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96 Youths Confirmed in SIC

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Are you going to share the gifts of the Holy Spirit by helping those in need or are you going to keep them for yourselves? His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow addressed this probing question to 69 confirmands from the St Ignatius Church (SIC) English Sunday school and 27 confirmands from the Mandarin Sunday school during his homily whilst presiding over the Sacrament of Confirmation at SIC on Saturday 22 June 2019. He urged the confirmands to respond to the needs of those around them and to follow the example of Jesus who always gives in abundance exemplified by the Feeding of the Five Thousand recorded in all four Gospels. This weekend's Masses celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of the Lord or Corpus Christi.

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Archbishop Julian was the main celebrant with SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD & Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD as concelebrants. Probably for the first time in SIC, each sentence of Archbishop Julian's homily in English was immediately translated into Mandarin by Fr Andrew. Accompanied by their godparents, the confirmands were anointed with the Oil of Chrism which signifies reception of the seal of the Holy Spirit to mark their total belonging to Christ and their enrolment in his service forever. With Confirmation – the completion of Baptism – the baptised are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

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In addition to bread and wine, confirmands offered up their talents and gifts for which they have been blessed with (music, songs, sports, love, sincerity, kindness & joy in serving others), and faith experiences encountered through Sunday school lessons, Renewal in the Spirit Seminar, service projects, Confirmation Camp and other activities. The Mass was very well attended with parishioners taking up space even on the roads surrounding the church building. A fellowship dinner then ensued after Mass for the confirmands, godparents, family members & catechists as well as the celebrants.

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

 

Bike Touring Pilgrimage 5-8 June 2019

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by Fr Lawrence Ng, CDD & Ken Cham

It started off with just three cycling pilgrims travelling only to Negeri Sembilan back in 2017. This year’s bike touring pilgrimage has grown to 18 pilgrims travelling to not just Seremban but to as far as Malacca, Tangkak, Tampin and back to Seremban with the intention to proclaim the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ through their actions & charity. The cycling pilgrims also carried parishioners’ prayer intentions which they offered up for prayer at every church and chapel they stopped at. The pilgrims ranging in age from 23 to 64 were led by St Ignatius Church (SIC) Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD who acted as the spiritual director.

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This year's event particularly is more meaningful as it is in line with Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 initiated by some dioceses in Malaysia culminating with the celebration of the Extraordinary Mission Month convoked by Pope Francis for October 2019 with the theme Baptised & Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. We are being reminded to “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News” (Mark 16:15). Along the 350 km route, they make their presence felt at a Catholic Orang Asli Kampung Bekoh in Tangkak & the Infant Jesus Sisters Home in Taman Bakti, Malacca. They also visited a church ruin of more than 400 years old beside the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Krubong, Malacca.

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One of the cycling pilgrims from Seremban Church of Visitation, Spencer Sequerah said: “Most pilgrimages I have been to are in the comfort of a bus. Once at the church we usually pray but there is not much effort being put in. This Cycling Pilgrimage brought us to so many churches & chapels that I may never visit on my own. The effort of cycling against the elements gave us a sense of accomplishment.” He continued that “becoming a true missionary is difficult but our group tried very hard to upkeep & be proud of what our jerseys stated: Powered by Jesus & Empowered by Jesus.”

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Another cycling pilgrim from SIC, Bernard Tan shared: “During pilgrimage, I was able to break away from my daily life or comfort zone to be with God. I was able to be affirmed by and felt the presence of God in my experience (cycling pilgrimage) despite the suffering.” He added: “I think to me it’s not a matter of whether it is easy or not to be missionary. It is more of whether we are willing or not. Through my experience of this pilgrimage, I learnt that I am able in a small way to become a missionary! I can use my life as a light and salt to people around me. Through my actions and words, people will feel a difference – The Love of Christ!”

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Fr Lawrence shared that, “to lead this group comprising people of different ages and attitudes is not easy. But with strong faith and trust in God, with daily spiritual input and reminders that ‘We are Missionary’, I was able to help them grow in spirituality through cycling. By the way cycling is just a kind of method of evangelisation. There are many kinds of it, but we found this method can be a good destress method to help all of them to get away from their busy lifestyle, and build the good relationship in Christian brotherhood and sisterhood.” He added: “In all we do, trust in God is very important.” For instance, three spokes of his bicycle wheel were broken but thankfully there was someone available to help replace them.

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All who participated were thankful to the Lord for giving them strength, endurance, good weather & protection throughout the pilgrimage. Throughout this Bike Touring Pilgrimage, all pilgrims live out the teaching of Congregatio Discipulorum Domini (CDD) founder Cardinal Celso Costantini’s words: “I am with the spirit in your midst and I pray that God assist and bless you. Just like the star that lead the Three Wise Kings to Christ, so you have to be shining stars, which light up the way for many pagans to arrive at Christ.” (Put God’s Armour On, Chapter 24, verse 1).

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Rosary at the Grotto 2019

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Due to heavy rain, this year's Rosary @ the Grotto procession at St Ignatius Church (SIC) after the 7 pm Mass had to shorten its usual circular route within the church compound. Held in conjunction with the Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary & to mark the end of the rosary month in May, the wet conditions did not deter organisers from going ahead with the event which had taken time-consuming planning & coordination. The procession started from within the church building with the carrying of a statue of Mother Mary to three locations which are sheltered from the rain.

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Representatives from the English, Mandarin, Bahasa & Tamil-speaking communities took turns to carry the statue & recite a decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Parishioners joined in the recitation of the holy rosary and sang hymns in four languages. SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD also took part in the procession.

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Special bouquets comprising written deeds & petitions handed in by parishioners were offered up during the Mass which was celebrated by Fr Andrew. Parishioners, participants and priests then mingled with each other during fellowship after the procession. 

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

 
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