Mr Lee Hsien Loong will be guest-of-honour.Mr Lee Hsien Loong will be guest-of-honour.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the guest-of-honour at the archdiocesan’s Joy SG50 Thanksgiving event on July 4.  

Mr Lee, who was educated in Catholic High School, will be accompanied by his wife, Madam Ho Ching. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, a former student of St Joseph’s Institution, will also be attending.

Besides the Thanksgiving Mass, one of the highlights of the Indoor Stadium event is a musical segment involving a group of young priests, nuns and lay-people.

The audience can look forward to the group showcasing their vocal and musical talents, including on the keyboard or with the saxophone or electric guitar.

According to the organisers, the programme flow will gain momentum progressively from being reflective to participatory and then to being spirited, with much of the dynamism left to the final 30 minutes when the “younger members of the Church” will take over with a high energy musical segment.

Priests and laypeople rehearsing for the SG50 celebration. Priests and laypeople rehearsing for the SG50 celebration. That’s when the motley band of sporting priests, nuns and laypeople will perform a few songs including Matt Maher and Ed Cash’s “As It Is In Heaven”.

The group, affectionately named Band of Brothers and Sisters, comprises Franciscan Friar Derrick Yap, Redemptorists Frs Eugene Lee and Terence Wee, Carmelite Friar Edward Lim, Jesuit Fr Mark Aloysius, Scheut Missions Fr Kamelus Kamus and diocesan priests Frs Joachim Chang, Valerian Cheong and Samuel Lim.

The singing nuns are Canossian Srs Christine and Josephine, Sr Linda from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, Verbum Dei Sr Monika and Daughters of St Paul Sr Wendy Ooi.

They will be supported by a 60-strong symphony orchestra from the Church of the Risen Christ and an 80-member choir from various parishes. Some of the songs will be livened up by a dance team made up of young adults including seminarians.

According to the organisers, the vibrancy is choreographed to reflect the joyous promise of tomorrow’s Church.

Friar Derrick, who is overseeing the archdiocese’s Joy SG50 celebrations, said that the future is one of hope “because we consecrate our nation to our Lord who is the Good Shepherd”.

“This post-Mass segment is also about the laity, Religious and priests praising the Lord together in song, and the earnest interaction between these three groups is the future being realised, the priestly prayer of Jesus bearing fruit.”

Info for ticket holders
The organisers of the Joy SG50 Mass are advising those who are going to the Indoor Stadium to take note of the following:
  • Use public transport as car park spaces are limited. Those who are driving should park at either the National Stadium or Kallang Leisure Park. The carpark at the Indoor Stadium is reserved for those with labels.
  • Those who are going by chartered buses should follow the directions of traffic marshals to the designated drop-off points.
  • The dress code for the event is smart casual.  Attendees are advised to take their lunch before going to the event as it is expected to end at about 4.30 pm. Only food and drinks sold inside the Indoor Stadium are allowed to be consumed on the premises.
  • Doors will open at noon. Guests are requested to be seated by 12.45 pm.
The congregation will be the first to sing some new Mass parts, like the Lord’s Prayer, Gloria and Lamb of God. The words remain the same but the melodies are co-written by Jesuit Fr Mark Aloysius and singer-songwriter Corrinne May. “They are written to make it easier to sing and to pray the Mass better,” said Fr Mark.

Those attending can visit sg50.catholic.sg to learn these new Mass parts.

Programme
12.30 pm: Praise and worship and pre-Mass programme (including a sharing by Fr Simon Pereira on his pastoral work among Catholic adults and youths in Singapore).

1.30 pm: Arrival of the guest-of-honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

1.35 pm to 4.15 pm:  
    •    Celebrating the Past (multimedia production)
    •    Sanctifying the Present (songs by Corrinne May; Mass)
    •    Envisioning the Future (young clergy, Religious and laity)


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