“Do things out of the ordinary. Mingle with people you normally would not, such as the poor and marginalised,” said Fr Clifford Augustine at this year’s World AIDS Day Mass, which was held on Nov 30 at the Church of St Mary of the Angels.
The Mass, which is held annually, was organised by the Catholic AIDS Response Effort (CARE), a Catholic Charity which provides care and support for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs).
Guests included friends and supporters, members and volunteers of CARE, and residents from the shelter home, run by the charity.
In his homily, Fr Augustine urged the congregation to pray during this Advent for a change in their lives, to do what God wishes for them; to bring God’s light into their lives so that they too can share it with others.
He added that a change of heart and stepping out of one’s comfort zone is required. He then asked the congregation to pray the prayer of the Prophet Isaiah from the first reading, that God will change them according to His wishes.
He made reference to people living with HIV/AIDs, who are often misunderstood and rejected not just by society, but by their families and loved ones as well.
This Advent is a good opportunity to remember these people who need care, love and compassion beyond monetary assistance, he said.
After Mass, guests had fellowship over dinner at St Clare Hall.