JULY 24, 2016, Vol 66, No 15

Fr Andrew Wong, parish priest of the Church of the Holy Spirit, blessing two girls in wheelchairs as they presented the offertory. Fr Andrew Wong, parish priest of the Church of the Holy Spirit, blessing two girls in wheelchairs as they presented the offertory.

About 200 people, comprising mainly families with special needs members and their supporters, attended a special event for them on July 9 at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

The Everyone is Special event was conceived by parish priest Fr Andrew Wong who wanted to dedicate it to family members with special needs in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Fr Andrew started the event with Mass. Two boys with special needs were altar servers. Theodore Wong, a teenager with autism, proclaimed the first reading and two girls in wheelchairs presented the offertory.

In his homily, Fr Andrew emphasised that people with special needs and their families were part of the parishes. Just because they might not be seen at Mass does not mean they are not there.
Fr Richards Ambrose speaking to participants of the July 9 seminar at the Church of the Holy Cross.Fr Richards Ambrose speaking to participants of the July 9 seminar at the Church of the Holy Cross.

SINGAPORE – “If a doctor tells you tomorrow that you have one year left to live, do you think you will let life happen to you?” asked Fr Richards Ambrose.

He posed this question to 230 people, gathered for a seminar titled Discipleship at the Workplace held on July 9 at the Church of the Holy Cross.

The seminar was to launch ABLAZE, the parish’s new young adults ministry.

Fr Richards introduced the seminar by shedding light on topics of Christian identity – discerning and living out God’s will, identifying spiritual values in jobs and what true joy and contentment really are.
Alumnae of the Canossian Alumni Association figuring out their hints during the Canossian Heritage Race for Funds held on July 9. Alumnae of the Canossian Alumni Association figuring out their hints during the Canossian Heritage Race for Funds held on July 9.

Instead of a themed dinner or dance party, this year’s Canossian’s Connect, an annual event of the Canossian Alumni Association, took place outdoors in a form of a race.

The Canossian Heritage Race for Funds was held on July 9 and the flag off was at the parochial house of St Joseph’s Church, Victoria Street.

The event was fashioned after The Amazing Race, a popular reality show.

Participants were made up of teachers, nuns and ex-students of St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (SAC) with graduates from 1972 to 2014, as well as children of alumni who are still studying in Canossian primary schools.
Have notices advising parishioners to be punctual for Masses.Have notices advising parishioners to be punctual for Masses.The number of Catholics coming to church late for Mass seems to be increasing. Those parishioners entering the church during the Gospel readings are a disgrace and totally disrespectful. 

All latecomers should understand that they are distracting other parishioners who may be in silent prayer.

I am sure that all parishioners appreciate the voluntary work carried out by the church wardens in guiding parishioners to their seats as well as other duties.

From my observations, many wardens are treating these disrespectful late comers as “VIPS” by guiding them to look for seats. Some wardens will even bring them to the front of the pews to get a seat with a vantage view of the Mass.
Among those with Archbishop William Goh at the dedication Mass were (at the altar from left) Fr Edward Lim, Fr Ignatius Yeo and Deacon Cornelius Ching.Among those with Archbishop William Goh at the dedication Mass were (at the altar from left) Fr Edward Lim, Fr Ignatius Yeo and Deacon Cornelius Ching.

After two years of renovations, the Church of Sts Peter and Paul held its dedication Mass on June 29.

About 1,000 people attended the Mass of the Dedication of Church and Altar, and many could be seen smiling as they entered the newly refurbished 146-year-old building.

Some of the new features in the church include a high marble altar, black-and-white cement-tiled flooring, a new rose stained-glass window on the front façade of the church, and air-conditioning.