Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gospel Alive #3 - The joy of the Lord is my strength

John said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight!' - Gospel, John 1:23



Many people today search for pleasures in life to make them happy, but find that it does not bring them joy. Some do not even know why they are unhappy or disconnected. When God is not at the centre, we lose our purpose in life. We lose this Joy!

For St John the baptist, his conviction to prepare the way derives from God: "The Joy of the Lord is my strength"

Joy is a commitment. In our family/marriage/relationship/ministry, to have joy in each other requires effort on our part to communicate with each other.

If our houses are like war-zones breeding with strive and conflict, how can we have joy. Then we come to church, and it is difficult to maintain this joyful facade even if we try.


We need to forgive one another at home, to be committed and persistent in communicating and talking to one another.  We need to put our differences aside, come before God together and pray as a family. - Excerpts from Fr Gregory's Homily - 16/12/17





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CEKL99 M.A.D Project 2017

 It is our vocation to set people’s hearts ablaze, to do what the Son of God did, who came to light a fire on earth in order to set it ablaze with His love. - Frédéric Ozanam

 

Rachel from C99 really got the kids going with some super fun games

On November 26  we set out together once again to share the mad love of Jesus Christ. This M.A.D project was initiated by the batch of C99 in collaboration with the Bethel Community Centre in PJ. Together we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids at Rumah Ozanam and also contribute some daily essentials. 

Assembly point at the wonderful Bethel Community Centre

 Funds and supplies were already collected beforehand and were promptly loaded up into the van to be delivered.

Joseph from C99 putting Fr. Edwin through a vigorous weight lifting routine.

 
 The initial group photo taken proved to be the most awkward group photo ever produced in recent Choice history.

 
A quick emergency tutorial by Joseph on the basics of safe and effective group photo taking methodologies.

 
The result was certainly a much better overall pic. Well, if you excuse the ice-cream bike of course.



Finally ! We get to see the beautiful kids at the Rumah.

  
We started things out with a simple prayer by one of the leaders from Bethel followed by a short inspirational talk by Fr.Edwin. Pizza was served for lunch followed by some fun time, playing games and interacting with the children.

Fr.Edwin delivering an inspirational talk

Our lovely brothers and sisters from the Bethel Community Centre. We love you guys!
Kishya's valiant attempt to kidnap recruit two of the kids to be made her personal minions had Rachel furiously scratching her head in disbelief.
Fr.Edwin was an instant hit among the kids
Kids were all smiles that day. So were we !!

We would like to thank everyone who came together to support our cause both by your humble presence and financial contributions. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone from the Bethel Community Centre who assisted us very much with this project. We look forward to maintain our close ties and possibly collaborate together once again in the near future.

Also a very big thank you to the management of Rumah Ozanam and the wonderful children that make up this blessed home. We look forward to continue to visit and support you and your family for many more occasions to come. May God bless you all.

We also offer up praise and thanks to our Lord for allowing us to carry out our activities both safely and smoothly and we look forward for his guidance and blessings for more M.A.D projects to come.

Peace of heart – without it, no good can make us happy. With it, every trial, even the approach of death, can be borne. - Frédéric Ozanam

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CHOICE centenary weekend thanksgiving dinner

We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing life....

CHOICE is proud to host our centenary weekend thanksgiving dinner for all CHOICEes from the inaugural weekend till its 100th instalment. If you have any known affiliation to CHOICE through its 36th years of formation, please do join us in celebration of this momentous event.


The following are the testimonies of our fellow CHOICEes... 

We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing life...

Indeed, the above lines from a song described the group of friends I have made since I started meeting them a few at a time beginning from 1998. We met in CHOICE, a singles adult programme.

As we served together, we grew from singles to married couples (a few of us found our spouses from Choice, though not all) and now families. Yet, we still made a point to at least meet once a year as a big group with all our children or as small groups among just the wives or the husbands.

We were so excited to find out about this dinner of thanksgiving celebrating Choice in Malaysia. Suddenly, we started recalling who was from which batch of Choice and all those nostalgic sweet memories. We hope to come as a group to be part of this special part of our life journey and growth in the Faith.

