MAY 18, 2014, Vol 64, No 10

The Archbishop’s Office released the following update on Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia’s condition on May 2:

His Grace, Archbishop William Goh, is happy to announce that Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia has been making good progress in his recovery. The team of doctors appointed to prognosticate his condition has issued the following statement:

“Our Archbishop Emeritus suffered traumatic brain injury, enough to affect his speech, movement and his cognitive function. He has made good progress in terms of his ability to swallow and has recovered his ability to speak.

“He is still weak on the right side and is able to take a few small steps with the aid of a walking frame. We recommend sending him to Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s department of rehabilitation based in Ang Mo Kio (TTSH-AMK) for further rehabilitation.
The Magdala Centre by the Sea of Galilee. The Magdala Centre by the Sea of Galilee. A Singapore chapel built in a new basilica in Magdala, the Holy Land, is “providential”, said a priest working there. It is “the first in the world from Asia in the Holy Land,” Fr Juan Solana told some 200 people gathered at the St Ignatius Hall on April 24.

Fr Juan SolanaFr Juan Solana
Fr Solana, builder of the Magdala Centre, an 8-ha area of land in the heart of the area where Jesus did most of his ministry, was giving a talk on new archaeological discoveries in the area and the Singapore chapel in the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene.

The basilica was built over the market of a first century port dating to before the birth of Christ and overlooks the Sea of Galilee.

On Dec 20 last year, 30 local benefactors and a few members of the Singapore Order of Malta were present at the dedication and blessing of the Singapore chapel, which local donors had contributed financially towards.
 
Live to forgive as misunderstandings are inevitable, and never let a night pass without expressing love for each other.

These are some words of advice on staying faithfully in love, from two couples who have been married for 60 years.Mr Victor Sim and Mrs Elizabeth Sim at the Marriage Encounter celebration on May 1. Mr Victor Sim and Mrs Elizabeth Sim at the Marriage Encounter celebration on May 1.

Over 1,000 people consisting of married couples, their families and friends attended the Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Singapore’s 35th anniversary celebration at the Church of St Mary of the Angels on May 1.  

The main celebrant for Mass, Archbishop William Goh delivered a homily reminding the congregation of what they should aspire to be, in order to live out the anniversary’s theme, to “glow as a community of faith and love”.
Church of St Joseph’s (Bukit Timah) football team members took part in the futsal competition at this year’s Harmony Games.Church of St Joseph’s (Bukit Timah) football team members took part in the futsal competition at this year’s Harmony Games.
Catholic youth and young adults from the Church of St Joseph’s (Bukit Timah) Football Club participated in this year’s Harmony Games with people from other races and religions.

Shamir Robinson, 19, said that “even though we were representing the Catholic Church, there were no barriers in interacting with others from different faiths”.

He was part of a team of eight men aged 17-34 who took part in futsal, one of the four events in the Harmony Games.
This year, the Hindu Endowments Board and the Hindu Advisory Board hosted the games at the Singapore Indian Association at 69 Balestier Road on April 26, under the theme ‘Play Together, Friends Forever’.
Canossian Sr Jane Chong, who has been living out her vocation through alternative therapy, shared that when she does not know how to deal with a client, she looks at the picture of Jesus (left) for help.Canossian Sr Jane Chong, who has been living out her vocation through alternative therapy, shared that when she does not know how to deal with a client, she looks at the picture of Jesus (left) for help.
At 21 years old, she was taking a secretarial course after her GCE A Level examinations when she felt the call to join the Religious life.

Jane Chong went to speak to Canossian Sr Marilyn Lim, and also attended retreats by the Canossian Sisters as the “call was very strong” and she “wanted to find out more about what it is”.

She eventually joined the Canossian Sisters at that tender age.

Sr Jane, now 53, shared that in 2004, she learnt about alternative therapy through a naturopath, and that it attracted her as she was “very interested in anything natural”.