Fr Terence Pereira, who delivered the homily, urged the students to 'make a difference in NTU'... so that people will remember what they stand for.
LIVELY gospel music filled the hallways of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) during the annual praise and worship rally. The participants, energetic and spirited students, raised and clapped their hands with zeal to the beat of the Youth Praise Ministry (YPM) songs.
Going by the theme Emmanuel (God-with-us) this year, the rally saw more than a hundred NTU undergraduates coming together on the night of Feb 5. Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira and Fr Terence Pereira concelebrated Mass.
Fr Terence, who delivered the homily, described the Crucifixion in graphic detail. He urged the students to be courageous and stand up for their faith, otherwise Jesus would have died for them in vain. "He knows what you are going through," he said, reminding the students that Jesus was very much human as He went through the excruciating pain of scourging and crucifixion.
"Make a difference in NTU... stick out like a sore thumb, so that people will
remember what you stand for," he added.
The Mass ended with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and healing service.
Elaine Kartono, 19, an Indonesian Engineering student, commented that the Mass was
refreshing although it lasted
more than two hours. Alva Tjendsrasa, 18, also an Engineering student, said she enjoyed the praise and worship session. "I hope that there will be more events like this!" she added.
For more details on NTUCSA, visit the web site at http://come.to/ntucsa or page Egwin at 9595-4754.
The Catholic News (March 7, 1999)