Inviting the disabled to attend Mass

Evelyn and Michael Thung said their help for impaired people with the help of volunteers from the Paco parish as seen the number of such people attending Sunday Mass increasing.

Singapore
Oct 18 2013, 4:29 PM
Inviting the disabled to attend Mass
Evelyn Thung (standing) with some of the handicapped orphans she serves.

The missionary zeal of a Singaporean Catholic couple, Evelyn and Michael Thung, has helped hearing or visually impaired people in Manilato attend Holy Mass on Sundays in the last 14 years, ‘The Catholic News’ has reported in its latest issue.

In their testimony published in the Singaporean weekly, the Thungs said their help for impaired people with the help of volunteers from the Paco parish as seen the number of such people attending Sunday Mass increasing. The group is called ‘Precious Community’.

Precious Community members attending the Sunday Mass now exceed hundred. The majority have hearing impediment but a few are visually impaired. After Mass, the group attends faith formation, educational, social and livelihood skills programmes.

Over time, hearing and visually-impaired members have been imparted leadership skills and have been delegated to take charge of various sub-ministries within the Precious Community.

The Thungs’ conversion and transformation journey started in 1995 after attending healing services presided by Fathers Erbin Fernandez and Vincent Lee at the Church of St Michael in Singapore. Their mission was revealed in January 1999, after they attended a sign language mass at the Paco Parish in Manila.

Fascinated with the sign language, they decided to learn the language to serve the hearing impaired. They were eventually invited to different ministries and orphanages to observe and to reach out to such people in Manila.

Source: Catholic News 

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