Monday, June 25, 2018

Getting to know our 101choicee #2

We take this opportunity to acquaint ourselves with CEKL 101 members by inviting them to share about their life's passions, God and St. Peter’s dog πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸΆπŸΆ

1) what is choice to you?
Choice to me is about exercising the free will that we have been gifted with. And at CHOICE, you will be making them.

2)  Share your experience or one moment you like being away from kl.                
Just the idea of being somewhere new is interesting to me.

3) If St. Peter had a pet dog, what would its name be?
Dog

4) What would you  say to the single adults who are interested to join CHOICE
As the program is tailored to young single *adults*, you will be expected to have lived a little and to approach the programme with maturity. But as the name of the programme says, Make the Choice. And expect to gain from it.

- Alexander CE101 -

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Getting to know our 101choicee #1

We take this opportunity to acquaint ourselves with CEKL 101 members by inviting them to share about their life's passions, God and St. Peter’s dog πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸΆπŸΆ


CHOICE choose me..  It's truly a blessing for me to be able to attend the choice weekend.  Set no expectations and keep an open mind.




1.what is choice to you?
A weekend filled with new fond friendship and self discovery.

2. Share your experience or one moment you like being away from kl.
I have always liked life away from the city center. Getting in touch with nature is part of re -  what we may have lost and hoping to gain back once again.

3. If St. Peter had a pet dog, what would its name be?
Bernard

4. What would you  say to the single adults who is interested to join CHOICE
Come with an open mind.  Zero expectations,  because you never know what might be coming to you.

- Ethan CE101 -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Choice 101 Bak Ku Teh Session

My journey before Choice was scary because my first thoughts were that this camp was preparing me to be a nun, lol. 

It started like this: when I arrived, I was welcomed by wonderful and cheerful faces that made me feel very welcomed. On the first day, I got to meet many new faces. I felt no regrets meeting everyone and it was amazing, as we journey together for this 3 days. 

I felt so happy, blessed and excited of what's going to happen next. I got to experience the presence of the Lord during this journey. I took this three days to actually find out things that I was yearning to know. The talks made me reflect in every area of my life. As the last day ended it was sad to say goodbye to all my new friends I got to meet.



Selfie Bak ku Teh Session

After choice 101, I was so thrilled we had a Whatsapp group to reconnect us again woo-hoo!! I later got to meet my fellow participants and other choicees. We organized a night out for fellowship with a Bak Ku Teh session and it was amazing, and not forgetting dessert, we had my favorite ice cream and waffles. The interaction we had was amazing. We clicked right away.  
Desert time







Just us having a great time for dessert

Sharing this time with people who share the same faith was great and the friendship that was built is wonderful. I am truly glad I went for Choice. If I could turn the clock back I would still want to join Choice again. It was the best choice I made... no regrets.

 Dianne CEKL 101

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ChoiceKL 101 is already here!!!


Lord Jesus we trust in you!

Choice KL 101 is coming to Gambang Kuantan and it is happening tomorrow!!! from 13 to 15 of April 2018. We have been preparing how hearts and minds to serve our fellow single adult.


Flame of God, light our hearts with your love and passion. Help us to overcome all the frustrations and obstacles before us.

Holy Thursday Virgil to 7 churches
Even our Ali finally went for Confirmation to fire up his spirit for God.

Can you see the guardian angels beside him? Halleluyah!!! 
We have also put our heart and soul into making this weekend a successful one.


Supply!

Music practice

Now all we need is your prayers. We cannot do this alone. If you cannot be there with us, at least join us in spirit: pray a decade of rosary, meditate in front of the alter or blessed sacrament, offer a mass for us. Thank you for supporting us in whatever way, no matter how small it is. Blessing us with your time is an honour for us and God will bless you too.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Thursday - Visita Iglesia


We have just completed our Vista Iglesia!!! This is a journey with our Jesus, visiting Him in 7 churches and spending time with Him during His last hours at the Garden of Gethsemane.

 Our route and reflections:
1. Cathedral of St John, KL - JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE (Luke 22: 39-46)
2. St Anthony's Church, KL - JESUS BOUND AND TAKEN BEFORE ANNAS (John 18: 19-22)
3. Church of Holy Rosary, KL - JESUS TAKEN TO THE HIGH PRIEST, CAIAPHAS (Matthew 26: 63-65)
4. Church of Our Lady of Fatima, KL - JESUS TAKEN BEFORE PILATE (John 18:35-37)
5. Church of the Assumption, PJ - JESUS TAKEN BEFORE HEROD (Luke 23: 8-9; 11)
6. St Francis Xavier, PJ - JESUS TAKEN BEFORE PILATE AGAIN (Matthew 27: 22-26)
7. ST Ignatius Church, KJ - JESUS GIVEN THE CROWN OF THORNS AND LED TO HIS CRUCIFIXION (Matthew 27: 27-31)

Thank you Lord for giving us the strength to stay awake.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reaching out to Holy Family Chapel, Genting for CE101

My first experience reaching out to the Genting community.

