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





Sharing: 2017 The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

     Several volunteers and I organized Taize prayer for Christian Unity Prayer week at Holy Family Church on January 21, 2017.  We had supper together before the Taize prayer. 
     Fr. Lu led the opening prayer followed by short introduction about Christian Unity Prayer Week (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Week_of_Prayer_for_Christian_Unity) and Taize prayer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiz%C3%A9_Community) by Mr. Liu.
     Mrs. Sun prepared the power point presentation for the Taize prayer and Ms. Yun led the prayer.  Ms. Zhao read the Biblical passage for this year theme “Reconciliation: For the love of Christ compels us (2 Cor 5: 14 – 20) and the prayer of the faithful http://www.hkecumenical.org/index.php/prayer-of-faithful.html.  Ms. Xie sang several prayers of the faithful too.
    The Taize prayer ended around 7:45 p.m. followed by anticipated Sunday Mass at 8:00 p.m.  

Hong Kong, January 26, 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 Chaonan

Mr. Zhou and Ms. Chen, two volunteers at Holy Family Church, invited me to attend their sacrament of matrimony in Xin Min – Chaonan on January 16, 2017.  Mrs. Hu and I went by bus not long after the daily Mass.  It took around 4-5 hours from Shenzhen.  It’s a high bus with reclining seat and toilet.  Mr. Zhou and his brother met us at the bus stop and then they rent a small car to go to their village.   
We had late lunch with gong fu tea at Mr. Zhou’s house besides having a conversation with his family.  His father accompanied us to walk to St. John’s Church at Xin Zhong village at around 5:00 p.m.  It’s one-floor building on the outside but there is second floor (around half of the building) on the inside for the mini Grotto, two bedrooms (one for guest priests or sisters and one for a layman) and one toilet.  Unfortunately, there is a public toilet in front of the Church.  Most of the villagers are not Catholics.  The old Church was built in 1882 and the latest renovation finished on 2014.  There are only one or two Masses during the year as the pastor should manage around 18 Churches.

The parishioners started to pray the evening prayer in Chaozhou language since 6:30 p.m. for more than an hour.  The pastor is not available that night so they invited Fr. Li came from another Church.  It’s a time for confession too.  The Church was full with their family and relatives and it’s only 1/3 of their clan as many of them are working outside the village and will go home during Chinese New Year.  The preferable Sacrament of Matrimony in this area is Mondays or Thursdays in Chaozhou language and they usually look for the good day based on the birthday of the bride and groom.  Their date of marriage was decided on the previous Sunday.
Mrs. Hu, Mrs. Ma, Mr. Zhou, his brother, his brother’s friend and I had late supper in a restaurant after the Mass.  Mrs. Hu and I stayed overnight at Mrs. Ma’s house.  Mrs. Ma told us that her mother usually goes to Holy Family Church so she showed us her mother’s picture and I recognize her, small world!  I invited Mrs. Ma to pray together as his husband would have surgery the next morning. The surgery went well.
Mrs. Ma dropped us at Mr. Zhou’s house to have breakfast and then left for Shenzhen first by motorcycle with passenger seats on the back and then by bus. They gave me a bag of sweet potatoes from their farm.

Hong Kong, January 18, 2017



Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

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

Four youth of St. Anthony’s Church Shenzhen asked Fr. Lu about our youth ministry so Fr. Lu invited Mr. Wu and me to have a lunch meeting with them on January 8, 2017.  Fr. Lu introduced me as the person in charge for the youth ministry. 
Ms. Zhuo asked my suggestion about the youth training to be held at St. Anthony’s Church before Chinese New Year so I offered her to organize youth training on “How to be an effective volunteer?” on January 14 because we will organize youth gathering on “Christian Unity Prayer Week” at Holy Family Church on January 21.   Ms. Zhuo and her team agreed to my suggestion so we were communicating through WeChat apps.  They were proactively asking and providing what is needed for the training including preparing the link of the registration, snack and banner.  I returned to Hong Kong on January 10, 2017 and went back to Shenzhen on January 14, 2017 in time for the training. 
Fr. Lu led the praise and worship while the pastoral sister of St. Anthony’s Church Sr. Jiao played the piano, followed by ice breaking by Mr. Wu.  The pastor of St. Anthony’s Church gave a short talk on his hope to have youth ministry in their Church. 
I asked Mr. Wu to lead the first habit as he attended this training last June 2015 at Holy Family Church.  I led the rest of the training.  There were four habits with 15 minutes break in between two habits.
 Around 30 volunteers attended it.  Unfortunately we were a little bit late to start and we need to leave the classroom not later than 6.00 p.m. so we didn’t have the chance to have a group report for the two habits. 
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.  Both Mr. Wu and I asked all of them to read the Bible passage. 
It’s an opportunity to reach out to more people in mainland as my wish.
I attended the anticipated Mass at St. Anthony’s Church after having dinner with one of the parishioners, who let me stay in her studio apartment for free since October 2012.  

Hong  Kong, January 17, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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




Sharing: 2016 Holy Family Feast Day

The Mass for the Holy Family Feast Day at Holy Family Church Shenzhen was celebrated on December 31, 2016 2:30 p.m. We invited other the priests, sisters and parishioners from other Churches to attend the Mass.  Fr. Zhang was the main celebrant, who just arrived from Beijing that morning and would leave the same day.  There were 9 other priests and 12 sisters including me.  The leader of CCPA Shenzhen is among the guests during the mass and dinner at the nearby restaurant. 





