Julian the Hospitaller (also known as Julian the Poor) is the Patron Saint of Hospitality Ministers
“… just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Matthew 20:28)
The people wearing green, purple, red or gold sashes and going around the church at weekend masses do more than just the collection and standing by during Holy Communion. Our Hospitality Ministers or better known as Wardens, in the words of Mother Teresa “may not do great things but little things with great love”. Little things such as finding a seat for the elderly or disabled, keeping back the chairs after mass, or cleaning the grotto.
Sometime in 1994, Rev Fr Philip Tan, then SIC Parish Priest, commissioned our brothers Vincent Yee and Anthony Au to bring together a motley crew of single adults, senior citizens, students, youth, working class adults, housewives, business people, restaurant owners, including ex- army and police officers, to form a team to handle the hospitality function in the church.
Rite of Commissioning 2016 (above)
Since then, by the grace of the Lord, the Hospitality Ministry (HM) has grown and have organised activities beyond the boundaries of the church to outreach to the Orang Asli in Slim River and assist in the mass for the opening of a new church in Tanjung Malim.
However, there is still a shortage of HM Leaders and Wardens at weekend masses where on a regular 8.45am Sunday morning mass, no less than 16 wardens are required, and when there is a second collection, up to 32 wardens will be required.
Hence, we invite all parishioners to answer the call to “come not to be served but to serve” in the Hospitality Ministry. Just approach any Warden or Hospitality Ministry Leader (there is a duty roster on the notice board in front of the church) for a sash and they will provide on the job training to “do the little things with great love”.
For further information, you may contact Gerry Cacas @ 012 3399785 or check out their Facebook.