OCTOBER 16, 2016, Vol 66, No 21


Archbishop William Goh blowing out the candles on the anniversary cake marking 15 years of the Jesus Youth movement in Singapore.

The Jesus Youth movement organised an event, JY15@SG, to celebrate the canonical recognition of their organisation and 15 years of the movement’s presence in Singapore.

The celebration on Oct 2 was held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre.
Young people come together to share their views


Participants discussing whether technology is a help or hindrance to relationships. It was organised by Caritas Singapore Young Adults.

Does technology help to build better relationships between people? How can the pervasive use of digital technology help people reach out and help others in need? These were some questions that a group of 16 young adults discussed on Sept 26 at Agape Village.

The session was part of a series titled Creed on the Street (COTS), organised by Caritas Singapore Young Adults.

COTS is an ongoing series of discussions, open to all young adults, on a variety of issues that concern them such as poverty in Singapore, the mission of the family and environmental degradation.

Rabbi Mordechai Abergel speaking to participants of the Sept 18 synagogue visit.

Lectors and their family members from the Church of the Holy Spirit visited the Maghain Aboth Synagogue to learn more about the Jewish faith.

The visit on Sept 18, organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD), also sought to give the 25 participants a better appreciation of interreligious dialogue.

A woman bringing her pet for the special animal blessing on Oct 2 at the Church of St Mary of the Angels.

“I wanted to have my dog blessed today because to me it symbolises God laying His hand on him,” said Ms Janet See, 38.

Malcolm, her nine-year-old Airedale Terrier, was one of a wide variety of pets brought by their owners to the Franciscan-run Church of St Mary of the Angels for a special blessing.

Br Solomon was a martyr of the French Revolution.

The De La Salle Brothers in Singapore will hold a Mass of Thanksgiving and Remembrance to honour of one of their Brothers, Blessed Solomon Leclercq, who will be canonised a saint on Oct 16.

The Mass will be celebrated on Nov 5 at 5 pm in the Chapel of St Patrick’s School, 490 East Coast Road.

All members of the greater Lasallian community are invited, including alumni, students and staff of the eight Lasallian schools, HopeHouse and LASALLE College of the Arts, as well as friends and associates of the Brothers. Deceased members of the past year from among the Lasallian family will also be remembered at the Mass.
Jared Ng looks at how the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea conducts these and other activities in this ongoing parish series


The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, located in Yishun, was designed to look like an ark.

Catering to the demands of a large parish can be challenging. However, the various coordinators and leaders of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) have embraced these challenges to create a vibrant and active church.

Under the guidance of parish priest Fr Gregoire van Giang, 64, various ministries and activities have been set up for
parishioners to connect more closely with God.

Some include a weekly Bible study session for all parishioners and a monthly rosary devotion conducted in six languages and one dialect.
Poly students learn about leadership at OYP’s 2nd poly camp


Leaders of various polytechnics getting to know one another during the retreat held from Sept 23-25.

Poly students who attended last year’s first Polytechnic Leaders Formation Weekend returned to help out in this year’s retreat.

“The call to serve is something that I always answer with delight and it was exactly my sentiment when I was called to serve in this retreat,” said Dylan Falsado, 19, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, who served in the worship team and as a facilitator.

Kristel William, 19, a current leader of Republic Polytechnic’s campus community, said her faith has grown since she attended last year’s retreat. “After a year, I returned to serve with a stronger faith and trust in God’s love.”
The ‘My Child is Made for More’ programme aims to equip parents in guiding their children on the issue


Family Life Society programme manager Hershey Regaya giving a presentation titled My Body Is Me on Sept 17.

How do parents share basic truths about sex and sexuality with their children? This was what a two-day programme conducted by the Family Life Society (FLS) sought to tackle.

The “My Child is Made for More” programme was held at Agape Village on Sept 17 and 24 and attended by parents and counsellors.

According to FLS, the overall objective was to equip parents with the knowledge, skills and attitude on how they can guide their children in forming a healthy attitude about sexuality.

K2 student Emily reaching out to an Apex Harmony Lodge resident at a recent celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day. 

Children from a church-run kindergarten and residents of a purpose-built home for persons with dementia joined hands
to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day recently.

Thirty-eight residents of Apex Harmony Lodge (AHL) and 70 children from the Church of the Holy Trinity Kindergarten, for the first time, put on percussion and dance performances for the residents’ families, the children’s parents and the community on Sept 23.

The multi-generational event had the theme, Share our love, Make Connections. It was held in the church hall and was the culmination of a project that the kindergarten started in mid-2015. As part of their curriculum, the K2 children have been visiting AHL in Pasir Ris once a week, with each session lasting an hour, over a period of five weeks per class.

Members of the Tamil-speaking community were among the various migrant communities present at the celebration on Sept 25.

Thankful and appreciated. This was how Ms Nguyen from the Vietnamese community felt after attending the Migrant
Sunday celebration held on Sept 25.

“The locals here and even the other communities are very warm and supportive. It makes me feel at home and I hope we can meet more often,” she said.

Methodist Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup and Archbishop William Goh praying over a participant at the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service.

Christians from different traditions praised God at the top of their voices through worship songs at an ecumenical service.

At various times during the service, they placed their hand over the person seated beside them in an affirmation of the one Christian faith.

About 1,400 Christians thronged the auditorium of St Andrew’s Cathedral on Sept 26, for the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service. An event which sought to bring together Christians from different Churches.
APPOINTMENTS

1. Fr Bartholomew Jia Shao Ping CDD has taken up residence at the religious house of the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord (CDD) as the new novice director. Apart from internal ministry to his religious community, he is also available to serve the Chinese Migrant Community and other ministries on request.

2. Fr Joseph Zhang Wei CDD will complete his pastoral obligation in Singapore and return to China in November 2016 to begin his sabbatical leave.

3. Fr Michael Sitaram has been appointed as Parish Priest to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes for a term of six [6] years with effect from 15 September 2016.