Sharing: Jul 2019 Shenzhen O2O Gathering

Ms. He helped me to organized the second Shenzhen O2O Gathering on Jul 6, 2019 at St. Therese of Lisieux Church. There were 20 members registered including from Guangzhou. Several of them are not a regular Church goers nor ever attended youth gathering.  
I led the gathering with the prayer through Archangel Raphael, who arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit's son Tobias, from Tobit 3:17 followed self introduction, games and lunch.  Ms. Zhuang and Ms. He led the action song followed by watching  short clip and part of movie  
There was birthday celebration for the three members after the movie followed by sharing small group and report to big group.  
Since there was one member didnt agree to upload group picture to social media so no pictures are available for the group chatting.  The gathering activities pictures arent allowed to be uploaded to social media too.  
The first couple decided not to continue the dating while the other second couple is still on dating.
To accommodate the former members, several of them left the group because its too many messages, and make the group not too big, the volunteers and I decided to set up the second group and a member only can be a member in one group. The first group will not be more than 200 members. Each group has four volunteers.     

Hong Kong, Jul 11, 2019

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.

Sharing: May 2019 Shenzhen O2O Gathering

Many of Single Catholics Group Chatting members are looking forward for Shenzhen O2O Gathering even before I organized the Guangzhou O2O Gathering.  With the help of Ms. He, I organized the first Shenzhen O2O Gathering on May 26, 2019 afternoon at St. Therese of Lisieux Church.  
There were 51 members registered for the gathering, including from Guangzhou and several cities in Guangdong province.  Several of them not a regular Church goers nor ever attended youth gathering.  
There were several people, member and non member, who wanted to registered on the last days but we decided not to accept it because the meal was ordered  besides the original maximum capacity was 50 members.
I led the gathering with the prayer through Archangel Raphael, who arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit's son Tobias, from Tobit 3:17 followed by looking at a precious gift.  Mr. Hou led the self introduction followed by my presentation about Love, Sex and Life.  There was small group sharing followed by report to the group, group taking picture and dinner.

One of them brought sweet potatoes crispy at least a package for each one of us.
They appreciate the gathering as they meet new friends face to face besides the opportunity to learn.  Since several of the members posted our pictures on their we chat wall so I also shared it temporarily on my social media.

Hong Kong, May 29, 2019

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.

Sharing: 2019 Pilgrimage to Bali

As per the request of Holy Family Church parish council leader, I organized a pilgrimage to Bali on April 28, 2019 till May 3, 2019.  There were 22 persons in the group including 3 parishioners from Dong Guan, Fr. Lu and I.
Here is our itinerary:
2. Tegaljaya Retreat House (CDD Retreat House)
5. Holy Spirit Cathedral
9. Jimbaran Beach
13. Carmel Retreat House

They are grateful to see how the local Church in Bali does the inculturation.  One of the parishioners said she couldnt recognize whether we visited a Church or a temple as the architecture of (the outside) Church looks like the architecture of the Temple.  
Mr. He was our spiritual accompaniment including reading the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions Nostra Aetate  
As I got cheaper quotation through my friends recommendation, I put the balance to Holy Family Church Charity Fund.  

I had a chance to meet Fr. Willy, CDD, who baptized me 3o years ago, my senior high school friend Mrs. Dewi during our visit to Tegaljaya Retreat House and visit my family and friends in East Java.  

Hong Kong, May 17, 2019

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.

Easter Letter 2019

"The Easter eggs symbolizes our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we've surrounded ourselves with that limits our thoughts and beliefs. As we break open our hearts and minds we discover a transformation to new, life enhancing thoughts and beliefs."  Siobhan Shaw

Happy Easter! Selamat Hari Raya Paskah! 复活节快乐!
 May the Risen Christ continue to bless us with joy and peace!

