Canossian Sr Doreen assisting guests with lunch at the Church of Stephen on Oct 17.Canossian Sr Doreen assisting guests with lunch at the Church of Stephen on Oct 17.
A total of 457 people, ranging from the elderly to families, attended a celebration organised by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Conference of the Church of St Stephen (CSS), in collaboration with the various ministries of the parish.

The celebration, held on Oct 17, was titled Let’s Get to Know our Neighbour.

The idea, initiated by SSVP in collaboration with CSS, was also part of the SG50 initiative and aimed to reach out to the underprivileged in the vicinity of the church.

The event was divided into two sessions to cater to the large number of guests.

The first session, held from 8am to 11am saw 147 beneficiaries from the Care Community Services Society visit the church.

In the second session held from 11.30am to 2.15pm, 225 beneficiaries from the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society Family Service Centre and the Seniors Activity Centre visited the church.
 
Volunteers from the Church of Stephen (in blue shirts) take time to serve others on Oct 17. Volunteers from the Church of Stephen (in blue shirts) take time to serve others on Oct 17. The remaining 85 beneficiaries from CSS SSVP, were divided between the two sessions.

The guests were transported to the church by chartered buses from designated pick up points by representatives from CSS SSVP and the parish’s youth ministry. They were sent back to the drop off points after the celebration ended.

About 148 volunteers from CSS SSVP, Caritas Young Adults, the different ministries in the parish, parishioners and RCIA participants as well as their friends and relatives, were involved in serving the guests.

In addition to enjoying the games, the lucky draw, and live performances by the music ministry of the parish, the guests were also invited for a tour of the church, conducted by the parish’s catechists.Volunteers from the Church of Stephen (in blue shirts) take time to serve others on Oct 17. Volunteers from the Church of Stephen (in blue shirts) take time to serve others on Oct 17.

The tour covered the main icons such as the statue of St Stephen, the stained glass in the church featuring the stations of the cross, as well as the grotto of Our Lady. 

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