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Infant Baptism - July 2019





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


Parish Feast Day Triduum 2019


On the first day of the Triduum on 29 July, Fr Kenneth Gopal OCD in his homily gave a brief recap about the Extraordinary Missionary Year theme Baptised and Sent which was also the theme adopted by St Ignatius Church (SIC) for its feast day celebration this year. As members of the Body of Christ through baptism, we partake in the mission of Jesus to lead all men & women to God. Before we lead people to an Encounter With Jesus, we must have encountered Jesus ourselves. At the same time, our relationship with the Lord must be growing.



Just as important are ways to make our churches more attractive by having a welcoming spirit & a consideration for different situations. Fr Kenneth also encouraged Catholics to spend more time in prayer because that is where we encounter Jesus. And to read the Bible so that the Word of God will transform our lives & equip us to speak to our friends about our faith. Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD as concelebrant at the Mass which started at 8 pm. A movie titled Paul: Apostle of Christ was screened the previous night.


In line with Testimony of Mission which was the topic for the second day, Fr Kenneth spoke about the great zeal of two great missionaries – St Francis Xavier and St Theresa of the Child Jesus. St Francis led an extensive evangelisation mission into Asia whilst St Theresa was mainly confined to her convent as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Having great zeal for the salvation of souls, St Francis travelled extensively & faced opposition whilst on mission while St Theresa went about her daily life doing work with great love for the repentance of sinners & their turning back to God. Both St Francis & St Theresa are patron saints of missions.


We ourselves can be witnesses for mission if we have the heart of Jesus who is compassion and love. With the heart of Christ in us, the Holy Spirit will help us in all the other aspects such as to how to share our faith & lead others to God. Citing an issue amongst mixed marriages where the Catholic spouse leave the Church or become lukewarm to the faith, Fr Kenneth cited the remarkable success of such marriages in South Korea where not only spouses are converted but their in-laws & families too. This was due to good Catholics knowledgeable in their faith, practising & devout, firm in their formation, absolutely efficacious in the love that they show for their parents & fearless in their sharing.


Fr Kenneth, who was the main celebrant at Mass, gave one last piece of advice: Let us be converted first, then there is no stopping our missionary work. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD was the concelebrant. Right after Mass, parishioners made their way to the Rooftop of Costantini Centre to watch a musical titled The Witness. Through song, dance, music, acting, narration & images, key events in the life of Christ were brought to life on stage. At the end of the performance which was watched by a packed hall, Fr Andrew thanked and blessed the performers, who are mostly parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kuala Lumpur.


This year's Parish Feast Day Triduum culminated with a multilingual Mass on 31 July preceded by a procession into church by church ministries and Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs). Fr Kenneth was the main celebrant with Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence, Fr Francis Chong CDD (Superior General of CDD), Fr Lucas Ng CDD (Provincial, CDD Malaysia) Fr John Chia CDD & Fr Gregory Chan (Parish Priest, Church of the Assumption) as concelebrants. In his homily on the topic of Missionary Charity, Fr Francis mentioned examples of the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead & give alms to the poor) undertaken by the Catholic Church in Malaysia and by SIC. It is through acts of charity – when we live out our faith – that we bear witness to Christ.


Fr Francis was the main celebrant at the Mandarin Masses held concurrently at the Costantini Community Centre on the first two days of the Triduum. On behalf of SIC, Fr Andrew thanked Frs Kenneth and Francis for helping to make the event a success – the church was full for the final day of the event and also drew a substantial number of attendees on the first two days. Parishioners and priests then mingled happily with each other during fellowship after Mass.


More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife


Pesta Kaamatan & Hari Gawai 2019



A Kaamatan and Gawai Festival was held on Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Rooftop of St Ignatius Church (SIC) to introduce Sabahan amd Sarawakian culture to locals in Peninsular Malaysia and also to strengthen the bond between parishioners from various churches. The festival is celebrated annually in the state of Sabah and Sarawak. Kaamatan is a Kadazan-Dusun term for “harvest” and is celebrated for the whole month of May. It is normally celebrated by the ethnic Kadazan-Dusuns, as well as by other related ethnic groups in the state on 31st of May. Whereas Gawai Festival is celebrated on 1st June, with colourful rituals, traditional music, cock fighting, feasting and games. During this festival, almost everyone dresses in traditional costumes while the elders perform traditional dance.



Organised by the KUBM (Komuniti Umat Bahasa Malaysia) SIC, about 200 people showed up for the event, including SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Chairman of PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) Lourdes Abishegam, parishioners from various parishes, and also Sabahan & Sarawakian parishioners. The ceremony began with the welcoming of the two SIC priests and Fr Andrew signalled the start of the celebration by hitting a gong. 


