JULY 19, 2009, Vol 59, No15

Sister Clare mingles with well wishers at celebrations marking end of Year of St. Paul. Photo provided by Associate of Pauline Cooperators

SINGAPORE – About 50 people gathered at Choice Retreat House in Jurong on Sunday Jun 28 to mark the close of the Year of St. Paul. Organised by the Daughters of St. Paul, the occasion also marked the congregation’s 15th year in Singapore.
SINGAPORE – The Singapore archdiocese closed the Year of St. Paul with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul on Jun 29.

Among the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul’s many activities to celebrate the year was one encouraging people to read at least one epistle of St. Paul. This took the form of a Pledge Book which people were asked to sign. To encourage participation, the parish even produced an audio CD of a few of St. Paul’s epistles to help visually-impaired pledge-takers fulfil their pledge. Some 2,000 persons eventually signed the pledge. The book will be sent to Rome as a sign of the local Church’s response to the year.

? For communion minister Ivan Wong, the Year of St. Paul has meant the added challenge of living up to the mission of Christ on a daily basis. By putting Christ to work at work, he strives to model what it takes to be a decent human being in everyday encounters. During this special year, Ivan took the additional step to distribute Holy Communion to the sick at their homes.

When Msgr Vaz preaches at Mass in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Peter Lock, 40, pays special attention. He told CatholicNews, “Msgr Vaz’s homilies are a Bible lesson in itself, as he effortlessly strings the meaning of the readings and ties it to the entire week’s readings.” “But beyond that, the way he worships the Eucharist in his hands while concelebrating [Mass] shows [where] he draws his inspiration from. His classes on [the Letters of] St. Paul and Salvation History really inspired me to study the Bible more for its richness,” said Mr Lock.

OUR FATHER EUGENE VAZ

Friendly, lovable Msgr Eugene Vaz works tirelessly to share with people the word of God in every area of his ministry
OUR FATHER AMBROSE VAZ

Bible scholar Father Ambrose Vaz wants others to be as excited as he is to know the power and love of God through the word of God

FATHER AMBROSE VAZ was rather worried when he was first asked to take up Bible studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., by Archbishop Gregory Yong in 1986. He thought the study of Scripture was daunting because he had to study various ‘Bible languages’ and he wished that he could go and study other courses. But “now I am so glad I did it”, he said. Today, he (and his brother Msgr Eugene Vaz) are among the Singapore archdiocese’s most respected teachers of the word of God.