first Tagalog Mass
Filipinos from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and members of other Filipino communities at the Tagalog Mass on Oct 15.

Oct 15 marked the establishment of the first Filipino community at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

About 400 Filipinos from the parish and members of other Filipino communities came to support the budding community at its first Tagalog Mass celebrated by Scheut Missions Fr Charlie Oasan.

In his homily, Fr Charlie expressed his conviction that those who moved to Singapore to work were not just called to earn money and leave the country without making an impact on the lives of those around them. They were called to also serve God in His mission.

He encouraged them to participate fully in the life of the local community.

In true Filipino spirit, members of the various Filipino communities in the East District volunteered as choir members, wardens, communion ministers, cooks and food servers. They were also assisted by Singaporeans from the parish.

The Filipino community, called Sparkle (Singapore Pinoys Advocating a sense of Renewal, Kindness and Love through Evangelisation), aims to give Filipinos a sense of belonging and integration into the parish community.

The idea to start a Filipino community was raised by the parish council in response to Archbishop William Goh’s observation that a third of Catholics in Singapore are not local and that there is a need to find ways to attract and integrate them into local parishes.

The next Tagalog Mass at the parish is scheduled for Nov 19 at 3 pm, with the rosary in Tagalog at 2.30 pm.