Theme: The Angelic Salutation
Organised by the Filipino Parish Communities in Singapore. Programme contact for Simbang Gabi 2016:Tony ODIADA, 91391180
Daily Masses to be held in the following parishes from Dec 15-23 at 8pm:
CHURCH OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA
Butch SARMIENTO (91349109)
BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
Armand LASPONA (92272160),
Chris PACIA (82648159)
CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY
Rizaldy SAPIERA (82881025),
Marie SAPIERA (94783985)
Should there be a uniform dress code for altar servers and lectors?
Q: As a cradle born Catholic in Singapore, I have visited almost all the different parishes scattered across Singapore and it is rather perturbing that all the parishes have different standards for altar servers and lectors.
Some parishes require their altar servers to dress in a white top, black pants and black court shoes. Some allow their altar servers to serve in multi-coloured sports shoes, shoes without socks, and some even allow their altar servers to be dressed in bermudas!
It goes the same for lectors – some are seated in the sanctuary with the priests, communion ministers and altar servers, some parishes have their lectors seated with the main congregation.
The Many Parts of Christ’s Body
Behind the scenes, the Church is made up of numerous organisations, each working tirelessly to bring Christ to the world.
Last year, when the Archdiocese of Singapore put together a thanksgiving event to commemorate the nation’s 50th birthday and history of the Church in the country, a resounding “I never knew” was heard amongst many Catholics.
Many only see the work of the Catholic Church within their parish or what is reported in the news. But with a mission to fill every aspect of human life with the light of Christ, the Catholic Church is in fact also involved in a multitude of ministries behind the scenes. In Singapore, the Church brings Christ to the people not only through its 31 parishes, but also by caring for migrants, providing education, strengthening families, reaching out to youths, and
countless other activities through over 100 organisations within the archdiocese.
Barré is a group of Singaporean Catholic volunteers who have been working with underprivileged children in Southeast Asia since 2010.
From July 17-23, the missioners headed to Kontum, 600 km north of Ho Chin Minh City, to reach out to the Bahnah community through education to give them hope of better opportunities in life.
The missioners conducted English lessons and teachers’ training sesssions daily for local teachers during their stay.