Mr. Thomas does not have the customary approval of the Catholic authorities in the diocese from which he originates. Bishop Stanley Roman of the Diocese of Quilon in Kerala states that he has not recommended him for any purpose. Nor has Mr. Thomas appear to have ever obtained his permission to address a Catholic assembly, or had approval for preaching from any ecclesiastical authority.
St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) has launched a comprehensively researched book on its own history as part of its 170th anniversary celebrations,
The author, Church historian Clement Liew, presented a copy of the book to Archbishop William Goh during the 11 am Confirmation Mass on July 3.
In his preface to the book, titled Mission on a Hill Far, Far Away, Dr Liew said the aim was to produce a work that the general Catholic community could appreciate, and also to help parishioners know the story of their church and community.
Mission on a Hill is about the journey of a church community, that had settled in the interior of Singapore almost two centuries ago, growing from a once isolated mission to a thriving parish today.
The book traces how French priest, Fr Anatole Mauduit, set up the first missionary chapel in 1846 for a small group of Chinese Christians and potential converts.
About 200 people, comprising mainly families with special needs members and their supporters, attended a special event for them on July 9 at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
The Everyone is Special event was conceived by parish priest Fr Andrew Wong who wanted to dedicate it to family members with special needs in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Fr Andrew started the event with Mass. Two boys with special needs were altar servers. Theodore Wong, a teenager with autism, proclaimed the first reading and two girls in wheelchairs presented the offertory.
In his homily, Fr Andrew emphasised that people with special needs and their families were part of the parishes. Just because they might not be seen at Mass does not mean they are not there.
SINGAPORE – “If a doctor tells you tomorrow that you have one year left to live, do you think you will let life happen to you?” asked Fr Richards Ambrose.
He posed this question to 230 people, gathered for a seminar titled Discipleship at the Workplace held on July 9 at the Church of the Holy Cross.
The seminar was to launch ABLAZE, the parish’s new young adults ministry.
Fr Richards introduced the seminar by shedding light on topics of Christian identity – discerning and living out God’s will, identifying spiritual values in jobs and what true joy and contentment really are.