SFX Grief Support Ministry

‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me, he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to comfort those who mourns; to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning ‘(Isa 61: 1-3)

 

Comforting the Bereaved

The Ministry is set up to bring hope and support to those who are deeply suffering for the lost of their loved ones. Our role is to help the bereaved to reconstruct meaning and finding hope in their lives, to trust and take the risk to love again.  We not only bury the dead but to also minister to those who are burdened by the loss.

 Unfortunately, many of us deal with the death of our loved ones in different ways, experiencing the pain of grief and sadness of separation in isolation; and often in disbelief and numbness. Support and comfort are administered to the bereaved through the SFX Grief Support group, where members of the ministry are formed to show empathy and compassion to be with the bereaved in their journey of grief. Video aided programs, weekly “support group “to facilitate participants in helping each other in the grieving process. Topics for discussion will include a description of grief to coping with the holidays, anniversaries, disorientation, anger, feeling of abandonment to ways of remembering their loved ones. The bereaved will receive comfort when they are allowed the freedom to express their feelings.

Future undertaking to also extend formation to parishioners on the topic of Grief and loss to better serve BEC’s to help the grief stricken in their communities to cope in their ordeal of mourning and bereavement.  We also endeavour to gather volunteers to offer pastoral visits to the bereaved families, offering support of being present and reaching out to those in need of practical help in adjusting to their life.

 

Karen Kong

Chief Coordinator

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DISCIPLE is designed as a 34 session study, with sixteen sessions on the Old Testament, one session on the intertestamental period, and fifteen sessions on the New Testament. The final two sessions for identification of ministry and leadership roles in church building are conducted in a 3day-2night end-retreat. Each group has a maximum of 12 members who will individually study the Bible for 30 minutes daily and meet once a week to study the Bible. The group study includes an integral video component which provides a common base of information to group members as well as discussion and sharings based on the Scripture readings done for the week. The group meeting usually lasts for about 3 hours.

Since 1993, DISCIPLE Bible Study has helped many Catholics to overcome the kinds of difficulties related to just trying to read the Bible. It has helped them to better understand salvation history, to appreciate the relevance of the Old Testament to the New Testament and to appreciate the gospels and Paul’s letters in the establishment of the church. More than this, DISCIPLE has not only informed minds, but also transformed many lives as witnessed by the personal testimonies shared at the end of each study. More leaders have emerged through the years as each individual rises to the challenge of the gifts he has been blessed with. Many have come to a better understanding of what it means to be a true disciple of Christ, to be called to mission and to the new way of being Church.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) uses the Montessori approach for the religious formation of children and starts at 3 years old. Children come to the Atrium at this essential age of joy and wonder, to develop a personal relationship and fall in love with God, building a strong foundation of deeply rooted faith. The CGS motto for the child is “Help me to fall in love with God by myself”.
A gift to the family, CGS equips parents in their role as primary catechists to journey in faith
with their children from a young age.

About CGS

  • Developed in Rome in 1954 by Dr Sofia Cavaletti, a Hebrew scholar and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori teacher.
  • Offered in 40 countries in the world.
  • Rooted in Scripture and Liturgy, where God is the teacher
  • Takes place in an Atrium - a prepared environment which is a sacred space
  • Consists of 3 levels, starting at 3 years old and ending at 12 years old.

CGS in SFX:

  • It is run as a parent-child programme where parents play an active supporting role
  • The SFX Level 1 Atrium, Malaysia’s pioneer Atrium was established in 2013. The Atrium is located on 1 st Floor, Xavier Hall (same entrance as Emmaus Centre) and visit is only by appointment or on Open Days.
  • CGS is an Enrichment Formation that complements the Sunday School (RE) that children must attend from Standard 1.

Enrolment:

  • ONLY children aged between 3-4 years old can enroll into CGS
  • Parents are REQUIRED to attend a 6-day formation (only once), which is conducted once a year, prior to their child(ren) starting the programme.
  • Currently there are 4 Atrium sessions:
    • Saturday: 8.45-10.30am, 11am-1pm, 1.30-3.30pm
    • Sunday: 9.45-10.45am
  • 2020 intake is full and we welcome those born in 2017 - Jan 2018 for our 2021 intake. To know more, call us for enquiries or an Atrium tour! Look out for our Atrium Open days.

Luisa Lim
Chief Coordinator
012-227 9600
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JESUS IN THE GOSPELS: DISCIPLE Second Generation Studies

In-depth study of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John-30 weeks.

JESUS IN THE GOSPELS invites believers to look at Jesus in each of the four Gospels and ask the question “who is the Jesus that you see?” This study will deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. In its approach to Scripture, this study looks more closely at the Gospel texts, to gain a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the four Gospels as richly textured portraits of Jesus.

JESUS IN THE GOSPELS focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The word used in the title signals that the study takes an approach different from the familiar “life and teaching of Jesus” approach of reading stories and accounts of what Jesus said and did in order to draw conclusions about their meaning and about who Jesus was. This study looks at the way each Gospel writer presents events and teaching and at the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels as each Gospel has a distinctive angle of vision.

 JESUS IN THE GOSPELS participants may expect to be confronted weekly by Jesus, to be surprised, to be shocked, to be made uncomfortable, to be stretched, to be awed, to be comforted, to experience hope and peace and be summoned to deeper allegiance and loyalty to Jesus.

*Disciple 1: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY is a prerequisite.

 

VINCE AROKIASAMY

012 200 60 90

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"To catechise the baptised children and evangelise the non-baptised children through the use of the Christian Praxis method".

Religious Education was formed in 1966. Earlier, the Jesuit Fathers in SFX Church had already foreseen the need for RE as they observed that Catholic children sent to non-Catholic schools did not have the opportunity to receive faith education during school hours. The need for Sunday School became even greater when faith education during school hours was abolished.

Religious Education classes are conducted on Sundays from 10:00am to 11:15am during the school term at the Catholic High School. Registration is held during the first two months of the first school term. The classes are open to boys and girls above the age of five. No classes are conducted on long weekends and during school holidays.

Apart from the classes, there are other activities such as Bible camps, social concern projects, outings and visits.

Adrian Chan
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019-6687822
Chief Coordinator