Archbishop Peter Chong with children of Natewa and Tunuloa after their confirmation mass.
AFTER 40 years of toil, the villagers of Natewa finally put together the Catholic church building which was an initiative of their elders who have passed on.
In celebrating the event, church head Archbishop Peter Chong reminded the members that the building was a safe haven used by most people in times of reaching out to God.
He asked the 1000 members who attended the function to treat the church with sacredness.
“As human beings we are finite and because of our limitedness, we always want to reach out to God or to a supreme being,” Archbishop Chong said.
“That is why the church is an important dimension of our lives and it serves something that life needs.
“In this busy world and the changes brought about by globalisation, the church is a place where people can go to for a quiet time with God and a place to get away from the busy world.”
Archbishop Chong said Pacific Island countries were known for its vast church buildings in communities.
“Throughout the Pacific, we see churches and in Samoa, they can have two in one village so it shows something and that is the hunger for God in probably third world countries,” he said.
“It also shows the connection between us and God and when people are faced with situations of this world, they cannot seem to move along whether it be natural disaster, economical or other factors. So there is always a hunger and people feel that vacuum. The church is a place where people can go and it is not just a building but it serves a purpose.”
The followers were reminded to make good use of the church because it was not just a building.
Source : The Fiji Times Online.