Sharing: Feb 2018 Youth Gathering of St. Anthony’s Church

Several volunteers and I organized the youth gathering on February 2, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Church.  There were more than 30 youth and adult, including volunteers, attended it.    
Fr. Liu led the opening prayer and gave a welcome talk.  Ms. YC led the ice breaking games and Mr. He gave the talk on “Walking with 12 Disciples.”  After lunch, Ms. YC led the games and I led the small group sharing including sharing the song “My Soul Sings Praise to the Lord.”  Mr. He led the adoration.
 Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157690288374102

Hong Kong, February 10, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.






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

Sharing: Jan 2018 Trip to Hebei


I left for Handan on Jan 20, 2018, by train from Shenzhen around 8 hours.  Fr. Zhuo picked me up and then we went to an orphanage in Daming.  Fr. Lu asked me to bring the relics of St. John Bosco for Fr. Zhuo.  The relics will be placed at a newly built Church in his village.
Sr. Guo, whom I met during summer school at Holy Family Church Shenzhen, is the head of the orphanage belongs to their community.  The orphanage was started in 1984. 
I visited the elderly home, convent and also the junior high boarding school located in the minor seminary compound.   There are 280 students, all Catholics, in the boarding school. Bishop Sun said the Sunday Mass in Daming Church. There were 3 marching bands from three villages and the procession was started from the end of the street.  Fr. Liu brought me to their Church in Dong Yang Shan Village, around 30 minutes by car.  There are several chapels in this parish.  I attended the (second) Sunday Mass before leaving for Handan city with three Catholics. 
 Fr. Zhang showed me around the Nan Men Lin Church including his office (教区办公室秘书长), social service office, and youth service office.  A Mateo Ricci volunteer is working in the social service office besides two sisters.  Fr. Zhang and I visited Bishop Stephen Yang, who will be 98 years after Lunar New Year, and he still can write Our Father in Latin and concelebrate Mass.  We also went to the construction site of the new Cathedral.  The government stops all construction works from November 2017 until March 2018 to minimize the dust.
 Mrs. Yang and her husband brought me to Fei Xiang Church to meet Fr. Xu.  There are two sisters working in this Church.  He said it’s mandatory for the Catholics to attend a 5 days study in a year.  The study day is arranged based on their available dates and when there are at least 100 persons.  Then, we went to Fei Fei Guang to visit Mr. and Mrs. Liu. Mrs. Liu attended the Discipleship Classes, it’s four times 10 days a year for three years.  There are more than 7,000 people from several cities attended the classes.  The participants are not allowed to use a cellphone during the program.
Mrs. Liu showed me around including to Peng Cheng Church and the eye clinic, which is run by the sisters.          
 Mrs. Liu and I went to Cao Zhuang Church with their pastor to attend the priesthood ordination.  I sat in the last row of the sisters' section.  There were more than 90 priests during the ordination.  Fr. Huai shared his mission experiences in Guizhou during the homily.  The diocese decided to have priesthood ordination Mass on the feast of the conversion of St. Paul with the hope to raise missionary spirit among the priests.  Here is the link of the priesthood ordination: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/jEAnNnJMPXTnufvWu1jcXw.
I visited Srs. Hao and Wang in their convent beside meeting their Superior Sr. Zhu.  Fr. Zhao drove Sr. Hao and me to Ming Guan Church and Hospital (for eye, children and internal organs) and then to Shi Zhuang Church to meet Bishop Sun.   There were several men working in metal construction to be sent to Fr. Huai in Guizhou because it’s cheaper in Handan besides it may not available in Guizhou.
Bishop Sun invited me for supper and attending the second anniversary Mass for a migrant community.       
Mrs. Yang Ping and Fr. Zhang accompanied me to visit the diocesan training center and youth office in Guangfu.  There is a program from Poland and Marriage Encounter at this training center.
Sr. Wen picked me up at Baoding train station and then we went to Anzhuang with their Superior Sr. Jiang.  Their convent is across from the Church.  We attended evening Mass in the chapel with the heater.  The Church was built more than 100 years ago.   The pastor, Fr. Wang, is from Anzhuang village.
Sr. Wen and I went to Baoding Cathedral and then met Bishop An and several Catholics from his village Anzhuang.  We went to Dong Lv Church and to their convent.  The convent was built by one of the Catholics, two of the sisters are working in their factory.  Three alumnae of Maryknoll China Educators and Formators Project (https://maryknollmagazine.org/2016/09/nurturing-the-church-in-china/) Fr. Meng, Sr. Shen and Sr. Maria picked me up at the Shijiazhuang train station.  We had dinner with Fr. Su, Sr. Rong (both alumnae) and Fr. Jin, one of the staffs at the Shijiazhuang seminary.  Mr. Yan and a sister, who is studying in the seminary, visited me.
Fr. Su showed me around the seminary and Fr. Li (alumnae) showed me around Hebei Faith Press and Jinde Charities offices.  Fr. Wang and Mr. Mei visited me for a while.  I also had a chance to meet Fr. Zhang, who is the founder of Hebei Faith Press and Jinde Charities.  Sr. Maria is the head of an elderly home so she showed Fr. Wang and I around the elderly home.  Fr. Meng is working at Jinde Charities.  Fr. Su brought Fr. Wang and I to the office of Sr. Shen at Jinde Counseling. 
Fr. Su, a sister and I went to a convent in Anguo.  Fr. Su and I gave workshop “8 Highly Effective Habits in Serving the Church” for the volunteers.  There were around 90 Catholics attended the workshop.  It’s a monthly workshop arranged by Baoding Diocese.  One of the participants said the games made the workshop easier to be understood than the homily.  It’s the first time for them to have a small sharing group. 
I left for Shenzhen then Hong Kong on Jan 31, 2018.  I am very grateful for this rich experiences trip: visit local communities both registered and unregistered, pilgrimage and giving a workshop.    
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/with/72157692169652554

