Within the bounds of my parish is the Chapel dedicated to St. Joseph the Worker, located in Hong Seng estate. Hong Seng is a most interesting place. It's a small village, populated mainly by Indians with a Chinese minority. Because it is located in a Chinese cemetery, the houses are built amidst the old graves. There are Indian families whose houses are literally built around the graves. On the bright side though, the graves are well tended and clean.
The people of Hong Seng used to be estate workers, so the person of St. Joseph the Worker is someone they really identify with. I'm not really sure exactly what kind of estate it is, but I suspect it used to be a rubber or pepper estate. There's a place called Pepper Estate further up the road, near to where I live.
I like coming here as the people are welcoming and friendly and there is a sense of community that is often missing in a large parish.
In the photo below, you can see our assistant parish priest, Fr. Mark Michael coming to the chapel on a motorcycle. The convoluted, small roads make driving here a nightmare. Bikes are the way to go. I really admire the folks who manage to drive a 4-wheel drive in and around these roads. I'd have a panic attack if I have to drive here. The background gives you an idea of what Hong Seng is like, so if you're expecting a domed, baroque Church building with gilt stucco, well, sorry to disappoint. =)
What do you think of the glowing altar cube? I lent them my missal stand but, if you pay attention to the later photos, you can see it was not used.
Come to think of it, I'm not sure which part of the Mass this is. Why are the people standing? Hmmm... Mark? Any ideas?
Well, here's wishing you all a Happy Belated Feast of St. Joseph the Worker to all the workers and all the Josephs, Joes, Giuseppes, Jozefs et al.
Sorry, Joee, there's no feast of St. Joseph the student, so next year, when you've got a job, then Happy Feast Day to you too. =)
Here's what I wrote for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th this year. It tells a little about how I grew to appreciate the person of Joseph and what he means to the Church. Do give it a read if you haven't.