NOVEMBER 25, 2018, Vol 68, No 24

10 CN24 2018
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Msgr Philip Heng, SJ

How we live our lives and what happens to us does affect others. As parents in particular, the quality of our lives affects our children. If we are a close-knit family where there is much love and respect for one another, our children will likely grow up to be wholesome persons; more so if they experience the love of the family within the Catholic ambience of the home.

However, if there is much dissension, division and desolation between parents, children will absorb the pain and suffering their parents are going through. They are young, vulnerable and fragile emotionally. The hurts and woundedness of their parents’ painful relationship will permeate their hearts, and they will become insecure, angry and confused about life.
A Rohingya woman works as a tailor in the refugee camp.

Jared Ng

When the Rohingya crisis made headlines in August last year with reports of some 700,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh because of a deadly military crackdown, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) swung into action.

Their first task was to make people understand the issues facing the refugees. They organised an exhibition at the Church of St Ignatius to create awareness of the crisis and to pray for a quick resolution.
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Students ploughing the soil in the vegetable garden.

Walking through Hai Sing Catholic School, one can’t help but notice a simple vegetable garden with the students all hands-on at the plot.

This garden is part of the school’s green efforts and to also build the character and faith of its Catholic students. After all, St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), the congregation which founded the school in 1959, was one who cared about the environment and wildlife.

Hence, the garden is an initiative to remind students that, like seeds which are planted, their faith journey takes time to grow and they need to constantly nourish themselves with the Word of God and the sacraments.
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Graduates of the Maryvale Institute courses at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

It was a celebration of the courage and dedication of some 30 men and women who completed special catechetical courses despite the challenges of caring for new babies, children studying for the PSLE, work stress and health issues.

On Nov 9, Monsignor Ambrose Vaz congratulated the graduates of the inaugural runs of the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis (2016-2018) and the Maryvale Certificate in Marriage and Family (2017-2018) courses during their Graduation Mass.

Maryvale Institute, based in Birmingham, UK, is an international Catholic college with an outstanding reputation in catechesis.
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The Liveloud concert will be held at the ZEPP@Big Box Concert Hall in Jurong East on Nov 24.

Music has the power to evoke all kinds of emotion and it explains why some fans would flock to ticket boxes days in advance, while others fork out hundreds of dollars – all to catch their favourite artistes at concerts.

The love people have for music truly moves them. And, it is this very realisation that gave birth to the Liveloud movement. With youth naturally drawn to the vibrancy of music, there was an opportunity to share Christ in a creative and exciting way. And thus, the Liveloud movement campaigned to encourage youth to piece their own expressions of God’s greatness through composing original songs of praise and worship to Him.
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SJI Junior student trying his hand at a station game.

What better way to honour the saints than to get everyone dressed up as one of the holy people to mark All Saints Day.

This was the inspiration behind St Joseph’s Institution Junior’s Super Saints’ Party carnival held on Nov 1 at the school.
The game stations at the carnival were themed after 10 saints – St John Baptist De La Salle, the school’s founder, and nine other saints after which the school’s classes are named after.

They are Sts Michael, Stephen, Anthony, Luke, Joseph, Gabriel, Raphael, Patrick and Francis Xavier.
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Participants of the Second Christian-Taoist Colloquium held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Photos: ArchProductions

Christopher Khoo

Why is Christian and Taoist dialogue important today? What do we hope to achieve through this dialogue?

These questions were posed by Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), during the Second Christian-Taoist Colloquium held from Nov 5-7.

Speaking to 76 Christian and Taoist scholars and practitioners at an interreligious dialogue at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Ayuso noted that many of the problems today such as terrorism, unemployment and food and water security, transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone.

“We need a ‘global ethics’ that brings together the universal values and norms that for centuries have formed the patrimony of human experience,” he said in his keynote address at the event organised by PCID, the Archdiocese of Singapore, and the Taoist Federation of Singapore (TFS).


Jared Ng

A slow but gradual shift is taking place in the Church to get more laypeople to step into more responsible roles for the Church. When this happens then it would allow the clergy to focus more on their core responsibilities.

What this means is that there must be a mindset change by both laypeople and the clergy and Religious if the Church in Singapore is to remain a body that is run by local priests instead of foreign missionaries. Archbishop William Goh made this call in a special interview with Catholic News.