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New RCIA Intake

Interested in joining the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church? Or introduce a friend to the biggest church in the world?

Do so by joining or recommending our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme which will start from Tuesday 26 June 2018.

A copy of the RCIA Application Form is available here. Please click on RCIA for more information.

Special Baptism & First Holy Communion

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Three boys and three girls – including three siblings – were baptised into the Catholic Church on Sunday 1 October 2017. Three of them then joined five others to receive their First Holy Communion (FHC) at the 6 pm Mass. This group comprised children who attended catechism class under the special programme conducted by the St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday school and their siblings. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD was the celebrant at the baptism rite which began at 4.45 pm and gave them their First Holy Communion witnessed by parents, godparents and friends.

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On being asked as to how she felt, Gwendolyn Lim (one of the siblings who was baptised & received her FHC) had a short & sweet response: Good! It was certainly a memorable day for the Lim family as besides Gwendolyn, her brothers Jayden and Aaron were also baptised just a few months after their father Jonathan was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil. 

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Earlier on at the 11.15 am Mandarin Mass, 17 girls and six boys received First Holy Communion from Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD who was the main celebrant and Fr Andrew. Fr Thomas Koo CDD and Fr Andrew were the concelebrants.

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Photography: John Ragai, Matthew Soo & Peter Law

Welcome to the family of God and congratulations to all who received the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Jesus for the first time

Click on Sunday School for more information on classes and activities to prepare children for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. More photos are being processed & uploaded to flickrlogo

 

RCIA Bonding 2017

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by Shaun On, RCIA Facilitator

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2017-18 journey held its bonding event on Saturday 23 September at Tadika Villamaria Good Shepherd, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. The session started with the entire enthusiastic team singing praises to the Lord at 9 am. The event then kicked off with an ice breaking game, where the candidates began to really "know one another" well after three months of attending RCIA. Bonding games brought together the spirit of relating activities with God's presence where each sub-group used crayons to draw pictures of nature with love and community life.

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Group capability in creativity and coordination were the main features in revealing God's gift given to the participants. Much laughter were heard when the group enacted Gospel parables, delivering the message of God's mercy and love. There were many hidden talents in action play. The programme ended by afternoon, and all acknowledged that the time was well spent, achieving the objective set by the RCIA team – to know your neighbour.

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Church Renovation Cleaning in Full Swing

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At possibly the mid-point of renovations at St Ignatius Church, the biggest group of volunteer cleaners so far turned up from 7 pm on Friday 22 Sep to wipe, sweep and mop dust covering pews, chairs, tables and other furniture/fittings & equipment. The group comprise a broad cross-section of parishioners ranging from children to senior citizens. Amongst them are teenagers & young adults from the Mandarin Legion of Mary group.

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A big effort was needed as there were more dust and dirt this time around due to the replacement of electrical wiring above ceiling boards & installation of new lights at the church entrance. Parishioners continued sweeping & mopping this area as well as the communion ministers’ room & priest changing room (old SIC office) till 10 pm. The altar has a new design wrapped in shining gold colour whilst the new tabernacle is placed right in the middle behind the altar.

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More photos can be viewed & downloaded at flickrlogo

 

Final Profession of Sr Angeline Poh FMM

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"I send you forth to mission Christ in...Malaysia!" With these words of commission from her Provincial Superior Sr Susan Thomas, Sr Angeline Poh of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) finally knew whereto she has been Called by LOVE to Love. This was the theme of the Eucharistic Celebration on occasion of the perpetual profession of Sr Angeline held at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 17 September 2017 at 6 pm. Ready to be sent anywhere in the world especially where Christ is least known, Sr Angeline would have been as delighted to be sent elsewhere. His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Fr Francis Ng CDD, Fr Alvin Ho SJ (Assistant Parish Priest, Church of St Francis Xavier, Petaling Jaya), Fr Paul Cheong OFM Cap, Fr Christopher Soosaipillai (Parish Priest, Church of the Good Shepherd, Setapak), Fr Norris Seenivasan SJ and Fr Mark Tee (Montfort Boys Town) as concelebrants. 

