JANUARY 6, 2019, Vol 69, No 01

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Cutting the celebratory cake to honour priests. From left: Fr Francis Lee, Fr Michael Teo, Fr Anthony Ho and Archbishop Emeritus John Ha.

At a special dinner commemorating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Father Anthony Ho reminded all seminarians present to persevere in their vocation.

During the Dec 7 celebration at St Anne’s Church, Fr Anthony, 76, celebrated the Mass and was joined by 50 priests led by Archbishop Emeritus John Ha from Kuching, Malaysia, and Bishop John Bosco Panya from the Diocese of Ratchaburi, Thailand.

The celebration also marked parish priest Fr Francis Lee’s 43rd anniversary in the priesthood.
ISAO CONFERENCE
Charismatic representatives from Singapore at the UAE conference (from left): Mr Leroy Goh, Fr Charlie Oasan, Ms Jessica Francisco, Mr Gerard Francisco and Mr Charles Lim.

It was an international Catholic Charismatic conference attended by 1,700 people. And the venue was the United Arab Emirates.

The 4th ISAO Conference, held from Nov 30-Dec 2 at St Anthony of Padua Church in Ras Al Khaimah, saw the participation of Charimatics from 19 nations in this Muslim-majority country.

ISAO is the Sub-Committee of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) for Asia and Oceania. The ISAO Conference is held every two to four years and rotated among the different countries in the region.
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Morning walk for children from day care centre.

It was a mission trip to bring love, hope and joy to underprivileged children in Pattaya, Thailand. But for the 46 mostly young Singapore missionaries who went, they received from their beneficiaries as much as they gave.

The missionaries, mostly aged 13-18 from the Church of Christ the King, took part in a Dec 1-9 mission exposure programme to visit various institutions under the Father Ray Foundation, a Catholic charity in Pattaya.
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Kids from the West District holding information cards on a saint at the camp’s Faith Station.

Lesley Goonting

The Mass came alive for 120 children during the fifth annual West District Kids Bible Camp held recently.

During the Nov 27-Dec 1 camp, held at the Church of St Ignatius, they learnt more about the Eucharistic celebration through various fun activities.

The event, which had the theme, Marvellous Mystery: The Mass Comes Alive!, saw the 4 to 12 year olds visiting various stations, each one focusing on an aspect of the Mass.
Catholic News features the Church of the Holy Family in this series on parish communities.

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The church serves up to 5,500 parishioners every weekend.

Jared Ng

During the Octave of Christmas, Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of the Holy Family. The feast, celebrated on Dec 30, teaches us about Jesus, Mary and Joseph – and about each one of us and our own families. It is in the family that children learn about prayer and their faith thanks to the teaching and example of their parents.

As a family and as individuals, every Catholic is then called to share his or her faith with others living in the community. At the Church of the Holy Family at Chapel Road, “we want to be attentive to the needs of the people around us. They are also part of our family,” said Father Eugene Vaz, its parish priest.
The Church celebrates the feast of Mary, Mother of God on Jan 1. A Religious Sister offers this reflection.

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Mary my Mother, we would like to wish you a very happy new year, to thank you for your faithful help and to ask for your continued protection and guidance. We won’t wait for Mother’s Day to do this.

Invited to be the Mother of God, you were little more than a child yourself. A teenager who treasured God’s promises to Israel, you never thought of yourself as immaculate. You were too busy thinking of God, loving Him and being loved by Him. You helped His people in Nazareth, especially the poor, and you prayed for needy people and situations you saw and heard about. Like water in God’s hands, you “did whatever He told you”, and you witnessed miracles, big and small.
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André Ahchak

Do you remember the first time you were head-over-heels in love with someone


When the girl in the lift you see every morning on your way up to the office finally catches your eye and she smiles at you? Or the guy you’ve regularly noticed at the far end of the food court walks your way with the biggest smile possible and says, “Hi”. Do you remember that first encounter? Then after your first few weeks of going out – you gushed with great enthusiasm sharing animatedly with your friends about the most wonderful person you’ve met in your life.
ITALIAN CHRISTMAS PIX
Archbishop Marek Zalewski and Fr Timothy Yeo together with members of the Italian Catholic community at their special celebration. 

This time of the year brings excitement and joy to many. Lights, ribbons and decorations are seen everywhere and cheerful songs fill the air. But is this really what Christmas is all about?

This was raised by Archbishop Marek Zalewski, Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore, during a special Christmas Mass for the Italian Catholic community on Sunday, Dec 9, at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
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The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ performing at St Andrew's Cathedral.

“Joys of Christmas 2018”, the theme of the Christmas presentation by the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ, received rousing receptions as it played to packed audiences at the Anglican St Andrew’s Cathedral on Dec 2 and the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Dec 9.

The concert at St Andrew’s Cathedral followed last year’s which was well-received. It was organised after the choir’s founder-director Sir Dr Peter Low and Rev Canon Terry Wong agreed that it would be good to have an ecumenical celebration to commemorate Christ’s birth.

The choir’s annual Christmas concerts are its contributions to the Christmas festivities in the civic district focusing on the celebration of the birth of God Incarnate.
Appointments crest

1. Fr. Benedict Eom Ki Sun has been appointed as the Spiritual Director of Spring of Joy Korean Curia for a term of two [2] years with effect from 15 November 2018.

2. Fr Damian De Wind is appointed Parish Priest of the Church of Divine Mercy for a term of six [6] years with effect from 1 January 2019.


Fr. John-Paul Tan OFM, JCL
Chancellor
Chancery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
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Organised by the Filipino Parish Communities in Singapore

Overall Coordinator for Simbang Gabi 2018: Rizaldy Sapiera.
Filipino Migrant Chaplain: Fr Charlie Oasan