Sharing: June 2017 Youth Gathering at St. Anthony’s Church

Several volunteers and I organized a youth gathering at St. Anthony’s Church on June 17, 2017.  There were twenty youth attending the gathering including the volunteers.  The topic for this gathering was “互联网在生命和信仰中的影响”(=The Influence of Internet in our Life and Faith).
We prayed together the prayer to St. Don Bosco followed by a game.  I gave VCD from Hong Kong Diocese Vocation Commission “Echoing” as a gift for the volunteers of the game then gave a short introduction about World Communication Sunday and then two of the participants took turn to read the message of Pope Francis for World Communication Sunday (https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/communications/documents/papa-francesco_20170124_messaggio-comunicazioni-sociali.html) and an article on a local Catholic newspaper ”教你取舍网上教会讯息” (=Teaching you how to sort out Church news on the internet) while watching in mute mode part of World Youth Day Closing Mass and video of Asian Youth Day 2017.  
There were small group discussions and group report after watching the short video “Look Up” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY)


Hong Kong, June 20, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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



Sharing: Jun 2017 Youth Gathering of Holy Family Church

Several volunteers and I organized the youth gathering on June 10 - 11, 2017 by going overnight to Huizhou.  There were 47 youth including Fr. Lu, the volunteers and I.    
We left after daily Mass by bus.  It took around one and a half hours. Mr. Liu gave short introduction about our program and the Fr. Lu led the prayer and singing together. 
My group lost during the game so we should eat biscuits with wasabi as the penalty.  After settling down our room arrangement we had lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Ms. Deng prepared the ambiance of our common room with several Mother Mary’s images including our Lady of Marykoll and then led the session on Mother Mary.  There were presentations of each group about their group’s name related to Mother Mary and small group sharing.  The names of the groups are Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Sheshan, Our Lady of China, Black Madonna, Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima.  Our theme song was 公教青年 (=Catholic Youth), here is the link:   https://youtu.be/1aUO7vHxhs8
I helped several volunteers in preparing the barbeque for a while and then finishing the summary while several youth went to the beach.  We started our barbeque dinner around 8.00 p.m.  Several youth played card, sang karaoke, performed live music show, etc.   
I went to the beach (again) to see the sunrise the next morning.  After breakfast, Fr. Lu said the Trinity Sunday Mass. I gave the summary including asked Mr. Wu to read the letter about Private Revelation from Chancery of Hong Kong Diocese and gave away pendant of 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima from Our Lady of Fatima Church Cheng Chau – Hong Kong and several rosaries for those who could answer the questions about Mother Mary. 
We went back to Shenzhen after having lunch at the nearby restaurant.
Here is the link of the pictureshttps://www.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0EbuWrFm4ZM2hh&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link

Hong Kong, June 16, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.




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

Sharing: May 2017 Volunteer Training at St. Anthony’s Church

  The second part of the youth training at St. Anthony’s Church was organized on May 13, 2017. 
Ms. Zhuo led the noon time prayer from the breviary as per my suggestion because Fr. Lu was not available to lead the praise and worship.
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.   The training was based on “8 Habits of Highly Effective People.” 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 led this second part training on four habits.  Around 17 volunteers attended it.  I asked one of them to read the Bible passage. 
It’s an opportunity to reach out to more people in mainland as my wish.

Hong Kong, May 16, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Sharing: The Art of Forgiveness Workshop

       
Srs. Theresa Kastner, Dolores Geier, Carol McDonald dan I attended “The Art of Forgiveness” Workshop at Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. (http://www.avilainstitute.org/) – Germantown on April 19 - 20. 
      There were Eucharist celebration and Call to Pray every morning before we start the sessions and also social and prayer service at the end of the first day. 
Br. Mark Knightly, CSC, MA, MSW gave presentation on “Forgiveness: A Critical Skill for Older Life,” Sr. Lucille Theroux, CSJ on “Vulnerability,” Sr. Katharine Hanley, SCJ on “Scriptural Healing.” Ms. Cynthia Tokos, BA, MPA on “Art as Inspiration for Forgiveness,” Br. Wayne Fitzpatrick, MM, MA, MS, CGM on “Forgiveness: Essential to the Healing Process,” Sr. Peter M. Lilian Di Maria, O.Carm and Mr. Alfred W. Norwood, BS, MA on “Dimentia and Spirituality.”  
      Cynthia asked us to make forgiveness letter including preparing the colorful marker and ribbon.   
          It’s a very informative workshop, not only about forgiveness but also about dementia and healing.
   
