JULY 27, 2014, Vol 64 No 15
The go-ahead arrived on June 30, when at the headquarters of the Thai Episcopal Conference in Bangkok, Msgr Arpondratana Francis Xavier Vira, head of the Biblical Commission and Sr Phanni Phuruanghong, secretary of the Commission, signed an agreement with representatives of the Thailand Bible Society.
The following are points of clarification provided by the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace with regard to the church renovation story in CN, July 13:
The headline for the article should read “Queen of Peace Church undergoes renovation as she celebrates her 60th anniversary”.
The reason for the renovation is so that the church can look more attractive outside as well as inside to people.
The theme of the church design is to depict the various aspects of Mary’s name as Queen. As one enters the church by the main door, from the entrance there is a clear view of a bright green star directly above the statue of Our Lady at the main sanctuary. It comes across as the Star of the Sea, a title given to her.
VATICAN CITY – Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee – which includes former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo – to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, announced the formation of the committee at a July 9 news conference.
“The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings,” he said.
About 50 people gathered at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea canteen on July 12 to witness Bible passages coming to life through drama.
The church’s Bible Sunday celebration saw parishioners taking to the stage, donning colourful costumes and using props.
Coming in first place was Jerome and Family, a family of nine including a two-year-old, who acted out a scene at the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
During the part when the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, a handmade white paper bird with an attached spotlight was lowered above the head of the actor playing Jesus. “Oohs”and “ahhs” were heard from the audience.
In second place was the team from Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, who acted out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.
SINGAPORE – Choir leaders from various parishes attended a workshop on choir leadership from July 7-11 at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre (CAEC) at Highland Road.
Seventy-six participants from eighteen parishes attended the nightly sessions led by Kevin Allen, a Catholic composer based in Chicago who has been highly regarded as a composer of church music for the Roman Rite.
Allen’s works have been performed in churches and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. He was invited to share his expertise on managing choirs as well as conduct a master class for conductors.
The aim of the workshop, organised by the Liturgical Music Committee of Singapore (LMC), was to encourage choirs to be more proficient in leading their choirs and to collaborate with their clergy and congregation towards a more orthodox and appropriate liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rediscovery of the Church’s liturgical traditions in chant and sacred polyphony.
KUALA LUMPUR – Fr Julian Leow Beng Kim from the College General Major Seminary, Penang, has been appointed to succeed Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur.
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino made this announcement on July 3.
Fr Leow, 50, is set to become the fourth archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
The priest of 12 years has also been holding other roles such as Dean of Studies and Initiation Year Director at the College General Major Seminary.
He was born in Seremban and studied at St Paul’s Institution before heading to Australia, where he graduated with a degree in building from the University of New South Wales.
In 2002, he was ordained a priest and for two years was assistant priest at the Church of the Visitation, Seremban. He was parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family, Kajang, from 2004-2007.
Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino told the bishops of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei that in the midst of their already demanding work, there is now a new challenge given by the Holy Father.
“We are all aware of the process that he has undertaken himself to reform the Curia and many structures in the Vatican,” said Archbishop Marino during the 94th Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei.
The July 7-11 meeting was held at the Majodi Centre in Plentong, Johor Bahru.
The nuncio noted that for self-renewal to take place at the local level, there is a need for self-examination. Things cannot be left “as they presently are”, he said, quoting the pope.
St Joseph’s Institution Junior (SJI Junior), formerly St Michael’s School, celebrated its 60th year with a gala dinner on the school grounds at Essex Road.
The July 5 event took place at the same site which saw its first batch of students reporting to school to be educated in the Lasallian tradition, a point noted by SJI Junior principal Timothy Goh in his welcome address.
Br Edmundo Fernandez, Visitor of the Lasallian East Asian District, attended the dinner together with some 700 guests consisting of former Michaelians. They included priests, present and former politicians, teachers, and entertainers.
Ten members of the pioneer batch of Michaelians (1954-1959) were also present along with current students and their parents.
The Lourdes Experience will be held this December for the third time.
The Singapore association of the Order of Malta, a lay religious order, is once again organising the event, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, Dec 6.
According to the association, hundreds of litres of the water from the well-known Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, will be imported and distributed to the sick at the event. The water is known to have miraculous properties.
Mr Michael Khoo, president of the Order of Malta Singapore, told CatholicNews that the event is to “enable those of the faithful in Singapore who for any personal reason are unable to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes, in particular the sick, the infirm and the needy, to experience Lourdes here in Singapore”.
Jesuit Fr Manoling Francisco, who will perform in an upcoming concert at Queen of Peace church, shares how music can evangelise
On Aug 8-9, the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a Meditation & Music prayer concert at 8pm.
Filipino liturgical composer Jesuit Fr Manoling Francisco will perform on both nights accompanied by a choir from the host parish and the St Francis Xavier Choir from the Church of St Ignatius.
The priest, who performed at the Church of St Mary of the Angels last December, shares with CatholicNews his musical inspirations and how music can lead listeners to a deeper experience of God.
Following are excerpts from the interview:
According to the SIM Catholic Society (SIM CS), the Malay Cultural and Muslim Society (SIM MCMS) invited the former to take part in the project, called ProjectGiveback – and on July 5, they got to work.
Twenty-four participants from SIM MCMS and seven from SIM CS cleaned six homes selected by Back2Basics, an organisation that provides basic needs to underprivileged families regardless of race or religion.
Catholic and Muslim participants said they found the joint effort an enriching experience.
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters,
It is with immense joy that I celebrate with you the end of your holy month of Ramadan; of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
May this message express my great esteem and respect for all Muslims; in particular, your active involvement in promoting peace, and harmony through interreligious dialogue, and projects that reach out to victims of environmental calamities and the poor and needy of different religions and races.
As Pope Francis has called for particular attention to families this year, coinciding with the United Nations’ “International Year of the Family”, I ardently wish God’s abundant blessings of love and unity on all your families.
I believe Muslims and Catholics share a common goal to build up families anchored in love and respect for each family member. It is when there is real unity within families that we can also speak of real unity in the country and humanity.