... at Mass marking the close of cathedral celebrations
Archbishop Goh holds the Blessed Sacrament as he leads a procession around the cathedral on Feb 26.
A place vibrant with prayer and fellowship. This is a dream that Archbishop William Goh has for the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Mother Church of the archdiocese.
Speaking at the Feb 26 Mass marking the close of the cathedral’s dedication celebrations, he said he hopes that one day, the cathedral will be able to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day.
“I want to make this cathedral truly a place of prayer,” he told the crowd, some of whom had attended many of the activities during the Feb 14-26 celebrations.
“We have the perpetual adoration room, but that is not enough. I want to bring worship to this place … I want this place to be vibrant and rich in prayer – private prayer, personal prayer, community prayer – because only prayer can change this diocese, and change the world.”
Archbishop Goh signs the certificate of the dedication of the cathedral.
Archbishop Goh said he wants the cathedral to be a place “where people can encounter God and know that God is real”.
He also wants the cathedral to be “a place of fellowship”.
“We need to have a community to support us,” he stressed. “No Catholic would ever leave the Church if they have a community,” he said, adding that “we need each other”.
In his homily during the Mass, which had the theme, “You are the Light of the World,” Archbishop Goh once again stressed a point he made during the cathedral’s Dedication Mass on Feb 14.
‘A home for everyone’
The Church in Singapore “must be a home” for everyone – for the rich, the poor, young and old, and children. He noted that some churches are intolerant of the noise that children sometimes make.
“Whatever sexual orientation you have; whatever race, colour, language, culture; migrants; the Church is a home for everyone simply because we’re the family of God.”
He told the congregation that if they believed in his vision for the archdiocese, “to build a vibrant, missionary and evangelistic community”, then “join me, work with me, collaborate with me”.
“If you have talents, share with us your talents. If you have time, share your time with us. If you have resources, share your resources with us.”
“Let us work together,” he urged. “Share this dream with me, and this can be a beautiful Church for you, for your children.”
A candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament was also held during which Archbishop Goh and cathedral rector Msgr Philip Heng led the congregation in prayers at five locations in the compound.
Towards the end of the celebration, Archbishop Goh as head of the archdiocese, Msgr Heng as cathedral rector and Fr Ignatius Yeo as notary formally signed the certificate of the dedication of the cathedral.
By Christopher Khoo