christ and Guadalupe respectively. Amongst the visitors on the final two days were His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow and Fr Mari Arokiam (Church of the Assumption, Petaling Jaya).

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Fr Andrew who declared the exhibition closed at a Thanksgiving Mass at 6 pm on 30 Oct 2017 hope that attendees now know more about Mother Mary through the event. Central to its success were the dedication and hard work put in by committee members, volunteers from various SIC ministries & BECs, and donors. About 7,000 visitors attended the three-week exhibition. Visitors came from as far as Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, and locally from Johore, Malacca, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu. Many commendations were received including for bringing Mother Mary to parishioners and the faithful and the displays being beautiful, informative & interesting. Some felt peaceful and calm, some were re-evangelised. As such, the exhibition has touched many in various ways. Hail Mary, Full of Grace!

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Watch a video of the event on Youtube. 

 

70 Children Receive First Holy Communion

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Will you bring your children to attend Mass every Sunday? Can you attend Mass quietly and attentively? The first question from St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was addressed to parents of 70 children from SIC's Standard 3 First Holy Communion Class of 2017 towards the end of Sunset Mass on 21 October 2017. The second question was for the 34 boys and 36 girls who had received Jesus the Bread of Life for the first time from Fr Andrew and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD. Fr Andrew also reminded parents of their critical role as the first and primary catechists of the Christian faith – not Sunday school teachers. Fr Francis Ng CDD was the concelebrant at the Mass.

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Incorporated into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church through Baptism while infants, receiving Christ in the Eucharist is the third Sacrament received by the children. In addition to the gifts of bread and wine, the children also offered up their First Holy Communion certificates – a symbol of remembrance of the first time they became one in the Body of Christ – and Camp Crafts Prayer Cards during the Offertory Procession. The children then sang Jesus, Lamb of God & Thank You Lord in dedication to the congregation followed by the Parents' Pledge led by Bernard & Caroline Tan. With their certificates in hand, each child happily posed for photographs with Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence and Fr Francis after Mass.

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Photography: John Ragai & Daniel Khong 

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Click on Sunday School for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 

 

Parishioners Unite to Showcase Life of Mother Mary

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by Samantha Ho

"Children united by love for their mother" is how Brother Joseph Lim CDD described the joint effort by the parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) in organising and coordinating the Marian Exhibition. "The hard work, cooperation and sacrifice of time by the various ministries and groups of SIC has shown results in the joy and satisfaction felt at the launch of the exhibition here last week", Brother Joseph said. He added that it was very exciting to be able to offer parishioners and visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mother Mary and the messages that she shared via her apparitions.

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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, SIC has organised the month-long exhibition on the life and apparitions of the Blessed Mother. It aims to give visitors a clearer understanding and deeper appreciation of Mother Mary and her role in the church, and includes scheduled movie and video screenings. Visitors begin their journey through the exhibition which is at the rooftop of the SIC Costantini Community Centre by viewing a timeline detailing events in the life of Mother Mary. The exhibition also showcases the four Marian Dogmas and booths which depict the nine approved Marian Apparitions and three other apparitions.

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Colourfully decorated by various ministries, the booths have already received much attention on the first day from crowds of curious visitors and Sunday School students. Each booth provides information on the respective Marian Apparitions from various locations around the world. “I find it very educational, and I’ve definitely learnt a lot,” says Kenneth Legada, a pre-university student from Sabah. He added that one of his key takeaways from the exhibition is the variations in cultural elements based on the locations of the apparitions. For example, in the first apparition of Mother Mary at Guadalupe, Mexico in 1531, she was described as an ‘Aztec princess’, with the vision containing various symbols and references to ancient Aztec culture. “Meanwhile, Our Lady of Akita seems to have features and characteristics that are unique to Japan,” Kenneth added.

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Charlotte D’Angelus, who is the leader of the SIC senior citizens group, was overwhelmed with joy at having successfully set up the booth for Our Lady of Akita. “I cannot explain how we managed to pull it off as we had very few helpers initially, but I praise and thank God that everything just seemed to fall into place,” she said. The exhibition will be open until 30 October 2017 from 9 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment from 9 am to 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays. For more information on talks and programme updates, please click on Marian Exhibition

 

Greetings from Rome

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His Holiness Pope Francis met and blessed priests from Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD) at the Vatican on occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of CDD by Cardinal Celso Costantini in 1927.

Cardinal Costantini was the first apostolic delegate in China and his process of beatification will begin next week. Our parish priests and religious brother are also in Rome for this special occasion and here is their message for St Ignatius Church (SIC) parishioners:

Greetings from the Vatican. Have offered prayers for all of my beloved SIC parishioners, may Papa Francis' blessing shine and remain upon all of you.

Fr Andrew Wong, CDD (Parish Priest)
Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD (Assistant Parish Priest)
Br Joseph Lim, CDD
St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

View a Video report on the event.

 

Mid Autumn Festival @ SIC

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There was a big turnout for this year's Mid Autumn Festival held at the St Ignatius Church (SIC) covered car park on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 7.45 to 10.30 pm. Activities included a creative lantern-making competition, stage performances, lantern mini parade & tasty local food delights (especially different types of mooncakes) provided by stalls set up by ministries & BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) from both the English- and Mandarin-speaking communities. 

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Young parishioners especially admired the colourful lanterns of various shapes & design on display and those made by talented participants in the lantern-making contest. There was also a contest for best-decorated stalls. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Martin Then CDD and Br Joseph Lim CDD joined parishioners, friends & visitors to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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Photography: Matthew Soo

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