Filipino maid Clarita Abanes’ tragic death at the Church of St Michael grabbed the headlines in local media recently.Catholics said that they are deeply saddened over the freak lift accident at the Church of St Michael which killed a Filipino maid and injured an elderly parishioner.

Ms Clarita Abanes, a Filipina domestic helper, was seriously injured during the May 16 tragedy and died on May 24. The other parishioner, who has been warded at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, is Madam Rose Tay.

The lift in question apparently had not been registered with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

Justin, a teenage parishioner from the Church of St Michael, said he was “saddened and shocked” over the tragedy.

Another parishioner, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Ong, said she read about the accident from the newspapers and feels “sad about the whole thing”.

An altar server, who requested anonymity, echoed Mrs Ong’s views, saying that his prayers are with the victims.

In a statement released to media, an archdiocese spokesperson said “what happened at the Church of St Michael’s was an accident and a tragedy”.

“Parish churches are entrusted to the parish priests who, as custodians, are responsible for their maintenance,” the spokesperson said, adding that “the parish priest is collaborating with the police and the BCA and is keeping the archbishop updated”

Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira told CatholicNews that he had visited Madam Tay in hospital, had anointed her and given her Holy Communion.

The hospital is under the pastoral care of Novena Church.

The Redemptorist priest added that while she was in pain when he visited her, she was thankful to God for being alive.

By Darren Boon
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