SINGAPORE – The year 2008 is special to the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ophir Road. The church is celebrating the 120th year of its building (1888) and the 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Lourdes in France.
The parish’s year-long celebrations began last Dec 8 with a rededication of the grotto and a candelight procession. Actual feastday celebrations that included an exhibition showcasing the history of the church were held in February.
A dinner, attended by some 1,500 guests, was held at Suntec City on May 3. Among them were Msgr Eugene Vaz, Mr and Mrs George Yeo and Mr and Mrs Lim Boon Heng.
A pre-order launch of a book on the history of the church in Singapore was held during the evening.