The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) celebrated its 65th anniversary by holding Novena Masses based on the theme of the family in the Kingdom of God from Sept 10-18.
The Masses were celebrated by priests from other churches alongside the parish’s three priests – parish priest Fr J J Fenelon, Fr Stanislaus Pang and Fr Paul Yeo.
Each night saw a different priest delivering a homily on topics ranging from the family in God’s plan, the Holy Family as a model, faith formation in the family, being single, the dignity of the human person, family discipleship, challenges to the family, family life and Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCC).
On the parish’s feast day Mass on Sept 20, Msgr Philip Heng spoke about the family being missionary disciples in the modern world during his homily.
The congregation also heard how families had to place Christ at the centre as each and every one of us belonged to a family, if not in blood relations then as members of a community in the NCCs.
At present, OLSS serves Catholics living and working in the Sembawang-Nee Soon district. It caters to a parish population of 6,000 which is set to grow to 7,000 once several housing developments are ready.