JULY 19, 2009, Vol 59, No15
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.
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.
Friendly, lovable Msgr Eugene Vaz works tirelessly to share with people the word of God in every area of his ministry
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.