SINGAPORE – The second batch of lay counsellors have graduated from a one-year lay counselling course conducted by Family Life Society and are now ready to be deployed in parishes where they will provide a listening ear to those who may find life difficult, confusing or painful.

The 21 counsellors received their certificates of achievement and counselling from Archbishop Nicholas Chia on Dec 22, 2007.

The course includes theoretical inputs, role play and clinical supervision.

"I hope that the skills I acquired can be put into actual service to those who approach us for help," said newly commissioned lay counsellor Leny Januar, 42.

With this new batch, one-third of the parishes in Singapore can now be served.

Counselling is now available at the following churches: Holy Family, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St. Anne’s, St. Vincent de Paul, Risen Christ, St. Bernadette, St. Anthony, St. Francis of Assisi, Blessed Sacrament, St. Joseph (Bukit Timah), and also at CANA the Catholic Centre.

Call 6382 0688 for time and availability or visit www.familylife.sg for latest updates. n

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