ACTS started as an outreach program of the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace in 2007. In 2006 a small group of parishioners spent the week before Christmas helping out at a Don Bosco school and were so inspired by the work of the Salesian sisters that they felt that they had to share the joy of service with others. With the permission of Fr Francis Lee, ACTS was launched in 2007. The acronym ACTS was chosen because it also stands for “A Call To Serve” following the example of the ACTS of the apostles.
This mission outreach has since grown and this year some 240 participants comprising parishioners of Queen of Peace and St Ignatius (including Catholics and non-Catholics aged 7 to 75 years) led by Fr Joseph Yao and Fr James Tan went for the advent trip. It was heartening to know that many of the participants from earlier trips have returned bringing with them family members and friends. Preparation for ACTS started in June and there were pre-mission formations conducted by the priests and seminarians. Spiritual formation was a very important element of this mission and each day began with prayers and ended with a mass in the evening.