Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Floating Catholic Church

 A Group of Singaporeans holidaying in Cambodia were delighted when they came across a "Floating Catholic Church".

It was once a Karaoke Lounge, before Jesuit Priests bought it to serve the small number of Catholics in the village.

Jesuit Father Henri Bratasudarma is the Parish Priest of this Fascinating Church.

It has many floating villages and three of them have Catholic Communities. When Father Henri first arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia there were only 20 Catholics attending Mass on Sunday. Gradually, the number of Catholics attending Mass increased.

Father Henri is extremely grateful to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, as they went around visiting the poor in their habits. Their Presence was like an advertisement of the presence of the Catholic Church in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After discussing the matter with the local Catholic Bishop, the Jesuit Priests decided to buy over the floating karaoke parlour and turn it into a centre of activities for the Catholic Community.

These include Adoration Sessions before the Holy Eucharist, Masses, Catechism, English and Khmer Lessons for Vietnamese Children and a day in a week when they feed "Rice Soup" to the poor.

Credits and References :

Newsbits -- Cambodia
Page 28
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
June 2007
Volume 9, N0-2


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