If you are part of this great Choice family, hope to see you there too.

Hazel



We are companions on a journey. Breaking bread and sharing wine

This song still ringing in my head after graduated in November 2003 during Choice weekend 74 in IJ convent, Cheras. I don't remember having choice t'shirt at that time, even if I found one it wont be fitting me at all. There was the year I met this wonderful and awesome friends Patrick, Hazel, my Fatima good old friend Dominic, and then later my BEC Taman Desa good old friend Lincoln. Over the years I was praying & hoping we could catch up and I'm thankful and excited to find out about the dinner and that it finally happen dreams comes true. Looking forward to meet up other choicees at the thanksgiving celebrations. If you are part of this great Choice family, hope to see you there too. #ChoiceEmglishKualaLumpur #ChoiceMalaysia36thAnniversary  #XhouceEnglish74KualaLumpur2003

Angeline


Doesn't it feel lovely to read messages like this. I am sure many of us are trying to recall memories from our Choice Weekends OR the moments we served in CHOICE.
It would be beautiful if you can share this Thanksgiving Dinner to your own personal FB and hopefully we can reach many more CHOICEes.

C99 Getaway + Shyan Surprise Birthday Party

The C99 bunch

On November 18 these gorgeous,outrageous and contagious group of souls gathered in a weekend get together plus birthday surprise. The location was at the luxury Setia Sky Residences KLCC, which provided breathtaking views of the KL city skyline.

Good to have Kevin back after a long term hiatus
The day started out with some dipping in the pool followed by a trip back to the suite to surprise a very surprised C99 participant, Miss Shyan.

An artist impression of what transpired during Shyan's birthday surprise. Everyone was pretty much way too surprised to take any pictures at that moment.


Gorgeous cake baked with love by Ivy from C99


After gobbling up slices of pizzas, the bunch return downstairs to the pool for a little karaoke practice which turned into a vocal extravaganza. Few did surprise us all with their flawless vocal renditions while others were told that quitting their day jobs to pursue a singing career might not be in their best interests.

Rumour has it that they will be performing a group vocal performance at the C100 Thanksgiving Dinner
 The night would not be over without some healthy recreational activities. The list included charades, halal beer pong and the much loved game of both George Michael and Freddie Mercury, also known as Twister.

One time suspected mobster, Miss Grace Selvi subjected her poor C99 batch mates to some rather cruel and unusual punishment


Some delightful buttermilk pancakes courtesy of yours truly.
Can't get any better than with these gorgeous bunch of people


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Listening says "You matter to me"


Listening is a lost art these days. We don’t listen well and we aren’t used to being listened to. When Job was in great pain, his friends were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2), for he complained: “Oh, that I had someone to hear me!” (Job 31:35). Job was not alone in his longing. We all want to be heard and listening is an effective way of helping others.

Listening says, “You matter to me.” When you fidget, glance at your watch and appear to be rushed - you’re not listening. When you fail to maintain eye contact - you’re not listening. When you don’t ask follow-up questions - you’re not listening. Yes. Listening is hard work and most of us are unwilling to set aside our own  timetable and tendency to hurry on to our next destination. May you and I, by God’s grace acquire a listening ear.

Shared by Sir Ron

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Abba! Father!


When we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:15-17

St Paul is making clear to us that we are children of God, just as Christ was God's son. Because of Christ with can call God "Abba", which is like saying "papa". Christ, through his death and resurrection, made it possible for each of us to have an intimate relationship with God and to inherit all that Jesus inherited.

How is your faith enriched by knowing that you can call God Abba or Papa? What does it say to you about Christ's love and his desire to be your brother?

Let us pray
Abba, papa, Jesus taught us that we are your children and that you desire a close and intimate relationship with us. Help us to remember this when we approach you. Amen


Taken from: 10 minute bible reflections by Maureen Gallagher, Jean Marie Hiesberger

Monday, October 23, 2017

Queen of Holy Rosary

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              The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The best way to celebrate the Month of the Holy Rosary is, of course, to pray the rosary daily.Hence Choicees were also geared up for Rosary at Assumption's Church.

