Tampines parish marks 25 years
The Church of The Holy Trinity marked its 25th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh, a food and funfair, and dinner.
The May 31 celebrations on the feast day of the parish were the culmination of a series of jubilee activities.
These included Bible talks, a day of recollection led by Archbishop Goh, a blood donation drive, family fun walk, movie nights, and a spiritual event titled “25 hours of prayer and devotion”.
Parishioners also received a special silver jubilee souvenir during the feast day celebrations.
The building of the Church of the Holy Trinity was commissioned by the late Archbishop Gregory Yong in 1998. Fr Paul Tay, the first parish priest, saw to the design and building of the church, which officially opened its doors on Oct 28, 1990.
The Parish Renewal Experience (PRE) was used as the key instrument in building the community.
The three-storey church is built in the shape of a fish and had skylights over several sections.
The interior of the main church was designed to illustrate salvation history. Its stained glass panels feature scenes from the Old and New Testaments. There was even a water fountain that lined the middle aisle of the church.
The sanctuary was also surrounded by lush greenery and stuffed wildlife animals.
As the years progressed, so did the church’s population. The church went through a major renovation in 2006 to accommodate a crowd of 14,000.
When present parish priest Fr Edward Lim was posted to the parish in late 2009, he decided to restart the PRE programme to build a more vibrant community.
Currently, about 40 percent of parishioners are migrants, mostly Filipinos, living in and around Tampines.