A day of faith and community in Tanjung Kling Chapel

The quaint Chapel of St Joseph in Tanjung Kling celebrated its patronal feast on May 1, drawing over 400 faithful for a spiritually enriching afternoon.

May 17, 2024

Parishioners in procession around the chapel grounds with the statue of St Joseph


By Bernard Anthony
The quaint Chapel of St Joseph in Tanjung Kling celebrated its patronal feast on May 1, drawing over 400 faithful for a spiritually enriching afternoon. The festivities began at 2.15pm with the recitation of St Joseph’s prayers and the Rosary, setting a devout tone for the day.

Fr John Yoew, the chapel administrator and parish priest of the nearby Church of St Mary in Ayer Salak, celebrated the feast day Mass at 3.00pm.

In his bilingual homily delivered in English and Mandarin, Fr John highlighted the limited yet insightful mentions of St Joseph in the Gospel. He recounted how the Angel Gabriel, appearing in a dream, directed Joseph on his divine role. As chosen by God, Joseph was to lead his family, safeguarding Mary and Jesus — the Holy Family.

Fr John described Joseph as a humble man who embraced his responsibilities as husband and father, exemplifying the protector and provider for the Holy Family. He also emphasised that St Joseph, as the patron of all labourers, shows us that our endeavours should honour God, benefit our families and countries, and contribute to a better world.

Furthermore, Fr John addressed the vital contributions of housewives, accentuating their role in shaping a nurturing home environment, preparing meals, and particularly in the education of children — emphasising faith education. He asserted that both spouses play crucial roles in family life, not just the husband as the breadwinner.

Fr John pointed to the perfect example of familial love and care provided by both Joseph and Mary. He noted, “Jesus had an ideal foster father in Joseph and a loving mother in Mary, who together nurtured His earthly life. Their dedication and love were instrumental in forming Jesus, enabling Him to preach the Gospel flawlessly.” This, Fr John suggested, is the model of perfection that every Christian family should aspire to emulate.

The Mass was followed by a procession around the chapel’s grounds, with a statue of St Joseph being carried in his honour, accompanied by the congregation and the priest.

Valerie, a representative from the chapel’s committee, expressed gratitude for the favourable weather and the community’s efforts in organising the feast. Special thanks were given to Fr John, the committee members, the food sponsors, and a donor who contributed four wall-mounted air conditioners to the chapel.

The celebration concluded with Fr John wishing all a blessed feast day and leading grace before the congregation gathered in the adjacent hall for a tea fellowship, marking a day of faith, community, and gratitude.

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