A new association with a Catholic matrix wants to make use of arts and crafts to bring people together and to provide support to families in need. Founded last year in Taipa island, the Associação Piedosa do Escapulário do Carmo (the Pious Association of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) will promote, starting from the end of this month, a series of workshops aimed mainly at the Chinese-speaking Catholic community of Our Lady of Carmel parish.
With about four dozen members, the Association was formed in 2021 and its main mission is to promote charitable deeds in Taipa. The organization wants to make itself known and will promote, starting from the end of the month, a series of arts and crafts workshops, but its main purpose its to create a Catholic community center to serve Taipa’s population.
“Our association – Associação Piedosa do Escapulário do Carmo – was formed in 2021. We aim to serve the community and promote charitable work. We have about forty volunteers,” one of the members of the organization told O Clarim. “We have been looking for places, so that we can run a Catholic community center in Taipa. Our aim is to support local families, to carry out prevention work with families. Although we are still far from being successful, we decided to promote a few limited workshops,” the Merciful Association reported.
Starting from March 26th until May 31st, the organization aims to promote between six and eight different workshops. The initiatives should focus on practices such as the manufacture of scented candles, floral arrangements or embedded glass handicraft artworks and are aimed mainly at the parishioners of Our Lady of Carmel parish, Taipa island’s sole parish: “Our intention is to promote between six and eight workshops. The number of places available in each workshop is quite limited, but we intend to promote workshops on aspects such as the manufacture of aromatic candles, embedded glass handicraft decorations or floral arrangements,” the Association told O Clarim. “These workshops are mainly aimed at our volunteers and our parishioners, but, obviously, people from other parts of Macau can also participate. Non-Catholics are also welcome,” the Associação Piedosa do Escapulário do Carmo said.