It was a sunny Sunday morning on Sept 6 as more than 100 volunteers, well-wishers and future parishioners of the Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) assembled at Punggol Waterway Park at Sentul Crescent for a charity walkathon.
MP Teo Ser Luck flagged off the participants, who walked a distance of 1 km along the scenic Punggol Waterway and Recreation Park, chatting and laughing along the way.
“This is the first of many activities that we will organise to engage the Catholic residents of Punggol,” said Fr Joachim Chang, who has been appointed parish priest of the upcoming church.
“It is also the first time that all our well-wishers and supporters have come together for a COTT event. Although it was not a huge crowd, the atmosphere was warm and caring. I think it is a great start to how we build the new church – one event at a time, with one heart and will.”
The event was part of the organising team’s fundraising efforts to raise $60 million to build the new church. About $1.8 million have been raised so far and a series of parish visits will start in October to create awareness of and raise funds for the church.
COTT is expected to have one of the largest numbers of parishioners in Singapore. With more than 95,000 young families setting up home in the brand new town of Punggol, the church is expected to serve some 15,000 Catholics and be a prime harvesting ground for evangelisation.
The building is entering its next phase of construction after the recent completion of piling works for its foundations.
The church expects to officially open its doors for Masses in March 2017.