MAY 24, 2009, Vol 59, No 11


SINGAPORE – The Canossian spirit – “youthful hearts filled with ardour” – was displayed on Mar 28 at the 2009 Canossian Alumni dinner. ‘Viva Verona’ was the theme chosen, to remember the birthplace of the foundress of Canossian schools, St. Magdalene of Canossa and to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Foundation of Canossian Institute.

Melanie Martens, principal of St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary, invited the alumni to host the event at the school grounds in Bedok North. Four hundred ladies from batch 1947 to batch 2008 attended this “homecoming event” which connected the alumni with present students.

SINGAPORE – Ties between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are much closer these days in Singapore, after the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Christian Church started conducting its services in a room at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre (CAEC)

The church was evicted from its previous home in River Valley Road in March last year following a tenancy dispute. After attempts to find a permanent home proved unsuccessful, it made an appeal to Catholic Archbishop Nicholas Chia of Singapore.

SINGAPORE – Seventeen teams, made up of  more than 100 people, participated in Church of Christ the King’s Amazing Grace competition held at Bishan Park on Sunday Apr 19.

The Family Life Team organised the games, the first in the parish to build family bonding whilst creating awareness of the life and letters of St. Paul. The theme chosen for the games was based on St. Paul’s Journeys.

Singapore Archdiocese online THE SINGAPORE ARCHDIOCESE, like many churches around the world, is making use of new technology to spread the faith.

The Singapore Archdiocesan website, formerly known as Veritas, has been revamped and its address is now It was previously The revamp – still a work-in-progress – is meant to make the website more user-friendly, informative and current.

The website now publishes information on events at parishes and the archdiocese, the latest parish bulletins, and much more.

THE PRIMATE OF all Ireland has urged Christians to set up prayer groups via Twitter and other forms of electronic communication. Speaking at a Mass in  honour of the rosary priest Father Patrick Peyton, Cardinal Seán Brady said Christians should use text messaging, email and Twitter to pray together and to share the power of prayer.

Cardinal Brady said that “every Christian in Ireland today who sends texts, twitters or uses email” should set up prayer groups between friends, in Father Peyton’s name.

“I ask young people in particular to think of sending their friends and family an occasional twitter or text to say that you have prayed for them.” - By Anna Arco, THE CATHOLIC HERALD