Friday, February 6, 2009

22nd annual dinner 二十二周年

Last night, 52 members and family members of the Holy Family TaiChi group celebrated our 22nd Annual Chinese New Year “lo Sang" dinner.

It is 22 years of existence built on common interest of exercise for health, friendship and fellowship. After 22 years, with regrets, I am the only surviving male member, 39 others are female. And it revealed a fact that man is lazy to exercise, woman lives longer.

Although majority of members are well over 60s (oldest 83 years old), but are energetic and happy. The community exercise and fellowship bring them good health and happy living.

This is an exercise group which I started 22 years ago for the parishioners with the permission from the then Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Henriot. Non church members were welcomed to join too.
22 years later, as at today, many parishioners had dropped out, 90% of the members are non-Christians.

Again it revealed a fact that Catholic is very churchy, heavy on worship, light on fellowship...especially with non-Christian neighbourhood.

Besides daily morning TaiChi exercise at the church compound, the group also organised annual outing and sightseeing trip. We have been to Port Dickson, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Kuala Selangor fireflies sanctuary, Gua Temburong, Kuching, Hadyai in Thailand..... We are going for a sightseeing trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on 3/3/09.

The group also participated in various community and disaster relief fund raising projects.

May all the members continue to enjoy good health and fellowship. My New Year wish is to see more parishioners taking up Taichi exercise, and the parish continues to welcome non-Christian friends coming to our church to join our social and community activities enhancing inter-religious and social harmony in Kajang.



Sing for a better tomorrow
唱出明天会更好









22 years friendship
22年的友谊










昨晚,加影圣家堂太极班的53为成员及家人,欢庆了第二十二周年新年联欢“捞生”晚宴。

这是二十二年的历史和见证。这是建立在运动健身的共同理念,友情及联谊上的成果。遗憾的是,二十二年后,我是硕果仅存的一位男成员,其他三十九位都是女生。这可证明一点,男性比较懒惰做运动,而女士则是更长寿。

虽然大部分成员都已年过六十(年纪最大者83岁),但都充满精力,活跃及快乐。团体的运动及联谊,带给他们欢乐及健康的生活。

这个太极班,是我在22年前,经当时的本堂主任夏理和神父允准下,特别为教友而成立的。当时我们也欢迎非教友加入。22年后的今天,大部分教友都已退出,目前的成员90%是非基督徒。

同样的,这也显示了一个讯息,天主教徒的活动大都局限在教会里,过重于钦崇朝拜,轻忽了互动联谊,特别是非教友邻里朋友。

太极班除了每天早上在教堂范围里练习太极,我们也主办户外活动及旅游。我们到过了波德申,金马伦高原,槟城,瓜拉雪兰莪萤火虫公园,椰壳洞,古晋,泰国的合艾等地方。我们将在3/3/09-7-3-09 到沙巴亚庇观光旅游。

除此之外,我们也积极参与社区 、天灾救济筹款等活动。

我祈愿成员们都健康快乐。我的新年希望是看到更多的教友参加太极运动,堂区也继续欢迎非教友朋友们到我们教堂,参与各种康乐活动,促进教友及非教友之间的了解及邻里的和谐。

Drink for our friendship
为我们的友谊乾杯

2 comments:

Ngu said...

「...天主教徒的活动大都局限在教会里,过重于钦崇朝拜,轻忽了互动联谊,特别是非教友邻里朋友。」...

非常同意你的看法。因为那样很容易使人变得钻牛角尖和重蹈法利塞人的步伐。

Simon Phun said...

我在今天的街坊庙会里,整六个小时,只看到四位天主教徒前来参观。印度朋友还比他们多。。

视野狭窄,思想一定不会很开通,也易有偏见。