(Left) Archbishop Nicholas Chia prays before blessing the specially sculptured statue (below) of St. Damien of Molokai. Photos by Ian Carnegie and Patricia Ang

SINGAPORE – After a week-long celebration in Blessed Sacrament Church (BSC), the highlight of Father Damien's canonisation was the Mass and the dinner. The church was beautifully decorated and was packed with parishioners and invited guests. The celebrant of the Mass was Archbishop Nicholas Chia with 11 priests from various parishes concelebrating. There were representatives from the various organisations who participated by carrying their organisation flags.

Archbishop Chia blessed a specially sculptured statue of St. Damien at the Mass.

Dinner afterwards was held in the church compound with 70 tables of guests present. Entertainment was provided by the St. Francis band, Damien Youth Choir, Filipino group, El-Shaddai, Indonesian Brothers, Terry Costelo and the BSC band. Participants of a lucky draw walked away with exciting gifts.

“I felt the Exco and the various sub-committees did a wonderful job in bringing literally the whole church together and this is something I am seeing for the very first time and where the lay faithful and the clergy coming and working together as ‘One Body Of Christ’, said Mr Noel, Parish Pastoral Council chairman.

There was great fellowship and it was indeed a night of celebration not only for the parishioners of BSC but also our Sacred Hearts Fathers who are very honoured to have a saint from their congregation.

“I enjoyed the string of events, including dinner and entertainment. Moving forward, let us take St. Damien as our role model and serve to the end,” said Mr Edwin Soo, parish catechist coordinator.

By Patricia Ang

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