Joy SG50 Eucharistic Celebration
39 P6 pupils and staff gathered at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 4th July at 12.30pm to participate in a Thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration to commemorate the nation’s 50th birthday. Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour.
The Celebrations started with a sharing by Father Simon Pereira on his pastoral work in Singapore. A Praise and Worship session saw everyone singing their hearts out with one voice. This was followed by a multi-media and stage production on the history of the Singapore Church. PM Lee and Archbishop William Goh addressed the 10 000 strong crowd. The Vatican envoy to Singapore, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, also read out a message from Pope Francis.
Reflections by Pupils
It was a rare opportunity and I felt fortunate to be able to attend the Joy SG50 mass. When the short video clip about the nuns who came to Singapore to set up the IJ schools was being shown on the screen, I felt touched. The nuns even took in abandoned babies. However, on their way here, which was a long journey of a few months, a few nuns did not survive. Those who did, dedicated their lives to setting up schools, something which would have been very difficult to do. Indeed, they did a noble act.
Shannon Siew-Tong Odermatt, MO6
It was wonderful to see Catholics from different parishes and students from the different Catholic schools uniting together for this special mass to celebrate our Golden Jubilee. I also enjoyed watching the video on how the Catholic church started in Singapore. It felt like everyone was part of one big family.
Faith Liew Shu Min, AM6
Reflections by Teachers
Quoting the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong,
"The Catholic Church has brought hope and light to the people in Singapore through the work they do since 1821. It has served the last, the lost and the least."
This is the reason to celebrate our Golden Jubilee with joy. I am really happy to rejoice with the Catholic community and my prayer is that the Catholic Church in Singapore continues to grow and share God's love with others.
Watching the video which showed the Church’s early days in Singapore, I was reminded by how pivotal a role the early priests and nuns played in reaching out to so many people in Singapore through their care and love for others. It was wonderful to come together as one big Catholic family to celebrate with joy all the blessings God has showered upon us all these years. Let us be blessings to others around us.
It was indeed a very meaningful session with all the Catholic schools, churches and organisations coming together to celebrate and pray for Singapore.