Hong Kong, February 2, 2018


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

Christmas letter 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
                    First of all, I want to wish all of you:
 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
May the spirit of the Christmas fill your home
with peace, joy and love!

 How was your Christmas celebration? 

As for me, I spent Christmas at Holy Family Church Shenzhen as you can read below. 
I left for Shenzhen on Dec 23, 2017 and attended the Fourth Sunday of Advent anticipated Mass besides the morning Mass the next day.  
     Several volunteers set up the inspection machine on our Church’s door on December 24 p.m.  Several volunteers were in charge to receive donation because our monthly collection is not enough to cover the monthly rental fee. 

There were around 600 people for the 7.30 p.m. Mass inside the Church and hundreds people were watching through the big television on the outside ground.  There were around 500 people for 11.00 p.m. Mass.  Several of them are neither Catholics nor attend Mass regularly. After the first Mass, there was a procession of the Infant Jesus statue from ground floor to the manger followed by prayer time in front of the manger for the parishioners.  There were performances in between the two Masses: the Sunday School’s children, youth choir and middle age choir followed by the visit of Santa Claus. The religious articles store was moved to the ground floor to have bigger space.      
     There were around 500 people for both Christmas Day Morning and Evening Masses.  Mrs. Mai invited Fr. Lu several parishioners and I for lunch. It’s not a public holiday.
          There were seven babies baptized by Bishop Sun of Handan Diocese on the morning Mass of Holy Family Church.  There were 9 priests and 11 sisters including myself besides Bishop Sun during afternoon Mass.  Five couples renewed their marriage vows.  The Church was full.  There was a banquet after the Mass for all the guests from other Churches and our volunteers.   
          Fr. Lu, several parishioners, and I attended the Mother of God Feast Day in Mother of God Church Shenzhen followed by a banquet on Jan 1, 2018.
Besides visiting families either at their homes or hospital, I organize youth gatherings of Holy Family Church Shenzhen, St. Anthony’s Church Shenzhen, Immaculate Conception Church Shenzhen, Zhuhai besides summer programs at Holy Family Church Shenzhen, Christ the King Church Shenzhen, and Zhangjiakou.
     I still continue my cyber ministry through group chat and blog.  Total members of the group chat, who receive the information, are more than 30,000 persons (of more than 80 group chats) ,who are living in several cities.  I am still uploading my missionary journey on my blog http://anastasialindawatimm.blogspot.com and the pageviews of my blog reached more than 190,000. 
          With the help of several donors, I help several sick people through Charity Fund of Holy Family Church and the wechat of Jinde Charities.
While in Hong Kong, I am still visiting the inmates in Tailam Center for Women.  I joined the tour to Tailam Center for Women, which was organized by Prisoners’ Friends’ Association; attended our Annual General Meeting and the certificate presentation to the inmates at Shek Pik Prison. 
     Here were my several activities after Easter 2017: trip to New York to attend our Inter Assembly Conference besides “The Art of Forgiveness Workshop”; retreat at Salesian Retreat House (http://www.sdbrh.org.hk/): trip to Beijing, Fuqing, Ningde, Jilin and Shenyang to visit the local community; trip to Hawaii to attend our Asia East World Section meeting; Memorial Mass and Thanksgiving Dinner of Maryknoll Family China; home visit to attend a family matter besides enjoying the visit of Sr. Joanna, MM, Sr. Amutha, ICM. Mrs. Clare, etc.
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.
Here is the link of the pictures during Christmas and Holy Family Feast day:       https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157690242860141                                                                  
Hong Kong, January 3, 2018
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: 2017 Trip to Fujian

