APRIL 05, 2015, Vol 65, No 07

The chapel at Kingsmead Centre provides a clear view of the lush garden.The chapel at Kingsmead Centre provides a clear view of the lush garden.

A 500-year tradition of spiritual accompaniment came to Singapore in 1990 when the Society of Jesus established the Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling.

The retreats, prayer methods and spiritual direction offered at Kingsmead Centre, are all derived from the Spiritual Exercises practised and taught by the founder of the society, St Ignatius of Loyola.

Located at Victoria Park Road and right next to the Church of St Ignatius, Kingsmead Centre is an ideal space for the silence that one needs to encounter God within oneself or in nature.

The three-storey building is surrounded by a spacious and well-tended garden with many shady spaces.
Singaporean Br Kelvin Tan De La Salle BrothersSingaporean Br Kelvin Tan De La Salle BrothersWhen was the last time you had fun?
I can think of many: for example, in school, when my students share anecdotes or pose innocent questions (which can sometimes be embarrassing). These always bring a smile to my face! 

What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
Devoting my life to God:  serving Him in my daily life and constantly remembering that He has offered a gift which I had accepted freely.

What has sustained your life as a Religious, especially in the face of challenges/changes?
This may seem like a standard reply but it is of utmost importance that prayer sustain my vocation. Without this relationship and trust in God, the ministry can be very challenging and tiring. However with God as my soulmate and friend, all things are possible.
Young people exercising their faith by praying for one another during the March 13-16 Treasure Retreat.Young people exercising their faith by praying for one another during the March 13-16 Treasure Retreat.
Young Catholics received spiritual inputs, spent time in personal prayer and reflection, and participated in sharing groups during a stay-in retreat organised by the Office for Young People (OYP).

The March 13-16 Treasure Retreat held at Lorong Low Koon, aimed to help the 68 participants, aged between 22 and 35, to experience God in a community setting.

During the first Mass of the retreat, Fr Jude David urged participants to be like the humble tax collector in the Bible who prayed to God for mercy and found his home in God.

Topics such as the love of God, sin and salvation, the call to forgive, submitting to Jesus as Lord and living in the Spirit as disciples of Christ were also explored by Fr Jude and OYP staff, as well as by the prayer ministry, which helped participants reflect on what was presented.
Screengrab from the revamped website.Screengrab from the revamped website.

The archdiocesan website has been revamped.

Archbishop William Goh announced the move in a letter sent out to priests, Religious, and Catholic organisations,
The revamp took about a year to complete and was done by the archbishop’s communications team.

The archbishop said that the website was part of the Singapore Church’s efforts to “evangelise more people”.

The website aims to “reach out and engage Catholics, both active and lapsed, as well as non-believers on matters of our faith and how to live out our Christian calling as Catholics in today’s secularised world”.
Parishioners of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace meditating before Mass. Parishioners of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace meditating before Mass.

If you walk in 15 minutes before Mass at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace this Lent, you may notice parishioners sitting still, eyes closed and deep in prayer.

Usually there will be a flurry of activity 10 minutes before any Mass begins with the faithful scurrying into church with animated children on tow. Liturgical ministers will also be busy with last minute preparations.

However, these activites can lead to difficulties in paying attention and staying focused during Mass.

With this in mind, parish priest Fr Joachim Chang approached the Christian Meditation group to introduce silent meditation to help parishioners quieten and calm down before Mass. The pilot project started during Advent 2014.