Mrs Jessie Goh telling kids Christmas stories at Jurong Point Shopping Centre. Photo: ZHAO YI OF INFOCOMM ASIA HOLDINGS
Children who visited Jurong Point Shopping Centre recently had a rare treat as they listened to stories such as the birth of Baby Jesus and the Little Drummer Boy.
Mrs Jessie Goh, a Holy Family parishioner, enthralled them with these and other stories on Dec 18, as part of an outreach by the Daughters of St Paul.
For over 15 years, the nuns have conducted an annual Christmas outreach at the shopping centre, entitled Bringing Christ to the Marketplace. During this period, they make their spiritual books and media materials available at a push-cart, in the hope of also reminding shoppers that Jesus is the real reason for the season.
Parishioners of the Church of the Risen Christ playing games with the kids at Father Ray Children’s village in Pattaya, Thailand, during a recent mission trip.
A mission trip to charitable institutions in Pattaya, Thailand, serving people with special needs proved to be a moving experience for the Singapore participants.
“Even without their sight, they could do many things,” said 15-year-old Sumaryan d/o Cyril James, referring to her experience with the students in the Redemptorist School for the Blind.
Sumaryan was among the 28 youths and adults from the parish of the Risen Christ who embarked on the Dec 1-9 mission trip to Redemptorist institutions in Pattaya.
Students Veron Ching and Andrew Mak topped Assumption English School’s Normal (Technical) stream this year in the GCE N-Level examinations, despite facing various challenges. Seen with them are their teachers Ms Meera Devi and Ms Wendy Chan.
Life is rarely smooth-sailing and for young students, having to cope with life’s challenges while focusing on GCE N-Level studies can seem overwhelming at times.
For 16-year-old Veron Ching Jiaxian, it must have felt that way when her father passed away in 2013.
Nevertheless, with determination and the support of her family and friends at Assumption English School, she went on to score 5 As and 1B to become one of the school’s top Normal (Technical) students this year.
Bishop Javier Echevarria died on Dec 12.
Despite the short notice, some 300 people turned up at the Church of the Holy Spirit for a requiem Mass for the late Opus Dei leader, Bishop Javier Echevarria.
Fr Avelino Marin, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Southeast Asia, was the main celebrant at the Dec 16 Mass. The other concelebrants were two other priests of Opus Dei – Fr Michael Chan and Fr Jose Lopez – and Fr Luke Fong.
Bishop Echevarria was 84 when he passed away in Rome on Dec 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.