        Guess who made the special appearances from C100?? Our in house pharmacist, Cecilia  from C100 came from Klang, despite the bad traffic and heavy rain. Jason Joseph too surprised us by showing up as we did not see his name in the attendee's list!!!

       The Holy Rosary was led by our Dr.John and Lincoln. We used mobile app named as "Laudate" to pray rosary since we weren't able to collect the books from Ray's place. It was a wonderful evening to pray together with Choice Family. Let's hope that we will continue to pray rosary together with Choice family, even after the month of October 😂



         Then after the rosary, apa lagi??? We had dinner and had so much fun together.

The happy US!!
P/s: Daisy C100 joined us for the dinner too 

 I wonder what's that caught Judith's attention at that time and Joy was very engrossed with her phone while the rest of busy grinning from ear to ear!!!  


The waiter annae joined us for a group photo!!! 



   Melvin is pro in taking "Wefie" after the CEKL100 weekend!! Despite being a  jubilee  I must say he is a fast learner 😛


Guess what happened whilst everyone waiting for our fooooood??????? Joy taught Tamil movie's punch dialogue to our Dr.John!! Enjoy the short video!!



      Loving God, we pray that young men and women with a heart for Jesus and a desire to share the gospel with those that are lost in their life - so that many may be brought to saving faith in the Lord Jesus. Develop in these young people the heart of an evangelist and the opportunity to share the good news of the gospel of grace to those that are lost and in need of a Savior, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reflection - St Ignatius of Loyola




'They who are engaged with the salvation of their neighbor, will gain more by a humble modesty than by an authoritative manner, and will gain victory sooner in retreat than in combat.'

- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Let us pray:
Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.

Holiday Adventure Squad - Deepavali Edition


We had our Holiday Adventure Squad - Deepavali Edition at Bukit Kiara ☀🌲 on the 18th October 2017

...which could have been #autocancel 
if it rained the night before, or in the morning. The organisers blatantly encourage CHOICE members to continue sleeping in the event it happens. 😀😀 King Ali did just that even though it did not rain ** tsk tsk sorry la bro but when are you going to get fit again?

We did not wear pretty sport shoes because
Adidas kampung rocks 🤘🏼




A satisfied tummy A healthy mind + healthy body = A happy life!

DOA ROSARIO


TIGA PULUH TIGA KUTIPAN PARA KUDUS TENTANG DOA ROSARIO

1. Daraskanlah doa rosario setiap hari
(Bunda Maria Fatima kepada Lucia)

2. Tidak akan pernah tersesat, seorang yang mendoakan rosario setiap hari.
(St Louis de Montfort)

3. Engkau akan memperoleh apapun yang kau minta dariku lewat doa rosario.
(Bunda Maria kepada Alan de la Roche)

4. Berikan padaku pasukan yang berdoa rosario dan akan kutaklukkan dunia.
(Paus Pius IX)

5. Kalau kau setia mendoakan rosario, ini adalah tanda meyakinkan akan keselamatan abadimu.
(Alan de la Roche)

6. Cara berdoa yang paling baik, adalah berdoa rosario.
(St Fransiskus de Sales)

7. Ketika doa rosario didaraskan dengan benar, itu memberi kepada Yesus dan Maria kemuliaan yang jauh lebih besar daripada doa doa lainnya.
(St Louis de Montfort)

8. Doa rosario adalah ‘gudang’ dari begitu banyak rahmat.
(Alan de la Roche)

9. Kalau kau setia mendoakan rosario seumur hidupmu, saya yakinkan,
walau banyak dosamu, kau akan menerima mahkota kemuliaan abadi.
(St Louis de Montfort)

10. Ketahuilah bahwa setiap kali kau menyapa, “Salam Maria”, Ia segera berpaling padamu dan mendengarkanmu.
(St Bernardin dari Siena)

11. “Salam Maria, penuh rahmat, Tuhan sertamu.”
Tidak ada pernyataan lain dari makhluk manapun yang bisa lebih menyenangkan aku daripada kata kata ini.
(Bunda Maria kepada St Mechtildis)

12. Doa rosario adalah senjata yang kuat. Gunakanlah dengan penuh kepercayaan dan kau akan terpukau dengan hasilnya.
(St. Josemaria Escriva)

