What a huge effort it took to make the “Christmas Get-Together 2016” a great success for us at St Joseph’s Church Sentul. We had so much fun and fellowship from the beginning to the end. We began with the Community Mass at 9.30 am and commenced our celebrations from 11.00 am till 3.30 pm. We had Christmas Carols, songs and other performances in English, Tamil and in the Myanmarese. There were more than 2,500 people from the surrounding areas of Sentul and Sri Gombak who attended this event.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the many individuals, sponsors and most of all my dearest parishioners who worked hard for the success of this event which was held last Sunday, 18 December. The steering committee has worked tireless these past 4 months to make this Christmas Get Together a success. Personally I want to say a huge thank to our Steering Committee: Robin Rangel, Morine Lionel, Gabriel, Joe Fernando, Alan Jong, Mary Bernadette Peters, Judith Patrick, Edwin Alpouns, Jude Hilary, Annie Pereira, Leonard Paiva, Charles Francis and John Paul.
Many thanks to our sponsors and donours. A sincere appreciation to the 200 volunteers from our parish and the 25 others from iM4U. I would like to thank all our parishioners who were involved in putting together this event and making it a grand success through the sale of raffle tickets, contributions in cash and kind to achieve our target and beyond. You have created a great legacy for our Parish today.
We all had a great time working together with one spirit to go all out to achieve our target. It was such a pleasure to meet people from various backgrounds and of other faiths last Sunday. What a wonderful experience of sharing the joy of Christmas with them. We met many of them for the first time who came to have lunch with us. Thank you for your hospitality – you made all of them feel so welcome. Today we can be so proud of ourselves for doing a great job. We have made a difference in their lives and in our community. My dearest parishioners, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Do visit our website: http://www.stjosephsentul.org to view photos of this event.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! God Bless You all!
Our Christmas Get Together event was published in two Daily Papers – in Naanban on 17 December 2016 (Saturday) and in Malay Mail on 19 December 2016 (Monday). Unfortunately, the Malay Mail had mistakenly reported that Kamdar, All American and Julie Biscuits sponsored the event. Actually, Kamdar and All American Shoes Company only offered discounts for the purchased products whereas Julie biscuits offered free biscuits and chocolates. We really benefited a lot from them. Thank you.
During Advent the Church has set aside these four weeks as a time of spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ. “The people who walked in darkness have seen the light,” (Isaiah 9:2). Today we rejoice. Today we celebrate the “Word Became Flesh, He lived Among us” (Jn 1:14). On this Christmas Day we have allowed to make room in our hearts and in our lives for Christ to be born again. His presence gives us a reason to live in hope, peace, joy and love. He has come alive in us this Christmas!
May the light of love shine on you, and may your life be filled with blessings this Christmas season. I wish you and your entire family a Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Fr. George Packiasamy.