Sharing: March 2019 Youth Gathering at St. Therese of Lisieux Church


I attended Sunday Mass on Feb 24, 2019 at St. Therese of Lisieux Church Shekou Shenzhen to see the possibility to help especially with the youth ministry. The pastor Fr. Li welcome my help and set up the we chat group for the youth of their Church and asked me to be in charge of the youth group.  I offered to held a youth gathering on March 10, 2019.
There were only 6 youth signed up so Fr. Li was thinking to change the schedule but I will be available on Saturdays only on July on wards.  He expressed his disappointment to the group because the group members didn’t say that they couldn’t attend it till the last days   Finally we decided to go ahead.
I went through the Shenzhen Bay port, the nearest port of my new home at Rosary Church - Hung Shui Kiu, and attended English Mass on March 10, 2019.  
We had lunch together at the nearby restaurant.  There were eleven (out of 18) youth instead of six youth and I never met any of them!  Thanks be to God!  Most of them didn’t know each other so I asked their name, hometown, etc.
I led gathering by presenting the first and second habits of  “8 Habits of Highly Effective People.”   I edited a little bit the power point of the program prepared by Fr. Bruno for a Putonghua workshop in Maryknoll Stanley House Hong Kong.   There was an activity, Bible passage before mentioning each habit followed by small group discussion and group report.   My tutor helped me to add the details of the activities on the power point so that it will be easier to be understood than only listening to my instruction.  I asked all of them to read the Bible passage.  
They are grateful for the gathering as they know each other, get the opportunity to learn and share and also wish to have more gatherings in the future.  It’s another opportunity to reach out to more youth in mainland as my wish.


Hong  Kong, March 17, 2019


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

Sharing: 2019 Maryknoll Asia South Gathering

 I attended Maryknoll Asia South Gathering at Salesian Retreat House Hua Hin Thailand last January 7-15, 2018.  There was more than 45 people attending the gathering of Maryknoll Family (Society, Congregation, Lay Missioners, Philippines Lay Missioners and China Teachers Program)  from Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, China (and Hong Kong), Taiwan, East Timor, Nepal, Peru, and Bangladesh.
Fr. Larry Lewis, MM led the retreat on “Our incompleteness is our dignity” on January 8 - 12.  He shared several quotations that he compiled.  We watched several movies in the evening and had short discussion about it the next morning.  There are opportunities to meet him for spiritual direction in the afternoon.
There was Maryknoll Asia South Meeting on Jan 13 for Maryknoll Society, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Philippines Lay Missioners followed by Simplicity Night.  
The Charism meeting was held on Jan 14.  Our Maryknoll Sisters Charism Meeting was held whole day.
There was welcome ceremony of Sr. Susan Wansagi; jubilee celebration of Sr. Len Montiel and Br. Joe Bruener; farewell for Sr. Len Montiel and Sr. Julia Shideler during the daily Masses.
Fr. Larry Radice, MM showed the solar panel cooker and gave presentation on climate change.
I had a chance to go to the beautiful beach near Salesian retreat house.  
I stayed overnight in Bangkok and had a chance to visit Maryknoll Office, Assumption Cathedral, Grand Palace, Wat Arun with Sr. Espie, morning walk at a park with Fr. Joe and Sr. Espie, had dinner with Fr. Tom and Fr. Joe, besides meeting my uncle.
It’s a blessed gathering as it gives me time to reflect on holy coincidences in my incompleteness and to be grateful besides the opportunity to exchange stories with the rest of the group: Maryknoll Society, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Philippine Catholic Lay Missioners and China Teachers Program.  
Here is the link of the picture: https://myalbum.com/album/N51hxg0ALPqF


Hong Kong, 8 February 2019

        

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

Sharing: 2018 Holy Family Feast Day


The Mass for the Holy Family Feast Day at Holy Family Church Shenzhen was celebrated on December 30, 2016 4:15 p.m. (late for around 45 minutes to wait several priests). We invited the priests, sisters and parishioners from other Churches to attend the Mass.  Our pastor Fr. Lu was the main celebrant.    There were 12 other priests and 10 sisters including me.  Several religious affair officials, the leader of CCPA Shenzhen and parish council leader of several other Churches are among the guests during the mass and dinner at the nearby restaurant.   The procession began from Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto down stair.


Fr. Lu taught the parishioners to sing “有一件礼物”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbOuGc7hS3U) while waiting the Mass to begin.  He and the choir sang “Holy Family” after the Mass. 


There were more than 500 people attending the Mass.  The coordinator of each team in the parish council received a Holy Family statue from our parish council leader Mr. Li.
 Several parishioners and I attended the Mother of God Feast Day at Mother of God Church, Yantian-Shenzhen on January 1, 2019.  There were 12 priests, 11 sisters and around 250 people attending the Mass.  Several religious affair officials, the leader of CCPA Shenzhen and parish council leader of several other Churches are among the guests during the mass and dinner at the nearby restaurant.

