We just successfully hosted the MSC APIA (Asia Pacific Islands and Australasia) Mass and dinner on the 17 September 2018. I was congratulated by various groups, MSCs, parishioners and guests for this successful event. Most of them said: “Well done Alo”. I was feeling good for a few days. Reading this weekend‘s Gospel, I felt something different within me. The good feeling turned to a kind of embarrassment, since knowing that all the works were done by various people not just “me”. The disciples of Jesus argued about who is the greatest among them. Jesus came up with a very clear answer to that matter. He said: “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all”.
Looking back at the recent event I mentioned above, I would like to say that those best wishes shouldn’t be addressed to me, instead to those who have been at service for the event. They are the greatest for being servants for others and making the event a successful one. Therefore, I sincerely thank those who have been planning, preparing, contributing and working tirelessly for that event. They are Liturgy Committee (Lena and friends), Mission and Outreach Committee (Jan Nicholas and friends), Building and Maintenance Committee (Claude Khoury, Stephen Chiew and friends), donors like Niji Restaurant and personal donors who have donated money, drinks and food. Those who gave their time to decorate the church and the hall like Sr Carmel OLSH. Those who were part of the liturgy such as John Allen (Smoking Ceremony), Henry Martin from OLR Primary School, OLSH College Choir, Patricia Reyes, Lily Murcutt, Moon Dunlop, Ricardo Sanchez and Jane Marmotta, Indonesian Community Angklung Choir, Amanda Janturi and the young Indonesian liturgical dancers, John, Susana and granddaughter (Tongan Family), Maria who worked behind the scenes and all others who helped.
You are all great among us. I sincerely and humbly thank you for your dedication and commitment to the life of the parish. Well done. Good on you.