Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia with Fr Aloysius Ong (left) and Fr Donatien Davaine who were dressed as Jedis at the movie screening of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Volunteers and well-wishers of the Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) took time off during the December holidays to catch the latest Star Wars saga – Star Wars: the Force Awakens, at the Grand Cathay on Dec 28.

About 50 children from various children’s organisations including Arc Children’s Centre, Care Community Services Society, Society of the Father and Son, and Boys’ Town were also invited to enjoy the evening’s festivities.

With a near full-house capacity of 594 seats taken up by the church, the exclusive movie screening was attended by special guests Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia and Dr Tan Cheng Bock, together with Fr Joachim Chang, parish priest of COTT, who presented gifts to the children to spread the joy of Christmas.

Fr Aloysius Ong and Fr Donatien Davaine further enlivened the evening by turning up in full Jedi costumes complete with flashing lightsabres to the delight of all present.

At the event, Dr Tan, a veteran community leader and well-known advocate for family causes, said that “with the new church being built in the new township of Punggol, it presents a wonderful opportunity for Catholics to interact with other non-Christian communities there.”

“Events such as tonight’s movie show the Catholic Church’s progressive effort to outreach and contribute to the wider society.”

COTT will have a fundraising gala dinner and philanthropic golf tournament on Jan 17 and Mar 31 respectively. To find out more about these events and how you can donate to the building fund, visit