Fr Johnson Fernandez (left) and Msgr Ambrose Vaz blessing the hands of nurses and healthcare professionals  during the Nurses’ Day Mass at Divine Mercy Church.Fr Johnson Fernandez (left) and Msgr Ambrose Vaz blessing the hands of nurses and healthcare professionals during the Nurses’ Day Mass at Divine Mercy Church.

Singapore – More than 250 Catholic nurses and healthcare professionals gathered at Divine Mercy Church on Aug 23 for their annual Mass to celebrate Nurses’ Day, and also to mark SG50.

Msgr Ambrose Vaz, who was the main celebrant for the Mass, commended the nurses for their commitment and the important role they play in Singapore as they form the backbone of healthcare.

During the celebration, the nurses pledged to perform their duties in accordance with Christian values, and to have an enlightened conscience about the ethical problems posed by medical and social developments.

During the Mass, the nurses had their hands blessed as they have the task of protecting life, caring for the sick and assisting the dying.

The Mass was organised by the Catholic Nurses Guild (CNG).

Part of their programme includes regular visits to the Catholic Aids Response Effort (CARE), befriending the patients and bringing lunch to them.

CNG helps out fortnightly in the free clinic at the Church of the Risen Christ. They also provide free weekly healthcare training  to care givers under the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI).

Members of CNG also travel annually for mission trips to countries like China and Myammar.

In Myanmar, they conduct healthcare sessions for supervisors of the Catholic boarding homes.

Recently, CNG went to the Philipines to work with a local mission group, acts29, to provide antenatal care to young mothers.

By Theresa Cheong

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