One activity at East Coast saw participants ‘preaching’ to the ‘fishes’.One activity at East Coast saw participants ‘preaching’ to the ‘fishes’.

Fun race helps them learn about the saint

Young people from the Church of St Anthony learnt about the life and miracles performed by their parish’s patron saint through a fun race across Singapore.

Twenty-five people aged 13-20 and divided into groups of five started their race at their parish on June 12.

The activity took them to Seletar Reservoir, East Coast Park, *Scape in Somerset, Gardens by the Bay, Chinese Gardens and the Jurong area before they arrived at the Church of St Mary of the Angels for an overnight stay.

They returned to their parish on June 13.

Each team had to play a game or complete a task linked to a miracle that St Anthony of Padua performed in order to receive a clue for the next station.

For example, at East Coast, participants had to blow up balloons and “turn” them into fishes with markers. They then had to use sticks to anchor these “fishes” to the ground. Participants would then “preach” Gospel verses to the “fishes”.

This activity is supposed to teach them about the miracle of St Anthony preaching to the fishes.

“The tasks were planned to be fun and have the participants generally following in the footsteps of St Anthony,” said Andrew Chng, a youth mentor for the parish.

“We hope to help them remember the saint’s works by giving them an activity … to associate with each of his miracles,” he added.

The fun race was part of activities held to mark the saint’s feast day on June 13. The youth activity was organised by two of the parish’s youth ministries – Unicus Vocant and Squires at the Banquet.

The participants also shared among themselves what they learnt during the race. A paraliturgy was also held to help them reflect on their experiences and how they do can emulate St Anthony in using their talents for the Church.

Both participants and organisers told CatholicNews they now have a better understanding of St Anthony’s life after the race.

Zeno Maverick Lau said one of the activities in which participants’ bags were taken away and hidden, thus requiring participants to pray to St Anthony for his intercession, was memorable. It reminded him that they could always turn to the saint for help.

Germaine Lau said St Anthony’s strong faith and prayerful life has inspired her to deepen her own prayer life.

Wimbelle Pineda, one of the organisers, said she now knows more about St Anthony than she did before.

By Darren Boon
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