Message for Catholic Education Sunday – Sept 9 and 10, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ
This year we celebrate the 165th anniversary of Catholic education in Singapore. It began with the arrival of 6 FSC
(La Salle) Brothers and 4 Infant Jesus Sisters in 1852.
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Council of Catholic Schools’ Principals (CCSP) was formed recently in February 2017. Since then, the principals have been very active in their desire to raise the standard of Catholic education in Catholic schools.
But this cannot be the work of principals alone, and less still the sponsoring authorities, namely, the archbishop and the various Religious congregations in charge of schools. We need the support of every Catholic – parents, alumni students, teachers and students.
We must once again recover the Catholic identity of our Catholic schools. But this requires your support, and especially your prayers.
To enhance the thrust of Catholic education in our schools, we are celebrating the first Catholic Education Sunday in the Archdiocese in Singapore.
I have composed two prayers for this occasion, one for the teachers and an “evergreen” prayer for all to pray every day for our Catholic schools.
More than 50,000 cards will be distributed to all parishioners and schools so that we can pray with and for each other. We would like you to encourage others to pray this prayer as well.
The most effective way to lead young people to the Lord is through a personal encounter with Him, which happens in prayer and through the power of prayer.
Indeed, in the Gospel, Jesus would not undertake any ministry without first being in communion with His Father in prayer.
We need to pray for wisdom for our Catholic educators in making wise decisions in forming our students in the Spirit of Christ, which entails a holistic formation that is spiritual, academic and in human qualities as well as in communitarian involvement.
Let us be united in this effort to strengthen the Catholic ethos in our Catholic schools.
Most Rev William Goh
Archbishop of Singapore