JANUARY 12, 2014, Vol 64, No 01


My dear Catechists,

I greet you with a very affectionate gaze from the new born king, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! This is my very first message to you as Archbishop and Chief Catechist of this Archdiocese.

I do not need to tell you that we are living in a much graced moment of the history of our Church. We have a new Pope, our beloved Francis, who is heralding great changes for us as Church in today’s contemporary society.

A catechist interacts with participants of a children’s Bible camp held in December. In a message to catechists, Archbishop Goh urges them to ‘build a deep communion’ with young people.A catechist interacts with participants of a children’s Bible camp held in December. In a message to catechists, Archbishop Goh urges them to ‘build a deep communion’ with young people.Here in Singapore, I feel called by the Lord to also herald into our Archdiocese a re-evangelisation of ourselves as Christians first and then a missionary reaching out to Singapore society. To be a Catechist in these times; one must be an evangeliser and not simply a teacher!

You have chosen for this new Catechetical Year 2014 the theme – Being a People of Communion. I wholeheartedly endorse this theme. Yes indeed! Communion before Mission! In fact mission is the fruit of authentic communion!

This was what Pope John Paul II said in his Encyclical, Ecclesia In Asia when he wrote, “Communion with Jesus, which gives rise to the communion of Christians among themselves, is the indispensable condition for bearing fruit; and communion with others, which is the gift of Christ and his Spirit, is the most magnificent fruit that the branches can give. In this sense, communion and mission are inseparably connected. They interpenetrate and mutually imply each other, so that ‘communion represents both the source and fruit of mission: communion gives rise to mission and mission is accomplished in communion’.” (EA 24)

Catholic preschool educators pose for a photo at St Anne’s Church Kindergarten during their annual gathering.Catholic preschool educators pose for a photo at St Anne’s Church Kindergarten during their annual gathering.


SINGAPORE – More than 130 educators and managers, including religious supervisors, from 12 Catholic preschools and childcare centres met for their annual Thanksgiving Day on Dec 27.

The gathering, held at St Anne’s Church Kindergarten, is now in its fourth year and is an occasion for building communion as well as sharing best practices.

A group picture after the Mass (left). Local donors raised approximately S$410,000 to build a Singapore chapel at the St Mary Magdalene basilica in the Holy Land.A group picture after the Mass (left). Local donors raised approximately S$410,000 to build a Singapore chapel at the St Mary Magdalene basilica in the Holy Land.

This country may be a little red dot, but it has left its mark in one of the four chapels at the new Basilica of St Mary Magdalene in Magdala, the Holy Land.

Thirty benefactors and a few members of the Singapore Order of Malta were present at the dedication and blessing of the first Singapore chapel in the Holy Land on Dec 20.

Archbishop William Goh and parish priest Fr Adrian Yeo blow out the candles on the anniversary cake as apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli (far left) and Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia look on. Photo: RICHARD KOHArchbishop William Goh and parish priest Fr Adrian Yeo blow out the candles on the anniversary cake as apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli (far left) and Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia look on. Photo: RICHARD KOH

Parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary gathered at the Orchid Country Club for a gala dinner to mark the culmination of the parish’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

Archbishop William Goh was the guest-of-honour for the Dec 8 event, which marked the end of the yearlong celebrations.

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Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, Mother Mary and other biblical characters were portrayed in the musical, Can You Hear Me Now?, staged by the St Francis Xavier Youth Choir.Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, Mother Mary and other biblical characters were portrayed in the musical, Can You Hear Me Now?, staged by the St Francis Xavier Youth Choir.

Clara Lai reviews a musical on how spiritual personalities across the centuries responded to God’s call


If Mother Teresa could just sing away all the problems of the world, how great that would be.

In a Dec 20 concert staged by the St Francis Xavier Youth Choir, a choir member acting as Mother Teresa comforted a child dressed in rags.

“Just rest now, don’t worry, I’m here to hold you, my little one, God loves you so, just like He told you,” she sang in a soothing voice.