Church in Singapore

It is with great hope that we publish our first "Newsletter" in which we will endeavour to help and guide you towards the Catholic Spirit and the Way of Life.

We know that a means of Catholic expression is badly required in Malaya, and we have set ourselves a hard task to provide what is required efficiently and conscientiously.

In our "Modern World" the need for prudence, patience, experience and conscientiousness is more and more apparent from the controversial issues we see published in the Press, especially here in Malaya.

We hope, with the help of your (our readers) prayers and zeal, to give our Catholic Viewpoint- so that we can answer the so-called "experts"- with their frustrated questions in these controversies.

The majority of the people of Malaya put "Pleasure Seeking" as their goal, or way of living. What is pleasure? Surely this "Pleasure" is really "Happiness" - they are seeking!
At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.

Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.

Assisting devoutedly at Mass, you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sirwhich you are determined to avoid. He forgives you your unknown sins which you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.


The Port Chaplain and the Man-in-the-street (let us call him The Parishioner) were looking at a notice-board marked CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD which had recently been placed at the corner of Victoria Street.

"Vulgar advertisement," said the Parishioner. "People will think that because enough persons are not entering the church we must needs boost it up in that way."

"I quite agree with you," said the Port Chaplain, "or at least I would IF this were not a sea-port town- and an air-port too - with a constant stream of stranger, passing through."

"But they can ask,'' maintained the Parishioner, "and they would ask if they had any faith and wanted to find out."

Bishop Counezy 1841 to 1844
Bishop Boucho 1845 to 1871
Bishop Le Turdu 1871 to 1877
Bishop Gasnier 1878 to 1896
Bishop Fee 1896 to 1901
Bishop Barilion 1904 to 1932
Bishop Devals 1934 to 1945

The Malayan Catholic Newsletter, September 24, 1950. pg 5
The Diocese is a family of priests and people with the Bishop as our father under God. It is he who gives directions to the faithful under him. It is he who has directed that we should read a Catholic paper of our own. A scattered family likes to get family news.

We Catholics of Malaya should be grateful for our privilege of being a striking witness to the Catholicity of the Church with so many races and languages gathered together in one. Above all we should be grateful in this terrible year 1949 - 50, when all the world is upset, when persecution rages in so many lands, that we can practice our religion in freedom and peace, without persecution, without restriction. Gratitude to God, if sincere, leads us to make an examination of conscience as we consider the Statistics of the Diocese for the year 1949 - 50.

1. Our SCHOOLS. We all know that the Church regards education as most important. The Church was the pioneer of education in Europe though this was never compulsory. Compulsory education was first imposed by Bismarck and the practice has been continued by all modern states, not least by the Communists. This makes the need for Catholic Schools all the more urgent.