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Parishioners Unite to Showcase Life of Mother Mary

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by Samantha Ho

"Children united by love for their mother" is how Brother Joseph Lim CDD described the joint effort by the parishioners of St Ignatius Church (SIC) in organising and coordinating the Marian Exhibition. "The hard work, cooperation and sacrifice of time by the various ministries and groups of SIC has shown results in the joy and satisfaction felt at the launch of the exhibition here last week", Brother Joseph said. He added that it was very exciting to be able to offer parishioners and visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mother Mary and the messages that she shared via her apparitions.

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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, SIC has organised the month-long exhibition on the life and apparitions of the Blessed Mother. It aims to give visitors a clearer understanding and deeper appreciation of Mother Mary and her role in the church, and includes scheduled movie and video screenings. Visitors begin their journey through the exhibition which is at the rooftop of the SIC Costantini Community Centre by viewing a timeline detailing events in the life of Mother Mary. The exhibition also showcases the four Marian Dogmas and booths which depict the nine approved Marian Apparitions and three other apparitions.

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Colourfully decorated by various ministries, the booths have already received much attention on the first day from crowds of curious visitors and Sunday School students. Each booth provides information on the respective Marian Apparitions from various locations around the world. “I find it very educational, and I’ve definitely learnt a lot,” says Kenneth Legada, a pre-university student from Sabah. He added that one of his key takeaways from the exhibition is the variations in cultural elements based on the locations of the apparitions. For example, in the first apparition of Mother Mary at Guadalupe, Mexico in 1531, she was described as an ‘Aztec princess’, with the vision containing various symbols and references to ancient Aztec culture. “Meanwhile, Our Lady of Akita seems to have features and characteristics that are unique to Japan,” Kenneth added.

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Charlotte D’Angelus, who is the leader of the SIC senior citizens group, was overwhelmed with joy at having successfully set up the booth for Our Lady of Akita. “I cannot explain how we managed to pull it off as we had very few helpers initially, but I praise and thank God that everything just seemed to fall into place,” she said. The exhibition will be open until 30 October 2017 from 9 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment from 9 am to 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays. For more information on talks and programme updates, please click on Marian Exhibition

 
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