NOVEMBER 01, 2015, Vol 65, No 22

Participants of the Bible conference learned that witnessing starts with a personal encounter with Christ.Participants of the Bible conference learned that witnessing starts with a personal encounter with Christ.

KUALA LUMPUR – More than 125 participants from 10 different parishes attended a Bible Conference with the theme “You shall be My Witnesses” on Oct 3. It was organised by the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Bible Apostolate (KLABA) and held at Assumption Family House in Petaling Jaya.

Sr Sandra Seow and Sr Leticia Lopez from the Verbum Dei Missionaries in Singapore were the main speakers.

Sr Sandra said that witnessing starts with a personal encounter. Referring to William Holman Hunt’s painting, “The Light of the World”, which illustrates Revelation 3:20, Sr Sandra said that like the door upon which Jesus is knocking and which has no handle on the outside, participants are free to keep the door shut or allow Jesus to enter into their lives.

Sr Leticia, during her session, referred to the 12 apostles who were appointed “to be with Him and to be sent forth..” (Mark 3:14). Similarly, Catholics are called to be evangelised and to evangelise. Growing personally and as a community, they will become communities of worship, proclamation and service who will reach out to the poor and needy.
Canossian Sr Doreen assisting guests with lunch at the Church of Stephen on Oct 17.Canossian Sr Doreen assisting guests with lunch at the Church of Stephen on Oct 17.
A total of 457 people, ranging from the elderly to families, attended a celebration organised by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Conference of the Church of St Stephen (CSS), in collaboration with the various ministries of the parish.

The celebration, held on Oct 17, was titled Let’s Get to Know our Neighbour.

The idea, initiated by SSVP in collaboration with CSS, was also part of the SG50 initiative and aimed to reach out to the underprivileged in the vicinity of the church.

The event was divided into two sessions to cater to the large number of guests.

The first session, held from 8am to 11am saw 147 beneficiaries from the Care Community Services Society visit the church.

In the second session held from 11.30am to 2.15pm, 225 beneficiaries from the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society Family Service Centre and the Seniors Activity Centre visited the church.
Do you sometimes feel as if you have lost the passion and joy for work? How do you find your true vocation in life?

These are some of the questions that an upcoming conference hopes to address.

The Christ@Work 2015 Conference, organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN), will be held at the Catholic Junior College Performing Arts Centre on Nov 28.

This event, the fifth such conference organised since 2005, will have the theme, Your Pursuit of Happiness at Work.

According to the organisers, the event seeks to equip working adults with the skills and inspiration to help them answer Christ’s call at the workplace, and to find true happiness.

The keynote speaker is Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, an evangelist from the US whose areas of expertise include workplace ministry and family life.
An actress portraying St Teresa of Avila.An actress portraying St Teresa of Avila.
Fr Anselm Phang performing during the concert.Fr Anselm Phang performing during the concert.

About 700 people, including Carmelite Sisters from Singapore and Myanmar, attended a St Teresa of Avila Prayer Concert on Oct 3 at the Catholic Junior College Performing Arts Centre.
 
The concert, titled “I was born for you”, was organised by the Carmelite Sisters of Singapore, and commemorated the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila.

Fr Thomas Lim, Carmelite Delegate Provincial of Singapore, opened the concert with a prayer and welcome messgage.

The concert, which was performed in Chinese, included songs, acts, and prayers on the life of St Teresa of Avila.

Carmelite Frs Anselm Phang and Edward Lim were among the 122-strong cast of performers.

The Infant Jesus choir from Blessed Sacrament Church also performed in the celebration.

Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow seen here holding the latest copy of Prayer for Living.Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow seen here holding the latest copy of Prayer for Living.

Encouraged by the many letters, emails and sharings by people, Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow completed the third and final book of Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer series.

“I am grateful to God for calling me to be at the service of His Word. Through writing the reflection book for these three liturgical years, I have seen the transforming power of His Word in the lives of so many people,” said Sr Sandra.

The Year C book comes after those written for Year A and Year B.

Just like the earlier books, the current one contains daily Gospel readings and reflections, as well as questions to help people reflect and apply the Gospel to their daily lives.

Many commented that the reflections helped them to encounter Jesus in His Word, as well as apply it in their lives.