My dear brothers and sisters,
The peace of the Risen Lord be with you!
Peace is the first gift of Easter which the Lord imparted to His disciples. Peace comes from the victory of Christ over sin and death. With His resurrection, we know for certain that everything has been overcome and conquered. Evil is not the last word because the goodness of God has triumphed. Injustice is defeated by the justice of God in raising His Son, who was unjustly crucified as a criminal, from the dead. Sin, too, is overcome by the forgiveness of God in the death of His Son.
Finally, death, too, is conquered by the resurrection of Christ. In Christ we know that there is a certain future, a sure hope of justice, peace, joy and new life. Nothing can destroy the plan of God for humanity. What will happen at the end of time is the reign of justice, peace, righteousness, joy and love in the Holy Spirit.
Coordinators of Biblical Apostolate teams in a group discussion.
The Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate organised a retreat cum workshop for coordinators of parish Biblical Apostolate teams (BATs) on April 1.
The event, led by Verbum Dei Srs Sandra Seow and Leticia Candelario Lopez, saw 30 participants from various parishes come together at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre.
Sr Sandra and Sr Leticia are respectively the director and associate director of the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate.
Titled Role of BAT: Disciples of the Word, the event was part of the apostolate’s outreach to gather BAT coordinators from the different parishes to be renewed in their role as well as create a space for them to share experiences and challenges.
Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace listening to a sharing during the leadership retreat.
The best person to model ourselves after as Church leaders is none other than Jesus Himself.
This was the message for about 30 leaders of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace (QoP) at a leadership retreat organised by the parish leadership team together with Caritas Singapore.
The retreat, held on March 25 and 26, was the result of a year-long effort to develop a programme for ministry leaders to understand what it means to be a Church leader, the qualities of a good leader and how the work of the ministries must ultimately contribute to the mission of the Church – to draw people to God and witness to God’s love.
Canossian Sr Angela Ng speaking to trainees at the Gate of Hope vocational centre.
Two CHARIS affiliates have jointly opened a vocational centre in Myanmar to cater to impoverished youth.
The Canossian Sisters and the Magdalene Mission Myanmar (M3) opened the Gate of Hope centre in Nyuang Shwe on March 25.
The centre, located in the Shan State’s Taunggyi District, will provide students with a one-year course in English, values education and professional skills for the tourism and hospitality sector, and a one month internship at local hotels with potential employers.
The purpose of the centre is to prepare them for entry into the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Yangon last year. Graduates also have the option to find jobs in the hospitality industry.