City Parish hosts appreciation dinner for Fr Nelson Chitty

It was a pleasant surprise for Fr Nelson Chitty when he was greeted by many familiar faces at the Hotel Royal Penang on September 22.

Oct 05, 2018

PENANG: It was a pleasant surprise for Fr Nelson Chitty when he was greeted by many familiar faces at the Hotel Royal Penang on September 22.

The 150 parishioners from City Parish had turned up for a special dinner to thank and appreciate Fr Nelson’s services as parish priest for the past four years.

They were feted to a buffet dinner and enjoyed the various performances which included a skit by the Our Lady of Sorrows Mandarin Youth and many impromptu songs, which were sung by parishioners.

Organising Chairman John David said that Fr Nelson was well-loved by many parishioners who were inspired by his simplicity and remarkable homilies during Mass.

“As our shepherd, Fr Nelson held the fort firmly within the parish and often emphasised inclusiveness as he guided us closer to God,” he said.

John also said that although there was a tinge of sadness at Fr Nelson’s impending transfer, the parish wished him the best and expressed its pride and happiness for him.

When it was Fr Nelson’s turn to speak, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards those who had lent him their support during his leadership.

“Priests come and go, but it is our faith towards God that remains,” he said whilst urging all parishioners to support the new parish priest and expressing his full confidence towards the new leadership that will bring the parish to greater heights.

The night ended with a toast, with the presentation of a token of appreciation and group photo sessions with Fr Nelson.

With effect from October 1, Fr Nelson will be transferred to the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Balik Pulau and his successor is Fr Aloysius Tan. – By Aaron Lim

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