SEPTEMBER 07, 2014, Vol 64, No 18

Participants of the ONE Evangelisation and Mission Retreat with Fr Erbin Fernandez (centre), Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation.Participants of the ONE Evangelisation and Mission Retreat with Fr Erbin Fernandez (centre), Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation.
Over the National Day weekend from Aug 8-10, more than 70 people attended a retreat at 2 Highland Road to celebrate the power of the Cross in their lives.

The retreat is part of the Evangelisation and Mission course, organised by the Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE).

For the first time, the course was opened not only to catechists, but also to those in the RCIA ministry, Christian communities and neighbourhood groups.

Almost 40 percent of the retreatants who participated in the non stay-in retreat were non-catechists who came from parishes across all the four districts.

On Friday evening, there was the proclamation of the Kerygma.

Kerygma (from the Greek keryssein, “to proclaim”, and keryx, “herald”), refers to the initial and essential proclamation of the Gospel.
Students performing at the charity gala dinner. Students performing at the charity gala dinner. Assumption English School (AES) students can look forward to better facilities and more educational resources when they return to their Bukit Timah campus, a move scheduled for next June.

The school is presently at its temporary location in Queensway, having moved there in December 2012.

The Catholic secondary school is currently undergoing PRIME, the Education Ministry’s Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools.

“With the increase in the number of classrooms, the school will be able to further customise the teaching and learning pedagogies to cater to students with differing needs and abilities, guiding them to excel academically,” said principal Mabel Leong.

Upgraded facilities include an indoor sports hall, while an amphitheatre will allow dance, speech, drama and music performing arts groups to showcase their artistic talents.
Cultural Medallion winner, Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, speaking at CANA’s Talk of the Town event on Aug 20.Cultural Medallion winner, Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, speaking at CANA’s Talk of the Town event on Aug 20.
What happens when you put a poet and a moderator armed with a psychology degree in a room full of people? Evidently a delightfully engaging evening where stories are shared, experiences recounted and, of course, the unique opportunity to hear the poet’s voice breathing life into written words.

CANA’s latest Talk of the Town event, featuring Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, was held on Aug 20 at the Catholic Centre’s Crossings Café.

Dr Lee is one of Singapore’s pioneering poets who has nurtured and inspired a whole generation of poets. She was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Literature in 1985 and is a founding member of the Catholic non-profit organisation, CANA.

She is now a retired associate professor of the National University of Singapore’s English Department.

Dr Lee is also a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and her Catholic faith was evident as she shared about the interplay between faith and poetry.
Fr Gregoire van Giang speaking at the Landings-Returned! session. He encouraged participants to picture God as a father waiting for his son to return.  Fr Gregoire van Giang speaking at the Landings-Returned! session. He encouraged participants to picture God as a father waiting for his son to return.
“It’s really good. I like the fact that they don’t push us to come back. They respect our feelings and we have time to think before making a choice.”

Mr Richard Pillai, 52, made these comments after attending an event held by Landings, an organisation that aims to reach out to Catholics who have been away from church.

About 50 participants attended the Landings-Returned! session held at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on Aug 16.

Parish priest Fr Gregoire van Giang, in his opening address, encouraged participants in their journey, and urged them to picture God as “an old father, waiting at the gate for his son to come back”.

Several Landings volunteers then shared their stories of how they returned to church after an absence.

EmancipAsia founder Sylvia Lee speaking at the event titled The Flourishing Trade of Human Trafficking. EmancipAsia founder Sylvia Lee speaking at the event titled The Flourishing Trade of Human Trafficking.
A talk on the phenomenon was an eye opener for participants

Some 100 people learnt more about human trafficking, including the situation in Singapore, during a forum organised by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

JRS aims to advocate and educate the public on this issue “because we found out that many Singaporeans don’t know about this”, JRS country director Gordon Pinto told Catholic News.

On Aug 14, JRS, together with EmancipAsia, a not-for-profit body which raises awareness about the issue, organised a talk on The Flourishing Trade of Human Trafficking.