JANUARY 17, 2010, Vol 60, No 01

IT IS NOT uncommon to hear Catholics being described as “born/cradle Catholics” or “converts”. Either way, the Church teaches that “faith is a gift” and Catholics are baptised because we are “called and chosen by God”.

In the last five years, more than 5,000 adults were baptised into the Catholic faith via the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) in the Singapore Archdiocese. This number excludes infant baptisms, and baptisms of children and youth through the processes of RCIY and RCIC.
Sister Genevieve with a photo montage that was presented to her. Photo by Darren Boon

Genevieve Ng converted to Catholicism and later joined the religious life as a Missionary Sister of Service (MSS). She traversed the vast Australian outback to assist families in home catechesis. Now at age 72 and having celebrated her Golden Jubilee last October, she chats with Darren Boon about her passion for the liturgy of the Word for children, which includes becoming a clown.

“THE LITURGY OF the Word is not catechism. It’s not a bible camp. It’s the first part of the Eucharist!” said Sister Genevieve Ng. “Catechism is teaching about our faith. The Liturgy of the Word is the Mass!”
“You are my beloved!”

With this moving benediction from this Catechetical Sunday’s Lucan Gospel, I greet you all my sisters and brothers in the catechetical ministry. This year I encourage you to respond generously to the initiative of the Catechetical office for a year of prayer and study for all catechists, so that you may be renewed in the ministry of the Word.
This biblical metaphor from the Gospel of Luke 5:39, keeps echoing in my heart as I reflect about the launching of the Archdiocesan Catechist Coordinators Course on Jan 9, 2010. We at the Catechetical Office decided to launch this course on the weekend when the Archdiocese celebrates Catechetical Sunday, as a way of marking a new chapter in the rich history of Catechesis in our local Church. Archbishop Nicholas Chia in his Catechetical Sunday message endorsed and supported the initiative of the Catechetical office to rediscover the ‘original pedagogy of God’. This pedagogy finds its most concrete expression in the words and actions of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all mankind. This is why the Catechetical Sunday theme for this year is – ‘You Have Only One Teacher – Jesus Christ’.

Cast members from Walk on Water Productions re-enacting the Nativity story.
Photo by Darren Boon


SINGAPORE – About 150 people attended a play “Five Golden Rings” on Jan 2 to usher in the New Year at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

The play was staged by Walk on Water Productions, a community of young adults dedicated to spreading the Word of God and faith through theatre and Catholic-themed plays.

The title “Five Golden Rings” refers to the first five books of the Old Testament or the “Pentateuch”, which establishes God’s relationship with mankind.

According to the community’s artistic director Geraldine Wee, who is in her early 30s, the production relooked the true meaning of Christmas and how it is a time for relationships to be renewed. The idea for the stories within the play was drawn from within the community, friends and life examples around.