Chinese migrants celebrate Lunar New Year at Nativity Church.
For the Chinese, Lunar New Year is a time of reunion with family members. But for the Chinese migrants who left their homes for Singapore, the holiday season is a time when they miss their families even more. As such parishes such as Blessed Sacrament Church and Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated the festive occasion with the migrants.
A group of parishioners from Holy City Ministry of Blessed Sacrament Church organised a reunion dinner with performances on Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb 2 for some 50 over Chinese migrants, mostly labourers who live in a dorm nearby the church.
The Holy City Ministry were assisted by volunteers from Gospel Station, an outreach arm to Chinese migrants from Nativity Church. Some Chinese migrants such as students and ‘study-mothers’ who are involved in Gospel Station’s activities also attended the celebration at Blessed Sacrament Church.
While welcoming strangers and bringing joy to those who are far away from home, Blessed Sacrament Church’s volunteers hope to share with people who have not heard about God that God blesses everyone.
Fr Anthony Hutjes, the parish priest welcomed the migrants and shared the blessings of God in his opening prayer.
The parishioners from Blessed Sacrament Church hope to offer some social services or faith formation classes to the migrants in the future.
Meanwhile, Gospel Station also organised a similar celebration on Feb 3, the first day of the Lunar New Year.
About 50 migrants turned up for the celebration that evening. They prepared dumplings as well as a dish each from their own hometowns. They also put on a skit based on biblical stories written by the church volunteers and a cross-talk that depicts the difficulties in communication between the migrants and Singaporeans.
By Darren Boon