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

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

  The second part of the youth training at St. Anthony’s Church was organized on May 13, 2017. 
Ms. Zhuo led the noon time prayer from the breviary as per my suggestion because Fr. Lu was not available to lead the praise and worship.
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.  I led this second part training on four habits.  Around 17 volunteers attended it.  I asked one of them to read the Bible passage. 
It’s an opportunity to reach out to more people in mainland as my wish.

Hong Kong, May 16, 2017


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

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

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