DECEMBER 9, 2018, Vol 68, No 25

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joy

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Father Ignatius Yeo

Catholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent.

For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – all identifying them as “penitential seasons”.

The seasons in fact lead up to an important Solemnity of the Lord (Christmas and Easter) and that’s the reason why they are “penitential seasons”.
Diana Lee, a volunteer, shares her experiences

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Catholic AIDS Response Effort volunteers and staff (facing camera in black and white tops), together with residents having a singalong session.

Four years ago, at the blissful age of 67, a nagging desire to be a volunteer enveloped me. Whenever I hear a homily, read a spiritual book or watch my Korean TV dramas, my conscience would suddenly come alive, telling me to “do something”. But what was I to do, where, and with whom?
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Youth from the various North District parishes with Father Cornelius Ching (back row sixth from left) after a board games day at Holy Spirit Church.

Youth communities can be found in almost every church in the local archdiocese. But what about a district community?

In an effort to foster bonding and fellowship among the youth from the North District parishes, a youth camp will be held from Dec 17-20 for all youth, aged 13-25, belonging to parishes from this district – namely the Churches of Christ the King, St Anthony, Risen Christ, Holy Spirit, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah).
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Father Damian De Wind explaining the various features of the church to Buddhist monks and lay people.

Five monks and three Buddhist lay people from Sri Lanka were given a special tour of the Church of Divine Mercy in Pasir Ris on Oct 29.

It was their reward for graduating with First Class Honours from the Buddhist and Pali University in Sri Lanka. The trip was to let them experience the multiracial, multicultural and multireligious aspects of Singapore life.

They were accompanied by monks and lay Buddhists from the Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple here, which organised the visit.
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A Montfort Junior School student customising his fabric pouch at the arts and crafts stall.

On Sept 28, much of Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Sulawesi, Indonesia, was devastated by an earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. The disaster claimed thousands of lives, injured many others, destroyed infrastructure and homes, leaving survivors without shelter and basic needs.

At Montfort Junior School, staff and parents wanted to teach the students to be A Man For Others, which is the vision of school. As such, a jumble sale to raise funds for the disaster victims was organised on Nov 14.
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Sisters Rose Pacatte (left) and Nancy Usselmann speaking at a workshop. Photo: JOHNSON KOH

Marie Tay

Everyone is on social media these days. Many people – from the youth to working adults and retirees – have different social media accounts for work, friends and other social circles. How do we live as Catholics in today’s digital world?

Sister Rose Pacatte and Sister Nancy Usselmann, Daughters of Saint Paul nuns from the US and educators on Media Literacy, gave some pointers at two media workshops on Nov 5 and 6.

At the workshops titled Bridging Faith and Life in a Digital World, held at CANA The Catholic Centre on Waterloo Street, the nuns touched on topics that included Digital Literacy, Media Mindfulness and Digital Discipleship.
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Volunteers learn about fire-fighting at Church of Divine Mercy. Photo: CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY

The Archdiocese’s emergency preparedness received an added boost when volunteers at two parishes stepped up to learn life-saving skills which could be used in emergencies in church and even in their homes.

At the Church of Divine Mercy on Nov 17, 32 members of the Parish Emergency Response Team (PERT) took part in a Singapore Civil Defence Force Tier 2 Community Emergency Preparedness Programme (CEPP).
Newspaper

Things you never knew about us, The Catholic News.

* The paper first published in 1935 as the Malaya Catholic Leader.

* Over the decades, the name was changed to The Malayan Catholic Newsletter. It later became the Malaysian Catholic News which then evolved into today’s The Catholic News in 1974.

* Some of the advertisements in the paper’s earliest days included those for Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia, Pilot pens and Kodak film. We even had beer advertisements in those days!
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Mr Steve Paul Yong explains the church’s unique roof structure to a tour group.

If there’s something that will first catch the eye of the casual passers-by in Queenstown, it is often the church with the sharp roofs that looks like a tent.

The unique architecture of this church in Queenstown has attracted not only those who are seeking God but others who are curious to know more about the process that went into the design of the building.

Indeed the design is to symbolise the “Tent of Meeting” in the Old Testament (Exodus 33:7-11) where those who wanted to consult the Lord would gather. Moses, according to biblical records, pitched the tent outside the Israelite camp in the wilderness. There, Moses met with God.
Boys will join the school from next year

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Canossa Convent Brownies marching in with the new school flag.

Jared Ng

Nov 13 was a historic occasion at Canossa Convent Primary School as it marked its last thanksgiving celebration as an all girls’ school.

From next year the school in Sallim Road will be going co-ed after 77 years.

Canossa Convent Primary students were joined by students from Canossaville Pre-School and Canossian School for the hearing impaired, together with the teachers, staff, and Canossian Sisters in embracing this last phase of the school’s journey.
Appointments

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1. Mgr Francis Lau is reappointed a Tribunal Advocate for a term of two [2] years with effect from 18 October 2018.

2. Fr James Yeo is reappointed Spiritual Director for the Apostolate for Catholic Truth (ACT) for a term of two [2] years with effect from 18 October 2018.

3. Fr John-Paul Tan OFM is reappointed a member of the Archdiocesan Media Advisory Council for a term of two [2] years with effect from 18 October 2018.

4. Fr Christopher Lee is reappointed Assistant Archdiocesan Master of Ceremony for a term of two [2] years with effect from 18 October 2018.