AUGUST 09, 2015, Vol 65, No 16
It was a day of fun, excitement and teamwork as close to 200 parishioners of the Church of St Anthony gathered for the parish’s annual Street Challenge on July 17.
Cheers rang through the air as the teams, comprising a total of 80 players aged 13-50, competed in soccer, basketball and captain’s ball.
Held on the hard courts just down the road from the church in Woodlands, the event was not only focused on the competition. Parishioners who were not playing were encouraged to cheer on the different teams, and food and drinks were available for purchase, giving the event a carnival feel.
When the first Street Challenge was held in 2011, it was an event for the youth only.
Be role models so that others may glorify God.
This was one message emphasised at a day of recollection for Religious aspirants and those in their initial levels of Religious formation.
Redemptorist Fr George Puthenpura challenged the 18 young men and 14 young women gathered at St Patrick’s School on July 17 to be joyful people who are called to love.
Conversion has to happen among them first so that they can live authentic lives, he said in his talk titled Formation for Mission in a Post Modern World.
He urged them to be role models so that others may glorify God and said it is important to journey with others through interpersonal interaction and help them know God who is Emmanuel.
Seventy-five women attended a day of recollection specially organised for Filipinos by the Jesuit-run Kingsmead Centre.
Filipino Jesuit Fr Lester Maramara, who led the time of prayer and reflection on July 26, pointed out to participants that Pope Francis often refers to “God’s mercy”.
However, “this is not something new” to Filipinos, he said. “We Filipinos, in fact, find ourselves blurting out common expressions, ‘May awa ang Diyos!’, or ‘Hinaut, maluoy ang Ginoo!’ (Have mercy, Lord!)”
Fr Lester told participants they are still constantly reminded, challenged and invited to recognise and embrace the mercy and love of God today.
A real experience of God’s mercy and love always moves people to love and to forgive their brothers and sisters, he said. There is just no other way for God’s love and mercy to grow, for the kingdom of God to make itself manifest in the world, he added.
Participants said they found the day of recollection refreshing.
President Tony Tan unveiled the masterplan, or 3-D model, of the redeveloped St Joseph’s Institution campus on Malcolm Road, and officiated at its ground-breaking ceremony on July 20.
Dr Tan, a former student, also launched a new SJI book titled Lasallian Pathfinders: Of Ordinary Men and Less Ordinary Leadership.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, a former SJI student too, was also present at the ceremony held at the Malcolm Road campus.
The 163-year-old school moved out of its Malcolm Road premises in December 2013, and is currently at a Bishan holding site. The school is expected to move back by mid-2017.
According to SJI, with the introduction of the Integrated Programme (IP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in 2013, there has been a need to refurbish existing facilities which are now more than 25 years old.
It was a joyful ceremony for 35 people who were the first to graduate with a Certificate in Theology in Mandarin from the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).
In the presence of family, friends and more than a hundred guests, they received their certificates from Archbishop William Goh at the Catholic Centre on July 28.
Speaking in Mandarin to the group, Archbishop Goh noted that since Singapore is a multiracial country, with multiple cultures, religions and immigrant groups, Catholics as messengers of the Gospel must strive hard to meet the needs of the public.
If the people one wants to serve speaks Mandarin, then one has to equip oneself to speak in Mandarin, he said.
The organisers of the Joy SG50 Thanksgiving event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on July 4 have produced a montage of images commemorating the event. These full-colour A2 size posters are available for those who wish to obtain a copy for keepsakes – with the compliments of the organisers.
You can get it in two ways: collect it from CANA, level 2, Catholic Centre, at 55 Waterloo Street, during office hours (while stocks last); or download it from sg50.catholic.sg
Two brothers, who were ordained together, share their faith journeys with Lorna O’HaraHis parents and grandmother had taught him how to pray in Teochew from a young age, and his “house had more holy pictures than what you would see in a church”, recalled new Jesuit priest, Fr Matthew Tan.
He also used to watch his grandmother pray the rosary for half an hour while walking to church, said Fr Matthew, 56.
He, together with his youngest brother, Gregory, were ordained at the Church of St Ignatius on July 26.
Fr Matthew studied in Catholic schools – St Gabriel’s Primary and Secondary schools and Catholic Junior College – and was also involved in the Catholic Charismatic group while in the National University of Singapore (NUS).
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Last month, we gathered as one Church to celebrate 50 years of the Catholic Church’s contribution to nation-building. It was an event like no other. There was little evidence of the traditional pomp and pageantry that one would normally associate with the Catholic Church; something which is often the cause of our pride.
Still, everyone came away deeply inspired, enthralled and enthused, but above all, we left with such a swelling in the hearts it lodged a lump in the throat. Arising from this event, I hear Catholics across Singapore unashamedly proclaiming, “I am so proud to be Catholic!” and every day, more and more are adding to this voice. What brought about this sea change? What is the basis for this pride?
Many have shared that they were moved to the core by the video exposition of the pure zeal, passion and dedication of our Church forefathers in the spread of the gospel. These were ordinary men and women with a mission. They lived and breathed that mission, risking life and limb to bring the light of Christ to the ends of the earth.
On the occasion of the visit of His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See to the Republic of Singapore, all priests, Religious and laity are invited to a celebration of Holy Mass in St Joseph Church (Victoria Street) on Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10 am, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.