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SIC parishioners in attendance observed the proceedings in rapt attention as it was a rare occasion – the last perpetual profession took place at SIC more than two decades ago. The Ceremony of Perpetual Profession involved Sr Angeline making her vows of poverty, obedience & chastity; pronouncement of perpetual vows; receiving a candle & ring as a sign of consecration to Christ; solemn blessing by Archbishop Julian; and affirmation of acceptance by FMM Sisters and the church. Sr Angeline then signed the documents of profession with the Archbishop and her Provincial Superior as witnesses. The final profession of a Franciscan Missionary of Mary is a very significant moment in the life of a sister as she is totally consecrated to God for the purpose of building up His Kingdom.

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Towards the end of Mass, Sr Angeline received a lighted candle symbolising the light of Christ and a missionary crucifix to remind her of her promise to follow Christ in his mission of salvation. She then gave a short account of her life journey and thanked the people who have helped her to this momentous milestone in her life. A fellowship dinner was held at the Rooftop of the Costantini Community Centre after Mass to celebrate this joyous occasion attended by priests, religious, parishioners, well-wishers and Sr Angeline's family members & friends. SIC is proud to have hosted this event and wish Sr Angeline every success in her endeavours ahead.

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Photography: John Ragai & Daniel Khong

Watch the entire event by clicking on videoMore photos are available at flickrlogo

 

Know the Bible Contest Prize Presentation

Winners of the Bible Quiz received their prizes from St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 17 September 2017. Sunday School Coordinator Ivy Wong was present to coordinate the prize presentation. This year's contest was organised by Sunday School and SIC Scripture Study (SSS). Congratulations to all the winners!

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BIBLE QUIZ WINNERS
1
Adelina Tang
12
Elizabeth Tan
23
Juliet Chan
2
Adeline Chan
13
Euphrasia Pang
24
Kevin Ng
3
Adrian Tan
14
Francis Xavier
25
Liza Tang
4
Agnes Low
15
Genny Chan
26
Marina Tan
5
Allan S Valiente
16
Gerard Goh
27
Marlyn Yeap
6
Benildus Shane
17
Jennifer Lee
28
May
7
Bernard Benjamin
18
Jo Lee
29
Nancy Soo
8
Bibiana Ang
19
Jonathan Lim
30
Sally Tan
9
Cheryl Ryan
20
Joyce Low
31
Tan Siew Yen
10
Christopher Chan
21
Juliana Lee
32
Veronica Leong
11
Corinne Fidelis
22
Julie Tan
33
Vincent Chow
 
Here are the answers for the Bible Quiz:  

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Bible Presentation for RCIA Inquirers

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by Shaun On, RCIA Facilitator

Since the began in early July 2017 for the new RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) session intake, the inquirers have been holding hands with the facilitators in faith sharing. And all have been taught to learn Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the person of Jesus. At the evening of the Feast of the Assumption, St Ignatius Church (SIC) Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD came to the class and mingled with the inquirers with some Questions and Answers. All were filled with the spirit of participation. Fr Andrew later presented to each and everyone a Bible and advised that sacred scripture will further enable them to deepen their understanding of the faith during their journey.

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Sunday School Brings Bible to Life

by Francis Goon, Sunday School Teacher

The day had finally arrived. Bible Sunday. I wonder how often we Catholics read the Bible. Some more than their neighbour, I suppose. But the burning question remains within me. Do young Catholics know the Bible. A quick quiz in earlier class session revealed a more dismal and negative outlook on bible knowledge. Alright, so we are not bible scholars. The task at hand was to do a play for our audience, Form 2 Peter. That kind of put the kids in my Form 2 Paul at ease. Better them than in front of the whole congregation was the collective thoughts of these young souls. A thought quickly developed in my mind inspired no doubt by the Holy Spirit. A script for the play soon after developed. The premise was quite straight forward. Set in modern times, the character mirrors three (3) biblical characters: The Centurion, Zacchaeus, and Jairus.

