SEPTEMBER 22, 2013, Vol 63, No 19


100,000 join pope in prayers for Syria


Catechesis of the Good ShepherdCatechesis of the Good Shepherd

In conjunction with Catechetical Awareness Weekend (Sept 21-22), Fr Erbin Fernandez examines the implications of the New Evangelisation for catechists

CATECHISTS as Agents of the New Evangelisation – this was the theme chosen by the Catechetical Office for this year.

The universal Church has been reflecting for a long time on the challenges of transmitting the faith in modernity – beginning with the encyclical on evangelisation by the Servant of God, Paul VI, and given further urgency during the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II with his call to the New Evangelisation.

“Evangelising,” says Pope Paul VI in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (EN), “means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new: ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new.’” (EN, no. 18).
The Holy Hour during the Day of Prayer for Vocations.The Holy Hour during the Day of Prayer for Vocations.A Day of Prayer for Vocations was held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi on Sept 7.

The Canossian Sisters, Daughters of St Paul, Missionaries of Charity and Religious of the Cenacle also participated in this event through an exhibition that showcased their congregations.

The event began with a Holy Hour during which participants reflected on the meaning of discipleship using a Gospel reading.
The high priest of the Central Sikh Temple, Giani Patwant Singh, demonstrating how the Sikh sacred writings, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, are read.The high priest of the Central Sikh Temple, Giani Patwant Singh, demonstrating how the Sikh sacred writings, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, are read.A group of young Catholics visited the Central Sikh Temple at 2 Towner Road on Sept 6, following various interreligious dialogue learning trips that have been held recently.

Prior to the trip, the group attended an orientation and formation session to learn how to engage with their hosts.

The participants donned suitable headgear as a mark of respect to the religion before entering the premises.
Jonathan Lauw played St Vincent de Paul in Monsieur Vincent: The Saint for All Seasons.Jonathan Lauw played St Vincent de Paul in Monsieur Vincent: The Saint for All Seasons.It would have seemed like a history lesson if not for the impressive elements of music and dance in the Church of St Vincent de Paul’s musical.

The two-and-a-half-hour-long musical, Monsieur Vincent: The Saint for All Seasons, was staged at The Republic Cultural Centre Theatre at Republic Polytechnic from Sept 6-8.

The show started off with a solemn prologue set in Paris in 1660, where followers and friends of St Vincent de Paul are saddened by his passing.