Visitation Migrant Easter Fellowship - 15th April, 2018

The Church of the Visitation’s Migrant ministry under the umbrella of PIHDM and in collaboration with the Parish youth organized an Easter Fellowship on 15th April, 2018 at the Visitation community hall. About 60 migrant guests attended the fellowship which started after the 1.00 pm BM mass. As the guests arrived, they were given some light refreshments by members from PIHDM who were stationed at the entrance of the hall. Migrant ministry chairperson David Nonis speaking in both English and Bahasa welcomed all to the fellowship before handing over to Daryll Darshan who was the emcee for the day. An ice breaker session was conducted so that the migrants would feel more relaxed being together. There were plenty of fun and the migrants were very sporting during the ice breaker activities. Parish Priest Rev Fr George Harrison, Rev Fr Andrew Kooi and PIHDM chairperson Patricia Lee also attended.

Fr George in his short speech thanked all for coming. He then called a representative from each migrant country to the front. He asked each one of them speaking in they own language to extend Easter greetings to all. He invited the rest to repeat the same. Stage performances by the migrants followed suit. A total of 6 performances were featured. Among them, a traditional and folk dance, songs in different languages by individual and group. One of them was Benedict from Myanmar who sang Josh Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up” and received a big round of applause.

High tea was then served to all after the stage performance was over. Everyone enjoyed the food and drink that was prepared. Members from the PIHDM and volunteers were gladly serving the migrant guests. The Easter fellowship ended at about 5.00 pm. Though they speak in different languages but all of them irrespective of their nationalities, profess one thing in common – the Catholic faith. An interesting caption on the T-shirt that was worn by one of the Myanmar migrant caught our attention. It read “We are family”. Yes, indeed we are as the Holy Father, Pope Francis has called for people around the world to “embrace” the migrants and refugees. We thank God for the presence of our migrant brothers and sisters in our Visitation community as it offers us an opportunity to encounter Jesus!

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Photos by Visitation Social Communication and Media Ministry.