DECEMBER 18, 2011, Vol 61, No 25

Fr Lombardi noted that the presence of an excommunicated priest at the event and the ‘repeated nature of his disobedience... aggravates his canonical position’. CNS file photo

However, presence of excommunicated priest at ceremony creates problems

YIBIN, CHINA – A Chinese priest was recently ordained bishop with the approval of both the Vatican and the Chinese government. However, the participation of an excommunicated priest at the ceremony drew sharp criticism from the Vatican.

Fr Peter Luo Xuegang was ordained coadjutor bishop of Yibin diocese in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Nov 30.

Police officers with their dogs monitored the crowd at St Mary’s Church, and no phones, cameras or liquids were allowed in the venue, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News.

A man holds a placard during an Oct 22 protest in Berlin denouncing current banking and financial industry practices worldwide. The Vatican on Oct 24 issued its call for global financial reform, recommending the creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate markets and rein in the inequalities of capitalist development. CNS photo

Redemptorist Fr Bernard Teo comments on the recent document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

THE Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s Oct 24 statement calling for the creation of a global authority to regulate international financial activities is certainly a bold and controversial proposal.

Entitled Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority, it viewed this task as a matter of great urgency and importance.

A Hearts@Work trainee working as a cashier during a jumble sale held on Nov 20.

Denise Chan, 23, was one of several adults with intellectual challenges who manned a jumble sale recently.

The Nov 20 activity, held on the grounds of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was organised by Hearts@Work, a project of the Catholic Welfare Services.

Since Nov 2009, Hearts@Work has been providing vocational training and supporting employment for adults with intellectual challenges.

Fr Anthony Hutjes receiving gifts offered by CARE beneficiaries during the Dec 1 Mass.

Catholics should show unconditional love to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs), participants at the recent World AIDS Day Mass were told.

“Whatever you do to the least of your brothers, you do unto me,” Fr Anthony Hutjes reminded the congregation of Jesus’ words during the Dec 1 Mass held at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Fr Hutjes told the 70-strong crowd that Catholics should see and experience Christ in the people around them, especially the suffering, sick and outcast of society, and love them.

The Landings ministry recently distributed copies of this postcard to reach out to those who have left the Church.

A Church ministry that reaches out to those struggling with their faith is trying to raise awareness about this group of people this Advent.

The Landings ministry is urging the Catholic community to bring Christ to these people, and also inviting these people to rediscover their faith, through the distribution of special postcards.

These postcards were given out to the Saturday crowd at Novena Church on Dec 3. The Church of the Holy Spirit and Blessed Sacrament Church, both of which run the Landings programme, also distributed the postcards.

Domestic workers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar performing for residents of the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick.

Some 50 foreign domestic workers sang, danced and distributed snacks to residents of the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick in an effort to bring them Christmas cheer.

The archdiocesan migrants’ commission organised the outreach project on Nov 27, which saw the workers performing carols and distributing gift packets containing sweets, biscuits, towels and drinks.

On the way to the home, the domestic workers – from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar – also passed a hat around in the bus to raise funds for the home’s building fund.

Catholic preschool educators take part in an art therapy practical exercise during their Thanksgiving Day.

An art therapy workshop plus a talk by a special education consultant were the highlights of the Catholic preschool educators’ year end Thanksgiving Day.

Sixty two principals and teachers attended the event held at the St Joseph’s Kindergarten in Upper Bukit Timah on Nov 24.

It started with a briefing and updating of Catholic preschool activities by Ms Merilyn Dasson, project director of Early Childhood Education at the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).

Children at the Nov 28-29 camp making little churches out of ice cream sticks and cellophane paper.

Twenty-one children built little church models out of ice cream sticks, visited their full-size counterparts and learnt the story of Noah’s Ark during a two-day Bible camp.

The Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) organised the Nov 28-29 camp for the children, aged five to eight. It was held at the St Francis Xavier Kindergarten at Serangoon Garden.

Above: The diocesan Youth Ministry Office led the children in praising the Lord during the camp, organised by the Catechetical Office. Below: Some of the children’s creative art works.

Children from various parishes learn about Mass, Christian virtues at end-of-year event

Some 100 children aged five to 12 made friends, had fun and learned more about the Mass during a four-day Bible camp held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre at Highland Road.

The Children’s Holiday Bible Camp, organised by the Singapore Pastoral Institute’s Catechetical Office, had the theme The Marvellous Mystery – the Mass.

"If I'm with friends and we decide to travel some distance for a meal, I will not be able to join them because I have not made a booking for a vehicle suitable for my wheelchair. I feel it's important to have flexibility and options just like others do."—Judy Wee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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I was about to muster up some courage and invite a former classmate for some of the famous Waterloo Street rojak a stone's throw from my office. She had been hinting subtly for weeks and for many of us, friendships are fortified over good food. But the problem was less about meeting over a meal, than how my disabled friend would wheel her way to meet me.

I refer to the article entitled S’pore Church Needs to be More Visible and Vocal (CN, Dec 4) which reported Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli’s frank comments on the current state of the Catholic Church in Singapore.

In respect of being more vocal, I couldn’t agree with him more.

One way in which we could be more vocal, much more vocal, would be to have a regular (i.e. permanent) Letters section in CatholicNews.

Yes, I know this is sometimes included but it appears very irregularly (I believe there hasn’t been a letter published in the past three editions), and since CatholicNews is published bi-weekly this is a long time.

I’m sure there are Catholics in Singapore who have things to say.

VATICAN CITY – A German citizen has filed a complaint against the pope for not wearing a seatbelt in his popemobile while visiting his home country.

German news reports said the complaint against the pontiff was filed in the city of Dortmund following Pope Benedict XVI’s September visit to his homeland. The pope travelled frequently in his popemobile during stops in Berlin, Erfurt, Etzelsbach and Freiburg.

The complaint said that on all these occasions the pope had failed to use the seat belt as required by German law and that, as a repeat offender, he should be fined the maximum of 2,500 euros (S$4,300).

The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI greeted the news with a smile.

Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi said on Nov 30 that the complaint was not being taken seriously at the Vatican.

“It continues to provoke curiosity and smiles of amusements, beginning with the pope himself,” Fr Lombardi said.
If you have booked a Niche or have a deceased relative whose remains are interred at a Catholic Columbarium, you must complete an Updating Form and return it to any Catholic church no later than 14 December 2011.
Theme: The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Organised by the Filipino Community

Dec 15, Thursday, 8pm