FEBRUARY 24, 2013, Vol 63, No 04

Hundreds of nyonyas and babas descended on the Church of the Holy Family for the annual Peranakan Mass to usher in the Lunar New Year on Feb 9.

The event was a colourful affair as participants donned the sarong kebaya for women or baju lokcuan for the men.

The Mass, celebrated by Frs Damian De Wind and Donatien Davaine, was held in the Peranakan patois.

A Peranakan altar, adorned with offerings such as bananas, oranges and Peranakan cakes, was also placed in front of the main altar.

By Martin See

Some express sadness and admiration, others hope for change

Pope Benedict XVI at a Feb 11 meeting with cardinals at the Vatican when he announced his resignation. CNS photoPope Benedict XVI at a Feb 11 meeting with cardinals at the Vatican when he announced his resignation. CNS photoMy dear People of God,

On Monday night, we received the news of Pope Benedict’s intention to resign the ministry of Bishop of Rome. We are saddened at his impending departure from his role as Supreme Pontiff.

At the same time, we are full of gratitude to God for the wondrous blessings that have been ours because of his extraordinary leadership.
Mr Vincent Ng and Ms Giselle Thah posing for a wedding photo at a supermarket.Mr Vincent Ng and Ms Giselle Thah posing for a wedding photo at a supermarket.Attending an activity organised by Catholic Connection in late 2009 paid off for Mr Vincent Ng and Ms Giselle Thah.

The couple, who are now in their early 30s, got married in October last year.

Mr Ng said he had seen a Catholic Connection advertisement in CatholicNews. Since this was the first time he had come across a networking group for singles, he decided to attend its events and make more friends.
Mr Henry Sim, Ms Karen Ho and their daughter JoanMr Henry Sim, Ms Karen Ho and their daughter JoanIt was an international personals and dating website for Catholics that brought Mr Henry Sim and Ms Karen Ho together.

That was in 2007 when they both used the online service CatholicMatch. The website allows single Catholics around the world to get in touch with one another.

Mr Sim and Ms Ho said they used the website to help them meet other Catholics apart from their own Church groups and Catholic friends.