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Deaf participants taking part in the Mass for People with Special Needs on Oct 29. Photo: VITA Images

“People with special needs invite us to love and give of ourselves; they purify us in our love,” said Archbishop William Goh during a Mass for people with special needs.

The Mass, held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Oct 29, was organised by the Office for Catechesis (OFC) for the fifth time.

The aim of the Mass was to enable those with special needs, especially children and teens, to participate fully in the Eucharistic celebration that they learn about in catechesis.

Persons with special needs “draw out from us the capacity to love unconditionally and to love them simply for who they are. In their innocence, weakness and vulnerability, we see the beauty and love of God in them,” said Archbishop Goh.

He stressed that in the present time, a civil and progressive country is measured not by what it achieves, but by its compassion for the underprivileged.

“How happy we are”, Archbishop Goh said, “is dependent on our capacity to love, and how compassionate we are.”

He noted that while many people measure success in terms of career, material things and wealth; if one has no heart, one will be miserable, he said.

There were 95 persons with special needs at the event, including 30 from the Singapore Catholic Deaf Community.

Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing were also present.

There were three altar servers with special needs who were guided by their fellow servers throughout the Mass.

A number of parishes volunteered for the Mass including the St Theresa’s choir from St Anne’s Church, the communion ministers from the Church of The Transfiguration and the cathedral’s wardens.

Other volunteers from different parishes also helped with the registration and distribution of gifts.

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