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The Centurion portrayed a rather unique character. Despite practicing a different religion altogether (Roman pagan gods), he was fascinated by Judaism. This fascination led to deep respect for the Jewish community, evidenced by his willingness to build for the community Jewish temples. Furthermore, his fascination for Judaism had enable him to readily believe and thus, be given the faith to receive (for his servant) the healing power of God. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored the Centurion operated on. Zacchaeus as well portrayed a character that was relatable. The more I ponder over Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree incident, it dawned upon me that Zacchaeus curiosity for Jesus had pushed him into action: He climbed the sycamore tree. But why the sycamore tree other than the obvious fact that such a tree was near him and was at his disposal? He was aware of his physical limitation. He was a short man. But rather than wallowing in self-pity over matters beyond his control, he sought any means possible to overcome his limitations and seek what his heart wanted: A glimpse of Jesus. The evidence of this hearts desire can be seen fully in the act of Zacchaeus going through the trouble of climbing a sycamore tree. He was rewarded for his act when Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus home. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored Zacchaeus operated on.

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The last character in the Bible Sunday play mirrored Jairus. Jairus was an important man in the Jewish community during the time Jesus was preaching the Good News. His was a story of desperation and hopefulness. Jairus daughter was at the brink of death. When Jesus did arrive, Jairus was informed of the death of his daughter. Furthermore, he was advised not to trouble the Master. At this juncture, Jairus showed an admirable quality: faith, obedience, and patience. He had faith in Jesus when Jesus assured him and the others that his daughter was merely sleeping. He showed restrained in the midst of intense sorrow (after hearing the news of his daughters death) by listening to Jesus and obeying Him. He did not succumb to despair and anguish. He was in the presence of the Master and His words comforted him. He obeyed the voice of Jesus and remained where he was, as Jesus went to the girls room and soon after, the little girl was seen by all, alive. But I often wondered what would have been the emotion of Jairus after Jesus entered his dead daughters room. What did he expect from a healer? His faith in Jesus led him to obey the voice of Jesus and therefore wait patiently for Jesus to fulfil a fathers petition. He did not waver. He did not fret. He did not demand. The reward for his faith, obedience and patience was the joy of seeing his daughter alive again. It was on this premise that the character that mirrored Jairus operated on.

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Three (3) characters from the bible with one message: We grow into an intimate relationship with God when we are fascinated by Him, which leads to curiosity to see and end up experiencing God in an intimate way, which calls us to have faith in Him, to act in obedience to His Words, and wait patiently for God to work in our lives for His glory. That was the motive of our Form 2 Pauls play for Bible Sunday. The storyline was hammered out and copies of the script was electronically distributed using WhatsApp. The kids in class practiced and laughter mixed with moments of seriousness filled the classroom a week before Bible Sunday. On the red-letter day, as students from Form 2 Peter took their seats, curious to know what our play was about and hoping to guess them, students of Form 2 Paul took their position. At the appointed time, the students played their part as if they were on Broadway and the rest, as the expression goes, was history.

During quiz-time, students in Form 2 Peter began to guess the three (3) biblical characters and tried finding the story depicting these three (3) characters in the bible. The atmosphere was festive and we wrapped up the quiz session with a short lecture on the significance of the stories depicted in the skit. Thereafter, Form 2 Peter gave their skit and we in Form 2 Paul began to slowly understand, thanks to the students of Form 2 Peters brilliant performance of the woman caught in the act of adultery. The session ended with quiz and a short lecture by the teacher of Form 2 Peter. Overall, the Bible Sunday play presented by both classes (Form 2 Paul and Peter) were entertaining and meaningful. As we learned more about the stories in the Gospel, we come to experience our Heavenly Father in a real and intimate way through the lives of the characters who personally encountered Emmanuel.

 

Oath of Pre-Confirmands by Form 3 students

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by Pamela Hendroff

Seventy three St Ignatius Church (SIC) Sunday school Form 3 students took an Oath of Pre-Confirmands at the 8.45 am Mass on Sunday 13 August 2017. A contemplation hour to prepare the students for their oath-taking was held the night before. The event started with praise & worship, meditation, placing of candles at the cross and benediction. Some parents participated by joining their children as well as help prepare dinner at the cafeteria for fellowship.

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