It was about three years ago that the Italian-speaking Catholic community came together officially to attend Sunday Mass together, said its chaplain Fr Timothy Yeo.
The priest celebrates Mass with the community on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s Maris Stella Chapel on Holland Road. The number of Mass attendees varies between 20 and 40, Fr Yeo told CatholicNews.
Sometimes the Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, celebrates Mass with the community, said Fr Yeo, assistant priest at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The community also gathers to celebrate Christmas with a Mass followed by potluck.
Meanwhile, children and teenagers attend catechism in parishes such as Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Church of St Ignatius.
Fr Yeo also conducts confession and weddings for the community upon request. He has also conducted a funeral Mass for a member of the community.
For information on the Italian Catholic community in Singapore, visit http://www.messasingapore.org This is an occasional series highlighting foreign communities.
By Darren Boon