Friar Derrick Yap explaining to Christians from other churches about confessionalsFriar Derrick Yap explaining to Christians from other churches about confessionals
An ecumenical gathering for young Christians, hosted by a Catholic parish, was an enjoyable experience for Mr Danny Watt, a 30-year old Anglican.

It helped Christians from other Churches “to understand more clearly the Catholic perspective”, he said.

Mr Watt was among 25 young people, aged between 17 and 33, who attended an ecumenical gathering on Jan 31 at the Church of St Mary of the Angels.

The parish’s Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE) organised the event to promote Christian unity in a conflict-ridden world.
It had invited neighbouring Christian churches join in for an evening of fellowship and sharing.

The participants were equally divided among Catholics and other Christians. The Catholics came from the host parish, while most of the other participants came from the Aldersgate Methodist Church, the Covenant Community Methodist Church, and the Trinity Theological College.
The evening event began with participants singing the hymn, All Are Welcome. They also sang How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin.

Franciscan Friar Derrick Yap gave a short sharing on how Pope Francis chose the name of “Francis”, and how his choice emphasised how Christians could reach out to the poor.

Participants engaging in a group sharing.Participants engaging in a group sharing.
Participants also watched a video on the importance of sharing the Gospel. They then shared what evangelising meant to them, and the challenges they faced in doing so.

Through the sharings, the participants found out that they had much in common when it came to living out the Gospel. They also agreed that Christian unity was something possible and discussed how they could achieve it together.

Fr Derrick then gave participants a tour of the parish.

Throughout the tour, participants were seen mingling and discussing the symbolism behind the church’s architecture and its link to the Catholic Church’s liturgy and rites.

By Ryan Colond

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