NOVEMBER 08, 2009, Vol 59, No 23

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, head of the Anglican Communion, presents a gift to Pope Benedict XVI during their meeting at the Vatican Nov 23, 2006. The Vatican announced Oct 20 that the pope has established a special structure for Anglicans who want to be united with the Roman Catholic Church.
-CNS file photo/L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY – Groups of disaffected Anglicans can become Catholics while keeping elements of their cultural and liturgical heritage, the Vatican announced this week.

In a move that took the English-speaking Christian world by surprise, Pope Benedict XVI signed an Apostolic Constitution which offers a universal legal structure for Anglicans seeking “corporate reunion” with Rome.
(Above) Half the church hall at OLSS was filled with retreat participants. Photos provided by Mary Lee

SINGAPORE – About 240 parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) attended a retreat on Oct 17 organised just two weeks after the new parish priest took office. Father John Joseph (J. J.) Fenelon (inset), who was also the retreat master, said, “It was extremely short notice but I felt it was necessary for the parishioners to own the vision rather than having the priests decide for them.”

With the help of OLSS’ Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), the participants were colour-coded into the parish’s eight zones, and then sub-divided into 23 groups of 10 to 12 for reflection and discussions under the theme “Love one another as I loved you” (Jn 13:34).
SINGAPORE – Mission is not just restricted to social work and uplifting the poor. Neither is it the use of certain dynamics such as performances and street preaching, or where the evangeliser gives without receiving, Redemptorist Father Gino Henriques told some 60 participants at the World Mission Sunday seminar on Oct 18.

Mission spirituality, he stressed, begins at home by being a disciple of Christ and allowing the Spirit of Jesus to lead to reveal the Father. This discipleship comes through a prayer relationship with Jesus.

He also encouraged the participants to contemplate on Scripture to allow the Word to “dwell and sink into the heart” as well as have a “covenantal immersion through the sacraments”.

The Redemptorist missioners and parish priests celebrate the final Mass of the St. Stephen parish mission.
Photo by Simon Chin

SINGAPORE – The parish mission led by the Redemptorists and many lay missioners of St. Stephen and of other parishes of the diocese ended with great blessings from the Lord.

The mission, which started with a Triduum Mass on the feast of the Queenship of Mary on Aug 22, was commended to her patronage and that of St. Stephen.

With six missioners visiting each night and a host of drivers, guides, photographers, and under the ever efficient group of mission command centre team, each night was filled with enthusiasm, prayers, and fellowship. Hard work was always accompanied by the spirit of camaraderie. A deep and sure sense of belonging was forged. From that, the missioners set out to visit the families, bringing the love and service of Lord for his people.
Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Photo by Daniel Tay

SINGAPORE – In his younger days, Richard Davies, 37, once organised a session for graduate students to come together to watch a movie and discuss it. But what started off with good intentions unexpectedly ended in a verbal war among the students.

Fast forward to today: Richard can say he’s grown wiser about how to conduct such sessions, especially in his newly joined catechesis ministry at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul – thanks to help from the professionals.

Pauline Sister Rose Pacatte is one such professional. She holds a Master of Education in Media Studies from the University of London, U.K., and a certificate in Pastoral Communications from the University of Dayton. Her primary work consists of media literacy education for parents and teachers within the context of culture, education, and faith formation.