Montfort Junior School students watch as the balloon rosary floats above their heads on May 12.

Montfort Junior School students and teachers looked on in awe as a giant balloon rosary floated above their heads right up to the highest level of the four-storey school building.

Made up of 59 helium-filled yellow and blue balloons complete with a balloon-shaped cross, the special structure was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mother Mary’s first appearance to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917.

To prevent the structure from flying off, four ends were tethered to the school courtyard.

Before the release of the balloon rosary during the May 12 school celebration, about 130 Catholic students recited the Glorious Mysteries joined by teachers, parents and Br Dominic Yeo-Koh, Supervisor of the Gabrielite Schools. 

A student tying his prayer card to the balloon rosary.


Students and teachers look on as the balloon rosary soars upwards.

By Jared Ng
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