When new Parish Priest Father Philip Heng met with several members of PaCES in early February 2010, we all agreed that a group which prayed at wakes;
- was an effective demonstration of a caring Parish
- was a clear implementation of our Parish goals
- the bereaving families appreciated our support, and many were sufficiently touched to volunteer to go for future wakes
In July 2010, an appeal to parishioners was successful and today, there are about 50 members who pray at the wakes of departed parishioners. When the St Ignatius Columbarium was renovated, a place for wakes and prayers - the St Claude de la Colombiere prayer room - was created.
Now an 8 pm Mass for all departed parishioners will be celebrated on the 4th Friday of every month. Our group members turn up for this in solidarity with our grieving families. In carrying out the above, we contribute towards the dimensions of our Parish goals, and we hope to achieve greater synergy with PaCES Ministry and also with the various Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCC).
Contact: Coordinator Chad Tan 9675-6621