A special Mass to pray for the poor and aid recipients of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) was held on April 12.
About 400 Vincentians, together with their Friends-in-Need (FINs or aid recipients), Caritas representatives, Canossian Sisters and well-wishers attended the celebration held at the Church of St Stephen.
Archbishop William Goh, Fr Eugene Vaz, Fr Louis Loiseau and Fr John Khoo concelebrated the event, the third to be held annually.
In his homily, Archbishop Goh noted that in the secular world, the line between what is deemed sufficient and what is a “want” is often blurred. This is a result of people’s inherent fear of not having enough.
Instead of helping others in need, people guard their self-interests and cultivate self-indulgence.
Archbishop Goh said that every resource that one has is God-given, and that the SSVP, as a Catholic society dedicated to the poor and needy, has to challenge itself to employ this resource in service to God.
The society should also endeavour to stay relevant to the changing landscape and needs of the New Poor in Singapore, he said.
Before the final blessing, Archbishop Goh also reminded Vincentians to thank the FINs for the opportunity to serve them, as God works through them to teach society members generosity, compassion and love.
By Natalie Seah