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
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.
There were youth training at St. Anthony Church (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/01/sharing-january-2017-volunteer-training.html) and youth gathering at Holy Family Church (http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com/2017/01/sharing-2017-week-of-prayer-for.html).
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