Members of the Prized Possessions young adults group from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour posing with their Nativity crib.

Some working adults from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour have created a Nativity crib which would go on display in an exhibition in Paris.

The exhibition, which showcases Nativity cribs, will be held at the Church of St Georges in Paris from Dec 14 to Jan 8. It is organised by French priest Fr Pierre de Parcevaux in support of La Luciole, an association which he started, and which ministers to young drug abusers and their families.

Adults pay 2 euros (S$3.50) and children pay 1 euro for admission. The proceeds go to La Luciole.

Members of the group working on their crib.

The young adults at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) came to know about this project through their spiritual director Fr Bruno St Girons, assistant priest at OLPS, and a friend of Fr Pierre.

After some research, the group, which calls itself Prized Possessions, decided to make a pop-up crib out of cardboard for portability. Fr Bruno’s mother is to take it to France after visiting Singapore, said Ms Abigail Goh, a member of the group.

The group, which has about 10 regular members, spent two Wednesday evenings in October working on the crib. They drew figures on cardboard, cut them out, and then assembled the crib together.

Ms Marlene Teo, 32, said the group thought it would be a fun project to work on as a community, and which would put some of the members’ scrapbooking hobbies to good use.

The project also allows people to experiment with their creativity, said Mr Philip Low, another group member.

Prized Possessions was formed by some friends two years ago. Having such a peer support group helps members journey together in faith rather than merely attending Sunday Mass, said Ms Teo. It also allows young working adults, who have been baptised after their RCIA, to continue their faith journey within a community, she added.

The group meets once a fortnight to share the Word of God, discuss issues such as bioethics, or pray the Rosary and other prayers.

Ms Jaclyn Lam, who is in her late twenties, said that coming together as a group helps her to pray and get to know more people from the church community. She is also able to learn from other members who have attended Church-organised courses, she added.

Mr Low said he hopes more parishes and young working adults would form such communities.

By Darren Boon
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