It was a smooth journey traveling up to Genting Highlands. We started from PJ, headed to Silent Ray's place for tea and from there met Steven and finally journeyed to Genting. We attended mass at Holy Family chapel. It was also my first visit there. Fr. August Li was very accommodating and believe it or not he was also a previous participant of the choice weekend. We were delighted to have met our old Choice family as well as being given the opportunity to reach out to the single adults of Genting.


The team at Holy Family Chapel

Inside the Chapel

Reaching out 

Beautiful late evening view after mass on the way down from Genting.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Choice 101 service team formation + testimonies

As we prepare ourselves to reach out to Gambang, Pahang on the 13th-15th April, Father Gregory held a mini formation retreat for us.

We started off with praise and worship followed by a prayer for C101. Big Ray introduced to us what choice is all about and how large we actually are as a community. Choice is not an isolated KL group but actually involves many states and languages and even countries like Choice Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and recently formed Choice groups of Korea and Sri Lanka. We also have Choice National and Choice Asia meet every few years to discuss the direction and challenges faces in CHOICE.

Next was Father Gregory Chan’s formation. He started off with Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man was only thinking of himself until death and failed to reach out to others. Only in hell was he thinking of his brothers and he wanted to warn them to change their attitude lest they fall into the same trap. However,  it was already too late. Therefore, Father Gregory implored us to reach out and to build bridges with others, especially the 4'L's: the least, lost, lame and lonely and to bring Christ's love to them. Failure to build bridges would lead to an "inseparable gulf" like the rich and poor man.

Sharing my personal experience, I noticed, after C100, my journey with Christ was never alone. I thank the Choice team for reaching out to me.

Later, he also spoke about the Samaritan woman at the well who actually thought of Jesus as a prospect, a love interest. Jesus was actually revealing himself as 'Lord'  and not 'husband', in hebrew, Ba'al and not ba'al. The subtle change in capital and small 'b' made all the difference. She only realized, it was Him, her Lord and Master when he said the words 'I am'  just like the story of Moses and the burning bush. Then she put her water jar down which represents her past baggage and went around the whole village spreading the good news. She was thirsty for God in her life and yearned for the living water and when she received it, she became Christ's missionary bringing others to Jesus and just like Choice, she wanted to share the joy she had received.

These were some of the testimonies from our formation attendees. What touched them the most? 

"What touched me was the Samaritan woman... God used her desires to make Himself known to her as the I Am. When she knew who He was, she put down her baggage’s and went to bring others to get to know Jesus.  It was apt for me as the search to fulfill the desires of my heart is etched in knowing Christ more and inturn knowing myself more. Ultimately to pass it onto others"                             
Ivy Pat

Father Greg asked 'what is the magic that happens at the choice weekend?'. I've been struck every weekend by the 'miracles' that happen every time. I know it's the Holy Spirit that takes over and to be 'used' by him in any small way is a privilege. To be a bridge                                                   
Petrina

A Lifeline to a Life Bridge:
I learnt that the Secret ingredient to reaching out to someone is to be a bridge, not a wall.
And in order to extend a bridge, the secret recipe is not cement, Jesus, It’s because of the brokenness & Rejection in life, all can find comfort and solace in God.
Damian Khaw

- I’m part of a CHOICE family that has an international appeal which has and continues to impact so many lives * gasp  Clarity of role structures to ensure all runs smoothly was insightful as I never knew so much Governance was involved (not your typical tidak apa NGO organisational structure) - we’re accountable. Lady by the well misunderstood Jesus’ intention as her own intentions were impure and manipulative. May my words and actions not be masked for the sake of having things my way ; even when my way was not impure. Move away from that thinking, “Why cannot do that (impure act)?”
Rachel

Formation snapshots









Formation notes by Ivy Pat
Blogged by : Daisy
Short testimonies contribution by:
Daisy, Ivy Pat, Petrina, Damian Khaw & Rachel
Images by Choicies members.

Thank you choice for giving me the opportunity to blog. Its my first time blogging.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CHOICE 101 in Kuantan!!

The Steps Of A Man - CHOICE KL 101 - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment, as we venture to look deeply in our life choices and our relationships that we have in our daily lives. To find out more, kindly visit www.choicekl.org.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Choice is heading east!!


