PAPAR – Saint Joseph here celebrated its parish day with a bazaar on 6 May 2018.
Archbishop John Wong presided at the concelebrated Mass and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 117 candidates.
In his homily, the prelate touched on how Christ chose and accepted us as friends, and commissioned us to bear everlasting fruits through love, filling us with joy in the process.
Johnny Sitamin, parish pastoral council chairman, thanked the parishioners for their commitment, teamwork, and contributions in the various parish programmes and fundraising activities for the new Catholic Centre.
In his speech, Abp Wong urged the parishioners to look to St Joseph as a role model and to the Eucharist as the source of life and strength in their family life and in meeting challenges.
He then challenged the newly confirmed to read the Word of God, to receive the sacraments, to obey God’s commandments, and to share the Good News of Jesus with others.
Prior to the Mass, the prelate had a breakfast meeting with PPC members and listened to the reports of various committees and ministries. A video clip on the current programme on family, BEC and church tackling the issues of apathy, secularisation, and islamisation was screened.
After Mass, all adjourned to the parish hall for the certificate presentation to the confirmands and a light meal before visiting the various stalls set up at the Mother of Mercy open hall.
The bazaar was organised as part of the fundraising activities in aid of the Catholic Centre building project. – William Charles Mindus (SOCCOM Papar)