BUKIT PADANG – The parishioners of the Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) swelled with pride and grateful joy as they witnessed the Silver Jubilee Exhibition and the unveiling of the proposed extension of the Church building after the Sunday Mass on 2 Sep 2018.
The launching and unveiling, which was a collaboration between the Silver Jubilee Organizing Committee (SJC) and Steering Committee (SC), was held at the foyer of the Church where the main exhibits were displayed.
The event was officiated by Fr Paul Lo who was also the celebrant at Mass. A simple prayer was said by Fr Lo before the launching and unveiling.
On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee, the organizing committee has put up the history of CMI, its timeline and a tribute to Fr Thomas Sham who oversaw the building of CMI.
Other exhibits showcased CMI’s ministries and groups, which lined up the covered walkway at the side of the Church leading to the canteen. The nineteen ministries and groups, which participated in the exhibition, have been preparing for months. Each group with its own specific roles and functions has its own story to tell, either by the photographs exhibited or the designs of their exhibits. More importantly, they have come together ensuring that this event would bring meaning to the anniversary celebration.
In respect of the proposed building extension, perspective drawings of the extension, floor layouts consisting of an open hall, a rectory, six multi-rooms, canteen and toilets, and a location map were on display.
The consultants, together with the fundraising chairman, were also present at the event to inform those with inquiries regarding the building extension. Leaflets containing a message from the parish priest, a brief history of the Church and name lists of the Steering, Building and Fundraising Committees were also distributed for the information of parishioners, donors and sponsors.
Fr Lo and parishioners alike visited the exhibits. The event ended with a simple fellowship with light refreshments served at the Church canteen for all attendees.
Parishioners were informed that approval has been received from the Archbishop that commencing from October 2018, the third bag collection will henceforth go towards the building fund for the extension of CMI. – SOCCOM CMI