Fr Joachim Chang speaking at the first Palm Sunday Mass of the yet-to-be built Church of the Transfiguration. The celebration was held at Holy Innocents’ High School.Fr Joachim Chang speaking at the first Palm Sunday Mass of the yet-to-be built Church of the Transfiguration. The celebration was held at Holy Innocents’ High School.

Leaders and well-wishers of the yet-to-be-built Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) in Punggol gathered to celebrate their very first monthly Mass on Palm Sunday.

The March 20 event was held at the school hall of Holy Innocents’ High School on Upper Serangoon Road. The 150-strong congregation sang and waved their palms as the Palm Sunday procession made its way from the hall entrance to the altar onstage.

The Mass was celebrated by parish priest Fr Joachim Chang and assistant parish priest Fr Ignatius Yeo.

As many of the church’s liturgical ministries are still not formed, wardens from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour were on hand to assist at the Mass, alongside altar servers, lectors and communion ministers from other parishes.

The choir however, comprised the newly-formed COTT choir, singing for the very first time at Mass.  

In his homily, Fr Joachim stressed that COTT had to be truly life-changing and life-giving for all its parishioners.  

After Mass, Fr Joachim introduced the members of his parish council and the COTT steering committee. He encouraged the congregation to volunteer their services in the various ministries of the new church.

Commenting on the celebration to CatholicNews, Fr Joachim said, “It was a wonderful start to building the community of parishioners in COTT. Like the small mustard seed which grows quickly into a big tree in the Bible parable, so we look forward to our community growing in the months to come.  

“There is still so much to do, and we hope that word will spread to all Punggol parishioners to come join our monthly Mass and to offer their services generously to the new church, “ he added.

The first Mass to be held in the new church is scheduled for March next year.

The next monthly COTT mass will be held on April 17 at the same venue at 3 pm. For more information on COTT, visit www.transfiguration.sg

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