NOVEMBER 02, 2014, Vol 64, No 22

Commmunity leaders also note challenges, including lack of space
Filipino coordinators in charge of the different parishes pose for a photo after their Simbang Gabi 2014 meeting on Sept 21 at Church of St Michael.Filipino coordinators in charge of the different parishes pose for a photo after their Simbang Gabi 2014 meeting on Sept 21 at Church of St Michael.
The Filipino Catholic community in Singapore is the first and currently the largest foreign community here.

In 1991, there were 70,000 members and now that number stands at around 250,000 according to Filipino community chaplain Fr Angel Luciano.

But with a quarter of a million to care for spiritually, it’s not an easy feat for Fr Angel, who has been working in Singapore for the past 23 years.

He invited CatholicNews to attend one of the community’s important meetings – to prepare for the upcoming Year of the Family Simbang Gabi 2014 – nine night Masses to prepare for Christmas.
Sr Virginia Crimella died at the age of 98.Sr Virginia Crimella died at the age of 98.
Canossian Sr Virginia Crimella, who turned 98 on Sept 2, was called home peacefully to the Lord on Oct 8 at 10.55 pm in St Joseph’s Home at Mandai Estate.

Sr Virginia, who felt the call to follow Jesus as a missionary,   entered the Canossian Convent as a postulant in Vimercate, Italy, at the age of 19 and was sent as a novice to Hong Kong in 1939.

After her First Profession, she was posted to Hankow, China, in 1943, where she served as a kindergarten teacher until 1949 when the communists took over China and she was sent to Singapore.
The ‘A Time Will Come for Singing’ concert was inspiring and surprising in various ways, says Lorna O’Hara
From left: Jesuit Fr Mark Aloysius, Dan Schutte, Franciscan Friar Derrick Yap and Carmelite Fr Edward Lim performing at the Church of Divine Mercy on Oct 17. Photo: GERARD GOHFrom left: Jesuit Fr Mark Aloysius, Dan Schutte, Franciscan Friar Derrick Yap and Carmelite Fr Edward Lim performing at the Church of Divine Mercy on Oct 17. Photo: GERARD GOH
Songs by American Christian music composer Dan Schutte such as Table of Plenty and Here I Am, Lord have become familiar favourites among worshippers.

These hymns, together with many  others, were sung on Oct 17 as part of CANA The Catholic Centre’s initiative to get “laity to hear the Word of God through music”, said an organiser.

But the “A Time Will Come for Singing” concert, held at the Church of Divine Mercy, was no ordinary event as Schutte sang with Jesuit Fr Mark Aloysius, Carmelite Fr Edward Lim, and Franciscan Friar Derrick Yap.
Members of Clarity pose for a photo with their chairman, Joseph Tan Peng Chin (fifth from right) and Fr John Joseph Fenelon.Members of Clarity pose for a photo with their chairman, Joseph Tan Peng Chin (fifth from right) and Fr John Joseph Fenelon.
A possible development for Clarity, an organisation providing mental health services, would be to set up a day care centre for those who have been discharged from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Chairman for Clarity, Joseph Tan Peng Chin, shared this with CatholicNews after a special World Mental Health Day Mass and Clarity’s fourth anniversary celebration.

The event was held on Oct 10 at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

“The reality is that IMH is the main hospital dealing with mental health but they don’t have enough beds to cater to all the patients,” said Mr Tan. “Patients who have been discharged may like to still stay in the hospital or go somewhere” where they can be taken care of.
From left: General councillors of the FMDM Congregational Leadership Team, Srs Helena McEvilly and Monica Weedon, Archbishop William Goh, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, board chairman of Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mr Philip Tan and hospital CEO Lee Suen Ming.From left: General councillors of the FMDM Congregational Leadership Team, Srs Helena McEvilly and Monica Weedon, Archbishop William Goh, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, board chairman of Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mr Philip Tan and hospital CEO Lee Suen Ming.Archbishop William Goh blessed a new medical centre at Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) on Oct 20.

Medical Centre D, opened that day, is an eight-storey building which will provide “personalised” services for patients, said  hospital board chairman, Mr Philip Tan,  during an interview with CatholicNews after the blessing.

Previously, it used to be a carpark, said Mr Tan.

But now, the building is home to 50 medical clinics and an outpatient laboratory.