The last couple of years has seen a growing trend: there are more foreigners attending weekend masses at our parish. Holy Family welcomes all parishioners from overseas and aims to connect and engage every parishioner within this faith community we have built in the last century. Through several outreach initiatives and events held on a regular basis, our objective remains that of connecting our parishioners within our Holy Family network and making them feel at home.
Each new overseas returned parishioner is given a welcome pack with a welcome letter from the Parish Council and important contacts of the various ministries and mass schedules.
We try and encourage them to play an active role in Mass (eg. Every third Sunday, we involve them in the Offertory) or other church activities.
The Connect Group is an initiative by a small group of parishioners who came together with the objective of better engaging and integrating all parishioners from overseas with our local parish community. It ensures regular contact with newcomers to get to know them better, both in terms of understanding their needs and challenges as well as their gifts and talents.
Through events, we have the invaluable opportunity to connect in person. This would then enable us to better support them make them more aware of the opportunities and the need to serve the parish.
Our activities in 2014 included a social gathering to meet our three priests; Pentecost Triduum, Ordination Mass, Mission Sunday and Parish Feast Day.
In August we got together for a “breakfast for all” at the Sea Avenue foyer, while a “Bring Your Own BBQ/Picnic” was held at East Coast Park in October. Our last event for the year 2014 was a collaborative project with the Marine Drive NCC, to bring some joy and love to a group of parishioners with some Christmas carolling and food of course! All these events were funded through the generosity of those involved with the Connect Group, all these events have been self-funded
Because we are ‘One Church‘ and in the spirit of being One Church we acknowledge their diverse backgrounds, and realised the need to set up more communities, in addition to the current Filipino group as this allows us to celebrate and showcase the cultural diversity within the parish.