Sharing: 2017 Pilgrimage to Macau

Several volunteers of Holy Family Church and I organized a pilgrimage to Macau to celebrate 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13-14, 2017. It was planned as a youth gathering but then many parishioners were interested to go, several of them for the first time go to Macau.   
More than 110 parishioners including Fr. Lu, several volunteers and I left Holy Family Church on Oct 13 morning after the special Mass for the Our Lady of Fatima.  The Church was full during the Mass.    Mr. Liu was the MC for the youth bus and Ms. Deng was the MC for the middle age bus.  Fr. Lu led the singing together. 
We had lunch at Zhuhai and the walked to the Gongbei Port of Entry.  We stayed in a hotel near Our Lady of Fatima Church and a hotel near Cathedral except for two parishioners and I stayed in our convent.  
            We walked to St. Francis Xavier Church.  The pastor Fr. Dedi, SCJ from Indonesia asked a parishioner to give an introduction to the Church after prayer together.  
We walked to Our Lady of Fatima Church before supper at a nearby restaurant and then walked back to the Church to attend the Mass.  There was a long procession after Mass.  
Fr. Lu celebrated Mass at Cathedral for us followed by going to Ruin of St. Paul in a small group.  We went back to the hall in the Cathedral for lunch, prepared by several volunteers.
We walked to Bishop Hill.  Sr. Emma, OCSO gave an introduction about OCSO in Macau after finishing the prayer.  Several parishioners wrote their prayer intention and several parishioners went to buy homemade cookies, religious articles, and T-shirt.
We walked to St. Lorenz’s Church to pray together for a while and then walked to Cathedral.  They went to Cotai Checkpoint by bus and then went to Shenzhen.  I stayed overnight in Macau but then left earlier by the last ferry to Hong Kong due to typhoon signal no. 8.

Hong Kong, October 18, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Sep 2017 Youth Gathering of St. Anthony’s Church

Several volunteers and I organized the youth gathering on September 23, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Church.  There were 14 youth and adult, including volunteers, attended it.    
I led the opening prayer and then asked the participants to introduce themselves and take turn to read the summary of Apostolicam Actuositatem (=The Apostolate of Lay People) followed by the washing of the feet ritual. 

Hong Kong, September 27, 2017

















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

Sharing: Cyber Ministry



As my previous sharing, I started a group chatting ministry in 2014 by sending faith information to QQ and Wechat group chatting.  I joined around 12 group chatting with total members around 1,200 people by Dec 2014.  Little by little, I joined more group chatting and now I join more than 80 group chatting with total members more than 30,000 people.  I don’t know exactly how many people read the faith information that I sent.  For sure, there are many people join several group chatting, I can’t send faith information during their prayer and reading the Bible and not all the members read the information.
          Here is an article about my cyber ministry: http://www.globalsistersreport.org/blog/gsr-today/sisters-do-18-surprising-ministries-23956


Hong Kong, September 8, 2017


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

Sharing: Sep 2017 Youth Gathering of Holy Family Church

Several volunteers and I organized the youth gathering on September 2, 2017 at Holy Family Church.  There were more than 40 youth and adult, including volunteers, attended it.    
Mr. Lu gave welcome speech and then Ms. Deng led the praise and worship.  Several volunteers cooked the lunch.  Ms. Luo and Ms. Chen asked everyone to introduce themselves during lunch. 
Fr. Li delivered his presentation about “Introduction to the Bible” and then I led the sharing and gave a summary.    
The Bible Study Group celebrated their third anniversary so they prepared a cake to be enjoyed by everyone.  We still have left over meal so we had supper together at the Church.  
 Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157685911749580

Hong Kong, September 6, 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 Zhangjiakou and Beijing

I went to Xiwanzi Cathedral and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Tianlu, Zhangjiakou on the third week of August.  There is a cemetery of Bishop, Priests and Sisters near the Cathedral.  Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157685908351573
Mr. Wang and Mrs. Li accompanied me to visit Zhoukoudian site ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhoukoudian).  I also had a chance to visit West Church, North Church, South Church, East Church, National Center for Performing Arts, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing in Beijing.  I visited Forbidden City 12 years ago so I decided not to enter again.  Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157685822619534



Hong Kong, August 30, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.





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

Sharing: 2017 Summer School



   
Sr. Huang and Seminarian Zhang helped the first part of summer school at Holy Family Church on Jul 31 – August 5.  It was also the time for First Communion’s preparation.  I taught three sessions of English classes.


          There were around 60 primary school students attended it.  The classes begin at 9.00 am and end at 4.30 pm with lunch break and short break after each class.  There were several volunteers helping to cook and prepare the lunch besides helping to keep the children in order during the classes.
          Fr. Lu asked both Seminarian Zhang and I to lead the second part of the summer school on Aug 7 – 12.  There were eighteen primary, junior and high school students attended it, including the altar servers.
          I prepared the second part of summer school program including recollection day, 8 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Secret of Water and small group performances.  Seminarian Zhang taught the Ten Commandments, Sacraments and Altar Servers.  Fr. Li taught the Bible class and Fr. Lu taught the singing class.

          A choir group from Taiwan, around twenty people, came to have join performance with our choir on Aug 8 evening.    We had Mass and supper together before the performance.
          We started our morning Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary at the Grotto by singing two Marian songs and then went to the Church.  The Church was full even though it’s not a holiday. 
          Here is the link of the pictures:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5RGQmZ
                             
Hong Kong, August 16, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Sharing: 2017 Pilgrimage to Guangzhou


Several volunteers of St. Anthony’s Church and I organized a pilgrimage to Guangzhou to celebrate Asian Youth Day on Jul 28-29.  The 7th Asian Youth Day is held in Indonesia on Jul 30 – Aug 6, 2017.

