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/