JUNE 15, 2014, Vol 64, No 12

The Archbishop’s Office released the following update on May 31: His Grace, Archbishop William Goh, wishes to thank you for your well wishes, prayers and concern for His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia.

Archbishop Goh wishes to share with you the following medical update on Archbishop Emeritus Chia:

Since his transfer to Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre on 2 May 2014, His Grace has made slow and gradual improvements.
Clara Lai speaks to some young people who have not been going to Mass regularly, as well as Fr Brian D’Souza for the Office for Young People’s response to this issue.

What would make you go back to church?
I don’t know where and how to start, I haven’t gone in such a long time that it’s awkward I guess. Now I just feel like a stranger in church.
Timothy, 18,  Church of Christ the King
Ex-Canossian students  and  Sr Janet Wang pose for a photo. Ex-Canossian students and Sr Janet Wang pose for a photo.
The order of the night was to dance.

And dance they certainly did – the 350 ex-students, teachers, principals and Canossian nuns who attended Canossians Connect 2014 – Danza Queens, the Canossian Alumni Association’s annual party on May 31.

This year also marks 120 years of the Canossian Sisters’ presence in Singapore, and 135 years of mission education that they have been part of.

The evening event, held at Copthorne King’s Hotel, started with a dance off competition. The finale was the customary sing-a-long led by the school’s choir mistress for over four decades, Mrs Christine Kanagarajah, who also penned the school song back then.  

“Our school song is still the best. I’m always proud to sing it! The Canossian spirit of love and music will bind us for years to come,” said Ms Honey Goh, from the class of 1981.
Cameron Cheng Hsian Ming (left) and Kimberly Cheah Jia Wen received the Cambridge Top in the World awards for Music and Literature (English) respectively.Cameron Cheng Hsian Ming (left) and Kimberly Cheah Jia Wen received the Cambridge Top in the World awards for Music and Literature (English) respectively.
Two students from St Joseph’s Institution International have received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the November 2013 Cambridge examination series.

Cameron Cheng Hsian Ming and Kimberly Cheah Jia Wen received the Cambridge Top in the World awards for Music and Literature (English) respectively.

This award recognises the success of students who have achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.  

Cheng, who is in Grade 11 said, “It’s not just about the content, but the passion for the subject that the teachers instill in us, and their encouraging us to find out more. It’s really about learning to learn.”
Fr Johnson Fernandez (right) celebrated Founder’s Day Mass at CHIJ Katong (Primary) on May 30. Fr Johnson Fernandez (right) celebrated Founder’s Day Mass at CHIJ Katong (Primary) on May 30.
Pupils, staff and parents of CHIJ Katong (Primary) celebrated Founder’s Day on May 30.

The day began with a Eucharistic celebration themed We Serve and Give with Joy.

Fr Johnson Fernandez celebrated Mass, and in his homily he mentioned that love has a second language and that is joy. In wanting to experience joy, we must want to give selflessly and with generosity. He likened the joy of giving to the Gospel reading of the Five Loaves and Two Fishes in which the boy shared everything he had, no matter how little there was.

The school annually embarks on a community project and this year, the school’s Gift of Love Project 2 involved everyone in the school community from pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and canteen vendors to school bus drivers.