Fr Patrick Goh, parish priest of Holy Family Church, with members of the Japanese Catholic community and CHARIS board members, at a reception after Mass.

A Mass was held recently at the Church of the Holy Family to pray for those affected by the disasters in Japan.

It was organised by the Singapore Catholic Japanese Group and CHARIS (Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives) on April 10.

During the celebration, members of Japanese Catholic community presented the gifts of bread and wine, while other members led in singing two Japanese hymns.

Homemade Japanese cupcakes and cookies were also sold before and after the Mass and a total of $11,116.90 was raised.

“It was sad that the disaster happened, but I’m happy to see the Japanese community coming together to help each other,” said Sr Yumiko, a Japanese nun from the Franciscan Sisters of the Annunciation, who is pre- sently learning English in Singapore.

CHARIS has provided an urgent grant of $126,000 to Caritas Japan in early March and says it will be giving more.

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