MARCH 29, 2009, VOL 59, NO 7

 AS I SEE IT
BY DANIEL TAY

SOME TIME AGO, there was a story in a newspaper of a school boy who found a wallet containing thousands of dollars. Being an honest boy, he took the wallet to the police who tracked down the owner and returned the wallet to him.

VATICAN CITY – Affirming the reality of an intelligent design for the creation and development of the universe is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith, said the preacher of the papal household.

VATICAN CITY – As the Catholic Church works to become more present in the new digital media, it also must help teach people to be ethical communicators, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.

SINGAPORE – Church of the Risen Christ celebrated the launch of F.R.E.E., a faith-formation ministry, on Feb 3. F.R.E.E. stands for Faith Renewal, Exploration and Evangelisation.

F.R.E.E. was previously known as CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration), a group formed three years ago to run a video presentation programme  produced by CaFE U.K., a Catholic Evangelisation Service set up to help people encounter God in Scripture, Church teachings, Sacraments, Prayer, Community, Mission and Service.

IT ALL STARTED some five years ago, when the archdiocese was re-zoned and one particular area – Hougang Avenue 2 – previously considered within boundary of Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Nativity of the BVM), then fell under Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s (IHM) care.

The result of this re-zoning and some care from the IHM priests, is a fledgling of a Small Christian Community (SCC), all but just past one-year-old, comprising of parishioners from Nativity of the BVM, IHM and even St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP).

Parish priest of IHM Father Joseph Tan, had set the founding of this new SCC in motion a year ago with the help of some parishioners.

First, they did a ‘survey’ of the Hougang Avenue 2 area that comprises 20 blocks, on the lookout for homes “with some Catholic icons on the front”.