Sharing: 2017 CSD Staff Training Institute Open Day

I attended the Open Day of Correctional Services Department Staff Training Institute on March 18, 2017. 
The Staff Training Institute is responsible for planning and implementing training programmes to equip staff with relevant knowledge to fulfill the Vision, Mission and Values of the Department.  Newly-recruited Officers and Assistant Officers have to undergo 26-week and 23-week basic training respectively including field placement at correctional institutions. Development training courses such as refresher courses, specialist training courses and command courses are regularly conducted at the institute to foster staff’s personal effectiveness and help their career development. Scenario training and situational analysis are emphasised in staff training.  To promote self-enhancement and life-long learning culture, CSD provides a wide variety of self-learning resources. A Knowledge Management System (KMS) has been established to strengthen e-learning since 2010. (http://www.csd.gov.hk/english/about/abt.shtml)
There was an opening ceremony, video about the training, virtual experience, game booth, news about NGO activities, equipment training display, vocational training display, information regarding changing name from Prison to Institution 35th Anniversary, Dramatic way in touring the museum, New and old uniform display and action show including marching band.

                   
Hong Kong, April 19, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible

Resensi: Jesus Today: Spiritualitas Kebebasan Radikal


Resensi Buku "Jesus Today: Spiritualitas Kebebasan Radikal” yang merupakan terjemahan dari buku “Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom” oleh Albert Nolan, OP bisa dibaca di: http://www.academia.edu/4517935/Resensi_Buku_Albert_Nolan_yang_berjudul_Jesus_Today_Spriritualitas_Kebebasan_Radikal dan http://orientasibaru.net/Vol_19_No_1_2010/OB.19.01.APR.2010-RES.pdf

Resensi: Yesus Bukan Orang Kristen?

Resensi Buku "Yesus Bukan Orang Kristen?" yang merupakan terjemahan dari edisi 25 tahun buku "Jesus Before Christianity" oleh Albert Nolan, OP bisa dibaca di: http://www.sesawi.net/2011/06/07/yesus-bukan-orang-kristen/

Sharing: 2017 Lenten Reflection Indonesian Catholic Community in Hong Kong

The Indonesian Chaplain Fr. Heribertus, SVD asked me to lead Lenten reflection for the Indonesian Catholic Community on Feb 26, 2017 at St. Paul Convent School Hall Hong Kong. There were more than 60 women attended it.
The music team led a short praise and worship before the reflection.  I gave a short introduction about the tradition of washing of the feet.  We watched the video of Pope Francis washed the feet in a prison in Rome on Holy Thursday 2015 while listened to the reading from John 13: 1-15.
Several volunteers helped to prepare the washing of feet ceremony.  There were four stations of washing of feet.  I washed the feet and prayed for the first person in each station and then she washed the feet and prayed for the second person, etc.  
It was the first experience and very moving ceremony for many of them.  After tea break, I asked them to share their experiences in small group of four and then I
invited several of them to share to big group.   


Hong Kong, March 1, 2017
Have a blessed Lenten season!

         

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible

March 3, 2017:

          I led a reflection for the Indonesian Catholic Mothers Prayer Group on March 2, 2017 at the Catholic Centre, Hong Kong and arranged a washing of feet and praying ceremony.  There were seven mothers attended it besides Sr. Rita, RGS.   It was a very moving ceremony.    I asked everyone to share their reflection before the closing prayer.

Article: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's a Small Stuff

       
Around twenty years ago, I read the Indonesian version of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.  It’s one of my favorite books. 
Here are 25 quotations from that book: http://www.movemequotes.com/top-25-quotes-from-dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-by-richard-carlson/

Hong Kong, February 25, 2017

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible

Sharing: 2017 Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year
Selamat Hari Raya Imlek
新年快乐, 身体健康,万事如意, 平安,喜乐

I went to Shenzhen on the first day of Lunar New Year, just in time for the 求恩弥撒 (=qiu en mi sa/Petition Mass).  The Churches in China usually celebrate 感恩弥撒(=gan en mi sa/Thanksgiving Mass) on the last day of the year and Petition Mass on the first day of the New Year.  Fr. Lu gave general absolution because several (or many?) of them didn’t have time to go to Confession nor attend Sunday Masses.  After Mass, Fr. Lu and our parish council leader Mr. Li distributed red envelopes of holy card and money for all parishioners: adults and children.  There are more than 600 hundreds red envelopes were distributed.  Many of our parishioners went to their home town but there were many newcomers so the Church was still full.  http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2065264/chinas-massive-lunar-new-year-travel-rush-where-are-they-going
          Not so many people attended the anticipated Sunday Mass and the Sunday Masses.    There were so few cars on the street for the first week of New Year.  One morning, there were only two passengers including myself on the bus. I celebrated the New Year and birthdays with Fr. Lu, seminarian Lin and the parishioners, mostly at their home.    
Our daily Masses were changed to 9.00 a.m. during the first week of New Year so more people can attend it because it’s a long holiday for most of them.  
I visited the inmates at Lo Wu Correctional Institution on the way back from Shenzhen on the six day of New Year and then visited the inmates at Tai Lam Centre for Women the next day. 
I went back again to Shenzhen on eight day of New Year.  There are so many cars on the street again.  Our daily Masses are back to 7.45 a.m.    
Fr. Lu, Mr. Guo, Mr. Xu and I visited fourteen sick and elderly parishioners on January 24, 2017 and brought fruits and red envelopes. They could receive Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion during the visit.  The eldest parishioner was 102 years old man, who is still attending Sunday Masses in our Church and keeping our Sunday Mass booklets orderly.  Fr. Lu and he sang several Latin songs.  We also visited our parish council leader Mr. Li in his office.        
                                                                     
Hong Kong, February 9, 2017

         

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible





Sharing: 2017 The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

     Several volunteers and I organized Taize prayer for Christian Unity Prayer week at Holy Family Church on January 21, 2017.  We had supper together before the Taize prayer. 
     Fr. Lu led the opening prayer followed by short introduction about Christian Unity Prayer Week (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Week_of_Prayer_for_Christian_Unity) and Taize prayer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiz%C3%A9_Community) by Mr. Liu.
     Mrs. Sun prepared the power point presentation for the Taize prayer and Ms. Yun led the prayer.  Ms. Zhao read the Biblical passage for this year theme “Reconciliation: For the love of Christ compels us (2 Cor 5: 14 – 20) and the prayer of the faithful http://www.hkecumenical.org/index.php/prayer-of-faithful.html.  Ms. Xie sang several prayers of the faithful too.
    The Taize prayer ended around 7:45 p.m. followed by anticipated Sunday Mass at 8:00 p.m.  

Hong Kong, January 26, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible