Sharing: Easter Letter 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

If we pray and act in the name of Jesus the Good Shepherd, then we are already coming to a deeper understanding of all our brothers, and sisters, and to more compassion and generosity towards them, and especially towards those who are like lost sheep, those with whom nobody falls in love, and who first need great love, encouragement, and respect before we can expect from them a satisfying response. 
Bernard Haring

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?  Hopefully it was a joyous celebration.  
      I attended the Mandarin Palm Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Chapel and then visited Fr. Naylor, SJ. 

     I was in Macau for the Easter Triduum: attending the Cantonese Holy Thursday Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church followed by adoration, Contemporary Stations of the Cross at Mount Song, English Good Friday Liturgy at St. Lawrence Church and Cantonese Easter Vigil Mass at St. Joseph the Worker’s Church.  Eleven adult were baptized at St. Joseph the Worker’s Church.  Our Macau sisters invited several Comboni Fathers for Paschal Meal on Thursday.  Srs. Sue, Anne, Theresa and I did Easter egg coloring on Saturday morning.
      I went back to Hong Kong on Easter Sunday morning to attend the Easter Sunday Mass and first mass with Indonesian Community of Fr. Toto Bardata, SVD followed by celebration.  Three adult were baptized and one received Sacrament of Chrism only.
      It was a joyous Easter celebration.
Now, short updates about my first three months of 2017.
       Here is the link of my visit to Handan, Shijiazhuang, and Baoding last January: http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.hk/2018/02/sharing-jan-2018-trip-to-hebei.html and about the youth gathering at St. Anthony’s Church http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.hk/2018/02/sharing-feb-2018-youth-gathering-of-st.html
       Several volunteers help me to organize supper followed by a talk on how to look on modern Christians’ vocation and mission from Teilhard de Chardin’s life and spirituality by Fr. Han at Holy Family Church. There were 60 persons attending the talk including 11 university students from Guangzhou. Here is the link about Teilhard de Chardin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Teilhard_de_Chardin
     I made a Lenten Campaign by inviting the members of my group chatting to donate their Lent saving money for the people in needs through Jinde Charities besides continue to be the channel of blessings to the people in needs.   
       I edited a meditative short movie about “Stations of the Cross Today” by Fr. Joe Veneroso, MM to Indonesian and Chinese (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.hk/2018/03/video-stations-of-cross-today.html) and made a short movie on “Less Waste Living” in English, Indonesia and Chinese (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.hk/2018/03/video-less-waste-living-in-english.html)
I attended the certificate presentation for the inmates of Lowu Correctional Institutional and continuing to visit inmates both in Lowu Correctional Institution and Tailam Center for Women in Hong Kong besides attended the Indonesian Sunday Mass with Bishop Agus, who studied at Maryknoll School of Theology USA, and team from Indonesia; Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) Annual PTA Dinner; Young Sisters Gathering, which was organized by Hong Kong Association of Major Superiors of Religious Women; wake, funeral and memorial Masses of Fr. John Geitner, MM at St. Francis Asisi’s Church.  
Srs. Michelle, Louise, Theresa and I enjoyed the Hong Kong Flower Show at Victoria Park including the Indonesia’s booth (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/hkfs/2018/index.html) 

I am grateful for several months of intercommunity living with Sr. Amutha, ICM besides enjoyed the visit of Mrs. Eliza and Rosa from Indonesia. 
There was an Open House of Maryknoll Convent School Primary Section and it was the time when the Azalea was in blooming.
Ok…that's it for now.  Thank you very much for all your support, love, hospitality, gifts and especially your prayers.

Hong Kong, April 4, 2018
with love and prayer,



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible




Video: Less Waste Living (in English, Indonesian and Chinese)


Here are the links of Less Waste Living:

Here are the links about Zero Waste Living:
1.   Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg
2.  How to Transition to a ZERO Waste Lifestyle | Going Green|:

Sharing: Feb 2018 Youth Gathering of St. Anthony’s Church

Several volunteers and I organized the youth gathering on February 2, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Church.  There were more than 30 youth and adult, including volunteers, attended it.    
Fr. Liu led the opening prayer and gave a welcome talk.  Ms. YC led the ice breaking games and Mr. He gave the talk on “Walking with 12 Disciples.”  After lunch, Ms. YC led the games and I led the small group sharing including sharing the song “My Soul Sings Praise to the Lord.”  Mr. He led the adoration.
 Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157690288374102

Hong Kong, February 10, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.






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

Sharing: Jan 2018 Trip to Hebei


I left for Handan on Jan 20, 2018, by train from Shenzhen around 8 hours.  Fr. Zhuo picked me up and then we went to an orphanage in Daming.  Fr. Lu asked me to bring the relics of St. John Bosco for Fr. Zhuo.  The relics will be placed at a newly built Church in his village.
Sr. Guo, whom I met during summer school at Holy Family Church Shenzhen, is the head of the orphanage belongs to their community.  The orphanage was started in 1984. 
I visited the elderly home, convent and also the junior high boarding school located in the minor seminary compound.   There are 280 students, all Catholics, in the boarding school. Bishop Sun said the Sunday Mass in Daming Church. There were 3 marching bands from three villages and the procession was started from the end of the street.  Fr. Liu brought me to their Church in Dong Yang Shan Village, around 30 minutes by car.  There are several chapels in this parish.  I attended the (second) Sunday Mass before leaving for Handan city with three Catholics. 
 Fr. Zhang showed me around the Nan Men Lin Church including his office (教区办公室秘书长), social service office, and youth service office.  A Mateo Ricci volunteer is working in the social service office besides two sisters.  Fr. Zhang and I visited Bishop Stephen Yang, who will be 98 years after Lunar New Year, and he still can write Our Father in Latin and concelebrate Mass.  We also went to the construction site of the new Cathedral.  The government stops all construction works from November 2017 until March 2018 to minimize the dust.
 Mrs. Yang and her husband brought me to Fei Xiang Church to meet Fr. Xu.  There are two sisters working in this Church.  He said it’s mandatory for the Catholics to attend a 5 days study in a year.  The study day is arranged based on their available dates and when there are at least 100 persons.  Then, we went to Fei Fei Guang to visit Mr. and Mrs. Liu. Mrs. Liu attended the Discipleship Classes, it’s four times 10 days a year for three years.  There are more than 7,000 people from several cities attended the classes.  The participants are not allowed to use a cellphone during the program.
Mrs. Liu showed me around including to Peng Cheng Church and the eye clinic, which is run by the sisters.          
 Mrs. Liu and I went to Cao Zhuang Church with their pastor to attend the priesthood ordination.  I sat in the last row of the sisters' section.  There were more than 90 priests during the ordination.  Fr. Huai shared his mission experiences in Guizhou during the homily.  The diocese decided to have priesthood ordination Mass on the feast of the conversion of St. Paul with the hope to raise missionary spirit among the priests.  Here is the link of the priesthood ordination: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/jEAnNnJMPXTnufvWu1jcXw.
I visited Srs. Hao and Wang in their convent beside meeting their Superior Sr. Zhu.  Fr. Zhao drove Sr. Hao and me to Ming Guan Church and Hospital (for eye, children and internal organs) and then to Shi Zhuang Church to meet Bishop Sun.   There were several men working in metal construction to be sent to Fr. Huai in Guizhou because it’s cheaper in Handan besides it may not available in Guizhou.
Bishop Sun invited me for supper and attending the second anniversary Mass for a migrant community.       
Mrs. Yang Ping and Fr. Zhang accompanied me to visit the diocesan training center and youth office in Guangfu.  There is a program from Poland and Marriage Encounter at this training center.
Sr. Wen picked me up at Baoding train station and then we went to Anzhuang with their Superior Sr. Jiang.  Their convent is across from the Church.  We attended evening Mass in the chapel with the heater.  The Church was built more than 100 years ago.   The pastor, Fr. Wang, is from Anzhuang village.
Sr. Wen and I went to Baoding Cathedral and then met Bishop An and several Catholics from his village Anzhuang.  We went to Dong Lv Church and to their convent.  The convent was built by one of the Catholics, two of the sisters are working in their factory.  Three alumnae of Maryknoll China Educators and Formators Project (https://maryknollmagazine.org/2016/09/nurturing-the-church-in-china/) Fr. Meng, Sr. Shen and Sr. Maria picked me up at the Shijiazhuang train station.  We had dinner with Fr. Su, Sr. Rong (both alumnae) and Fr. Jin, one of the staffs at the Shijiazhuang seminary.  Mr. Yan and a sister, who is studying in the seminary, visited me.
Fr. Su showed me around the seminary and Fr. Li (alumnae) showed me around Hebei Faith Press and Jinde Charities offices.  Fr. Wang and Mr. Mei visited me for a while.  I also had a chance to meet Fr. Zhang, who is the founder of Hebei Faith Press and Jinde Charities.  Sr. Maria is the head of an elderly home so she showed Fr. Wang and I around the elderly home.  Fr. Meng is working at Jinde Charities.  Fr. Su brought Fr. Wang and I to the office of Sr. Shen at Jinde Counseling. 
Fr. Su, a sister and I went to a convent in Anguo.  Fr. Su and I gave workshop “8 Highly Effective Habits in Serving the Church” for the volunteers.  There were around 90 Catholics attended the workshop.  It’s a monthly workshop arranged by Baoding Diocese.  One of the participants said the games made the workshop easier to be understood than the homily.  It’s the first time for them to have a small sharing group. 
I left for Shenzhen then Hong Kong on Jan 31, 2018.  I am very grateful for this rich experiences trip: visit local communities both registered and unregistered, pilgrimage and giving a workshop.    
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/with/72157692169652554

Hong Kong, February 2, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Christmas letter 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
                    First of all, I want to wish all of you:
 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
May the spirit of the Christmas fill your home
with peace, joy and love!

 How was your Christmas celebration? 

As for me, I spent Christmas at Holy Family Church Shenzhen as you can read below. 
I left for Shenzhen on Dec 23, 2017 and attended the Fourth Sunday of Advent anticipated Mass besides the morning Mass the next day.  
     Several volunteers set up the inspection machine on our Church’s door on December 24 p.m.  Several volunteers were in charge to receive donation because our monthly collection is not enough to cover the monthly rental fee. 

There were around 600 people for the 7.30 p.m. Mass inside the Church and hundreds people were watching through the big television on the outside ground.  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 Infant 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 School’s children, youth choir and middle age choir followed by the visit of Santa Claus. The religious articles store was moved to the ground floor to have bigger space.      
     There were around 500 people for both Christmas Day Morning and Evening Masses.  Mrs. Mai invited Fr. Lu several parishioners and I for lunch. It’s not a public holiday.
          There were seven babies baptized by Bishop Sun of Handan Diocese on the morning Mass of Holy Family Church.  There were 9 priests and 11 sisters including myself besides Bishop Sun during afternoon Mass.  Five couples renewed their marriage vows.  The Church was full.  There was a banquet after the Mass for all the guests from other Churches and our volunteers.   
          Fr. Lu, several parishioners, and I attended the Mother of God Feast Day in Mother of God Church Shenzhen followed by a banquet on Jan 1, 2018.
Besides visiting families either at their homes or hospital, I organize youth gatherings of Holy Family Church Shenzhen, St. Anthony’s Church Shenzhen, Immaculate Conception Church Shenzhen, Zhuhai besides summer programs at Holy Family Church Shenzhen, Christ the King Church Shenzhen, and Zhangjiakou.
     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 pageviews of my blog reached more than 190,000. 
          With the help of several donors, I help several sick people through Charity Fund of Holy Family Church and the wechat of Jinde Charities.
While in Hong Kong, I am still visiting the inmates in Tailam Center for Women.  I joined the tour to Tailam Center for Women, which was organized by Prisoners’ Friends’ Association; attended our Annual General Meeting and the certificate presentation to the inmates at Shek Pik Prison. 
     Here were my several activities after Easter 2017: trip to New York to attend our Inter Assembly Conference besides “The Art of Forgiveness Workshop”; retreat at Salesian Retreat House (http://www.sdbrh.org.hk/): trip to Beijing, Fuqing, Ningde, Jilin and Shenyang to visit the local community; trip to Hawaii to attend our Asia East World Section meeting; Memorial Mass and Thanksgiving Dinner of Maryknoll Family China; home visit to attend a family matter besides enjoying the visit of Sr. Joanna, MM, Sr. Amutha, ICM. Mrs. Clare, etc.
And, last but not least, I want to thank you for all your support, love, hospitality, gifts and especially your prayers during this year.  It’s been another year with a lot of “God with us” experiences.
Here is the link of the pictures during Christmas and Holy Family Feast day:       https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157690242860141                                                                  
Hong Kong, January 3, 2018
With love and prayer,


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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