Here is the link of the picture: 圣家堂弥撒  https://pan.baidu.com/s/1KoNqH8lQfbVIDUjRyFAoBg, 2018年重宣婚姻誓愿 https://pan.baidu.com/s/1MNlnCeaWZ_Wta_nHC-ilHw


Hong Kong, 3 January 2019

        

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world

Christmas Letter 2018



Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Christmas is a season of hope, a season of love, a season of blessings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru!
圣诞快乐!

How was your Christmas celebration? May the best gifts of Christmas be yours: The gift of love. The gift of hope. The gift of joy. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. The gift of Jesus! (Kate Summers).
       I left for Holy Family Church on Dec 22, 2017 ready for preparation for Marriage class but nobody could attend it so I organized things here and there.  I attended the Fourth Sunday of Advent anticipated Mass besides the Sunday morning Mass the next day. 
           Several volunteers decorate the Church, set up the inspection machine on our Church’s door, receive donation, and sell religious articles at ground floor besides being the fire safety team and parking team.
       There were around 600 people (based on seating capacity only) for the 7.30 p.m. Mass inside the Church and hundreds people were watching through the big television on the outside ground.  Mr. Cai prepared slideshow of last year Christmas Masses pictures with karaoke style Christmas song.   There were around 500 people for 11.00 p.m. Mass.  Several of them are neither Catholics nor attend Mass regularly. After the first Mass, there was a procession of the Baby Jesus statue from ground floor to the manger followed by prayer time in front of the manger for the parishioners.  There were performances in between the two Masses: the Sunday’s School children and youth choir followed by the visit of Santa Claus.       
     There were around 500 people for both Christmas Day Morning and Evening Masses.  Mr. Zhang invited Fr. Lu, several parishioners and I for lunch. It’s not a public holiday in China.  There were seven babies baptized by Fr. Lu on the Christmas Day evening Mass.  According to a parishioner, she attended several Masses a day (even four times for Sundays: anticipated Mass, morning Mass, Mass at other Church and evening Mass) with the hope to get more grace.  I told Fr. Lu about it with Fr. Lu so he gave clarification about it during the homily of evening Mass.
Besides visiting families either at their homes or hospital, I still organize youth gatherings of Holy Family Church Shenzhen (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/08/sharing-aug-2018-youth-gathering-holy.html) besides preparing for Holy Family Feast Day.
     I still continue my cyber ministry through group chat and blog.  Total members of the group chat, who receive the information, are more than 30,000 persons (of more than 80 group chats), who are living in several cities.  I am still uploading my missionary journey on my blog http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com and the page views of my blog reached more than 207,000.
          With the help of several donors, I help several sick people through the We Chat of Jinde Charities.
           Here were my several activities after Easter 2018 (several activities were written on my Thanksgiving Letter: http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/11/thanksgiving-letter-2018.html): home visit to attend a family matter; trip to Quanzhou; visiting our two cemeteries; attending gathering of
Sisters by Focolare; SARS 15th Thanksgiving Mass; Graduation Mass and Ceremony of MCS Primary Section; Variety Show of Maryknoll Fathers' School; Cana week (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/07/sharing-2018-cana-week.html); gathering of Retired Staffs of Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital; Spirituality Forum (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/08/sharing-18th-spirituality-forum.html); Eucharistic Celebrations for
Perpetual Profession, Silver Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee of the Sisters of the

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians; being one of the jury of Indonesian Catholic Community Reading the Bible contest in Hong Kong; Thanksgiving Mass and Annual General Assembly Society of St. Vincent de Paul Central
Council of Hong Kong; Golden Jubilee of Sr. Marilu; Graduation Mass and Speech Day, Fun Fair, School Opening Mass and All Souls Day Mass of MCS Secondary Section; several talks organized by Hong Kong Diocese; pilgrimage to Israel (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/12/sharing-2018-pilgrimage-to-holy-land.html); Conference on Teilhard de Chardin; 
tour to Shek Pik (maximum security) Prison; Winter Solstice Festival Celebration; Maryknoll Family China Christmas party, besides enjoying the visit of several friends from Indonesia.
As I am writing this letter, my heart are full of gratitude for all your support, love, hospitality, gift and especially your prayers during this year.  It’s been another year with a lot of God with me” experiences.
Here is the link of the pictures during Christmas at Holy Family Church:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157699175196900, 平安夜弥撒度盘  https://pan.baidu.com/s/19D7p7fsTrHBx373GhCB38g, 
   

Hong Kong, December 28, 2018
With love and prayers,


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

Article: Christianity


(updated on Jan 3, 2018)