13. Berdoalah rosario. Bersyukurlah bahwa doa yang itu itu saja dapat menyucikan dosamu yang itu itu juga.
(St. Josemaria Escriva)

14. Kau selalu merencanakan berdoa rosario, nanti.
Lalu tidak kau lakukan sama sekali karena kau lalu lelah dan mengantuk.
Jika betul betul tidak sempat, daraskanlah rosario di perjalanan tanpa menarik perhatian, untuk membantumu merasakan kehadiran Tuhan.
(St. Josemaria Escriva)

15. Tidak ada persoalan sebesar apapun, yang tidak bisa dipecahkan melalui Doa rosario.
(Sr Lucia dari Fatima)

16. Cintai Maria dan doakanlah rosario, yang adalah senjata untuk melawan segala kejahatan di dunia. Rahmat Tuhan akan diberikan lewat Bunda Terberkatinya.
(St. Padre Pio)

17. Kekuatan doa rosario adalah lebih daripada yang dapat dijabarkan.
(Uskup Agung Fulton Sheen)

18. Doa rosario adalah bentuk doa yang paling baik dan sarana yang paling efektif untuk mencapai hidup yang kekal.
Ia adalah obat untuk semua kejahatan kita, akar dari semua berkat kita.
Tidak ada doa lain yang lebih baik.
(Paus Leo XIII)

19. Tidak ada orang yang dapat hidup dengan sambil terus melakukan dosa dan sambil terus berdoa rosario.
Entah perbuatan dosanya yang akan berhenti, atau doa nya yang berhenti.
(Uskup Hugh Doyle)

20. Doa rosario adalah saat pertemuan harianku dengan Bunda Maria yang tidak pernah kami abaikan.
St. Yohanes Paulus II)

21. Doa rosario adalah rantai panjang yang terentang antara surga dan bumi.
Kita memegang satu ujung dan ujung yang lain dipegang Maria.
Dengannya, doa doa kita naik sampai ke kaki Yang Mahakuasa.
(St. Theresia Lisieux)

22. Tidak bisa dikatakan betapa banyaknya nama orang orang kudus yang lewat doa rosario, telah menemukan jalan menuju kekudusan.
(St. Yohanes Paulus II)

23. Doa rosario adalah sekolah doa.
Doa rosario adalah sekolah iman.
(Paus Fransiskus)

24. Dalam kesukaran, menggenggam rosario adalah bagaikan menggenggam tangan Maria sendiri.
(St. Padre Pio)

25. Setiap kali berdoa rosario, katakanlah “Dengan rosario ini, kuikatkan anak anakku kepada Hati Tak Bernoda Maria untuk bimbingan dan perlindungannya.” Dengan demikian, Bunda Maria menjanjikan menjaga jiwanya.
(Bunda Maria kepada Pastor Gobbi)

26. Dimana doa rosario didaraskan, akan ada kedamaian dan ketenangan di sana berhari hari.
(St. Yohanes Bosco)

27. Doa rosario adalah obat terbaik bagi jiwa yang terganggu, yang tidak bahagia, yang ketakutan, dan yang berputus asa.
(Uskup Agung Fulton Sheen)

28. Kalau kau menginginkan damai dalam hatimu, dalam keluargamu, dalam negerimu, berkumpullah dan doakanlah rosario, jangan biarkan sehari pun lewat tanpa melakukannya.
(Paus Pius XI)

29. Doa rosario adalah cambuk bagi setan.
(Paus Adrianus VI)

30. Doa rosario dapat disebut juga “puisi penebusan manusia”.
(Beato Bartolo Longo, Rasul Rosario)

31. Banyak jiwa yang seharusnya tidak pantas; telah berada di Surga berkat doa rosario.
(St Thomas Aquinas)

32. Doa rosario bukan hanya pengulangan doa saja, tetapi adalah bentuk perenungan akan rahmat Tuhan.
(St. Yohanes Paulus II)

33. Mereka yang berlari kepada Maria dan mendaraskan rosario; setan tidak akan dapat menyentuhnya.
(Pastor Gabriel Amorth)

Terpujilah Kristus

Shared by Dympna



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Post CEKL #100 Fellowship Day + Pool Party


With the completion of CEKL 100 it was with great honor and humility that everybody come together to shed some steam (and also some clothes) to what has become the post-party for the Choice English Weekend. 



