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Church of St. Alphonsus, Singapore

Carpark Ministry

Spiritual Directors (2017):

  • Rev Fr. Simon Tan & Br. Albert Khoo

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The Novena Church in Singapore enjoys a large number of worshippers and devotees every day and every Sunday of the week. The Saturdays of every week witness a larger number of visitors at around 11,000 to 12,000 coming to the popular devotions to Mary, the mother of our Lord, under the title of OMPH – Our Mother of Perpetual Help. With such large numbers of Catholic and non-Christian devotees every Saturday driving to the church, one ministry that is required for good order and safety is the car-park wardens. The number of volunteers to assist in the good order of vehicle-parking stands at around 20+ men. They come for duty from around 8.00am for the morning services. The afternoon wardens start from 12.00pm to about 4.30pm, followed by the evening wardens from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Some wardens come early to worship at the 7.00am Mass and after breakfast they start their morning duty. The ministry is a challenging one. It is especially so from the late morning to the late afternoon when the heat of the sun is at its height. The soaring temperatures affect also the temper of people and sometimes heated arguments arise from drivers and volunteers. The many volunteers come and go through the years. But there are good numbers of members who lasted way beyond the ten years mark. One reply to the question why and how one perseveres in the ministry is: “It is a vocation, a ministry, a calling. I feel God calls me to serve our Lady and the church.” Like all other ministries in the church, the car-park warden ministry is also a way to serve the Lord and in doing so, God forms us slowly in His-Image through the challenges one encounter. At the end of the day, all who are in ministry and intending to join any ministry in the church need to regularly examine one’s motives and acutely know the purpose and direction of the ministry. One also needs to remain focused on the vision and mission of the ministry within the larger picture of the church’s vision and mission.

Mission:

Serving with the spirit of the Lord, who came not to be served but to serve.

Vision:

To build a caring Christ-centred and inclusive community with Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help.