JUNE 30, 2013, Vol 63, No 13

Some of the 200 Choice conference participants in Bandung, Indonesia.Some of the 200 Choice conference participants in Bandung, Indonesia.

Members brainstorm new directions for their movement


BANDUNG, INDONESIA – Can we forgive those who sometimes love us poorly – the people closest to us, like our brother, teacher, father, mother? How does one live the truth that in this world love and woundedness are never separated.

One can, when one keeps reclaiming one’s first love – the Father’s love.

This was the message given to 200 Choice volunteers across Asia who gathered in Bandung, Indonesia, for the 14th Choice Asia Conference (CAC). The conference, held every three years, is to boost fellowship, exchange and renewal among Choice communities.

The recent June 5-8 meeting, which had the theme Falling in Love Again, was organised by a Singapore Choice team.

The focus is on “falling in love again with God, with Choice, with those whom we reach out to, and with those who want to reach us”, said Ms Felicia, a member of the Singapore team.
  Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith gives an interview during the radio station’s inaugural broadcast. UCANEWS.COM photo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith gives an interview during the radio station’s inaugural broadcast. UCANEWS.COM photoCardinal Malcolm Ranjith gives an interview during the radio station’s inaugural broadcast. UCANEWS.COM photo

COLOMBO – The Archdiocese of Colombo has launched the country’s first Catholic Internet radio station in the capital, aimed at providing a platform for young people and for those who are unable to attend church regularly.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, president of the bishops’ conference, presided over the June 6 launch ceremony at the National Catholic Social Communication Centre in the capital.

The web radio station, which broadcasts three hours of Church-centred content seven days a week, will feature mostly Sinhalese-language programming.
The cathedral is one of several churches slated for renovation. The cathedral is one of several churches slated for renovation. Three old Catholic churches have been named in the media as being slated for restoration. They are the Good Shepherd Cathedral, St Joseph’s Church (Portuguese Mission) and recently Sts Peter and Paul.

This is really good news for our Catholic community and generally resonates well in Singapore’s landscape. Old buildings are part of cultural heritage, rich in architectural content and, with the passing of time and history, will eventually have their respective appointments with restoration.

Churches, like other old buildings, are no exception.

Mr Eugene Leow, Online Editor for The Straits Times, speaking to the group on June 18.Mr Eugene Leow, Online Editor for The Straits Times, speaking to the group on June 18.

Delegates from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei brainstorm use of social media for outreach


SINGAPORE – When churches set up Facebook accounts to engage members, they could perhaps also include human interest posts featuring people who work behind the scenes in the parish such as the gardener, a social media editor told Church communicators.

These could provide a balance to the usual parish posts such as events announcements, the saint of the day or podcast of the priest’s homily, said Mr Ernest Luis, Social Media Editor of The Straits Times Online.

Mr Luis, a Catholic, was speaking to 12 people from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, who attended the June 17-21 Regional Commission for Social Communications meeting.

The Chin family watching TV together in their living room. From left: Andre, Adriel, Alicia, Amanda, parents Dorothy and Humphrey, Annabelle and Dorothy’s mother, Madam Theresa Chan.The Chin family watching TV together in their living room. From left: Andre, Adriel, Alicia, Amanda, parents Dorothy and Humphrey, Annabelle and Dorothy’s mother, Madam Theresa Chan.

CatholicNews catches up with the Chin family whose teenage quintuplets recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation


Bringing up quintuplets is definitely challenging, but Humphrey and Dorothy Chin say they are thankful to God for His blessings on their large family.

Their children – Adriel, Alicia, Annabelle, Amanda, and Andre – who are now 16 years old, received the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 18 at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, their parish.

CatholicNews featured them when they were baptised in 1997 and also after they received their First Holy Communion in 2006.

Today, proud daddy Humphrey marvels at how the family has managed their finances all these years with their large household, which also includes Dorothy’s mother, Madam Theresa Chan, and a domestic helper.