New York, April 21, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Easter Letter 2017


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Mahatma Gandhi

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


   There was long procession from ground floor to Holy Family Church at second floor of the building on Palm Sunday morning mass.  All the statues were covered with purple cloths after Sunday evening Mass.  



     The Church was full for the Holy Thursday Mass.  After the Mass, 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, young and old, stayed till the next morning and 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 station of the Cross was held at 3.00 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.  The big Cross from Jerusalem, which was donated from one of the parishioners, was placed in front of the altar after the service.  Several parishioners still come and go for adoration till Saturday afternoon. 
  Eleven persons, adults and babies, were baptized during Easter Vigil Mass. 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 800 people attending the Easter vigil Mass. 
   The parishioners got another Easter egg during Easter Sunday Mass.   After having lunch, three youth and I visited one of the youth in the hospital.
             That’s all about my Easter with parishioners of Holy Family Church Shenzhen.  It was a solemn Easter celebration.
        Below are short updates about the last four months of 2017.
       We continue the Lenten Campaign at Holy Family Church Shenzhen by inviting the parishioners to donate their Lent saving money in a plastic folder for our charity works.   
  I attended a sacrament of matrimony in Chaonan  (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/01/sharing-2017-trip-to-chaonan.html) and also went to Guangzhou Cathedral with Fr. Lu, several parishioners and catechumens.  I continue my stay to meet several priests, sisters and parishioners (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/04/sharing-2017-trip-to-guangzhou.html).  I started an online bookstore (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/04/sharing-on-line-bookstore.html).
    Sr. Anastasia Lott, MM. Attended both our Christmas party in Macau and regional meeting in Hong Kong both in January.
    While in Hong Kong, I led Lenten reflection for the Indonesian Catholic Community and reflection for Indonesian Catholic Mothers Prayer Group (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/03/sharing-2017-lenten-reflection.html).
          I attended the certificate presentation for the inmates of Stanley Prison, Correctional Service Department Staff Training Institute Open Day (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/03/sharing-2017-csd-staff-training.html) and continuing to visit inmates both in Lowu Correctional Institution and Tailam Center for Women in Hong Kong.   
        I also attended the Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) Annual PTA Dinner besides share about my vocation and ministry stories with the students during their visit to our convent.
        I enjoyed the visit of my younger sister and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Dobbs, Mr. Hendrie and his son, Mrs. Rini, Srs. Louise Ellings, MM and Julia Schideler, MM.  

New York, April 18, 2017
with love and prayer,



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Sharing: On Line Bookstore

Several parishioners have online store by posting the pictures of their products on their online profile wall.  This gave me an idea to upload the free book “人生on God’s Line” on my online profile wall and then led me to open an online bookstore. 
          Here are several available books: 基督宗教圣诞前的耶稣 (Jesus Before Christianity by Albert Nolan, OP);现代人耶稣:一个彻底自由的灵修 (Jesus Today by Albert Nolan, OP) 感恩圣事:礼仪与神学 (Eucharist: Liturgy and Theology) 信与传 (Faith and Mission) 同性恋于天主教会 (Homosexuality and Catholic Church) 在加里肋亚湖上说情爱 (Love Story at Sea of Galilee); 性,爱与我 :正确的抉择 (Sex, Love and I),等等 and the favorite book is天主教婚姻甜蜜的秘决 (1st Catholic Guide for Lifelong Marriage).
 Hong Kong, April 8, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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






Sharing: 2017 Trip to Guangzhou

Fr. Lu, several parishioners, three catechumens and I visited Guangzhou Cathedral on May 1, 2017.  Sr. Chen, who accompanied me during my stay in Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Shamian in 2012, gave an introduction about the Cathedral and the compound.  She is in charge of RCIA in Cathedral.  There are seven classes both in Cantonese and Putonghua for almost 100 catechumens. 
I continued my stay in Guangzhou by visiting several priests, sisters, former parishioners of Holy Family Church Shenzhen, Indonesian Catholics, a staff of Huiling and parishioners including visiting Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Shamian, St. Francis Xavier’s Church – Dong Shan Kou and attending Sunday Mass at one of the Chapels.

It’s also a time to give away the book “人生on God’s Line,” listen to their stories and pray with the parishioners. 


Hong Kong, April 7, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

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