Fr. Lu cancelled the renewal of marriage vows ceremony around one hour before the Mass as there was only one couple and he knew that they would be shy to do it alone.
The Sunday School students performed after the Mass.  There were more than 500 people attending the Mass.
Several parishioners and I attended the Mother of God Feast Day at Mother of God Church, Yantian-Shenzhen after our Sunday Morning Mass.  There were 4 priests, 4 sisters and around 300 people attending the Mass.  Several sisters and I visited Hui Ling Shenzhen, just walking distance from the Church.  There was a reception after the Mass at the restaurant nearby. 

Hong Kong, 3 January 2016

         

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Christmas Letter 2016

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
                  First of all, I want to wish all of you:


Merry Christmas
and
Happy New Year
May your days be filled with peace and joy
during Christmas season and throughout 2017!

How was your Christmas celebration? 
As for me, I spent Christmas in Shenzhen as you can read below.  
We distributed plastic folders for the Advent Charity Campaign on the first Sunday of Advent. An Advent wreath, with two purple candles, one pink candle and one white candle, were placed in the altar as we began the Advent season.
Starting third Sunday of Advent, several parishioners decorated the church in the evening.  Several of them went directly from work without having supper and stayed till around 12.00 – 2.00 a.m., so they had supper at church.
Sr. Anastasia Lott, our General Secretary, is visiting China region these days so both of us left for Shenzhen on December 24, 2016 morning.  We had lunch at Mr. Liu’s house and supper Mrs. Hu’s house with Fr. Lu, Fr. Li and her friends.  
     Several volunteers set up the inspection machine, which was given by the government last year, on our Church’s door on December 24 p.m.


  Several volunteers were in charge to receive donation because the monthly collection is not enough to cover the monthly rental fee. 
There were around 800 people for the 7.00 p.m. Mass and around 500 people for 11.00 p.m. Mass besides 40 policemen.  Several of them are neither Catholics nor attend Mass regularly. The children performed after the first Mass followed by the visit of Santa Claus. There were nice Mass booklets for Masses on Dec 24, 25 and Holy Family Feast Day.  After the first Mass, there was a procession of the Infant Jesus statue from first floor to the manger followed by prayer time in front of the manger for the parishioners.  Ms. Deng led the Taize prayer before the second Mass.  The bookstore was moved to the first floor to have bigger space.  The Bible Group prepared Christmas gift: a box with candy and two Scripture passages inside for all parishioners.    
      There were around 500 people during Christmas Day Mass.  Mrs. Zeng and her son Mr. Zhao invited us for lunch and then drove us to Luo Hu train station to meet Sr. Pham, who will bring Sr. Anastasia Lott to her ministry site in Guangzhou. 
Mrs. Xiang invited Fr. Lu, Fr. Li, two parishioners and I for breakfast on December 26.  I went to Luo Hu train station to pick up Sr. Anastasia Lott, who went back from Guangzhou alone, in the afternoon and then we visited Mrs. Guo in the hospital, who would have surgery for her broken ankle on December 28.  We had dinner at Mr. Zhao’s house for his granddaughter’s birthday.
 There are three bikes in the Church so Fr. Lu, Sr. Anastasia Lott and I brought it down the road.  It’s too high for me so I just bike around to the compound.  We had pizza for lunch at Mrs. Liu’s restaurant and then Ms. Deng drove us to Mrs. Huang’s house in the farm area.  We went back to Hong Kong after stopping for a while in the Church.
     Here is the link of the pictures during Christmas celebration in Shenzhen: https://www.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0EbuWrFm4ZM2f3&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link.
     Besides visiting families either at their homes or hospitals, I still organize youth gatherings and couples gathering with the help of several volunteers at Holy Family Church.
I still continue my cyber ministry through group chatting and blog.  Total members of the group chat, who receive the information, are more than 16,000 persons (of around 40 group chats) and living in several cities.  The pageviews of my blog reached more than 139,000. 
While in Hong Kong, I am still visiting the inmates in both Lowu Correctional Institution and Tailam Center for Women.  I joined the tour to Lowu Correctional Institution, which was organized by Prisoners’ Friends’ Association and attended the certificate presentation to the inmates at Shek Pik Prison.  Several volunteers and I received the “Outstanding NGO Volunteer Award” from Hong Kong Correctional Services Department during the NGO Forum 2016.   
     Here were my several activities after returning from USA: preparing for final vows ceremony (several videos of the ceremony are available in youtube: Final Vows Ceremony of Sr. Anastasia, MM); Colloquium on Interreligious Dialogue in Cambodia, which was organized by Maryknoll Society; trip to Qianzhou-Fuzhou-Fuqing and Jiangmen; Farewell of Maryknoll Stanley House, Memorial Mass and Thanksgiving Dinner of Maryknoll Family China besides enjoying the visit of Maryknoll Srs. Joanna, Teresa, Imelda and Fr. Tim; Sr. Sue and her sister; Mrs. Rosemary; Ms. Sandra and for sure my family: mom, Liesa and Ling Ling.
And, last but not least, I want to thank you for all your support, love, hospitality, gifts and especially your prayers during this year.  It’s been another year with a lot of “God with us” experiences.
                                                                    
Hong Kong, December 28, 2016
With love and prayer,

         
Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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