SINGAPORE - To promote the spirit of volunteerism, the Catholic Social and Community Council (CSCC) is staging a series of Volunteer Fairs across 20 participating parishes at which member organizations of CSCC man booths, after weekend Mass, to explain to parishioners how they can help disadvantaged children with their schoolwork, build houses for disaster victims, deliver freshly cooked meals to construction workers, and other services. Altogether there are more than 20 volunteer programmes being offered. 

"The response has been great," says Stefanie Herman of CSCC who is coordinating the fairs. CSCC and its member organizations have recruited more than 500 volunteers even though they have only covered 12 parishes.

"It shows that Catholics, when called to love and serve, will respond," Herman said. On Sep 22 and 23, fairs will be held at these parishes: Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On Sep 29 and 30, fairs will be held at these parishes: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Sts. Peter and Paul, Holy Cross, and Holy Spirit.

Catholics are encouraged to volunteer their services at these fairs or through the CSCC website at

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