SINGAPORE - The Catholic Church celebrated World Mission Sunday on Oct 23. It was a day when all Christians were reminded that through their baptism, they have been commissioned by Christ to spread the Good News throughout the world.
A special Mass organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Missionary Activity (ACMA), at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the evening of World Mission Sunday, saw representatives from eight foreign Catholic communities in Singapore coming together to worship the Lord.
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The representatives, dressed in their national dresses, processed into the church at the beginning of the Mass, and each stepped forward to the lectern to deliver a prayer or sing a short song in their native language.
The priests who concelebrated the Mass with ACMA spiritual director Father Kenson Koh, were themselves representatives from international countries - Fathers Albert Renckens (Holland), Hans-Joachim Fogl (Germany), Antonio Gonzalez (Spain), Savarimuthu Soosaimanickam (India) and Thomas Curran (Ireland).
Father Kenson, in his homily, spoke of the need to play our part in bringing God's love to: 1) those who do not know Christ; 2) those who are already Christian and practising; 3) those who are baptised but have fallen away from the church.
He reminded the congregation that "mission is not just working for God; we become the work of God" and that "mission and prayer cannot be apart; they are two sides of the same coin".
Father Kenson also spoke of the need to support foreign missions through material means as well as through prayers, giving the example of missionaries in countries where they are unable to carry out the work of conversion.