AUGUST 16, 2009, VOL 59, NO17

Students from Mandeville Music and Drama School (amongst other volunteers), contribute to the Peranakan charity event organised to raise funds for Assisi Hospice. Photo by

Baba Alvin Yapp uses his passion for things Peranakan to help raise funds for hospice

SINGAPORE – While many may consider a hospice a place of sadness and death, Alvin Yapp says that, sometimes, there is more life in a hospice than outside, because patients know how to live life to the fullest there.

A volunteer at Assisi Hospice since some 20 years ago when he was a student at the National University of Singapore, Mr Yapp continues to offer his support to Assisi. The 39-year-old parishioner of Church of the Holy Family is also a Peranakan antique collector who opens his home for people to learn about the culture. He decided to marry his two passions to do good.

Matthew25 volunteers giving free haircuts at the Racial Harmony Day Carnival. Photo by Darren Boon

SINGAPORE – Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary through its community outreach arm – Matthew25 – gave out free haircuts and free mini-buns at the Racial Harmony Day Carnival on Sunday Jul 26 at Hougang Central Hub.

The event organisers Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC invited the parish to participate in this year’s carnival with the theme “Racial Harmony through Neighbourliness”.

SINGAPORE – There are an estimated 1,000 Catholics in Singapore who are hearing-impaired, says the Catholic Deaf Community in Singapore. Yet only about 120 are registered with the community, which has been operating in Singapore for about 30 years.

To foster closer ties with other deaf Catholics, the Deaf Community recently launched the first of a series of parish road shows to create an awareness of the community in Singapore.

Principals, teachers and supervisors from Catholic kindergartens gather for this first-time meeting with one another and with Archbishop Nicholas Chia, to share and discuss challenges they face in running kindergartens.

SINGAPORE – On Jul 23, principals, teachers and a few supervisors from 12 of the 19 Catholic kindergartens gathered for the first time to meet with Archbishop Nicholas Chia and to get to know one another and share the challenges they face.

Also presenting at this meeting were Christina Ying and Julie Ong who are both Montessori trained kindergarten educators and pioneers in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a way of leading young children to God.

SINGAPORE – About 40 lay and religious gathered at Maris Stella Convent Chapel, Holland Road to pray for the Earth in early June. It was organised by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

The session included readings on God’s creation and asking forgiveness from the Lord for the times the participants had directly and indirectly destroyed creation. This was followed by pledges to be responsibile to one another, to the greater community, and to future generations.