“I think it’s wonderful that even though we’re studying in different universities, it’s events like these which bring us back together,” said Ms Jessica Vincent, 21, who graduated from CJC in 2011.
Mr Goh and Ms Vincent were among 500 people, including 13 priests, Religious, and past and present staff, who gathered to celebrate Catholic Junior College’s 40th anniversary on Jan 31.
Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Mass held at the school’s auditorium, said that faith formation complements academic excellence. They aren’t mutually exclusive, as in the end, “Jesus is our teacher in truth and love,” he said.
About 2,000 people including religious leaders, mingled and had some fun at the 2015 Harmony Games hosted by the archdiocese.
Held on Feb 7 at three different locations in Bishan, the event included a soccer tournament, a telematch, a carnival, and a lunch attended by various religious leaders.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the guest-of-honour at the event.
Upon his arrival at Catholic High School, Mr Wong, along with several religious leaders, took shuttle buses to the carnival held at Bishan Street 11.
Religious “are not holy robots” as they too make mistakes, said Archbishop William Goh during a special Mass for Religious
and lay consecrated people on Feb 2.
But even though many in the world “harbour a lot of unforgiveness in their hearts,” Archbishop Goh said, “the beauty about Religious life” is that “we are willing to forgive”.
He was speaking to a crowd that included more than 200 Religious gathered at the Church of the Holy Trinity to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life.
Individually-directed retreats are becoming popular among Christians of various traditions
Christians are especially invited to deep and frequent prayer during Lent. A retreat is one of the ways people respond to this invitation.
A retreat is an experience of God, an intimate encounter, where a person deliberately withdraws from daily activities in order to listen to and speak with God, says the website of the Cenacle Sisters.
People here are often presented with opportunities to attend retreats, which come in various forms: preached retreats, guided retreats, retreats in daily life, at-home retreats and directed retreats.
A preached retreat is usually conducted by a preacher for a big group of people, such as those in ministry in a particular parish, and it comes with a specific theme. No individual spiritual direction is usually given on these occasions.