Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Golden Wedding Anniversary Year 2010

On 28th November 2010, The Church of Visitation conducted the Renewal of Marriage Vows for all nine couples present for the 9.00 am English Mass which took place after the homily. There were 55 couples married in the year 1960 in this parish. They were solemnized by few priests – Fr R. Dubious, FR C. Danker, Fr Leo Chang and Fr Pallier. Only 9 couples were indentified and called for the renewal of their marriage vows. The couples were Stanley & Veeda Pereira, Peter & Angeline Van Huizen, Francis & Rosammal, Paul & Agatha Tan, Daniel & Audrey Leow, Denis & Alice Lee, Tan Sri Chan Choong Tak & Puan Sri Cecilia Chan, Paul & Pauline Wong and Francis & Rose Siow. The Sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. The reason of this celebration is to highlight the Visitation parishioners how these couples were faithful to their marriages and witnessing Christ and Church. By Ms Natasha Sheyanne Biggs

Friday, November 26, 2010

Parish Pastoral Assembly 2010 Church of Visitation, Seremban.

The Church of Visitation held it's annual parish pastoral assembly on the 14th November 2010, Sunday at the Visitation Hall from 1.30pm till 6.00pm.

The committees members are as following:
Parish Priest - Fr. George Packiasamy
Ast. Parish Priest - Fr. Andrew Kooi
PPC (Chairman) - John Lim
PPC (Coordinating) - Jerome Selva Retnam
Finance - Benedict Chan
DPPC - Adrian Van Huizen
Secretary - Corina Theresa
Mandarin Apostolic Rep. - Paul Tan
Bahasa Apostolic Rep.- Noel Petrus
Tamil Apostolic Rep. - Mr. Jacob
Religious Youth - Sr. Amy

The programme started with a welcoming note and an ice breaker 'dance' lead by some the youths from Y2Y of Seremban.

Followed by the enthronement of the Bible by Orang Asli community and song "All Are Welcome" in four languages.

Then a keynote address was given by our parish priest Fr. George Pakiasamy. He emphasise on this year's theme, "The Bible: A Guide for Our Steps, a Light of the Word" has helped us all to deepen our discipleship and grow in our spirituality. He is happy to see many new faces coming forward to offer their services whole-heartily in the BECs and various
ministries. It's a sign of our sense of belonging to the church and the Word of God has helped us all to get involved in the life of the Church. Next year the parish will be moving one step up the 2nd stage of the New Image of Parish (NIP) in it's 5th year. The focus would be on "CHRIST's TEACHING, OUR LIGHT"

The PPC has full confidence in that we will be faithful to the teaching of Christ and allow His teaching to guide us in our living, in our prayers, to walk in His light and also to bring light into our homes and hearts. Fr. George ended with a phrase from the Bible which Jesus said in John 13:34 "And now I give you a new commandment: Love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognise you as my disciples".

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Zone Mass 2010 - Zone 15

Zone 15 (St Andrew) is located at Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan DK. It comprises of BECs of St Arthur, St Bruno, St Benedine and Chapel of Annai Vellangkani, Gadong. The thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the Rasah Kemayan Country Golf Club on 25th November 2010 at 8.10 pm by Fr George and ended with the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick especially for the elderly and sick people and followed by fellowship. There were about 220 members of the BEC participated in the Eucharistic celebration.

Preparatory Confirmation Camp

A total number of 111 Confirmation Class students from the 3 language groups (70-English Speaking, 13-Chinese Speaking, 28-Tamil Speaking) attended the Preparatory Camp on 23-24th Nov 2010 at Visitation Hall, Seremban. The objective of this camp was to prepare the students for the Confirmation Camp on 26th-28th Nov 2010. Some of the topics covered included the 7 Circles of Prayer, Inner Healing, Vocation Awareness and Team Building. The students were also briefed about what a Confirmation Camp is all about. A big thank you to the facilitators - Sr Theresa Chua, Josephine Bosco, Agnes Francis, Elizabeth Chong and some of the pre-confirmation parents who involved in preparing food for the students.

