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

Sharing: July 2017 Gathering for Qian Mo Hao Guang Youth Group

I organized a gathering for Qian Mo Hao Guang Youth Group on July 2, 2017.  There was around ten youth attending the gathering.  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 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) followed by small group discussions.
I gave English books from Mr. Harvey Paul as a gift for the volunteers of the game and VCD from Hong Kong Diocese Vocation Commission “Echoing” for the readers.  
I welcome them to attend youth gathering, which will be organized by Shenzhen youth.

Hong Kong, July 3, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

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