AUGUST 07, 2016, Vol 66, No 17

A person attending Mass. CNS file photoA person attending Mass. CNS file photoI read Anthony Dass’ letter to CatholicNews (More People Coming Late For Mass Now, CN, July 24). I would like to share a different perspective. I used to be annoyed, like Mr Dass, by those churchgoers who are late for Mass. Without knowing them, I judged them in my heart. 

An experience that changed me happened when I was attending weekday morning Mass at a parish and there was this couple who were perpetually late. They would appear when the celebrant was sharing his homily.

After Mass, some of us would gather together for breakfast and we would gossip about this couple and how disrespectful they were to Jesus to receive communion even though they were late for Mass.

One morning, I met a friend who was attending the weekday morning Mass and I was sharing my disappointment with her.
A vibrant Filipino community and a youth cafe are among the features of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in this ongoing parish series

The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is located at 31 Siglap Hill. The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is located at 31 Siglap Hill.

Welcoming elderly parishioners to the church grounds to participate in spiritual, physical and mental activities.

This initiative, known as the Golden Circle, is one of the unique characteristics of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS).

Others include a cafe operated by the youth community, a dynamic Filipino community and a monthly devotion to St Padre Pio.

Members of the Golden Circle playing mahjong in the canteen of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.Members of the Golden Circle playing mahjong in the canteen of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
Preserving the Catholic Family

The Catholic Family Dialogue featured a panel discussion, consisting of Catholics from all walks of life.The Catholic Family Dialogue featured a panel discussion, consisting of Catholics from all walks of life.

Over 150 people turned up for this year’s Catholic Family Dialogue on 23 July at Catholic Junior College. Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), the event sought to explore the relevance of the Catholic Family in today’s challenging world.

It was due to the apparent decline of the practice of the faith at home that prompted the organisers to go for the theme ‘Will the Catholic Family Still be Relevant Tomorrow’.

Mr Kevin Simon, 27, was among the participants who signed up for the event. A volunteer at a youth centre, he went with the hope of learning how to reach out to troubled teenagers. He was accompanied by his mother, Mdm Debbie Ng, 58, who hopes to help her grandchildren grow in the Catholic faith despite life’s distractions.
Participants of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ meeting, held at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Seated (from left): Fr Terence Pereira (Singapore), Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu), Fr V. A. Michael Kuala Lumpur) and Ms Justina Sharon (PMS secretary and accountant).  Standing (from left): Fr John Pereira (Melaka-Johor), Fr Kevin Chundi (Miri), Fr Isidore Gilbert (Kota Kinabalu), Fr Paul Mikin (Keningau), Fr Jasery Gabuk (Sandakan) and Fr Victor Louis (Penang). Participants of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ meeting, held at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Seated (from left): Fr Terence Pereira (Singapore), Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu), Fr V. A. Michael Kuala Lumpur) and Ms Justina Sharon (PMS secretary and accountant). Standing (from left): Fr John Pereira (Melaka-Johor), Fr Kevin Chundi (Miri), Fr Isidore Gilbert (Kota Kinabalu), Fr Paul Mikin (Keningau), Fr Jasery Gabuk (Sandakan) and Fr Victor Louis (Penang).

Directors of the region’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) reflected on Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday during their recent annual meeting.

The PMS is the official missionary arm of the Catholic Church charged with the work of evangelisation and charitable works throughout the world.

In his message for World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on Oct 23, the pope invited everyone to “go out” as missionary disciples, offering their talents, wisdom and experience to share the message of God’s tenderness and compassion.

During the PMS’ June 27-29 meeting, which had the theme, Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy, participants discussed what the pope said about the growing presence of women in the missionary world, working alongside their male counterparts, as a significant sign of God’s maternal love.
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Church mental health charity, Clarity, co-organises talk on coping with anxiety

Dr Raja Sathy Velloo and Cenacle Sr Linda Lizada speaking at the talk.Dr Raja Sathy Velloo and Cenacle Sr Linda Lizada speaking at the talk.

Almost 10 percent of people in Singapore suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders, according to a study of mental disorders here. However, they generally wait six to nine years before seeking help.

Dr Raja Sathy Velloo, an associate consultant in the Department of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, shared this information with about 100 people who attended a talk on anxiety.

The event, held at Agape Village on July 9, was a joint collaboration between Church mental health charity, Clarity Singapore, and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Thrive, a community mental health programme managed by the hospital.

In his talk, Dr Raja Velloo explained that the term “anxiety disorders” is an umbrella term encompassing many different types of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a basic emotion that everyone has and it helps people to perform well in their tasks, he said.

However, when the anxiety level becomes overwhelming, it affects a person’s ability to function. This is when treatment is necessary.

Dr Raja Velloo shared that the types of anxiety disorders prevalent in Singapore include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (excessive anxiety about everyday life events) and agoraphobia (irrational fear of being in places where escape is difficult or embarrassing).
Young Singapore Catholics share photos of fellowship and prayer at the Youth Arise festival and WYD opening Mass


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This year we celebrate our 51st National Day. In the last 50 years, we, together with our leaders, have been focusing on building a progressive society with proper infrastructure and transparent governance. As a consequence, Singapore has grown economically, technologically and politically as a nation. There is equality, justice and harmony in our country. Indeed, we can be proud of our achievements. 

We have many things to thank God for our nation. The nation is what it is today because we have been blessed with strong leadership in our country, whether it is in the political, religious or economic arena.
The Catholic Church in Singapore is saddened to learn of the killing of one of our brothers-in-Christ, the 84 year old Reverend Father Jacques Hamel in France in a place of worship. Such cruel acts are designed to instil fear and divisiveness in our society. The Church condemns all acts of terrorism and violence.

This heinous act is not just an attack on the Catholic Church, but an attack on all of humanity and decency. In recent times, terrorists have targeted diverse groups of people and events. Earlier this month, just before the celebration of Eid, ISIS terrorists bombed the holy city of Medina, killing many Muslim believers.