FEBRUARY 22, 2015, Vol 65, No 04

VATICAN CITY – Salvation has nothing to do with the “theology of prosperity” some people claim to see in the Gospel, thinking material well-being comes with faith, Pope Francis said.

In fact, he said, those who proclaim salvation must live simply, in accordance with Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to “take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts”.

At the Feb 5 morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis focused on the day’s Gospel reading, Mark 6:7-13, and how Jesus’ instructions to His disciples are still valid today.

The Gospel “must be proclaimed in poverty”, the pope said, because “salvation is not a theology of prosperity” but the “good news” of liberation for all who are oppressed. “This is the mission of the Church, the Church that heals and cures,” he said.

One who strays from the purity of the Christian message risks presenting the Church as a philanthropic organisation rather than an evangelising one, he said, according to Vatican Radio.
Members of the Indonesian Catholic community having some fun during a gathering. Photo: Okkie TanupradjaMembers of the Indonesian Catholic community having some fun during a gathering. Photo: Okkie Tanupradja

In 1984, six Indonesian Catholics approached Mrs Josephine Handojo, as they wanted to create an Indonesian Catholic community in Singapore. They believed that Indonesian Catholics were being “lured to join other Christian denominations”, shared Mr Agus Handojo, 74, the husband of Josephine, one of the group’s coordinators.

Thus, the Keluarga Katolik Indonesia di Singapura (KKIS) or the Indonesian Catholic community in Singapore was formed.

CatholicNews spoke to Mr Handojo and his 74-year-old wife Josephine, together with the group’s spiritual director, Sacred Heart Fr Sambodo Sru Ujianto in Blessed Sacrament Church, to find out more about the community.

At present, Fr Sambodo “is like a nomad”, said Mrs Handojo during the Jan 28 interview.  She said that even though Fr Sambodo was in Singapore for three years, he still does not have an office to hold consultations despite conducting “a lot of interviews for those getting married or wanting to attend RCIA”.
Catholic Junior College staff and students, past and present, posing for a photo after the school’s 40th anniversary Mass on Jan 31.Catholic Junior College staff and students, past and present, posing for a photo after the school’s 40th anniversary Mass on Jan 31.“It’s great to be back,” said Mr Kenneth Goh, 55, from the Catholic Junior College (CJC) graduating batch of 1978.

“I think it’s wonderful that even though we’re studying in different universities, it’s events like these which bring us back together,” said Ms Jessica Vincent, 21, who graduated from CJC in 2011.

Mr Goh and Ms Vincent were among 500 people, including 13 priests, Religious, and past and present staff, who gathered to celebrate Catholic Junior College’s 40th anniversary on Jan 31.

Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Mass held at the school’s auditorium, said that faith formation complements academic excellence. They aren’t mutually exclusive, as in the end, “Jesus is our teacher in truth and love,” he said.
Religious and school leaders pose for a group photo. Religious and school leaders pose for a group photo.  
Guest-of-honour, Mr Lawrence Wong.Guest-of-honour, Mr Lawrence Wong.
About 2,000 people including religious leaders, mingled and had some fun at the 2015 Harmony Games hosted by the archdiocese.

Held on Feb 7 at three different locations in Bishan, the event included a soccer tournament, a telematch, a carnival, and a lunch attended by various religious leaders.

Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the guest-of-honour at the event.

Upon his arrival at Catholic High School, Mr Wong, along with several religious leaders, took shuttle buses to the carnival held at Bishan Street 11.
... says Archbishop William Goh at the World Day for Consecrated Life Mass
Representatives from various Religious orders making their way to the altar to offer up candles.Representatives from various Religious orders making their way to the altar to offer up candles.Religious “are not holy robots” as they too make mistakes, said Archbishop William Goh during a special Mass for Religious
and lay consecrated people on Feb 2.

But even though many in the world “harbour a lot of unforgiveness in their hearts,” Archbishop Goh said, “the beauty about Religious life” is that “we are willing to forgive”.

He was speaking to a crowd that included more than 200 Religious gathered at the Church of the Holy Trinity to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life.