OCTOBER 18, 2015, Vol 65, No 21

More than 1,000 migrants attend Migrant Sunday event

Migrants from countries such as Myanmar, Indonesia and India presenting gifts during the Migrant Sunday Mass.Migrants from countries such as Myanmar, Indonesia and India presenting gifts during the Migrant Sunday Mass.

The Migrant Sunday celebration organised recently by the Church here represented “unity for all the races”, said Ms Rhodora, 51. “Everybody cheered for each other,” said the Filipino domestic worker, “we feel like we belong”.

Ms Rhodora was one of more than 1,000 migrant workers who gathered at the Church of Divine Mercy on Sept 27 to celebrate Migrant Sunday, a yearly Church event to honour migrants.

It was organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) together with the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP).

SSVP also provided bus transport for migrants from parishes to the venue.

The communities represented during the celebration included the Chinese, German, Filipino, Indonesian, Malayalam, Myanmar, Sri Lankan, Tamil and Vietnamese communities.
Singapore poet, Dr Anne Lee (above), conducted a workshop which helped participants learn how poetry is a way of praying.Singapore poet, Dr Anne Lee (above), conducted a workshop which helped participants learn how poetry is a way of praying.

Writing creatively, especially the writing of poetry, can help one connect with God even when one is not consciously doing so.

This was a point stressed by acclaimed Singapore poet, Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, at a full-day workshop held at CANA – The Catholic Centre on Sept 26.

The workshop, titled On Earth as it is in Heaven: Connecting with God through Poetry, aimed to show participants how poetry is a way of praying, and how the simplest poem can be the deepest prayer.

“To work with words, especially creatively, is to touch and connect with God because all words are holy,” Dr Lee, a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, told the 15 participants.
The De Vita Christi Youth Community from the Church of St Ignatius plans to lead a contingent of 70 pilgrims to World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

An Information Day on Oct 24 has been scheduled for those interested, and will be held in the church’s Annexe Hall at 120 King’s Road from 10am-1pm.

The WYD trip itself will be from July 14 to Aug 2, 2016, and the age range for participants is 18-30.

As part of the pre-WYD preparation, pilgrims will be involved in the MAGIS programme in Poland, which aims to help pilgrims experience Jesus’ unconditional love and discover His presence in everyday life.

This programme will be from July 15-25 and is a prelude to WYD which begins on July 26.

Registration for the Information Day may be done at tinyurl.com/MAGISWYD2016.

Br Jean-Denis Gervais passed away on Sept 29.Br Jean-Denis Gervais passed away on Sept 29.
Br Jean-Denis Gervais, SG, of the Brothers of St Gabriel in Singapore, has passed away. He had suffered cancer of the prostate and of the bones in his final years and returned to the Lord on the evening of Sept 29.

He was 85.

Br Denis was born on March 7, 1930, in Quebec, Canada. He arrived in Singapore in 1967 and served as a Math and Science teacher in St Gabriel’s Secondary School until his retirement in 2002.

Br Denis will be remembered for his great cheerfulness and love.

Br Gervais’ funeral Mass was scheduled for Oct 3 at St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah), followed by cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

We invite you to pray for him in your Masses and prayers.

Submitted by CHANCERY OFFICE
Fr Antoni Ponnudurai passed away on Sept 23.Fr Antoni Ponnudurai passed away on Sept 23.Fr Antoni Ponnudurai, SJ, of the Kingsmead Jesuit community in Singapore has passed away. 

He had been admitted to hospital after a heart attack on Sept 17 and returned to the Lord in the early morning of Sept 23. He was 83.

Fr Ponnudurai was born on March 22, 1932, as the eldest of five children. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Madurai, India, at the age of 19 and was ordained a priest on March 19,  1964.

He professed his final vows as a Jesuit six years later.

Fr Ponnudurai served in Mauritius and Medan before he was sent to serve the Malaysian Tamil-speaking communities in 1978.

After 10 years as the parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Kuala Lumpur, Fr Ponnudurai was sent to Singapore to minister to the Church of St Ignatius and the apostolate of Tamil-speaking Catholics in Singapore.