New statue of St Pio and relic at Church of St Francis of Assisi

Many gathered at the Church of St Francis of Assisi (SFA) on Sept 23 to celebrate the feastday of St Pio of Pietrelcina, the Capuchin priest who bore the wounds of Christ.

Oct 07, 2015

By Bernard Anthony
Many gathered at the Church of St Francis of Assisi (SFA) on Sept 23 to celebrate the feastday of St Pio of Pietrelcina, the Capuchin priest who bore the wounds of Christ.

The celebration began at 3.00pm with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Rosary was also recited. At 6.45pm, there was a Healing Prayer Service and Benediction.

Parish priest Fr Andrew Manickam OFM, Cap said that at 12 noon exactly, when the bells were rung for The Angelus, the statue of St Pio from Manila, Philippines arrived at the Church.

There was also a relic of St Pio from Rome, a drop of his blood, which was exposed in its reliquary for personal veneration.

Fr Andrew blessed and incensed the statue and led the Novena to St Pio.

The Mass was presided over by Fr Andrew and concelebrated with Fr Gregory Chan. The theme for the feastday was The Eucharist: Communion With Christ And With One Another.

Fr Andrew, in his homily, said that the Eucharist not only unites us with Jesus Christ but with Christians, in His love. Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we gather as one people of God. Fr Andrew said that in order to build communion with one another, we need to take time to know each other. When we gather as one people of God, we are building a community. If we find it difficult to gather in our BECs, we have failed to live as a people of God.

It is not an easy task to build community but we need to start somewhere. The First Christians, according to Luke’s gospel, lived in communion, sharing their possessions, and gathering for the breaking of bread. Day by day their numbers increased. The Holy Spirit guided them to live a new life in Christ.

Fr Andrews said that if we sincerely belong to Jesus, we will be concerned for each other, irrespective of our culture, race or background. We all share the same identity in Jesus.

We must reach out to welcome visitors and new comers in the spirit of Christ. The breaking of bread in community deepens our faith and it bears fruit for one another. As we celebrate the feast of St Pio, let us take time to know our neighbours and be connected with one another in Christ.

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