It is believed that a medium from the Philippines has recently visited Catholics in Singapore with the intent of exercising her practice. She is said to diagnose and cure the sick of their illnesses when she is in a state of integration with the "Santo Nino". The name Santo Nino – "Holy Child", refers to the Infant Jesus as He is popularly known in Spanish-speaking countries and the Philippines.
The practice of inviting the "Santo Nino" or any spiritual entity, including those believed to be Catholic religious figures such as saints or members of the Holy Trinity, to take control of a person's body, is not consistent with Catholic teaching. This refers to a situation in which the spiritual entity assumes control of a person who has accepted them, often in order for this person or the entity to exercise power over another person.
The Gift of My Church (#TGOMC) is a series featuring how Catholics from all walks of life have been touched by God through their service or participation in the life of the Archdiocese of Singapore. In this issue, writer Carolyn Lim discovers how an undergraduate found hope during an internship at a Catholic organisation.
Joshua Chan (centre) in a group photo with his colleagues from the OFC. Photo: Joshua Chan.
When undergraduate Joshua Chan, 24, struggled to find an internship during his third year at the National University of Singapore, he began to wonder if God was testing him. Discernment and prayer led him to consider an internship in a Catholic organisation, even though his peers were heading for roles with large corporations.
Joshua had found himself desiring something other than “meeting KPIs and making money”, he shared. So, when he learned of an internship offered by the Office for Catechesis (OFC) through a friend, he readily applied.
OFC, located at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre at Highland Road, has 11 full-time and part-time staff. They are tasked with the training and formation of catechists, analysing the state of catechesis in the archdiocese, and developing strategies to strengthen faith formation.
Finding Faith Through Job Loss
According to data released by the Ministry of Manpower this year, the slowing economy has hit job seekers hard. The struggle to find new jobs was even harder for older workers, degree holders and PMETs (professional, managers, executives and technicians).
Two families came forward to share their stories with Margaret Leong and Tee Hun Ching, hoping to encourage and support fellow families to soldier on, knowing that God has a plan for them amidst the difficulties.
Refusing to give up on their marriage gave Jason and Jenny the chance to reconnect with each other again.
Jason and Jenny first met at a friend’s birthday party in their hometown of Malacca. He was 21 years old, searching for direction in life. She was 16 years old, fresh-faced and full of zest for life. This was the start of their bittersweet life together, one which is now unfolding with Christ.
Being young and full of dreams, Jason and Jenny moved to Singapore and worked hard at their jobs hoping to carve out a wonderful life together. Jason was a highly skilled machinist in a multinational company dealing with Oil Tools. Jenny was an accountant and also in a multinational company. They took frequent holidays together and ate out regularly in restaurants. To their families, Jason and Jenny seemed like the perfect couple living the perfect dream.
However the crisis at work began to unravel the empty married life they were living for the past 10 years. In their pursuit of making money, they forgot each other.
The Daughters of St Paul made a cameo appearance during the Sept 9 concert. From left: Sr Theresa Lim, Sr Wendy Ooi and Sr Gesuina Mariko Ogata.
By Theresa Khoo
As the haunting tune of a bagpipe pierced a packed Church of Sts Peter and Paul, the audience strained to see where the music was coming from. A young man in tartan kilt marched in from the front left of the church, playing Amazing Grace, and was soon joined by two singers mouthing the familiar words.
This opening act to the God’s Spirit in Song Concert unveiled an evening of diverse music as six singing groups in the archdiocese came together with several guests to give praise to God and raise funds over two consecutive Saturdays for the building projects of the Cenacle Sisters and the Daughters of St Paul.