Theodora Hui working on a caricature while two boys try out the games at the stall.

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary parishioners say the parish’s participation in a neighbourhood Lunar New Year carnival is a form of outreach and creates public awareness of the church.

The parish contributed two game stalls and one food stall to the carnival at the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Chingay 2011 on Feb 13.

Matthew25, the parish’s soup kitchen, contributed the food stall. Rosalind Lee, a representative from Matthew25 said that participation in such an event helps “create awareness of the soup kitchen in the community”.

The soup kitchen operates from Mondays to Saturdays and offers breakfast and lunch to the needy.

Working the game stalls were the youth of the parish. It is the first time for the parish youth like Deborah Tan, Gabriel Patrick and Theodora Hui who are representing the church in a community event.

It is “something new” for the youth, and the main purpose is to create awareness for the church, Tan said.

Patrick told CatholicNews that the game stalls are a small contribution and outreach to the general community.

Hui who was putting her talent in drawing caricatures to good use say she feels that she is contributing to the church.

Parish priest Fr Henry Siew told CatholicNews that the event organisers invited the church to take part.

He added: “I think it’s an opportunity to showcase the church in a way to make known the church to the public.”

The celebration was jointly organised by People’s Association, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Citizens Consultative Committee, Northeast Community Development Council and Aljunied Town Council.

The carnival was held at the open field in Hougang Avenue 10, near the MRT Station and Bus Interchange.

By Darren Boon
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