International Day for the Differently-Abled (DD) Celebration
Archbishop Julian Leow was the main celebrant at the Mass for the Differently- Abled on 3 December 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church, Sentul, and was con-celebrated by Rev. Fr. Edwin Paul and parish priest, Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy.
In keeping with the theme ‘The Unseen Brought to Light’, the differently-abled took an active part in animating the Mass: an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) and the First Reader were wheelchair-bound, the Second Reader had autism and the commentator was visually-impaired. Other differently-abled persons from across the archdiocese (Catholic Ministry to the Deaf, Assisi Beloved Community, Faith & Light and Wheels) also took part as Hospitality Ministers and bearers of the Offertory gifts.
After Mass, fun was had by all at Dewan Msgr. Anthony Thomas (community hall) with various ministries presenting their performances. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Eagle’s Wing Ministry at St. Joseph’s Church, Archbishop Julian cut a cake and released helium-filled balloons, as a sign of the joy that differently-abled persons find in the love of Jesus, who enables them to fly beyond their perceived disabilities.
Parishioners and visitors were also able to purchase handcrafted items from the booths set up around the church grounds. A hearty lunch rounded off the day’s celebrations.
By Eleanor Tennakoon