I left for Fuqing on Nov 23, 2017 by train from Shenzhen around 6 hours.  Fr. Han and Fr. Chen picked me up at the train station and then we went to the elderly home.  It’s a 9 floors building next to the Church.
I attended two evening sessions by Fr. Han on history of religious life including about Teilhard de Chardin.  I also invited two youth, who were in Shenzhen and moved back to their home town around 2 years ago, to attend these sessions. 
Fr. Chen, Br. Cheng and I went to Our Lady of Fatima Church and then had lunch at a parishioner’s house and attended Putonghua Mass at a Mass center.    
I had a chance to visit an orphanage and an elderly home in Ningde, an hour by train from Fuqing, and also attended Sunday Mass before going back to Shenzhen.
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157690312417245



Hong Kong, November 30, 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 Northeast China

I left for Jilin on Nov 8, 2017 by direct flight from Shenzhen around 6 hours.  Fr. Xu senior picked me up at the airport and then we went to the seminary by car.  
There are 53 seminarians from 17 dioceses and CDD in the seminary.  Two of them were at the workshop in Hong Kong 3 years ago). 
Fr. Qian, the rector of the seminary, showed me around the seminary and introduced me to several guest priests and sisters, who are teaching in the seminary.   
I edited the power point presentation on “Evolution and the Primacy of Love” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yk-a66swN8 ) and translated it into Chinese so I asked Sr. Martha, an alumnae of Maryknoll China Project who is working in the seminary, to edit part of it.   
 Fr. James, MM celebrated the English Mass on Saturday morning and then taught English classes for the seminarians.  I met two Korean sisters, who are studying Chinese at Beihua University and teaching Korea language at the seminary.  Fr. Qian showed me the Jilin Meteorite Museum (http://beijing-travels.com/attractions/jilin/jilin/meteorite_museum.html) and invited me to eat the specialty of northeast “jiaozi”.  Br. Joe, MM came to the seminary Saturday morning to teach English in the morning and went back in afternoon to visit me.  Ms. Wang Wei invited me for hot pot dinner.  
Fr. Wang and Fr. Qian brought Sr. Wen and me to the train station as we would take the same train.  Seminarian Roger, who was at the workshop in Hong Kong 3 years ago and graduated this year, picked me up at Changchun station.  We had lunch with Fr. Bai, alumnae of Maryknoll China Project, and several youths.  I had a chance to share my vocation story with them.  I attended the English Mass at Changchun Cathedral, which was celebrated by Fr. Brian, MM.  There were three Indonesian university students attending the Mass.   After Mass, Ms. Yin, the leader of the Catholic youth, accompanied me at the rectory and shared her experiences as the leader of the group for the last three years. Seminarian Roger accompanied me to the train station after treated me for dinner.   
Deacon Xu picked me up at the Shenyang train station and brought me to the convent of the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Fr. Han celebrated Mass the next morning.  He invited me to lunch with Fr. Li, who was at the workshop in Hong Kong three years ago and was ordained last August, and deacon Zhang.  Deacons Xu, Teng and Qiao, who were at the workshop in Hong Kong three years ago and invited me for their priesthood ordination on Nov 15) accompanied me to move to the hotel near the Cathedral as arranged by the diocese and then went to Marshall Zhang’s Mansion (https://www.topchinatravel.com/china-attractions/marshal-zhang-mansion.htm) and had a local specialty dinner.  
Deacon Xu asked Sr. Xi, studied in Taiwan with Maryknoll’s scholarship, to accompany me for the rest of my visit.  We had a short visit to the seminary and convent and then went to Shenyang 9.18 Museum (https://www.topchinatravel.com/china-attractions/918-historical-museum.htm) and had lunch together.  Fr. Shaun, MM invited Fr. Roger, Sr. Heidy (both are alumnae of Maryknoll China Project) and I for a BBQ dinner. 
Archbishop Paul, alumnae of Maryknoll China Project, celebrated the priesthood ordination Mass of five deacons at the Shenyang Cathedral.  The Cathedral was full, sit and stand, front and back. There were 89 priests concelebrated the Mass.  Three of the newly ordained priests are the only child in the family and one of the three is a convert.  I met Fr. Peter, MM before the Mass.  I was moved during the sign of peace among the priests.  Sr. Xi arranged me to sit on the aisle of the first row of the sisters' section.  There was a buffet lunch at the basement of the Cathedral for the newly ordained priests, their family, priests and guests, which was prepared by the parishioners. 
Fr. Du and another Fr. Li, were at the workshop in Hong Kong three years ago and were ordained priest last August, visited me at the hotel.  
Fr.  Peter, MM invited Fr. Rodrigo, MM and I for dinner.  Fr. Rodrigo, MM was not feeling well so he couldn’t join our dinner with Fr. Shaun and attend the ordination.
Archbishop Paul invited Fr. Peter and I to have breakfast outside after the daily Mass at the chapel.  He just celebrated his 25 years of priesthood ordination so he gave us the rosary with his name.
Sr. Xi, Fr. Peter and I went to the convent to meet Sr. Fabian, alumnae of Maryknoll China Project and the Superior General of the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary, and had lunch at the convent.  Sr. Asisi drove us to the hotel to drop Fr. Peter and then went to the airport as I would return to Shenzhen.              
I gave away books as usual.   I am grateful for their warm welcome, hospitality, and the opportunity to meet and hear stories of so many people during this trip. 
Here is the link of the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157688744360501