CHOICE KL is heading east! - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment. We invite single adults from Selangor, and the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, to join us for this weekend as we venture to look deeply into our current life choices and in every aspect of the many relationships we have in our daily lives. Meet like-minded people and together discover more about ourselves. Register yourself now at www.choicekl.org to book your seat early, as places are limited.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Gospel alive #4 - No to Kiasuness

Do not compare yourself to another person.
You will unintentionally rank yourself before others and subsequently live in fear of loosing out.
Being Kiasu is being scared to lose
Rather, thank God and use the available gifts and talents he has given you, no matter how small or little it is.
Then He will reward you many times over.


~ excerpts from Fr Greg's homily

In the mean time I found this online: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜


A student's prayer

My precious Lord, I thank you for helping me through this one year. In that period of uncertainty, despair and distress you had guided me. You answered when I call. Your timing is perfect and true. You touch the hearts of those who are above me and gave me good mentors to set me on the correct path. You know the contents of my heart. I am nothing without You. I will be loss without You.

Thank you for your servant St Joseph of Cupertino who is so close to your sacred heart, for interceding from heaven. I also thank blessed St Anthony for being the protector of my studies.

Sacred Head of Jesus, enlighten me with your wisdom, like You had bestowed upon your servant King Solomon. Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

Student's prayer to St. Anthony
Blessed St. Anthony, I place my studies under your powerful protection.
Your intercession has often helped me to make progress in learning and devotion.
I choose you as the protector and patron of my studies.
Through your intercession may the Holy Spirit fill me with light and strength, intelligence and humility. I implore You, Lord, My God, Creator of all things, to grant me the ability to grasp things correctly, and the talent of being exact in my explanations.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

CHOICE weekend in Kuantan!!!

I just had a chat with Fr Greg. He wanted me to share this message with all of you, so typing this in my own words la coz I couldn't type when he was talking.

"All of u have taken a risk of having the CHOICE weekend in Kuantan but its worthwhile risk. We have never had the weekend in East Coast and people of the East Coast are the ones who are most vulnerable although being more spiritual that us in Klang Valley, God is always with those who are most vulnerable. We are going out of our comfort zones.

We are now the instruments of God in reaching out to those in the East Coast. And with God being with those who are most vulnerable he will guide us.

Be like King David who responded to Gods message and  not like King Saul who reacted to Gods message and wanted to keep the prize.

All we need to:
-Listen to God
-Give the participants an experience instead of just a weekend
-Keep things simple
-Start being instead of doing

All of you are amazing people taking amazing efforts"

He ended with a thank you and wanted to have a quick spiritual retreat for CHOICE Team

Alister


Monday, January 1, 2018

Wishing you a blessed new year!!! - Centenary thanksgiving dinner.

Looking back at 2017 there were many things to be thankful about. It feels like a year has gone and past in a blink of an eye while nostalgia smiles in remembrance of the journey we had to take to complete this span of our lives.

This calls for a time of simple reflection. A free pass to relive the bubbling emotion we had secured in the vault of our hearts. How has the bitter sweet road touched us?


It has almost been a month since I sat on table number 15; tenderly lavished with sweet flower petals and a peacock flaming tea light candle.


The helium gassed balloons floating all above me were particularly ingenious as it provoked an uncontrollable childlike desire, almost instinctively, to grasp its tail end, as many as possible for a dashing picture.




 Then there was our very own in house band, rocking some music with solid drums and fiery guitars burning their way through the hall.





And Fr Gregory calling on the Choice members to join the Holy Orders the dance floor.




We came to celebrate CHOICE KL which has successfully journeyed through 100 weekends, facilitated by many priests, sisters, married couples and single adults who have gone through the program and then came back to serve.

His grace the Archbishop of Kuching, most Rev Simon Poh, who played a significant role of bringing CHOICE to Malaysia, graced us with his presence and celebrated mass with us and the parishioners of St Ignatius, PJ.




But most importantly, thank you to all the CHOICE members from near and far. With an exciting variety of CHOICE t'shirts, you came all the way, literally from the whole Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia to celebrate with us. We made many new friends and rekindled old friendships.



And then there were the CHOICEES from wayyyy back, during the earlier days where it all began. They came with their families.

Let me introduce the person from Choice #1


She won the lucky draw!!!

There was something peculiar about this photo-booth....


It made us go crazy for pictures!!! (the full photobooth album is stored in Choice Kuala Lumpur facebook page!!) but for a sneak peak...




Alvin M. our elegant MC for the night who has a features of a priest 😝almost singlehandedly became an archbishop in waiting when he almost did the closing prayer!!!






We thank the organising committee for a job well done and pray that in 2018, God will shower us with countless blessing, love, peace and joy. From the Choice KL team, a happy and a blessed new year to you all!!!