           How was your Easter celebration?  Hope this letter finds you joyful and healthy.
      Please find below my sharing as my Easter letter.
     There was long procession from ground floor to Holy Family Church at second floor of the building on Palm Sunday morning mass.         
The Church was full for the Holy Thursday Mass.  After the Mass, there was time for private adoration in the Church then the Blessed Sacrament was reserved at the temporary small chapel.  It was the meeting room, which was cleared up and decorated to reserve the Blessed Sacrament.  Several parishioners stayed overnight.
    Several other parishioners come and go for adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament since early Friday morning.  It is a customs in mainland not to eat breakfast for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  The Stations of the Cross was held at 2.00 p.m. followed by Liturgy of the Word, veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.  The Blessed Sacrament was returned to the temporary small chapel after Holy Communion and the altar was stripped again.  Several parishioners still come and go for adoration till Saturday afternoon.  I just realized that several parishioners don’t eat meat on Holy Week.
      Four persons, adults and babies, were baptized during Easter Vigil Mass. Fr. Lu asked me to taught one of the candidates for baptism around one a half hour before the Mass began.  I didn’t agree for her baptism but it went on.  When the Fr. Lu sprinkled the holy water, the parishioners hold the snacks or fruits or candies up to get the blessing.  Everyone got an Easter egg and every family can get a bottle of holy water as it’s the time to get a new holy water. There were around 700-800 parishioners attended the Mass
      The parishioners got another Easter egg during Easter Sunday Mass.  There were around 600-700 parishioners attended the Mass.  Several youth invited both Fr. Lu and I for lunch followed by making a short video for two volunteers, who will marry in her hometown.
      That’s all about my Easter with parishioners of Holy Family Church Shenzhen.  It was a moving, peaceful and joyful Easter celebration. 
Now, several short updates about the first four month of 2019.
     I uploaded a Lenten Campaign for Jinde Charities as my We chat profile.  Here are my several activities with the parishioners: youth gathering at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, youth gathering of Holy Family Church, Guangzhou O2O for single Catholics and Lenten retreat, pilgrimage of Fr. Zhao and the parishioners of Star of the Sea Chuch Hong Kong.
I attended the certificate presentation ceremony both at Stanley Prison and Lo Wu Correctional Institution with PFA members besides continuing to visit inmates both in Lo Wu Correctional Institution and Tailam Center for Women in Hong Kong.   
    While in Hong Kong, I also attended the Course for the New Missionaries, farewell for Mgr. Ante Jozic, South West Deanary Lunar Gathering, Catholic Religious School Council Lunar New Year Gathering: Talk on "Spirituality of Icons" and Tea Buffet, Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital Retired Staffs Gathering, Hong Kong Young Sisters Gathering Lecture on “The doctrine of original sin: historical origins and contemporary theological reflection, Symposium on Humane Vitae, which was organized by Diocesan Pastoral Commission on Marriage and Family, Maryknoll Convent School Spring Homecoming Lunch besides community feast day celebration; went to Hong Kong Flower Show; led a recollection for SVD Community on the Feast of Annunciation, which was my 30th anniversary of sacrament of initiation.

I had the opportunity to attend Maryknoll Asia South Gathering in Hua Hin-Thailand

Hong Kong, April 24, 2019
with love and prayer,

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.

Sharing: 2019 Lenten Retreat of Holy Family Church

Fr. Lu organized Lenten Retreat for parishioners at Salesian Retreat House Cheung Chau island on April 8-11, 2019.  There were 24 parishioners attended the retreat.

Fr. Lu asked Mr. He, who studied at Leuven University and teaches Bible classes at Holy Family Church when he comes back from Europe once a year, to lead the retreat.  Mr. He asked me to be the spiritual companion for the participants and gave a presentation so I prepared a reflection on John 13: 4-17 about Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet.

The parishioners were grateful to have the opportunity to attend the retreat.  Several parishioners and I went to Our Lady of Fatima Church before leaving Cheung Chau island.  Chaozhou people has the tradition to have Chaozhou Mass on the third day of Chinese New Year at this Church.

Hong Kong, April 12, 2019

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world. 

Sharing: Apr 2019 Guangzhou O2O Gathering

When we made the first announcement for the youth gathering at Holy Family Church, I specifically mentioned single Catholics 18-35 years old but several volunteers were not comfortable with “single” because they don’t want to organized a match maker gathering.  Since then, the youth gathering of  Holy Family Church are opened for both married and single Catholics even welcome non Catholics.  One of the volunteers Mr. Dai several years ago had an idea to collect database of single Catholics but Fr. Lu didn’t support it.  Mr. Dai finally made a group of single Catholics by his own.   
Several parishioners asked Fr. Xu and me, and also I am sure to other priests and sisters, to find boyfriend/girlfriend for their son/daughter so early this year Fr. Xu asked me if we can organize a single Catholics gathering but it was pending.  

My concern about the need to find Catholics boyfriend/girlfriend led me to start a single Catholics group chatting 在主内相识,从你我做起on Feb 27, 2019.  It has around 130 members from several cities when I organized the first Online to Offline (O2O) Gathering in Guangzhou on April 7, 2019.  Several persons forwarded my announcement about this group chatting to their group chatting so the membership is growing quite fast.   I asked two men and two women of the members from Shenzhen to help take care the group e.g. monitoring the conversation and set up the rules for the group.
There were 20 youth attending the O2O gathering.  One of the Guangzhou members Ms. Chen and the leader of Cathedral youth group Mr. Zhang helped to prepare the logistics.  Several members from Shenzhen attended this gathering.
I led gathering by presenting the first and second habits of  “8 Habits of Highly Effective People” to introduce themselves and shared their soul mates criteria besides give presentation about Love.       
They are grateful for the gathering as they know each other, get the opportunity to learn and share and looking forward for the next gathering in Shenzhen.  There are 141 members as for today.  It’s another opportunity to reach out to more youth in mainland as my wish.
Mr. Dai, who moved to his town several years ago, edited my announcement about the single Catholics group chatting for his own group chatting with the help of two priests.
I stayed with my senior high school boarding mate and had a chance to meet Fr. Chen and visit our youth volunteer Ms. Li besides attending the Mass at Shamian Church.
Since several members dont want to be known to be member of a single group so I will not upload our pictures.

Hong Kong, April 12, 2019

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.