Monday, June 16, 2008

Golden Jubilee 金庆

I am back!

Our trip to Singapore was to join Rev. Sr. Rosalind Chan (FMM) in celebrating her Golden Jubilee of Consecrated life. Sister's old friend from Petaling Jaya, Mrs Mary Sito and daughter, Rosalind from were also attended the celebrations.

We knew Sr. Rosalind when she served in Assunta Hospital, P.J. as head of the maternity ward more than 30 years ago. We learned mother craft from her when we were expecting our first child then. Later she was posted to Paraguay to serve the poorest of the poor in the remote region for about fifteen years. She was backed to Singapore and served in the Archdiocesan Commission for Migrants and Itinerant People.

Since 2005, she is in charged of the Filipino Ongoing Development Programme (FILODEP) founded by her Order in 1988. FILODEP provides guidance and counseling, skill training courses and spiritual development to the migrant Filipino workers. It offers multi-disciplinary courses to equip them with necessary skills and knowledge that they can put into good use when they are back home. Courses include baking, cooking, dress making, hair styling, handicraft, Taekwando, Basic English , social dancing and many more. Today all courses has been extended to migrant workers from other countries.

The main event of the Jubilee celebrations was a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday 14-06-2008, celebrated by His Grace, Nicholas Chia, the Archbishop of Singapore. The Ambassador of the Philippines to Singapore, with many friends, relatives and well wishers, attended the celebration held at the Chapel in Maris Stella Convent, Holland Road. All were invited to a buffet dinner reception after Mass.

On the day of our arrival in Singapore (13-6-08), we also attended the Golden Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass of the founding of Franciscan Friar Minor (OFM) in Singapore celebrated by its Minister-General (the world-wide head of the Order) at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels inBukit Bedok. We also witnessed the solemn profession of three Friars during the Mass.

Two weeks ago during our Legion Fellowship (31-5-08), we were at this same church celebrating the closing of the Rosary month with a procession of the statue of Mary. By the Grace of God, we were here again to witness the historical moment of the Franciscan Order.

On Sunday, 15-06-2008, we went to FILODEP and saw many migrant workers coming to register themselves for the new intake in various courses. Besides Filipinos, they were Indonesian and Indian nationals also. We were told about 250 were expected to attend various courses being offered. The participant was charged S$60.00 each for each six-month course inclusive of lunch. Certificate will be issued upon completion.

May God continue to bless Sister with good health and peace in her endeavours in serving the people of God.

Souvenir gift from Sr. Rosalind

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这趟去新加坡,是要参加老朋友陈修女( Sr. Rosalind Chan) 入会过奉献生活五十周年金庆。与我们同时被邀的还有修女的老朋友,司徒太太及女儿。




Stella Maris Chapel 修院小圣堂


St. Mary of the Angels Church 天使之母圣堂

在星期天 (15-6-08),我们到何兰路的 FILODEP 培训中心参观。当时正是新学期的开始招生登记。修女告诉我们,通常会有约250人前来登记参加各种的课程。这里的课程大都是为期六个月,收费是每人新币六十元,这包括了午餐。课程结束后,及格者将会受颁发毕业证书。


下午茶 Afternoon tea


** What were we doing in Singapore on a Sunday afternoon ?
watch this video. (1:38 minutes)

** 在新加坡的下午,我们做什么?请看录影

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