JUNE 28, 2015, Vol 65, No 13

Students from different universities leading in praise and worship. Students from different universities leading in praise and worship. A group of 38 university students from seven tertiary institutes attended the School of Christian Leadership (SOCL) from May 29-June 6.

The camp was held at Lorong Low Koon.

During the programme, organised by the Office of Young People (OYP), the students learnt what it meant to lead with a shepherd’s heart.

Fr Jude David, chaplain of OYP, started off by challenging the participants to put God first in their lives and seek His wisdom above all other things.

This was followed by Ms Christina Chua, a full-time staff, leading the first session, based on “The Father’s Heart”. She affirmed participants’ intrinsic worth, reminding them that they are worthy of God’s love.

Another OYP staff spoke about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mr Edwyn de Souza said that going to heaven wasn’t a matter of “being a good guy” but rather the constant recognition and truth that “Jesus died for me and rose for my justification.”
Archbishop William Goh speaking to priests and Religious during the Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests.Archbishop William Goh speaking to priests and Religious during the Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests.

“What happened to that zeal when we were first ordained? Where’s that joy?” Archbishop William Goh asked priests on June 11.

At least 100 priests and Religious attended the Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests at St Joseph’s Church (Victoria St).

The three-and-a-half hour event comprised spiritual input by the archbishop, Holy Hour which included Benediction, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.

During Archbishop Goh’s input, he spoke about how St Paul thought about the love of Jesus and this made him want to give up his life for God.

Just like how St Paul gave up his life to serve God, we as priests “also want to give our life for others”.
The Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission has issued prayers for possible use for the Day of National Remembrance for victims of the Sabah earthquake:

The commission also offered additional Prayers of the Faithful for the families of the quake victims, that they may find “comfort”, “compassion” and “understanding”.

Another prayer is “for those who are still grieving for the loss of their children” that God give them strength and the grace to overcome their anxieties, discouragements and confusions.
On the 100th anniversary foundation of the Pauline family worldwide
 
The Sisters have a yearly outreach at the Jurong Point shopping mall with their push cart of books and other items.The Sisters have a yearly outreach at the Jurong Point shopping mall with their push cart of books and other items.
 
Presiding over the centenary Mass of the Daughters of St Paul, Archbishop William Goh, during his homily, affirmed their apostolate as “not simply missionary, but also visionary”.

Founded on June 15, 1915, the archbishop noted, “these 100 years, they have been very much involved in the work of the New Evangelisation.

“Even before Pope John Paul II spoke about the New Evangelisation, you were already into the New Evangelisation. That is why I believe that your order is really the work of the Holy Spirit. Your founder could foresee what was going to happen 100 years [ahead]… indeed no one ever thought that today, actually, the world is a world of media.”
Myanmar Sr Maria Goretti, Sisters of St Joseph of the ApparitionMyanmar Sr Maria Goretti, Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition
When was the last time you had fun?
Day of Consecrated Life, celebrated at the Church of St Mary of the Angels on Feb 2, 2014. Seeing all the other Religious congregations, I felt united with them and felt that we are heading in the same direction – for the Church, for the people – though we all are in different mission fields.

What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
Having more time to pray in order to serve God and His people.

What has sustained your life as a Religious, especially in the face of challenges/changes?
Prayer, especially adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

What was one of the biggest challenges you have faced as a Religious and how did you deal with it?
To start a new mission is the biggest challenge among all. By surrendering all the purposes/goals/missions in the hand of God.