To commemorate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, the Commission for Apostolate of Mandarin-Speaking (CAMS) celebrated a bilingual Mass at the Church of St Bernadette on May 23.
The Mass was in response to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced in 2007 that May 24 was to be a a day of prayer for the Church in China. The event also hoped to appeal to local Catholics to show their concern for the Church in China.
The main celebrant of the Mass was Msgr Ambrose Vaz, concelebrated by Fr Paul Tong, Fr John Baptist Tou, Fr Paul Staes and Fr Peter Zhang. The apostolic nuncio to Singapore, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, was also present for the Mass.
During the homily, Msgr Vaz said that we are the body of Christ, and the Church in China is also part of the body of Christ, so we have a responsibility to pray for the Church in China. Before the end of Mass, Msgr Vaz led all present to pray at the statue of Our Lady of Sheshan, who is venerated in China.
A China worker who attended the Mass, Mr Li Jun Ci, expressed his thanks to the Singapore archdiocese for organising the event, while another Chinese worker, Mr Li Wei Hung, said that he is looking forward to see China’s Catholics and Catholics around the world join as one in the Body of Christ.
By Joseph Ho