SINGAPORE – The sky above SAFRA Tampines was clear with the sun shining brightly over the the football field on the morning of Nov 29 when altar servers from 14 parishes gathered for the Archdiocesan Archbishop’s Cup Tournament.
Their day began with their heads bowed in prayer as Father Ignatius Yeo said the opening prayers. Father Ignatius is assistant priest at Church of the Holy Family. He was acting as chaplain for the altar servers as chaplain Father Christopher Lee was away on pilgrimage.
Archbishop Nicholas Chia came for the final football matches.
He had praises for the altar boys, referring to them as the “closest to the altar of the Lord”, and sensing a “family atmosphere”, he praised the organisers and all present. He handed trophies to all winners and runners-up.
The tournament was organised by Church of the Holy Family Altar Server’s Society, led by Joshua Maniar and James Kwa. The tournament had been absent from the diocesan scene for two years.
Teams competed in four categories: Under 20s, Under 15s, Under 12s and Parents. Fathers of
altar servers gamely took up the challenge and participated actively
in the Parents category created for them. Five teams in that category competed against each other.
- By Junita Decruz