Daughters of St Paul Sisters and laypeople preparing food at the carnival held on July 31. Photos: LAWRENCE YAP

“It is very inspiring and encouraging to experience the solidarity of the various Religious congregations, coming together to share their blessings with their fellow Religious,” said Daughter of St Paul Sr Jocelyn Kwek.

She was referring to the Church of St Ignatius Carnival on July 31. Various Religious gathered to man food and game stalls to raise funds for the Cenacle Sisters and Daughters of St Paul in need of a new home. 

Fr Christopher Soh, parish priest of the Church of St Ignatius, taking part in the dunking machine game at the carnival. Dressed in their distinctive cassocks and habits, congregations such as the Canossian Daughters of Charity, Carmelite Fathers, Gabrielite Brothers, Infant Jesus Sisters, Missionaries of Charity and Religious of the Good Shepherd turned up to show their support for the two Religious communities.

With over 50 food stalls, 16 games stalls, and many other offerings, including a bouncy castle and a silent auction, there was fun for all those gathered.

The ever-popular dunking machine was also present. Special guests for the game included parish priest Fr Christopher Soh and Sr Wendy Ooi, superior of the Daughters of St Paul.

Over at the entertainment tent, there were contests for children plus several performances. Among those taking to the stage was Scheut Missions Fr Kamelus Kamus, who serenaded the crowd with his smooth vocals.

The carnival was also part of the parish feast day celebrations.

Noticing the difference from other carnivals, Mr Noel Liu, a parishioner, remarked: “The parish community coming together with the various Religious communities was a sight to behold, but importantly it is exactly what it means to be a community of Christians.”

Cenacle Sr Linda Lizada added that “the atmosphere was one of pure joy!”

By Keith Neubronner