Thursday, 13 August 2015

CONGRATULATIONS JUNIORS!


If you happen to stumble upon our blog...
 


CSSUPM would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on being
accepted as a student of Universiti Putra Malaysia, batch Sept 2015!

Stay tuned for updates on our CSSUPM booth 
at Bazaar Persatuan on the 5th September 2015 at Bukit Ekspo, UPM!


'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 
- Jeremiah 29:11

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Destiny#sthash.iQfL85ah.dpuf
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Destiny#sthash.iQfL85ah.dpuf
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Destiny#sthash.iQfL85ah.dpuf
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Destiny#sthash.iQfL85ah.dpuf

Tuesday, 2 June 2015



CSSUPM would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr. Marcus Lian. A beloved father, educator, and devoted Catholic. He was the CSSUPM president in '84/'87. He was a hero - he built the community. Mr. Marcus exemplified "I live, not I, but Jesus lives in me." Together, let us lift him up in prayers. May you rest eternally in God's loving arms. Thank you, Mr. Marcus Lian, for everything that you had done.


"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18


New Theme, New Dreams

Hello!

As you all have been informed, in conjunction with the Year of Mercy as announced by Pope Francis, the EXCO team has deliberated, and chose "LOVE AND MERCY IN ACTION" as our new theme for the year 2015/2016.

Now, it wasn't easy to come up with a phrase to represent us all as a whole, but after meticulous hours of reflection of ourselves, and our community, we realized that all of these unfortunate events after events that occurred in our lives, and our surroundings, pin-point to two major lacks; MERCY AND LOVE. Without both, we will fail to understand each other, we will be spiteful towards ourself and our neighbours. Heck, these two are the very foundation of Christ's teachings.

So, this year, let us make this our mantra to always love each other as brothers and sisters. No matter where we came from, our background, the colour of our skin, the language or dialect that our tongue conveys, despite it all, let us be kind towards each other. Make effort in understanding our brothers and sisters, and never leave a sheep to wonder on its own. Practice the three types of love; Phileo, Stroge, Agape and apply it in our lives. Together, we will grow into a strong, loving, and merciful community by God's grace.

~ <3

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Rockin' CSSUPM Annual Dinner 2015!

Shallom everyone!

It has been 2 weeks since the annual dinner has been held and of course this year's dinner took its twist into the Rock 'N' Roll side! The committee has done a really great job with the Promo Video as well as making the Rock N Roll night a reality. 

Here is the link to the video:

Everyone showed up with their inner Elvis Presley in check and with a little of their grunge or perhaps their 'Rockin Roller' attitude to fit in with the theme this year. The dinner successfully took place at a very superb hotel which is The Shangri-La Hotel in Putrajaya.
The food was delicious indeed and everyone kept themselves full and satisfied. 

 



This year's annual dinner rocked CSSUPM with a lot of activities during that night. The Graduating seniors were celebrated as they are in their final year with a Rock N Roll parade and also a session of a token of appreciation and not to forget a tribute montage video for the memories that they had here in Cssupm.


After that, there was the bidding game, where it began with Watson rocking on his solo guitar, Dr Kenny and his wife dancing to the Elvis Presley's tunes and also Clearance, who was bid by The My Chemical Romance table to dance with his partner to a slow rock dance. After the bidding game, The Elvis Impersonation came right after with Einstein, Lawrence, Stepheny, Emmclan and Leo being nominated as Elvis' Impersonation.



Einstein was the lucky one who won the challenge as he received Elvis' favourite meal which is the peanut butter and jelly with banana sandwich.

The following event was the award for Rock N Roll Best Dressed and also the King and Queen of Rock N Roll. 

Rock N Roll Best Dressed!

King and Queen of Rock N Roll!

Finally, the Cssupm Annual Dinner 2015 was concluded with a beautiful and soulful prayer filled with memories and passion towards Cssupm by our beloved graduating senior, Stepheny Julius.
Then, the dance floor was opened for everyone to dance like a rockstar with the Batu dan Berguling Band rocking their riffs ending the night with a bang!