Gongs are Sabah’s most iconic indiophones that are found throughout Sabah, particularly among the Kadazan-Dusun and Murut ethnic groups. Made of either brass or bronze, the gong is considered the backbone of the traditional musical instruments found in Sabah. It is usually thick with a broad rim and produces a distinct muffled sound of a deep tone. In the olden days, it was originally traded in from Brunei. The celebration then proceeded with a short speech by Ms Elsie Jane Anthony and blessing of the food by Fr Andrew.


We then proceeded with the best part of the event – food! Yes, thanks to the committees and organisers of KUBM SIC, some of us took the extra effort to bring local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak all the way from the East to West! Among them are bosou ikan, bosou babi, ayam pansuh, tuhau, bambangan, ambuyat, hinava, ikan masin lada putih, rebung ikan masin, sup nangka babi, sinalau bakas pucuk ubi, and serunding


Alongside that, attendees also had the opportunity to savour traditional desserts such as lipat pisang & ubi. Not forgetting the tasty rice wine (tapai) prepared by our very own KUBM youth of SIC – Kane Ariel – and also tuak. Tuak is quite similar to chinese rice wine but differs in the purpose. Chinese rice wine is used in cooking while tuak is used in social and ritual events of the Dayak tribes in Borneo. Tuak is also made in Sabah but known by a different name – lihing. Other rice producing countries in Asia also have their own version of tuak.


Furthermore, the youths of KUBM SIC also teamed up to perform Sabahan and Sarawakian traditional dances during the event. There were also lucky draw sessions and a best dress competition at the end of the event. Last but not least, the most exciting part of the activity we had was the arm wrestling competition (mimpulos), where men from different age groups come together to test not just their strength but also technique & leverage.



The highlight of the event was tarian magunatip. Magunatip, more well-known as “Bamboo Dance”, is considered as one of the most popular traditional dances in Sabah. The name “Magunatip” is derived from the word “apit”, which means “to press between two surfaces.” In the dance, dancers need good timing and agility to put their feet between the clapping bamboo poles, without being trapped. To create more fun, the music tempo and the clapping speed of the bamboo becomes faster and faster and FASTER (so is your heart beat), such that the audience will be super-impressed by the exciting ending.


In the past, Magunatip was a warrior dance to welcome the return of Murut headhunters. Today, bamboo dance is commonly performed in cultural functions and celebrations for entertainment and socialising purposes. At the end of the performance, we invited Fr Andrew, Fr Lawrence, and a few from the audience to join in the tarian magunatip and also the “menyumpit” session where they use a traditional pipe to pop the balloons. To sum up, we are glad that everyone had fun and had the opportunity to try the local delicacies of Sabah and Sarawak. We hope that this event was a memorable experience for everyone. 


Before the event during the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Mass, parishioners turned up dressed in traditional costumes and Kadazan, Iban & BM were used in the readings and singing of hymns. Thanksgiving gifts comprising fruits of the harvest were brought to the altar during the Offertory. Fr Lawrence was the celebrant at this BM Mass.

More photos taken by the Parish Communication Team (PCT) are available for viewing & downloading atparishlife


How to be Good Christian Parents


During last weekend’s Masses celebrated by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD at St Ignatius Church (SIC), several slides were projected during his homilies to help parents inculcate good values in their children. Click on wikiHow to view the remaining 18 slides.


Encountering the Lord through BEC Visit



I would like to share my joy as the result of a recent visit to the Taman Megah Handicapped & Disabled Children’s Home organised by seven BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) of St Ignatius Church. What I saw moved and comforted me. I saw how each one of us in a community of communal love gathered together in one body of Christ (each one of us in our little acts of love and generosity) brought so much joy to the children that some of them invited us back.



And they looked forward to our next visit. As we sing and dance, giving praise and thanking the Lord & through hugs and touch, the children felt the Lord’s love and joy in us. We could see this expressed on their faces as they smile and laugh & felt our love and joy in being with them.


One of the ways Catholics evangelise the world is by sharing our lives and love for Christ. We received God’s spirit through baptism and His graces in the sacraments, & we bring Christ to others. As we share the spirit of love, peace & joy that dwells within us, I saw how happy the children were with our presence – the joy in the children’s hearts enamoured Christ’s joy into my heart.


We hope that we can continue to be disciples of Christ by helping children in need, especially those with disabilities, to experience the love of God. Glory to the Holy Trinity. Amen.

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