JANUARY 11, 2015, Vol 65, No 01

Friar David Garcia, OPFriar David Garcia, OPWhen was the last time you had fun?
A few weeks ago I was playing basketball … after 30 years … that was fun and humbling.

Name an occasion you felt embarrassed or humiliated. 
I congratulated someone for her new pregnancy. It turned out she was not pregnant … and not amused by my question.

Name an occasion when you felt God was far away.
I can’t recall a particular incident when I felt that way. I do however go through periods of spiritual dryness. Just like the seasons, after a dry season another rainy season comes.

What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
The freedom that leading a simple life gives and that I could not afford if I were responsible for a family and the fruits of the good use of that freedom.
Parents and caregivers accompanying children with special needs during the Mass. Photo by:  PETER KAYParents and caregivers accompanying children with special needs during the Mass. Photo by: PETER KAY
Special needs children and their families attended a healing-blessing service and Christmas Mass held specially for them during the annual Ignatian Day of Recollection on Dec 13.

The afternoon Mass, held at the Church of St Ignatius, was concelebrated by Msgr Philip Heng and Fr Agustinus Tanudjaja.  

In his homily, Msgr Heng reminded participants that Jesus came into the world to be one with people. Jesus loves everyone but He has a special love for the poor, the sick and marginalised.

“We are truly blessed to have among us the poor, the sick and especially those with special needs,” said Msgr Heng. “We ask God to heal them and to give them peace.”
Children decorating their own doughnuts at the Bible Camp. Photo: KELLEY D’CRUZChildren decorating their own doughnuts at the Bible Camp. Photo: KELLEY D’CRUZ
It wasn’t just an ordinary five-day Bible camp, as children with their plastic spoons decorated doughnuts and cupcakes.

The camp, which ran from Nov 24-28, was called Cool Kingdom Party – Mary Leads us Closer to Jesus.

The theme served as a reminder to the children, about 60 of them from K2 to Primary 6, as well as the facilitators, that God’s Kingdom is “cool” enough for all people to enter.

During the camp, which took place at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, children participated in fun-filled activities by going to five different stations – snack, faith, games, music and craft.
The Risen Christ Youth Symphony, conducted by Dr Aloysius Leong, performing on Dec 13. Photo: GERARD GOHThe Risen Christ Youth Symphony, conducted by Dr Aloysius Leong, performing on Dec 13. Photo: GERARD GOHThe Risen Christ Youth Symphony performed well-known pieces from movie blockbusters as well as familiar Christmas classics on Dec 13.

The orchestra, which uses music as a platform for young people to find meaning in their lives and to find God, performed a few movements from Star Wars, such as the Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), and The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

It also performed Jesus Christ You Are My Life, a piece composed by Italian priest, Fr Marco Frisina, during the concert held at the Church of the Risen Christ.

According to orchestra director, Dr Aloysius Leong, the orchestra aims to convey an evangelical message and lesson through its music.
Praying with one another. Praying with one another.
November 2014 marked the OYP’s first anniversary since it was commissioned by Archbishop William Goh to provide pastoral care to young people aged between 16 and 35.

Its goal is to “raise up a generation of young people passionately in love with Jesus and His Church, committed to a lifestyle of discipleship, communion and mission”.

The year 2014 has seen many “firsts” for this new office:
  • The inaugural School of Christian Leadership, targeted at current and potential Catholic youth leaders in universities, has sparked greater commitment and solidarity among them to serve in their various campuses.