The upcoming Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) Day is a good opportunity to help new citizens in Catholic parishes learn about the Church’s relations with other religions, says Canossian Sr Theresa Seow.
The special event would also help these people appreciate Singapore’s diversity, says Sr Therersa, who is the IRO honorary secretary.
The 62nd Inter-Religious Organisation Day Annual Observance will be held on March 20 from 8.00am-12.30pm at the Marina Barrage.
There will be an exhibition which will feature a panel on Christianity, and “nothing beats the presence of seeing Christians, especially Catholics, who are ready to stand side by side with people of other religions”, said Sr Theresa.
She also appealed for Church volunteers to come forward to work alongside those of other faiths to help manage the day’s activities. Volunteers can register with the IRO.
This year’s annual observance coincides with World Water Day and the IRO will be working with the Public Utilities Board (PUB) on this event.
Faith and water are very much linked, says Sr Theresa. Water has a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religions as it cleanses both externally and spiritually, although its significance is different among the different faiths, she says.
Some of the day’s events include an exhibition on the various religions, free goodie bags, taiji, kite flying, and dragon-boat racing.
A large kite with the IRO logos will be flown by religious leaders to represent the harmony among the various faith communities.
Brunch will also be served, but not in plastic or Styrofoam containers, so as to send out a message on the need to preserve the environment.
“Come and join the interreligious communities. Invite friends, colleagues and parishioners who are new citizens of Singapore,” said Sr Theresa. “In this way, they too will come to appreciate the diversity while enjoying the harmony and peace among the people in Singapore.”
She added the Catholic Church is an active member of the IRO and the Church’s presence expresses “our untiring support for the interreligious movement”.
Be advised that there will be parking constraints at Marina Barrage on that day.
By Darren Boon