Thirty seven participants from Shenzhen including Fr. Lu, several volunteers and I left St. Anthony’s Church on Jul 28 evening.  The pastor of St. Anthony’s Church Fr. Liu gave a welcome talk and led the prayer.  Fr. Lu led the singing together.  We stayed in a hostel because the rooms in Cathedral were not available due to the Children Summer Camp.  There were another six participants went by themselves to Guangzhou, Seven of the youth group of Cathedral Guangzhou and eight of Catholic College Students Association (Jiezi Community).

We left for Our Lady of Lourdes’ Church Shamian after breakfast for Mass.  Fr. Joseph gave introduction about Our Lady of Lourdes’ Chapel and their relic collection.

Fr. Lu led the opening prayer followed by blessing by Bishop Gan.  The leader of Jiezi Community gave an introduction about the Cathedral followed by visiting the upper level of the Cathedral.  

Ms. Zhou was the MC for the day.  We had lunch and ice breaking games led by Mr. Hou followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament led by Jiezi Community.  Two participants read the message of Pope Francis for 2017 World Youth Day.  I showed the video of 2017 Asian Youth Day Cross Procession in Jogyakarta and part of the video of Archdiocese of Semarang. 

There were small group sharings.  Only one small group shared to the large group, the rest shared it on the bus due to time limitation.

The last agenda was action song of Asian Youth Day theme song: Joyful Asian Youth. 



Hong  Kong, Aug 3, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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




Sharing: The Second Shenzhen Catholic Students’ Summer Camp

Fr. Wang of Christ the King Church asked me to lead the second Shenzhen Catholic Students’ Summer Camp on July 16-23, 2017 after asking recommendation from Fr. Lu.  He knows that I organize youth gathering at Holy Family Church.  At our first meeting, I asked Fr. Wang’s idea for the topic and he said he concerns about the news recently that several hotel/motel near the campus in Guangzhou is booked by the students during the week end so I asked him about “Love, Sex, Life and I” and he agreed.  I wrote down the itinerary and asked him to download several videos.
Mr. Huang and Mr. Wu drove me to Christ the King Church to bring all the books and equipment for the summer camp on Jul 11.  I went to Christ the King Church on Jul 15 and stayed until Jul 23.    
 I led the participants to do action songs while waiting for the supper on Jul 16.  The pastor Fr. Shi gave his opening talk followed by opening prayer by Fr. Wang after supper.  Fr. Shi informed the small group members as my criteria and Fr. Wang distributed the small group commitment paper.  I led the ice breaking game, writing their hope, doing action song “爱使我们相聚在一起” and reflecting their gratitude.
The camp started with Eucharist at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast, prayer, two sessions, rosary and lunch.   There are three sessions in the afternoon followed by evening prayer, supper and movie/sharing/performance/summary.  There were around 40 participants (mostly staying in the Church, several came late/absent) and were divided into 5 small groups.   Each small group take turn to responsible for the Church (lector, prayer of the faithful, leader for the rosary and evening prayer), Class (leader for the prayer, etc), Breakfast (serving the meals, washing the dishes and cleaning the floor), Lunch and Supper.
I delivered the topics: “Love, Sex, Life and I,” “Assertive Communication,” “8 Habits of Highly Effective People,” “The Influence of Internet” and “The Secret of Water”, Fr. Wang delivered the topic “Marriage and Family” and Fr. Shi delivered the topic “Introduction to the Bible.”
We watched the movie “One Liter of Tears” and “Courage” followed by sharing.  The third day was a reflection day in silent.  There was performance by each small group including the action song of Asian Youth Day 2017, which was taped and will be sent to the Asian Youth Day Organizer, on the Jul 21 evening.   
We went to Rosary Church Luhe on Jul 22 and then went to the Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima Luhe for lunch, the way of the Cross and Mass.  Fr. Shi, Fr. Wang and I gave the summary after supper.  I shared my gratitude for the opportunity to lead this summer camp as it was my first time to lead a 5 days program.  Early this year I wanted to organize Shenzhen Youth Day (actually only half day because our Church can't accommodate too many people for lunch) in our Church about "Love, Sex, Life and I" but it didn’t happen yet.  God provides bigger than what I think!
We closed the summer camp by attending the Sunday Mass at Christ the King Church.
Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/S5_sgfqBc6s
  
Hong Kong, Jul 26, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Sharing: July 2017 Gathering at Immaculate Conception Church

Sr. Wang asked me to help with the youth gathering at Immaculate Conception Church last year but I didn’t say yes because she said it’s mostly junior high school.  It may be more difficult for the younger age to understand my Putonghua.   When she knew that I will help the Second Shenzhen Catholic Students’ Summer Camp, Sr. Wang asked me again to help their youth gathering.  I think this is the sign from God that it’s the time to reach out more Chinese people.  I proposed Jul 8 for their youth gathering and the theme would be “The Influence of Internet in our Life and Faith.”  It was the fourth time I organized this theme.
Sr. Wang said there were around 30 people registered and mostly middle age.  I visited Mrs. Yao, who was a parishioner at Holy Family Church but moved to Immaculate Church last year, before leading the gathering.
There were around 50 teenagers and adults attending the gathering.  They asked me to speak in Cantonese because they thought it’s easier for me to speak Cantonese than Putonghua.    
We prayed together the prayer to St. Don Bosco followed by a game.  I gave the books “人生in God’s Line” 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 in 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)
There were small group discussions and group report after watching the short video “Look Up” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY)


Hong Kong, July 11, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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