Missionaries of Charity Sisters praying during the Mass held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi.

The Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Singapore organised a thanksgiving Mass in honour of the canonisation of their foundress, St Teresa of Kolkata.

She was canonised by Pope Francis on Sept 4.

The Mass in Singapore was held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi on Sept 10.

About 800 people including priests, Religious, Missionaries of Charity Sisters and residents of their Gift of Love Home attended it.

St Teresa “served the poorest of the poor not just by providing material food, but more importantly, she served with love
and compassion,” said Archbishop William Goh during the

He highlighted the difference between humanitarian work and Christian charity, “Christian charity springs primarily from the love of God. It comes from a deep experience and encounter of God’s love,” he said.

Archbishop Goh encouraged those present to “serve because we want them [the poor] to encounter the love of God.

“Christian charity is to extend the same love and tenderness of God to all.”

He also spoke about St Teresa’s strong opposition to abortion.

“St Teresa saw all humans in terms of dignity. Following her example, we are called to love everyone as God loves them,” he said.

“When you save a human person, remember that you are saving a soul,” said Archbishop Goh.

Archbishop William Goh speaking during his homily at the thanksgiving Mass in honour of St Teresa. He encouraged those present to serve the poor so they too can encounter the love of God.

Sr Mary Carmel, local superior of the Missionaries of Charity, in her address, thanked those who supported her Religious community and reminded everyone that St Teresa would be there to guide them always.

“Mother once said: ‘If I ever become a saint ... I will be continually absent from heaven to light the light of those in darkness on earth.’ Today I am sure Mother Teresa is once again absent from heaven and is here to help us make our lives like hers, something beautiful for God.”

Several people shared with CatholicNews their thoughts after the Mass.

Mr Liam Ong, 56, who was present at Toa Payoh Stadium in 1987 when St Teresa visited and gave a talk, said, “Her humility and simple but great love for all will always resonate in my heart. I thank God for this joyous occasion and will continue to pray for her congregation.”

Ms Sharon Koh, 49, who met St Teresa when she visited St Anne’s Church, said she will always remember her “simplicity and warm nature”.

“To be here today to honour her is the least I can do for what she has done, and continues to do for the world,” she added.

For Missionaries of Charity Sr Mary Faustine, “Today was a gift from God.”

After the thanksgiving Mass, laypeople were invited for lunch at the Missionaries of Charity Gift of Love Home opposite the church. 

By Jared Ng
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