The Ministers of hospitality are a familiar sight to all parishioners at every mass. The first batch of wardens began serving in 1936, when then parish priest, Father Pierre Ruaudel, appointed five groups of parishioners into their roles as wardens. Their mission was: "To assist in preserving the solemnity and tranquility of worship."
Hence the main responsibility of a warden is to:
Maintain order, peace and solemnity during services conducted in church. These days, wardens are known as Hospitality Ministers.
Our parish is blessed with about 73 Hospitality Ministers who serve and this includes the team serving at the Mandarin mass. Most have served for a long time.
Michael Seow has been a warden since 1999 after responding to an appeal by then Parish Priest Father Pat Goh for wardens to serve the Lord and his people.
He says, "Mine was a gentle calling and I just want to continue serving the lord, for as long as I can."
Some special memories for the Hospitality Ministers are serving at the Rite of Election in February 2015, the Joint Retreat with the Eucharistic Ministers in June 2015 at The Good Shepherd Centre and the Lourdes Experience.