Twenty-four children had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

The Italian Catholic community celebrated First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation for 34 of its members recently.

The events, held on May 13 and May 19 respectively, were believed to be the first time that the community celebrated these sacraments as a community and in their own language.

On May 13, 24 children, aged eight to 14, had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, surrounded by their parents and friends. The chaplain of the community, Fr Timothy Yeo, who speaks Italian, celebrated the Mass which was filled with song and cheer.

On May 19, nine teenagers, aged 13 to 16, and one adult were confirmed at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul.

Archbishop Joseph Marino, Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia and Timor-Leste and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, celebrated the sacrament in Italian, together with Msgr Yovko Pishtiyski, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Apostolic Nunciature in Singapore and Fr Timothy.

Ten other children celebrated their Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul.

The Italian Catholic community started in Singapore around 2011. From meeting once a month to attending Mass in Italian, they eventually held weekly Masses.

Over the past months and for the first time, the community conducted catechism classes in Italian for their members at the Catholic Centre on Waterloo St. Previously, members attended catechism classes in English at various parishes.

The Italian community currently has about 150 members.

For more information on the Italian Catholic community, email: [email protected]