The procession around the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd led by Archbishop William Goh.

By Jared Ng

A prayerful candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament was the highlight of the Feast of Corpus Christi celebration at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Led by Archbishop William Goh, about 1,000 faithful recited prayers and sang hymns as they made their way around the cathedral compound on June 3.

Msgr Philip Heng, cathedral rector, guided those present with reflective questions and prayers as the procession stopped at four points – at the statues of St John Paul II, Mary, the Homeless Jesus and a wire sculpture of the crucified Christ.

Many others seated in the cathedral viewed the procession through a live video broadcast.

In his homily, Archbishop Goh urged Catholics to make the Eucharist the “real power and strength in life.”

It is the Lord inviting us to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, he said.

Through the Eucharist, “we become what we eat. We become what we receive,” he said.

Msgr Philip Heng, cathedral rector, leading a guided reflection.

For many Catholics, attending Mass has become a ritual rather than an active participation in the Eucharist, said Archbishop Goh.

Only when you prepare your hearts and actively participate in the Mass by praising God can we live the Mass in our lives, Archbishop Goh said.

He also emphasised the need to come together to receive the Eucharist as a community.

“To receive the Eucharist means to journey with our brothers and sisters. We can’t do it alone,” he said.

The celebration also saw the cathedral’s Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion renew their commitment to their ministry. 


About 1,000 faithful joined in the candlelight procession.

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