SINGAPORE – The Singapore archdiocese closed the Year of St. Paul with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul on Jun 29.

Among the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul’s many activities to celebrate the year was one encouraging people to read at least one epistle of St. Paul. This took the form of a Pledge Book which people were asked to sign. To encourage participation, the parish even produced an audio CD of a few of St. Paul’s epistles to help visually-impaired pledge-takers fulfil their pledge. Some 2,000 persons eventually signed the pledge. The book will be sent to Rome as a sign of the local Church’s response to the year.

A retreat and two “i-Paul” camps to help the young get to know St. Paul and how to emulate him, through games, skits and video, were also held.

Parishioner Raphaella Delores Gomez said that she felt “very sad” as the special year drew to a close. She was wondering if it could be extended, “when Our Holy Father declared the Year for Priests and identified St. Paul with it as he was ‘a splendid model to imitate’. According to him, the Apostle of the Gentiles is an example of a priest totally identified with his ministry. It then struck me! Year for Priests is actually a continuation of the Year of St. Paul.”

By Joyce Gan

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