(By Ms Elizabeth Chong)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sai Baba's 85th Birthday - Unity & Love

On the 23rd November 2010, Sathya Sai Baba Centers of Negeri Sembilan celebrated 85th Birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his teachings at Jalan Sr Bala Thandayuthapani Temple Hall, Jalan Yam Tuan, Seremban. To officiate the auspicious celebration, the representatives of Inter-Faith members were invited to conduct the prayers for the unity and love at 7 pm. Among the representatives were from the Muslim, Christian (Led by Fr George Packiasamy), Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths. It followed by the welcoming address by the state Coodinator Bro. Ramana Rao and keynote address by Bro. Mahendrum. There were other events such as 1 Malaysia Drums Symphony Performance, Bhajans, Mangala Arathi, etc. The event ended at 10 pm.

Zone Mass 2010 - Zone 13

Zone 13 (St Matthew) includes of Taman Bukit Sri Senawang, Taman Senawang Jaya, Taman Sri Pagi, Taman Sri Mawar and Taman Desa Dahlia. They consist of BECs of St Clement, St Cyril, St Theresa, ST James, St Monica and St Augustine). The thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on 23rd November 2010 at 8 pm by Fr George and ended with the fellowship at the residence of Clement. There were 150 people gathered for the Mass. At the end of the celebration there was the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick given especially for the elderly and the sick.

Zone Mass 2010 - Zone 14

Zone 14 (St Alfonso) comprises of Taman Bukit Sri Senawang, Taman Seremban Jaya, Taman Seremban Selatan, Taman Tuanku Jaafar, Taman Tuanku Najihah. There are altogether 7 BECs (St Justin, St Joseph, St Matthias, St Ireneaus, St Anslem, St Jude, St Faustina and St Pio) with approximately 110 families. Fr George celebrated Thanksgiving Mass for these communities on 22nd November, 2010 at Dewan Orang Ramai, Taman Tuanku Jaafar. There were 330 people of the thanksgiving Mass. After the mass there was fellowship prepared by the Zone and BECs members.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Y2Y Seremban

Visitation Youth Group

Youth 2 Youth (Y2Y)

The Visitation Youth group, Y2Y had its 1st youth mass on Saturday 20th November 2010. About 50 of the Y2Y members took part. It was an exciting event for all the youths - from the lectors, to the psalmist, the band member and the choir members as it was the first time they had participated actively in a youth mass. A big hand must be given to the band members comprising Daryl on the drums and guitarist Zeno, Calvin and Daniel as they put up a good show despite only practising together twice.

A BBQ was also held after the youth mass to enable the Y2Y members to mingle and get to know each other better. The main reason for the BBQ is to enable the youths to have an avenue to hold an activity within the church compound and to strengthen their bonding. It was a great night with a lot of activities planned by the youth facilitators and good food.

Y2Y was formed in October 2009 to encourage spiritual and social development of the youths of Visitation parish. It is open for youths from Forms 1 to 5. Y2Y meets every fortnightly on Sundays from 12.30 pm to 2.00pm. Y2Y currently has about 60 members. The group’s advisors are Peter T and Lavinia and they are assisted by a group of college students.

Y2Y have assisted in some of the formation programs organised by the Sunday School. They have taken charge of the ice-breakers and games for the Bible Camps organised during the school holidays, and the energisers and puppet show for the Joy Camp for the First Holy Communion students. They have also assisted in the sale of Bibles during our church Feast Day celebration, sold drinks during the food sale for the Christmas Campaign for the poor and are currently selling car stickers for the Church Restoration Fund.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling Occupants of Visitation Seremban

On 18 Nov 2010, we had a beautiful visitor perched on the lamp outside beneath the roof of the parish house. Our visitor was none other than an owl. Owls are nocturnal creatures and usually rest within the branches of a tree. However, for this owl, it must have found this temporary location irresistable.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cemetery Blessing in the Oil Palm Estates

On 12th November 2010, Fr George blessed the cemeteries in the oil palm estates near Rantau, Negeri Sembilan (30 Kms from Seremban Town).

The 1st cemetery was in Saga Estate, Siliau, Rantau (2 kms from the Our Lady of Lourdes, Saga Chapel). It was blessed at 5.30 pm. There are 30 people buried in this cemetery.

The 2nd cemetery was in Majorie Estate (1 km away from the chapel of the Sacred Heart). It was blessed at 6.30 pm. There are about 70 people were buried in this cemetery.

All those buried in these two cemeteries are the people who had worked in these two estates.