BUKIT PADANG – Parishioners of the Church of Mary Immaculate here marked their feast day on 6 Dec 2015 with a Marian procession. The statue of Our Lady, simply but beautifully decorated with roses, was carried by four wardens, preceded by the altar servers and flower girls, and followed by the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, Deacon Joshua, Fr Rhobby Mojolou, Korean Fr Germano Ka, Fr Moses Lui, and Archbishop John Wong in the procession.
In his homily, the prelate touched on the readings of the day. But he also asked the congregation to reflect on the following three questions: Who is coming? Why is he coming? How does one prepare for his coming or how would one respond to this coming? throughout the Advent Season. He said that if one knows who is the one coming then one would also know how to respond or prepare for his coming.
After the Mass, the faithful adjourned to the canteen for fellowship. In his welcoming remarks, Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Bartholomew Kong welcomed those present, introduced the members of the the PPC and made a heartfelt plea to the parishioners to cooperate with the councillors to realise the mission of the parish. He also expressed his hope that a hall would be built soon so that the parishioners would have a place to gather together for various activities.
Someone once said, “no preparation no celebration.” In line with that, some parishioners prepared themselves spiritually for the event through a triduum of prayer with the theme on the Year of Mercy on Dec 3-5, since the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will be opened on Dec 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and the feast day of the parish.