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Pls note that there is no publication of the SIC Church Bulletin and Mass Intentions for week of 29 March. The NewBEC reflection is available at Bulletin webpage.

Infant Baptism - Sep 2019

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Click on Infant Baptism to know more. More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife

 

BEC Mini Pilgrimage & Outreach

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Upon arriving at the 'embarking' point on Monday 16 September 2019, I observed that some BEC Damansara Utama Holy Family members were busy loading into the bus, provisions and recyclables that our BEC was taking to St Theresa Church and the Orang Asli community. And I was impressed with the cooperation displayed. We started the bus journey with the prayer of protection to God, followed by World Mission Rosary prayers (each decade was offered for a different continent) and Novena Prayer to St Therese. The bus journey to St Theresa Church in Nilai was smooth and the timing was perfect because we arrived just as we finished the prayers. Some parishioners of the church welcomed us and ushered us to the canteen where we had our simple, but delicious fried vermicilli for breakfast.

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The parish priest, Fr Eugene Benedict, greeted us and mingled, getting us ready for the St Theresa Walk to reflect on the life of a patron saint of missions. Fast forward, Fr Eugene had posted some enlightening videos on St Therese of Lisieux to prepare us for the mini pilgrimage. Hence, when he explained on the life of St Therese, all of us had some basic knowledge of St Therese also known as the "Little Flower".

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The original church building of St Theresa was in ruins after a fire some years ago. Presently, Masses are celebrated in the building next to the original church building. Fr Eugene explained that he hopes to raise RM5 million to build a bigger church building. He jokingly asked us to inform our parish priest to give generously to the building fund. So far, he has raised RM1.5 million. I pray and trust that our Lord will provide for the glory of His name.

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We left St Theresa Church after adoration and Mass to have lunch before proceeding to St Aloysius Church in Mantin for a short visit and a stopover at durian and fruits stalls. From there, we continued our journey to visit the Orang Asli community from the Temuan tribe at Kampong Belihoi in Mantin. I was pleasantly surprised that the Orang Asli community was very organised. There was a car waiting for our arrival to load the provisions we brought as it was not possible for the bus to be driven into the village.

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We were all prepared to walk for about 2 km to the village and I was impressed when another car was dispatched to fetch some elderly persons. In addition, another five young men on motorbikes came down to carry some of us. What amazed me was Aunty June, the oldest active BEC member at 80 plus years of age, turning down the comfort of the car and sitting on a motorbike handled by the youngest among the bikers! I quickly said a little prayer for her safety. She was so very sporting.

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We spent some time mingling with the Orang Asli families upon our arrival. They were all so friendly and not shy. The children were all so cute and adorable. After mingling, we sang praise and worship songs in the chapel. We had so much fun while praising God. The children out sang us! After singing our hearts out to the Lord, we gave the children a small goodie bag each. The smiles and happiness I saw on their faces brought joy to my heart. Before saying our goodbyes, our BEC formally handed over the provisions of rice, cooking oil, biscuits, instant noodles, vermicilli, Milo, sardines and baby milk powder to be distributed to 30 Catholic families residing in the village.

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We proceeded for shopping and dinner at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA before returning to our homes. Reflecting on the mini pilgrimage and outreach, I see Jesus and angels in our midst. The whole entourage was very cooperative, helpful, caring, tolerant (even tolerating the smell of durians in the bus) and most of all loving, especially when there was a mishap of falling into an earth drain. Vivian told me she was glad it happened to her and not Pat. Don't you think that is love? Which our spiritual journey is all about.

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Thank you Lord for this wonderful experience when You opened our eyes to see You, our ears to hear You and our hearts to know and love You. All praise and glory to God in the highest.

Click on BEC DU Holy Family for more information.

 

Good Response for Introductory Christian Meditation

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Six weekly sessions of Introductory Christian Meditation, conducted under the auspices of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), were held in St Ignatius Church (SIC) from 20 August to 24 September 2019. Held every Tuesday at the Costantini Centre from 8.15 pm to 9.45 pm, the sessions were well-attended with 90 registered participants. The sessions touched on various aspects in understanding meditation and how it enhances the growth of prayer life. Fr Paul Cheong OFMCap highlighted aspects of meditation through integrating Body, Mind & Spirit in the practice of meditation of stillness, silence & simplicity to lose ourselves and to dwell in God’s presence.

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Fr Gerard Theraviam (Parish Priest, Church of Divine Mercy) led participants to understand how to leave themselves behind in meditation to move from thinking about God to simply being with God. Miss Niloufer Herben then took participants through the roots of meditation in our Christian traditions. The general feedback from a high percentage of first-time attendees was that they benefited from understanding that Christian meditation is another form of prayer, which is prayer of our hearts.

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Christian Meditation sessions are held on Tuesdays @ 8.15 pm in Room 3-13, Costantini Centre. Pls contact Nicholas Choong 019 222 7232 for enquiries.

 

RCIA 2019-2020 Class Bonding

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Class of 2019-2020 inquirers and facilitators gathered at Tadika Villamaria Good Shepherd, Bukit Damansara, on Saturday 21 September 2019 with the objective to know one another better. A few games were organised at the event where all participants are required to have coordinating effort to give originality and synchronising results. On top of this, the goal of Laudato Si or On Care for Our Common Home (title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for the environment) was emphasised.

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During the ice-breaking game, participants shared how they viewed the use of plastic bags and drinking straws be eliminated for the betterment of future environmental growth. However, many admitted that it would be so difficult to leave the mobile phones unattended for a day. Each individual team sketched drawings on the love of God’s creation beautifully. All were able to relate how God’s promotion of creation and relationship with human kind shall continue to shine with Love and Care of Nature.

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Applause and laughter continued when individual teams performed in an ad hoc dance competition and re-enactment of Gospel passages. Two participants from RCIA Bahasa also shared their involvement in the faith journey. The entire group completed the programme with a better understanding of community & unity, and how Jesus has taught everyone to love and serve.

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Click on RCIA for more information.

 
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