OCTOBER 20, 2013, Vol 63, No 21


Missionary activity is service to hurting world
Pope Francis releases his first Mission Sunday message


Religious produce daily spiritual reflections in book form and via mobile applications
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Jesuit Msgr Philip HengJesuit Msgr Philip HengJesuit Msgr Philip Heng’s daily Gospel reflections or Daily Gospel eMessages (DGEMS) are now available via mobile apps for iOS and Android phones.

Each reflection contains the day’s Gospel passage along with a short reflection and some pointers.

These reflections originally started in 2001 and were sent out through email. Most of the subscribers were Singaporeans with 45 percent from other countries.

The creation of the DGEMS mobile apps was due to emails “getting out of date”, said Msgr Heng.

Smart phones and their apps are “the in-thing these days. We as Church have to reach out to where people are more easily reachable and as widely as we can”, he added.

Although Msgr Heng said he has been writing the reflections for some 12 years, he believes he has not repeated them.
The novitiate community with 13 novices in 2012. This year, there are 23 novices, 22 pre-novices and about 30 young Religious.The novitiate community with 13 novices in 2012. This year, there are 23 novices, 22 pre-novices and about 30 young Religious.I have been here for over 3 years now and continue to discover the beauty of this country – its people, history and landscape.

I arrived in July 2010. My main ministry is teaching English to our aspirants – young women of an average age of 21 to 28 years of age.

This is because in my institute, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, English is one of the three spoken languages.
Ms Evelyn Thung (standing) with some of the handicapped orphans she serves.Ms Evelyn Thung (standing) with some of the handicapped orphans she serves.Our conversion and transformation journey started in 1995 from the Saturday healing masses presided by Fr Erbin Fernandez and Fr Vincent Lee at Church of St Michael. We listened attentively as the priests often times bombarded the parishioners to focus on the “Mission and Will of God”.

In January 1999, we had a close encounter with a sign language mass at Paco Parish. Fascinated with the sign language, we decided to learn the language to serve the hearing impaired including persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Sr Su Fern Khoo (right) with two Verbum Dei Sisters in Los Angeles.Sr Su Fern Khoo (right) with two Verbum Dei Sisters in Los Angeles.In 2011, I was sent to our Verbum Dei community working in the Religious Education programme at St Anthony parish of Long Beach, California, which belongs to the Los Angeles archdiocese.

My ministry here mainly involves catechism for the youth, RCIA, adult Confirmation and the formation of the volunteer catechists.