Lady Fiona gesturing for her Shrek to join her in the pool.

The day started out with a warming up session of ball tossing in the pool. Absolutely fun but with no purpose. Just like the match between Man United and Liverpool that night. 

Clare was responsible for the disappearance of half of the nugget count that was initially provided.

If you did not try the killer combo of the chicken curry and fried rice (so fluffy yet so crisp) then you have no idea what you have been missing. According to an expert witness testimony and C100 participant, the spice selection and seasoning for the curry was perfectly executed. Since he is also an established Master Chef we definitely will take his word for it. 

Body Disposal 101.  Always remove footwear and glasses before dunking the victim head first into the pool.
 
Watching the match for EPL mid-table supremacy between Liverpool and Manchester United on the giant screen smartphone.  

The participants downing Soda Water as a punishment for not remembering this weekends Gospel reading. Mama Bear Grace cheering exuberantly with her signature Pontianak styled laugh. 

Participants trying desperately to salvage Melvin's lost coin collection. Legend has it that he first started collecting them back when he was a kid in 1855.

With the economy hitting an all time low and money hard to come by, philanthropist Melvin graciously decided to donate his antique and supposedly valuable coin collection (which was just as antique as he is). But all this with one stipulation. He would toss them discretely into the pool and everyone would have to risk drowning to find them. 'Playing a game' as he put it. For some reason it also involved eating Tabasco soaked white bread beforehand. But at the end of the day it was all good fun for everyone involved. Thanks Melvin for making it happen !

What beautiful people we have in CHOICE.

Smiles all around for a night to be remembered. Thank you Janice !
We like to take this opportunity to thank Janice for inviting us to her place and for the use of her pool. Also our gratitude to all those who came and joined in all the activities to make this fellowship a success. A big thank you also goes out to our big boss from up above, for making all good things possible and ensuring our safety and well being through out the event.

Looking forward to see you guys again in the near future. And for those who could not make it, we surely missed you.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cawangan Carl's Kitchen


Look at our faces....
Not happy....



Any ideas how to make us smile again? anyone?
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Haha... you guessed it. 
Come and help us feed the hungry at Carl's Kitchen @ cawangan homeless

For more info kindly contact his excellency, Sir Ronald 😜

CEKL 100 Thanksgiving prayer

Heavenly Father,

How glorious and wonderful are your blessings and healing over us all. You are truly God of our salvation and at the same time, our rest in times of challenges. Have mercy on us, we pray, for our weaknesses, failures and shortcomings; intentional and unintentional.

The CEKL100 weekend has been an excellent success. We glorify Your name, Oh Lord. You have used us to be your ambassadors of Your kingdom. All glory, honour and praise goes to You. Thank you, Lord for opening the hearts and minds of the participants, breaking the walls that block and allowing them to feel your loving presence throughout the weekend.

As we continue to journey with these new Choicees, we pray that you guide us to do the what is right in your eyes. To unite us with passion for Your love. To teach us to forgive as you forgave. To increase our willingness to do what is just. And to turn back to you when we stray far. To err is human and to forgive is divine. We long to be one with You, Jesus. Sharing your divine passion to forgive so that we can be freed from the pain that comes with rotting hatred, the loneliness that comes with evil intent and the damage that comes with cancerous anger.

Have mercy on us.

May we decrease and you increase. At the end of the day, it's all about You, not about us. We pray everything will go according to your blessed plan. We pray in Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Eugene





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An evening with our CEKL 100 Choicees


Choice KL 100 concluded with a blast and with almost god-like enthusiasm, our CEKL100 mommy and daddy organised a fellowship session with our new choicees. A sense of belonging is the focus of our relationships in life and there is no better way to do this than to spend time together.





Kudos to Grace and team for making it happened


CHOICE KL 100 graduation


In maybe 10 years time, when we look back at this moment, we can definitely say that this is when it all began. The LOVE for my God, my neighbours and the start of a meaningful friendship.