“Maybe, I’ll be a missionary, working in neighbouring countries because I believe it’ll be more fulfilling than normal jobs,” said Darren Lim, 15, an altar server at St Anne’s Church.
Lim was among the 1,400 people who attended the Mission Sunday Mass held at St Anne’s Church on Oct 21.
Members of the Filipino, Indonesian, and Japanese Catholic communities, dressed in their traditional costumes, as well as Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity in their trademark blue-striped saris, were among those at the celebration.
In his homily, Archbishop Nicholas Chia mentioned that this year’s Mission Sunday actually coincided with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council as well as the start of the Year of Faith.
He said that for Christians to be effective, they must first examine their own faith and renew their spiritual zeal daily through prayer and the Sacraments.
They need to stand up for their beliefs but not in a forcefulmanner, he said.
Some participants shared their thoughts with CatholicNews after the Mass.
“This is my first time attending Mass at St Anne’s Church,” said Ms Junko Akaishi from the Japanese Catholic community. “It is wonderful to see so many people involved. They are so warm and united.”
Ms Agustina Kedang and Ms Fransiska Raga, representatives of the Indonesian group Keluarga Katolik Indonesia Singapore, shared that theirs is a community of about 3,000.
They said their group often travels to Batam, Johor and Malacca to help the poor.
Other mission groups at the Mass included ACTS29, Mission Awareness Group, Lay Missionary Community and New Evangelisation Team.
The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Francis Lee, Fr Robertus Sarwiseso, Fr Paul Staes, Fr Rafael Sambodo and Fr Kenson Koh.
It was coordinated by the Archdiocesan Commission for Missionary Activity (ACMA).
To find out more about ACMA, go to http://acma.sg.
By David Woon