MARCH 23, 2014, Vol 64, No 05

21-year-old Singaporean Catholic Darren Chan shares his journey of experiencing God and the strengthening of his faith in Yogyakarta, especially near a volcano that erupted recently.
The Ganjuran orphans with the Sisters who are their pillars of support and love.The Ganjuran orphans with the Sisters who are their pillars of support and love.
I was to embark on my first overseas trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with a group of 27 Catholics from Singapore. Days before, I heard that Mount Kelud, an active volcano situated 200 km from my destination had erupted.

However, through God’s grace and fervent prayers, I was greeted with sunny and clear skies upon arrival and there was no sign that the eruption had occurred.  

From Feb 24 to 28, I had the chance to learn more about the Catholic community in Indonesia.
Archbishop Goh holding up the Book of Elect at St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah).Archbishop Goh holding up the Book of Elect at St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah)Archbishop Goh urges candidates and catechumens to continue their faith journey after baptism. Darren Boon reports.
 
Joy, excitement and a sense of anticipation at their upcoming baptism.

These were the feelings that some people, preparing to become Catholics this Easter, shared following their recent Rite of Election.
Screen grab from the community’s website.Screen grab from the community’s website.It was about three years ago that the Italian-speaking Catholic community came together officially to attend Sunday Mass together, said its chaplain Fr Timothy Yeo.

The priest celebrates Mass with the community on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s Maris Stella Chapel on Holland Road. The number of Mass attendees varies between 20 and 40, Fr Yeo told CatholicNews.

Sometimes the Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, celebrates Mass with the community, said Fr Yeo, assistant priest at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, decorates Mr Augustine Loorthusamy with the Knight of St Sylvester. Looking on is Mrs Loorthusamy.Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, decorates Mr Augustine Loorthusamy with the Knight of St Sylvester. Looking on is Mrs Loorthusamy.
ROME – Pope Francis has conferred the title of Knight of St Sylvester on a Malaysian Catholic for his contributions to social communication.

Mr Augustine Loorthusamy, the outgoing president of Signis (World Catholic Association for Communication), is believed to be the first Malaysian to receive this award from the pope.
The School of Witness participants put on performances and gave testimonies during the annual Testify to Love rally. The School of Witness participants put on performances and gave testimonies during the annual Testify to Love rally. He was a cradle Catholic who was struggling to live the faith that he had inherited from his parents. Fulfilling religious obligations felt like a burden, and he felt pressurised to know this “Sunday God”.

David de Souza, 17, was sharing with the 750-strong crowd at this year’s Testify to Love rally, held at Catholic Junior College (CJC) on March 8.

He was among 32 young Catholics aged 17-34 who planned the rally following their experience at the annual School of Witness, which is now in its sixth year.
Joshua Jared Gan from Catholic Junior College has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) since he was in Primary 2, but managed to score 3As each for both Higher 1 and 2 subjects at the GCE A Levels. He is now in National Service.Joshua Jared Gan from Catholic Junior College has had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) since he was in Primary 2, but managed to score 3As each for both Higher 1 and 2 subjects at the GCE A Levels. He is now in National Service.
Joshua Jared Gan from Catholic Junior College (CJC) was discovered to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when he was only in Primary 2.

Despite his struggle to concentrate in school and an addiction to computer games, Gan sat for his GCE A Levels last year and when results were released on March 3, he had scored a University Entrance Score of 90 points.
“It’s really what we call a masterpiece, to juggle light and darkness in this painting that depicts the burial of Jesus,” said Fr Emmanuel Danjoux.

“You’ll find that it is inviting whoever is looking at the painting to focus on the grave stone below.”

Paris Foreign Missions priest, Fr Danjoux, was highlighting the subtle aspects of Italian artist El Caravaggio’s painting, The Burial, to about 60 participants on March 7.
Daniel and  Shelley Ee,  seen here with Filipino priest,  Fr Nathanial  B Gomez.Daniel and Shelley Ee, seen here with Filipino priest, Fr Nathanial B Gomez.
A Singapore couple who have been involved in Marriage Encounter for more than 20 years have been selected to lead the worldwide movement.

Daniel Ee and Shelley Ee, together with Filipino priest, Fr Nathanial B Gomez, were selected to be movement’s new International Ecclesial Team.
A group activity and sharing at the first pit-stop of the Emmaus Walk, an event organised by the North District priests.A group activity and sharing at the first pit-stop of the Emmaus Walk, an event organised by the North District priests.
A sizable number of young people gathered at the doorstep of St Francis Xavier Major Seminary at 6am on March 1.
Though their faces were covered with sweat and their feet in blisters, each one of them had a proud smile plastered on their face, triumphant at the challenge they had overcome.

The 110 young people, aged 13 to 28, were participants of the Emmaus Walk, an event organised by the priests of the North District parishes.

Mr Yeo: appointment ‘a great honour’. Fr Lombardi: council aims to improve coordination.Mr Yeo: appointment ‘a great honour’. Fr Lombardi: council aims to improve coordination.VATICAN CITY – Former Singapore cabinet minister George Yeo has been appointed to the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy together with six other laypeople and eight cardinals.

The new council was established on Feb 24 by Pope Francis to study the policies and practices of the Holy See and devise appropriate policies and best practices. Its members were announced  on March 8.

The laypeople in the group are all experts in the fields of business, management and finance.

The council is an independent “authority for policy decisions and not merely an advisory organ” to the new Secretariat for the Economy, which will have authority over all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and Vatican City State, the Vatican announcement said.