OCTOBER 05, 2014, Vol 64, No 20

Some of the Myanmar participants at their Parents’ Day celebration this year. The community holds this celebration every fourth Sunday of July.Some of the Myanmar participants at their Parents’ Day celebration this year. The community holds this celebration every fourth Sunday of July.
The Myanmar Catholic community here was formed in January 1998, but the group has never had a permanent location.
One of the founders, Dr Edwin Thet Naing, 50, said that they decided to “form a Catholic group so that we can worship together in Burmese”.

They started small, with “less than 10 people”, according to coordinator Natale Plureh, 42, but the community has grown to about 500 people.

In an interview with Dr Edwin and Mr Plureh, together with their Mynmar-born chaplain Fr Peter Paul, 50, and youth coordinator Christine Nilar, 31, they gave CatholicNews a deeper insight into this community.
Educators and parents attended the special Mass for teachers on Sept 13. Photo: Hilary Isaac Hoe Educators and parents attended the special Mass for teachers on Sept 13. Photo: Hilary Isaac Hoe More than 200 educators and parents attended a Teachers’ Day Mass organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).

Msgr Ambrose Vaz and Fr Edward Seah celebrated the Mass held on Sept 13 at St Joseph’s Institution Junior.

A true educator is someone who not only imparts knowledge, but also “the reason, purpose, and goal in using that knowledge”, said Msgr Vaz. “All knowledge comes from God, and all knowledge is used to appreciate and serve God,” he added.

He affirmed that “this is what education today is all about”. Students are able to learn science and other subjects, but do they also recognise God as the source of this knowledge, “and to use it to serve Him?” Msgr Vaz asked.
Msgr Philip Heng incensing the Marian statue during the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea feast day. Msgr Philip Heng incensing the Marian statue during the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea feast day.
The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) celebrated its 65th anniversary by holding Novena Masses based on the theme of the family in the Kingdom of God from Sept 10-18.

The Masses were celebrated by priests from other churches alongside the parish’s three priests – parish priest Fr J J Fenelon, Fr Stanislaus Pang and Fr Paul Yeo.

Each night saw a different priest delivering a homily on topics ranging from the family in God’s plan, the Holy Family as a model, faith formation in the family, being single, the dignity of the human person, family discipleship, challenges to the family, family life and Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCC).
'There are no losers in a race towards heaven, there are only runners running at different speeds.' – Fr Jovita Ho'There are no losers in a race towards heaven, there are only runners running at different speeds.' – Fr Jovita HoYoung Catholics from across Singapore got together to worship and enjoy fellowship with one another at a special event organised by the Office for People (OYP).

The fourth Nox Gaudii (Night of Joy), which had the theme Walking with the Saints, attracted about 400 youths to the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre at Lorong Low Koon on Sept 19.

Nox Gaudii aims to stir faith in young people through communal worship, preaching and prayer ministry, and is usually held monthly.

During the recent celebration, participants listened to two young people sharing their pilgrimage experiences.

Ms Gracemary Yap, 23, shared that her trip to South Korea for the Asian Youth Day in August helped her to realise that “we are called to recognise the goodness of God in our lives”.

Carmelite Fr Edward Lim, a doctor by profession, gave advice on how to prepare for death.Carmelite Fr Edward Lim, a doctor by profession, gave advice on how to prepare for death.More than 100 people attended a talk on the topic of death and dying

When it comes to speaking to terminally ill people, do not tell them “I understand” as the only person who truly understands is God himself.

This was one piece of advice that Carmelite Fr Edward Lim gave to some 140 people who attended his talk on dying and how one can prepare for it.

The Sept 18 event, held at CANA The Catholic Centre at Waterloo St, was organised in the light of recent crises such as the violence in the Middle East and the disappearance and downing of Malaysia Airlines planes.