ACMI collaboration with Mount Alvernia Hospital and the Franciscan Young Adults

  • Jan 08, 2024

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) held their annual Christmas Party to spread the love, joy, hope and cheer to low-income transnational families (consisting of a Singaporean and a foreign spouse). A first-time collaboration for ACMI with Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) and the Franciscan Young Adults (FYA) for this event.

The team from MAH conducted a session for adults on “Affordable Healthy Eating”, this included tips on how to eat healthy, planning a healthy meal and providing some healthy recipes. The session was conducted in English and translated in Mandarin. There was even a live cooking segment to demonstrate how to cook up a healthy dish.

Once the various sessions were over, all families gathered for an evening of fun, games and giveaways at the end. Master of Ceremonies, Craig Teo, started off the evening’s programme proper which was planned by the volunteers from FYA. The Christmas decoration by the FYA volunteers as well created a jolly festive ambience for the families.

FYA volunteer Tabitha Chee shares, “My takeaway from this event is to always stay rooted in the “why” we are doing something and “who” we are serving, and allow room for the Holy Spirit to continue guiding and refining us.” She says “It was a real joy when we came together as a fraternity to bring the spirit of giving and Christmas to the kids and families. In preparation for Christmas, this served as a reminder that God is the Good Shepherd who reveals himself to the lowly and poor. That we may continue to seek him out amidst those who society may have neglected.”

Upon seeing the transnational families at the event, FYA volunteer Jason Chin says “our aim was to cultivate the Christmas love and joy this season and I felt the Holy Spirit moving among families as they expressed their joy through smiles and appreciate simple gifts bestowed upon them. This shared joy was also felt among all our volunteers.”

Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Jason shares, “We serve and volunteer confidently, knowing that God has prepared the way for us to volunteer and gives us the opportunity to represent God, who voluntarily chooses to pour out blessings on all who are in need.”

It was a beautiful sight to see – families coming together during this season, both adults and children, and volunteers interacting and having fun. There were also volunteers who came down to do balloon sculpting!

A nice buffet dinner was served allowing the families to spend some quality time together to bond over a meal.

A big thank you to all volunteers including the Franciscan Young Adults, the team from Mount Alvernia Hospital and the Italian Catholic Community for donating chocolates and snacks.