On the 17th of November 2019, St. Joseph’s Church celebrated the 3rd World Day of the Poor. The theme that has been chosen for this year is, “The Hope of the Poor shall not Perish Forever” (Psalm 9:18). This day is celebrated for the poor, to remind them that they are not alone and to restore hope in their lives.
The day started with a multi-lingual mass (English, Tamil and Myanmar) at 9.00 am. Events kicked-off at 10.30 am. The EduCare team began first by selling breakfast for parishioners. They had a wide spread of delicacies such as Idli, Chapati, Thosai, Pani Puri, Vadai, Nasi Lemak, Coffee and so on. After most of their food was sold out, the BEC’s took over. Each was grouped into a Zone, hence each Zone had a food stall to run. The BEC’s as well as other ministries had prepared all sorts of food like Burgers & Hotdogs, Ice Kacang, Rojak Buah, Kuey Teow Goreng, Ice Cream and etc. The church also catered food and it was so good that everything was wiped clean by 4.00 pm.
While the BEC’s were busy cooking and preparing food, other ministries had their own game and activity booths to handle. For instance, there was the Big Splash, Art Attack Corner, Jumble Sale, Toss the Ring, Bend it like Beckham and many more. To make this event a more memorable one, there was also a photo-booth for people to take pictures with their loved ones.
Other than all the booths and stalls operating on that day, the church also had a Talent Time for all the catechism students. Each class came up with a performance and there were some children who even did their own solo performance! We also had our Myanmar brothers and sisters singing and dancing for us. For children’s entertainment, there was a clown, blowing balloons and performing magic tricks for the audience. All in all, everyone was well entertained the whole day and had a good time watching all the performances.
Finally, this celebration came to an end when Fr. George took his turn to sit on the Big Splash, ready to be dunked! People gathered all around the Big Splash booth, queuing and waiting for Fr. George to make a splash. After a number tries, he was dunked by a parishioner and the crowd was cheered with joy. The event ended at 5.00 pm and some parishioners stayed to help clean up. All in all, it was yet another successful and meaningful event by St. Joseph’s Church.
A big shout out to the committee, BEC’s and all the ministries for turning this dream into reality. Thank You and God Bless.
By Miss Janice Morais