DECEMBER 01, 2013, Vol 63, No 24

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have just concluded the Year of Faith. But this is an ongoing reality. How can we be the light of faith to others as Pope Francis asked of us?

At Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Lord. Christmas is also a celebration of light because Christ is the light of the world, the epiphany of God, the manifestation of God’s love and mercy to all.

Real faith is not only cerebral but a personal faith, which includes the incarnational reality. The incarnation reveals God’s desire to be close to us in the flesh. From the call of Abraham to the time of Jesus, He has revealed Himself as a personal God, always desiring communion with His people.

My suggestion is for every parish to initiate an Office of the New Evangelisation to ensure that the renewal of faith of our people and their witnessing in society are well-coordinatedMy suggestion is for every parish to initiate an Office of the New Evangelisation to ensure that the renewal of faith of our people and their witnessing in society are well-coordinatedMy dear fellow brothers in the presbyterate, religious brothers and sisters and all faithful.

With the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, we bring to a close the Year of Faith.  As we end the Year of Faith, it is important to recall the objective for celebrating the Year of Faith so that we can assess the fruits of this celebration and how we can move forward with fresh zeal and enthusiasm in the spread of the Faith.

We are living in very challenging times.  The twin scourges of this century, namely, secularism and relativism have changed the moral climate of this century.  When God is no longer recognized as the absolute and the ultimate reality, humanity has supplanted the place of God.  The offspring of secularism is necessarily relativism, since the former says that truth cannot be found.  With secularism also comes materialism, as the spiritual dimension of humanity is denied and the human person is reduced to a material creature like the rest of the world.  As a consequence today we are living in a materialistic and amoral society with values that are anti-life and an illusory and superficial love that is not founded on truth.

Archbishop Goh’s Message: Assessing the fruits of the Year of Faith



IMAGES OF BLESSED JOHN PAUL II are displayed at a Nov 5 youth rally in his honour at St Thomas University in Miami. The rally was part of a Nov 3-21 tour that gave Catholics at some 10 parishes in Miami archdiocese a chance to view and venerate a relic of the late pope, which was a specimen of his blood. CNS photo

  Br Emmanuel (centre) poses for a photo at the celebration on Nov 9. Others in the photo include primary school principal Catherine Chiang (front row in green) and secondary school Stephen Chin (back row, third from left). Br Emmanuel (centre) poses for a photo at the celebration on Nov 9. Others in the photo include primary school principal Catherine Chiang (front row in green) and secondary school Stephen Chin (back row, third from left).

More than 450 old boys, teachers, principals, parents, well-wishers and Gabrielite Brothers gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the St Gabriel’s primary and secondary schools on Nov 9.

The evening celebration of Mass and dinner was held at St Gabriel’s Primary School, and was planned by the St Gabriel’s Old Boys’ Association, together with the school leaders from both St Gabriel’s Primary and Secondary schools.

Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia and concelebrated with Carmelite Friar John Chua, a former student of the school.

Archbishop Chia commended the Brothers of St Gabriel for their educational mission and the religious vocations they have sown for the Church.