JUNE 16, 2013, Vol 63, No 12

The crowd at the May 24 Mass held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.The crowd at the May 24 Mass held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

WCCM Singapore has spread the practice of meditation to local parishes and to other countries


Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia has commended the Singapore chapter of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) for its work in helping people develop a balance between work and prayer, action and contemplation.

During the organisation’s 25th anniversary Mass, held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on May 24, Archbishop Chia noted that the pressures of modern living has resulted in enormous stress and more and more people are searching for peace and harmony.

Speaking to some 300 leaders of meditation groups, he said that some Christians in Singapore have turned to other religions for meditation, not knowing that Christians have their own tradition.
He has been with us in the Church of Singapore from 1956 to 1968.

Born in France in 1926, he joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society in 1946 and was ordained a Priest in 1952.

After a few months in the Church of The Holy Family, he went to India for one year to learn Tamil and served in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and then in Kluang.

Back in Singapore, he was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, then Assistant Priest in the Good Shepherd Cathedral and for a time, Chaplain to the University students.

Former parishioners gather at the wake at Church of the Holy Family on June 3.Former parishioners gather at the wake at Church of the Holy Family on June 3.

Friends, former parishioners and family members of the late Fr Alfred Chan remember his love for books, nature, food and music.

Above all that, they remember him as a dedicated priest who was compassionate, always open to people and approachable, and someone who’s supportive of laity efforts.

Fr Chan passed away on June 1 after a battle with cancer. He was 72.
Participants of Novena Church’s HeartBeat Walk 2013 at the East Coast Park.Participants of Novena Church’s HeartBeat Walk 2013 at the East Coast Park.Heavy morning showers failed to dampen the spirits of enthusiastic participants of Novena Church’s fundraising walk on May 24.

Some 300 people took part in the HeartBeat Walk 2013 at the East Coast Park to raise funds for the church’s redevelopment project.

Although the morning started out refreshingly cool as participants gathered at the park’s Angsana Green area, heavy rain fell midway.

Fr Andrew Wong, Landings Singapore’s spiritual director (front row, extreme right) lead a prayer session at the start of Testify, where three Catholics including Mrs Pamela Low shared about their journey back to the Church.Fr Andrew Wong, Landings Singapore’s spiritual director (front row, extreme right) lead a prayer session at the start of Testify, where three Catholics including Mrs Pamela Low shared about their journey back to the Church.

Julia Tan had left the Church in 1998 as she was caught up with her career, family, friends “and everything else that the world could offer”, she said.

She only returned to attend Sunday Mass in 2012. Her “heart was bursting with joy” after receiving Holy Communion, she said.

“I was made whole again in this union with Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. Since that day, I have looked forward to Sunday Mass. This is my special time with Jesus,” Ms Tan recounted to an audience of 80 on May 25 at Church of the Holy Spirit.

Ms Tan’s return was made possible through Landings, a programme which helps Catholics who have left the Church to explore returning to the Church and its Sacraments.