AUGUST 24, 2014, Vol 64, No 17
Ten years after his death, the late Mr Quah Siew Kow’s former students still remember him with great fondness.
At a special Mass on Aug 2, more than 100 ex-students of St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (SACSS), colleagues, friends and family members paid tribute to the school’s very first male teacher, who many said practised “tough love” in his work.
At the end of the Mass, celebrated by Msgr Ambrose Vaz, a video montage of old photos and verses paying tribute to Mr Quah was screened. Sniffles were heard from the audience.
Mr Quah had served the school for almost three decades since 1976. He was instrumental in giving SACSS significant breakthroughs in sports. He was a major influence in tennis, track and field, swimming, gymnastics and basketball, and got the teams to compete at national level.
About 450 Catholics took part in a family retreat in Tamil over the National Day weekend.
The Commission for the Apostolate of the Tamil Speaking (CATS) organised the retreat, which drew participants from eight parishes where Tamil Masses are available.
The retreat, held at St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) had the theme, Spirit Filled Family Life, and aimed to help participants establish a closer relationship with God.
It was conducted by Fr Raphael Koothur, director of the Popular Mission Retreat, Potta Ministries, in Tamil Nadu, India.
The Meditation & Music prayer concert held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Aug 8 and 9 struck the right notes.
The concert aimed to help the audience reflect more deeply on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It was performed by Filipino liturgical composer Fr Manoling Francisco, together with a choir from the host parish and the St Francis Xavier Choir from the Church of St Ignatius.
Using visuals and songs, most of which were either arranged or composed by the Jesuit priest, Fr Manoling explained the parable through narrative and music.
In most of the song segments, he accompanied the singers on the piano.
The performers sang different songs but wore the same uniform: a blue pinafore and white blouse.
All 11 Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) school choirs recently came together to hold a concert as part of their ongoing 160th anniversary celebrations.
Titled Te Deum, the concert was held at the Catholic Junior College Performing Arts Centre on Aug 2, with a matinee at 3pm and the gala show at 7.30pm.
Te Deum (You, O God) is a traditional Latin Catholic hymn of joy and thanksgiving which was sung by the IJ Sisters at Mass upon arriving in Singapore in 1854.
“I am so happy!” exclaimed 73-year-old Maria Chan after she received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Family.
Ms Chan was one of 11 people, mostly above 40 years old, who received the sacraments on Aug 10, thanks to veteran catechist Andrew Goh.
Two young boys received the Sacrament of Baptism while two teenagers received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.
Fr Damian De Wind presided over the ceremony, attended by about 60 family members and friends of those to be baptised.
Ms Chan’s brother, Joseph, told CatholicNews, said he was grateful to Mr Goh for helping his sister become a Catholic.
“Thanks to Andrew, she’s finally gotten baptised,” he said, speaking through his tears.