Catechism children visiting the altar servers’ booth during the Ministry Awareness Weekend at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul.

The Church of Sts Peter and Paul organised a Ministry Awareness Weekend from Feb 18-19 to create greater awareness of the various avenues one can serve in the parish.

The event, an initiative of the parish pastoral council, also served as an opportunity to facilitate greater community building among people who are already serving in ministries.

Parish priest, Carmelite Fr John Chua, kicked off the event with a Holy Hour. He reminded the 100 ministry members that charity should be at the heart of all ministry work and that ministry service should never be competitive or self-righteous.

Ministry members were also given a blessing during the 5.30pm Mass.

During the course of the weekend, 21 ministries set up booths to inform the parish community about their work. Among them was one set up by the Carmelite Friars, which served to create awareness of the Carmelite charism.

Organisers of the event also made special effort to reach out to catechumens and children from the catechetical programme.

There was a collaborative effort by the RCIA team, catechists and the organisers to arrange guided tours for catechumens and children so that they could gain greater insights regarding the various ministries in the parish.

As part of the programme, the parish’s choirs, ukulele team and the Cantonese apostolate put on performances that added to the vibrancy of the event.

These activities were well-received by parishioners.

“I liked the carnival atmosphere and camaraderie! Fellowship was really good!” shared choir member Christopher See.

Ms Irma Sarmiento, a Legion of Mary representative, shared, “All of us in the group enjoyed the bonding and felt extra happy that we received new memberships!”

Mr Dominic Koh, the organising chairperson, said that the parish could consider continuing this practice on an annual or bi-annual basis.

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