Archbishop Goh speaking at the celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year.
The state of catechesis in Singapore is sobering. There are people who leave the Church after Confirmation and the RCIA process, said Archbishop William Goh.
Speaking at the annual celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year on Jan 6, Archbishop Goh said this was a failure of catechesis, which is not a question of content but of pedagogy and initiation.
The universal Church is struggling to find the “right” way to form young people and adults and he encouraged catechists to “think out of the box” to find ways to effectively evangelise those being catechised.
Preschool educators doing a Zumba workout.
When 75 Catholic preschool educators congregated at Catholic Kindergarten, a preschool managed by the Marist Brothers, it was to learn about the educational approaches and practices of the kindergarten. It was for them to deepen their professional knowledge.
But in learning, there should also be an element of fun. And, the educators found themselves getting an exhilarating Zumba workout as part of the programme on Dec 28. They also went through a dance routine with the aim of enhancing team work.
Leaders representing Caritas Singapore and its 27-member organisations after the annual Mass.
Recognising that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, the Caritas Singapore family gathers annually to celebrate Mass to give thanks for the past year as well as to begin a new year with blessings and faith.
And this year on Jan 5 at Agape Village, about 200 people from the Caritas family, including board members, staff and volunteers, attended the Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh. Caritas Singapore is the umbrella body for 27 Catholic charities and organisations.
Participants of the Red Mass included (from left): Prof Tan Cheng Han (Caritas), Ms Peggy Yee (Catholic Lawyers Guild), Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck and Ms Janet Ang (Caritas Board of Trustees).
Catholic members of the legal fraternity were urged to use their skills for the good of society and to work for justice.
“In good conscience, you must communicate justice and truth in love and compassion,” said Father John Bosco during the Catholic Lawyers Guild’s 17th Annual Red Mass on Jan 11.
He told the 150 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd that they can only achieve this by seeking the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Red Mass is celebrated annually to mark the opening of the legal year in Singapore.