Home for the elderly celebrates feast of St Francis Xavier

The St Francis Xavier Home for the Elderly, under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, celebrated the feast of St Francis Xavier on Dec 3.

Dec 18, 2014

By Bernard Anthony
The St Francis Xavier Home for the Elderly, under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, celebrated the feast of St Francis Xavier on Dec 3.

The Home’s 70 residents, include Msgr Anthony Thomas, Fr A.Henriot and Fr A.Amalanathan, 11 Sisters and several volunteers and well-wishers filled the pews in the chapel. Archbishop Julian Leow presided at the feastday Mass, with Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Soter Fernandez and Msgr Daniel Lim concelebrating.

In his homily, Archbishop Leow mentioned that St Francis Xavier was able to draw people to Jesus.

Sharing on St Francis Xavier’s mission, the prelate said that he set up many communities in the Far East, in Japan, India and even in Melaka. What are the criteria that enabled these communities to last? Archbishop Leow said that they nurtured and cared for each other and evangelized the people. He added that we must imitate them, as do the Sisters and the volunteers who care for the elderly. Every baptized Catholic has this vocation to share the Word of God and evangelize, not necessarily by standing on the road and preaching. More than that, we need to be all things to all peoples. This means that we must take an interest in the lives of people, especially the lost, the little, the last and the least (the 4Ls). The prelate was quick to say that the elderly, the forgotten, the handicapped, all come under the list. “The strength of any community is gauged by it’s weakest link.” We must look at the least and see how we treat them.

Archbishop Leow also gave thanks to God for St Francis Xavier who brought us the faith. We need a strong foundation so that our faith can be handed down to the next generation. This ensures that the faith will not die. God gives us a gift of people, and through the elderly here, Jesus wants us to recognize Him in them. Pray for a change of perception. We will then be able to change our behaviour, change our thinking and see Christ in the difficult people around us —and reach out in love. In conclusion, the prelate invited all to pray during this feast, for all those who have handed down the faith to us — those around still and those gone before us. He emphasized the need to continue to hand down the same faith — to make Jesus known far and wide.

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