It has been a long journey for the committee to make the dinner a success for CSSUPM and also especially to all of the final year seniors who are going off to start another new journey in life. May Daddy God bless their journey and in everything they do! Here's a huge applause to everyone that made the dinner a great celebration! Hope to see a lot more energy in the future dinners to come! Keep Rocking with Jesus and He shall Roll our blues away! Till the next dinner! 

"And so I am sure that God who began this good work in you, will carry on until it is finished and the day of Christ Jesus"
Philippians 1:6

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Annual General Meeting 2015

Acts 20:28

”Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. 
Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with his own blood.”


 Acts 20:28 came in mind at this year's CSSUPM Annual General Meeting which was held on the 30th of April 2015. Gathered in our beloved St. Anne's Chapel, all seek the intercession of the Holy Spirit to shower us with enlightenment to choose the next workers of our Lord's vineyard. Being the carefree community that we are, joyous cheers erupted from every corner of St. Anne as one-by-one, the candidates were campaigned, voted, and elected. Afters hours of meticulous deliberation, the results were in; 

President
Clearence Anak Augustine Anjat

Vice President
Fiona Claire Tibok

Honorary Secretary
Christine Joan

Assistant Honorary Secretary
Silvan Saleviter

Honorary Treasurer
Cynthia Anak Kevin Kinyan

Assistant Honorary Treasure
Joselia Vincent Josue

Liturgical Coordinator
Priscilla Tony

Assistant Liturgical Coordinator
Charles Maigol

Maintenance Coordinator
Nazerita Lasumin

Assistant Maintenance Coordinator
Charles Justin

Information Coordinator
Evelyn Serena Totu

Assistant Information Coordinator
Sharon Anak Lasam

Cell Group Coordinator
Adriana Izna Isaac

Assistant Cell Group Coordinator
Sherly Liana Robert

Mandarin Speaking Group Coordinator
Joyce The Siao Ying

Assistant Mandarin Speaking Group Coordinator
Charles Lim Fu Hwi

Music Ministry Coordinator
Jannefer Maratin

Assistant Music Ministry Coordinator

Afryan Tompell

---

 Left: Clearence Augustine (In-going President) || Right:  Agnes Yen-Ling (Out-going President)
Pictured above: Agnes handing over the presidential file to her successor, Clearence.


Agnes expressed her feelings about her experience as a President, and her hopes for her successor, and his team:
Clearence is fresh and raw to be an EXCO, but I do not feel the slightest bit of worry. Because in my opening prayer, I invited Jesus to come, and choose HIS vineyard's workers. I believe Clearence and his team are the people that was decided by Jesus. I am very happy, and satisfied to see the new leadership team, they are determined, lovely, and most importantly value the Catholic teachings. Jesus trust in them, so I should believe in them as well. As I am now considered as the past president, I have to remind myself to give the new team their freedom to decide, and manage in their own unique way. There are many ways to show your love for CSS and St. Anne's, but it doesn't necessarily have to be in a forceful manner. I wish to see this team bloom, and serve with sincerity, and have fun along the way. I will watch over them as a guardian, and help them when necessary. I feel contented with who I have become now from my experience as an EXCO. Jesus has helped me grow during my presidency period in various ways, and I believe it to be positive. I feel thankful to Jesus, Dr. Kenny Teoh (CSSUPM Advisor), Auntie Cynthia, Daniel, Medna, Clement, and many others for helping me to be a good leader. I am also glad for the success my out-going EXCO team had achieve. The bonds that was established between us, and our CSSUPM members was the cherry on top of the cake. My EXCO enjoyed, and felt satisfied throughout their leadership term, and that means the world to me.

