Archbishop celebrates Mass with prison inmates
Make full use of the time in prison to reform and rehabilitate and spend time in prayer and reflection. Those were some pointers that over 60 inmates received from Archbishop William Goh during a special Mass on July 25.
With assistance from 35 volunteers of the Roman Catholic Prison Ministry (RCPM) and officers from the Singapore Prison Service, an annual Mass for the inmates was held in the Cluster A Changi Prison’s Complex auditorium.
RCPM prison chaplains Fr Kenny Tan, Redemptorist Fr Eugene Lee, Scheut Missions Fr Paul Staes and Maryknoll Fr Francis Leong were also present.
Before the Mass, there was a praise and worship session, followed by prison chaplains hearing inmates’ confessions.
Other pointers which Archbishop Goh mentioned in his homily included:
• Do not dwell in the past but learn from mistakes made.
• Consider what needs to be done now and in the future.
• Help each other in prison and be good and supportive to one another.
• Be determined to change and be healed.
• Allow God’s grace to effect change.
Following the Mass, the archbishop met each inmate personally, giving his blessings and words of encouragement.
RCPM volunteer Ms Jzen Ana Wee shared that seeing His Grace’s humility and warmth towards the inmates touched her deeply.
Meanwhile on July 20, in conjunction with this year’s Prison’s Week, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary held a Mass where Archbishop William Goh, during his homily, urged the congregation to “not be judgemental of those who have fallen foul of the law because we do not know the background and circumstances surrounding the offender and why he committed the offence”.
RCPM volunteers, guests from the Prison Fellowship International, Prison Fellowship Singapore, Singapore Prison Service, partners Caritas and Clarity as well as ex-offenders were part of the congregation.
For more information on RCPM, visit www.rcpm.org.sg