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Sharing: 2018 Pilgrimage to Holy Land



          The Holy Family Church arranged a pilgrimage to Holy Land for total 33 persons including Fr. Lu and myself.  Fr. Lu  invited me to join the pilgrimage so I asked to leave from Hong Kong after a Biblical Conference so we had direct flight Hong Kong-Tel Aviv on Nov 27.
Fr. Lu introduced me to our guide Sr. Jiang, who recognized me as I visited their convent in Baoding, upon arriving at airport.  She studied in Holy Land and had a pass to be a guide.
Here are our pilgrimage destinations:
2.   Mass and renewal of marriage vows of two couples at Cana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_Church_at_Cana)
4.   Stella Maris Monastery on Mount Carmel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Maris_Monastery)
7.   Capernaum Synagogue (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capernaum)
9.   Boating in the Sea of Galilee (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_of_Galilee)
10.       Mass at Church of the Primacy of St. Peter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Primacy_of_Saint_Peter)
11.       Mass at Church of the Multiplication (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Multiplication)
12.       Church of the Beatitude (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Beatitudes)
13.       Church of the Transfiguration (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Transfiguration)
14.       Church of the Resurrection of the Widow’s Son (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Resurrection_of_the_Widow%27s_Son)
15.       Mount of Temptation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Temptation)
16.       Yardenit Baptismal Site (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yardenit)
17.       Floating on Dead Sea (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea)
19.       Church of Bethpage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Bethphage)
20.       Mount Olives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Olives)
21.       Church of the Pater Noster (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Pater_Noster)
22.       Chapel of the Ascension (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Ascension,_Jerusalem)
23.       Dominus Flevit Church (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominus_Flevit_Church)
24.       Mass at Church of All Nations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_All_Nations)
25.       Church of the Visitation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Visitation)
26.       Church of Saint John the Baptist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_John_the_Baptist,_Jerusalem)
27.       Church of the Nativity and Mass at Church of St. Catherine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nativity)
28.       Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Shepherd%27s_Field)
29.       Chapel of the Milk Grotto (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Milk_Grotto)
30.       Prayer at Western Wall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall)
32.       Way of the Cross (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Dolorosa)
33.       Mass at Church of the Holy Sepulchre (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre)
34.       Abbey of the Dormition (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_of_the_Dormition)
35.       The Upper Room (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenacle)
36.       Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Peter_in_Gallicantu)
37.       Mass at Emmaus – Nicopolis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmaus)
38.       St. Peter’s Church Jaffa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Church,_Jaffa)

I couldn’t hold my tears at the Basilica of the Annunciation when I remembered that I was baptized on the Holy Saturday on March 25, 1989 and “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38) which was the beginning of my vocation journey.
Fr. Lu decided to do baptism by affusion at Yardenit Baptismal Site but two young parishioners and I asked for submersion.
Each of of us got a letter from God and a piece of blank paper to write prayer to be placed at the Western Wall.   I wrote my gratitude besides petitions for the people I ministered to.
The eight Station of the Cross reminded me not to weep for Jesus, but weep for myself in the times of failing to do good and better (cf. Luke 23:28).
We met a Protestant group (with several Catholics) from Kalimantan so I was thinking to have a chance to meet an Indonesian that I know.  On the seventh day, I met the Indonesia Vice Provincial of Carmelites Fr. Hari at the Church of Visitation.  What a holy coincidence!  Another holy coincidence: this pilgrimage (Nov 27 – Dec 6) was in between a Biblical Conference (https://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/12/sharing-11th-international-bible.html) and Biblical Lecture (Nov 22-26) and a Biblical Lecture, which was organized by Hong Kong Catholic Biblical Institute http://www.sbofmhk.org/eng/Aboutus/hkcbi.html on Dec 7-8.  Fr. Fedrieic Manns, OFM (Biblicum Studium Franciscanum in Jerusalem) gave presentation on “The Research of the Historical Jesus: the Fourth Quest” and “The Discovery of Magdala: its Importance for the Research of the Historical Jesus.”  I also had been watching several documentary on historical Jesus on Youtube this year (https://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2018/12/article-christianity.html).

 I led several days of morning prayers and share my experiences besides doing English-Chinese translation during shopping time.  Fr. Lu was taking care the singing session during the trip.  Mr. Zhang was our group leader and the youth volunteer Ms. Liang was the organizer of this pilgrimage.
The tour agency arranged shopping trips to Dead Sea cosmetic shop and a jewelry shop.
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/
I am grateful for the opportunity to do pilgrimage to Holy Land, to visit the places of life and ministries of historical Jesus as a man for others. Fr. Lu and the parishioners are grateful for my accompaniment.

Hong Kong, December 12, 2018


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