AUGUST 10, 2014, Vol 64, No 16

Articles on Church music in CN, July 27.Articles on Church music in CN, July 27.
Two articles in CatholicNews, Finding God In Music and Choir Leaders Learn From Catholic Composer (CN, July 27), put the focus on the importance of music as a ministry, as a means to enrich the liturgical experience, and as a tool for evangelisation.

In our various dioceses, I am sure there are many local Catholic composers who have selflessly devoted their time and talent to working in God’s vineyard and are willing to share this gift of music with the larger community.

The Church should consider tapping this talent pool and harnessing this charism in order to create a repository of local compositions and, by making them available for liturgical celebrations, provide an outlet for musicians and simultaneously enhance the experience for the congregants with a constant supply of new songs.
Fr Terence Kesavan speaking to participants of the SHAREfest workshop on July 28. Fr Terence Kesavan speaking to participants of the SHAREfest workshop on July 28.
SINGAPORE – To spur the Church to evangelise through social media, the East District Youth Committee organised a workshop on July 28, at the Church of the Holy Family. About 40 participants attended the workshop.

The project, called SHAREfest (SHARE as an acronym for Stirring Hearts:  A Real Encounter), draws its inspiration from Pope Francis’ message for World Communication Sunday.

At the workshop, the committee invited speakers to share their ideas on how participants could shoot their own videos for an upcoming video competition to be held on Nov 15.

The speakers at the workshop included East District Youth chaplain Fr Terence Kesavan, layout and graphic artist Hilary Hoe, Mr Gabriel Patrick from Nativity Church’s Youth Ministry, and Mr Linus Koh and Mr Tom Seah who are from a boutique creative digital production company.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The social fabric of society is strengthened when we are able to embrace our brothers  and sisters who are different from us.The social fabric of society is strengthened when we are able to embrace our brothers and sisters who are different from us.
 
This year marks 49 years of Singapore’s independence. A young nation, we cannot help but feel proud as we recall what Singapore has achieved in a relatively short period of time. Even other nations look on Singapore’s achievements with much admiration.

We take pride that Singapore is a prosperous nation. Once a colonial outpost, our nation has transformed itself in such a short period of time to be one of the richest countries in the world. Yet, the Gospel tells us that “Man does not live on bread alone” (Matt 4:4).

We may be rich materially but are we rich in virtue and our relationships with God and one another? Singapore may be one of the richest countries in the world, yet a recent survey reports that we are also one of the unhappiest countries. Indeed, this goes to show that wealth does not bring enduring happiness.
Some of the visitors from Trinity Theological College pose for a photo at the Church of the Risen Christ. Some of the visitors from Trinity Theological College pose for a photo at the Church of the Risen Christ.
SINGAPORE – About 40 students from the Trinity Theological College (TTC) visited the Church of the Risen Christ on July 20 Sunday morning.

TTC is governed by the Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches and aims to train pastors, missionaries, Church workers and theological educators.

According to Rev Dr Simon Chan, who led the visit together with Rev Yap Seok Chin, the visit was “to give our students an opportunity to visit the various churches and understand and study the different Christian denominations in Singapore”.

The visitors were divided into two groups, with the Mandarin-speaking group attending the 8.15 am Mass and the English-speaking group attending the 11.30 am Mass.
Married couples renewing their wedding vows, at the Marina Barrage.Married couples renewing their wedding vows, at the Marina Barrage.
On July 26, 130 men, women and children of all ages got together for a fun walk at Gardens by the Bay. The event, titled Walk With Me, saw participants dressed in bright green T-shirts, bonding and having fun outdoors.

Organised by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore, the fun walk served to reinforce the message that even good marriages need some exercise periodically to keep them healthy.

The leisurely walk spanned slightly over 2 km, and included a quiz where various participants took selfies in romantic poses.
Part of the quiz required participants to spot interesting sculptures, such as Marc Quinn’s Giant Baby.