Members of the Singapore contingent at the Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Square.
By Gerard Francisco
It was truly an awesome Pentecost experience to witness brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world – different nationalities, races and languages – gathering at St Peter’s Square as one Body of Christ, said Ms Wendy Tan.
She was one of the 120 or so Singapore delegates who travelled to Rome for the May 31-June 4 Golden Jubilee celebration of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
The Singapore Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE), in collaboration with International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, organised delegates from different prayer groups in Singapore to attend the celebration.
Archbishop William Goh speaking at the Pentecost Rally held at Holy Innocents’ High School on June 4.
The Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity, and in this way forms a new, diverse and unified people – the universal Church, said Archbishop William Goh.
He was delivering his homily during Mass at the Pentecost Rally held at Holy Innocents’ High School on June 4.
The celebration was jointly organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE) and the Office for New Evangelisation (ONE).
“Today, we are of different nationalities and races coming together as one Church,” said Archbishop Goh. “As individuals, we are Christians because we all follow Christ, but as Church we are Catholics. Are we proud to be Catholic? If we are, then we must go out to proclaim Jesus to others and gather them together into one body of Christ,” he said.
“The Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s gift for every Catholic is to help them receive a conscious experience of the risen Lord through the Life In The Spirit Seminars (LISS). A definite, concrete sign that God is with us in our lives is the gift of tongues,” he said.
Redemptorist Br Karl M. Gaspar giving the keynote address at the Humanitarian Forum & Fair organised by CHARIS.
By Christopher Khoo
More than 800 people listened raptly as people who have served the needy in the region shared their experiences at the recent Humanitarian Forum & Fair.
The two-yearly event, organised by CHARIS (Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore), was held at Catholic Junior College on June 10.
It aims to provide the Catholic community with opportunities to listen, learn and engage with organisations involved in humanitarian aid and disaster response initiatives in the region.
Fr John Bosco Pereira giving the rite of the Anointing of the Sick to an elderly person at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
1. Purpose of this pastoral letter
Often, people are disappointed, upset and angry that they cannot find a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for a loved one who is dying or is in a critical condition. Some are under the impression that this Sacrament is reserved for those whose death is imminent. By then, the person might not be in a condition to be properly reconciled with God, his fellowmen and himself, or to find peace. To benefit fully from the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament is best administered when the person is conscious and sober, so that he can be prepared for any eventuality. “This sacrament is to be conferred on the sick who at least implicitly requested it when they were in control of their faculties.” (Canon 1006)
It is within this context that I wish to address when, and how the Sacrament of the Sick should be celebrated. This pastoral letter is not intended to give an exhaustive explanation of the Sacrament, but simply to encourage the faithful to have their loved ones anointed before they get admitted to hospital, lest they find themselves unable to secure the services of a priest at the last minute.