A word from Clearence Augustine on his appoint as CSSUPM President 2015/2016:

Honestly, it is a mixed feeling. The presidency post is the highest position in the EXCO. I do realized the responsibility that it holds for CSSUPM, and it feels heavy. Very heavy. However, I am willing to learn, and give my best throughout my service. As for that, I hope my team will gain all the support, guidance, consultation, and advice needed for them to perform well as most of us are new to the posts, but not new to serving. In addition, I hope that our CSSUPM members will continue to support all the events, and activities that will be conducted by CSSUPM. Together we work, co-operate, and create a loving environment between the EXCO with the members to ensure that St. Anne will always feel like a family away from home.

---

Pictured above: The out-going EXCO of 2014/2015
Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!


Pictured above: The in-going EXCO of 2015/2016
Congratulations and all the best to all of you!

---

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.


Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.





Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The EXCO Experience



Today’s throwback_Tuesday* photo is of Nova and Sandy. This photo was taken moments after the Annual General Meeting of 2010 ended. In the photo, we have Nova (the outgoing president) consoling the incoming president Sandy, who was overwhelmed with emotions. When I was looking at some of the old photos for the Throwback project, this came up and it spark my curiosity. So I went and asked both Nova and Sandy about what had happened that day, and after hearing their reply, I just felt that this is the appropriate photo for this week (since the Election Day is just around the corner).

Quote from Nova
‘Sandy was feeling rather overwhelmed. She was in my team the year before so she knew how hard things were going to be and how much we have sacrificed for CSS. I guessed it finally dawned on her after the election how big and heavy that task is and felt that she may not be able to do it. I remember telling her of course she can’t do everything alone, which is why there is a team. God chose her to lead the team so all the members can be lead to a closer relationship with God.’

Quote from Sandy
‘I was in doubts about myself before the AGM. I was not a good manager, I was overly emotional and I was afraid of a lot of things, especially of my capabilities. And these traits are not healthy personalities for the president. But I was also praying that if it was God’s will to use me as His instrument, I will. He has given His life for me and it is just appropriate for me to do His will. Looking back now, I realized that it was good that I was weak, because it made me realize that my team and other CSS members were always there to help me.’

Sandy’s team held one of the longest EXCO terms that I know of. She was in charge of CSSUPM for 1 year, 4 months and 5 days. And if I were to be honest, I think she is still treasuring each and every single one of those days.

To be frank, being an EXCO in CSSUPM is one of the greatest challenges you would face during your university life. It will be a whole new experience. It will be an experience filled with stress, perhaps even more than what you can imagine. It is an experience which will bring you out of your comfort zone. It will be a tough journey requiring a lot of strength, sacrifices, courage and most importantly the hunger to serve. And most of the time, it will be an uncomfortable experience, filled with all sorts of challenges, setbacks and uncertainties. But sometimes it is our reluctance and fear to take a step forward that robs us of the opportunity to experience things more amazing than we can even think of.  And CSSUPM is one of those instances. Being elected as an EXCO is currently one of the greatest platforms for you to stand on in this university. It is an opportunity for spiritual growth and maturity, in bringing you closer to Jesus. You will get to know new people, explore a new world, and experience a deepening in your own faith which will not be achievable by any other activities during your university life. You will also start friendships which will extend beyond the walls of St Anne’s chapel and last for many years to come. It will be a life changing experience. And it may be overwhelming. But do not be afraid or worried that you may be small, or untalented, or if you are not pious or not suitable to be an EXCO. Because there will always be those who are alongside you, journeying with you, working together with you and helping you. These are the other EXCOs and CSSUPM members. And this has always been how this family grows. And if there’s one advice which I think we all could collectively give you: It is to never lose sight of each other because we are all here to take care of each other.



Ex-President Stanley during an orphanage visit back in 2011.