Hong Kong, November 21, 2017

         

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

Sharing: 2017 Maryknoll Sisters Asia East World Section Meeting

I left for Honolulu on September 27, 2017, to attend our Young Cohorts and Asia East World Section Meeting.   Our sisters in Hawaii decided to join our Asia East World Section because their ministries are being with the Asian people.
Sr. Aurora and I visited Bishop Museum (https://www.bishopmuseum.org/) after the Sunday Mass at St. Anthony’s Church.  The young cohorts went to Valley of the Temples and Botanical Garden after the young cohorts meeting.
There were twenty-nine sisters from Hawaii, China, Philippines, Japan, Korea, USA and two Maryknoll Affiliates.   Sr. Rosario, MM gave a brief history of St. Stephen’s Diocesan Centre after the Oli Aloha, E Ho Mai and introduction of the meeting. 
There were presentations about “Hawaiian Culture, History and Spirituality” by Dr. Manulani Meyer and Fr. Alapaki Kim, “The Hawaiian Renaissance: how history, culture, language, and spirituality are being lived today” including making a lei from flower and tea leaves and watching “Kapu Aloha: Mauna Kea” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7EQ2--BA0A&t=1383s) by Toni Bissen, Mikie Medeiros, Blanche McMillan and team.  
We visited the Bachelot Hall, where the first six Maryknoll sisters lived for the first few years, at the Maryknoll School compound.  Maryknoll School prepared the Thanksgiving Mass of 90th Anniversary of Maryknoll Sisters' mission presence in Hawaii followed by lunch at the Maryknoll Community Center.  There were more than 300 people attending the Mass, which was celebrated by Mgr. Gary Secor, alumnae of one of our schools.  We went by bus to see the several places, where the early Maryknoll Sisters in Hawaii lived and worked. 
We had the opportunity to watch “Moana” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKFuXETZUsI), “Hawaiian Journey” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rsFmFDczYQ) and “Ha Breath of Life” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpHOr_44WHg) in the evenings.
Several sisters and I attended Sunday Mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and then went to Northshore Drive followed by BBQ at our Lanikai House.
Srs. Teruko and Anastasia, our Congregational Leadership Team, and Sr. Lourdes, our Vocation Team, gave updates on our Community Day, followed by the sharing of young cohorts meeting by Sr. Margaret.
There was English Hawaii Mass by Father Alapaki Kim on October 9, the feast day of our Foundress Mother Mary Joseph.  One of our alumnae Mrs. Olivia and her family donated Hawaiian meal: kalua pork, chicken long rice, squid luau, poi, laulau, and lomilomi salmon.  Srs. Norma and Abby organized simplicity night jubilee celebration of Srs. Cecilia Santos (70th jubilee), Liz Kato and Ardis Kremer (60th jubilee) and Lourdes Fernandez (golden jubilee) and also the birthday celebration for Srs. Joan and Abby.
The last agenda was an evaluation and closing ritual.  We agreed to change our name to Asia Pacific World Section.
 It’s a moving and insightful meeting as it gives me a better understanding of Hawaiian culture, history, and spirituality and also our sisters’ presence in Hawaii besides the opportunity to exchange stories with the rest of the group.   Thank you very much! 
          Here is the link to an article about the 90th anniversary of Maryknoll Sisters mission presence in Hawaii: http://www.hawaiicatholicherald.com/2017/09/21/maryknoll-sisters-celebrate-90-years-of-ministry-in-hawaii/ and the pictures (mostly taken by Sr. Aurora) : https://www.flickr.com/photos/11848830@N02/albums/72157686355696342
           
Hong Kong, October 19, 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 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