OCTOBER 07, 2012, Vol 62, No 20



ARCHBISHOP’S MESSAGE:
‘Year of Faith an occasion for conversion’

Archbishop Chia on the special year, which will last from Oct 11, 2012 to Nov 24, 2013  Logo and archdiocesan theme for the Year of FaithArchbishop Chia on the special year, which will last from Oct 11, 2012 to Nov 24, 2013 Logo and archdiocesan theme for the Year of Faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Year of Faith was announced on 17 October last year by Pope Benedict XVI as a way of giving momentum to a new form of evangelisation, and is intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, by inviting Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and to seek new ways of proclaiming it.

The year will begin on 11 October 2012 – to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – and conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

The start date of 11 October 2012 also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It coincides too with a gathering of bishops in Rome for a synod themed The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.
My Family Book, to be launched for CFSM’s 50th anniversary celebrations, highlights the movement’s growth.My Family Book, to be launched for CFSM’s 50th anniversary celebrations, highlights the movement’s growth.Christian Family and Social Movement’s book to highlight forms of inter-generational address

The Christian Family and Social Movement (CFSM), Singapore is set to launch a reference-cum-activity book this December to commemorate its golden jubilee.

Fifteen thousand copies of My Family Book will be made available through parishes, according to CFSM.

In addition to highlighting the growth of the group over the decades, the book also gives readers the proper forms of inter-generational address among relatives in Chinese, romanised Chinese (pinyin), and in Tamil together with transliteration.
Villagers welcoming the CHARIS team to Thabaung Township in the Irrawaddy Delta region.Villagers welcoming the CHARIS team to Thabaung Township in the Irrawaddy Delta region.A team from CHARIS visited Myanmar in early September to give relief aid to flood victims.

Since early August, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains have resulted in massive floods in Karen (Kayin) State and Shan State, with the Irrawaddy Delta Region being the most severely affected.

With the help of about 20 local volunteers, village heads and the temple abbot, the CHARIS team – comprising one staff member and three volunteers – delivered food packs, blankets and mats to four villages in the Delta Region, each with a population of about 10,000.
ACCS has weighed in on the discussions on preschools, saying many Catholic ones employ ‘purposeful play’ and that the Church consistently provides affordable, high quality education.ACCS has weighed in on the discussions on preschools, saying many Catholic ones employ ‘purposeful play’ and that the Church consistently provides affordable, high quality education.In the wake of public discussions on preschools, the Catholic schools’ commission says it agrees with the experts that play is important in a child’s development.

“Many of our preschools are already using purposeful play in their approach,” says Ms Merilyn Dasson, the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools’ (ACCS) project director for early childhood education.

“Through purposeful play, children develop an understanding of their social worlds. They learn to relate to each other and socialise and learn the basic skills,” she told CatholicNews.