MARCH 06, 2016, Vol 66, No 05

St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School students performing for residents of St Joseph’s Home on Feb 17.St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School students performing for residents of St Joseph’s Home on Feb 17.
A group of Primary 2 students from St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School sang their way into the hearts of residents of St Joseph‘s Home on Feb 17, the 10th day of the Lunar New Year.

The girls were accompanied by members of the Canossian Alumni Association (CAA) along with a few teachers, including their principal, Mrs Eugenie Tan.

Also in attendance were Sr Theresa Seow, Provincial Leader of the Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC), Sr Janet Wang and Sr Dorothy Lim, spiritual director of the CAA.

The eight-year-olds provided an upbeat and entertaining half hour repertoire consisting of a Chinese New Year jingle and English melodies including I Can Sing a Rainbow, Top of the World and Bruno Mar’s Count on Me with a solo accompaniment on the ukulele.

The residents were also presented with oranges and enjoyed luch sponsored by the CAA.
Married couples came together to celebrate World Marriage Day on Feb 14.Married couples came together to celebrate World Marriage Day on Feb 14.

More than 260 people, made up of married couples, their children and family, came together in a Freeze Flash Mob event lasting five minutes.

The rain could not dampen spirits of the couples who gathered to celebrate World Marriage Day in the heart of Orchard Road on Feb 14.

Proudly carrying signs declaring the number of years they have been happily married, the couples gamely “froze” and held various fun and loving poses together outside Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza.

Many curious passersby stopped to look and take photos, wondering what was happening. This was quickly explained with signs carried by volunteers stating: “Please do not be alarmed. Just happily married couples having fun!”
The Archdiocesan Strategic Planning of Resources Team is pleased to report that we are making good progress with the Parish Mass Attendance Survey. As of the weekend of Feb 20/21, we have received 35,000+ responses representing a estimated total of 106,000 Catholics in Singapore. This is encouraging indeed and we thank all of you who have helped us by taking part in this survey.

However, we know from the 2010 census that there are approximately 360,000 Catholics in Singapore. So we need every one of you to respond so that everyone can be accounted for! We need the best possible picture of parish Mass attendance today so that we can continue to plan for your parishes and for the archdiocese.
Archbishop William Goh speaking during his homily at the Rite of Election on Feb 13. He told catechumens that they have to be convinced about God’s love for them to truly receive baptism this coming Easter. Photo: OFFICE FOR CATECHESISArchbishop William Goh speaking during his homily at the Rite of Election on Feb 13. He told catechumens that they have to be convinced about God’s love for them to truly receive baptism this coming Easter. Photo: OFFICE FOR CATECHESIS

“I feel really empowered and embraced by God. He chose me,” shared Ms Anastasia Wendy Ng, 41, from the Church of the Risen Christ.

Mr Roger Loh, 56, from the Church of St Vincent de Paul, said that “it is a very big milestone for me and also a time to reflect on my faith journey so far.”

These were the feelings that some people, preparing to become Catholics this Easter, shared following their recent Rite of Election at the Church of Christ the King on Feb 13.

There were 498 catechumens (non-Christians seeking Baptism) and 68 candidates (baptised Christians seeking full communion with the Catholic Church) at the Rite of Election at the Church of Christ the King.

The following day at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, there were 393 catechumens and 33 candidates.
In a Facebook post, MP Alex Yam comments on online reactions

‘I read with concern some of the comments online in reaction to the statement issued by His Grace Archbishop William Goh as guidance to Catholics in Singapore.

Let us put things in perspective. His Grace as leader of his flock has a moral obligation to shepherd and fulfil his trifold role to teach, govern and sanctify the local Church.

In other words, he, like a father or a mother, has responsibility over the moral, physical, spiritual growth of the family he is elected to lead and serve.

And just like any parent or older sibling, even if it makes him unpopular or seem naggy, he must state what he feels is needed in the context of faith that Catholics need to follow. And like any elder, hopes that the flock listens.
CITY DISTRICT

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd : Under renovation/restoration
Church of Sts Peter & Paul : No Penitential Service
Church of St Alphonsus (Novena Church) : Under reconstruction
Church of St Bernadette : Monday March 7 at 8.15pm
Church of St Teresa : Tuesday March 8 at 8pm   
Church of the Sacred Heart : Wednesday  March 9 at 8pm  
Church of St Michael : Thursday March 10 at 8pm
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes : Friday March 11at 8pm
St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) : Monday March14 at 8pm
Archbishop William Goh issues message on the concert



Madonna’s concert, Rebel Heart, which is touring Singapore next Sunday on 28 February 2016, is causing a stir amongst Catholic and other Christian communities here.

Many have expressed their concern and even outrage at the performer’s disrespectful use of Catholic and other Christian symbols during her performances. Social media is rife with comments about Madonna’s blasphemous music and even props.

As Shepherd of his flock, His Grace Archbishop William Goh has made representations to various Ministries and Statutory Boards to communicate the Catholic Church’s grave concerns. Noting that whilst the Catholic community appreciates that “the task of the government in balancing freedom of the arts and public sensitivities is a challenging one”, the Archbishop nevertheless highlighted that “in multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore, we cannot afford to be overly permissive in favour of artistic expression at the expense of respect for one’s religion, especially in these times of heightened religious sensitivities, particularly among active practitioners of religions”.