SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, Vol 64, No 19

Caritas Singapore, the social mission arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore, has launched a donation draw to raise funds for the construction and equipping cost of Agape Village, which will be located at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh.

Agape Village will bring together the services of Caritas Singapore’s 23 Catholic social mission affiliates and charities under one roof. When completed in May 2015, it will be a one-stop social service hub, providing integrated case management, counselling, legal aid, care-giver support, skills training and job matching for workers and for the poor and marginalised.
A group photo of the Catholic varsity leaders with (in the centre from left to right) Fr Samuel Lim, Fr Jude David and Fr Jovita Cyprian Ho.A group photo of the Catholic varsity leaders with (in the centre from left to right) Fr Samuel Lim, Fr Jude David and Fr Jovita Cyprian Ho.
From Aug 29-30, Catholic leaders from several local and private universities in Singapore got together to renew their commitment to Christ and to journey in faith with other university leaders at the Office for Young People (OYP) in Lorong Low Koon.

They came from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore Institute of Technology and James Cook University Singapore.

On the first night, the 59 participants gathered in front of the Eucharist in adoration of the Lord. This was despite them not knowing each other. Together, they offered up songs of praise.

Time was also set aside for personal and communal prayers, inputs from the various school leaders’ chaplains – Fr Samuel Lim, Fr Jude David and Fr Jovita Cyprian Ho.

The Singaporean singer-songwriter, who will perform at the Archdiocesan Catholic Family Dialogue, shares her views with M Chua

IT COULD have been a case of Sister Corrinne Foo May Ying, the singing nun. That it did not materialise does not make her current vocation less fulfilling, as “God knows better”, says Corrinne May, now the singing wife and mother.
 
And judging from her resolute views about marriage and parenthood, she leaves no doubt where her calling is.

The singer-songwriter, who has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past 15 years, is back in Singapore for a short stay to catch up with family and friends – and to keep a date with the first ever Archdiocesan Catholic Family Dialogue next month (see boxed story).

Learning about the Church in Kampong Bahru: Participants of the Pilgrimage In My Backyard at the Carmelite Monastery.Participants of the Pilgrimage In My Backyard at the Carmelite Monastery.
A group of Catholics learnt about the history surrounding the Church of St Teresa and its vicinity in a special pilgrimage tour.

Twenty-nine pilgrims gathered at the church in Kampong Bahru on Aug 31 for the tour, which combined history, heritage and spiritual reflection.

Participants learnt about how Paris Foreign Missions (MEP) priest, Fr Emile Mariette started the church, which was blessed in 1929, and Fr Stephen Lee, who became its first parish priest in 1935.
(left to right): Dr Angela Wong, Dr Chow Wan Cheng, IJ Board of Management member Elaine Yew and Ms Cassandra Chiu at the panel discussion.(left to right): Dr Angela Wong, Dr Chow Wan Cheng, IJ Board of Management member Elaine Yew and Ms Cassandra Chiu at the panel discussion.
As part of Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus’ (CHIJ) 160th anniversary celebrations, a CHIJ Forum organised by CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace was held on Aug 30 at Catholic Junior College.

The Women in the Footsteps of Mother Mathilde forum paid tribute to the French Infant Jesus (IJ) sister, who set up the first CHIJ School for girls and a home for children in Victoria Street in 1854.

Panel discussion

Dr Angela Wong, Dr Chow Wan Cheng and Ms Cassandra Chiu were members of a panel discussion during the forum, which was attended by about 750 representatives from 11 CHIJ schools, as well as IJ Sisters.

They shared their own personal stories in relation to their IJ education.