OCTOBER 06, 2013, Vol 63, No 20


The Church has ‘to find a new balance’
Otherwise it risks losing the ‘freshness’ of the Gospel, says pope


Archbishop Willam Goh speaking at the Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the SJI International School Chapel.Archbishop Willam Goh speaking at the Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the SJI International School Chapel.

Unity in diversity” characterises the liturgical worship of the Church, said Archbishop William Goh during a Traditional Latin Mass held at the SJI International School Chapel.

At the Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sept 15, Archbishop Goh said both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass exist to enrich each other.

The Extraordinary Form (EF) deserves respect as it had nourished the saints of the Church for centuries and “retains a sense of mystery that people find themselves drawn to”, he said.

The EF, also known as the Tridentine or Traditional Latin Mass, was codified in the 16th century from pre-existing rites. It was the rite of the Roman Catholic Church until the Second Vatican Council introduced the Ordinary Form in 1969. This permitted Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular, with the priest facing the people.

Singapore volunteers helping to build homes for victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.Singapore volunteers helping to build homes for victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.

SINGAPORE – Her vehicle had a brake fluid leak during a recent mission trip to the Philippines. However, a training programme she underwent prior to the trip taught her “to remain calm”, said Ms Joan Tan.

“We were in a foreign country,” said Ms Tan, 50. “I realised we were not going to get anywhere in a hurry.”

Thanks to the IVA (International Volunteerism Association) training, the co-leader of the mission trip to Mindanao said she was able “to co-ordinate with the rest of the team as planned in an emergency”.
A section of the 250-strong crowd at the Sept 21 retreat for Teochew- speaking Catholics.A section of the 250-strong crowd at the Sept 21 retreat for Teochew- speaking Catholics.A recent retreat for Teochew-speaking Catholics provided the largely elderly participants with an opportunity for spiritual growth and interaction, said participants.

The Sept 21 retreat helped them in their “spiritual search” and desire for “more Gospel knowledge”, said Mr Joseph Tan, 80, a parishioner of the Church of St Bernadette.

Madam Mary Chia, 64, from the Church of Christ the King agreed. The Called by the Grace of God retreat, held at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, helped “elderly people to be active and spiritually nourished”, she said.

Canossian nuns and lay Canossians pose for a photo after the Sept 14 conference held at St Joseph’s Home.Canossian nuns and lay Canossians pose for a photo after the Sept 14 conference held at St Joseph’s Home.

Some 70 lay Canossians attended a special conference recently to network and explore possible areas of growth and collaboration.

The objective of the Conference of the Association of Lay Canossians (ALC) “is to bring the Canossians together to one identity and help to understand where we are”, Sr Theresa Seow told the group, which comprised people in their 30s to 80s.

Apart from the lay Canossians, more than 20 Canossian nuns from Singapore, Malaysia and Timor Leste, together with a postulant who was a lay Canossian in Myanmar, also attended the conference.