During my involvement with CSS, I have realized a great number of things. I remembered sitting in a dark hall, next to Nova, watching the silhouettes of the CSS juniors’ right in front of me, back during the CSSUPM Annual Camp 2010. They were in a session of Taize. The atmosphere was quiet and calm, a contrast to the Praise and Worship session we had an hour before. The previous session, combined with helping out the camp organizing committee for the few days at that Port Dickson hall had drained me; physically, mentally and emotionally. I was tired. I was exhausted. And yet, at that very moment, amidst the repetitive chanting of the Taize prayers, I saw something I haven’t really noticed before. I saw a quality time spent, by everyone with each other, and with God. I felt satisfaction. I felt happy. I remembered telling Nova, all the troubles, pains and tears were nothing when compared to that one moment, in that small hall. Because at the end of the day, it was all worth it.  To many of us past EXCOs, our greatest satisfactions has never been about ourselves but are rather found in seeing all of you grow and mature, with each other, till the point by which we don’t even mind what we had to go through just to experience these moments. What I’m trying to say here is that, sometimes the road is rough, and you are so worn out that you just can’t go on anymore. Do remember that it’s at these times when you will realize that there will be a moment which makes it all worth it. And I humbly ask for you to keep on looking out for these moments.



Nova still kept the JMail message I sent to her back in 2010. And yes,
she did reply that 'It was ALL WORTH IT!!!'

Do not be surprise if you look back a year from now and found that you are entirely a changed person. Very often, the person at the end of their term is almost always different than the person they were before. They emerged as individuals who looks to be able to take on the world. And for many of us, the seniors who might or might not be still around in CSS nowadays (Gerald, Clement, Me, Stanley, Medna, Jenna, Leo, Nova, Sandy etc) we were never the way we are in the beginning. We started off exactly like how you are now. Clueless when we first joined. And yet we made the decision to take on the challenge, to learn from the experience and to mature from it. Back then, we were all afraid but we also found out that the moment you offer yourself willingly and wholeheartedly for God’s use, He will grant you talents that you would never thought you could have. And it is now your turn. It is now your decision whether to take up the challenge or not, which will make that difference in you.



We, the CSSUPM family, are the church. Without all of us, the chapel
will be no different than all the other lonely buildings in
the campus (Photo taken during the 2011 camp)

But what if, you are not chosen for the role of an EXCO? What if you were not nominated? What if you preferred to be an ordinary member of CSSUPM?  Congratulations then, for you have chosen to play an even more vital role in CSSUPM, the support role. Please continue to support the EXCOs and each other to the fullest of your capabilities. It is your support that CSSUPM EXCOs can never get enough of. And it is also your support which will keep this 'family away from home' together.



CSSUPM, where hugs are aplenty... and free :)
(Taken during CSSUPM Annual Camp 2010)


Written by Alan
Inputs from Nova, Sandy and two other CSS alumnis who wished to remain unnamed.

*throwback_Tuesday is an ongoing effort by Alan on the CSSUPM Facebook group which seeks to reintroduce past photos (and thereby, experiences and stories) of CSSUPM to the current generation of students.

**if you are a nominee for the upcoming AGM and have read this and found it informational, please do not hesitate to share it with your other fellow nominees :)




Thursday, 23 April 2015


Shallom everyone...

In conjunction with the upcoming AGM, we have a collage of photos of the all the previous EXCOs since 2008... Photos are credited to those who took them... which includes: Leo, Timothy and Gary.
Left column, top to bottom:
1) Dominic's team (27th January 2008 to 12th October 2008)
2) Clement's team (12th October 2008 to 24th October 2009)
3) Nova's team (24th October 2009 to 31st October 2010)
Middle column, top to bottom:
1) Sandy's team (31st October 2010 to 4th March 2012 - The longest term held by a team that I know of)
2) Stanley's team (4th March 2012 to 17th March 2013)
Right column, top to bottom:
1) Medna's team (17th March 2013 to 11th May 2014)
2) Agnes's team (11th May 2014 to 30th April 2015)
As for this coming AGM... please give full support and vote wisely for the better future of CSSUPM and St. Anne Chapel...