Fr Terence Pereira celebrating the Catholic Prayer Society’s inaugural lunchtime Mass at Changi Business Park.Fr Terence Pereira celebrating the Catholic Prayer Society’s inaugural lunchtime Mass at Changi Business Park.
Catholics working in the Changi Business Park can now attend weekday lunchtime Masses just like their office counterparts in other areas in Singapore.

About 110 workers attended the Catholic Prayer Society’s (CPS) inaugural lunchtime Mass, held at the business park’s UE Convention Centre’s Meeting Room on Aug 20.

In his homily, Fr Terence Pereira, the society’s spiritual director, noted that in today’s world, things are seldom fair. Some are paid more, while others less. As believers, Catholics should simply do the work they are called to do, because what matters to God in the end when we meet Him is what we, and not what others, have done, he said.

The new lunchtime Mass at Changi was welcomed by those who attended.

It is “a good break from our busy work schedules and it allows us to praise God”, said one participant, Ms Casilda Kwok.

Another participant, Mr Lawrence Thambyiah, said he enjoys the fellowship which comes from a “smaller congregation and the warmth of the smiles from total strangers”.

The idea to have lunchtime Masses in Changi was first mooted by some members of Couples for Christ who work in offices at the Changi Business Park, and who had previously attended CPS lunchtime Masses in the city.

Some Masses were then held from May to July to gauge the availability of venues and the response of working Catholics in the Changi area. The response was good, with attendance averaging 100 for each Mass.

The service team then decided to continue holding the lunchtime Masses.

The weekly Masses are held at 12.15pm every Wednesday and on days of obligation at the UE Convention Centre’s Meeting Room or the Auditorium.  For more details, contact Irene (9690-2712) or Ode (9649-6517).

Other Catholic Prayer Society lunchtime Masses

Orchard. Grand Hyatt Hotel, 10 Scotts Road (see event board for room allocation). Fridays: 12.40 pm, 1.20 pm.

Outram. Level 1 Auditorium, Alumni Medical Centre, 2 College Road, SGH Campus. Wednesdays: 12.15 pm.

Raffles. The 3rd Space, #B1-05, 18 Cross Street, China Square Central. Wednesdays: 11.30 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm.

Shenton Way. Level 2 Sectional Practice Room, Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way. Fridays: 12.20 pm, 1.20 pm.

Suntec City. Kids Performing Academy of the Arts, #02-29/30, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk. Tuesdays: 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm.

Jurong East. Munich Room, German Centre, 25 International Business Park (check CPS website for availability). Fridays: 12.15 pm.

Lunchtime Masses are also held on days of obligation at the same times. Visit www.cps.org.sg for more information on CPS, and http://www.cps.org.sg/centres/mass.php for updates.


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